Monday, December 11, 2017

The Secret Life of Astrogirl Live on Kindle Scout

Hey Everybody!

The Kindle Scout campaign for The Secret Life of Astrogirl is live! All you have to do to help is log in with your Amazon account and nominate my book. You can nominate three books at a time so feel free to browse the site and find some other authors that interest you to help out as well after throwing me a nomination. If we get enough votes and get selected into the program, you get free books, too. How cool is that? Thanks for voting for me in advance! Feel free to share away.

Click here for the campaign page!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

NaNoWriMo Aftermath

Hi all.

I won NaNoWriMo again this year. It was tough in the end and I wasn't sure I would make it, but I ended up going over the limit by a decent amount so I guess I had it in me after all. That book is called John and Deety Save Christmas and will hopefully be available this summer if everything goes ok.

In the meantime, I'm working on the final edit of Cheerleaders of the Blind Dead as well as the cover. I'm looking at a February 2018 publication date for that one. After that, if my friend finishes it in time, you can look forward to a cover from me gracing a novel from a new author that I'm excited about. From what I've read so far, it's a great story and I look forward to sharing that with you when it is out.

That's all for now. I'll try to keep you updated with my nonsense more frequently now that my schedule has freed up a bit.

Kindle Scout

Just submitted The Secret Life of Astrogirl to the Kindle Scout program. I'll let you all know when it is live so you can vote for it and share it. Plus, if it gets enough votes, you all get free copies just for voting. How cool is that? I'll keep you updated. Should know in a few days if my entry passes review.

Monday, November 06, 2017

November Update

Greetings!

I know it's been awhile but I wanted to keep you all in the loop on what things are going on currently in the Mosherverse. First off, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the giveaway over on Goodreads the past month. The winners have been selected and the copies were mailed out on Friday. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Next up, I've gotten an entry ready for the Kindle Scout program that I hope to have posted shortly and I will share the link when I do. All I'm waiting on is a new author photo as I feel I need something a little more professional. Hopefully I'll get that done this weekend while my hair still looks relatively neat so I don't look like Shaggy in it.

Lastly, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. This time around I'm doing a mystery set around the holidays titled "John and Deety Save Christmas." It's going well so far but it is still early. I'm slightly ahead thanks to a good weekend of writing but I've got to make up more time as I know I have a few days coming up that will set me behind. If you're participating as well, send me a line and we can be writing buddies over on that site.

That's all for now.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Traditions

It's that most wonderful time of year again. While I do try to fit in a lot of horror movies in October, one of my favorite things to do is an annual reading of Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October. The novel is about a strange game being played by some familiar faces from the world of the macabre and each chapter takes place over the course of a day in the month, culminating with a fantastic finish on Halloween.

My brother turned me on to the book years ago and it has been a staple of my monthly activities ever since. If you haven't read it before, I heartily recommend checking it out.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Lost at Comic Con 2?

I was reading through an earlier manuscript tonight, the next in the same universe as Lost at Comic Con. It was written first, but served as more of a sequel to the other novel. Unfortunately, it wasn't very good. I might not have known this when writing it, but upon re-reading it, the whole thing feels like the ravings of a psychopath hopped up on the movies I was in love with at the time like Free Enterprise, Fight Club and High Fidelity.

The book is told from the perspective of Sam Beckett, who you may remember from my first novel. In this one, however, Sam is wildly different. You've heard of author inserts, of course. Well, Sam is definitely an author insert of me, down to where he's living to his job to his love and interests. His whole tale is set against his birthday and his girlfriend breaking up with him. He also hangs with his friends and drinks a lot. Most of them are named after Green Lanterns.

Also, there are a ton of typos. The kind I thought programs were supposed to catch. Not a great scene. Not particularly at great novel. Made me cringe to read it.

But there's a seed of something. I think it could be something fun. Enough that I could adapt it to be a proper sequel to LACC. One that gives some closure to their stories and creates some new adventures for them. I've got a few other books in the works so it won't be something coming out next year, but it is there on the horizon.

