Monday, October 16, 2017

New! BLOOD TENDERLY, a Paranormal Horror Romance by Linda Mooney Writing as Gail Smith

BLOOD TENDERLYParanormal Horror Romance
by Linda Mooney (writing as Gail Smith)
Word Count:  11K
$1.99 e / $6.99 p

With the cold weather quickly setting in, Lark is trying to ensure she has what she needs to make it through another bone-chilling winter in the cabin in the woods, but something has decided to pay her a visit. The question is, who? Or better yet, what?

There is a human invading his sanctuary, and he is determined to get rid of her. Humans in the past have left of their own accord, but not without a threat from him. However, this one is proving difficult. But she’ll go. One way or another, he will make her.

The thing is demanding that Lark leave, but she has nowhere to go. No one who cares.  So she's determined to stand her ground.

After all, what does she have to lose, besides her life?

Excerpt and buy links.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Movie Review - THE EVIL WITHIN

This movie can be summed up in seven simple words:

What the f* did I just watch?

In 1977, David Lynch came out with a movie called Eraserhead. Not only was this flick one of the weirdest, most disturbing works I'd ever seen, but it's managed to stick with me after all these years.

The Evil Within reminds me of that movie in that the effects are enough to send you into a tailspin, and you stick with the story just to see what the hell is going to pop up next.

I must give special kudos to the actors, especially Frederick Koehler, who plays the lead character, a mentally impaired young man named Dennis. With all the craziness going on around them, they manage to keep the film planted on solid ground. But, damn!

If you like the bizarre, and I mean that with a capital B, you might want to rent this one. Otherwise, my recommendation is that you

One way or another, you HAVE to see this at least once!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Brazilian Illustrator Turns Famous Love Songs Into Creepy Book Covers By Stephen King

(From Bored Panda)
Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Butcher Billy got the idea of turning famous love hits into book covers of horror master Stephen King. Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," The Smiths, "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears and many others were portrayed in a very unusual way.
"This series imagines an alternate universe where some of the most desperate and tragic romantic songs in the '70s and' 80s are actually books written by Stephen King. The concept is to look at the dark side of love by the vision of pop culture, bringing aspects of its classic stories to play the true meaning of the songs - this can be completely subverted or stressed strangeness, while paying tribute to the vintage design of the original covers," Butcher writes on his Behance.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DEMON FREAKS by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison

(Jim) Hardison

Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Genre: YA Horror/Comedy

Book Description:

It’s the night before the SAT
test. The forces of darkness are stirring.

Twin brothers, Bing and Ron
Slaughter, know they’ve got to cram like their lives depend on it because their
college plans sure do. If they don’t ace the test, they’ll be doomed to spend
the rest of their days flipping burgers at the McDonald’s their parents run.
That’s why they hatch a plan to meet up with the members of their punk band,
the Ephits, spend the night studying at a secluded cabin in the woods, and
maybe squeeze in a little jamming. What could go wrong with a brilliant plan
like that? 

Ancient evil. That’s what.

As a cataclysmic lightning storm
rolls in, Bing, Ron and the rest of the Ephits find themselves tangled in a
sinister plot to summon a demon. Yes, demons are real. To survive the night,
the band must find a malevolent artifact, battle bloodthirsty monsters and
stand against the most dangerous and powerful foe humanity has ever faced…the
Golfer’s Association.

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“Wait, wait, wait,” Ron
interrupted. “The Golfers Association? Don’t you mean insane cultists or Satan
worshipers or evil wizards or something?”
“Insane cultists, Satan
worshipers and evil wizards are like elderly nuns compared to the Golfers’
Association,” their prisoner responded. “You’d be much better off if it were
something that simple. These guys are demon freaks.”

“Demon freaks,” Bing repeated in
a whisper. “That sounds…bad.”

