Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

I‘m happy to announce that my story “Oats” is currently appearing in The Sirens Call eZine Issue #8 – Men in Horror! Sirens Call has consistently published strong anthologies since emerging on the horror scene, and their eZines have definitely followed suit.  Issue #8 is no different.  98 pages of horrific fun featuring short stories, …

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I had a blast writing “Sweet Nectar of Life!”  It wasn’t such a blast getting there, however. Just months before crafting the tale, my daughter entered this world.  I simply didn’t know how I’d cope.  I’d lost my father to pancreatic cancer only two months before, and the swell and swing of emotions was simply …

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Where do I even begin?  Maybe I should start by saying that I don’t “game plan” my writing.  I sit; I write.  It’s that simple.  I never steer a story’s direction, nor do I even attempt to influence it in any way.  I see images in my mind; I feel emotions wash over me.  Then …

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I wrote ‘Memorial” in response to an anthology call from Sirens Call Publications for ‘Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity’.  The premise intrigued me; a collection of tales exploring mythology from any culture, transformed into a modern-day horror.  Mythology, primarily Greek mythology, has transfixed me since I had my first taste of it as a …

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For me, the most enjoyable part of writing horror fiction is not having a clue what you’re writing about in the first place.  Sometimes you’ll have an idea or sense of structure in terms of where a particular story will be headed.  And others come from the blue.  My story Run on Pen of the …

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Thanksgiving is nearly here, & I hope everyone has a safe & happy day.  Please take time to reflect on the individuals & families that may not have one this season, whether as a result of that cruel disease known as homelessness, or as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy here in the tri-state area. …

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Hello all! I’m hoping you’ll take a few minutes and journey over to my writing group, The Pen of the Damned.  I’m the featured author this week, and I’ve penned (pardon the pun) quite an interesting piece of prose titled ‘Grieve.’  It stems from my love of cemeteries; not all places of death are as …

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Enter. Sit before the Tale Weaver. You are now in the presence of the Damned. Within these pages, an eclectic gathering of dark writers and poets. Each a distinct voice. Each a bent mind. Each a tortured soul. Here, the fabric of reality twirls round our malevolent fingers. Here, light comes to die. Our world …

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damned 1: to condemn to a punishment or fate; especially : to condemn to hell 2a: to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or defect <damned the storm for their delay> b: to condemn as a failure by public criticism 3: to bring ruin on 4: to swear at : curse—often used to express annoyance, disgust, or surprise <damn him, he should have been …

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If you follow my blog, you may have noticed I haven’t posted much lately.  I have a damn good reason. The light and the dark. The duality of human consciousness.  The core of existence.  The perfect balance within us all. Or is it? I started my blog tiptoeing that delicate balance between the light and the dark.  Prudent …

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