So what do you think? Would you like to read more about your favorite characters from my first published novel?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Signed Book Giveaway!



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The Madman of Lake Mongawonga by Eric Mosher

The Madman of Lake Mongawonga

by Eric Mosher

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

RIP: Tobe Hooper

Christ, it seems like I'm writing a lot of these lately. Woke up to people praising the work of Tobe Hooper and I thought maybe he got a new film out that was particularly good, which seemed to be a rarity for him lately as nothing seemed to measure up to his early work. Sadly, that was not to be the case, as it turned out that Mr. Hooper had passed away.

In case you aren't familiar with him, Tobe Hooper was the director of the masterful Texas Chainsaw Massacre and and Poltergeist, as well as a slew of other minor classics (Lifeforce, TCM2, Funhouse) and some that are probably better off not mentioned at all. Oh yeah, he also directed Salem's Lot and scarred my young self for quite some time with his nightmarish interpretation of Barlow.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre in particular is one of my favorites, and for good reason. The movie is a case study in fear. Despite the implications such a title would bring, the movie is very much light on gore, instead trading it for an escalating series of events that become even more harrowing until at the very end, just like the main character, we are gasping to catch our breath after leaving the madness behind. Hooper wisely didn't bog down the movie with blood that might have repulsed which helped to keep your attention on the screen and the horrors occurring on it. If you haven't seen it before you should, because you won't be disappointed.

In contrast, the first sequel (and only one directed by him), is an absolute madcap romp that trades the scares and tension of the first for a feverish lunacy that starts with a chainsaw attack on a bridge and a radio station invasion and just gets more insane from there. In other words, it is a blast.

It's a shame that in his later years, Hopper never had another big hit, though some like Mortuary and The Toolbox Murders showed some promise before ultimately falling short of reaching the heights of films like TCM and Poltergeist. Still, they were entertaining and never made me regret giving them a chance.

Let's fire up the chainsaw one last time in salute.

RIP

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Review: Colossal

When it comes to getting me interested in a movie, almost all you have to do is have a giant monster show up. Then you add the amazingly talented Anne Hathaway (who I've been a fan of for years) to the mix? Why, you most assuredly have my money.

Well, you would have if Colossal actually played anywhere near me. Grumble, grumble.

So I had to wait for the movie to release on DVD to see all of this goodness and inject it right into my veins. Was it worth it?

Hell yes it was.

Without getting too spoilery and running some of the great reviews, here it is in a nutshell. Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a party girl who is out of work and, thanks to coming home mid-morning one too many times, gets kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) and is forced to move back to the small town she grew up in. There she meets an old friend (Jason Sudeikis) and discovers something strange and wonderful on a drunken walk home through a park.

At 8:05 every day, if Gloria stands in a certain part of the park, she can make a monster appear across the world in South Korea and control it. Now Gloria has to figure out what she can do with this power without hurting anyone and sort out her own life in the process.

Colossal is simply amazing. I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in, knowing only a bit from the trailer that Gloria can control the monster. Indeed, the whole things starts off much like a standard romantic comedy and then spirals into something completely different that will keep you guessing the entire way. The movie is admittedly light on kaiju action, but what there is of it works like gangbusters, especially the gravity that comes with it in particular scenes. The monster designs are unique and well-realized and I wouldn't mind getting an action figure of it. Hathaway and Sudeikis are at the top of their game here, and the tension mounts and sparks fly when these two get to play off of each other and it is an absolute treat to watch.

It may not be on the level of a Kong: Skull Island in terms of kaiju action, but Colossal stands above a lot of those films with wonderful performances and a strong message that resonates with you long after the movie has ended.

