This past weekend was Hallowcon. It was a great show and a lot of fun. I was honored to be among a cadre of wonderful authors. Please click on their names to visit their sites.
D. Alan Lewis
Alexander S. Brown
Kenyon T. Henry
T. D. Raufson
Mandy & G.D. Burk
Each of these writers have books that I think will work for most of you no matter your tastes. We have horror, splatter, noir, urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, and steampunk, so please check out and support these great authors.
I also had the opportunity to meet Josh “TKO” Turner and his tag-team wrestling partner Scott Lane. These guys have appeared in multiple films and tv shows as well as being professional wrestlers. What is also amazing is that they are part of two different charities: Pops for Patients and Fighting for Autism. Both of these are really good charities. Please check them out to see if you can help either of these causes and check out the two guys championing them as well.
Lastly and far from least, I had the opportunity to meet cosplayer, Alice Infinity. She was amazingly nice and continued to impress me with the versatility of her cosplay. Every time I saw her, she seemed to be in a different costume. Please check out her site.
Hallowcon was a great show and a lot of fun. I can honestly say that it was one of the most friendly and welcoming cons I’ve been to. Thanks for having me and hope to see you again next year.
I will be posting the audio from my panel from Hallowcon here in a few days.
Everyone have a safe and happy Halloween, and keep checking back for more updates.
On this the second of our Monster Mondays, during classics week, I thought I would tackle a different sort of monster than the often thought of creature feature. I’m going very old school with this one, in fact, I’m going to a film that is actually a sequel in a six film series. Yes, you heard that right, a six-film series from back in the day. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Bride of Frankenstein.
Plans for this film were started immediately following the release of the 1931 Frankenstein, although this iconic lady would not see the silver screen until 1935. Colin Clive and Boris Karloff would return to play Doctor Frankenstein and his shambling monstrosity. Once again the make-up was done by famous monster maker Jack Pierce (who created the iconic look of the monster, his bride, and the Wolf Man). Borrowing from a subplot from the original novel, Bride is one of the few sequels that is considered an equal or to have surpassed the original. I would give this film a watch to see Karloff’s performance as the original monster.
Fans of Young Frankenstein will recognize several of the set pieces and scenes, as having been spoofed by Mel Brooks. Today, I’m not just linking to this film, but an entire Universal Monster’s set, because these are must haves for horror fans and fans of classic cinema. Not to mention it also comes with Frankenstein if you’ve not seen it. The Bride is also the only monster not in the first film in the series that is considered to be one of the Universal Monsters as you can see by her inclusion on the cover below. Click the image below to pick it up and read below for the synopsis of the Bride.
Synopsis: In one of the most popular horror films of all time, The Bride of Frankenstein, Boris Karloff reprises his role as the silver screen’s most misunderstood monster who now longs for a mate. Continuing exactly where the original left off, the critically acclaimed sequel introduces Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) as a deranged scientist who forces Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) to help him create a companion for the monster. Once again directed by James Whale and adapted from Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the sequel features outstanding makeup and special effects, instantly making the Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester) one of the most recognizable monsters of all time.
In Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror part of the story comes from the military trying to capture the legendary creature to experiment on it for weapons purpose. The government weaponizing a creature like this might seem far-fetched, but when you consider that the first applications looked at for any new technology are military it makes a certain amount of sense. Don’t believe me? Remember when we learned to split the atom and the first thing we did was power cities with the energy . . . oh wait, I mean we levelled an entire city with it. Most modern advancements in technology have come through military developments or were first engineered for military purposes.
So why wouldn’t they do the same with supernatural opportunities? This is some of the thoughts that went into crafting the military experience that is part of Friedkin’s Curse and more explored in Friedkin’s Legacy (working title), the next book in the Friedkin’s Horror series. Larry Correia has some similar ideas about the government’s harvesting of supernatural weapons (explored in both his Monster Hunter International and Grimnoir Chronicles). I recently had the pleasure of serving on a panel with Kimberly Richardson (the Goth Librarian), she stated that we shared a favorite werewolf film: Dog Soldiers, which pits soldiers against werewolves when a capture operation goes wrong. There is also Project: Metalbeast, a direct-to-video classic from the 90s, which has a genetically altered werewolf super-soldier wreaking havoc in a bunker. The military industrial complex isn’t the only government office to get into the werewolf enhancement department, Full Eclipse is a film where a special Los Angeles Police Squad is augmented using werewolf serum to combat crime.
