Thursday, November 13, 2014

George Romero's Day of the Dead

 In my opinion, George Romero's Day of the Dead contains an effective story. Upon analysis, I was surprised to find out exactly what that story was. I believe that it's a story of letting go of fear, your past, human corruption, hatred and cowardice and letting love be your only motivating force.
The main protagonist is Sarah. She is accompanied by fellow protagonists John, who represents sloth and Billy, who represents gluttony. Their ultimate goal is to let love survive and let go of everything else. The antagonists are many. The zombies represent time, mortality and the inevitability of death. Sarah's husband represents fear. He is a part of Sarah that she must let go of in order for love to survive. Rhodes represents cowardice. The rest of his soldiers represent hatred, anger, ignorance, lust and greed. Dr. Logan represents a form of love, but tarnished with a tortured past that he can't seem to escape. He puts his hope and love into Bub who is also a protagonist. Bub is a zombie who represents the fact that death is not evil and does not lack love. It is merely shackled by our twisted understanding of it. Bub is literally chained by Dr. Logan. It is only once he is free of his chains that he is able to destroy Steel and his cowardice.
Since Day of the Dead is the last of a trilogy of films, the status quo actually took place in the first film, Night of the Living Dead. It was the world before zombies. The inciting incident actually happens in the very first scene. Sarah is in a white room. There is a calender on the wall. This is one of the human constructions that must be left behind in order for love to conquer. When she approaches the calender, zombie hands penetrate the seemingly solid wall and reach out to grab her.
The call to action takes place in the scene where Rhodes almost has Steel shoot Sarah for disobeying an order. What this starts is a chain of action in which the research that Sarah and her fellow scientists begins to crumble. They are trying to figure out if there's a way to get the world back to the way it used to be. The obstacles are many as the soldiers continue to threaten the scientists. All the soldiers want to do is get out of the underground facility and escape to safety.
The midpoint is a scene where Sarah, John and Billy sit around in lawn chairs sipping drinks and talking about what's going on. John points out that this underground facility is a storage place for all of humanity's junk from the past. It has historical files, every movie, book, song and records of all of humanity's accomplishments. He suggests that we should start society afresh and forget the past. Sarah chides him for not helping her accomplish what she is trying to do. He doesn't want to figure everything out. He just wants to relax and enjoy life. The crisis occurs when Sarah's husband brings the zombies into the underground facility.
Each of the protagonists has a moment of transformation. Sarah has a scene in which she apologizes to John for complaining to him about not helping her in her research. It is at this point that she gains the freedom to escape the facility and move on with her life. She has forsaken her fear and her reliance upon science. John has a scene in which he decides to take a stand against the soldiers who want him to fly them out of there in the helicopter that he pilots. He overpowers them, takes their weapons and goes to help Sarah and Billy who have been stuck in a cavern with the zombies. He has forsaken his slothfullness. Billy, who has done nothing but drink throughout the movie, drops his flask when a zombie attacks him. When the zombie is killed, Billy retrieves the flask, but it is now empty. He leaves it behind without a second thought. He has forsaken his gluttony.
Bub's chain becomes detached from the wall. He goes to show Dr. Logan, who he finds to have been shot. Throughout the movie, Dr. Logan has been secretly feeding Bub human flesh in order to pacify him. It is thought by Dr. Logan that this "reward" for good behavior is what keeps Bub from wanting to eat him. When Bub discovers that Dr. Logan is dead, he actually weeps in mourning for the loss of his friend. We find that he has actually developed a capacity for love. He then goes on to avenge his friend's death by killing Rhodes.
The climax is when Sarah, John and Billy reunite and make their way to the helicopter in order to fly off to freedom. They will start a new world in which the seven deadly sins are no longer an encumbrance to love. The restoration of the status quo is when Sarah wakes up to find herself on an island with John and Billy fishing. She is holding a calender, but looks at the two men and smiles. She is no longer a slave to human conventions. She can now relax and enjoy life.
Each of the characters exhibits gestic actions. Sarah tries to help her husband survive a zombie bite by amputating his arm. John refuses to fly the soldiers to safety, despite threats of violence. Billy helps Sarah to get clear of some fighting soldiers and brings her to the mock island paradise that he and John have constructed in their little corner of the underground facility. Rhodes shows his cowardice by locking a door to keep the zombies away from him even though his soldiers are still in there with the zombies. Dr. Logan keeps talking about "rewards" for good behavior and there is even a scene where a tape recording of his voice shows him having an imaginary conversation with his mother in which he whimpers that he will "be a good boy." Sarah's husband has a scene in which his guts literally fall out of his abdomen and he is depicted as gutless. Bub has a scene in which he interacts with Dr. Logan, listening to music, reading a book and even talking on a phone. It doesn't even occur to him to attack the doctor. Sarah even comments that Bub doesn't look at the doc as food.
The setting of the underground facility is appropriate because humanity's past is to be left buried and never dug up again. The theme of the movie is love vs the seven deadly sins. The question is which will survive? The climax answers that by showing each of the characters either sticking with their sins and dying or letting them go and living.
The scene with the mock island paradise shows that even John and Billy don't fully understand what freedom means. This is a symbol being used to reinforce the theme of love vs the sins. They mistake sloth and gluttony for freedom. It is not until their love for Sarah and for each other motivates them to fight against the soldiers and the zombies and gain their actual freedom. The island they go to is no mockup. It is a genuine island paradise. It is freedom that has been fought for and won. It is true freedom.
There is also the symbol of Bub's chain. He wears it throughout the movie. The chain is what is thought to be keeping him from going and killing people and eating them. When it comes loose, he does in fact, shoot a man, but it is out of vengeance for his friend and not in order to eat him. Love is his motivation. Now that he is free of his chains, he can show himself to be of stronger character than the soldiers. He doesn't actually kill Rhodes. He just shoots him and lets the zombies, which represent the inevitability of death, kill him.
This story is not a tragedy or a comedy. Yes, it ends with a lot of death, but this is symbolic of the passing of negativity so that positive energy can live on. The protagonists have set aside their tragic flaws. This movie does not experiment with form. There are dream sequences, but those are fairly commonplace in cinematic as well as theatrical productions.