Check it out.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

RIP: Haruo Nakajima

There are few things in my life that have influenced me more than Godzilla. Over the years, they've been there for me. On rainy days, on sunny days, on Thanksgivings and Turkey Days and on days when I just needed a pick me up. Even more recently, the movies have been there for me and my daughter to watch and to bond over.

Of course, besides the titular character, there was another link--Haruo Nakajima, the man inside the suit and the original Godzilla actor. Here was a man who did more than just act, t hough. He brought monsters to life, wearing suits that weighed a ton and were damn uncomfortable and hot to boot. But he wore them proudly and as such, was considered the best Godzilla suit actor by many, including myself, but most importantly, by the other people he worked with making the films like special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya. Thus, it is no surprise that the latter tapped Nakajima to work playing monsters in Tsuburaya Productions own series, Ultraman and Ultraseven. In total, he played Godzilla 12 times and numerous other monsters throughout his career.

Several years ago, I got the rare chance to meet this legend. It was at the Chiller Theatre convention in Parsippany where he was appearing with two other suit actors, Kenpachiro Satsuma and Tsutomu Kitagawa. The line was long and the wait equally so, but it was worth it to talk to Mr. Nakajima for a few minutes and tell him how much joy his pictures had brought to people. He thanked me and we posed for a picture and then I moved on while he continued to greet fans with an energy and enthusiasm for the rest of the day that I can only hope to have when I am in my later years.

It is a legacy of fantastic monster films that Haruo Nakajima leaves us and the memory of a kind and wonderful man. Watch these movies and celebrate the life of the King of the Monsters himself.

Rest in peace.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Summer of Ska: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Let's Face It, the Bosstones rock.
 The summer of ska continues (and probably ends, really, unless I go to another show), this time with Fast Choker and Mixmaster coming along to go and see the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (MMBT) at the Starland Ballroom.

The Bosstones are one of those bands that has been around seemingly forever, and for good reason--they are pretty damn awesome. I remember hearing "Where Did You Go?" back in high school and liking it a lot, but it wasn't until the release of Let's Face It in 1997 that they really caught my interest. I'd say that album was one of the most played of the year on our floor in the dorm. Indeed, 3rd wave ska was very much alive and adored in the Dungeon of East Ambler Johnston.
It was a devil's night out.

Get those hands in the air!
I think it was that same summer that we saw them on the Warped Tour, along with just about every band we liked. That year was ridiculously stacked and we spent our time running from stage to stage to see all of the bands. Seeing MMBT live was one of those things that cemented in my mind how good they were. Their sound comes together in such a full and refreshing way that reminds me of the big band sound of the jazz musicians I studied in school. That energy was passed on to the fans, who danced and skanked their way through song after song. It was great.

That was the only time I had seen them until the opportunity arose to go this weekend with a couple of friends and reclaim that magic of our own youth. I'm happy to say that the best dressed band around (seriously, their suit game is on point) hasn't lost a step at all and in fact are even more put together and impressive than when I saw them 20 years ago. In fact, they were even playing Let's Face It in its entirety as part of an anniversary tour. All of those songs came rushing back to my mind and I found myself singing along as I danced my face off. No more pits for me, though. I leave that to the professionals like Choker and Mix.

After finishing up that album (which includes one of my faves, "The Impression That I Get"), they went on to play some of their other hits and fan favorites from over the years, including "They Will Need Music," which is almost transcendentally inspirational when you hear it live. It's just that good. Did we reclaim a little bit of our youth that night? I think so, though you definitely feel a night out like this in your bones the next day when the morning hits you. It was a grand time and I'm glad I got to listen to some great music with my best friends.

For the full set list, click here.

PS: We also got to see Mephiskaphiles, who I haven't seen in 20 years either. Still awesome. Also, the other opening act, Backyard Superheroes were pretty damn good too. Love seeing a local band kick ass like that, especially when they rock two saxophones.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Get Out (2017)

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I finally got around on Saturday to seeing a movie I had been anticipating and hearing so many good things about, particularly in the BirthMovieDeath site. That movie is Get Out. Usually, when you see a movie that has been as hyped up as this one, you can't help but end up a little disappointed in the end. Not this time. The movie was amazing.

