Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Diary of the Dead
DIARY OF THE DEAD to have World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival
Chosen as Midnight Madness lead title...
DIARY OF THE DEAD George A. Romero, USAIn his first independently produced zombie film in over two decades, George A. Romero returns to ground zero in the history of the living dead. When a group of film students making a horror movie in the woods discovers that the dead have begun to revive, they turn their cameras on the real-life horrors that suddenly confront them, creating a first person diary of their bloody encounters and the disintegration of everything they hold dear. Told with Romero's pitch-black humor and an unflinching eye on our post-Katrina world, DIARY OF THE DEAD marks the noted filmmaker's return to his roots. Starring Michelle Morgan, Josh Close, Shawn Roberts, Scott Wentworth, Amy Lalonde and Joe Dinicol. An Artfire Films/Romero-Grunwald Production produced by PeterGrunwald, Artur Spigel, Sam Englebardt and Ara Katz. Executive Producers are Dan Fireman, John Harrison and Steve Barnett.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Carnival - of the DEAD!
And, you know, I'm far enough into the sequel to say, "Just you wait and see. This is not your typical zombie story."
A Reality TV show I'd Watch
My gosh that is a funny concept.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Guitar Hero - Rocks the 80s
I have two words:
It's out of control. I tell ya.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
It's posted on Amazon, where there are two snarky ones as well, one of which I thought made a good enough criticism for me to humbly acknowledge it over there.
And whoever Venessa Laporte is, thanks for sticking up for me! I try hard to keep the fans happy!
Back from NECON!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Off to NECON
Leaving tomorrow, as we're going to spend the week in Newport and on the beach, since the family likes the beach.
Harry Potter Movie
1) a comic villain causes mischief at Hogwarts
2) Dumbledore (though seemingly omnipotent) does not stop said mischief (we find out later, in order to draw out He Who Shall Not Be Named)
3) the comic villain is easily disposed of
4) He Who Shall Not Be Named finally appears and has a fight with Harry for some Object of Great Power
5) Someone other than Harry dies in the fight
6) Harry wins, because Love Is Strong
It's a lovely message, but times six it's getting a little too pat. And the cast is getting too big: Draco doesn't even have any lines this time out, Hagrid shows up just long enough to provide a Plot Device, Luna and Neville just moon about, and there's even a girl who stands next to Neville in every shot who isn't (so far as I could tell) identified.
BUT - don't take all this quibbling too far. Compared to typical Hollywood crap, it's gold, and the Comic Villain is the best one ever! A cross between June Cleaver and Nurse Ratchet - it was inspired!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Got Myself a Little Sniffly
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Live Free or DIE HARD!!!
* Not 1/10th as bad as I thought it would be.
* More preposterous than Grindhouse.
* More explosions than Miami Vice.
* Maybe not *quite* a big enough cast of baddies to be shot, blown up, pushed into wood chippers, or thrown down elevator shafts. Felt a little low on the body count.
* Continues the Hollywood tradition that only yuppies and Asians may be depicted as unregenerately evil. I'm waiting for that to wear off, as it's a bit predictable.
* Hits on the rather workable and funny buddy flick pairing of PC and Mac.
* "I tried to find more Nixon" might be one of the funnier lines I've heard in a while.
It's Like Being a Member of Congress!
Three months after taking the Stoker home, and right after GOTLD was announced as a finalist for the IHG award, now D2L has gotten its first recommendations for this year's Stoker Award for First Novel. Now, let's be honest, this time I don't think I have a chance, but I'm still willing to send some free copies and get a few votes, maybe get on the final ballot. That'd be cool.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Zombies on Mania
I like it when they give real, specific criticisms, as it helps me with my future writing. Thanks!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
More on Zombies and Religion
Monday, July 09, 2007
Review and Spike!
Written by Kim Paffenroth, Bram Stoker award-nominated author of "Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romer's Visions of Hell on Earth", Dying to Live: A Novel of Life Among the Undead is a post-apocalyptic novel about the few human refugees struggling to survive in a zombie-infested world. Living in a museum-turned-compound, they are led by Jack, a practical and efficient military man, and Milton, an odd prophet with an inexplicable power over the dead. Yet their island community suffers a deadly clash with another group of survivors, underscoring that the living dead are far from their only threats to survival. At times shockingly and gruesomely violent, Dying to Live springs off the page as starkly vivid as any zombie movie ever made, with a decisive twist to its ending. Highly recommended especially for zombie and horror film buffs.
This was also posted on Amazon, where D2L spiked to 1661st on sales rank.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Back from ReaderCon
Got back to two reviews. A great one in Apex:
I like that one *almost* as much as the other one I got today, when the mother of my children finally gave in and read one of my stories. Her review: "Oh, I thought it was just about zombies killing people, but it's a 'real' story, just with zombies in it." I'm glad it made it all the way up to "real." And I'm glad she's thought for the last year that I spend ten hours a day writing about people being killed. That would explain a lot around here.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Stop by and add more interesting facts to it. (Permuted did the basic outline, and I just added some bio.)
I just got an email from the Iona College library. It seems they've been inundated with inter-library loan requests for my novel D2L. So much that they want me to donate another copy to the library (?!). People - if you're not going to buy it for yourself, at least go to your local library and ask that they buy a copy!!
Charlie - Defeated!
A little rivalry is good. I'll keep practicing "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" until I get that one down!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Zombie Related News
Read the article carefully:
Read down to see the important zombie detail, besides the unfortunately all-too-common "mom's psycho boyfriend wigs out and gets on the News."
In much happier developments, D2L is at 2633th on Amazon, after 15 weeks.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Back from Cornerstone
I thought I'd give my quick rundown of the highlights of the trip, for anyone journeying across this fair land of ours.
Idlewild Amusement Park (Ligonier, PA) This is what parks like Dorney or Hershey or Rye used to be like when I was little, and I always look forward to stopping by whenever we drive west.
United States Air Force Museum (Dayton, OH) For military aircraft, a better collection than the Smithsonian. They've moved to much nicer digs than when I was a kid, so the planes are nicely protected and displayed in air conditioned comfort, but they have tried to display more "regular" planes - e.g. I know when I was there before, their Me 262 on display sported a 50mm gun, and now it's the regular configuration of 4 x 30mm cannons. But they still have such incomparable oddities as a B36 and a XF85 "Goblin."
Dining in Macomb, IL As often happens when trying new restaurants, surprises abound. Macomb's steakhouse was average, and the most expensive place in town. The mexican was maybe a cut above average, and reasonably priced. But best of all, for quality or price, was Vitale's Italian. Half what I would pay around here, and the pesto and Alfredo were about the best I've ever had.
The Imaginarium at Cornerstone Elvis, zombies, robots, pod people, and the Christians who love and/or are fascinated by them. Nice folks.
Bazbeaux Pizza (Indianapolis, IN) The last time we went there, our daughter wasn't born yet, and they were serving pizzas in a tiny, vividly colored little shack. Now they're a huge, upscale restaurant, but still incredible for thin crust.
Quaker Steak and Lube (Sharon, PA) They claim "Best Wings USA" and they back it up (and I don't usually like wings that much but wow, these were good).
The Winner Outlet Store (Sharon, PA) Check this out. Three stories of ladies clothes in what must've been the biggest department store for miles when it was a regular store. But here's the fun part. On the first floor there's a door that says "Men's Lounge." And when you go in there, there's a beat-up old sofa, a color TV, and a tap that dispenses free, ice-cold beer (it tastes like some awful Lite, but it is definitely beer, and cold, and free).
And now, fireworks, then I'm off to ReaderCon.