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Friday Musings 8/18/2017

This rainy NY Friday marks about the half way point of August. Almost September. Then it's a hop, skip and a jump into October. The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead are back, pumpkins, caramel apples, ghouls and ghosts. Halloween. The holiday of horror. 

Is Saw coming back? I've heard rumors that may be true by now. Maybe it's gone the way of Tales From the Crypt. So sad that situation with TNT and HBO. I was looking forward for the revamp. Maybe someday. 

To readers and any fans if the blog (I hope there are at least a few at this point): this Friday is also a Friday to be thankful that you are alive and able to read a book and watch a movie. There are a lot of crazy events happening in the world. Now more than ever you have to keep a straight head and stay safe. 

Of course there are many great authors and hopefully myself, who you can look to for a release from life and its many pressures, if you need that escape. If you want to beta read, let me know. 

I try to stay c…

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 8/11/2017

WCM: This was a laid back episode where me and Dedman simply discussed topics. Nothing wrong with those episodes. We discussed the publishing industry and how it's hard to make it in the horror magazine world. 

JD: We found out that I'm actually from Saudi Arabia! Plus, we go pretty deep into why short story authors are broke, because the magazines are struggling.

WCM: And why haven't writers received a raise? You'll find out in this episode. Hmm, you think it's a bad time to discuss my raise? Lol

JD: you want a raise? Not with the way things are currently. The moment DT gets a raise, you get a raise, and right now it's still pocket change. Seriously, I go over the books and reveal my stats.

WCM: Well, either way, there are crazy things going on in the world right now. Let alone the technicalities of getting paid, how can you even get writing done with all these things overwhelming you? 

JD: What can we do? Pour a drink, light a smoke, and watch with awe at how quic…

Friday Musings 8/11/2017

Back in the flow this Friday morning. Got the leaf going and a refreshed Outlook on my writing. I'm sure even seasoned writers go through that, as well as anyone creating art, or has a hobby. Some call it writers block, some just are going through a slump. At times like these it's best to reset. Try a new perspective, or a new style. Anything to kickstart the energy. 

My leaf gets me going. It's not my muse, but maybe my muse
likes it. It's part of a vision I see when I write. A make believe place I imagine when going into that mood. It's not imagination if you believe in it,and there are those who go there way too easy and truly believe, but that's another post. But as long as you aren't hurting anyone (except your characters) then all should be fine. 

Well, I have to get some writing in before I start the day job. Talk soon. 


Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 8/4/2017

WCM: On this week's show we had on That Terrible Woman with us. We discussed women in horror and how they are portrayed in B-rated horror films. They also get a bad rap in mainstream, as well. But are the changing times seeing more women taking on main character roles? 

JD: Even in 70s and 80s, women were the stars of horror. Sure, women were chosen because generally people put more stock in whether a woman makes it out alive. Yeah, there are dumb blonde moments, sex, and panty shots. If you're a woman getting into horror, be the lead. The lead role is where it's at.

WCM: Catman took his face out of the kittie litter long enough to make Miss Horrible's acquaintance. I think they hit it off. She knew who he was from previous shows. 

JD: She is a fan of the show and a follower of Catman. Nice. We also had a fan from Kentucky ask me a very interesting question. 

WCM: The fart board seemed to be retired, so I got a replacement, and it's not too bad. And speaking of farts, …

Friday Musings 8/4/2017

Another week, another Friday. Here are some thoughts for you to ponder. 

Two sides to your brain. That's what they say. One side for the technical stuff--the other for the creative things. Both can work together, but sometimes one side may be flexed more than the other. This can be a good thing, depending on what you hope to achieve. But if you are planning to do creative things, this could pose a problem. 

See, when I started my job about eleven or twelve years ago, I made one mistake (getting there late) and told myself never again. I went through great pains to make sure that, and other minor things, didn't repeat. Of course there are always mistakes, but never the kind that I used to do before I was in a fancy office environment. I "grew up." Maybe a bit too much? I shut out my creative side in order to concentrate on making the growing up thing happen. 

