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Five Horror Movie Classics…that I’ve never seen   3 comments

I had the good fortune of seeing Guillermo Del Toro’s excellent Crimson Peak last week.  It’s very good movie with some great chemistry between Loki, Alice, Jax,  and the grown-up Murph; stunning set design, and a taut plot that keeps you moving (if not guessing).  If I have one complaint, it was that the special effects team tried a little too hard on the ghosts.  They were creative and scary, but so stylistic I kind of wish they would have kept them off-screen and stuck to shadows and jump cuts.  Still, I think it has the potential to be considered a classic someday, something people still want to see 20 or 50 years later.  And I almost missed it, because today’s express-lane movie release schedule had it relegated to one screen a mere three weeks after it opened.

...dude, seriously...have you never heard of Netflix?

…dude, seriously…have you never heard of Netflix?

My ‘movies I’ll watch someday’ queue approached infinity a long time ago, so if I didn’t catch Crimson Peak in the theater, God knows when I would have finally watched it.  And that got me thinking of all the horror movie classics I’ve missed over the years.  You can commence mocking my horror creds after the break.

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KnippKnopp’s Favorite Vacation Horror Movies   Leave a comment

It’s vacation time!  Time for me to put work worries behind, for lazy days staring at the surf, and for daydreaming about the day I can actually own one of these beautiful, overpriced monstrosities that sit upon the glorified sandbars just off the Jersey Coast.

...something like this would do...

…something like this would do…

It also has me thinking about all the wonderful horror movies that use vacation time as a backdrop or a plot element. I thought I’d share some of my favorites, after the break. (Warning, spoilers ahead!)

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KnippKnopp is Five!   3 comments

On January 30, 2010 I wrote this:

“KnippKnopp is going to become my Weight Watchers for writing, my Gold’s Gym for building up the creative muscle.  Idealistic?  Absolutely, but maybe, just maybe, the act of putting hand to keyboard for something other than functional design documents and interface specs (yes, doing this IS as awful as it sounds), will kick-start me and start to get those writing muscles warmed up and moving.” 

I must have been having fun this past half-decade, because it really doesn’t feel like I’ve been writing this blog for five years.  It seems like just yesterday that I took those first tentative steps on this mid-life crisis induced writers’ journey; And it’s impossible not to ask, did the blog do its job?  Did it really “get those writing muscles warmed up?”  Find out after the break.

...oh boy, can't wait!

…oh boy, can’t wait!

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Favorite Horror Novels (non King edition)   Leave a comment

I’m in a list-y sort of mood today.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite horror novels.  Since any list of mine would probably be dominated by that guy from Maine, I left him out.

...this guy...

…sorry big guy…

Check out my list after the break!

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KnippKnopp Interviews…Janice Gable Bashman   2 comments

JGBJanice Gable Bashman is intense!  A petite (dare I say “elvish”) lady with intelligent eyes and a quick, quiet wit, Janice has a boundless imagination that can dwell in some pretty dark places.  Her first novel, Predator (Month9Books), will be released in October and tells the tale of Bree Sunderland, a lovely young lady with a dark secret.  Janice has contributed short stories to a number of collections, including the Alternate History collection Europa Universalis IV and Bigfoot Terror Tales Volume 1: Scary Stories of Sasquatch Horror.  She also co-authored the horror reference guide: Wanted Dead of Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil along with Jonathan Maberry.  Janice is also an active member of the Philadelphia Liars’ Club and is a frequent presenter at the Writers Coffeehouse.

I met Janice a few years ago when she acted as a judge for one of our manuscript contests at the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, and met her again at a lecture in Rosemont College last year.  I asked Janice if she’d share her thoughts on being an author. Read what she had to say after the break!

 

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KnippKnopp interviews…Rocky Wood of the Horror Writers Association   Leave a comment

Writing is lonely.  The act itself often requires you to separate yourself from this world, and plug into another. You spend hours in front of the keyboard, trying to make the words on the screen as good as the words in your head.  Rejection is the norm.  And even the most supportive of friends and family often don’t understand the time, the needs and little rituals that are required.

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…for example, this here’s my writin’ dress…

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KnippKnopp Interviews…Grey Matter Press   6 comments

I’ve mentioned several times the importance of small press to todays writers.   (here, and here, and here!)

The interesting things about these publishers is how well they operate within their space and how each seems to have carved out a little niche, from focus on electronic publishing to short fiction and monthly magazines.

The folks at Grey Matter Press have had a very busy year indeed, publishing four quality anthologies of horror and science fiction with such names as Jonathan Maberry, Eric DeCarlo,  and Trent Zalazny.

I’ve had the chance to chat with head honcho Anthony Rivera at Grey Matter on a few occasions, and asked if he’d share his thoughts on the state of the publishing world today.  This is what that request wrought!

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