What’s New: 9/6/15

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Especially since, for many, it’s a three day one!

Here’s what’s new with me:

Writing

I continue to work at “Three Heretics,” but I haven’t dedicated most of my time this week to it. I find that I work best when I take a break from projects (a week or so) and then return them, full of ideas and fresh takes on sentences. So while I haven’t been working on it, I’ve come up with several important plot developments in the mean time. I aim to have this bad boy finished by December or January.

“The Easiest Job in the World” has been totally re-written. I was never satisfied with the first version, and I really love this newest take on the story. Stylistically, it’s very different from how I usually write, and I think people will really respond to it.

“Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” is halfway done being re-written. Most of it will stay the same content wise, but as with all the stories I’m redoing, I’m making changes on a line by line basis.

When those two are prettied up by my editor, they’ll be uploaded to Amazon. That leaves a currently unpublished short story to be edited and two more to be written, and after that, we’ll have enough for the anthology “Black Occult Macabre.”

Movies

Trying to think of all the movies we watched this week!

Mad Max: Fury Road: One of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. Absolutely flawless, and the focus on strong female characters (Vrana would be proud) makes the experience all the more refreshing. I can’t wait for a sequel.

My Neighbor Totoro: I’ve seen this before, but I always had a time remembering exactly what happened in it. A really good movie that, I think, any kid or adult will enjoy. Miyazaki’s movies are perfect for when you just want to kick back and relax.

Black Sunday: Fantastic witch movie you can catch on Netflix. Drenched in atmosphere, this Mario Bava classic will leave you hungering for more black and white films of its kind.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Gotta spell it right, even if they spelled it wrong! God-tier horror movie with camerawork that continues to impress, even with their tiny budget.

Inside: A french horror film that is incredibly well done and incredibly disturbing. Not quite as graphic as I remember, but then again, I knew what was coming. The first time I saw it, *the* scene made me feel queasy. The only other two films to do that were Cannibal Holocaust and Dawn of the Dead (probably because I was like 8).

Martyrs: Another french horror movie I hadn’t seen in forever. Friends wanted something disturbing, so I did my best to deliver. While I still maintain the long stretch of torture is unnecessary from a pacing perspective, the movie as a whole is really, really good. I hope Pascal gives us more of his work.

Games

Finally beat Until Dawn! I highly recommend it. There is a twist toward the middle of the game, however, which kind of bummed me out. It’s a good twist and totally works within the world they’ve set up, but … well … you’ll see.

Stasis: Never heard of this game until the day it was a released. A top down point and click survival horror game. I haven’t put much time into it yet, but its gorgeous and the story looks to be pretty grotesque. I can’t wait to get back to it.

Metal Gear Solid V: God damn. God … damn.

 

What’s New: 8/28/15

This website needs some activity going on, so I’ve decided I’m going to keep you all informed … not only with my progress on the next novel, but things I’ve discovered and feel you may be interested in!

Writing

I continue to plug away at “Three Heretics.” I’ve reach 50k words, and I anticipate to write 50k more and then some before I’ve finished with it. This is the sequel to “The Bones of the Earth”; however, it is not a traditional sequel in terms of timelines and POVs.

“House of a Thousand Hearts” and “That Which Walks Behind the Graves” have been updated to their final versions. Previous owners of “Graves” will receive an update from Amazon, while previous owners of “House” should contact me for the new version, as Amazon has deemed the new updates too expansive to push out in an update. If you don’t own either, then no worries. When you buy it, you’ll be getting the best and final version.

“The Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” are getting updates as well. Both will be submitted to my editor. The second half of “Job” is being totally re-written, while “Black” will receive only minor updates.

Movies

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This week, I watched (not for the first time):

Sleepaway Camp: I absolutely love this movie, and it is easily one of my favorite horror films. It’s so weird, and so, so awesome. Try to avoid looking up much about this movie. Trust me.

Sleepaway Camp II: Almost as good as the original, and in some ways, better. Angela has quickly become one of my favorite horror icons.

The Evil Dead (original): A friend of mine hadn’t seen it, and it was great watching them squirm. it’s amazing how much Sam Raimi was able to accomplish with so little. I still stand by my belief that horror films are much better when they are constrained by budget. Of course, passion is required, but it forces the crew to be more creative, more invested.

Feardotcom: Beautifully shot. Terribly written. Good enough for me.

Nausicaa: Top 3 Miyazaki movie.

Hackers: Holy crap, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen this movie. It’s pretty bad and the computer jargon is absurd, but it’s a lot of fun to watch, even if the plot doesn’t kick in until most of the movie is done.

The Wire: Re-watching again on Blu-Ray. What more needs to be said?

Games

Until Dawn: Enjoying the hell out of this so far. A slasher horror game always seemed like a no-brainer to me, so I don’t know why it took so long. It’s very Heavy Rain-esque, but with a lot more interaction, and a lot more fun to play. About to play it now!

Camp Grizzly: I stumbled upon this board game, and I’m so mad I missed the Kickstarter when it was going on. I would’ve totally backed it for the additional goodies. I’ve only played it once with my brother, but it’s perfect. If you’re into board games and love 80’s slasher films, you’ve gotta check this game out. We played it while listening to the Friday the 13th Part VI soundtrack (the best Friday, if you ask me. Sorry Ms. Voorhees).

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Music

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Ghost – Meliora: This is the new CD by one of my favorite bands, and I can’t stop listening to it. Who would’ve thought praising Satan could sound so catchy? Probably their best album thus far, but make no mistake, the other two are fantastic as well.  Looking forward to seeing them live in September.

 

And that’s it for me this week!