I’m debuting a new semi-regular feature over at Examiner.com today – an interview series I call Interview 5.5.5. The premise is simple: I’m grilling top genre authors with five questions each on five specific topics, and running the interview on the blog over five consecutive days. I’m pleased to kick things off with Norman Partridge, author of Dark Harvest, Lesser Demons and the upcoming Johnny Halloween. Click on over and check out Day One now….or The October Boy will visit you.
I completed the nonfiction update today by going back through and adding links to all the recent interviews I’ve done at Dark Scribe Magazine, as well as on my spec fiction blog for Examiner.com. Lots of good stuff there from Kim Paffenroth, Ellen Datlow, Maurice Broaddus and many more. Head on up to the nonfiction tab at the top of this page to check ’em out.
Speaking of interviews, I’ve got a biggie on the horizon – a sprawling chat with one of my new favorites that’s so big it’s going to take five days to run it all. It will appear on the Examiner blog, but stay tuned here for an announcement of when…and who.
I have, and I’ve reviewed a fair number of them over at Dark Scribe Magazine. I’ve finally updated the nonfiction portion of the site with all the links, so cruise on over if you’d like to know what I thought of Tim Lebbon’s brilliant collection Last Exit For the Lost, or Stephen King’s Under the Dome and Blockade Billy, or Norm Partridge’s amazing Lesser Demons, or…well, you get the idea.
Just a quick note to point you in the direction of my new interview with Norman Prentiss, centered mainly on his upcoming Cemetery Dance release Invisible Fences. This is a break-out work for the author, in my humble opinion. Check it out.
Been a busy couple of months – not busy updating this website, obviously, but busy nonetheless. I’ve been itching to get back here and write about some of the stuff coming up that I’m looking forward to, but haven’t had the time. I don’t really have the time today, but I couldn’t stay away another minute longer.
So, indulge me if you will as I give you a whirlwind tour of what I’ve been doing, what’s coming up, and a couple of things I’m anticipating.
I’ve been slowly building the content over at my Spec Fiction blog for Examiner.com – some cools interviews recently with guys like Jonathan Maberry, who recently adapted the remake of The Wolfman in novel form. I’ll be adding those links to the nonfiction page over the next couple of days. Also, I’ve joined the staff of Horrorworld as the site’s interviewer. I’ll be talking with a new author each month, beginning in April with Roger Ma, author of The Zombie Combat Manual. I’ll make a not here as soon as that one goes live.
As always, new reviews are going up regularly at Dark Scribe, including a belated look at Stephen King’s Under the Dome. I’ve got several in the pipeline there – and will have a look at King’s just-announced surprise novella, Blockade Billy, appearing there as soon as my review copy arrives.
Movie-wise, I finally saw Black Dynamite after months of anticipation, and had a ball with it. I’m looking forward to the upcoming remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street, although not as much as I’m looking forward to the Blu-ray edition of the original, which comes out April 6. If the HD format does for Nightmare what it did for the original Halloween and Friday the 13th, then I’ll be a happy horror fan.
Here’s the trailer for the new Nightmare, just to whet our appetites:
From everything I’ve read, the people behind this remake are looking to take Freddy back the real (and surreal) horror of the first film, and away from the wisecracking anti-hero he eventually became. I hope they get it right, and I hope that the actual movie isn’t simply the exact replica of Wes Craven’s original that the trailers suggest it might be. Jackie Earl Haley seems the perfect choice to fill Robert Englund’s shoes, though.
Okay, that’s it for now. Hopefully it won’t be two months before I’m back again.
“The best laid plans….” You know the rest. As is obvious by comparing the date of this post to the date of my last post, all of my plans to blog throughout October, Halloween and beyond sort of went by the wayside. What can I say…life happens, as it will continue to do from time to time. So, no more grand declarations of my intentions here. I hope to be around a lot more, as I have lots to say. Hopefully, time will be on my side.
Now, to fill in the gaps since I last posted:
First, there’s a new review of mine over at Dark Scribe, where I take a look at Tom Piccirilli’s upcoming heavyweight of a collection, Futile Efforts. Great book, adequate review.
Next, I got the chance to do something amazing since I last wrote here – I got to stand face-to-face with Stephen King. Yes, I was one of approximately 500 to do so on this particular night, and yes, our encounter lasted roughly 7.5 seconds, but it was 7.5 seconds of pure awesome. I attended a booksigning for King’s new novel, Under the Dome, over in Atlanta back in November (on a Friday the 13th, no less), got to speak briefly with The Man, and had him scribble his name in my Collector’s Edition copy of the brick….er, book. (It’s 1,000+ pages!) Basically, this is the guy who cemented my interest in reading, and who kick-started my interest in writing, so yeah…those 7.5 seconds were a pretty big deal.
Finally, I entered a contest over at the Cafe Doom message board in October – a short story contest. The top ten finalists were chosen anonymously by posters on the board, and from those ten the editor of Dark Discoveries, James Beach, chose one tale to be published in his magazine. For some reason, he chose my story “Pun’kin,” which is now slated to appear in DD next summer or fall. I’ve published some non-fiction there before, but this is my first time cracking the fiction section, and I’m pleased and honored.
I think that’s enough for now. Time to toddle off into the night, warm up by the fire, and read some good books. See ya’ soon.
Two new reviews are now up at Dark Scribe Magazine: Ronald Kelly’s Tennessee Terror, Hell Hollow; and Gregory Lamberson’s supernatural procedural thriller Personal Demons. And, coming soon to this blog, a look at The Dunwich Horror, a 1970 spectacle adapting H.P. Lovecraft’s story…and starring Sandra Dee! (Lovecraft and Dee – a match made in Heaven….)