Happy Halloween (and Samhain!) everyone! Here’s a little free reading treat for you….something I’ve been working on for this fine holiday. :) Do read on. I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading
For those of you looking for the giveaway, it is now over and my winner has been chosen.
Michelle has won a copy of my zombie novelette Bicycle Requiem. YAAAA!!! I do hope you enjoy my little story.
I can’t believe we’re facing Halloween again so soon. Where did the year go? Well, I’ve been told once you hit eighteen time flies by. I must say that happened to me a long, long time ago. Some plans for the season got a little sidetracked when I got very sick this week.But I will have a few more guests this month, though nothing like former years. Too busy this time out. I’m also pretty much resolved not to do NanoWrimo this time out. Yes, I’ve got a new WiP sitting there, but it’s so close to being finished, and going to editors, there’s no point. A girl’s got to have a break sometime! Anyway, thank you again, and early happy Halloween!
I am participating in paranormal author Clarissa Johal‘s October Frights Blog hop.
As I mentioned in my last post, Richard Mattheson’s book I Am Legend has been made for the big screen more than once. The 1964 movie, The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price, is just one. People around the world are dying from a mysterious illness Continue reading
So every time I think of Halloween this subject comes up. What books and movies can I talk about? Well, I realize I haven’t done a review in a while. So, I pulled out my favorite of the last few years: I Am Legend. Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard a lot of people grumble about this movie, but I loved it. So! I thought why not. I’ll probably review Vincent Price’s 1964 movie version, The Last Man on Earth, later, so stay tuned.
The premise of Will Smith’s version of I Am Legend, the movie is pretty much the same. Sort of. Continue reading
Vampires in pop culture
Hollywood has always been fascinated with vampires; from the early days of the industry with such classics as Nosferatu and Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the Undead Romanian Count right up to the present day and works such as Dracula 2000, Interview with the Vampire and the (tragically underrated) Queen of the Damned, these beings are constantly recurring film stars. The most notable portrayal of him would have to be Christopher Lee:
Christopher Lee: Masters of Horror
Short Bio and list of his movies to 1999
The Dracula Myth
From HH : the UNofficial Hammer Films Site
Christopher Lee talks about his stint with Hammer Films and his role as Dracula
I’m not too impartial to Gary Oldman’s portrayal of the Count either. Now, that’s a rendition to swoon over, ladies but never forget…he’s a monster!
And of course that giant of Pop Culture, Tom Cruise took his turn as Lestat de Lioncourt, and Brad Pitt took his as Louis… Or the creme de la creme Dracula portrayal by the inimitable Bela Lugosi.
They’ve all put some sort of stamp on the face of the vampire, and probably will continue to do so, for better or for worse! Some will no doubt fall flat on their faces (like USA/SF Channel’s Dracula, Prince of Darkness–for all that they tried, bless their dark hearts. ;))
And then there’s that paragon of teen angst, Twilight.
*cough* Well, I only saw the first one; honestly that was all I could stand. As bad as the novel is, the movie’s worse. *shakes head* High school was never like that for me, and me? been there, done that. Don’t remember it in quite that light, thanks. But me, I prefer the “real” vampires. The ones that would rip a girl’s throat out without worry about it. This whole, emasculated, “mooning love slave” vampire thing…*shrugs* eh.
Whatever…. It’s done the author(s) well…For the moment. I always wonder what will be the thoughts on our “latest thing” a hundred years down the line. Will Twilight survive the test of time? We shall–or rather our descendants–see.
What’s your favorite portrayal of the vampire?
Thanks for stopping by. You can see the rest of the participants in the hop by clicking the blue button below. Happy Halloween!!
Our next guest has our interest not only with the approach of the Halloween season, but with the rise in interest in the walking dead (and a certain little angry (undead) girl we’ve had shlephing around here lately!) So it’s our pleasure to welcome author David Monette, who is here with a little about his latest release, THE ETERNAL UNDEAD. Take it away, David!
In the Time of the Dead
Genre: Horror, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Severed Press
Date of Publication: October 1, 2015
Number of pages: 280
Word Count: 100,579
Cover Artist: David Monette
They thought they had escaped.
The battle for Washington DC is behind them, and the last remnants of the human race have fled from their undead enemies to a remote Caribbean island where they try to salvage what is left of humanity. But even here, the zombies have come. Led by the architect of the holocaust, an invading army wreaks havoc trying to acquire the one thing that can stop them, and the one thing a small contingent of soldiers knows they must never get.
