Telling Stories to Appreciate the Unusual: Diversity, Acceptance and Freedom through Mythology
Like many academics, I like to think that I can write. But, we know that writing is difficult - from trying to find that initial idea to following through until you had to edit a particular section that you were particularly attached to. Writing and editing are not for the faint-hearted which is why we see so many papers full of incoherent ramblings - a constant reminder that just because we know our stuff doesn’t always mean that we can write about it. But, I believe I am luckier than most, in that the materials for my writings have been available for thousands of years and all I need to do was to collect, analyse them a bit and then retell them.
Whenever people ask me what it is that I do, I say that I’m a mythographer. I am a person who collects myths as opposed to a mythologist who studies myths in details, because although I study myths, I’m never really interested in them as stand-alone stories. I prefer to get to know different legends, appreciate them for what they are and what they symbolize, then keep searching. Sometimes these researches that I do lead to discoveries where I feel like I get to see humanity at our best and love us for it. I get to admire our bravery, compassionate wisdom and our cake-making skill – Humanity has been making cheesecakes for centuries. Small cheesecakes were served to ancient Greek athletes during the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. Therefore, eat cheese-cake, respect the ancient arts.
There are indie movies that run off your back, like ducks with water, and quickly forgotten. Then their are those that take root, leaving you to ponder the movie for nights on end? Reel Nightmare is definitely not the latter.
Set in a New England town, where aVictorian home is location for an independent film by high school and college friends. The bulk of buddies come together for their mate, to complete a three-day movie shoot, and a little memory sharing. Sadly, their production is never completed, due to unexpected guests and a series of necronominiconic events!
Found footage movies seem to be extremely popular these days, even though they really aren't. Ever since The Blair Witch Project, filmmakers have flocked to the affordable method of live-movie play. but that doesn't mean it should happen.
An undisclosed, quiet town, violent, oil-spewing creatures and a strip bar- No, it’s not the setup for a poor joke; it’s the setting for Stephen Sawchuk’s (Sucker Punch and Final Destination 5) gorey, creature feature, Peelers. Filled with terrible puns and various baseball references, this horror flick will have you chuckling and flinching from projectile… juices?
This prequel is the start of Emily's adventure (E-Virus: Emily's Journey) to her Pharmaceutical Scientist of an Uncle for The Diary of the Modern Day Girl series. It's all about a young lady, (she's 25), who looks like a teenager, I guess. She's a marine biologist, who's socially inept, trying her best to survive the virulent effects of what's called the E-Virus outbreak.
On her journey, Emily meets up with an awkward guy, who'd prefer to be a hermit. Together they make their way towards her Uncle's lab that's miles away. There re many dangers, including a new species of humans, but it's the survivors who aren't infected that bring the story.
*Movie Review with subtitles
I have been a fan of anime for years. This is the new style; digital animation where the characters look very real. It all began with Final Fantasy, but Gantz:0 is pretty good and a story all its own.
After being killed, doing a good deed, Kato finds himself resurrected, in a room with three strangers. They tell him he has to suit up and play a game, clearing a board in order to get back home. If you die again, you die for real. Then he's thrown into the city of Osaka (I've been there!), where they fight giant heads that reminded me of Attack On Titan, and other strange creatures. There's even a Zord that fights some thing that climbs up from the depths of the surrounding waters, like Godzilla!
The movie is pretty much the live version of a video game, but it's FULL of non-stop action, with some cheesy romance. There's no serious acting and the story's a bit silly, but like I said, it's a video game. Peep the trailer!
Directed by Yasushi Kawamura
Produced by Digital Fronteir
Based on Gantz by Hiroya Oku
Starring Daisuke Ono, M.A.O, Tomohiro Kaku and Saori Hayami
*eBook & Audiobook Review
Transmission is an original tale. of how a good deed can truly go wrong.
Kenji and Dylan are two college students who didn't go home for break, like the rest of the campus. Choosing to stay and just hung out, they played video games and listened to music. Until a pirated album Kenji wanted, is played through headphones. A particular song, Cannibalism seems to have something hidden beneath it's ambient drone- something that resembled a message. Not far away, a man watching a WWII documentary discovered a figure that didn't belong. Not part of the film crew, the figure shared a message, barely audible- but definitely there!. The three men don't know one another, but together, they embarked on an endeavor with supernatural ramifications. And they couldn't stop because the message claimed: they needed help...
When I win books- I win books! These two are geared specifically to my location too, making it personal for my son and I. Granted, if you follow any of my personal media, you know my Ewoks have moved 650 miles away from me, to Alabama, so I can't share with them for younger opinions anymore. I still love the kiddie books, regardless. So Let me share these two amazing book.
I've seen many foreign films and this one was one of the strangest - but it was good. Today's review: The Wailing.
It all begins with an illness. Similar to a plague, the sickness spreads, ending in multiple, violent deaths. Jong-goo, the investigating officer is set onto the case, expected to wrap things up straight away. Sadly he can't. Strange incidents, one after another, are happening and the link ties to, of all things, a demon!
No one believes Jong-goo and it's not until his own daughter is affected that he acts on his own accord. He has to do battle with the demon, practically alone, in order to save his daughter and family. If there's still time...
