Steven Luna

I am Jack’s stupidity. My kids make me lie about stuff; my wife makes me tell the truth. My sanctum doesn’t have nearly enough snacks, but recent developments in that area look very promising. I write “dude lit”, stories with dude-ish sensibilities, laden with sarcasm and profanity. And sometimes vampires. But not always. 

  • How the Machines Will Do Us In (and Why it’s Totally Our Fault)

    Humans aren’t the most discriminating species when it comes to wasting technology…not that any other species could be, considering they don’t really have technology. Tech is a distinctly human phenomenon, made possible by mastery of thumbs and our incredible urge to get other things to do our work for us, and machines are right there […]

  • The Scariest Books We've Read

    It's October. The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and all basic cable programming has turned to grainy nightvision footage. Even Animal Planet. It's the second scariest time of year next to the last day of school. To celebrate we're going to share with you the scariest books we've ever read. Click the […]

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  • The Sweet Stuff

    Luna's got special treat for us all today. It's an excerpt from his latest story, Joe Vampire: Halloweenie. One aspect of Halloween that even vampiration couldn’t mow over for me is the edibles, naturally. Now that I own a home, I’ve been on both sides of the trick-or-treating door, and of course, I’ve overthought the […]

  • Not So Dumb Ideas: All Puppet Players

    Here at DWH, we love a great idea. Long ago, back in the aughts, many great ideas went unrealized because some of the most inventive minds in the world didn't have a relative with money. But, now that we're living in the future, great ideas are getting funded everyday. We'll be featuring some of those […]

  • Movie Review: Transcendence

    **SPOILER ALERT: I pretty much tell you everything that happened in the movie, so you might want to click away now if you’re not into that kind of thing.** So I watched Transcendence over the weekend, that movie where Johnny Depp plays a genius dude with the oh-so-clever name of Will Caster (GET IT, AUDIENCE? […]

  • The Rain Rain Rain Came Down

    Editor's Note: When it rains, we go inside. When it floods, we go to the store and buy bleach for some reason. But what do you do when you're a tortoise? You don't need bleach. You're a tortoise. So where do you go when the heavens open up? After the flooding in Arizona, Steven Luna […]

  • Teeing Off

    Nothing says “Help support indie authors!” like buying a t-shirt. And nothing says “Buy this t-shirt!” like having a curly mustache on the front. Wait. Let’s back up a bit. Fellow Dumb White Husbands Clayton Smith and I (Steven Luna) are in all kinds of rocket-launching mode with our new venture Dapper Press, a publishing […]

  • Welcome to the New Paranormal

    A Vampire Faces Middle-Age My character Joe Vampire has gone through a bunch of crazy stuff over the years. Bad relationships, bad get-back-on-the-horse dates, bad experiences with booze and sushi. Good times with new friends and old friends. Hellacious moments with vampire hunters and undead prostitutes and moments of existential questioning that would drive someone […]

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  • It’s a Good Stupid – A Little Behind in Pop Music

    I don’t listen to popular radio much. I like to think I’m slightly more discerning than to listen to songs that are currently well-liked; I’d rather listen to songs that used to be well-liked but are now only remembered as Pandora fodder, thank you very much. But I also think it’s important to get in […]

  • Reading is Important

    We believe in the power of reading.That's why we're giving away free books and that's why we made this public service announcement. Please help spread this important message by sharing it with your friends, family, coworkers and anyone else you think should be less dumb. 

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  • Poke Yourself Out

    We hauled out the family DVDs the other night and stepped back in time to watch the Lunalings as they were a decade ago. I was amazed at how happy they looked. They’ve always been cheerful kids, but unless we just didn’t capture the bad times (which we may not have) all we have is […]

  • Happy, My Ass

    Forgive me if this is old news. I’m out of the fast food drive-thru loop. And it’s not because I eat paleo, so…Apparently, McDonald’s doesn’t think having a red-haired clown is horrific enough for the children it’s trying to lure into its restaurants. Now it’s added an LSD-worthy animated happy meal box to its cast […]

  • The Big Finish

    The best part of writing a book is getting a solid running start.Also: the part in the middle, after you realize you have enough material to tell a whole story.Also also: the part at the end, when you realize that not only have you written the whole thing, but you can look at it and […]

  • Bumper Thumper

    So there I was, having a typical work week Thursday, driving a friend to a company-sponsored kickball game in the middle of the afternoon.Typical as used in this sentence actually means “in no way typical.” That word is tricky sometimes.Anyway, so I’m tooling down the road with my buddy in tow, and we come to a […]

  • Flock You

    Over the weekend, the Luna household grew by two. And no, we didn’t have twins. Those days are long over. Unless we find a kid growing in our garden like Jennifer Garner did in that movie a few years ago, we have all the kids we’re going to. Instead, we acquired birds – a set […]

