Night Gallery by Rod Serling My rating: 4 of 5 stars Rod Serling was one of the most prolific spec. fiction writers of his time. He wrote continuously. When he couldn’t sit at a typewriter, he recorded stories while commuting, waiting for appointments, and at any other free moment. His head was full of stories. […]
Allied Zombies for Peace is about an undead civil rights group who marches for the 4th year in a row behind the KKK. Zombies of the AZP find this disconcerting because they have been fighting for enfranchisement for years. When they march behind the Klan, their goal of awareness for zombies who are committed to peace is foiled. The Klan marchers rile up the crowd and at least some of that resentment spills over onto the zombies. The whole situation blows up into an out-and-out brawl. And this brawl only takes 42 minutes to run its course.
It’s time to cleanse the palate. I do this by composing and recording songs. I have, for about two decades, worked with a set of great musicians and friends on such projects as Funk Toast, Big Sky Country Boys, Wasasquatch, New Wave Dave, and Rustmonster. I have recorded plenty of material on my own. But now I want to collaborate with two of my best friends on a new project. I introduce you to “Mighty,” an album by Nybo, Nef, and Moon.
Only active characters impress readers. It is often said: do it; don’t say it. This goes for character development in your prose. In my mind, it is a sin to disclose a character’s state of mind with anything other than an act. When we are sad, we cry. We sit quietly with our hands in our laps. We look at our shoes instead of people in the eye. We become less effective at work. People around us ask what is wrong. If we are sad for too long, we get on people’s nerves.
During the 90′s I had the good fortune of playing with some of the coolest musicians in Utah. We formed a band called Funk Toast. During our run, we wrote tons of original songs. We played many gigs. We had the time of our lives. I was sad when Funk Toast disbanded. Here is our original video demo. We used to send this out as part of demo packs we called “toasters” to clubs to solicit gigs. The packet contained a VHS video of this demo, a Funk Toast T-shirt, a demo CD and a brochure with bios of the band and show credits.
Back in the 90’s I played in a band called Funk Toast. We played shows all over Utah and up into Idaho and Montana before disbanding. We wrote many original songs. Sadly, most of them are lost. Here is one that we saved. It’s a joint called Gary Coleman. With most of the band growing up in the 80’s, it’s no surprise that Gary was a big part of our lives. This song was written long before Gary’s passing. Here’s a little tribute we put together for the little man himself.
I used to play in a band called Funk Toast. In many ways the songs we wrote and performed during the 90’s stacked up to become my most musically fulfilling life moments. In 2012, we got together for a reunion. During this adventure, we played 2 shows. As part of the larger of the two shows, we arranged and performed our own interpretation of Also Sprach Zarathustra, a classic by Strauss, made popular by its presence in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here is the only existing recording and/or performance of Sprach, Pan-Galactic Prom Show Style. Here’s the thing: if someone were to approach us to play another show and they had an enthusiastic audience, I am sure Funk Toast would fly again.
My novel, Allied Zombies for Peace, is the story of a riot that happens during the 1968 Columbus, Ohio, Veterans Day Parade. The bulk of the story follows street brawling between an undead civil rights group called The Allied Zombies for Peace, and the Ku Klux Klan. The entire story takes place in 42 minutes.
I sat in a panel at SLC Comic Con a few weeks ago with several extremely talented authors. During the panel, I posed this question to the rest of the writers: “What makes it alright for us to write about violence and horror?” I don’t know why I asked the question. I suppose I was interested in hearing the other authors’ perspectives.
I intermingle with filmmakers and musicians as well as authors. I find ego to be a problem among both filmmakers and musicians. That might be because music is comparatively easy when compared to writing a novel. As far as filmmakers, the process is collaborative, which creates an environment for chest pounding and spear shaking.
Theocracide by James Wymore My rating: 5 of 5 stars This thought provoking novel argues on the dystopian side of Aldous Huxley rather than George Orwell. Wymore creates a world in which people are held in a state of apathy by the powers that be using computer-stimulated addiction. One character rises above the minutia of […]
Landon Green, husband and father, lives an ordinary life. He keeps to himself and tries to behave respectfully toward others. But something lies deep in Landon, a memory in a cage, so to speak. When that cage opens up on the schoolyard of his elementary alma mater, a beast inside him threatens to take control. Could a single memory in the back of Landon’s mind cause him to become something visceral and violent? What other memories sit waiting to change Landon’s behavior? Could they be dormant suggestions? Or are they just Terrifying Lies?
To the frontiersmen of the late 19th century West, electricity seemed like magic. But in the east, the brightest minds of the century worked to conduct the world into a new era of light, sound, and sensation. In the small town of Breakwater, Montana, when authorities finally close the case on a series of brutal slayings by arresting a local boy, it falls to the community to decide what to do with their prisoner. Should they deal with him themselves or call in an expert from the east? As for the question of culpability, the people of Breakwater seek absolution in their decision. But could any efforts to gain absolution be nothing more than Terrifying Lies?
I enjoyed Turn Coat immensely. Butcher knows how to leave scars on his characters. Nothing comes easy for the protagonist, Harry Dresden, wizard/private detective. I’ve always believed that if the outcome of a novel doesn’t permanently alter its main character’s life in some dramatic way, the novel isn’t worth reading. Turn Coat follows this philosophy. Harry Dresden is part Indiana Jones, Part Merlin. Even with his tremendous powers, he faces a stack of odds that threaten to shut him down and put pennies on his eyes once and for all. And in the end, one has to wonder, was it all worth the price paid by Dresden and his friends?
As Mildred Becket sits on the wraparound porch of her quaint rambler, tucked in the heart of a well-kept seniors community, she sips her lemonade and thinks about better days. Days when zombies didn’t walk the Earth. Nearly out of supplies, Mildred must make a dangerous trip to find food. As she prepares for her journey, she feels that she is the last person on Earth. Could she be alone? Was everything around her nothing more than Terrifying Lies?
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