Author Archives: Norm Rubenstein

About Norm Rubenstein

After graduating from Northwestern University with a dual B.A. degree in Philosophy & Political Science (1976), and then from Loyola University of Chicago School Of Law with a J.D. degree (1979), Norm spent over twenty years as a litigation attorney, then was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the city of Chicago, where he presided in thousands of trials and hearings. 
Norm also organized and presented a number of rather large science fiction conventions in conjunction with the BBC for their Doctor Who television series and was featured on a nationally televised segment of the Entertainment Tonight TV show back in the 1980's. He went on to co-produce ten stage plays including one, Murder By Misadventure, that ran upon London's famed West End for six months, and a world premiere of an A. R. Gurney play, The Fourth Wall, starring George Segal and Betty Buckley in Chicago. 

 Norm, a voracious reader since childhood, currently resides in the sunny Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, AZ, with his Golden Retriever, Sunny and Flat-Coated Retriever, Coco. He is an Active Member of both the Horror Writer's Association (HWA), and of the International Thriller Writer's, Inc (ITW). Norm has had over one hundred of his Horror & Thriller Genre book and film reviews purchased and published over the past four years. Norm has written a regular column for Fear Zone "Macabre Musings," is and/or has been a regular reviewer for Horror World, a regular columnist for Shroud Magazine, and also, is a reviewer for Cemetery Dance Magazine and Dark Scribe Magazine. He served an enjoyable stint as the reviewer for the Pod Of Horror podcast hosted by author and professional radio host, Mark Justice, and has just returned there, after an extended leave of absence. Norm has had extensive experience working freelance as a copy editor, Associate Editor, and/or Fiction Editor for a number of Specialty Presses, including Bloodletting Press, Cargo Cult Press, Centipede Press, Dark Regions Press, and Thunderstorm Books, and Norm is proud of the fact that both Bloodletting Press and Dark Regions Press both respectively won the coveted HWA “Best Specialty Press” Stoker award during the time he was employed at each publisher. Norm’s website is http://www.macabremusings.com As an author, Norm is proud to be a contributor to the recently released and multi-award nominated, David Morrell and Hank Wagner edited hardcover Anthology, Thrillers: 100 Must Reads from Oceanview Publishing. Norm’s very first fiction short story -- “The Closet” -- co-authored with noted Canadian author Carol Weekes, appeared in the recently released anthology Fear Of The Dark, by Horror Bound Magazine Publications. Norm is currently busy working on a number of screenplays with his generous and gracious co-author, Carol Weekes, as well, on his own, as the occasional short story. Norm is especially delighted to have recently been hired as Editor by Steve and Leya Booth of and for their new publishing company venture, Genius Publishing: http://www.geniuspublish.com. GP’s first book, the successful zombie novel The Hungry has just recently been published, and GP will be publishing a substantial number of new titles in 2012

Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012 by Bruce Boston; Dark Renaissance Books ; 2013; 159 pgs; $14.95 US

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. – Edgar Allan Poe Poetry: the best words in the best order. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language … Continue reading


That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley; JournalStone Publishing; 2011; 270 pgs; $12.95 US

Brett Talley’s first novel, That Which Should Not Be (TWSNB), comes with a sterling pedigree, having won its publisher’s 2011 JournalStone horror writing contest, having been named a 2011 GoodReads Choice Awards Semi-Finalist, and also having been named as a … Continue reading


Cosmic Forces by Gregory Lamberson; Medallion Press; 2010; 388 pgs; $14.95 US

Author Greg Lamberson is one very talented, multitasking individual. As adept at writing and directing highly entertaining low-budget horror films, such as Slime City and its recent sequel, Slime City Massacre, as he is in writing informative non-fiction such as … Continue reading


Mile 81 by Stephen King; Scribner; 2011; 80 pgs; $2.99 US

Stephen King has just released, so far exclusively available as an e-book download through publisher Scribner, a new story, Mile 81. As a preliminary ‘technical’ aside, as the tale is just under 17,000 words in length and consists of eighty … Continue reading