Derren Brown: The Push

This week I’m reviewing the truly disturbing documentary, Derren Brown: The Push. I’ve even tagged it for my Evil in Pop Culture articles because this sort of human manipulation more than qualifies for the series. Let’s start with what it’s about: “Four people are being put through a huge choreographed scenery created to persuade them to do things they normally would not do. The finale minutes reveal who would be ready to push a human … Read more

Movie Review: The Babysitter

Time for a movie review. This time it’s The Babysitter. Here’s what it’s about: “Cole (Judah Lewis) loves his babysitter (Samara Weaving) Bee. She’s hot, funny, and popular. One night, in a moment of defiance, Cole secretly stays up past his bedtime to discover she’s actually a cold-blooded killer who’s in league with the Devil. He now must spend his night evading Bee’s band of killers who will stop at nothing to prevent Cole from … Read more

Trailer Park Boys Joke Contest

Thought I’d posted my bad joke, so try not to laugh at how bad it is. Either way, you get a laugh. This took 2 hours to write and now I’m stumbling over the read. Joke writing is challenging. Sheesh! R: What? City took my car. Says I’m pounding…for to being in a pubic place. Morons. My car stalled on Main St., and I was NOT banging Susan. B: Hmmm… This time Julian can pay … Read more

Movie Review: Haunted House (1921)

Hey folks, welcome back to weekly entertainment reviews. Until whenever, I’ll be focusing on horror comedy, so join me for a few laughs. This week I’m reviewing Haunted House, staring Buster Keaton. Here’s what it’s about: “Buster is a bank clerk. Overturned glue gets everything, mostly the money, stuck to everything else. When robbers show up he can’t “stick ’em up” because his hands are stuck in his pockets. The robbers’ hideout is a haunted … Read more

Why the Name Change?

Fans out there may have noticed I’ve changed my name. Why? Strictly related to advice about comedy writing, and that the name of the writer is telling. W. J. Howard sounds more like an accountant. In fact, if you look up W. J. Howard on Amazon, you’ll find another author who writes about math under the same name. Thinking back, the only reason I went with the initials was because I started writing many many … Read more

New Evil in Pop Culture Blog Series Starts with Bad Advice

I’ve been wanting to start an Evil in Pop Culture series, and I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends in the New York Times seemed to be the trigger for the first post. So school shooters are category number one, but also bad advice to put oneself in harms way. Hmmm…what category would that fall under? I posted this on Facebook for discussion. It pretty much says it all for this … Read more

Best Low-Budet, Low-Rated Zombie Movies Mixed with the Good Stuff

Here’s my list of the best zombie movies. Know that the original focus of this list was to feature the best low-budget, low-rated zombie movies. So, be careful as you look up these movies and choose which ones to watch. I LOVE low-budget cheesy movies and I write comedy, so there are quite a few that fall into the category of the bizarre in this list. Beneath the Surface Cargo Days of Darkness Dead and … Read more

What’s Up Doc?

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

More Ways to Waste Energy

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

Movie Review: Hell and Back

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

Wine Wipes

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

Zombies and Real Life Monsters by Christine (C.A.) Verstraete

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

Why We Create Monsters

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

Welcome 2017 B2BCyCon Visitors

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

Fall for Freedom Part 1: I Didn’t Do It

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

Movie Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment

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

Movie Review: Oculus

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

Movie Review: Night of the Living Deb

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