My Kickstarter Campaign has begun!

I read Dr. French’s novel as a Beta Reader and I contributed to the kick starter campaign! If you love Stephan King, you will love this terrific and terrifying story. It is a great read!

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Good morning to everyone!  I have just launched my Kickstarter campaign to raise initial publishing funds for  my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I.

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Please visit this page, and let me know what you thank, and thank you in advance to anyone who donates!


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Blog tour for my upcoming novel. — charles french words reading and writing

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing: Hello to everyone. I am planning on doing a blog post tour in October for my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I. I will be setting the release date for the book soon, but it will probably be somewhere in the area of October…

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Every Poet Has to Be Lonely”: A Conversation with Tomasz Różycki and His Translators


Tomasz Różycki rose to both critical and popular prominence as an important voice of his generation in Poland when his fifth book, Twelve Stations, won the Kościelski Prize in 2004. Playing off of Adam Mickiewicz’s national epic, Pan Tadeusz, the book captured readers’ fascination with its historical subject matter, mock epic form, and humor. Within a few years, Twelve Stations became required reading in schools and was adapted for stage and radio. Translations into many languages quickly followed. Różycki was first introduced to anglophone readers with Mira Rosenthal’s translation of a selected poems, followed by his sonnet collection Colonies, which won the 2014 Northern California Book Award and was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. Twelve Stations was published in Bill Johnston’s English translation in 2015 and won the Found in Translation Prize. Last year, Różycki appeared at the AWP conference to read and discuss his work with his translators and American poet Major Jackson.

Major Jackson: Ever since I was introduced to Tomasz Różycki’s poetry almost ten years ago, I’ve marveled at the casualness of his intellect. It is wide yet local in its concerns, serious yet also possessing a wit and irony that sometimes rivals his countrywoman, Wisława Szymborska. But, most notably, I’m struck by the spirit of the poet as pilgrim, searching for authentic language to capture the feeling of both unity with his fellow countrymen and women but also a kind of alienation. I’m reminded of literature as a kind of estate, of which Różycki is in firm possession. He is truly a unique voice in contemporary world literature.

Having returned again to Colonies—I read it in manuscript form—one of the poems that struck me was “Scorched Maps” [available at]. I first read it during the time when the Russian-Ukraine conflict was just starting, and this time I found it even more to be a brilliant, allegorical poem of incantation and homage to not only ancestors but also that ever-specter of war and conflict and its effect. My first question is to Tomasz, and then the question will go to his translators as well. I sense, particularly with Twelve Stations, various kinds of conflicting constraints. There’s the poet who speaks to the history or estate of literature but also one that’s rooted in today. This has me wondering, how do you view your role and function as a contemporary poet?

Tomasz Różycki: It’s a very complicated question. I don’t feel myself as representative of—I don’t know—the Polish spirit or Polish culture. Rather, as a poet I am a private speaker trying to explain or to talk about the history of my family, but in the context of a more universal history, of a national history. I don’t like that kind of big, national narration, big cultural narration, so I am trying to do it from a very private perspective. I don’t know what my role is in relation to other Polish poets. I am never considered as part of a group of Polish poets—they have a kind of classification by generation sometimes, or there is still what we call the Polish School of Poetry of Miłosz, Herbert, Szymborska, and Zagajewski. And then we have the rebels against this idea. I am probably, rather, on the side of this Polish School of Poetry, but it’s for the critics to make this kind of selection. I feel lonely, but in a good way. [Laughter] Every poet has to be lonely. It’s a good position not to be considered part of a kind of narrative.

****by Major Jackson and Mira Rosenthal at World Literature Today


Tears of Morning


The world awakes each day,
Wet with tears of morning,
And in the silent dawn,
Upon the earth’s sweet tears,
The world begins a new,
For with the promised sun,
The earth renews its hope,
In life itself,
And dries its tears,
In the morning air,
To begin again,
For what have we,
On this earth so rare,
Is to forgive,
And be forgiven.





Primeval Me!


