Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

Who doesn’t love horror?  Who doesn’t love sex?  I see that smile across your face, so maybe you have the same thing on your mind as I did when I wrote ‘Plastic.’ ‘Plastic‘ originally appeared in the Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don’t anthology back in 2010.  It was a story I wrote just …

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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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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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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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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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I glimpsed a tiny piece of Heaven last week. Or at least the purity intended on earth that more often than not goes wasted. No, I didn’t have an out-of-body experience.  I simply watched my Athena attend early pre-K for the first time. I was nervous.  Although Athena has slowly progressed through some of her developmental …

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Sex, as we all know, is the mechanism that puts us all on the planet, it’s proof positive that God wants us to feel something pleasant while we’re here. Having said that…it CAN be a ‘slippery slope’ leading some individuals to a Pandora’s Box of perversions that can destroy any hope for a healthy relationship. …

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Okay, it’s time to share a bit of creative writing – for all those in my “critique group,” please enjoy “Rubberneck” at http://www.josephpinto.com Story ideas come to me at the strangest of times, & I’ve learned never to hinder my mind’s ability to channel plots & images once they start rolling, no matter when it might occur …

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Rejection sucks. It sucks if you’re a child & your parents tell you no television!; it sucks if you’re a teenager & the pretty girl in school just turned you down; it sucks no matter what form rejection takes & what age you are when you’re forced to deal with it.  But rejection truly sucks …

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