Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

I‘m making this holiday season PURPLE! From now until January 1, 2015, ALL proceeds from my book DUSK AND SUMMER will be donated to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research! Purchase a paperback copy of DUSK AND SUMMER and YOU will be eligible to win a $30 gift card from Amazon. Purchase an eBook …

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I mentioned in last week’s post that the idea behind my short story LUNCH came from a poem I had written back in December 2012. For curiosity’s sake, here it is: JUST NOT HERE On this darkened night I hold you Arms empty. Your memory my solitary light Wind raps at pane, sneaks under door …

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My short story LUNCH has been published in Australia’s horror magazine Midnight Echo, Issue 10, edited by Craig Bezant.   It’s their ‘ghost’ issue – a must read for fans of things that go bump in the night – and more than 100 pages of ghoulish fun for all! LUNCH was conjured from a poem I …

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A belated happy 2014!  I certainly hope this new year will be healthy and positive for you all! I’ve never been one for resolutions because a particular day on the calendar dictates I should do so.  I believe that every day is a resolution; every moment.  Trust me, it’s a difficult way to think.  There’s so …

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Welcome to Coffin Hop 2013! While racking my brain trying to decide what to do for Coffin Hop this year, I decided – what the hell, I may as well give away three prizes. Besides the twisted path of prose I offer below, I’m going to pick three winners from those who comment on this …

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Welcome to Coffin Hop 2013! While racking my brain trying to decide what to do for Coffin Hop this year, I decided – what the hell, I may as well give away three prizes. Besides the prose I offer below, I’m going to pick three winners from those who comment on this post and offer …

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Welcome to Coffin Hop 2013! While racking my brain trying to decide what to do for Coffin Hop this year, I decided – what the hell, I may as well give away three prizes. Besides the twisted path of prose I offer below, I’m going to pick three winners from those who comment on this …

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Since 1992, I’ve kept a notebook collection of story ideas and have been faithful in adding to my potpourri of twisted thoughts ever since. ‘Oats‘ originated as an unnamed, loose story about a child who loses a tooth, and her evil father who won’t allow her to keep it. I’m pleased that my voice has …

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When I came across the call for Sirens Call Publications’ ‘Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum‘ anthology, I eagerly jumped on it.  How could I not spin a tale about what goes on behind the walls of madness? One thing I have learned about my own writing is that anything I may have planned might …

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Believe it or not, I first wrote ‘Sweet Nothings‘ way back in May of 1988.  Then, it was titled ‘I Know Something You Don’t Know.’  The original concept was that of a man who learns his girlfriend has cheated on him, so he kidnaps her lover and tortures him.  The twist, of course, is that …

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