Join with Sasha, Terrance, Virgil, and the little girl, Max, in an all or nothing gamble as they fight down the road to either salvation or horrible defeat in the thrilling conclusion of this series.
As the day slipped away far off to the west, the darkness of the jungle became a living thing. Knit together by the slow creep of lengthening shadows, it grew by degrees into a massive being, shapeless and black. For nourishment it ate the weak or the unlucky. In return it exhaled moist heat and a cavalcade of sound, the sound of thousands of separate voices, large and small, all coming together to meet the ear in a constant sheet of noise. Those who were responsible for the making of this chaotic ballad were invisible to the naked eye of man. This was so not just because of the darkness, but because most of the performers—the frogs, birds, and insects—were hidden within the surrounding vegetation, frightened of being killed by their neighbors, either eaten, or as was the case with the troop of humans quietly slipping along a trail, flattened under a boot.
For one of the six members of this troop of humans, such an act would have been celebrated with a certain degree of relish. Terrance hated the sound of the jungle at night. There were not many things in his life that he gave away for free, but in his hatred he was quite generous. He hated the bleats, the croaks and hoots, and he hated the creatures that made the noise. He hated the darkness and the fact that he had to wear a pair of thermal goggles to plumb its depths. He hated the heat, and the plants, and the bugs. He hated the head-to-toe leather suit he wore… and most of all he hated the reason he had to wear the suit, the reason he was out in the jungle at night in the first place. He hated the zombies. Or more accurately, he feared the zombies and he hated them for that fear.
His terror of these beasts was not unfounded. Since the first day of the apocalypse when a host of diabolical necromancers eradicated most of the human population on earth and then raised the dead as zombies, the resulting creatures could, with a single bite, turn any living person into one of them. Terrance had seen it done before. It was not pretty. The resilient leather he wore formed a fairly reliable barrier between a bite and death, so day or night, no matter how hot it was, whenever he or anyone else left the barricades surrounding the city of St George’s on a patrol, they wore the protective clothing. The safety it provided far outweighed the bladders of water they needed to carry or the periodic “cool downs” they had to perform while nestled in the boughs of a tree.
Either way, Terrance hated it all.
In fact, he was so busy nursing his various hatreds that he barely noticed when Danger, the woman on point, suddenly raised her fist head-high and froze.
The fire team immediately came to a stop.
Terrance’s finger slipped from outside the trigger guard of his MP5SD sub-machinegun to curl around the curve of the trigger. The contact made him feel safer, more in control.
Around the task force the sound of the jungle withered and slowly died.
The point person opened her fist, laid the flat palm parallel to the ground, and took a knee.
Seeing this, Lieutenant Burgis, the officer in command, looked back and motioned those behind to follow suit.
They crouched and in the dark waited.
There was something out there.
About the Author:
David Monette was born and raised in the cold rural hinterlands of upstate New York. As a typical kid in a typical community, life for him was pretty… typical. He liked to draw creatures and contraptions but as the second born of four sons, such ability was merely a convenient way of standing out from the crowd. As he inexpertly stumbled through high school, his talent for capturing the images in his head onto paper was noticed and encouraged by both teachers and family members.
Without any other idea of what to do with himself after graduation, besides a vague idea of doing something art oriented, he decided to attend Mohawk Valley Community College where he received his associate’s degree in Advertising Design and Production. Acting on excellent advice from his teachers at this institution, he went on to Syracuse University where he learned a great deal about art and eventually wound up with a bachelor’s degree in Illustration.
With a disturbingly large amount of student debt and a decent portfolio, he learned what it was to be a starving artist. Namely, he found that artists don’t starve; they simply pick up an endless series of part time work to pay the rent while continuing to plug away at their true passion. This was essentially what he did until he received his first illustration job and from that point on, he didn’t look back. As an illustrator, his highly detailed fantasy and science fiction work has appeared in many books, magazines, board games, and collectible card games for such varied publishers as Dell Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, and Atlas Games. Initially, he had completed these diverse projects utilizing oil and acrylic paints as well as pen and inks.
As digital technology continued to improve, however, he decided it was time to tackle the arduous task of mastering the computer and eventually figured out a way to adapt his style to a digital format. With this knowledge and experience, he went back to school and received his master’s degree in Illustration from the University of Hartford. While there, his instructors reviewed his written work and had strongly suggested that he combine his writing ability with his talent as an illustrator to chart his own path.
And hence, an author was born.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/davidmonetteauthor
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7334521.David_Monette
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/David-Monette/e/B00FMX73DM
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If, in the meantime, you’d like to check THE ETERNAL UNDEAD out, it’s available at Amazon.