Candy and Blood is a collection of essays about one man’s prison experience over the past 12 years.
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Razorblade Horace

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. It was strange and surreal to have a selfless act of kindness return to try to stab me in the face. As Horace swiped the razorblade toward my face, time seemed to slow momentarily, and I froze. It was obscenely surreal, this scene […]




Everything in Its Right Place

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. Watching Anthony make his bed was almost hypnotic. I had a rough time looking away, mesmerized by my own bewilderment. Staring at the complex process, I couldn’t help but silently ask myself: What is wrong with this guy? === To say that Anthony […]




Quality Healthcare

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. I thank the good Lord above from the depths of my heart that I’ve never had to deal with a hemorrhoid. Of all the various maladies and embarrassing afflictions that have been visited upon me, the dreaded hemorrhoid is one I seem to […]




Hurting

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. I was caught in Healthcare, stuck there during a scheduled institutional count. What’s worse is that my visit was an unscheduled one made necessary by a gaping wound on my finger that had resulted when I accidentally slammed my hand between two dumbbells. […]




Shower Deprivation

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. “You don’t even know me!” Even as I spoke, I could hear the wild, angry hysteria in my voice—but I couldn’t stop. “What are you talking about ‘we?’ There’s no ‘we.’ I’ve been in this building with you for two years now, and […]




Rocco and The Hamster

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. For all his woofing, I honestly don’t think The Hamster actually expected Rocco to answer his challenge. His surprise slipped through his bravado just before the chink in the armor was cinched closed, but I spied it all the same. A touch of […]




Animal Tendencies

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. I have spent time in a foreign country that in some areas literally had Third World toilet facilities. Those far-off “lavatories” often consisted of little more than a hole in the ground. For the more sophisticated and fanciful ones, a slab of concrete […]




Just Bitting

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. My world was turned upside down, and I wasn’t really sure how to navigate the strange new terrain in which I found myself. My buddy Kevin, a guy who I’d known for two years and who had been my cellie for nine months, […]




Abuse of Authority

Crockett had a relatively legitimate complaint, but he went about seeking relief for his issue in the entirely wrong way. First, he began by cussing out the two C/Os who refused to let him out of his cell to use the phone—never a good opening tactic. It was Crockett’s scheduled day for a phone call—one […]




Bittersweet Dreams

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood, available on Amazon.com now. I awoke in the darkness, pitch-black shroud of night pressed against my chest with an unnatural weight. A hard, heavy throbbing in my head pulsed in unison with the corresponding ache in my belly and lower still in my most intimate of areas. Arousal […]