'Pieces'...I think that's an appropriate header for my writings that encompass various things I get to experience across the spectrum of all things fun and terrifying.
...it's been way too long and I got some catchin' up to do. Sorry to be incommunicado, but The Day Job has still been just this side of soul crushing and when The Crid and I aren't dealing with that 40-plus hour a week hell, we've been dealing with having our home ripped apart during the Great Electric to Natural Gas Conversion. It's been an unending nightmare of no-show contractors and holes in the drywall. But enough of my bellyachin'; on to the good stuff.
...finally got a chance to see The Devil's Backbone and it was every bit as good as its online buzz indicated. Very creepy and engaging with a couple of great 'jump in your seat' moments. Watch it soon. If you've already seen it, watch it again 'cause there's nothing new being released lately in the horror genre that looks worth killing time for. Especially not turds like the Sarah Michelle Gellar snoozer The Return. What a rambling, pointless waste of time, especially disappointing because I was in the mood for a good ghost yarn. Anyone have any suggestions?
...stumbled across a great site for anyone that's a die hard collector of horror novels and stories: Delirium Books. They showcase some great breakout talent in the over-crowded field of modern horror writers, including rising star Brian Keene. They sell only limited editions runs, including many signed runs that usually sell out well before the release date. If you see anything you like, take my advice and pre-order it. I got a couple of great signed and limited first editions that sold out within hours of me placing the order. The first one, Pickman's Motel, is a beautiful hardcover chapbook signed and numbered by the author. The other one I ordered, Brian Keen's The Rising: Selected Scenes From the End of the World, is another signed and numbered limited first edition that won't be out until October, but is already completely sold out. Gotta jump on these things fast!
...went scoping out local comic book stores with a fellow collector and stumbled upon a great new hardcover first edition collection of zombie tales, Mondo Zombie, written and put together by John Skipp. Haven't read it yet but the blurb on the jacket sounds promising.
...got An American Haunting from NetFlix this week and plan to sit down with it sometime this weekend. Of course, I'll be right back here to provide the usual Horror Guy quick review. Anyone already see it and wanna share your thoughts?
...the local undead film festival, Zompire, is being held this weekend here in beautiful Portland but I'll have to skip it this year; the in-laws are visiting and we have to be dutiful hosts. Will make sure the calendar is clear this time, next year.
And I think that brings everything up to date.