tagged w/ Horror Fiction
Justs in time for Halloween, Live Science reported on a study that took a look at why some people love horror films -- and others hate them.
The researchers found that a love of horror may run deep; those who liked scary movies tended to be what were classified as high sensation seeking personalities, a trait that may be at least partially genetic. The scientists also suggested that those who like horror flicks may be better at reminding themselves the movie they're watching isn't actually real.
Are you a fan of horror films? What do you think makes for the scariest movie experience?Justs in time for Halloween, Live Science reported on a study that took a look at why... more
Fighting Owl Films, a rapidly emerging independent film production group in Mobile, Alabama, announced the completion of principal photography on the Thomas Smith-directed supernatural-adventure-comedy The Night Shift, starring Khristian Fulmer, Erin Lilley, Soren Odom and Jonathan Pruitt. Shot locally, the film utilized talent, locations and crew from within the community. The film will now enter post-production for completion and is currently seeking distribution.
"The Night Shift is a supernatural-adventure-comedy about Rue Morgan, the undead night watchman at Pinewood Oaks Cemetery. Rue, along with his buddy Herb, a limbless corpse, spends his nights trying to keep the cemetery’s cantankerous residents in, and his days dreaming of a date with hard-nosed day-shifter, Claire. It’s an okay afterlife until a scourge of supernatural occurrences leaves Rue not only watching the cemetery, but also watching his back!"
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/20760Fighting Owl Films, a rapidly emerging independent film production group in Mobile,... more
going steampunk « Filling the Well ; ideas are like oxygen: a journal by Carrie Vaughn
Yes, I am jumping on the bandwagon.
I wore this outfit to a party weekend before last. It was a pretty savvy SF geek/SCA crowd, so the one thing I wasn’t expecting was having to explain what steampunk was (since it does seem to have become a bandwagon over the last year or so). I got questions like, “Are you supposed to be something specific? Like Indiana Jones or something?” I’d say, “No, I’m just steampunk.” And then I’d get, “What’s that?”
Well. It’s harder to explain than you’d think. “An aesthetic combining Victorian sensibilities with science fiction,” is about the simplest I could get, and also not very satisfying. Steampunk is an aesthetic, but it also has an ideological component, regarding inclusiveness, DIY, and a recycle/reuse ideal. That’s one of the things I really like about it — I didn’t buy a single thing for my outfit. (Well, I bought the leather vest at NY Comic Con back in February as a present to myself. Then I built the costume around it. But I didn’t buy the vest for the costume, if that makes sense.) And I’m figuring out that I already have stuff for about three more steampunkish costumes: I dug out my riding jacket that I wore at horse shows back in the day — it still fits, and it’s got that snappy tailored thing that would fit right in, especially with a cravat, prairie skirt, and goth boots. How about the khaki BDU’s I got for my GI Joe costume in the spring, but with a leather jacket and goggles? I haven’t even mentioned my corsets yet.
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. So I had to explain steampunk to people, which was unexpected. But a funny thing happened. Because about ten other people dressed steampunk as well. Now, there were about 100 people at the party. Each of us wandering individually kept getting asked what we were supposed to be, and having to explain steampunk. But then we all got together for a steampunk group picture.
And it suddenly became clear to everyone, because we all so obviously came from the same world. You put us all together — with our corsets, crinolines, waistcoats, top hats, leather pouches, ray guns, and of course goggles — and suddenly we were a story.
Unfortunately, the group picture I got is too dark to post. But it was a splendid thing. Here is my costume:
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http://carriev.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/going-steampunk/going steampunk « Filling the Well ; ideas are like oxygen: a journal by Carrie... more
A really fun and well done Arthurian/Lovecraftian/Swords and Sorcery web-comic, This would be one hell of an RPG setting!
