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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Garbage, Inc. Is Here!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, today's the day. Garbage, Inc. has arrived!

WARNING: This story contains crude language, excessive violence and disturbing images that are not suitable for children or those that are easily offended ... Happy Halloween!

Garbage Inc

Monday, October 12, 2009

Top 13 Horror Writers

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, today's list is all about writers. And remember folks: Tomorrow is the release of my short story Garbage, Inc.

Top 13 Horror Writers

13. Brian Keene - Favorite Books: Ghoul, City of the Dead, The Conqueror Worms

12 . Ramsey Campbell - Favorite Books: The Darkest Part of the Woods, Hungry Moon, The Doll Who Ate His Mother

11. Dean Koontz - Favorite Books: Strangers, Watchers, Velocity

10. Neil Gaiman - Favorite Books:  Coraline, American Gods

9 . Shirley Jackson - Favorite Books: The Haunting of Hill House, The Lottery and Other Stories

8. Peter Straub - Favorite Books: Koko; Ghost Story; Lost Boy, Lost Girl

7. Clive Barker - Favorite Books: Books of Blood 1-3, Hellbound Heart, Abarat Series

6. Richard Matheson - Favorite Books: I Am Legend, Hell House, The Incredible Shrinking Man

5. Robert McCammon - Favorite Books: Swan Song, Wolf's Hour, Mine

4. Bram Stoker - Favorite Book: Dracula,  Lair of the White Worm

3. H.P. Lovecraft - Favorite Collection: H.P. Lovecraft: Tales

2. Stephen King - Favorite Books: It, The Stand, 'Salem's Lot

1. Edgar Allan Poe - Favorite Collection: Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems

Later Fiends,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Top 13 Phantom Flicks

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, today's theme is about the ghosts in the screen.

Top 13 Phantom Flicks

13. 13 Ghosts (2001) - A fitting number 13 ... I preferred the updated version to the 1960 version, but that's just me.

12 . Event Horizon - While the movie falls short of being a classic, the mesh between sci-fi and ghost story was well structured. If you go in thinking B movie, you'll probably like it.

11. 1408 - 1 + 4 + 0 + 8 = 13 ... and the room just so happens to be on what technically is the 13th floor. So, you know, the room's gonna have some problems. I rarely say this, but in this case, the movie was better than the short story.

10 . The Ring - Had I seen Ringu, I probably would agree that it is the superior version, but I haven't, and so I won't.

9. The Frighteners - I know what you're thinking: Michael J. Fox, probably be a Teen Wolf with ghosts. If you haven't seen it, then do yourself a favor and see it.

8. Beetlejuice - Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Who out there can listen to Banana Boat by Harry Belafonte and not think of this movie?

7. Amityville Horror (1979) - Even though the movie is more of a comedy today, it still holds a small place in my demonic heart. It was one of the first horror movies I ever saw.

6. The Haunting (1963) - Stick to the classic on this one. The 1999 remake was nothing more than a chance to capitalize on Liam Neeson after Phantom Menace.

5. The Sixth Sense - Has there ever been a quote from a horror movie more parodied than I see dead people?

4. Ghostbusters - C'mon, you all know it ... Who you gonna call?

3. House on Haunted Hill (1958) - Go for the original here. The 1999 remake is a mockery of the original Vincent Price classic.

2. The Shining - All work and no play makes Robert Gray a dull boy. All work and no play makes Robert Gray a dull boy. All work and no play makes Robert Gray a dull boy. All work and no play makes Robert Gray a dull boy.

1. Poltergeist - "Do not go into the light. Stop where you are. Turn away from it. Don't even look at it."

Later Fiends,

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Top 13 Scary Stories for Young Readers

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, today's list focuses on those stories that begin our paths into the dark and unknown.

Top 13 Scary Stories for Young Readers

13. Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan - Darren Shan's 12-book vampire series is humorous yet dark; and told at a lightning-fast pace that makes it impossible not to gobble up.

12. Slumber Party - Just like there is Stephen King and Dean Koontz, there is R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike. Pike has gone on to write over 50 novels, but Slumber Party (1985) is his first, and as good as any a place to start.

11. I know What You Did Last Summer - If you're like me than you probably had no idea the movie was first a book written by Lois Duncan. And, yes, the book was better than the movie.

10. Mommy? - By Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks, and Matthew Reinhart, Mommy? is one of the most well-designed pop-up books I've ever seen, and the story is very cute and suitable for young children.

9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth - It's hard for me to believe Carrie Ryan's post-apocalyptic novel is her debut. It's easy, however, to believe that she's a fan of George Romero.
8. The Graveyard Book - Hey, it won the  Newbery Medal.  That still means something, right?

7. The Witches - Roald Dahl, the author of such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, teaches us, with his playful style, that witches can look just like you and me ... oh, and they really hate children.
6. The Devils Storybook - Natalie Babbitt's comically portrays the devil as an often bored practical joker in ten compact stories.

5. The Twilight Series - I'll admit, I haven't finished the entire series, but on good authority I've heard that each book is as good as the first. The books are for teenage girls ... and for writers who like dissecting popular novels to see what makes them tick. If you don't fall into either category, you probably won't like the series.

4. The Thief of Always - One great modern-day fairytale ... told by the same guy who gave us Books of Blood?

3. Coraline - Well if you liked the Thief of Always, then I imagine you'll like Coraline. While the stories are different, I think If you ripped the covers off and handed them to me, I wouldn't know who wrote which one.

2. Abarat - The Abarat is where it's at. If you don't buy it for Clive Barker's fantastic story, then buy it for his fantastic artwork.
1. Goosebump Series - Before there was Rowling there was R.L. Stine.

Later Fiends,

Friday, October 9, 2009

Top 13 Movie Slashers

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, animals both domesticated and wild, today's theme is about those knife-wieldin', mask-wearin', family-values-lackin' stars of the show. And for those of you who have been waiting patiently for more information about Garbage, Inc., (available 10-13-09) I'd like to offer you an exclusive sneak peak at the cover art.

Top 13 Movie Slashers

13. Horace Pinker - Movie: Shocker

12. The Creeper - Series: Jeepers Creepers

11. Candyman - Series: Candyman

10. Ghostface - Series: Scream

9. Jigsaw - Series: Saw

8. Chucky - Series: Child's Play

7. Pinhead - Series: Hellraiser

6. Norman Bates - Series: Psycho

5. Hannibal Lecter - Series: Hannibal Tetralogy

4. Leatherface - Series: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

3. Michael Myers - Series: Halloween

2. Jason Voorhees - Series: Friday the 13th

1. Freddy Kruger - Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Later Fiends,

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