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February 19, 2010

Four Times the Killing Power

Killing Time - Horror E-Rag™ Issue 1-4 is available in the Battered Spleen Productions Store right now. It's bigger and better than ever, no mean feat. This issue's feature article changes gears from spirits last time to the undead and living dead this time in "What Kind of Dead Man Are You?" The "Horror Movie Franchise Discussion" gets deep into the story created by the trilogy that began with my all time favourite movie, Poltergeist. The two reviews in this issue are certainly something different. The first is all about the packaging of a special release DVD. That release is the collector's item Book of the Dead edition of Evil Dead--the Evil Dead trilogy was last issue's franchise discussion topic. The other review is for the novelisation of Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

Let's tackle the fiction entries backward this time. The newest instalment of "The Lizard of Hallucination" is a bit shorter than the others, but that's just because it brings the goods at breakneck speed. Paul is really starting to lose it, or the terrifying events are pushing him. The cliffhanger is a doozy that will leave you drooling for next issue. The middle story, "Suffer in Atonement", is another creepy one full of frightening implications. It brings in a couple different magical methods. Meanwhile the first story is an insidious little tale that was too big to fit in a single issue and concludes in Issue 1-5 in March. The new "Writing in the Dark" continues its look at living and writing in the dark veins. It gets into finding the balance on both sides of the pen/keyboard. Enough of me blogging, go buy your copy now!

Music: Flight of Icarus by Iron Maiden.

February 12, 2010

You Know I Scry

Here we are at the last of the looks forward into my blogs. Seems kind of fitting that the cusp of 2010's new blog entries starts here after the inchoate. This is also the hardest one to cast a glance into the crystal ball over. How do you find, identify, and quantify the unformed that are even more so than when they are unleashed malformed and premature on an unsuspecting world? One of the first things I expect to do is stop being so self-referential to this blog's name. Perhaps that will be a part of something regarding how to reuse an idea to its peak, but not beyond. One thing is certain to make the cut for the new year and that is articles announcing and talking about the newest issue of Killing Time - Horror E-Rag™ as each one comes out.

I want to do some writing here this year about publishing. There are things afoot out there in the publishing world. I have some experience with it from both sides of the table. I have some ideas, some suggestions, and at least one discussion that might run close to a rant, but we'll see come then. There are some writing projects I would like to get to this year and I want to share some of the background for them, or bits of the ideas. Maybe I will take another look or two at marketing and social networking as well. That is really about all I can think of right now. As said, it's hard to know ahead of time. This blog, among the ones I write, is the most off the cuff, let's go with a current inspiration. Ideas come, and some them end up getting to you. Stay tuned.

Music: I Know Where You Live by Alice Cooper.

February 5, 2010

Last Year of the Old Decade

I decided for all of my blogs to begin the year with two particular articles. The first would be a look back at 2009. The second a look forward at what I would like to discuss in 2010. You've already read the first entry to his blog in January and it wasn't a look back. That's okay though, it was all about Killing Time - Horror E-Rag™. That was one of the types of articles that first began to show themselves in 2009. Something else new that I started last year was guest bloggers. They came to help out in November when I was busy with the E-Rag and recovering from the party that is the 13 Nights of Hallowe'en over at R.G. Male's Dark Corners. The guest bloggers focused on writing with how to start, what to include, and a bit of a look at why certain genres engage certain authors.

In 2009 I started talking a little bit more about the publishing business and about my business in particular. Some of that was about the cycle, the vicious circle if you will, of ideas, stories, books, and projects that build and build, one spawning another, and even more. It's like a Hydra; cut off one head by finishing a work and two more take its place. I also discussed living the horror fan/creator's life. Entries like that were cut with ones about websites and the coding work I do to bring my writing to you and everyone else. All of these are a part of the fabric about what I talked about because these are the things I do, the work that I hope you are interested in and that keep you coming back week to week to see what's new. These are kind of articles I intend to keep writing, and I'll tell you about next week.

Music: Know the Difference by Stratovarius.

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