It's a simple enough premise that has been the basis of countless stories. A man goes to a strange house. Weird things go down. But writer and director Jordan Peele deftly weaves racial politics into it, like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner but with horror trappings instead of a comedy, as Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) goes to visit his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family out in the country. He asks if she has told them that he is a black man and she assures him that it doesn't matter to her or her parents. But when he gets there, Chris can't help but feel that something is amiss even though her parents, the Armitages (played by Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford), are incredibly accepting of him and even offer to hypnotize him to help him quit smoking.

Then things get weirder from there.

To go any deeper into it would spoil some of the great surprises that the movie has. Truly, it keeps you on your toes and often disarms you with humor right before throwing you right back into the breach. The film's tone brings to mind some of the films of the 70s, in particular Let's Scare Jessica to Death, with its own lead character questioning whether the things she sees are real or a figment of her own imagination. Indeed, Chris has his hands full trying to figure out the same as he tries to get through a weekend at the Armitage house. Martin, by George A. Romero, is also brought to mind. That's no surprise as both films wear their social commentary on their sleeves and use it to weave a tale that engrosses and shocks and is utterly enjoyable.

Get Out is an exciting new entry into the horror genre from a director I can't wait to see more from. Jordan Peele has switched from comedy to horror on a dime and his work sets a new bar for those making their own debuts.

If you haven't seen the movie yet, definitely check it out. You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Aquabats: Super Show!

The Aquabats!
Last night something amazing happened. I got to fulfill a dream I had for a long time. I mean it wasn't a crazy and ambitious dream, but it was a fun one. What was it? Why, seeing the Aquabats perform live on stage at the Stone Pony (of Lightning).

Who are the Aquabats? Why, only one of the raddest of the 3rd wave ska bands to hit the scene. They dress like superheroes, sing songs about science fiction and TV and pizza and put on a hell of a show. You might be familiar with them from their short-lived show on the Hub network--The Aquabats! Super Show! Their music is awesome and the show was just as cool as they are.

They tour a decent amount, but it is mostly on the West Coast, so my chances to see them are limited. The times that they've been in the area, I've been unable to go due to commitments or being out of town. This time, however, I was able to make it work.

Ricky Fitness singing "Your Love." Awesome cover.
So how was it? In a word? Awesome. From start to end, the entire concert was great. CJ Ramone (yes, of those Ramones) blasted through a wild set to start, playing quite a few of his namesakes songs and also some of his own that melted many a face. After him, Reggie and the Full Effect took the stage. I have to say I was unfamiliar with them, but they put on a hell of a show. When the lead singer comes out dressed like the Karate Kid and the band is in Cobra Kai outfits, you know that something special is afoot. The music was a great alt rock/punk sound that had me nodding my head and dancing. Plus he had a giant eagle come up on stage to hug him, so that was damn cool too.

Crash McLarson.
After another intermission and a quick PBR later, the band of my dreams finally took the stage. And boy did they do it in style. They even played The Aquabats! Super Show! theme to start. From that point on it was a set of hits old and new, from "The Cat with Two Heads" to "Super Rad" to "Shark Fighter" and more. Quite a bit of it was off Charge!!!, which is good, because it is one of my favorite albums of theirs after the first two albums.

There were inflatables galore too. The band fought a giant inflatable Frankenstein's Monster who was also the new roadie. Beach balls were flying around in the air during "Pool Party," "Burger Rain" brought us burgers and "Pizza Day" brought us giant pizzas that two lucky kids got to crowd surf on after the Bat Commander hurled them onto them off of the stage.

Yeah, it was that kind of show.

