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.
On Rejection - or The art of allowing a person to crush all your hopes and dreams.
I think this is something we all have in common. As writers, rejection and its ugly step-sister, criticism, play a part in our lives, but no one really prepares you for the crushing weight of the devastation that these evil twins dish out. If you are going for the traditional publishing or the self-publishing route, either way, you will have to duel with these bitches at some point in your career, quite possibly all the way through.
I have broached this subject on my own blog once before, but because I had just raised my head from a bought of depression brought on by this exact thing, the subject was not really delved into. As I say on my blog, I couldn't tell you how many times I have received rejection letters for my books or short stories. I have since also received bad reviews. And it doesn't seem to matter how many good reviews you get for a story, it is always that one bad one that you remember.
Hi, by the way, I'm Adelise M Cullens. I'm a writer and mother and all round crazy goth artsy chick from Australia. I have been writing for roughly 13 years, so, yeah, I have been rejected a few times.
I recently read an article about JKR trying to get her new books published the traditional way. She used a pseudonym and didn't mention who she was in her cover letters. I love this about JKR. All she would have to do is say who she is and anyone would pick up her work. But she didn't, she is starting from the bottom, in the slush with the rest of us, trying to get there on merit alone. But she has still been rejected. I feel two ways about this story. A) I feel happy that even someone as brilliant as JKR can be rejected. And B) I feel terrible that someone as brilliant as JKR can be rejected. What does this say about the publishing world? And how many brilliant books have been passed up for something else, possibly something horrible. Also, how many squeaky new writers, that may have had brilliant work, like JKR, have given up on their dreams because some lit agent's secretary was hung over and didn't read something properly and passed on it?
These are the things I think of… I am a cynical bitch at heart…
What would you do to save the life of your only child?
That answer is written across the pages of Back Again, by Susan May. Back Again is the story of Dawn, a mother who has a strange ability that shows up at the absolute worst of times. On one normal, regular day something terrible happens and she finds herself living the event over and over and over again.
But this tale is more than some dog day afternoon. Back Again carries a great determination and a form of forgiveness- even a bit of redemption. All very good qualities to have in a novel, but was the story good? Yes.
Step 1: Go into a dark room, like a bathroom.
Step 2: Light a candle and place it in front of the mirror, turn the lights off.
Step 3: Draw a door with stairs leading down and away on the mirror.
Step 4: Close your eyes and repeat aloud, "Queen of Spades, come."
That's the game that summons the woman who kills children. This movie is the Russian version of Bloody Mary. I'm sorry to say, I played the silly game myself as a kid, and I'm still alive to tell, but in the movie, Queen of Spades, nuh-uh. When you call her, she actually shows up.
Narrated by Chris Barnes
What do you do when the world goes to pot and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it? People, homes, cars, animals, everything is decaying; there's no food and no immunity either. That's what pretty much took place in this apocalyptic tale.
The world rotted away.
XX isn't what you think. There’s no porn or anything indecent. It's XX for death, two x's for dead eyes, the unknown, I don't know! That's just my take, but I can say, XX can also stand for weird. If you looked up the definition of macabre, you'd find the XX movie poster. Actually, it's for the female chromosome...
Okay, so before I get into this review, I have to admit, other than seeing a few of Kubrick's movies, I don't know much. I never saw the art and beauty of the movies the way the characters in this novel did, or the author, obviously, but this was a cool read. It was like a young Indiana Jones adventures, but with movies and screenplays. The read was creative and very different from my usual reads, but it was good. And to have Number One (Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek, The Next Generation) reading to me- that was awesome! LOL
Viewed: January 29th, 2017
I was a fan of Resident Evil, when the game first made the scene for video games. And since I could never get past the burning trashcan, on screen one, level one- If you know the games, you know I SUCK! So I always had my hub (now ex-hub) play, while I watched. The graphics were amazing back then, but when the movie came out- it all came to life for me! I was immediately hooked!
Resident Evil, The Final Chapter, didn't let me down. I thought it would have been bigger and better, but I wasn't disappointed From the explanation on The Red Queen's past, to how she got inside the Hive's matrix and ran the show, it was all shared. Also, you found out some totally awesome secrets that I simply can not share, because I do not believe in SPOILERS! I can say that if you are a fan of the franchise, you will enjoy this movie!
As always, the FX's were on point, but I didn't like that it was much darker than the bulk of the movies. There were so many parts, during fight scenes, that I couldn't see well. It was frustrating. And then, the best part- the flying beasts (or as I call them: dragons), their scenes were rather fast too! I never could get a clear view of their faces and such. Had they been people? Why didn't they let me see?
