O Sing Unto the Lord

08DEC19 Chorale PerformanceMusic Institute Chorale

Daniel Wallenberg, conductor
Gergory Shifrin, pianist


O Sing Unto the Lord

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 3:00 PM

$10 general admission

Nicols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois

Music Institute of Chicago

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Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll

Come see the Granite State Magicians (including your handsome young friend, me) at the Holiday Stroll this Saturday, November 30th, in Nashua NH.Jim Macdonald, Magician

We’re putting on a free magic show as part of the festivities at 30 Temple Street, Lower Level, between 7:10 and 8:10 pm.  The performers will be Lord and Lady BlackSword, Wayne Harmon, Jim Macdonald, and Corky the Clown.

I promise you a good time! (And don’t forget all the rest of the events at the Winter Holiday Stroll….)

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Magic Near Boston

Northeast New England Magic ContestIf  you aren’t doing anything this weekend, you might head over to the  Second Annual Northeast New England Magic Contest, 2:00 pm Sunday, November 17th.  Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St, Wellesley MA.

I’ll be there!

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Happy Official Start of Leaf-Peeping Season Day!

A beautiful crisp day today. Blue sky, white puffy clouds.

And if you’re in the North Country, drop by Vulgar Display of Poutine in Island Pond, VT (4-10 pm Thursday and Friday, 2-10 pm Saturday and Sunday). All they serve is poutine, but it’s the best you’ll find.

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Hey, if we’re going to continue with the grand renaming of everything, I might as well plump for my own candidate.

This date has long been the time when the New England autumnal colors start to peak, up here at the northern end of their range.  A dedicated leaf-peeper can start up here and follow the colors southward to finish up in Connecticut, by which time we up here are looking at bare trees and starting to fret about the first snowfall.

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Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire Map

Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire

Come on down! (Or up, depending on your starting point.)  13 Templeton Turnpike, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire 03447.  Tons of vendors, shows, demos, and other fun.  Saturday the 5th.  9:00 am-3:00 pm.

If you see me, say “Amaze me!” and I’ll do my level best.


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Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire

So there you are, wondering what to do, where to go, on an October morning. Specifically, October 5th, 2019. Why not come to the Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire?  It’s Fair!  It’s Fantastic!  It’s in Fitzwilliam!(NH).  And, I’ll be there doing magic.  Come up to me, say, “Amaze me!” and I’ll do my best.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire


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Vaudeville Again!

It;s VaudevilleI’ll be doing my vaudeville thing at Newport, NH a week from Saturday, at 7:00 pm.   My turn is a recreation of a vaudeville magic act as might have been seen back in 1921, using the same patter, the same tricks, done by the same methods, as they were a century ago.  The place is the Newport Opera House.  So come on, see the show, and applaud wildly!

Vaudeville show coming to Newport


$10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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Read the Book!

Free download, in accessible, searchable Epub format, with live links to 740+ original documents: the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (“The Mueller Report”).

Read it.  Really.  It’s important.


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This Weekend

The Conjuror by Hieronymus BoschI’m doing the Maine RenFaire.  As always, if you come up to me and say “Amaze me!” I will do my level best.

550 ME-109 in Acton, Maine.  Saturday and Sunday July 27/28, 10:00am-5:00 pm.  Be there or don’t be there (that is the question).  Oh, yeah, and please don’t think of the Ace of Spades.  Everyone thinks of the Ace of Spades.



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Ian Randal Strock’s Fantastic Books has contracted with James D. Macdonald, Judith K. Dial, and Tom Easton for an anthology of 40 short horror stories to be called



We will open for submissions on August 8, 2019. Submissions will close September 15, 2019.  Proposed publication date is early 2020, in all the usual paper and electronic formats.

We’re looking for reprints.  Previously published where the rights have reverted to the author.   500-2000 words.  Pay is $20 flat fee for non-exclusive reprint rights.  The stories should NOT involve bathroom horror.

Send submissions (and questions) to Tom at profeaston@verizon.net.

The book will join SCIENCE FICTION FOR THE THRONE and FANTASY FOR THE THRONE on Ian’s dealer table at numerous conventions (as well as on his website at fantasticbooks.biz and on Amazon etc.). With luck, everyone will decide they just have to have the whole set.

Buy one.  Better still, buy a dozen.  They make excellent gifts.



Q. What do you mean by “horror”?

A:  Something that scares me.

Q. What rights do you take?

A. Non-exclusive reprint rights.

Q. I’m a big name author.  What’s my pay going to be?

A. Twenty bucks.

Q. My story won an award!  What’s the rate?

A.  Twenty bucks, flat fee.

Q. What’s the royalty rate?

A.  Flat fee.

Q. I have a super-scary drabble!  Can I send it in?

A.  Is it at least 500 words?  If so, yes.

Q. I have an original story!  Can I submit it?

A. I suppose so, but it’s still a flat twenty bucks, and you’ll only be able to sell it as a reprint afterward.  Are you really sure you want to do this?

Q. My novel excerpt is 5,000 words!  Will you look at it?

A. Yes, after you’ve cut 3,000 words.

Q. I don’t write horror, but I have a really funny Little Baby Bunny story.  Want to look at it?

A. Maybe for the Baby Animals for the Throne anthology (not yet scheduled).

Q. I have a 1500 word previously published really scary horror story that, unfortunately, consists entirely of bathroom humor.  Can I send “It Came From Beneath the Loo” for your consideration?

A. If you must, but be aware that it’ll had better be super scary and totally brilliant and utterly unique and all those other literary vitamins and minerals if you expect it to crawl its way up the sewer pipe.

Q. I don’t have a short horror story that fits your requirements, but I’m a big name author and I want to write a blurb for the back of the book telling everyone how much I loved it and how they should buy it.  Can we talk?

A.  Yes.  Professor Tom wants to hear from you.

Q. Can I tell all my writer friends about this anthology?

A. Yes.  If you don’t have friends make some friends just so you can tell them.

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