Sunday, October 29, 2017

Special Halloween Post: Vampire Hunters, Decorating and Free Books

A jack-o-lantern with a skull's face carved on it.

I'm still trying to finish revising the story I was telling you about last time, the one that I said was due on Halloween. I had said I'm trying to avoid having to submit it on that day but it looks like that won't happen. But as long as I have it revised by Monday then I should be okay. It shouldn't take that long to submit it for the anthology that it's for. I probably would have had a great deal more of it done but I "had" to go to that Halloween Comics Fest sale at Comics & Collectibles in Sacramento. Maybe it's a good thing I did because, besides getting free comics like Hellboy and other horror-types, I came across a new one: Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter.

Vampire Hunters

Captain Kronos is based on a 1974 Hammer horror flick of the same name. I missed issue number one, so I had to settle for purchasing and joining in on number two. However, aesthetically-speaking, I prefer issue number two over number one simply because of its cover. Issue number one's cover consists of a shot from the film itself whereas number two's is made by artist Tom Mandrake who did a super job on it as well as the inside art. Although the comic is based on a movie, I prefer the hand-produced cover illustrations of comic book adaptations of movies over ones that use photos from the the films; hand-produced art is the nature of comic books. To tell you the truth, I haven't seen the Captain Kronos movie but they show it for free on Hammer Studios' YouTube channel.

Regarding vampire hunters, I was never a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan but lately I've been willing to give the TV series a try whenever I can get a hold of a DVD of it or get it streamed. I have a couple Blade comics, although I like him in Marvel's Tomb of Dracula of the '70s better. But I thought I'd give the '90s' Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie a try on Halloween night which is what the TV series is based on. I try to watch the original movie before watching the TV series or reading the comic book that are based on it. But I don't think I'll be able to get a hold of a copy of Buffy the movie this close to Halloween. So it looks like I will just have to settle for the vampire slayer who started them all-- after Van Helsing of Bram Stoker's Dracula--Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter. If you're not familiar with Captain Kronos, movie or comic, then here's a neat trailer for the flick.

Captain Kronos and Buffy Crossover?

Speaking of vampire hunters in media entertainment, don't be surprised if a Captain Kronos/Buffy crossover shows up on a shelf in your local comic book store soon. With crossovers being one of the biggest trends in comics, especially ones based on TV and movies, it's likely to happen since they've had a Buffy comic book series out for several years and if Captain Kronos does good enough, you'll probably see a storyline involving both characters. I'm not one for comic franchise crossovers due to their apparent commercial competitive ambition. However, it would be interesting in the cases of the two above characters since they are so similar. In order for there to be a plausible storyline, time travel or an alternative timeline would have to be involved--the two characters' time settings are more than two centuries apart.

Halloween Decorating

Well, I'm almost done with my Halloween decorating. I only have the cob webs with their plastic arachnid occupants to hang up. But go to my Facebook page between tomorrow and Halloween and you may see some pics of my decorating, that is if you've outworn your admiration of your neighbours' orange "Christmas" lights and inflated cartoon ghosts and pumpkins!

Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop

A "Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop" banner

Definitely go to my Facebook page  on Halloween night, about 5:30 or 6 o'clock Pacific Time if you want a free book! There I will have the link to free copies of one of my books as part of the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop, hosted by author Patricia Lynne. This Halloween blog hop offers free books in leiu of candy for cyber trick-or-treaters. Bare in mind, this event is may not be a kids' blog hop, since the maturity of the content of books will vary between authors. Be forewarned, my books contain adult content, so I suggest you keep the kids "outside" when you claim your free book from my page. Still, keep an eye on your kids, you don't know how near the boo-gy man or evil old witch may be!

So I hope to see you at my Facebook page on Halloween night, for the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop. Please do leave comments there if you'd like. Also, let me know in the box here below what you think of  Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter if you see the movie, read the comic, or better yet, both!

Until next time . . . 

Two cosplayer women dressed as Beetle Juice and Lydia.
I took this photo of these two cosplay women at Sinister Creature Con in Sacramento earlier this month. Their costume were groovy!


  1. Happy Halloween. Thanks for joining Trick-or-Treat Reads. You're right too, genres and maturity content for this is all over the place, but most authors have made a note so readers are warned.

    1. Happy Halloween to you too, Patricia! Thanks for hosting this.

  2. Happy Halloween! I haven't watched the Buffy series, but I remember the movie (unfortunately).

    1. Happy Halloween, Tamara!

      So that's unfortunate you haven't seen the series or that you remember the movie. If the latter, I'll may just put that later on my To Watch list! lol

  3. Happy Halloween, and good luck finishing that story!

    1. Happy Halloween and thanks for wishing me luck on the story!

  4. Great to "meet" you, Steven. Sorry it's taken me so long to visit your blog.

    I recently participated at my first ComicCon, selling my books, and I was blown away by all the costumes. That's probably the best part--the people watching.

    1. No worries, J.H. It's great "meeting" you too! Yes, one of the greatest things about cons are the costumes. Those cosplayers can get really creative!