Showing posts from August, 2017

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…