Day of the Dead was the least popular of the Dead trilogy, but it has always been my favorite. It is, in fact, my favorite movie of all time. I never understood why until now. It is a movie about the human flaws that we all have. What it shows me, however, is that we can each overcome our flaws and that we each have the capacity for love. Other than Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which has almost the exact same plot line, I don't know of another movie that has depicted that theme so clearly. By the way, Willy Wonka is my other favorite movie.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pimped to Satan by Joslyn Corvis

Horror at its raunchiest!
Story by Joslyn Corvis
Cover art by Dan Dillard
Pimped to Satan (Unofficial title: "Brosmary's Baby")
"I probably would've called the story "Brosmary's Baby" if I had to choose a name, but that's just because it strikes me as funny."---from reader Ed Rendon
Phil answers an orgy party invite on Gregslist, but what he thinks is going to be a night of complete sexual debauchery turns into an experience that will change his life forever.
Not long after the party, the smells at Phil’s fast-food job, as well as other aromas, start to trigger his gag-reflex, leaving him in a constant state of nausea. His best friend and roommate, Manny, becomes concerned and makes him see a doctor, but with Phil having no insurance he has no choice but to seek help from Ned, a schoolmate since Kindergarten who is now a doctor. Although Phil is hesitant to ask for Ned’s expertise after victimizing him with childish prank after prank, even years after high school, he is also just that desperate.
New to the medical field, Ned was still in the habit of consulting with his father, also a doctor, before treating a patient, but this time he had to use his own medical knowledge to figure out what’s wrong with Phil. He runs the simplest test he can think of to find a possible cause for Phil’s perpetual stomach ailment: An ultrasound. Ned’s diagnosis? “It’s a…baby?”
But it’s not just any baby. This baby appears to have a tail. And horns. And cloven feet. Phil has been PIMPED TO SATAN.
Read on as the awkwardly homoerotic, yet touchingly sweet, relationship between Phil and Manny blossoms as they go through the ups and downs of Phil’s Devil-Baby pregnancy together. It’s a horrorifically heartwarming story about Bromance and the unconditional love a new parent holds for their child…Even if that child is the spawn of Satan.

  A good friend of mine wrote this. Please check it out. It's available for only  99 cents! This and other works by Joslyn Corvis are available to buy online.  Here are some further links:

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Allure of Zombies and Apocalyptic Fiction

