My Guest Blog Post

HP LovecraftFor all my horror fans, I did a guest post on The Autodidact in the Attic Blog about an awesome board game called Arkham Horror.

Take a moment and head on over and read all about it.

My next guest blog post will be about The Voodoo Museum in New Orleans.

http://theautodidactintheattic.com/2013/08/25/arkham-horror/

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Waking Dream Online

Waking Dream Online (www.wakingdreamonline.com) is the official site for my books, stories and expanded content surrounding the Waking Dream Universe.  I am attempting to build a mythos around which other writers can contribute and grow the ideas — Much like the idea behind the Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft [Though I am not at all professing to be anywhere near as talented as he]

The website will have additional content that is not available in the published books.

Currently there are two short stories available for reading in the blog

  • The Charnel House — The story of three gamers turned ghost hunter who stumble on a mysterious house that appears one autumn night in rural Pennsylvania.
  • The Place of the Sisters — This story is a side story set in the 1800’s about three albino girls who find a mysterious place of power in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

There is also the Libellus Somnium — The Little Book of Dreams, which is essentially the philosophy/religion of the Waking Dream Universe.

In addition, you can find out more information about my books, Immortal Memories and Waking Dream: Devlin Book I of the Transformation Series.  There are 9 books planned in the series, with many other side books, especially short story anthologies and histories for each of the Immortals.

All of my writing, music and illustrations revolve around expanding the Waking Dream.  I want to inspire people to embrace their own Weirdness so that we can improve the world.  Because, I truly believe that the universe is nothing more than a waking dream — all we have to do is embrace our individual Weirdness and change the world.

You can subscribe to my blog via this link, or you can login in using your WordPress, Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my work.

Immortal Memories Free Promo

In anticipation of my new novel release at the end of the month, I am giving away kindle copies of my collection of short stories called Immortal Memories.  This collection of stories is meant to acquaint the reader with the new world I am creating in my dark fantasy series called Waking Dream.

You can grab your free copy on any device with the Free Kindle App [iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android, Windows Phone or PC] at http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Memories-Volume-I-ebook/dp/B00AP5NP3O/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Paperback version is only $9.99 if you prefer, available at the same link above.

Fright Night [2011]

I am Peter Vincent, Vampire Killer!

Being  child of the 80’s one of my favorite horror films of the time was the original Fright Night with Chris Sarandon, Amanda Bearse, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall.  Like so many horror films of the 80s, it was campy, corny and comedic undertones.  I’ve always viewed this film as one of the best portrayals of the definitive 80s horror experience.  I was very dubious that any remake of this film could possibly do justice to such an iconic film.  The other night, I sat down at my Xbox and decided 480 Microsoft Points wasn’t going to break the bank, and rented it.  I was completely shocked at how well the movie was done.

The remake stars Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandridge, previously played by Chris Sarandon — who has a small cameo in the film.  It is no secret Colin Farrell is not a great actor in my opinion, but somehow he truly excelled in this reprised role.  In this version, he is masquerading as a construction worker in the Las Vegas suburbs.  What was interesting about the story, rewritten by Tom Holland, was how the recent housing issues in the Las Vegas are were woven in.  The sub-division featured in the story was completely isolated like so many other sub-divisions that were started and never finished after the market collapse — the perfect place for a solitary vampire to systematically convert the residents without drawing too much attention.

Anton Yelchin and Toni Collette do an outstanding job playing the Brewsters, keeping true to the spirit of the roles in the original movie.  Christopher Mintz-Plasse also does an admirable job as Evil Ed, though not nearly as creepy or detached as the original role played by Stephen Geoffreys.  The most interesting twist to the story is the way the Peter Vincent character was evolved.  In the original, Roddy McDowall played Peter Vincent as a has-been horror film actor, reminiscent of Peter Cushing from the Hammer House of Horror films.  Now, Peter Vincent is a Las Vegas illusionist, who reminds me of a british Criss Angel, played by David Tennant.

I caution you not to think of this so much as a remake as a “re-telling”.  Though the character names are the same, the film has a completely different feel.  It is much more sinister than the original, and though it has smatterings of comedic overtones, it truly is a horror film.  So if you’re looking for something other than “Twilight” or “True Blood” for your sanguine fix, this movie is absolutely worth the 3 dollars to rent.

Rated: R
Review: 3 Stars