The American Nightmare

This is a terrific, insightful, eerie documentary about American horror movies, particularly the post-Vietnam game changers of the late 70s and early 80s. It focuses on the early, seminal work of Wes Craven, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, Tobe Hooper, George Romero, and Tom Savini. Great use of Godspeed! You Black Emperor music along the way.

* Note: Very graphic and NSFW.

Nice & Green

Special advance copies of BELL WEATHER with alternate cover. See yesterday’s post for a chance to win one.


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Singing Album Covers

Famous album covers begin to sing in this amazing video, which has a sad ending for people who like vinyl.

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BELL WEATHER Special Advance Copy Giveaway

Add my forthcoming novel BELL WEATHER as a “To-Read” on Goodreads; one random adder will win a super-early signed copy. This is a special marketing galley with a different cover and a bunch of uncorrected typos, and I’ll personalize it for the winner, and it’ll be worth Untold Sums in the near-to-distant future. I would offer more copies but I’m getting only a small handful myself. There will be plenty more (with the official, not-as-rare cover, and fewer typos) in early 2015; I’ll do more giveaways then.

Just sign into Goodreads and add BELL WEATHER to your “To-Read” list (CLICK HERE). I’ll pick the winner on Halloween.

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William Shatner’s Halloween

shatnerFun trivia: the original Michael Myers’ mask from HALLOWEEN is really a $2 Captain Kirk mask that the filmmakers painted white. But that’s not all.

  • The original hockey mask worn by Jason in FRIDAY THE 13TH: PART 2 is an exact replica of the hockey mask William Shatner used as a high-school goalie.
  • Freddie Kreuger’s red-and-green sweater from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was knit by William Shatner’s great aunt.
  • Leatherface’s mask in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was made of full-grain leather from a cow raised and slaughtered by Leonard Nimoy.
  • The hundreds of pages reading “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” in THE SHINING were typed by William Shatner.
  • Contrary to popular belief, William Shatner was in no way involved with THE EXORCIST.
  • In ROSEMARY’S BABY, Mia Farrow was actually pregnant with William Shatner’s child.
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I have a special vacuum for ultrafine particles and use it to clean the ash out of our wood-pellet stove. This morning, I inadvertently hooked the hose into the unit’s exhaust port, flipped the motor on, and put the nozzle into the stove. That was a bummer.

Aerial of the Eruption of Eyjafjallajˆkull

Bluegrass Pixies

I’m a sucker for interesting covers of beloved songs. I heard this walking into a bar two Fridays ago and it really set the tone. On a related note, I’m trying to learn this on electric guitar, which I’ve been playing sporadically for less than a season, and the bar chords are killing me. My old fingers are starting to figure it out, though.

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Voracious Support

Bellweather REDO author send

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To my dear Rabid Fans with literary froth dripping from your lovely, pearly white fangs:

In an effort to better engage with you all in the buildup to BELL WEATHER’s release, I’m upping my social media game and hope you’ll join me.

I have a new official Facebook page. Please hop over and click “Like”.

My Twitter account is getting more active, and you can follow me at @Giganticide.

And please consider adding BELL WEATHER to your “To-Read” list at Goodreads.

Your continued Voracious Support is most appreciated.


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Pumpkin Sun

Happy Halloween from NASA.


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