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Book-To-Movie: Hammer’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’

Credit: Pixabay No, I’m not reposting the Book-To-Movie from three months ago. This week’s Book-To-Movie is reviewing a different film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles”. Last time, we reviewed the 1939 adaptation starring Basil Rathbone. This time we’re reviewing Hammer Studios’ 1959 version starring that other big name in horror, Peter Cushing. Last time, I said I hadn’t seen this version. But only a week ago I came across it on the streaming video website, Tubi . It was under the category of movies that are “Leaving Soon”. So, I thought if I wanted to see it for free then I’d better watch it right away and so did. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t always go cheap. But, hey, who doesn’t like freebies?) This movie wasn’t a bad adaptation of the book. In fact, it only fell short of matching the quality of the 1939 film by a couple details.  The Book Because we went over the book, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, in the earlier Book-To-Movie, I’m only going t

We Need the Humour of ‘60s Sitcom ‘The Munsters’

Credit: Wikimedia Commons All this week I’ve been trying to catch up on my writing projects, especially my upcoming short story collection. I had lost a lot of writing time while I was in the hospital for several weeks. So for the past week I’ve been mostly writing the first draft of a story I want to include in the book. I’ll keep you updated on the collection but in this post I want to talk about Rob Zombie’s upcoming movie reboot of the 1960s sitcom, “The Munsters”. And I can tell you right now that I probably won’t be seeing it when it releases.  Some of you, especially if you’re a fan of popular movie monsters of the mid 20th century like me, are probably familiar with “The Munsters”. It was a TV sitcom about a family based on some of Universal’s classic monsters such as Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula. The series ran from 1964 to 66. During that same year that it was canceled, a movie directly based on it called “Munster, Go Home” released in theatres. In later decades, a few

IWSG: What 'Abandoning' the First Draft Can Do For You

 It’s the first Wednesday of the month and so it’s time for another Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG)  post! In an IWSG post, we writers bring our writing challenges and problems out into the open to share with each other and try to offer solutions. IWSG Question of the Month The IWSG question for this month is: "For how long do you shelve your first draft before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?"  I don't have a precise amount of time that I shelve, or in my case file, the first draft to a story that I write. However, when I file a draft in a folder that I keep first drafts of fiction in, the time that it sits in there often averages from four to six months. I've set up my own rule to let a first draft sit in my filing cabinet for at least two weeks if it's a short story. If it's a longer work, which I seldom write, I'll let it sit for longer, at least about two mo