Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

Established in April of 2012, Pen of the Damned has become home for some of the finest writers of horror and angst. A strange entity, known only as the Tale Weaver, introduced its voice then as well. Not much is known about this mysterious being – it has made its presence known but a handful …

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For anyone following my blog, I guess you know by now that I’m a horror author. Funny thing is, I barely post anything ‘horror’ here.¬† ūüėõ I’ve shared my poetry.¬† I’ve shared poignant stories about my daughter. You’ve learned of the release of my moving novella Dusk and Summer, as well my continued efforts raising …

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Hello all! My good friend and fellow Pen of the Damned mate Hunter Shea takes over my blog today!¬† So without further ado, take it away Hunter! ‘From the Desk of Squatchmo’ My gracious host, Joe Pinto, and lots of other people often call me Squatch Man, Squatchmo, Mr. Bigfoot and a host of other …

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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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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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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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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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