“Oh, it’s bad alright,” the
prisoner shuddered. “You have no idea.”

the Author:

Fish Wielder is J.R.R.R. (Jim)
Hardison's first novel novel (He wrote a graphic novel, The Helm, for Dark
Horse Comics). Jim has worked as a writer, screen writer, animator and film
director. He started his professional career by producing a low-budget
direct-to-video feature film, The Creature From Lake Michigan. Making a bad
movie can be a crash course in the essential elements of good character and
story, and The Creature From Lake Michigan was a tremendously bad movie.
Shifting his focus entirely to animation, Jim joined Will Vinton Studios where
he directed animated commercials for M&M’s and on the stop-motion TV series
Gary and Mike. While working at Vinton, he also co-wrote the television special
Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy with actor Paul Reiser.

Jim has appeared on NBC's The
Apprentice as an expert advisor on brand characters, developed characters and
wrote the pilot episode for the PBS children's television series SeeMore's
Playhouse and authored the previously mentioned graphic novel, The Helm, named
one of 2010's top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, a branch of the
American Library Association. These days, Jim is the creative director and
co-owner of Character LLC, a company that does story-analysis for brands and
entertainment properties. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife,
two amazing kids, one smart dog and one stupid dog.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

My Books Are Now on Google Books!

I am thrilled to announce that all my books will soon become available on Google Play Books. I am gradually adding them, starting with my newer releases.

In case you don't know, Google Play Books only offers the EPUB format.

The books that are available will have this icon 

on the website.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

OMG! There's an Alternate Ending to LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!

Why haven't I known about this alternate ending to one of my favorite horror movies? This one is definitely bleaker and not as upbeat as the movie's original ending. Check out the link here.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Movie Review - THE MONSTER PROJECT

Sometimes I read the blurb for a movie and decide to rent it without looking at the trailer. Wouldn't you know I'd get another camera POV flick. But at least this one had some originality.

We have a group of friends who like to make fake ghost videos/short films and post them online. They're so successful, they decide to make a real movie, but with one major catch. Rather than hire actors, they put out a call for real monsters.

What they get is a Native American who claims to be a skinwalker, a tattooed beauty with freaky eyes who says she's a vampire, and a winsome Asian woman a la Samara from The Ring, who happens to be possessed by a demon.

Our film crew rents a "known" haunted house to use as their backdrop. Once they're locked inside for the night, crap starts to happen.

I admit I was pretty entertained for the large majority of this film, although I believe the shaky chase-n-screaming scenes dragged on far too long. Lots of out-of-focus shots, but some decent special effects.

In addition, I did not see the finale coming. To me, it was a lame way to end the film. But your mileage may vary.

All in all, however, the acting was excellent and not over the top. Ditto for the makeup effects. This was a Kickstarter project that I feel was well-funded.

Which is why I recommend that you  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

These Horror Movie Bath Bombs Are Terrifyingly Awesome

Want to take a bath with Chucky? Now you can. Found out more here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Movie Review - CAPTURE KILL RELEASE

Just for a lark, she wants to kill someone. Because he loves her and will do anything for her, he goes along...until it gets to be too much.

I've seen some of the most perverse horror movies out there, but this one got to me. And I blame the director, the fantastic in-house special effects, and most of all the actors in this tense, nerve-wracking film with the tag line "A Romantic Bloodbath".

You get a clear understanding of the woman's deranged state of mind at the very beginning when they're shopping for tools and materials to kill with. Which ones will be best for torturing? Which ones will cut through bone and decapitate the cleanest? Isn't this a pretty ax? Oh, and don't forget the bleach and rolls of plastic. It's a slow build-up, after which you're pounded again and again with the methodical insanity that prevails.

But when the husband's conscience begins to bother him, and he tries to dissuade his wife from going through with dispatching any more victims, the brilliance of these actors shine through. Right to the end that will sadden and disgust you.

This is one movie that will stick with me forever, but I seriously doubt I'll ever want to view it again. So I was hung between telling you to BUY IT, or RENT IT. But, considering my own feelings, my final recommendation is that you

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday Movie Review - SIREN

In 2012, the horror anthology V/H/S was released, and immediately struck a chord with horror fans. Of the four stories included in it, the one that created the most buzz was the first one entitled "Amateur Night". 