About the Author---
James Riot was born to unstable parents. They were a happy couple, but were perturbed at the idea of having to raise a child...as it would cut into their favorite game of tricking the local kids into eating their own pets. At 20 months, Riot was learning to speak when a doctor told his family that he seemed to be developmentally delayed and possibly mildly retarded. His father took the opinion to extremes, believing that he was profoundly retarded. He took him to the ocean and threw him in. Rescued from death by the horrible denizens of the undersea city R'lyeh, Riot was raised under the sea: playing amidst the massive slumbering form of Cthulhu. This close proximity was not without incident, however, as when Riot emerged from the bosom of the sea 25 years later, he returned to the world of man with malice in his heart and destruction on his mind. A weapon of the Great Old Ones, tempered at the unfathomable depths of the unforgiving sea.Then he discovered whiskey, moved to southern California, and makes a living doing freelance artwork and drawing comics. He lives in Long Beach with his girlfriend, likes re-reading Lovecraft to the point of insanity, Orange Chicken from Panda Express, and B-grade horror movies.
Mike Mignola, Matt Wagner, Mike Allred, H.P. Lovecraft, P. Craig Russell
Drawing, writing, drinking.
Bad Religion, The Darkest of Hillside Thickets, Sham 69, The Jam, Queen, Billie Holiday, GWAR, Stephen Lynch, The Blues Brothers, The Ramones, The Pixies, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Black 47, Misfits, Rudimentary Peni, The Dwarves, Sloppy Seconds, The Vandals, NOFX, The Clash, The Damned, The Slackers, Agent Orange, Biohazard, The Cramps, The Horrorpops, Oxymoron,The Pillows, The Seatbelts, Foo Fighters, garbage, Greg Graffin's solo stuff, Johnny Cash, Clapton, Hendrix, Kieven Rus, Social Distortion, Murphy's Law, Pennywise, Queen, Reel Big Fish, Strung Out, The Smiths, The Suicide Machines, System of a Down, Zebrahead, etc.
Anything by Lovecraft, Poe, and the like. Anything on mythology and/or folklore.
THE FORBIDDEN LORE-----
http://www.needcomics.com/The_Path/page/1/A really fun and well done Arthurian/Lovecraftian/Swords and Sorcery web-comic,... more
Old Italian comics - or fumetti - were filled with lusty vampire babes, horndog mummies, and Frankenstein getting truckloads of ass. They are the apotheosis of total sleaze. Don't you want to see some?Old Italian comics - or fumetti - were filled with lusty vampire babes, horndog... more
----Juggling genres BATMAN ! Whats the memeing of this ?!?
http://img.corcholat.com/img/tabla_de_arquetipos_7IN_full.jpg----Juggling genres BATMAN ! Whats the memeing of this ?!?... more
Mobile, Alabama based independent filmmaking group Fighting Owl Films is set to produce an independent feature in the city utilizing local talent. The feature, titled “The Night Shift”, is based on Fighting Owl Films' short film of the same name which proved an online hit, was positively reviewed in "Fangoria" magazine's online edition earlier in 2009 and has screened in several festivals across the United States.
A supernatural adventure-comedy, “The Night Shift” centers on Rue Morgan, the undead night watchman at Pinewood Oaks Cemetery. Rue, along with his buddy Herb, a limbless corpse, spends his nights trying to keep the cemetery’s cantankerous residents in, and his days dreaming of a date with hard-nosed day-shifter, Claire. It’s an okay afterlife until a scourge of supernatural occurrences leave Rue not only watching the cemetery, but also watching his back!
The short film’s positive reception coupled with the disillusionment with Hollywood’s current output of remakes and reboots encouraged the filmmakers to pursue their dream of turning the original “The Night Shift” into a feature length adventure film. Thomas Smith, the film’s writer/director and co-producer, is hoping to recapture some of the cinematic magic of the 80s Amblin films he grew up with that had a lasting influence.
“Growing up as a child of the 80s, the world depicted on film had a completely different atmosphere,” Smith says. “The films possessed a graininess and lived-in look that added an extra dimension of realism. There also seemed to be a greater emphasis on character and storytelling and less of the headache-inducing flash and sensory overload that’s become so commonplace today. It was the era of ‘Gremlins’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Indiana Jones’, films everyone could enjoy, not just children or adult audiences. That’s what we’re hoping to recapture with ‘The Night Shift’.”
The independent feature has secured its cast. Returning from the short to reprise their roles of Rue Morgan, Claire Rennfield and Herbie West are Khristian Fulmer, Erin Lilley and Soren Odom, respectively. New additions to the cast include Andrew Crider as Adramalech, the villainous vengence demon with an affinity for western wear, Jordan Woodall as Curly and Jonathan Pruitt as the mysterious Captain Roderick Blake. The film, currently in pre-production, is expected to begin shooting in May 2010.