Here and there I messed with the other side of the brain, but never fully stayed with it and nurtured it the way …

Monsters Exist Expose - Jessie Dedman - Lake Monster

Our next author in the Expose is Jessie Dedman. He is not only an author in the anthology, but he is the owner of Deadman's Tome, the independent publishing house that puts out a monthly horror anthology from unheard of to new and upcoming writers. They say to be late to the party is fashionable. Well, I'm to blame a bit here. But Mr. Dedman is always oh-so-fashionable. Here is the back story for Lake Monster. 

Lake Monster Backstory By: Mr. Dedman

How does one write a horror short about a monster that sounds too ridiculous to be true? You go digging for shreds of evidence, no matter how thin, because you might be able to piece a somewhat plausible angle. If I was tasked with creating a monster out of my ass, I wouldn't have gone through the trouble of looking for police reports and news articles, but Lake Monster isn't just any monster story. It's based off of an urban legend.  Though, very absurd and a bit confused.
The Lake Worth Monster origin, the legend behind th…

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 7/28/2017

WCM: Josh Schlossberg was on this show, talking about microbial horror. I was having technical difficulties in the begining, and I think I heard Dedman riffing on the fart machine again. Was it another chapter in the never ending drama that is the sound system of Dynamite?! Just remember, you play with Dynamite the wrong way, he's apt to explode! 

JD: Josh came on to share his knowledge of top secret U.S. government microbe projects. Marchese had technical issues, and I was shitting myself throughout the show. Are these isolated incidents or a conspiracy to stop us from speaking the truth?

WCM: We talked about microbial horror and how video games are coming up with new and exciting horror stories. One airborne horror tale is The Last of Us. 

JD: Microbial Horror? What's so scary about something that some GermX could kill? I thought that, too. But Josh showed me the light. You can run from Jason but you can't run from super AIDS.

WCM: Jessie proposed to me. Oh come on--not like…

Friday Musings 7/28/2017

Another Friday has come with more thoughts for the week. I could put together a blog of all these thoughts.... Well, the most pervasive thought this week, at least, is age. I just turned 40 this past June and I've been thinking a lot about it--seeing all the young writers on Twitter. We are all in a race against time. When you're young, you put things off--procrastinate. As you get older you realize time is precious. When you really start getting up in age, you kick yourself for having wasted all that precious time. You want to jump and kick-start things into gear. You may start to worry, sometimes panic. It's time to get your act together. But is it too late? 

As the saying goes, it's never too late. Right? Well, it's all perspective. There are writers now who start at a very young age. And yes, you say, they can't know too much about life, right? Well, just as robots can mimic life, these kids are prodigies who can mimic experience. They read. A lot. 

I know I …

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 7/21/2017

WCM: This week's show we had no guests on, but we did some soul searching about the animosity that had built during the week due to me walking off the last show, and came to amends. It's just not worth it. Boothill can't fill

JD: Yes, the beef between me and the Dynamite was settled, at least for now. With Amazon almost hitting Deadman's Tome with the ban hammer, we realized we have bigger fishes to fry. Amazon lost their shit over the content in No Safe Word and claimed that it is offensive. At the same time, Amazon allows family friendly titles like Chain of Shit and Lust for Dinosaur Step-dad. The hypocrisy is just too thick to ignore, and j intend to remind Amazon that they're full of shit! Check out the new show called Fuck Amazon. You'll find it on Spreaker and iTunes. 

WCM: George Romero dying has been a big downer for many horror fans. We lost a great mind in the horror industry. He will be greatly missed. R.I.P.

JD: Romero passed away, …

Train to Busan Movie Review

Has this movie revitalized zombie movies? Or is it just that, another zombie flick? 

Well, the differences Train to Busan, directed by Sang-ho Yeon, staring Yoo Gong, Su-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung and Dong-seok Ma are in the nuance and the the intricacies that come from it being a foreign movie. Then there are also the heartfelt moments towards the end. The characters are sturdy and have been built well. They do what they are supposed to do. 

When you have a movie that's tackling a trope such as zombies, there is the main subject, being the zombies, then there is the story-line that runs along side to show you that subject. You are seeing that subject through a snapshot of life as it plays out--from that perspective. 