  • Passing the (Human) Torch

    I’ve been noticing more and more elements of myself emerging in my kids as they grow up. I can’t take total credit for their developing sarcasm; that one comes from both ends of the gene pool. The flat feet have been there from the beginning, so that’s not really “emerging” as Webster’s defines it (the […]

  • Stranger in the House

    There I was, Kenpo-ing in my living room, kicking imaginary intruders back to the hellmouth they crawled out of with Tony Horton rooting me on in my TV set (do we still call it a “set”, or is that not necessary anymore?) when a stranger walked down the stairs. She was tall and elegantly-dressed, and looked […]

  • The Fax of Life: a Bonus Joe Vampire Short

    DWHLuna here, hard at work on a bunch of new written projects, the biggest and boldest of which is refreshing the Joe Vampire Series. Soon, there will be new covers, new short stories and bonus features and a new full-length novel. And another one after that, too. For now, I’ve stumbled upon a bonus post […]

  • Driven Under

    My sixteen-year-old tested for her driver’s license on Friday, the last big hurrah of her junior year spring break. Not surprisingly, she passed with flying colors. She’s spent a ton of time on the road with her mom as coach (I’m a little too “instruct-y” for her comfort level) and was fully ready for it. […]

  • The Music of Hope

    DWH Luna here. One of my side projects is an art endeavor called Awonder. The Awonder philosophy holds that magic is a matter of perspective: if you’re looking correctly, you’ll find it everywhere. We’ve found it in the spirit of an extraordinary young man facing a life-altering challenge with heart and humor and faith to […]

  • Bracing Myself

    Hey kids! Who’s ready for a DWH physiology lesson?Here’s a little thing about teeth I didn’t know before I turned 40: apparently, as you age, they tend to drift toward the middle of your mouth. Which explains why mine are no longer in the same structure as they were when I was 30. Or 35.Or […]

  • Sax’ed Out

    There’s always something musical instrument-ish going on in our house, largely due to the piano in the middle of the living room. My kids take lessons every week. It’s always fun to hear them go from the “That Sorta Sounds Like ‘Moon River’” stage to the “I Totally Recognize That…and it Isn’t Even Close to ‘Moon […]

  • Something a Bit Different

    In the interest of purging the manic creative impulse that doesn’t seem to want to leave me alone, I don’t just write ridiculous things; I draw and paint them, too. Granted, the imagery is slightly less ridiculous than the wordcraft…tends toward a more storybook fantasy-slash-surrealism-slash-“what was in those brownies and why do I feel so relaxed?” […]

  • Be More Awesome: Find a Cause

    I made one resolution this year and that was to be more awesome. This is one of the ways I intend to do that.  I’ve never had a cause. And, not in a cool James Dean kind of way. There’s just never been anything that I’ve really gotten behind.It’s not that I don’t care about stuff […]

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  • Garage Sailin'

    With spring in the air this January (as it is in Arizona about 85% of the year), the Luna household decided to collect up all the superfluous accumulations and hold that age-old waste of time we call a garage “sale.” Notice the quotes are only around the word sale. That’s because there was indeed a garage […]

  • Things You Forget… Until You Go to Vegas

    I’ve only been to Las Vegas once before, and the most indelible geographic memory I have is the Klingon voice narrating the stops over The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” on the tram along the strip. But last weekend, I was back in the Big Snapple (that’s what they call it…right?) with my lovely wife to meet up […]

  • Without a ‘Net

    A few weeks ago – on Sunday, December 29th, at precisely 8:00 pm, a moment that will live in darkness in my heart for a very long time—my internet connection went out. Turns out there was a little billing snafu at the cable company and the plug had been pulled by the ruthless robots who […]

  • Warm Weather Envy

    Hey — Mother Nature. Yeah…it’s us. The idiots who fool with you for more than a margarine commercial these days (this will only make sense to anyone who’s older than thirty). I get it: The Day After Tomorrow happened about Three Days Before Yesterday, and Dennis Quaid never showed up to bail our asses out […]

  • New Year’s Revolution

    Oh, ‘13. You were crazy. In a good way, mostly.But you were waaaaaaay too complicated for my liking.So listen up, ’14: here’s how we’re gonna run things this time around.ONE: Simplicity is king. If something takes more than three steps, it’s out. This includes but is by no means limited to: food preparation, auto mechanical entanglements […]

  • Free Holiday Snark

    The holiday spirit is all about giving, even if you’re on the receiving end of the giving. I think Winston Churchill said that. He was probably shnookered on hot toddies at the time. Or maybe that’s me.Wouldn’t that be hilarious?Anyway.It’s all about giving, so here. Have these. From Sunday 12/22 through Christmas Day, DWHLuna’s short […]