Coffee and Contemplation: Studies in Supernatural Storytelling

As promised, I am changing up how I approach the weekly Coffee and Contemplation segments. Think of this as the introduction post. This will kind of be like reviews but focused on the spooky things. This may include films, television, and various other things. My main focus will be on books. As I want to be a writer of supernatural horror, speculative fiction, and magical realism, these are the kinds of books I’ve been reading for the past couple years. I plan to go through them one by one offering my opinion of the works, saying how spooky they are, and perhaps something I learned about writing in this genre.

I can tell you one thing I’ve learned already. The best supernatural horror stories have some real-life horrors included. I mean things that actually have or could happen such as genocide and rape. I will offer and overall rating of the work between one and five stars like so many other rating systems. I will also include a Spooky Spider Scale. I will rate the level of scariness in the book between one and ten spiders. I don’t scare easy. For example, a children’s book might have some scary bits for kids but not for adults. These might be one or two spiders. The average horror novel might get 5 or 6 spiders. It’s too scary for kids but teens and young adults won’t get too scared.

I may need to perfect this scale as I start writing about these different novels. I have read many and have many a book on my To-Read list. I try to keep my list updated on my Goodreads profile. Follow me or friend request me there to see what I’m reading now. And feel free to offer suggestions or comment on what you thought about whichever book I discussed on a certain week. These posts are intended to be a conversation and I want to hear from you all. I hope to have lots of fun with this new approach to my Sunday posts. I’m already excited. Will you join me on this journey into spookiness?

Snapshot Saturday: Broken Glass

We continue our adventure with Snapshot Saturday. I share some of my best photos I’ve taken with my Canon Rebel T7i camera. And you all like the posts and maybe comment how much you like the photos. Or offer to buy many prints of them and I become rich and famous. But I digress. To view more photos I’ve taken over the years, visit the Photography Page. If you have questions, feel free to comment or send me a message through the Contact Page.

Broken Glass. Mar 2020. f/10. 1/200. 18mm.

This photo is from downtown Tucson, AZ. One of the storefronts had a broken window. This was a couple months before the riots that happened in downtown Tucson. It may have been cause from an accident or vandals, who knows? I used the grayscale setting on the camera and the standard 18mm-55mm lens that came with the camera at purchase. The cracks gave a really nice effect with the reflection in the window. This was a few days before quarantine officially started.