Though there's a great ending, this is one of the craziest movies I've seen in a long time. You have to see it all to believe it. There's a bit of comedic relief, which really wasn't necessary, but this is a serious movie. It's also very dramatic, as with most Asian pictures. There's a scene when Jong-goo, responding to a a tip on the case, where he
TV/Online Streaming Series Review
I spoke with Rick Jennings, the Exec. Producer of ScreenMagic Films, and he cleared a few things up for me. First off, it is so cool that they've received enough feedback to possibly receive a deal for full-length episodes. Until then, if you have an Amazon Prime account, Vimeo On Demand, ScreenMagic Roku channel and/or ScreenMagicTV.com, you can watch all episodes. AND this not fanfiction; don't get it twisted. With that said, the world as we know it, is no more. Something’s happened and there be zombies!
There'd been a big fuss about this movie, but the American Humane Association's decision cleared all that up- so I didn't feel guilty watching a sweet, family movie.
*An Audiobook Review
I lucked out and found Kevin McLeod on Twitter, offering free audiobooks. I'd missed the deadline, but he was cool enough to pass them on anyway. I love cool authors. So Before I even get on with the review, I want to send a bit on these covers.
Candy! They're eye candy for me- aren't they tots-fabu?! The imagery, the detail, the total awesomeness is just what I love in book covers. Believe me when I say, both of these books would have been on my shelf, even if McLeod hadn't given the audio. They are what I love most in books... outside of the story. So, I'm raving 5-stars on cover work alone, but on to the actual stories, The Viking's Apprentice and The Viking's Apprentice: The Master's Revenge.
Narrated by Chris Barnes
This guy is one of my favorite narrators! His name is Chris Barnes and his voice carries a Scottish brogue that makes my ears tingle when I'm listening to my audio horror- thus introducing the book series that he told me was awesome. At first I wasn't sure, but he convinced me, it was worth the listen. He was right!
The High Moor series, by Graeme Reynolds, is werewolf hell! The stories are shared book by book below, so prepare for a wild ride of a book review!
*Movie Review (viewed Feb. 6th)
Can you believe, it's been 15 years since The Ring released? It caused hearts to stop, screams to fall from the lips of both women AND men, and was a mega hit at the box office. The Ring: Two was okay, but didn't hit the world with as much bang for the storyline. There were only so many instances of horrid abuse to little Samara, the one who plagued people with nightmarish visions and painful tortures to the body and soul. Yet, February 3rd, viewers were given another life of the never-ending unlike of Samara Morgan. This time, it went further than the little girl and her mother. But was it enough to make for a good movie?
*An audiobook review.
What do you do when your boy turns into a man?
You FEAR him!
In A is for Antichrist, Isaac gets to celebrate his sixteenth birthday in style: no parents and hopefully a house full of teenagers. Instead, there's a whole lotta... trouble?
This is a short story, but it's also the very beginning of a huge series. Writer Iain Rob Wright, the author of such titles as The Peeling Trilogy (reviewed in 2015) and The Final Winter, has an alphabet full of horror. A is for Antichrist is part of the A-Z of Horror: Complete Collection: Fear from beginning to end set. I am going to grab this book, because if the entire alphabet is anything like the beginning, it should be fun! To be very fair, it is a bit gory but not heavily detailed to make you uncomfortable, or grossed
out. I believe each letter is a short story that dives deeper into the mind of the reader, disturbing them - but I don't know yet!
For a short story, it was written just right. Should I purchase the entire collection, I have a feeling, the story will pick up where this one left off, but with other issues to tie in the apocalypse, but of biblical proportions. I have to find out.
Check out A is for Antichrist and get the ball rolling, while I move on to the next read! Cheers!
A. is for Antichrist
Iain Rob Wright
SalGad Publishing Group
December 15, 2014
Because I was always the new kid, I didn't have the opportunity to build up an abundance of long-term friends, though I do have a few that hung in there with me, over time and distance. In College Life 101: Freshman Orientation, by J. B. Vample, a few of these girls knew each other from middle school, but they were like animals at each other's throats! From different backgrounds, each girl, and later guys, brought something different to this book's table, allowing for an ending that was satisfying to me. So let me tell you about College Life 101...
Rory "Don't call me lion" Fine is a peculiar fellow. He's got a gift that actually eases worry and takes away pain. All he has to do is touch you. But, when he comes across a lovely woman, with the best disposition, the touch they share brings on a darkness so threatening, the two of them alone can't figure out what to do.
"Talk about a heart-breaker of a story!"
I felt so much pain while reading this book. To imagine the pain a mother in Beth's situation was just... I'm talking about The Deep End of the Ocean, by Jacquelyn Mitchard. A story of how a family lost a child. I also have to admit, once I began reading, I realized, I'd seen this movie way, way back! But the book is so much more!
When Beth Cappadora attends her high school reunion in Chicago, she takes her two children, Vince and Ben. First, I wondered, who takes their children to a high school graduation, where there's drinking and lost attention, reflecting on past antics- Who takes their kids?! It didn't matter, she had a sitter, but still. The thing is, while getting registered and checked in to the hotel, Beth turns around for a few minutes and finds her youngest son, Ben gone...
Ghosts of Darkness is a British, supernatural movie about an old house with a one hundred year old mystery. Two paranormal investigators are entreated to stay several nights, not to resolve the hauntings, but to prove that someone can beat the life vs. death odds. No one’s ever survived longer than three nights. Also, if they survive, they both receive fifty thousand dollars.
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!