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review 2016-10-11 12:25
What are you afraid of? – Fear of the Scarecrow by Anthony Renfro @atothewr
Fear of the Scarecrow - Anthony Renfro

Anthony Renfro writes some fantastic horror short stories and Fear of the Scarecrow is up there at the top.


Check out this awesome cover. Looks harmless, doesn’t it?






I love the cover and as I began reading…OMG…this is so fabulous. Not what I expected. I am horrified and delighted and I don’t believe I will ever look at scarecrows and pumpkins in the same light ever again.


Fear of the Scarecrow was inspired by his Haiku: Fear of the Scarecrow:

In a field you hang

Upon this wood post you wait

for the night’s darkness

And it does arrive in a big way!

I picked this up as an Amazon freebie.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars


GOODREADS BLURBThis short story is about a desperate man hungry for revenge seeking justice. Sometimes justice comes with a price.


Anthony Renfro




Anthony lives in Apex, North Carolina. He is a reader, writer, runner, husband, father, and stay at home dad – one of the toughest jobs anyone could ever do. His influence for writing horror is Stephen King.


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text 2016-09-09 12:05
Lao Tzu’s Soul in a Bottle - A Prelude (Sage and the Scarecrow)
The Sage and the Scarecrow - Daniel Clausen

Project Summary: The following is the prelude from my 2004 novel "The Sage and the Scarecrow". At the moment, I am revising the chapters from this book into 3-4 page short stories for posting on my blogs and in literary magazines. 


The Novel in Short: Six months after his father has died from cancer, Pierce finds himself in a state of anxiety and crisis. The book follows Pierce through a journey to find his best friend and the only person he thinks can "cure" him.  



Thinking about Lao Tzu helps me understand my own situation: why I’m writing these words to you, why I feel the need to connect to someone else.


The introduction of the Tao Teh Ching says that Lao Tzu was a librarian during the Warring States period at a library in the Chou capital, and that the book was his way of expressing the accumulated lessons he’d learned throughout his lifetime, regarding such subjects as how a state should be run, human psychology, metaphysics, creation, and so forth. The book roughly translated means The Way and its Virtue. I suppose it’s a story about a general way and a general virtue. But I can’t help thinking about the book as something lonely and personal.  


When I think about Lao Tzu writing these words carefully on ancient scrolls or pieces of silk paper, or whatever was the way of writing back then, it helps me understand why I’m writing these words to you. The lonely spaces and places of our existence compel us to search out others, whether it be by words or some other means.


Sometimes I think of Lao Tzu alone in a library working on this scroll, as if he could put his soul in a bottle and cast it out to sea. The bottle would drift and drift, and then finally the right person would find it years later. Magical properties of the bottle would draw it to the right person at the right time in a way that would heal and redeem that person.


Philosophy and wish fulfillment are sometimes so close that I think any philosophy is really nothing more than the expression of a desire.


Nothing is really solved, but the longing for solutions and the creative energies that produce them fabricate things called solutions that just create more longing. They fill bottles upon bottles of human existence that float in a sea. We hope that a magical property exists that will attract the right person...


The accumulation of these bottles creates something not quite wisdom. But somehow in the dark ocean of our existence they light a kind way. Who can say if this way is virtuous or not in the end?

A girl named Jennifer gave me the Tao Teh Ching. Once upon a time, she was my best friend. But what she didn’t know was that she was the best of us, of everyone.


How can I be sure? I follow the bottles of human existence.


This story is about her and me, and for this reason the book has special importance; although this story is also about other things: human psychology, how a state should be run, the impossibility of love, (no metaphysics), the problem of existence, but mostly it’s about her and me, and my love for her.    


On page ninety-one the Tao Teh Ching says: “Thus, an excessive love for anything will cost you dear in the end.” A homeless man who claimed to have a doctorate in philosophy once told me something very similar.


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text 2016-08-02 14:55
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 280 pages.
Batman Arkham: Scarecrow - Various

really enjoyed the revamp of Scarecrow's origin story done by Doug Moench and Bret Blevins--and next is another Moench effort.

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text 2016-08-01 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 280 pages.
Batman Arkham: Scarecrow - Various

I'm still enjoying this--and I think it was a good idea to take my time with it, rather than blaze through it. if read in a rush, I think the older stories would have lost their luster and screamed "Samey!". now I've kind of crept up to the more modern approach to Batman and his adventures, plus I'm about to encounter Scarecrow stories created by two of my favorites: artist Alan Davis, and Moon Knight mastermind Doug Moench (note: these two do not work together on the same tale, but that's even better, because then the brilliance--in terms of art and writing--is smeared around). Scarecrow tends to look and act a lot scarier now, too!


may be a bit quicker with this starting soon, because I want to get back to DMZ. miss my DMZ.

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text 2016-07-29 00:28
Reading progress update: I've read 73 out of 280 pages.
Batman Arkham: Scarecrow - Various

just read the 1960s Scarecrow stories--two of them--and I'm working my way through corny plots and hokey dialogue as I begin to long for the "modern era" Batman. but as far as Scarecrow goes...oh yah, there's no way this villain was gonna be left behind in comics-limbo as the material got more mature; he's just screamin' for a real frightening treatment with creepy art, and it's comin'! 

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