Happy 2019 (A Little Late)

Just checking in to say Happy New Year and I apologize for it being so quiet here. Things tend to get a little crazy during the holidays and this year was no exception. The new Friday Night Frights book, She-Wolf, Take a Bow, is currently going through a second draft. I hope to have that out to beta readers soon and have it done by March or April. After that, I'm looking to finish my first fantasy novel and hopefully knock that into shape so I can start shopping it around. After that, I have another entry into the Astrogirl series written, as well as a sci-fi novel that features loads of giant monsters and robots. No timetable for those just yet but I'll keep you updated on them as they progress.

Keep reading and I hope 2019 is good to you!

Review: Anna and the Apocalypse

Christmas and horror movies seem to go as well with each other as peppermint and schnapps. From Black Christmas to Gremlins to Krampus, there is no shortage of them. Maybe it’s the idea that is should be such a peaceful and loving time that makes it such a fertile ground for frightening scenarios. Maybe it’s because some family gatherings are so nightmarish that a slasher on the loose seems like a fine change of pace. Either way, when the season rolls around, I’m always happy to throw a couple on and get in the spirit. Some of them can be downright horrid, which is why it is a pleasure when you find a gem of a movie out there that you want to keep in your holiday rotation from that day on. Anna and the Apocalypse is such a film.
The movie can be messily summed up as a Christmas musical horror-comedy set against a zombie outbreak. A Christmas zom-com-ical, if you will. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to use that. Ever. I hate myself for even thinking of it.)
On the cusp of the holiday, …

NaNoWriMo Recap

Well friends, I did what I set out to do. I won NaNoWriMo this year by laying down over 50,000 words into a new fantasy novel I've had percolating for some time. In fact, it's been bouncing around since the early 90s, where it drew inspiration from a character in a short-lived D&D campaign I played in. It looked a lot different then and was more of a power-fantasy than anything substantial, so I shelved it. Then a year or two ago I started thinking about it again and how everything could play out differently. That led to a quick outlining session and I knew that it would be the book I worked on this year.

The bad news? I'm only a third of the way done with it by my estimation, so it's going to be awhile before you can see the fruits of this labor. On the bright side, I have put down the finishing words into She-Wolf, Take a Bow and will start revising that this week, so you will have that to look forward to.

All in all, it was a productive endeavor, but one that re…

NaNoWriMo 2018

Well, I was off to a great start and writing up a storm in my 2018 NaNoWriMo novel. That promptly fell by the wayside once I went on vacation. Now I'm a few thousand words behind and still have to make today's words as well. Anybody else in the same boat? I'm pretty sure I can get it done, but it is going to be a close one this year.

Outlines and Preparations

Greetings. It's been a busy October for me. In addition to hitting a variety of horror conventions and comic conventions, I've also been working diligently on a few new works. The first up is the latest in the Friday Night Frights saga, tentatively titled She-Wolf, Take a Bow, which I've almost completed the first draft on.

Next up is the outline for a romantic comedy called Whiskey and Misery. It's a little bit Californication and Friday the 13th. I know neither of those really scream rom-com but you'll just have to trust me on it. No idea when I'm going to start work on the draft but I'm happy with the way it is shaping up so far.

Finally, I have the outline for my NaNoWriMo novel this year finished. I tend to do outlines as it helps me stay on track. Even a simple one is better than nothing and lets me look back to check something in case I forgot a plot point or need a refresher on a scene. This is going to be a new genre for me as it is a fantasy novel…

Review: Halloween (2018)

It's been 40 years since the original Halloween graced the screens of theaters across the nation, giving us a boogeyman like no other in Michael Myers and creating a popular horror film franchise that has endured throughout the years. However, it has been almost ten years since the last entry and the second attempt to revitalize the series so the presence of the Shape has been sorely missed on the screen.

For those just joining us, the first attempt to discard the unwieldy continuity of the Halloween series (discounting Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, which was an attempt to create an anthology series out of the brand) was Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Said movie (which also happened to be the last one I saw in theaters) discarded the later films and picked up after Halloween II with Michael Myers still on the loose and Laurie having faked her death only to find that her brother has found her and is hunting her once again. This spawned a follow-up film that was widely derided,…

Elvira at the New Jersey Horror Con Part 2

One of the fun things to do at conventions if you have some free time is attend the various panels that the show has. These can be on just about anything. Some are how-to's on cosplay or comic book creation, others concern what new products a company has coming up, while others might feature the cast and crew of an upcoming movie that will be discussed in detail. At the New Jersey Horror Con, these panels took the form of  Q&A sessions with the various celebrities in attendance. I didn't realize that Ms. Peterson (Elvira) was having one until I got there. Fortunately it was scheduled for right after my photo-op so I could run over there and grab a seat without having to spend a lot of time waiting around.

The Q&A stage was a simple set up,featuring a chair and microphone each for the Ms. Peterson and the moderator in front of a white backdrop with the con's logo on it. The photo-op ran a bit longer than expected so Ms. Peterson was a little late to the panel, but wa…