Me, primeval, evil me,

I tossed my veils,

Upon the sea,

Cast them aside,

Have I, I cried,

The problem is this,

No longer can I hide,

I lost them,

Can’t you see,

So I could find,

Myself in me,

And maybe you,

Could find me too,

Find in me,

What you can’t see,

A person beyond,

My gender,

Gender is only a thing,

We are all of one kind,


**** I wrote this poem a some time ago when I lived in Saudi Arabia near the Persian Gulf.  Woman are viewed differently, to say the least, for there are many long held cultural viewpoints within  Saudi Arabia as a culture, as there are as many viewpoints within all other culturally bound countries, and that includes America.



The Girl in Black







This review of this novel is definitely worth reblogging. The writing is superb, the mystery is  compelling and very scary. The Girl in Black” by Kathy Lauren Miller, is a hauntingly taut murder mystery as well as an awesome page-turner! The mystery begins with high school senior, Kate Mckenna who happens to live in an old Victorian manor that is also the Mckenna Memorial Funeral Home. Her father, Dr. Brendan Mckenna, happens to be the county’s Chief Medical Examiner.  Shy Kate, whose social life as always been nearly non-existent until she is thrust into the limelight when the promiscuous prom queen, Ashley, is found tortured and murdered.

Accusations run rampant in Kate’s High School concerning several male students that were involved with Ashley.  To make matters worse, Ashley’s remains now reside at the funeral home where Kate lives. Kate and her best friend Cooper, a computer nerd, and Kate’s unattainable heartthrob, handsome Shane, all become involved in Ashley’s murder.  Suddenly, Kate finds herself in the cross hairs of the sadistic killer and the vengeful ghost of Ashley, the murdered prom queen. What happens next is beyond Kate’s worse nightmare.  The Girl in Black is a fascinating and terrifying murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book.




Response to Evil — charles french words reading and writing

A Review of the soon to be published, MALEDICUS!

MALEDICUS is a soon to be published new novel, written by Charles F. French.  It is a  horror story that will scare the pants off of you. You will decide to never, repeat, never, buy a small Roman stone figure out of sheer terror! I cannot wait until this literary horror story is in print. As one of several Beta readers for this manuscript, I was amazed to find that this story was not at all what I thought it would be. Not only will it scare you to death, but it is abundant in tantalizing details, unforgettable characters, and rich in delicate undertones that sparkle with literary nuances that will not only touch your heart and mind, but take your breath away. A page turner, to say the least, and you won’t be able to put the novel down until that very last page. A completely riveting story with suspense, mystery, horror, bravery, and a beautiful love story. The author, Charles F. French is a magician or must be, because his story is spellbinding!  I highly recommend Maledicus!

K. D. Dowdall

***Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing: Copyright @ 2016 by Charles F. French Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This issue is one of the central themes of my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I and is also…

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Writing Quotations

I re-blogged this post because it made me think that great quotes are a prelude to reading and every author knows what they say may very well have consequences like causing someone to picking up a book and start reading. The words written on a page can change lives, like turning on a light bulb in someone’s mind. That someone may decide to finish high school or go to college or start a movement that may lead to social change, or cause someone to hold on to life when all else seems lost. Writers have the power to change the world, and writers have changed the world.  That is why quotes from  insightful writers and others are so important.  So, thank  you  Dr. French and so many others who share amazing quotes, that may motivate someone to pick up a book and read.


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“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”

                                                                     Ernest Hemingway




“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”

                                                                    Stephen King



And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

                                                                   William Shakespeare

                                   A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 5. Scene 1)

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Review: Touched – The Caress of Fate

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A strange take on a teenage love story, but I liked it anyway. Instead of graphic sex there are earnest and heartfelt feelings, pages of feelings, well done, I thought – but then again, I am a romantic at heart. The sense of the story premise, is a first love, a true love, a sense of a soul connection that takes the main characters by surprise, an unwanted surprise, at first. The teenage girl is innocent, pure, inasmuch as she had never dated, yet her feelings are so strong, despite her own reservations and concerns, concerns that are also fearful. There are interesting biblical passages, such as a hatred of witches portrayed as evil incarnate figures (a myth of course), Greek gods and goddess stories that I found interesting and quite telling as a back drop to the story. All in all, the novel is a rather contemporary Christian take on good and evil and a true love that defies both.