How To Hurt An Artist …

Earlier this week I came across a clever cartoon over on Hyperallergic concerning the trite and backhanded comments people dole out to artists. If you’ve been involved in any type of art, be it writing, visual, music, etc, I’m sure you’ve come across people like those in the cartoon. Comments like ‘My five year old…

Gonna Party Like It’s 1924 …

    Toward the end of last year I learned about a new letter written by H.P. Lovecraft to the editor of the legendary Weird Tales magazine back in 1924 courtesy of lovecraftzine.com Honestly, I’m generally not interested in reading letters from any author/artist/etc. But I gave this one I brief once over and I…

A long time ago in a polybag far far away…

    Last Sunday I watched the 60 Minutes feature on J.J. Abrams and the making of the new Star Wars movie. At one point he said that the Star Wars movies/franchise were like a religion for some people. I’d say that that’s a fair comparison. I know several friends throughout my college years and…

My Muse’s Embrace Chills Me To The Bone.

  So, it has snowed here twice this week and last night was bitterly cold. Personally, I don’t mind the cold and snow. I even enjoy going out to the nearby mountains and snowshoeing in it when it gets deep enough. It’s something I hope to share with my daughter in the future when she’s…

Would Shakespeare be a TV writer?

Lately it seems like every other books is being turned in to a TV series. Just today I read a short article about how Weaveworld by Clive Barker (c. 1985) is being turned into a series on the CW. The CW is an American channel that does a lot of shows such as Supernatural, The…

Dead Shadows

Dead Shadows Winds slither through the graveyard moving across my body like spectral hands grasping at my clothes urging me onward unto the inky darkness where unseen horrors lurk like shadows on a dead man’s wall where fear of the unknown hovers like vultures waiting to feast on my fetid soul   Originally Published in…

I Really Don’t Like You…

Well, not  you, personally.  What I’m actually talking about are certain fictional characters.  Over the past couple weeks, or so I watched the movies There Will Be Blood and The Wolf of Wall Street. I thought that both movies were well made in terms of acting, directing, and etc.  Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day…

Poetry: Riddles of Madness

(photo by Kevin Hurtack, 2011) Here’s an H.P. Lovecraft influenced poem that I wrote several years ago… Riddles Of Madness Ancient riddles drawn in sand alluring Man from across the land pondering hidden messages from beyond whether they come from above or below not even the wisdom of the Elders know. Plots are hatched and…

Reality vs Imagination

For me Art, in its numerous forms, is an escape from the  reality I live in. At its best it allows me to become immersed in the vision of the creative mind from which it originated. For a brief moment I’m in another reality with entirely different set of rules and possibilities. Afterwards, it can…

Poem: Murder Midnight Blue

(I wrote this one a long time ago, perhaps in 1998 and made a slight change to it at the end recently.  ‘Murder midnight blue’ is just one of those phrases that pops into my head and draws inspiration.  Even after all these years it’s still a great phrase to me.  Like a mantra…) Murder…

Free Read: The Samaritan & The Sinner by Kevin Hurtack

    I wrote this story back in 2007 and it was published in Barbara Custer’s magazine Night To Dawn, which is a small press print magazine.  I think it was one of the first stories I actually got paid for as a writer.  A token payment to be sure but it was still cool…

Notes from the Catacylsm #01

The following is an excerpt from a journal written by an unknown author during the events now referred to as the Catacylsm.  Although no identity has been established for the author the evidence indicates that he was living at ‘Ground Zero’ prior to the event and during the days following the Catacylsm.  Although certain portions…