Margi Stephens did a wonderful job narrating the audiobook, so, please, check it out.
You can find out more about her and her projects at her website
Been a busy week! But a lot of fun as well.
The reports that “The Bones of the Earth” has errors in it is getting to me. I know it does but, damn it, I’m so tired of reading it, haha. I’ve read that book so many times in so many forms. However, I will read it once more to catch these obnoxious grammatical errors that people are mentioning. It’s weird, because someone won’t find any at all, while others will report a whole bunch at once. I hate knowing the book has them. For anyone who has one of the earlier editions of the paperback, contact me and I’ll send you some free short stories as compensation for the errors.
The Kindle owners are in a good spot, though, as I can just push out updates.
I continue to work daily on “Three Heretics.” I don’t have a set number of words I aim to write every week, but maybe I should, so that it’s finished sooner. I really do want to get it out there so that people can feel confident in the series, knowing that there is a continuation coming and that their questions will be answered in one way or another not.
“Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” are currently being edited. I’ll let you all know when they’re done, and I’ll probably make them free as well when I’ve uploaded the new editions.
The screenplays … not sure what to do with them. They’re canon, and they’re important, but they’re screenplays. I may pull them from Amazon so that I can turn them into something else later on. Novellas or novels.
I have an unpublished short story entitled “Nights in White Satin.” It’s unpublished because it contains quite a big spoiler for “Three Heretics.” The goal was to put it in the anthology; however, I submitted it to a friend’s publication way back when, so if it ends up in there, you’ll get an early look at it. It’s a zombie story, but if you’ve read “Bones,” then you know it won’t be your typical zombie story.
What the hell did I even watch this week?
The Green Inferno: Eli Roth’s kinda newest movie. It’s been delayed for a while now. I’m not one that buys into hype, and he’d hyped this movie up a whole lot, but even so, I was disappointed. Moments of it are decent. But aside from the first kill, it is far too tame for something that wants to be considered alongside Cannibal Holocaust. The acting is lame (whatever, it’s horror), the camera they used looks like shit (low budget film, fine, but low budget digital? blah), and the weird humor sprinkled throughout really messed things up. If you’re going to use humor, then it needs to be more consistent. The good? I really liked the idea of it, I liked the digs at twitter and SJW’s. The tribe was really neat to see, as well.
Cannibal Holocaust: My brother and I came home to watch this after Green Inferno. This is the Duke of New York A #1 of cannibal movies. Oddly enough, it’s actually a really good movie. Usually, these kinds of things are, you know, oh cool it’s gory or shocking, but there’s no substance. Here, there’s substance, and its filmed really well. Badass soundtrack, too. Real animals are killed in this movie, however, which was totally unnecessarily and something reportedly forced upon the director by the producers at the time.
You know a horror movie has done it’s job when a judge orders the director to have the actors come to court to prove they weren’t actually killed on screen.
Eaten Alive: Seeing a theme? We watched this and the previous two all in one night. An early Tobe Hooper film regarding a wacked-out in and the alligator that lives beside it. Really weird movie with awesome lighting. Very slow, kinda dream-like. Trashy, too. The blu-ray is pretty impressive from Arrow.
Prisoners: Amazing movie. Snubbed so fucking hard at the Oscars. Easily one of my favorites.
Videodrome: Best Cronenberg movie? Maybe. Probably. The origin of my obsession with flesh and body horror? Definitely.
Metal Gear Solid V: I know, I know. I’m slow, what can I say.
Bloodborne: Perfecto, as it always is.
Soma: Very Bioshock-y. Really starting to get into it.
So, I kind of, like, oh my god, saw Ghost last week. Was fucking amazing. Here’s some pictures I stole from my friend’s facebook. Hail Satan!
Oh yeah, I do read, too.
So my loyal, loving fans (and when I say this, I’m basically talking about two people; don’t get the wrong impression that I’m that cool) have been recommending a book to me.
Ah damn it. Sideways. Oh well. Adds to its charm.
Anyways, back to “Three Heretics”
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!
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.
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?
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).
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!
Aw yea, free stuff time.
8/24-8/25, my two horror short stories, “House of a Thousand Hearts” and its sequel “That Which Walks Behind the Graves,” are FREE.
Not only are they standalone tales that will leave you with nightmares, but they also integrals parts the universe of my novel, “The Bones of the Earth.”
I just wanted to share that the short stories and screenplays that are currently available for purchase will be receiving updates in the upcoming months. I’m very proud of them and they are representative of my vision for each one of them, but I feel they can be improved. Some will receive significant rewrites, and all will be professionally edited. Expect updates to be pushed out in the next few weeks for “House of a Thousand Hearts” and “That Which Walks Behind the Graves.”
“House” has received extensive loving, which was necessary as it was originally conceived of as a simple framework for a mostly illustrated story. I think you will greatly enjoy the changes.