July 23, 2010
Punish the Naughty
Here it is time again. There's a brand new issue of the E-Rag. You can go right now and pick up a copy of Killing Time - Horror E-Rag Issue 2-2 or read this first and then hit the link. This is another great issue--I may be biased though--and it includes some amazing stories. The first story "Toasty Warm" is one of my personal favourites. I had a blast writing it and I still enjoy it. It is also the first of my devil stories. The second story is another one that would deserve all kind of warning stickers on it if it were in physical media. It's a nasty piece. As I say in the "Letter From the Editor"--I've said it here on this blog too--all sort of vile evil acts may appear in my writing, but I do not condone any of them. The last story is Act 2 of "PSY3007" and Benjamin finds out that his house isn't the only strange and disturbing thing in his new hometown of Francketon.
Have you ever been in the company of people who look down on your choice of entertainment and tell you that horror is so lowbrow? Don't believe them, and in fact with my article "A Little Class" you can prove them wrong. It's chockfull of literary horror stories every English professor drools over. If it's good enough for them it's good enough for anyone. The issue also has a new "Horror Movie Franchise Discussion" this time staring the redheaded doll of your nightmares, Chucky! I knew immediately what image I had to create for the insert. Hidee-ho-ha ha ha! Last thing in the issue is the second "Hangman's Noose" and a look at the dual meanings of satisfaction and their application to horror and the contents of the issue. There's a pair of reviews as usual to round things out--including "Silent Night, Deadly Night"--and there you have it, a new issue.
Music: Como Estais Amigos by Iron Maiden.
July 16, 2010
Different Path Same Destination
Sometimes I set out to write on a particular topic for one of my blog entries and things take a left turn somewhere along the line. Lots of times I even end up covering only a fraction of what I wanted to get into before its time to wrap up, and then I end up with multiple week posts. I roll with the punches. Recently over at R.G. Male's Dark Corners much of this has gone on, culminating in several posts about witches, witch hunters, and all the goodies that go along with those kinds of stories and settings. The most recent post "The Modern Witch Conspiracy" is a good example of things turning out differently than planned. This post is much more fiction oriented than my usual discussion or scholastic style posts. It did not come out as I initially expected, and that's perfectly fine because it did turn out. Not only does it read well, but it also makes the points I wanted to make.
Here's the thing. Sometimes there is as much to learn from a more story-like post as there is from one that directly makes its points and asks specific questions. It's easy to slip into a mode of reading things, whether it's blog posts, or news articles, or stories and novels without thinking about what is behind them, what is really said that isn't just in the words but between the lines and a part of the whole. I was aware of this in completing this conspiracy post and aware of what I was illustrating in my fictional turn. There is another facet to this that I wanted to highlight. I did not specify what the goal of the conspiracy is. I did not specify the kind of machinations involved in the little cogs of the plot. Here, like good horror, I left it to the imagination of the blog readers as to what might be involved. Who knows what evil schemes they will imagine.
Music: Sign of the Times by Quiet Riot.
July 9, 2010
Half Year Half-Time 2010
Time's inexorable march has brought us to the middle of 2010 already. There were five issues of Killing Time - Horror E-Rag unleashed on an unsuspecting public, the most recent being the first issue of the second year of issues. In the month break between releasing the two years I added the automatic number tracking to more of the blog tag lists. In addition several new disambiguation pages have been added to the blogs and the Knowledge Base. New images have been created and added to the Grotesquerie, some of them from the E-Rag--these are actually fuller views of the scenes than were shown in Killing Time--due to the column arrangement. I also took out some time to update the Battered Spleen Productions site and include new buttons, one for blogs--a clearer destination--and the other to buy ads both on my blogs and in the E-Rag.
If you haven't caught word of it yet I also opened up a second Twitter account specifically for Battered Spleen Productions, just follow @batteredspleen and take part in the horror and madness. I'm keeping it more tightly focused on horror than my regular account (@robertmale) and have already posted a number of creepy and disturbing tweets, if I do say so myself. So, what does the future hold? First there will be more new Killing Time issues. There will be more art. I am currently working on a new YouTube video; I won't spoil what it's about. There are more disambiguation pages to come to make finding the topic you want easier. Of course there will be more blog entries across the board. There will be new Killing Time issues until a break for December. Maybe some surprises to come too.
Music: Tears of the Dragon by Bruce Dickinson.
Name: Robert G. Male
Location: Ontario, Canada
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