The Allure of Zombies and Apocalyptic Fiction
By David P. Forsyth

Why do some people find stories depicting the horrific end of civilization appealing? I can't speak for everyone, but as the author of apocalyptic novels, I have given that question some serious thought. Having grown up with the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, I was always attracted to doomsday books featuring various post-apocalypse survival scenarios.
One of the most popular type of apocalyptic themes these days features zombies. Zombies engender feelings of fear and revulsion. A well told zombie tale is full of tension, suspense, and the expectation of violent conflict. Most importantly, zombies are the perfect villains because it is cool to kill them!
The audience doesn't feel sorry for them, at least not after they become zombies. So the reader, or viewer, wants to see them cut to pieces. They want to be exposed to vivid and gratuitous violence inflicted on the undead hordes threatening the vestiges of humanity. Why?
We live in a day and age when the impossible has become common place. Technology has changed our lives in ways that we are only beginning to appreciate, making life both easier and more complex. Things like cell phones and cloning were only science fiction when I was a boy. So who's to say that zombies are impossible? Apocalyptic stories showing how bad life could become also remind us of how far we have come and that the farther our civilization advances, the farther it has to fall in the event of an apocalyptic event.
Even those who feel that life has treated them unfairly can relate to a fictional world where their destiny is suddenly up to their own survival drive and ingenuity. Where good and evil are truly black and white. Imagine a world where simply staying alive places you in the top 1%! If that idea is at all appealing to you, then you are a potential fan of apocalyptic fiction and might enjoy the books I write.
I started writing my zombie series, the “Sovereign Spirit Saga,” in 2011 and have released three novels and a collection of three novella length prequels since then. My first book, “Voyage of the Dead,” is now offered for FREE on Amazon ( and other ebook platforms. A 788 page trilogy edition of the first three books is offered in “Sovereign Spirit Saga: Volume One” ( and is the best deal on the series, even if you get the first book for free. “Interludes in Hell” is the prequel collection that can be read as an introduction or companion to the series ( Volume Two of the Sovereign Spirit Saga is a work in progress, as there more of this story to tell.
Although I enjoy writing about zombies and think my series offers something new and exciting in the genre, my true passion is for apocalyptic science fiction in general. This is reflected in my new release, “Sedulity (Book One) Impact” ( The story is still apocalyptic in nature, still focused on characters aboard a ship, but the threat of zombies is replaced by the cruel science of Mother Nature. Sedulity is inspired by the science fiction classic “Lucifer’s Hammer” and features the passengers and crew of cruise ship en route to Australia when an asteroid strikes the Pacific Ocean. It’s quite an exciting adventure based on a plausible apocalyptic scenario. When introducing new to either of my series I like to say, “Welcome aboard and bon voyage!”
If you “like” my books, please say so at
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Please support the genre of apocalyptic fiction at the ApocaCon page and group on Facebook.
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The stench of rotting flesh is in the air! Welcome to the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2014, with 33 of the best zombie authors spreading the disease in the month of June.
Stop by the event page on Facebook so you don't miss an interview, guest post or teaser… and pick up some great swag as well! Giveaways galore from most of the authors as well as interaction with them! #SummerZombie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys

PRESS RELEASE: "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys"

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

Looking to get in on the campy "Sharknado" phenomenon, Animal Planet
has set its own horror film from The Asylum -- the same people behind
"Sharknado" -- called "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys," set
to premiere this Memorial Day weekend.

The two-hour scripted movie stars Shannen Doherty ("Beverly Hills,
90210"), Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") and Jason Brooks
("Days of Our Lives"), and is directed by James Cullen Bressack
("Pernicious"). Doherty and company battle lampreys -- eel-like fish
with huge teeth and funnel-shaped mouths -- after they slide their way
into the city's sewer system and start terrorizing the residents of a
small Michigan town.

Brooks plays Michael, a fish and wildlife expert who moves to the town
with his wife, Cate (Doherty), after being summoned by the town mayor,
Akerman (Lloyd), to help deal with its attacking fish problem.
("River Monsters" star Jeremy Wade also makes a cameo.)

But with these blood-suckers on the loose, the town's residents
quickly learn that a casual dip in the pool or routine trip to the
toilet can turn deadly as the lampreys hunt for their next victim.

The logline states, "There is absolutely nowhere to run, and no one is safe."

"Blood Lake" will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9 p.m. as part of the
network's third annual "Monster Week" (actually nine days long)
programming block.

Other Monster Week specials include "Man-Eating Zombie Cats" -- about
big cats with a thirst for human blood -- and a quest to find a giant
crocodile tormenting a village in "Nature's Most Wanted."

  I've reviewed James's movies before and I've interviewed him. This is his latest release and I've seen some of the still from the production. It looks to be quite an interesting movie. I hope you all will go out and see it!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

'Possessions' Edited by Paul Loh

  I recently had the pleasure of editing an anthology. It's a collection of short stories about ordinary objects somehow becoming something to fear. In it, 15 authors offer you their ideas on how freaky it would be to not be able to trust anything in your house!  It will be released by Burnt Offerings on Tuesday, April 1st!  You can buy it at at:  Or you can buy it at:  Here is the ISBN:  ISBN-13: 978-1497495272

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Haley's Secret Sacrifice

  I wrote another short story for Jule Romans on her zombie website.  As some of you may remember, I wrote a story for her called 'Brady's New Leaf'.  That was part of a short fiction writing challenge where authors were asked to contribute vignettes for various characters in a zombie story.  I had chosen a boy named Brady first.  This time, I wrote about one of the other characters-a girl named Haley.  I love writing for Jule on her website.  She will soon be posting a zombie author profile about me.  I'll let you know when that happens.  For now, here's 'Haley's Secret Sacrifice'.

