Speaking of the 80’s. . .

| September 20, 2016

I just finished the 1987 apocalyptic doorstopper of a novel, Swan Song by Robert McCammon. My first thought: If any one piece of literature embodied the pop-culture zeitgeist of a particular decade, it is this novel. This book could not be more eighties if it was sporting a mullet and fronting for Van Halen. It’s […]

Speaking of the 1980’s. . .

| August 11, 2016

How many of you remember the Tobe Hooper film, Lifeforce, from 1985? It’s probably the only piece of genre pop-culture from the 80’s that Stranger Things didn’t pay homage to— possibly due to the combination of full-frontal nudity and zombies. Lifeforce hasn’t gotten the same love from posterity as Tobe Hooper’s other efforts (such as Texas Chainsaw […]

…And I’m Back

| February 23, 2011

I’ve returned from RadCon after a slightly longer than intended return trip.  First me and John Dalmas were stuck in Minneapolis for 7 hours while our original flight crew went awol in the snow somewhere in Detroit, and the replacements showed up just in time to be just over their regulation flight time, bumping us […]

Moving the Goalposts

| February 22, 2008

Blogging is taking a back seat to the new novel (30K+ yea me!) And yes, I bumped up the total wordage of Valentine’s Night, the spec novel I’m working on while waiting to hear back from Anne. Two reasons. I have trouble writing short, and I don’t feel I’m that close to the halfway point. […]

We just keep rolling along

| February 18, 2008

Well my latest spec project is still rolling along quickly, quickly enough that if Anne continues being overworked at Bantam, I might get the whole thing done before I have to do any editorial revisions on Wolfbreed #1 (titles, I need titles). I started it a week and a half ago, and I have 23K […]

Attack of the muse: redux

| February 10, 2008

So I finished and turned in the Prophets draft. My next project is Wolfbreed #2 (Still need titles for those) but I can’t really start until Anne at Bantam gets back to me, approving the outline for the next book. Since I didn’t want to jump into the next Apotheosis book and have to interrupt […]

Plot vs Character: aka The Emotional Zombie

| January 29, 2008

I finally got around to seeing 28 Weeks Later on DVD, and it’s a great zombie flick and one of those rarities; a sequel that is a considerable improvement on the original. Not that 28 Days Later was a bad film, it was just sort of typical for the genre; “You’re in the midst of […]

Laughing with you/Laughing at you

| January 20, 2008

Well, I have again returned from the CWRU Film Society’s SF Movie Marathon, which makes this about #20 for me. (I’ve been there enough times I’ve seen Zardoz twice there.) As last time, I’ve been left thinking about SF movies— in this case “SF/horror” movies since there was a zombie/undead theme going on. In particular, […]