Howdy, I'm new here and I suppose I should tell you a little about myself. I have a B.F.A. in Acting. I have always loved writing and probably should have gone to school in the English department, but I was young then and still had delusions of moving to New York and making it big on the stage. I feel that I am a good Actor and could probably do okay with it, but I just have no desire to act anymore. I have focused on plays for most of my writing career. I have written several full length plays as well as shorts. A few of my shorts have been produced. I would love for one of my full length plays to be produced, but we will see if that ever happens. I really enjoy poetry slams. The combination of written and performance art is obviously right up my ally. I have won a couple of them, but am pretty sure it was because of the performance and not the writing. The writing still needs a lot of work. Recently, I have been hiding in my basement when ever I am not at work dealing poker, and writing short stories (in the Horror genre). I have decided that I am going to focus on fiction for the time being. I really look forward to getting critiques on my short stories and poems in the near future. Nice to meet you all. ---ZHM P.S. I read voraciously and would love if you more experienced writers pointed me in the direction of your favorite short stories, novels, and poetry. Especially if they are not very well known. My favorite genre for fiction is Horror/Science Fiction. Theodore Sturgeon is way up there on my list. P.S.P.S. Right when I hit submit I realized that the title of this should have a semi-colon instead of a coma after the word "Stage." It upsets me that I can't change it.