Monday, February 10, 2014

'Abed' by Ryan Lieske

  A while back I was asked by a friend of mine named, Ryan Lieske on Facebook to post a trailer for a movie he made.  It's called 'Abed'.  When I watched the trailer, it literally gave me chills.  I helped him to promote it and in his appreciation, he sent me a copy of the movie on DVD.  It's a zombie movie.  Let me tell you, it is the sickest thing I've seen in a while!  I don't wish to post spoilers, but suffice it to say, it was horribly graphic.  Probably the most extremely explicit movies I've ever seen.  I loved it!  It turns out that another friend of mine, Tom Ashton composed the original score for the movie.  On a side note, Ryan will be one of the contributing authors for my upcoming horror anthology that I'm writing.  I'll tell you more about that when I am able to.  Anyway, look for 'Abed' online.  It's based on a short story by Elizabeth Massie.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

'Dry Spell' by Travis Legge

  My friend, Travis Legge made a movie called 'Dry Spell' which he allowed me to view on his YouTube channel.  It's soon to be made available to the public and I'm trying to get the word out so that all my fine friends can enjoy it as well.  I'm going to review this without giving away any spoilers.  It is quite witty with clever banter and funny dialog.  It does, however have a serious story to it which is rare these days.  It has an emotional depth to it that I found to be refreshing.  The characters may say funny things, but at the heart of it, this is a story of emotional growth and character development not found in most independently made films.
  I was pleasantly surprised to see a familiar face in one of the scenes.  A friend of mine named, Heather Dorff showed up in a scene that had me literally laughing out loud.  I know that on the internet, people write lol constantly without even a chuckle.  That term has lost all meaning, but when I say it now, I really mean it. I'm still laughing just thinking about it!  You can also catch Heather in 'Truth or Dare' by Jonathan Higgins. Anyway, 'Dry Spell' is hilarious, but don't let that fool you.  There is a real story there.  A good one at that. Here's a link to its Facebook page:

Friday, January 31, 2014

'Demon Mist' by Jason Wright

  A friend of mine named Jason Wright is trying to raise funds for his new movie, 'Demon Mist'.  Here's his pitch: Sirle Von Schihver star vampire from the amazing "Lesbian Vampire Killers" is the lead in Silent Studio's 'Demon Mist'.  They are raising some funds to complete this short film.  So please help share, post, support and donate what you can.

  One lucky person who donates before the end of February will win a signed poster of 'Demon Mist' by not only Sirle, but the entire cast and crew, so make sure you get your donation in now.

Indiegogo-DEMON MIST

  Please check it out and any help will be greatly appreciated!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Anthony Servante

  A friend of mine on Facebook is a writer.  I read a short story of his called, 'Deja Vu'.  It's a sci-fi yarn which to me is a lot like an episode of the 'Twilight Zone' or the 'Outer Limits'.  It's bizarre in its looped tale of impossible memories strange creatures.  I've not read any others of his work, but look forward to doing so after having read this.  You can find this and his other books right here at!

Friday, January 17, 2014

You Are Entitled To My Opinion Volume 3

  This is a book full of interviews with zombie authors!

  And here's a project that I'm currently working on.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Interviewing Scott Lefebvre

  This is the interview I conducted with Scott Lefebvre.  You can read a short story of his at

Zombie Evolution: There's so much realism in the first chapter of your book, 'The End Of The World Is Nigh'.  Do you have any sort of background in science?

Scott Lefebvre: Not really.  No more than your average layman.  I do a lot of research.  I downloaded the complete library of U.S. Military field manuals and I like reading them.  I’m also constantly using the internet to look stuff up since it is now the world’s poorly fact-checked encyclopedia and sometimes I watch videos of animals doing cute things and pornography… but not at the same time.  I secretly fear that I’m on an NSA watchlist for googling military bases and firearms and diseases and explosives while researching my book.  I have read at least five different dictionaries and one entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica encyclopedias.   I’ve just always been fascinated by post-apocalyptic scenarios.  I grew up during The Cold War.  You know, the “duck & cover” days?  I always secretly suspected that the contrails left behind by planes that had passed overhead and disappeared were the incoming vapor trails from ICBMs sent over from Russia… with love.   I had a very active imagination as a child and I guess I still do to this day.   My seventh grade science teacher finally settled the matter by telling the class that in the event of a full-scale thermonuclear attack that the entire east coast would be annihilated.   I found that strangely comforting.  It wasn’t the bombs I was worried about, but having to live in a post-apocalyptic world.  Keep in mind, I’m, like, ten years old. Thirteen when I finally stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb.  I was still fascinated by post-apocalyptic film and literature.  Red Dawn.   War Games.  The Road Warrior series.   Recently I have enjoyed 28 Days Later, Dead Set, Doomsday, and The Road.  The Road freaked me out so badly I had chest pains and went to an emergency clinic after seeing it in the theater.  Granted, I had been having occasional chest pains around that time anyway, but the film certainly didn’t help.  I guess all of that stuff had been rolling around in my head for so long that when I was asked by J. Travis Grundon to contribute a story to his Anthology Of The Living Dead, I knew exactly what I wanted to write and I pretty much wrote the whole thing in a day.  It was waiting in my head.  All I needed was someone to ask me to write it.

