Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Neverland's Shadow

Quick update--Grim Oak Press says pre-ordering for the Signed and Number edition, as well as the regular hardcover edition, will start on September 3rd.

As I think I mentioned recently, I've been working on a short story for an upcoming anthology called Neverland's Shadow.  I have two weeks left until the deadline for the story hits, and I'm confident I'll make it.  The story is mostly done, but then I'll need some time to "knock of the crumbs," as a good friend of mine likes to say :)

Anyway, the anthology is supposed to contain stories from the antagonist's viewpoint.  I've played with that theme a little bit in my own story, sort of my own interpretation of the theme.  I saw the lineup of authors for the anthology some time ago but was asked not to talk about it until it was made official.  Well, the lineup was announced yesterday by Shawn Speakman, and I've reposted it here for you all. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Best Cartoon on TV is...

Absolutely, I'm not going to be swayed on this one.  The best cartoon on TV right now is The Legend of Korra.

If you're a fan of fantasy, and you don't know this show or you've never seen it, you need to turn off Sam and Kat or whatever you're watching and tune into Korra

Friday, July 4, 2014


The summer movie season is well underway, many if not most of the big movies have already been released, and so far it's been a mixed bag for me.  I liked some (Godzilla),  hated others (Spiderman), and was pleasantly surprised by Edge of Tomorrow, because it's always fun to see a reasonably intelligent and fun scifi action movie. Unfortunately, Edge hasn't been doing particularly well at the box office.  But all these movies can step aside now, because today I saw my favorite movie of the summer, and maybe the year, so far--Snowpiercer.

Fantastic Planet

A couple of months ago I wrote post about how the album cover for Queen's News of the World scared the hell out of me.  Well of course that wasn't the only thing that freaked me out as a kid.  I bet you have a whole bunch of stuff packed into the recesses of your skull that made you wet your pants.  Here's another one of mine--the trailer for the movie Fantastic Planet.

This French cartoon was made in 1973, and sometime after that it played on our local PBS station.  I never saw the movie, because the trailer they played for it (above) had me so weirded out that I've never been able to sit through the film, even though it's considered a classic.  Check out the trailer and tell me this isn't disturbing, especially when the mom is running with the baby and that big blue hand pushes her over.  That's the scene I remember most, the one that keeps popping into my mind every once in a while, all these years later.  And turn on the volume when you watch the trailer, because the voice over is freaky too, like the voice from Logan's Run ("Logan 5, do you recognize this symbol? It is ankh")

By the way, if any of you have ever actually seen this movie, let me know what you thought of it.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brak the Barbarian

Would you read a book like this today?  With a cover like this and a title like this?  I'm not sure I would, but it's exactly the kind of cover art that drew me into fantasy reading when I was a kid, rummaging through the "Sci Fi" section at the library.  Back then this is what fantasy looked like, largely--heroes on horseback, big weapons, and maybe a sexy lady tossed in to catch the eye.  Sometimes I wonder how much has really changed.