Since they have an all ages appeal, there were quite a few families with their children there seeing the Aquabats for the first time as well. It was loud, but it looked like the kids had a blast, getting high fives from the band and getting to go up on stage and dance. It was a pretty bitching time if you were a child. Outside of being crushed in a sweaty mob, that is. Fortunately, they didn't allow moshing or crowdsurfing so there wasn't any chance of them getting too roughed up.

The first encore was "Fashion Zombies" too, which had me super jazzed as I absolutely love that song. Then it was "Pool Party" and the show was done. So was it a good time? Hell yeah, it was a fantastic time. Even though it was a long day with work and then the show and rolling out of Asbury Park at almost 11pm and getting to bed even later and then waking up to go to work again, it was definitely worth it. I even scored some sweet shirts for my family and a poster to remember it all by. Can't wait to hang that up in the bar.

If you have a chance to check out The Aquabats live, do it. You won't be disappointed.

Aquacadet Worsel of the Stone Pony of Lightning Chapter, signing off.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

In Memoriam: George A. Romero

In my youth, I didn't really take notice of who directed a film I rented from Easy Video or Blockbuster. I just cared if it was scary or gory as hell and fun. There was one movie that made me stop and take notice of who directed it. It was a film I had heard of when watching the Horror Hall of Fame on channel 9 one night. Night of the Living Dead.  The director? George A. Romero. This was about the same time that I started collecting Fangoria and Gorezone to get the backstory on the movies I loved. As you might imagine, his name popped up a lot, particularly in reference to a Dead trilogy. So yeah, I had to rent them.

As you might have imagined, my preteen mind was blown by what I saw. Zombies were everywhere and the gore was absolutely divine as they munched their way through the heroes and villains of the films. All from the same director! This man was clearly a genius and I needed to see the other films that he made.

I wasn't disappointed.

In fact, one was a staple on the cable networks already and I didn't even know it, as it was overshadowed by the other name involved, Stephen King. Yes, the movie I'm talking about was the awesome anthology film Creepshow. Oddly enough, my favorite segment actually didn't features zombies, but the werewolf-like creature from "The Crate" segment. That didn't matter though as I loved the whole thing to pieces.

Once I knew that, of course I had to view it again with the knowledge that the director who so impressed me was the one who brought these wonderful visions to life. Then I found others. Two Evil Eyes. Knightriders. The Crazies. I even tracked down Season of the Witch when it played on Sci-Fi one afternoon. All of it was great. But really, for me, what it all came down to was zombies. I absolutely loved zombies and he was the reason.

This started a whole new obsession where I began tracking down other zombie films I read about in the pages of magazines and later, on the internet., that continues to this day. But I never forgot the greatness of that trilogy that inspired it all. And it did more than just inform what I watched, but what I wrote. Without NOTLD, I wouldn't have discovered Richard Matheson and his writings. More than that, I learned how to try to instill my own horror with a message of sorts, shallow as it may be, and to, no matter the budget, make the best damn work that I could.

No matter the subject matter, Romero left his stamp on the film that made it indelibly his. Dawn of the Dead is my favorite, but one of the films that I keep coming back to when I need inspiration is Martin. This almost dreamlike tale of a young man who believes himself to be vampire is a haunting tale and despite the atrocities that he commits, we feel for Martin and his affliction, be it supernatural or mental. It takes a master's hand to evoke that kind of emotion and Romero had that in spades.

I didn't get to see many of him films in theaters. In fact, I've only seen one. Land of the Dead. Some panned it but I thought it was one of the greatest things I had ever seen in theaters. This was a continuation of the series I had grown up watching again and again. And there it was, on the big screen, with me, my brother and my friends experiencing it. It was amazing. Plus it had Asia Carrera, but that's a story for another day. I even watched the follow up films that essentially rebooted the series and enjoyed them as well.

It's sad that I won't get to see another new Romero movie in a career that is full of fantastic films, but I'm glad he made them and gave so much enjoyment and inspiration to me and other horror fans out there.