ZE: How long have you been doing your blog?

SL: I started my blog on October 1st.  I started the interview blog because I was trying to get coverage for the crowd-funding campaign I was running for the post-apocalyptic zombie-epidemic book project I was working on.  A novel-length expansion of the short-story Whimper.  My gimmick was that if people kicked fifty bucks towards the campaign I’d write them into the book as a major character.  Kind of like buying your way into being a character in Stephen King’s The Stand.  I sent a press release / request for interview to Fangoria Magazine, Rue Morgue Magazine, HorrorHound Magazine, Famous Monsters Magazine, Ultra Violent, Girls & Corpses, Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, , Fear Net, Shock Till You Drop, Horror Society, Horror Happy Hour, Horror Etc., The Providence Journal, The Providence Phoenix, Motif Magazine, Providence Monthly, and The Valley Breeze.  The only one to follow through was Motif Magazine and that was mostly because I had a friend that was a staff writer that put in a good word for me. Coincidentally, that interview earned me a $100 contributor, so I can only imagine what might have happened if I had been able to receive better coverage for the campaign.  I thought that it was unfair that I wasn’t able to get any kind of coverage without purchasing advertising space so I decided to start interviewing my Facebook friends that were artists, authors, musicians and film-makers to give them something to use to help them promote their work and upcoming projects.  I started the blog on October 1st, and as of today, January 6th, I’ve completed almost 99 interviews and the page has received almost 7,554 registered page views which isn’t bad.  Actually it’s quite good, considering it’s something that I’m doing by myself to help other people promote themselves.  I was trying to think of a way to monetize the site without having to resort to running advertisements, which I’m not even sure if you’re able to do on Blogspot. I decided to put out collections of interviews in print-on-demand / e-book format of each twenty-five interviews as I finished each twenty-five.   Not all of the interviews came out good enough that I’d want to put them into a collection for sale, so I put out a “Best Of” as the first volume collecting what were, in my opinion, the best interviews from the first 50 or so interviews.  I noticed that a theme was emerging.  I had been interviewing a lot of artists, because when you interview one artist and they post the interview, and you check out their friends lists on Facebook, you end up interviewing a lot of other artists, so the second volume of collected interviews is “artist” themed.  I noticed that there was another trend of interviews with authors working in the zombie genre so I decided to work towards putting out a collection of those interviews. When I put them all together, I noticed I only had around six interviews, and I wanted to have between twenty and thirty interviews, so I cruised the zombie groups on Facebook looking for zombie authors to interview.  The list of authors in the Zombie Book Of The Month Club was really helpful as it contained the names of a lot of authors actively looking to promote their books, and each author usually promoted other authors so I’ve got around fifty interviews in various states of completion and I’m shooting for the end of January to put out the collection.  My intention is not to profit from the interviewees and I’ll be sending every interviewee a free PDF copy of the book, and what they do with their free PDF copy is none of my concern.  I’d kind of appreciate it if they kept it to themselves, but if they decide to share it with their friends, family and fans there’s nothing I can do about that.  Either way, at least they’ll be reading the book.  It’s true that if you interview someone, you get their fanbase for free and I’m not oblivious to that.  The blog is called “You Are Entitled To MY Opinion” after all.  If an interviewee isn’t quick on their feet and able to keep up their end of the interview I’m going to treat them as a hostile interviewee.  I can’t make anyone be interesting, but hopefully they know how to be interesting on their own.

ZE: How long have you been writing?

SL: That’s a loaded question.  I started off as most people that grow up to be writers do.  By loving books. When I would get in trouble as a hyperactive child, and was “grounded” the only place I was allowed to go was the public library.  One thing my mother never took away from me was the access to books.  I could read all I wanted and as a result my reading comprehension skills were always in the 98th percentile when they subjected us to standardized testing every other year when I was in grade school.  I was reading at the reading level of a forty-five-year-old in fifth grade.   My first slashes at writing were awful gothic poetry that thankfully doesn’t exist in any form if I’m lucky.  Then I was in a few punk rock bands in high school and I wrote the lyrics for a few album’s worth of songs.  That taught me rhythm and rhyming and how to match the feet of a sentence to a beat and how to write economically.  You only get three verses of four measures each in most punk rock songs, so if you want to use a word and you run out of available “feet” in the line, you use a different word, and it has to rhyme, which leads to a lot of creative problem solving.  Punk rock is just fast, angry spoken-word poetry.  But I’ve never really considered myself a “writer” until lately.  I was never one of those authors who was constantly burning with the desire to put words onto paper and looking to get my stuff published.   My writing was always more purpose driven.  If someone asked me to contribute a story to their anthology I just wrote one.  It was that easy for me.