It could be a man who works so hard and has no time for his daughter and has to take her to see the mother, as in Train to Busan, or it could be a whole bunch of individuals who are trapped in a house fighting off the undead, as in the original Night of the Living Dead. R.I.P. …

Friday Musings 7/21/2017

This Friday I'm thinking about a plane ride I have to go on soon. It's easy to fall back into safety and false protections in life. Not wanting to venture out and live life. People are afraid to fly, to walk the streets even. This is amplified lately with the crazy stories on the news every day. But if you think about it, nothing would get done if you didn't take risks. Just think, if you die tomorrow it's over. Finito. Yes, you had that safe planning, thinking you are going to life nice and old, but the truth is you never know when that day is coming. 

You have to go out and live. 

Dream. The life dream. Some give up fairly easy. Comforts in life and wanting to see the next episode of Game of Thrones can people weak, not focusing on what matters. And don't get me wrong, you could like that stuff, love that stuff, you could look forward to those things--but to have that the zenith of your week, after having made someone else's dream come true at work, seems a ter…

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 7/14/2017

WCM: First and foremost, is the Dynamite gone for good this time? For those who haven't heard yet, The Dynamite left the show abruptly due to someone flexing their bullying, corporate muscle. It's censorship of fart soundboards... 

JD: The Dynamite got salty over being told to cut the sounds. There was a moment where the conversation got real, very real. It would be too petty for Marchese to leave over Sound board, I think Mistress Rosie made him cry. She was fast in putting him the corner and pulling out her strap on! 

WCM: Of course, what was thought to have been a wild and crazy dominatrix turned out to be a human being with a real life and unfortunate past. I feel terrible about that, and just want to say that by standing up for my fart board freedom I was in no way downgrading the terrible past that this woman had. I feel sorry that the feud with the Deadman industry had to drop at the time it did. But sometimes good things spawn from bad. Just like roses from manure. No pu…

Friday Musings 7/14/2017

Once again it's Friday and I find myself here in this Cafe with my flatwhite, leaf creamily waiting on the surface for caffeine-yearning lips. 

We find ourselves at many places throughout the day, week, year, lifetime. One may sit and drift, thinking upon what their meaning in life is. So many people in this world, what are you here for? Some will shake their head and go in with their day, go to work where they'll do the same thing--possibly with minor shifts throughout--until they (hopefully) retire and then have nothing to do with themselves--unless they take up some "hobbies." 

This is, for the most part, fine. A lit of these people are mothers, fathers, grandparents etc. They do serve a purpose. But what abiut that which burns deep down inside? What abiut that nagging voice that warns, "if you wait too long!" 

I've heard that voice throughout my life and I'm listening and doing something abiut it. It sort of feels like that part in the Matrix, wher…

My Daughter the Horror Writer

Thinking of how long it took me to get my shit together and get my writing out there, I wonder what it would have been like if I had started earlier in life, maybe forged from confidence passed on by my parents. My mom passed when I was 13 and my father didn't care much for reading and writing. So there's that. But I wonder about my child and what early encourament might do for her. Don't want to force her, though. But it would be cool if she wanted to write, and at an early age. 

My daughter had a dream. She told me and my wife about it on a trip to the supermarket. 

It started off nice. She was with mommy and daddy and we all loved each other. Then, bad people came up and we started fighting. We killed them and cut them open and the blood spilled everywhere. When we opened the doors, it flowed out into New York and God came down and made the blood float up and rain down everywhere. 

She then, once she saw our reaction, continued to say, "The blood rains down!" ove…

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 7/7/2017

WCM: Another Friday night, another Deadman's Tome podcast for you sick perverts out there. And some of you play-it-straight types, too. On this episode we talked to Armand Rosamili. 

JD: That's right. Armando Rosamalia was on the show, and I expected more jokes from a guy that wrote about rapie zombies. But, nevertheless, it was a very informative show.

WCM: The Catman made an appearance, but it was mostly a serious show. 

JD: but we learned what it means when Armand says he is making a living from his writing. He achieved the dream, and without government assistance or a sugar mama.

WCM: We had a guest in the audience, Clive Barker, was it? who had a problem with the fart soundboard. Really? lol 

JD: Clive Barker wanted someone to pet the Cat Man, but found the farting annoying. The Dynamite might have a medical condition and can't help himself. I feel bad for his wife, because you know she washes those skid mark undies. 