For more information on Fighting Owl Films and “The Night Shift”, visit them online at www.fightingowlfilms.com and www.thenightshiftmovie.com.
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The subject of sexism in genre fiction has been rampant of late. IMHO, it has always been there. It's just that now people are saying something about it. And it's about time!
"the ensuing backlash from female authors, seems to have taken the British Fantasy Society by surprise. The group has apologised for the gender imbalance ... and James Cooper, the editor, admits to being "mortified.""
Another Guardian article on the subject:
* http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/22/horror-sexism-fantasy-societyThe subject of sexism in genre fiction has been rampant of late. IMHO, it has always... more
Clive Barker keeps getting screwed of late, especially when it comes to film adaptations of his short works. First there was Midnight Meat Train, which Lionsgate dumped in dollar theatres like a deformed baby into a dumpster, and now the perfectly reasonable looking Book of Blood is going straight to DVD. (Where it will have exalted company this fall thanks to Paul Solet’s Grace.) Bloody Disgusting reports that the film will hit shelves on September 29, and they’ve got a new red band trailer, which you can see after the break, to prove it.Clive Barker keeps getting screwed of late, especially when it comes to film... more
Mobile-based Fighting Owl Films has placed its newest independent short film online for free public viewing.
The film, "The Night Shift," is a supernatural adventure-comedy about Rue Morgan, a cemetery night watchman whose job brings both some unusual friends and some daunting challenges.Mobile-based Fighting Owl Films has placed its newest independent short film online... more
I am Nickolaus Pacione, a horror writer who was featured at Gotihcfest 2007 and this is a short story write up for an anthology that I got featured in. Also in this anthology is a writer I found in an anthology I bought prior to Gothicfest to invite the publisher of the anthology with me as a signing mate for the event. I don't regret it one bit, and I am giving more information about the anthology here. I was featured in there as the closing story titled "Damnation Observes" and this is edited by Jordan Bobe of Indianna.
Horror for me as a writer is in the vein of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Richard Matheson to name a few of the core influnces who've shaped my style of horror fiction. Damnation Observres for me is a bizarro horror story that is written entirely clean. No sexual content, graphic lanuage of swearing for that matter. I've been published on different small press magazines and also in the paying market a few times with respective short stories in horror, Science Fiction, and some true ghost stories here and there.
I was discovered by an author named Nicholas Grabowsky in 2004 and was published on EbooksOnDisk.com in their anthology Reality Check: An Anthology Of Horror. Been e-published since the age of 20 so that gives you some idea how long I've had a website. I was working on horror since the age of fourteen, did a wide range of horror styles but I will not touch erotic horror with a ten foot pole as a writer. I toyed with horror from an explicit violent style to a quiet horror approach on a few stories. Even Science Fiction for me will range from creature fiction to Cyberpunk Fiction (the cyberpunk style for me is something that comes almost quite easy because I've been raised around electronics and technology.)
I did Gothicfest 2005 as a signing author, the first author they got on board then I got on again for 2007's incarnation where I met two members of the Current TV video crew. I would like to see them do more with the writers instead of writing them off as vendors. Gothicfest is a unique festival in the sense it also brings writers together too. Jeff was originally going to make the festival something for bands, but I suggested to him that he also brings in the small press authors who normally won't get books carried in bookstores (reason being the technology the books are published with is known as a print on demand.)
I grew up in Glendale Heights and Roselle, Illinois. Horror for me was drawn from DuPage County's macabre history. I am very candid when sharing macabre details as Joe and Reme knew from Gothicfest 2007. I was very candid about Billy Porras' homicide, and the scars on the back of my head (from when I got stabbed) and the disfigured left index finger from a factory accident.
I published my work with lulu.com myself originally then my publishers started using lulu.com to get their work out there. Naked Snake Press started to embrace what Lulu.com had to offer and published longer books hence their imprint NSP Books. This is home of my third installment of the House of Spiders series, and this is co-written by Barb Shenouda. I will let her introduce herself later on here as some of my Tabloid Purposes line ups will eventually do the same when they start figuring out the video technology to really have fun with this.
