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Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Little More About Zombies . . .

Last time I talked a little about zombies. Well, this time I'm going to talk a little about zombies again, and I do mean only a little. Just a while ago I finally opened up my S.L.U.G. Zombie that I bought at Wal-greens a few weeks back. S.L.U.G. Zombies is a series of plastic zombie figures by Jakks Pacific in which each has a name and comes in a "Mystery Pack". So far there are eight different figures. The one I got was Brain Eatin' Brandon. I have a couple photos of it on my voodoo doll Pinterest board: one I call a "Teenage Zombie from Outer Space" and so depicted with a "flying saucer" and the other depicted standing next to its coffin.

I'm starting a small zombie figure collection, kind of inevitably. I'll try to provide photos or links to them of the other figures like I have this evening next time. I'll also try to have at least a concept sketch of the book cover illustration to my short fiction collection that will be releasing soon. I meant to post it here this evening but my day job and computer sci course didn't allow me to finish it in time.

Until next time . . .

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Great Zombie and Vampire Invasion

I hope you all got a chance to read my interview with Jeani Rector at Examiner.com.  It's a two part article where she talks about her career as both horror writer and editor of the online literary publication, The Horror Zine.  If you haven't had a chance to read it, please do so.  She's a really interesting woman with a lot of great insight and tips on writing horror and other areas of the dark fiction genre.

In that interview, Jeani advises aspiring writers to stay away from the zombie and vampire trends Perhaps they are just a little over used in horror. However, they've always played a big role in dark fiction especially in film but vampires have played more of a role in literature than zombies.  But zombies are appearing more in today's literature.  As far as vampires go, the peak in their popularity is due to the Twilight books and films (the books being much too over rated since they are said to be poorly written) having been so successful in sales. Because of that, there is now the series True Blood on television.  Speaking about television, Walking Dead has played a big part in making zombies more of a fad than ever. Walking Dead actually started out as a horror comic book several years ago. But because of the series the comic book industry has been infected by the zombie craze just as much as it has with the vampire one. 

I've never watched Walking Dead nor read any of the comics, but I've gotten started on a newer comic book series by Vertigo called iZombie, written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Mike Allred. If there's one thing that series does that Walking Dead doesn't, it's bringing back the four color of '60s horror comics as well as drawing style and so is reminiscent of sci fi horror of that era. I'm very vintage and retrospect when it comes to speculative comic books and so for me iZombie is my "Walking Dead".  Yet this series isn't completely innocent. Its gore scenes and its violence gives it its suggestion for mature readers while, of what I've read so far, not going overboard with the two like many of today's fantasy and sci fi comics. The storyline has not been bad either. Its pre-apocalyptic setting (as of issues 1 through 16) and team of secret agent zombie fighters give it a twist.

We'll discuss the zombie/vampire craze more next time. But let me leave you with this: do you think zombies and vampires have recently been used in the horror genre?  Please feel free to leave your answers in the comments box and we can discuss those in the next post as well.

Until then, take scare!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Horror Hostess of Dark Literature

Horror author and editor, Jeani Rector
Photo Credit: Jeani Rector


Sorry I missed you people last week. I was a little more busy than usual it being the Easter weekend and all that.

Unfortunately I haven't gotten a chance to finish my cover for my short story collection. I'm just barely getting to the final concept sketch. I'll probably post that here by next week if I haven't finished the final product yet.

I have parts one and two of an interview out at Examiner.com with a really neat author from my home area of Sacramento, California. Her name is Jeani Rector. She writes horror and is the editor of an online horror fiction magazine, The Horror Zine.  The zine is world known and contains stories by both new and established writers.  And it's all for free! Therefore no subscription required.

I like to think of Ms. Rector as the "Elvira" of horror literature. The only difference between Jeani and Elvira other than the media they specialize in is that Jeani "hosts" good fiction and so fiction that is much closer to A rated movies than the B rated ones Elvira has shown.  Don't get me wrong though! I'm a big fan of B-rated horror and sci fi. However, when it comes to reading, I like to make better use of my time reading quality fiction. So I suggest you not only check out my article on Jeani Rector but that you check out her zine too.

I'll leave you with that for now.

Until next time . . .

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Poll Results and Sneak Peek of "The Fool's Illusion"

Warning: This post may contain content or links to content considered to be obscene by some viewers.

Hello, everybody!

At the poll for the lettering style for my upcoming short fiction collection, The Fool's Illusion, it looks like "Twisted Roman" won by 4 to 0 votes!  So "Twisted Roman" style it will be for the title on the cover. 



"Twisted Roman" style lettering for The Fool's Illusion book cover title


Thank you all for voting.  It helps me determine which will be the more efficient lettering style for you readers and lovers of books out there.  I don't want to just make myself happy with massive sales, but I want to make you readers (and you know who you are) happy with your reading experience and that includes the cover of the book when and if (which I hope many of you will!) you select my book to purchase. 

Do you want an idea of what my book will cover (e.g. themes, genres and subgenres)?  Then the links below may interest you. The first is from a blog posting I did for Horror Addicts' online con which includes a free excerpt of the title story.  The last three (all from past posts of this blog) add up to one whole free short story to be included in the book!  You'll be getting a shrunken head start before most people who will buy my book and so you can proudly say that you read it before it was even published!

I'm still working on the illustration but hope to have it done by next week so I can post it here for you to look at and to provide any comments on it you may have. 

Until next week . . .

Links for a sneak peek of The Fool's Illusion:
Article on The Fool's Illusion with story excerpt, "The Puppet Show" Parts I, II and III.