WCM: Well, all in all it was another great show. We'…

Monsters Exist Author Expose - John Palisano - Criatura

We're almost there. The next author in the Monsters Exist anthology is John Palisano, with his story Criatura, where breaking down in the desert can have some pretty grave consequences.

‘Criatura’ Backstory from MONSTERS EXIST

When you make your way up past Los Angeles and head north into the desert communities, you see just how precarious things are in the city. Built on top of desert, the city seems to stop a few miles right before the San Joaquin mountains. There’s a gorgeous moment on the 5 freeway where the mountains come up around you and then you dip down into the sandy valley. The world just opens up.
There are desert communities, but they are vastly different than those in the city. Smaller and even more spread out, most have all the stores and luxuries of modern living. You’re never too far from filling up or grabbing lunch, or even from having a cell signal.
But the crazy part is just a bit off the highway, and you can be unseen. Hidden. The landscape stretches out f…

Friday Musings 7/7/2017

Friday. Blessed Friday. At least for those who have off on the weekend. But for those who are getting their real careers going, it still means work. But it's work we want to do. You know the saying: if you love what you do,  you never work a day in your life. 


Today I'm ponder about a project I've been working on, titled The Cat. I have gone through so Many iterations of this story, and they don't seem to hit the mark. The idea is original, I'm told, just too many parts etc. It's just I had a certain vision for the story that have to realize are from a when I wasn't so in tune with the writing scene. 

I'm doing it one last time before I shelf it for a bit. I think this last go is going great, but we will see. Maybe I'll use the idea that isn't working for this in another story down the road. I have to realize that was a time when I was a bit amateur. 

Holding me back. 

I am focusing too much on a time before I learned a lot about how to write …

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 6/30/2017

WCM: Another week another Deadman's Tome Podcast. This week we just had a little fun, sans guest. We discussed the subject of African Americans killed off in horror movies. And Dedman got all excited with another subject...

JD: oh yeah, when a round thing gets in my face I get sprung! Ghetto Booty, phat ass, fat bottom girls I like em all. Something soothing, calming even, from watching a round plump booty twerk. 

WCM: We had some fun with Fiverr and an anonymous listener had some choice words for Dedman to read about himself.  

JD: yeah, apparently people think I'll say just about anything for five bucks, and that might not be far from the truth. I wonder what sort of trouble I'll get into next week.

WCM: All in all we got through another show where we accomplished absolutely nothing, unless you consider how Dedman is making the alcohol industry's stock go through the roof. 

Come back next week for more antics and possibly a Thursday night show. See you then. 


Monsters Exist Author Expose - No. 7 - William Marchese

I come to my tale in the anthology. This story merges many different influences. These various stories are, to me, the most entertaining. The government conducting secret experiments on our soldiers--a perfect killing machine. Kids and the wondrous way they explore and solve problems--and then throwing in a whopping problem on their laps. And finally, that moment when we are at one with ourselves and truth reins free. That moment when you think of death, killing, what if this, what if that. Things you never speak about unless they are the ultimate confidant. These are the elements I like to play with. Even though this story didn't fully turn out the way I wanted, people tell me they still think it's good. I'll let you decide. And if you want, and request it, I'll work on editing it the way I intended it, and i'll release to whoever bought the anthology. So now, here is my backstory for No. 7

No. 7

By: William Marchese

When I got the idea for No.7, I had a few of my fa…

Friday Musings 6/30/2017

Another Friday. This one is a holiday weekend. Time to relax a bit. But like that saying, when you love what you do... I think that applies here. Can't get ideas out of my head, they call to me. 

This Monday I'll have free time, because while most of Manhattan is out of town, I'll be at work. It's OK, though. I will be writing. Probably some reading. There might even be a latte leaf somewhere in the equation. 

I just had two stories drop at the same time, one in Monsters Exist anthology and the other in Unnerving Magazine. Double the promotion--but I still love it. Well, Monsters doesn't come out until Saturday. It has been nice to have two come out. If someone doesn't like one... You know. And while there is that energy of knowing two of my stories are out there, there is always that nervous energy, as well. But I'd rather use any energy I build on the next story. More productive. 

You can get Monsters Exist here

And Unnerving Magazine…

Monsters Exist Author Expose - Christopher Powers - Bitten

The next story in the Monsters Exist expose is by Christopher Powers. In Bitten, A man goes on a safari and brings back more than expected. Let's get to the story behind this gruesome tale. 