Rest in Piece, George. Thank you for all of the great movies and my condolences to your family.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

It's been awhile since the last Spider-Man movie, and even longer since the last good one. Sure we got a great appearance in Captain America: Civil War, but that isn't quite the same as one where the wall-crawler features all by his lonesome. No, there's just something about a solo film that really lets Spidey shine.

Understandably, some were cautious about the film, especially after the fairly abysmal pair we just got. We already had a taste of what Tom Holland could do, however, so there was some hope that the resulting film would be good. I'm glad to say that it is better than good.

It is amazing. (I'm sorry for that joke. Honest.)

After years of origin stories to kick off every new superhero film, we are instead brought right into Peter Parker's life post Civil War. He's had a taste of the big leagues and is understandably anxious to get back in on a new mission. He's given up on most of his school activities and instead spends his afternoons and evenings on patrol, trying to keep NYC safe from crime but really just biding time until the day Tony Stark/Iron Man calls him for help once again. Unfortunately for him, that day is a long time coming. Even worse, when it comes time to shine, Peter isn't quite sticking the landing, putting him in hot water with Tony Stark and also his Aunt May (the ever-awesome Marisa Tomei.) However, when Peter stumbles onto an illegal weapons ring lead by the villainous Vulture (an amazing performance from Michael Keaton), it is up to Spider-Man to save the day any way he can.

This movie is a treat from start to finish. Tom Holland bubbles with youthful enthusiasm, the kind we would all have if we were bitten by a radioactive spider and got sweet powers one day. It's understandable that he's dejected that the other heroes don't see him as Avengers material. That doesn't stop him from trying and learning to be a better hero in the process. Helping him is his best friend Ned, another geek who is even more excited when he discovers his best friend is Spider-Man. Together they try to navigate saving the day from a man with mechanical wings and the possibly even worse minefield that is high school.

There's also some amazing action scenes. Spider-Man looks better than ever and the Vulture, whose concept art I wasn't really crazy about, comes together nicely and looks absolutely fantastic on screen and it makes sense for the redesign considering his endgame. The brawls between the two are fast and furious and even the battles with petty crooks have a polish and fun about them the other films have lacked.

I was a huge fan of the Raimi films  (yes, even Spider-Man 3) and didn't think anyone would be able to top them. I am happy to say that I have been proven wrong and I look forward to seeing what director Jon Watts and the rest of the crew have in store for the future.

It's a good time to be a Spider-Man fan. Check it out.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Baby Driver

It's not often that I get out to the movies lately. Going by myself to see a non-family friendly flick is even more rare. I found myself with some free time alone while on vacation this week and got out to see a movie I've been pumped for. That movie is Baby Driver.

Part heist flick, part music video, part romance and all cool, this movie by writer/director Edgar Wright hit just the right spots. It follows Baby, a getaway driver for a crime boss who does his job and does it exceptionally well, as we find out from the start when we find him doing just that for a heist that is set completely to "Bellbottoms" by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. All the while Baby zooms around the streets of Atlanta, he's got his earbuds on and is blasting the tunes that are the soundtrack to his life.

And for good reason. Due to an accident he was in as a kid, Baby suffers from a buzzing in his ears that he drowns out with music so he can get through the day and the heists. He doesn't seem to have much choice about either, as he's paying of a debt to the boss, one that is almost paid up so he can try to live a normal life. When he meets a beautiful waitress that he finds himself falling for, getting out of the crime business is his top priority. Unfortunately, that type of business has a way of pulling you back in.

The use of music in the movie is amazing. From the choreographed car chases set to the beat to the opening credits that feature lyrics written all of the environment as Baby goes to get coffees, to shootouts where the staccato bursts of gunfire are in time to the beat, it all comes back down to the songs being played on Baby's iPod and you'll find yourself tapping your foot in time to them as the action plays out on the screen.