ZE: How did you get into writing?  How many books have you written, what are they called and what are they about?

SL: I was reviewing books for Scars Magazine.  For two months I’d get a four-page spread for my reviews and it was cool seeing my writing in print and getting to be in a horror magazine.  The editor and I parted ways less than amicably, and I began reviewing books for Icons of Fright.  Pretty much I was the book review section.  Anyone can sit down and watch a movie and write 3-5 pages of their opinion about it, but it takes a lot more time and effort to read a book and write up something that is critically useful and worth reading.   There’s not a lot of people up for the task, so it was easy to find places willing to run my reviews. One of the books it was suggested that I pursue for review was by a local author named Thomas D’Agostino.  He was friends with the editors of Scars Magazine and wrote a book titled Haunted Rhode Island and since I lived in and we published out of Rhode Island and he was a friend of the editors it made sense from every angle.  I saw him at a convention and asked him if I could have copies of his books for review.  He said he would give me copies, but the publisher made him buy the copies that he sold at conventions, but if I contacted the publisher and asked for copies for review, they’d send me free review copies.  I sent the publisher an e-mail asking for review copies of his books, and they agreed to send them to me, but at the end of the e-mail the publisher asked me if I had ever thought about writing a book.  I was like Banky at the end of Mallrats.  Of course!  They asked if I could write a regional paranormal book about the Long Island New York area.   I thought there would be a book advance and I would be able to travel to Long Island and research the book.   That’s not the way it worked.   The way it worked was, I wrote the book, they produce it, and if it sells, they cut me in for 12% of the profits.   It’s a shitty deal, but it was my first book and I didn’t know any better.   I did most of my research by reading other books on the subject and researching online and compiling information.   When I had all of the information I could find on a given topic, I’d boil it all down so that I would have the most comprehensive version available of the topics I was covering.   I tried to imbue it with a fair amount of my own style and I think I did a decent job without infringing on the original content of any of the authors whose works I had used to gather my information.   It took me six months to write my first book and it clocks in at 128 pages and was pretty much the longest college term paper I had ever written.   It’s also non-fiction, which is harder to write than fiction because you have to use the facts available to you.  Of course I use the term “non-fiction” loosely because I don’t believe in the paranormal.  My goal was to try to write a collection of scary stories like the old Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books by Alvin Schwartz, illustrated by Stephen Gammell and I think I accomplished my goal. The first draft was pretty flawless as I had gone over it pretty thoroughly.   The editor’s primary contribution was suggesting that I break the chapters into sub-chapters to break up the chapters.  The publisher wanted me to call it Haunted Long Island or Ghosts of Long Island but since two of the books I had used for my research already had that title, I flat out refused.  I decided to call it Spooky Creepy Long Island based on my experience as a make-up artist at a haunted attraction called Spooky World.   It was supposed to be “spooky” but a lot of the people that worked there were “creepy” and my friend Aimee would shout “SPOOKY CREEPIES!” whenever I would tell her stories about my misadventures at Spooky World.  The book sold well and is #25 in “Books > Travel > United States > New York > Long Island” so I guess I did something right.  My editor at Schiffer Books liked the title that I came up with so much that she named her next book, Spooky Creepy Baltimore County… without letting me know first… and over the past seven years they’ve released a dozen books in their regional paranormal series with Spooky Creepy (Place Name) titles written by people so creative that they couldn’t come up with original names for their books.  Don’t believe me?  See for yourself.
I just started a Facebook campaign to get it artificially pushed to #1 in “Books > Travel > United States > New York > Long Island” because I think that would be hilarious and I like monkey-wrenching the system.

ZE: What inspired you to write 'The End Of The World Is Nigh'?