Bitten backstory By: Christopher Powers
I’ve always been fascinated by the study of cryptozoology. People using their scientific knowledge to prove the existence of creatures which are roundly disputed by their peers must be a trying job, and yet they go about their work with pride and confidence. It shares some similarities to the writing process. We don’t know if our stories will prove successful, or even see the light of day, but we persevere because it’s our passion; we believe in what we’re doing. At least that’s how I like to think of it. And let’s be honest, it’s a cool job. Who wouldn’t want to travel the world, visiting beautiful forests, lakes and jungles, in the hopes of discovering a new species of animal? I know I would.

Wanting to highlight a cryptid that never receives the attention…

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap 6/23/2017

WCM: We had a very pleasant night on the show. Our guest was great, although he did get a little aggressive with the Catman, and I didn't agree with it. 

JD: Austin Wood of Horror Night Podcast put Catman in his place! He also tried to contest Marchese for co-host.

WCM: We talked about panty man and had a horror game show set up between me and our first sponsor. 

JD: ah, yes. Hentai Kamen (AKA Pervert Mask) a Japanese superhero whose power comes from how perverted he can be. He gets strength from wearing used panties on his head! This strange superhero was featured in a weekly magazine called Shonen Jump, same magazine where a number of popular anime and manga got their start. 

I though Austin was going to just play a simple trivia game, but he made it very clear that he wanted to push Marchese out from the co-host slot. As Austin put it, he is the Dynamite!

WCM: Austin was a great guest, but he almost took my job and I can't let that happen. I mean, my horror knowledge prevented m…

Friday Musings 6/23/2017

I sit here in the Cafe for my Friday writing session and wonder: is retweeting a menace? Do you get more followers from original content? I say yes to original content, but there still is a need for the retweeting. Maybe a certain time of day for it. 

But then you get into the debate about retweeting the content of the original tweet, or making the retweet your own. I suppose there is no harm in owning the retweet, it's like merging original with plugging someone else, but then there are those who say you're doing the writer/publishing house/sex bot a favor by retweeting their original post. 

In conclusion, for now, I'm going to try and post more original posts, so people know I'm a human, and have a certain percentage of retweets. At least until I can look a bit further into this. 

Until tonight on the Deadman's Tome podcast, keep doing what you do. Unless, of course you're a killer (or any number of terrible things), then please, stop... 


Monsters Exist Author Expose - Calvin Demmer - Never Sleep Again

Next in the expose we have Calvin Demmer, who's story of a washed up detective called upon to assist with a possible cereal killer is our next jaunt into the Monsters Exist anthology. The only question I have is, why don't "they" ever believe? Enjoy. 

Story Behind “Never Sleep Again” By Calvin Demmer

Who doesn’t remember being scared at night as a kid? The main idea for “Never Sleep Again” came from that childhood fear some people have of an arm or leg dangling off the bed in the dark. I looked into different interpretations of possible monsters under the bed, but none really fit with the vibe I wanted to go with. So, I kind created my own monster based on elements I thought would terrify and linger in the mind. Having a reason for the monsters to come and actually take hands or feet was important to me, and I’m pleased with how that turned out.

I also wanted to show the story through the eyes of the main character. Once I had his basic characteristics and back story dev…

Deadman's Tome Podcast Recap (6/15/2017)

First off, sorry this post is coming out late. We had an early show last week on Thursday and add to that another busy week at work, a perfect storm was created. Here is the notes for the vampire couple interview. 

WCM: Hello, and welcome to another action-packed episode of the show. We had real-deal vampires, we had Gary Buller calling in, we even had fart and sex soundboard noises to go along with it all. 

JD:  Countess Lea and Count Tim Van Doorn were very cool to talk to. They shared so much about the vampire way of life that they might be in trouble with their coven!

WCM: We learned so many things from the vampire couple. We even asked them tons of questions. I feel we did a well rounded interview. 

JD: of course we did. Though I went for the very personal questions very early, we managed to pace it. Besides, the vampire couple were so open to just about any question. They even told us about blood types. Apparently, type o negative tastes like chocolate!

WCM: Vampires are ploygimous, …