The cast is simply wonderful Ansel Elgort dances his way across the screen as Baby, moving to the music that most of the time, only he can hear. Lily James shines as Debora, the waitress that Baby pines for. Kevin Spacey brings his dastardly best as the crime boss that Baby is indebted to and Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm are menacing madmen in their own special way, the former as a stone cold psychopath named Bats and the latter as Buddy, a charming kettle of rage ready to boil over and destroy anything that would harm his wife, Darling, played by Eiza Gonzalez.

And the soundtrack. I actually bought it before I saw the movie and thought it was a blast, a perfect selection of tracks for heists, dates and everything in between. Now that I've seen it, it is on repeat and getting worn out on the turntable as I can't get enough of the music from Baby's world.

I know there's a lot of blockbusters out there this summer, but if you want a truly unique experience that is one good time after another, be sure to fit Baby Driver into your viewing schedule.

Check it out.

Monday, July 03, 2017

On Vacation and Playing with Toys

These are the things that I do when I should be doing laundry. Or you know, writing, like a good little writer should. I told you I really liked GLOW. I had this shot running around my head for a few days and finally got time to take the shot, such as it is. I like to pretend it is Zoya vs. Liberty Belle, anime style. Enjoy.

Friday, June 30, 2017

GLOW

It's been awhile since I've started a show that both me and my wife want to binge from start to finish as fast as we can because we just can't get enough. The last one we felt that way about was Mad Men. Curious then that the newest show we chose, GLOW, had several MM alumni in it. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

The show rules, though.

What's it about? Well, it's a fictional account of how the very real Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling show came to be. For me, this used to air on Saturdays in the 80s before Theatre Bizarre and other sci-fi/horror hosted shows came on and it was a treat. I was familiar with the WWF and enjoyed it, but GLOW was something else. It was colorful, it was wicked and it was fun.

The Netflix series recreates that perfectly, but gives a wonderful backstory to the organization and wrestlers that make it up. GLOW revolves around an ensemble of characters, but tends to focus on three: Alison Brie as Ruth, a struggling actor trying to make it; Betty Gilpin as Debbie, a former actor turned mother turned wrestler; and Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia, a sleazy movie director looking to complete a series as a launch pad to his next movie. These three have intertwining arcs, with Ruth and Debbie at odds with each other and Sam as the one trying to get them to work together. They're supported wonderfully with by the other women in the cast, who play colorful, damaged and unique individuals with their own histories that get delved into a little. Cherry (Sydelle Noel) and Carmen (Britney Young) get the most airtime in addition to the main three with great arcs that are heartbreaking and have you rooting for them to come out on top. Hopefully we'll get more time with the other members of the gang in the future.

I just finished it up last night and I have to say that it was just about perfect. If it is only one season, I'll be terribly disappointed but it wraps up on such a note that even if it doesn't get a second order, we can be happy with how everything turned out.

I really want to see another season, though. I need more of Zoya the Destroya in my life.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Look, Kinda

Hi Everybody!

I'm making a resolution to try and post more here and keep you up to date. I'm more active on social media lately so this site has been languishing but I'm going to hopefully change that with some better content and little redesigning. I've already changed the blog header as the old one, while it looked nice, was a little stale and didn't really reflect me anymore as I haven't done customs in a long time. I do, however, write, make movies and watch a lot of Japanese monster flicks and shows so I decided to incorporate that. Hope you like it and the things to come.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I Was a Teenage Sex Robot

I've been slacking on the updates but wanted to let you know that the newest book in the Friday Night Frights series, I Was a Teenage Sex Robot is now available in paperback and for the Kindle. I've uploaded the cover so you know what to look for in the wild if you are trying to track it down.

You can find it on Amazon here. 

If you are kind enough to purchase a copy, please do me one more favor and leave a review. Apparently if I get enough of them I get a unicorn. In all seriousness, they do help me by getting more eyes on the books and it helps your fellow readers decide if they want to take the plunge into the world I've built.

Thanks and happy reading!