Monthly Archives: April 2011

H.H. Holmes America’s First Serial Killer

I first learned of H. H. Holmes when I read Erik Larsen’s fabulous account of the Chicago World’s Fair in The Devil and the White City 

In a nutshell, H. H. Holmes built a “murder castle” a few blocks from the fair.  It was billed as a hotel, but what the guests, many of whom were young women, did not know was that many of the  rooms were soundproofed and equipped with gas lines that let in…gas, whereby the trapped inhabitant would suffocate.  Holmes used a secret chute to drop his victims’s bodies into his basement wherein he had constructed an incinerator room and an acid pit.  Furthermore,  Holmes would often sell the skeletal remains of his victims to medical schools.

Holmes managed to build the castle without any of his hired construction crews ever knowing the true nature of his architectural schemes.  He did this by firing workers and hiring other workers and then firing them in order to ensure that know one really knew what the hell they were building.

There’s a pretty good documentary about Holmes on Netflix Instant Watch  titled H.H. Holmes America’s First Serial Killer:  

However, I think Larsen’s book is also worth your time.


Flash Fiction at

I just had a flash fiction piece published in a local e-zine: is a great publication and I highly recommend you check out their story on the Old Paris Flea Market too:

Hope you like my short.



Twin Peaks is on Netflix Instant Watch!

Twin Peaks is one of my favorites.  It has to be one of the most innovative and imaginative shows ever made.  In fact, that’s probably why it only lasted two seasons….it was too far ahead of its time.

Weird, creepy, funny, suspenseful, and haunting.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the show as you watch it this time around.


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#1 Martial Arts Film on Netflix Instant Watch

You simply have to see Ip Man (2008):

It is the semi-autobiographical story of Wing-Chun Kung Fu Grandmaster Ip, who, by the way, was Bruce Lee’s teacher.

Set during the Japanese occupation of China, the film has some of the most incredible Martial Arts choreography I’ve ever seen.  The cinematography is lovely and the story is great.  This one’s got it all folks.


Definitely one of best films I’ve seen this year.


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