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Just Read: Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King

“Why don’t you kill yourself? Because I don’t want to , the Rev. Lowe thinks petulantly.   This-whatever it is- is nothing I asked for.   I wasn’t bitten by a world or cursed by a gypsy.   It just …happened.   I picked some flowers for the roses in the church vestry one day last November.   Up by that pretty little cemetery on Sunshine Hill.   I never saw such flowers before…and they were dead before I could get back to town.   They turned black, every one.   Perhaps that was when it started to happen.   No reason to think so, exactly…but I do.   An I won’t kill myself.   They are the animals, not me.” – Stephen King, Cycle of the Werewolf When I first started the book, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like it, because for the first six or so chapters, it was one repetitious event after the other: We would be introduced to one character, and then they would die by the hands of the werewolf, and so on, and so on.   I did however, like how King meshed romance and horror together in

Films to Watch out for this October

  My Soul to Take -- Directed by Wes Craven Let me in -- Directed by Matt Reeves Case 39 -- Directed by Chrstian Alvart  Also, be sure to check out: The Walking Dead: A television series on AMC that will air this October about a zombie apocalypse where a man is desperately searching for his family which he believes to still be alive...and human Picture copied from here

Jonathan Mayberry – Fight and Action Scenes in Horror

“The differences in size, the presence of violent intentions, the certainty of a committed aggression by a more powerful enemy define the situation.   We have to start with what we know of the combatants and then build the most logical possible scene around that.” – Jonathan Mayberry, Writers Workshop of Horror I found this chapter to be very well written and rather informative for me, because I don’t normally use physical fight scenes in my writings – I’m more of a battle within type of girl (got to love the psychological stuff!).   I did however like how Mayberry spelled it all out for us though, in regards to what one needs to consider when writing a fight scene such as: pre-existing injuries, allergies, pain threshold, etc.   I know I personally wouldn’t have even thought to consider these- I would have been stuck on height, weight and limb length.   Then, on top of that, you have to consider the environment on which the fight is taking place.   So for instance, if it is on

Writer's Workshop of Horror-- Continued

“You must write (each story and novel) as if you are trying to convince someone not to commit suicide).” – Gary A. Braunbeck This semester, I’m taking a class for the Writing Popular Fiction program that is based on monsters, and one of the books that is under my required reading is Writers Workshop of Horror.   Now, I’ll be honest…I didn’t think I was going to find a better guide than On Writing Horror (edited by Mort Castle), but this book is really starting to win me over.   So far, we have only been assigned to read one chapter, and I think I might have read eleven so far (?).   Frankly, I’m really excited about how much I’m learning, and two chapters have really hit home for me so far: Gary A. Braunbeck’s article “Connecting the Dots,” and Tomas F. Monteleone’s piece “Using Dialogue to Tell Your Story.” In Braunbeck’s article, I think what inspired me most was how he said he goes about writing, and how a lot of it was inspired from his acting career.   In reference to star

When a Writer Tries to do Photography

Writing will always be my number one love in life, but art is a pretty close second...and lately, it keeps trying to take our the writing side of me.  So this year, I decided to take Black and White Photography as my final studio class because photography has always interested me greatly, and I thought it would be pretty cool to work in a dark room.  Needless to say... I probably should just stick to a pencil and paper. Now, taking the pictures isn't really the problem; even though I didn't load it properly the first time. But I have a pretty creative eye and have a few photographs published and what not...but this developing your own film, is frankly....scary.  I epically failed tonight while I was locked in the pitch black room trying to load my film. The reel broke, I didn't use the can opener right, mixed the wrong chemicals together (creating the WORST smell possible), only to realize that for some reason the last 7 photographs I took just didn't decide to turn o

Currently Reading: Writers Workshop of Horror

"You can tell that the author was wearing a twisted little grin as he or she wrote the blood-drenched decapitation scene."- Jeff Strand, Chapter 14 (128) I really liked this particular chapter, because as horror writers, we def. need to learn how to lessen things up so our readers don't run away screaming or jump out of a window or something.  Sure, most of the time it is really morbid humor that gives people like us a grim grin, but nevertheless, its a necessity.Although, I for one, was never a fan of the dead baby jokes...   I liked what Strand had to say about using humorous dialogue as a way to make your character more likable and sympathetic to the reader.  I know when I read his piece (first without the humor, and then with the humor), I was really surprised with the different tones/feelings that I picked up -- I really did feel more for the character, and in more depth as well.  For example, yeah we see him as suicidal, but we also see the side of him

Just Read & Watched: The Midnight Meat Train

I'm not going to write a review on this, but merely say....if you love horror, if you crave reading it and getting lost in a dark nightmare, or witnessing hell open before your eyes on the big screen... read this short story and watch this film .  This is Clive Barker's true masterpiece.

Just Watched: Trick 'r Treat

  Picture copied from here Trick 'r Treat was a unique film in my personal opinion, and I'm not really sure if I liked it or not.  When I first heard of the film a little while back, I was really excited to see a movie that had a strict plot revolving around Halloween legends; plus, I really liked the little guy on the cover (Sam!).  Now, maybe it is because I have just seen/read way to many horror movies/books, but this really didn't scare me at all.  It did however put a really interesting spin on the myths of Halloween -- like the importance of NOT blowing out your Jack-o-lantern before midnight, and the necessity of checking your candy before you eat it. Essentially, the movie is made up of four individual tales: a high school principal who is secretly a serial killer (and is mentoring his young son); a group of girls who are trying to find the right guy to indulge in for the night, a group of kids who are playing a dangerous prank on an awkward girl, and a couple wh

Just Read: Rawhead Rex by Clive Barker

Classification: Zombie Apocalypse (Kind of thing) “Beneath the think crust of earth, Rawhead smelt the sky. It was pure ether to his dulled senses, making him sick with pleasure. Kingdoms for the taking, just a few inches away. After so many years, after the endless suffocation, there was light on his eyes again, and the taste of human terror on his tongue.” –Clive Barker I will be the first to admit that when I started this piece, I wasn’t really thrilled. Normally, Barker’s work lures me in on the first page, but I didn’t have that experience with this one in particular. Even when they talked about removing the stone in the beginning, I really couldn’t find myself caring about what was underneath it, or what it was protecting from getting out. However, when I met Rawhead Rex after a few pages…. I realized that I had judged him too quickly, and then proceeded to morbidly fall in love with all nine feet of him. When we first witness Rex, it is almost in a form of irony. We