I mentioned Tabloid Purposes IV briefly on here so you can go ahead and check that out. Especially if you fall more on the Harder side of Gothicism. Tabloid Purposes is what they call the print version Tales From The Hard Side. I grew up on heavy metal music and Biohazard is one of my influences for the darker horror approach I began to write and love doing.
I am Nickolaus Pacione, a horror writer who was featured at Gotihcfest 2007 and this... more
Editor: Nickolaus Pacione
Query: Send notes here or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Going more into detail what I am looking for as far as fiction goes for Ethereal Gazette: Issue Seven. The last video I did I was very sketchy about it -- and I do again apologize for that. Everyone was rushing me and here's the complete details for issue seven. This is the local author issue and I will consider authors from the Chicago area as long they don't write erotic content of any form.
Horror, science fiction, weird inspirational, and science fiction (not space opera damn it) being between 2200 words to 8800 words (the minimum is 4400 words and the maximum being 16,000 words.) I am a paying market but not a high paying one (I pay for stories via PayPal.) If you're an author who writes horror, science fiction, and other genres I am looking at fiction here but no sexual or alt romance of any kind. Weird Inspirational Fiction or Weird Inspirational in general is if you come from a Christian background but read authors like Richard Matheson and intrigued by shows such as Coast to Coast AM. I won't serialize a longer story just will have it as the closing story in the magazine.
This isn't too hard to get submissions for this, right?
I guess with blogger "watch dogs" who support the mid-list bastards who go around sabotaging other publications that I've done it is more a challenge these days than most. Especially since one asshole went and created a fake Ethereal Gazette: Issue Seven on Wordclay.com and a fake Tabloid Purposes V. They so want me to close shop but I refuse to close. This is the real McCoy. You're getting the submission details right from the source.
The submission window for this one is open a hell of a lot longer than Issue Five was because I had a system failure, and these things often kill a small press but it won't destroy mine. Literary Fiction I am looking for this but as long it has a weird fiction tinge behind it. Nothing perverse, but yes I will look into controversial subject matters from the hip hop, Gothic, and other subcultures represented in Chicago as long it isn't what I think it is.
I want pro-Christian friendly stories as well as the agnostic front too. Just keep in mind I want no alternative sexuality laced fiction of any form. I encourage the Shatner on the Plane style here so if you get stuck think Richard Matheson.
send to email@example.com (stories as .doc or .rtf files.) Chicago area authors are the exclusive market for Issue Seven. Christian authors expecially welcome this time around. As in if you have a testamony from a dark background you're welcome to send it -- to mix things up with the horror stories.Editor: Nickolaus Pacione Query: Send notes here or to firstname.lastname@example.org Going... more
Boating Holidays can be very scary!
Anthology edited by Nickolaus A. Pacione and those who don't know who he is. The author was featured at the 2007 incarnation of Gothicfest. It features some of the most talented authors the small press had seen yet, but at the same time the book had been the subject of a book burning via youtube. It is now available on Amazon.com and BN.com but you can grab it from Lulu.com or ask for it at your local book store.
Horror in the vein of Richard Matheson, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood and H.G. Wells live in these pages but all by newer established authors including Ken Goldman, Everrette Bell, Terry Vinson, S.G. Cardin, Casey Gordon, and a never before published story by the editor himself.
What Pacione wanted with this book are short stories that scared the living fuck out of whoever read the book. Trailers will be uploaded soon to either Current, MyspaceTV, Google Video or YouTube.com within the next few weeks. Tabloid Purposs was available as a trade paperback (6 x 9 Black Light Edition) in 2007 as the black light edition but now it's an entirely different looking size and entity, as a 6.14 x 9.21 trade paperback.
The book was unleashed at Gothicfest 2007 at midnight on Friday. The photography on the covers are of the Chicago Board Of Trade, inside the observation deck of the Sears Tower, and the bean of Millennium Park. This is the fourth installment of the series and he's looking for stories to be considered for Tabloid Purposes V. This will be the cyberpunk installment.
Horror as Tabloid Purposes there is a lot of controversy around the series and its editor. The flack the editor gets is one of those that went on for a number of years including people setting torch to the book via youtube.com and to an anthology he did which the proceeds went to American Red Cross.Anthology edited by Nickolaus A. Pacione and those who don't know who he is. The... more