If you haven't seen V/H/S, go now and rent it. Then you'll see why I was excited to find this movie, which is supposed to be a prequel? sequel? to that story.

The best part? The same actress returned to play the part of the siren.

This movie had some slow moments, but it also had some great effects, decent bloodletting, good acting, and a decent story line. 
Besides, when was the last time you rooted for the creature?

Two thumbs up! I wholeheartedly urge you to 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017


It seems I've been watching a lot of first-person, unsteady camera POV movies. Some are good. Some are memorable. Some try a different technique or two. And some tend to confuse the viewer by constantly switching back and forth between the camera and 3rd person.

The Gracefield Incident does the last, as well as try something new. The something new is when the hero installs the camera from his iPhone into his fake eyeball, so that we get his POV throughout this flick. (Does that really work? And who puts red yarn on the outside of the eyeball before sticking it inside their eye socket?) Then we add another person coming in with HIS camera to add to the drama. (A problem here is that the camera he's using appears to be a still-shot camera, not one that films action sequences.) And then we get the 3rd person omnipotent viewpoint - and all three bounce back and forth willy-nilly as the story progresses.

Yes, there are a few jump scares. No, there's no bloodletting. THis is more along the lines of psychological horror. The actors do try to give it their best, but the performances seem too over the top. But one of the things that gave me that "burr under the saddle" feeling is that their voices sounded like they had been dubbed over from inside a studio. They don't have that natural sound that comes from being recorded on site.

Aside from these failings, I really tried to like this movie. You could tell everyone put their heart into making it work, but the plot was too predictable. Too many plot points felt false or forced. And the revelation explaining their dilemma was...well, you've probably seen something very similar to it elsewhere.

If this pops up on cable, and you have nothing else to do, you might want to give it a try. Otherwise, my suggestion is that you

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Movie Review - KILLING GROUND

This Australian film reminded me a lot of Wolf Creek in that it's brutal, it's bloody, and it's unrelenting once it gets rolling. Of course, it takes a few minutes for you to realize what's going on, and why the movie is tracking the way it is (no spoilers here!). But when it all starts to come together, the ending is totally unexpected.

This tells the story of a young couple who decide to go camping in a remote lakeside area. When they get there, they find the place has another tent set up. But they figure the beautiful spot has enough room for the both of them. What follows is their story and the story of the family who arrived first, and what happens to them all.

Unlike Wolf Creek, there is no satisfactory conclusion, and you're left with one honking huge question at the end. Which also allows the filmmakers to go with a sequel if they choose (isn't that the way it usually is for horror movies?)

Overall, it's well-made and well-acted, which helped make this flick as disturbing as I found it to be. However, because it's so slow in executing (no pun intended) any action scenes, it would be better if you chose to

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Unit 731

There was a biological and chemical warfare research facility called Unit 731 that undertook lethal human experimentation during the occupation of China.
They specialized in vivisection, germ warfare, and weapons testing on prisoners. The researchers didn’t even refer to the Chinese people as humans: they called them “logs” and often bragged about how many logs they had cut that day. After WW2, the leaders of the unit gave the United States their research data in return for amnesty. Many of previous members of Unit 731 became part of post-war politics, academia, business, and medicine.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Movie Review - THE DARK TAPES

I went in search of this movie because it was recommended as "one the best unknown horror films of 2017". And since I'd never heard of it, and the premise sounded interesting, I checked it out on iMovies.

Like V/H/S, it's a collection of 4 stories, all told in that found footage, first person venue. Unlike V/H/S, there's nothing connecting these stories, which makes it confusing transferring from one story to the next.

Of the four, the one involving the couple moving into a haunted house is the most interesting. Unfortunately, the other three are a bit too predictable or uninteresting.

There's not much gore. It's mostly psychological horror, although the special effects are decent.

All in all, if you manage to catch this for free on cable, you might want to give it a whirl if you have nothing else to do for the next hour and a half. Otherwise, I suggest that you

Saturday, August 5, 2017