SL: I drove out to Indianapolis to attend the HorrorHound horror-genre convention because the editor of the Anthology of the Living Dead was a friend of mine and wanted to do a signing event to celebrate the launch of the book.  So I drove fourteen hours on my own dime and crashed in the back of my van that weekend because I’m a good friend.  Turns out the publisher fucked up and didn’t get the books in on time.  So I drove fourteen hours to sit behind an empty table and smile and wave at people who would have absolutely no idea who I was.  I wasn’t going to let that happen.   I went to the hotel’s copy center and printed up fifty copies of my story and talked the editor into letting me offer them to people that showed an interest as a free sample/test-drive/teaser for the book.  He didn’t like it, but couldn’t stop me.  One of the people I gave my story to was Jerry Chandler from Synapse DVD.   The next day he saw me and he said, “I read your story last night.  I really liked it.  I want to read more.   Where’s the rest of it?”  I was confused.  I asked, “What do you mean the rest of it?  That’s it.  That’s all there is, it’s a short story.”   He said, “You created a world. This is just a tease.  Let me know when you write the rest of it.”  I let that roll around inside my head for five years and one night when I was bored at work I started writing little chapters in what I refer to as “Nigh World”.  Stark little vignettes like scene descriptions from a screenplay.  I kept expanding on the paragraphs until I realized I had enough for a short story and I saw the outline for the whole book.  I decided to try to crowd-fund the project, and if no one showed any interest, I wouldn’t write it.  Easy as that.  I ran the campaign with the help of my friend Rick Laprade.   I went through RocketHub and my goal was $2,500 or 50 contributors at $50 each.   I finished the sample chapter I had been working on and used it as proof of concept for the book to show people the caliber of writing they’d be getting for their contribution.  I only received ten contributions for a little over $600 total and I got to keep $500 of that after RocketHub took their commission.   Mostly my friends contributed.  People that know me in person and know that I’m a crazy motherfucker and work harder than anyone else I know.  I also traded in every favor I had and took out some new ones.  By that time, I had the whole book in my head and would have written it anyway.  I have the finished sample chapter.  A finished contributor chapter.  A half-finished NPC chapter and a half-finished contributor story and the entire outline of the book written out.  Now I just have to fill in the gaps. I’ve got just over 58,000 words written towards the project already and I have eight more contributor character origin stories to write.  Those are clocking in at between 15K and 20K, so even if the remaining eight chapters come in on the light side, that’s still over a hundred-thousand words and that’s just the origin stories.  My goal is to publish the origin stories as they come out as stand-alone novellas to generate some momentum behind the project then shuffle the pages like a deck of cards so you spend a few pages with each character like Stephen King did in The Stand, then to interweave the characters into a central storyline. My word count goal is around 400K because that’s around what The Stand clocked in at.  I know it’s ambitious, but I want this more than anyone else wants anything else.  I have to.  I can write 10K words per day when life doesn’t get in the way.  I’m taking a break from The End Of The World Is Nigh to publish a collection of my previously published short stories and an novelization of a paranormal screenplay I wrote in the hopes of selling it outright because I had a really good idea I came up with while spit-balling screenplay ideas with my friend Rick who is also an independent film-maker and an excellent writing partner.
You can read chapters from The End Of The World Is Nigh as I finish them for free here:

ZE: What projects are you currently working on?

SL: I’ve also got at least five other screenplay into novelization ideas, book ideas, and interview collection ideas I’ll be working on this year while simultaneously working on The End Of The World Is Nigh.  The short story collection will be titled Dead Letter Depot.  The paranormal book will be a hard YA and will be titled Abandoned and I will be publishing a third collection of interviews from my interview blog You Are Entitled To My Opinion.  My goal is to publish at least twelve books this year and I will be publishing three this month since I just have to format and publish Dead Letter Depot and the third You Are Entitled To My Opinion collection, and I am over halfway done with the novelization of what use to be called Hell’s Gate but will now be called Abandoned and I plan on finishing that tomorrow and reading it out loud to edit the draft and commissioning a cover from a book designer I met and publishing it at the end of the week.
That will put me three books towards my twelve book goal this year and it’s only the first week of January.
And I published three books last month.  How do I do all this?  I’m single and an insomniac.  I sleep less than you and I write more than you and I want it more badly than you do.  If you write for eight hours and write two-thousand words per day I’ll write for twelve hours and write ten thousand words.   The only thing getting in my way is my need to cover my rent and feed myself.  That’s it.  Oh, and cigarettes and coffee.  I like cigarettes and coffee.  That’s what the twelve books are for.  If I can sell enough of those, then I can support myself with the royalties and work on The End Of The World Is Nigh which will be my magnum opus.  My ninth symphony.  My love letter to all of the post-apocalyptic and zombie epidemic books and movies that I know by heart and my homage to Stephen King.  I love The Stand, but now that I’m older, I don’t like how the characters become polarized into “good guys” and “bad guys” and the way that it becomes a Judeo-Christian parable of the army of the pious old God-fearing black woman against the morally reprehensible army of the amorphous man in black.  I think it turns some excellent characters into caricatures.  I’m an antitheist and a moral relativist and I know that given a difficult situation that good people will do bad things.   I loved The Walking Dead comic book series, but I think that it lacked the scale of The Stand.  My intentions is to take what I liked from the things I love and leave behind the things I could do without and write the book I always wanted to read.  I know I can do it, but I need people to buy the books that I put out along the way or to contribute to the campaign that I’m still running through the blog using PayPal so I have the time I need to write.  I’m also contributing a story to an anthology that you’re working on under the WIP title Possessions: An anthology of short stories about the abject horror of extraordinary objects.   I’ll be designing the book cover, handling the formatting of the interior, and publishing it through CreateSpace as a Burnt Offerings Book, and will not be counting it towards the twelve books I plan on putting out this year so I guess that makes it thirteen.  You’ll be doing the hard part of herding the cats and getting them to push water uphill and telling your writer friends that they have to try harder and write better.

