Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings movies, directed two of my favorite horror flicks, Bad Taste and Dead Alive (also known as Brain Dead). I was shocked, many years ago when I figured it out! Jackson directed, wrote (with help) and appeared in Bad Taste back in 1987. In the movie, “the population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food … Read more
I’ve seen the 1983 version of Something Wicked This Way Comes more than once–who hasn’t–but not for a number of years. I came across it while searching for movies at the library and decided to take some time to watch it again. Here’s what the movie is about: “After a carnival comes to Green Town, the good citizens are compelled to follow their deepest desires, caught under the spell of the malevolent Dr. Dark (Jonathan … Read more
I’m refreshing this review I wrote a while back, because A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote has become one of my favorite Christmas reads. And not only that, it’s also a film, although I’ve never seen it. If you haven’t read it, here’s what it’s about: Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: … Read more
Howdy all! I’ve been absent for quite some time from my blog and social media, and plan to continue my aloofness through the end of the year at least. At the same time, I’ve noticed there have still been quite a few visitors to my blog every month. So I’m going to write a blog post a month to let you know what I have been doing. I’m Writing! Yes, I am writing…A LOT. Half … Read more
Enjoy this new Fall for Freedom part. It’s a short prequel to The Courier series about Pete Sinclair, Barry’s mentor in books 2 and 3. In part 3, Trisha makes a deal with Pete that could mean the end of his life. Go to part 3 or start reading from the beginning below.
Welcome back to a new #WineWednesday drinking gadget feature. This week I’m hopping mad and not because this week’s gadget keeps your drink warm. I’m here to say we need to stop creating gadgets like the USB Beverage Cup Cooler and Warmer in the video below. Like we don’t already use way more energy than we need. Drink your beverage while it’s hot or cold, or get your ass up to reheat it or add … Read more
This week I’m reviewing Hell and Back, an animated horror comedy. Here’s what it’s about: “Two best friends set out to rescue their pal after he’s accidentally dragged to hell.” This is a fun movie. I did enjoy it, although I can’t give it a spectacular review. Hell and Back was completely and totally predictable. The comedy was the same old same old, as if the writers stole a bunch of jokes an threw them … Read more
Enjoy this new Fall for Freedom part. It’s a short prequel to The Courier series about Pete Sinclair, Barry’s mentor in books 2 and 3. In part 2, Pete meets Trisha, everyone’s favorite angel’s apprentice who is a main character in all the books. Go to part 2 or start reading from the beginning below.
Happy #WineWednesday! Although I won’t be partaking today. I’m going in for part 2 of a root canal tomorrow and really don’t want to face the dentist with a wine headache. It’s bad enough going to the dentist (my greatest fear), so I’ll be saving the wine guzzling for after the torture session. I’m back after a few years away from weekly wine blog posts. I’ve decided to bring back this fun event, but instead … Read more
Today, I’m excited to have Christine Verstraete back in my blog for the Brain to Book Cyber Convention’s Genre Tour. Christine is an award-winning author and journalist from Wisconsin. She loves writing odd little stories with a touch of the macabre. I’m currently reading her book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter and loving it. When I mention zombies to some people, they cringe and complain about the blood and gore. They’re grossed out. Maybe they don’t … Read more
Who doesn’t love dragons, one of the fiercest of monsters created across world cultures? How did they become such a universal threat in the minds of man? I particularly love David E. Jones take on how this monster came to be in his book, An Instinct for Dragons. Jones says that our primate ancestors combined a fear of large cats, birds and snakes in our evolving minds to construct an image of the worst predator. … Read more
Hello and Welcome Brain to Books Cyber Convention Visitors! I’m author W. J. Howard, but you can call me Wendy. Tomorrow starts the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo, so I thought I’d let you know what I’m up to the next three days. I write dark stories mixed with comedy for all ages. My main focus is creating action-packed stories for young people who are looking for books as fast paced as … Read more
I’m taking a break for a few weeks to complete some Warrant for Damnation rewrites. In the meantime, I’ve been finishing up Fall for Freedom, a short prequel to The Courier series about Pete Sinclair, Barry’s mentor in books 2 and 3. I will be releasing 6 short parts on WattPad before it goes off for final editing and formatting. Read it now, or read it later. It will be put on various sites for … Read more
This week I’m reviewing The Stanford Prison Experiment. Here’s what it’s about: “Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.” I have always been fascinated by how disturbing this experiment is. And right off, I was impressed by the format in which it was filmed. Something was missing though, in that I … Read more
This week I’m reviewing Oculus, an excellent mix of suspense and horror. Here’s what it’s about: “The twenty-one year-old Timothy “Tim” Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need … Read more
This week I’ve got a goody, at least in my opinion. I’m reviewing Night of the Living Deb. Here’s what it’s about: “After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but she can’t remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door… into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. … Read more
Part 13 of Warrant for Damnation is available to read on WattPad. This week Barry’s getting to know Chump and another new character who are sure to get him in more trouble. Enjoy! Go to part 13 or start reading from the beginning below.
This week I’m reviewing Freaks of Nature, a mishmash of zombies, vampires, and aliens. Here’s what it’s about: “In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived … Read more
Part 12 of Warrant for Damnation is available to read on WattPad. This week Barry’s pulled his head out of his ass and is ready to get serious about eliminating his father. You’ll meet a new character this week too. Enjoy! Go to part 12 or start reading from the beginning below.
This week I’m reviewing Little Red Rotting Hood, and here’s what it’s about: “For years, the old woman in the woods has secretly kept the wolves of the forest at bay. But when the woman dies, the creatures suddenly attack the residents of a nearby small town. As more and more people turn up dead, the townsfolk discover something far more sinister than wolves lurking in the backwoods and fight to save their home from … Read more