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Cale laughed. “So they know I’m not here to spy on their activities.” He looked at Gaby. “Or to steal their women.” He smiled and flexed his eyebrows at her. [Gabi is shown below.]

“Even though we both did,” Brady said. He smiled warmly at his wife and touched her arm.

“Actually,” Cale said. “Gaby stole me first. Had me prisoner in a globe.”

“Huh?” Brady’s face turned to stone.

“Right. She was totally nude.” He pointed his chopstick at her breasts.

Gaby slapped his hand away as if he were going to touch her. She blushed and looked down at her array of sea cucumbers covered by sweet and sour sauce.

“Sorry, Gaby.”

“You want to explain that?” Brady wiped his fingers on his cloth napkin.

Cale snorted. “Okay. It was a dream I had years ago back in Illinois.” He smiled. “We were having a family reunion on my sister’s farm, and we . . . thought my brother had disappeared into a crop circle.”


“Surely you have those in Canada.”

“Not many, but, yeah, we do.”

“Eventually it got me too. ‘”



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The writer in China -- but its not horror this time

Hi Charles,

Congratulations! Your piece was selected as a winner in the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition. Please see the email below for more details (including your prize and place ) in case you haven’t received my previous message (sometimes they end up in junk mail). Please let me know when you receive this message.

Also, I failed to mention that as a winner you will receive a one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.

Again, many congratulations from all of us on the Writer’s Digest team!



Subject: Congrats!

Hi Charles,

Congratulations! Your piece “Community Access” won ninth place in the Mainstream/Literary category in Writer’s Digest’s Annual Competition. You’ve won $25 in cash, plus your piece and name will be listed in the November/December 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Someone from our competitions committee will also be contacting you, too.

Again, congratulations!



Cris Freese
Assistant Editor/Data Manager
Writer’s Digest Books

This is Molly

Her comments about time travel, responding to my French colleague’s remarks related to a couple of my novels, are below.

1st Novel in the Series Updated

Minor changes have been made to the novel DARK NEIGHBORHOODS. For example: typos, punctuation errors that I found while correcting typos, some dialogue which I omitted in the update because I thought it was superfluous or was tangential to the plot, a couple of technical terms changed, and very minor characters combined or omitted in Chapter 11. Amazon-Kindle has probably notified you. In case you did not receive or open the email from them, do the following:

Go to Amazon-Kindle.
Sign in with your account number.
Go to Manage Your Kindle — it will show you what you downloaded.
Type the title (DARK NEIGHB0RHOODS).
Next to the title in blue will be Update Available.
Be sure your device (iPad, Tablet, computer, cellular phone, Kindle reader) is turned on.

Fortunately, Amazon-Kindle, knowing that writers are human and capable of making errors, allows us to make changes — either major or minor. I think that mine are considered minor because the story remains the same. I just hope it will move a little faster in the updated version.

Thank you very much.
Charles Justus Garard (Chukk)

French colleague in China presents his opinion on time travel, particularly as it regards our hero Harper

I told you last time I’m married now, with a Japanese women, charming and nice. She’s a PhD in French literature. I’m still in Shanghai, and we plan to go back Japan in two years, if the world still hold on ^^.

I was thinking of you about the time travel, and I have passed a longtime thinking about it. I finished by discover that the only way for travel in time consist on bending the time or the space. Actually neither of the two solution are possible, and I think it will never happen, for the simple reason that if we bend the space, it will break the rule of physics. Example I bend the space in between Mars and the Earth, then Mars will be to near from us then, we will got a problem. Now also making that happen, say that Venus will cross our path… we will die then. Bending the time have another problem. If we arrived to do it, then the time are going to be short on the way I trace, but stable in the other part of the universe. Result, it’s simply impossible because time is absolute in the universe, we cannot create a part of different time, if we do so, then maybe we will be block inside for eternity, without noticing it ^^

Then as you see Harper is still there ^^

Hope to read some news from you,


Ghost movies: A List of Favorite American/British Ghost Movies

Shortly after seeing the CGI ghost movie MAMA, which is not a bad film except that the ghost looks too much like a slithering, noisy creature from an Asian horror film, I thought I would make a list of my favorites in the ghost genre. This does not include other horror sub-genres, which I may tackle at some other time. Nor does it include Asian ghost films like THE HEIRLOOM (Taiwan). I already made a subjective comparison between Asian and Western (US and UK) horror films in an earlier article on this blog.

I am also not including movies with fake ghosts like THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (Vincent Price), and by fake ghosts I mean humans playing manipulative games in order to scare others for a reason. William Castle didn’t produce any ghost stories that I found frightening. His terrifying films were those that featured psychopaths (STRAIT-JACKET and HOMICIDAL).

I am also not including the gallo films because they are usually long on gore and short on logic. Dario Argento’s schtick is to plant a clue that we come back to again as an alleged explanation for the goings-on, unfortunately.

With each film listed, I will include one actor or actress by way of identification rather than the director or the release date. Film buffs will know the director/date and other readers can look them up.

Here we go:

1. THE UNINVITED (Ray Milland)
2. THE HAUNTING (Julie Harris)
3. THE INNOCENTS (Deborah Kerr)
5. THE SHINING (Jack Nicholson)
6. GHOST STORY (Fred Astaire)
7. THE OTHERS (Nicole Kidman)
8. HAUNTED (Aiden Quinn)
9. STIR OF ECHOES (Kevin Bacon)
10.THE SIXTH SENSE (Bruce Willis)

These are somewhat in the order of my preference but could be changed with a little persuasion.

One might argue in favor of countless other ghost films, such as THE TERROR, THE TOMB OF LIGEIA (if you count a dead wife possessing a black cat as a ghost), and 13 GHOSTS (either one). You might even argue against THE SHINING since it includes demon possession as well as hotel ghosts. It is pretty much a matter of taste and choice. Television, on the other hand, is full of all sorts of paranormal stories with plenty of ghostly visitations. Some of those feature some pretty interesting haunted houses/places and the production values, in most cases, are not bad.

If I were to mention one of my all-time favorite horror movies, it would be THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, but the moth men are not ghosts. That film will belong in a future list. One thing I like about the films on my top-ten list is the fact that the subject of ghosts was taken seriously, particularly the first three films. Skillful cinematography instead of special effects gimmicks were employed.

See what you think. If I made any mistakes in the spellings of names, I will correct them.