ZE: Who are your favorite writers?

SL: Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.   I also like Chuck Palahniuk, Douglas Coupland, and Bret Easton Ellis.   For noir I like Chandler, Hammett and Thompson.   I love Bukowski, have read my weight in Burroughs, and love the books of Henry Rollins.   On my wrist I have a tattoo of a fragment from Sappho in Greek that translates as, “Day in, day out, I hunger and struggle” and it is a constant reminder to myself to work harder.

ZE: What are your favorite movies?

SL: You know how some people are all like, “That’s not fair!  I could never choose just one!”   Well, I’m going to try to not be that guy.  On my walls I have art from Fight Club, Watchmen, Battle Royale, Yojimbo, Hellraiser, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Audition and Onibaba.  I also have tattoos of Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein.
The top five movies I have watched the most times, and by “the most times” I mean at least two-hundred viewings per film, would be Apocalypse Now, The Exorcist, The Shining, Taxi Driver, and Sick: The Life and death of Bob Flanagan.  Films I have seen at least a hundred times are the Universal Monster films, the George Romero zombie films, and most horror franchises.  I also like experimental films and am a huge fan of the films of David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Alejandro Jodorowsky.   I also frequently re-watch Elias Merhige’s Begotten.
My two favorite films to watch off of 35mm film prints are Eraserhead and Casablanca although I hope to someday see Seven Samurai projected off of an archival quality film print.
I have a 3T external hard-drive with 6,000 films on it in high-quality AVI format and I watch two or three movies a night.  I’ve watched more than half of them and am working on the other half and I am Assistant Program Director for The Arkham Film Society.

ZE: What sort of music are you listening to?

SL: The easy glib dishonest answer would be “everything”.
Right now I’m listening to Lustmord.
Lately I’ve been getting into a lot of Hardcore, Punk Rock, Black Metal, Doom Metal, Doom Rock, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, NWOBHM, dark ambient, speedcore, old jazz and blues, and film soundtracks.
I’ve also been listening to a lot of Pixies, Superchunk, Jawbreaker, Jawbox, Sheer Terror, Crowbar, Danzig, (early) Misfits, (early) Metallica, (early) Anthrax, Neurosis, Milemarker, Kavinsky, Richard Thompson, Mary Lou Lord, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Chelsea Wolfe, RUN DMC, Eric B & Rakim, P.O.S. and whatever else I feel like listening to when the whim strikes me.  I like to fall asleep listening to audio books.
My favorite band of all time is probably Drowningman.
And this is my favorite song by them:
This is a great song too…
I’ve been working on putting together a YouTube playlist of my favorite music and it’s ridiculously underpopulated, but you can listen to it here:
I’ve been to easily over 500 shows, as in concerts, most of them for free from playing the bill or working the venue.

ZE: Anything else you'd like the readers to know?

SL: I think they’re probably fucking exhausted at reading all of my narcissistic bullshit, but if they want to read more, I blog and Facebook constantly because my laptop is my window on the world and I like to let myself have little social media snacks between pages of writing so I don’t become a total recluse.
I’m really quite boring in person, except when I’m not, and I like to have dangerous fun, except when I don’t.  Also, if you’re a real sado-masochist one of my interviewees asked me to subject myself to the You Are Entitled To My Opinion treatment and you can read that interview here:

Scott's bio:

Scott Lefebvre can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island, and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
He is currently working on ten novel-length book projects which will be released in 2014.
He also publishes themed collections of interviews from his interview blog You Are Entitled To My Opinion.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
He is the Assistant Program Director for The Arkham Film Society and produces electronic music under the names Master Control and LOVECRAFTWORK.
He is currently working on a novel-length expansion of a short-story titled, "The End Of The World Is Nigh", a crowd-funded, crowd-sourced, post-apocalyptic, zombie epidemic project.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Interview

  This is an interview I did with Scott Lefebvre.  He is also a contributing author in my upcoming, 'Possessions' anthology.