I wasn't sure what could happen in less than ten minutes, but I can happily say: A LOT! Agatha is an 8-minute film about an orphan girl, paid to do one simple job: Deliver a plate of food to a small table. Say nothing, touch nothing and go no further than the table. The orphan girl does what's expected of her...
This was a brief moment of pure AWESOMENESS! I don't know why I didn't think of what was happening! They showed just what I shoudl have been focusing on, yet I totally missed it- catching on, only when it was too late, and I LOVED IT! It was of those
"Awwwww" moments that made you sad and revel in your entertainment simultaneously! Agatha is good - you have to catch it upon release!
Don't Miss It!
Written & Directed by Timothy Vandenberg
Produced by John Machioni and Timothy Vandenberg
There's always that one book that sends you away. It allows you to feel the story and know it was the right one to read at the right moment. Remember to Love Me, by Becky Wright is one of them. The story is about family dedication, love and being able to get out and find yourself. Even when that epiphany comes through someone else!
Whenever I get an independent horror movie, I usually prepare myself for something super cheesy, with a weak storyline. I listen for inflection in the voices of the actors, and I wonder how much was spent on production. None of that happened during my viewing of The Dark Tapes. I instantly fell into line, watching the strangest of things take place and, not once did I worry about the acting (though they did come off cheesy at first). I didn't worry about the effects (they were on point), and the story- Phenom
To find out what's beyond all that we know, that's what Dr. Lewis wanted to know. Is there life after death? Is there a heaven or a hell? Or some place else?
Taking place here, in my current location- Saint Louis, on the famous campus of Wash U, Dr. Lewis and his assistant, Kyle are working on a project so powerful, the federal government hands over millions...
Okay, so as you all know, I am a Stephen King fan. My first King read was Pet Sematary, then Cujo, then IT, Misery and so many more. I watched the movies, made for tv movies and the rest and always found myself leaving the book happier than when I'd found it. Sadly, that was not the case with Lisey's Story.
The book was more like a memoir for a woman with a history of depression, loss, and mental illness. Instead of receiving horror or some sort of hysterical, mental breakdown, I got a ton of babble and gobbly-goop! lol
Whenever I review indie movies, I have to remember, many are coming from an extremely low budget- this one was £1,000. My mantra is: Focus on the story- Focus on the FX- Focus on the acting, etc. With Darkest Days, I got to focus on what I believe was the location of Brighton, as well as the story and so forth. This is a British horror B-movie, but does it measure up to my expectations of horror?
The story is about Dan, who's lost his memory. After literally running in to some survivors of what is now an abandoned city, he discovers a viral outbreak occurred, and people have become feral with infection. While he finds himself a place within the bunch, the military is hunting him, and like the bloodthirsty creatures hidden within the city, they won't stop.
Written by Matt Ogens and Kyle Lierman
What do you do, as a teenager, when all the adults vanish from the world? Where do you go and how do you survive? You let the high school jocks take over! Go North, written by Matt Ogens, is a movie that tells what takes place when an epidemic, possibly a pandemic hits the world, leaving teens and younger in the rubble.
Josh has adjusted to his new surroundings, but he doesn't want to stay for long. Older children run the community, in which he lives, making him rise and attend school each day, work the garden, and adhere to the rules. The rules are easy, but if one is broken, enforcers with heavy hands judge the offender. The enforcers are bullies in letterman jackets. When Josh helps a girl, sister to the head jock, he's targeted for punishment. So he runs, and the adventure begins.
I remember when I didn't read urban fiction, due to the graphic violence, drugs and other negatives that kept folks down. Thankfully, Quan Mello, by Jay Light wasn't like that. Yes, there was a bit of violence, but it didn't dominate the story, neither did the other dislikes. The story held a truth to the music industry that I recognized and lived through, like the trials of Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Those issues weren't lost on me, and Quan Mello endured a bit of it as well - no shocker there.
Here's the blurb:
My name is Quan-Mello Brooks and I'm from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, My father I never knew him my Brother's got caught up in the streets, Both doin bids in the system. All I had was a nagging mother and my own dreams and Ambitions to succeed at something because punching a time clock wasn't meant for me. I didn't sling Crack rock and I didn't have a wicked jump shot. But I had the dope lyrics to make a hot track. I made the raps and sold millions of records world wide; Rapper, M.C, Entrapanuer, C.E.O. Its not what I did or even how I did it, it's what happened after I did it all. Gaining new friends losing old friends, raps beefs, Label beefs, deaths and success! So you tell me, in the end was it all worth it?
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!