All of these are great examples of the government “investigating” new and experimental procedures to help further the combat effectiveness of new creatures. I’ve provided a list of these works below, so just click on the pictures if you are interested. Next time the moon is full and you hear howling and sirens, just tell yourself that they are unrelated.
I wanted to let everyone know that I will be at Connooga this weekend. You can find me in the dealer’s section with my cover artist. We’ll have copies of both Winston & Baum books as well as Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror, books are $10 so stop by and pick up your copies today. Also, I will be a panelist for several of their events. Below is a list of my schedule for panels (you can use the Connooga app to verify the locations for these events).
||YA – What is it?
|Saturday 10:00 AM
||Blogging, Platforming, and Online Marketing for Writers
||Ghost Stories Event
|Sunday 11:00 AM
||Story Structure – multiple approaches introduced and discussed
|Sunday 1:00 PM
||The Gory Details of Writing Horror
I look forward to getting to meet some of you awesome people this weekend.
It has been a while since my last post. Mainly because I have been busy trying to get everything ready. So I’ll start with the good news. A newly edited version of my first novel Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror is available for the Kindle. You can click on the cover below to go to Amazon and pick it up.
If you’ve already purchased the book previously, then you can download the updated version at no cost. Now for the really exciting part, since it has been edited and is all shiny and new, Friedkin’s Curse is available in print for the first time ever. You can find it by clicking the cover below.
As of this posting, Amazon is selling it for $9.74, the normal retail price is $10.99 so that’s not a bad deal. Especially, if you are looking for something to round out the cart for free shipping. Also, I will be attending Connooga from February 27 – March 1. I will have copies of the two published Winston & Baum steampunk adventures, as well as copies of Friedkin’s Curse for sale. I’ll be sharing a table with my lovely wife and cover artist Caralyn (www.mysticreflections.com). So if you live in the Chattanooga area or feel like coming up and enjoying a con, we look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for reading and keep checking back to see what I’m working on next.
Hello all and Happy New Year! I hope you all had good seasonal festivities. Now I know some of you are most likely still cradling a few gift cards looking for the perfect purchase to make with them or have received Kindles and are looking for the perfect book to start your paperless existence. Good news, I have some ideas that just might prove to be what you are looking for.
I just so happen to have books available, on Kindle and in paperback. Go on click the link and see if this isn’t what you are looking for Author’s Page.
If you are more of an epic fantasy reader, guess what I have just the authors for you. JK Barber is a husband and wife author team with their first fantasy series complete and the first book of their second series out. Why don’t you take a walk through Aronshoe or Mervidia here: JK Barber’s Author Page.
Maybe you aren’t a genre specific reader, maybe you like short stories. If this sounds like you, then check out my friend A.J. Scott’s stories and see if he doesn’t have at least one to interest you. With his wide range of themes, he should be able to at least give you a quick, enjoyable read. For more information visit: A.J. Scott: Man, Myth, Frawg.
Hopefully, this will help with your gift card/Kindle dilemma. For those of you near Chattanooga, Caralyn (my cover artist: www.mysticreflections.com) and I will be attending this year’s Connooga running from February 27 through March 1. Look forward to seeing you there, until next time.
Hello out there. In case anyone is going to be in the Powder Springs area this Saturday, December 13, you should stop by the Bookworm used & rare bookstore. I will be there along with another author, selling and signing copies of both Winston & Baum books. It’s my last appearance of the year, and your last chance to see my smiling face in person for 2014. Also, autographed books make great Christmas presents, especially when you can get them personalized to a person of your choosing. One guy had me make one out to “Pookie,” so when I say a person of your choosing, I mean it. Or if you wanted, I could make it out to your pet, if you have dog or cat that can read, please bring it in, I’d love to know what it thinks of my work.
If you won’t be able to make it out to the signing, I will leave a few copies at the Bookworm and you can contact them about purchasing them. Although if you really want to get personalized autographed copies and help out an awesome cause, please visit this auction site. Some dear friends of mine are looking to add a precious little life to their home through adoption. You can pick up an author’s pack in their auction. It contains, a copy of each book autographed to a person of your choosing, an 8×10 print of each cover and a set of bookmarks. All this for starting at $20.00. My cover artist has also donated some postcard sets, and a sculpture to their auction. Julie isn’t just getting donations either, she is a fantastic quilter and has many wonderful quilts for auction as well. So if you can, please donate to this worthy cause and help them share their love.
Please keep checking in for more fun stuff that I have going on and you never know, a fun little holiday adventure may appear here very soon.