June 24, 2011
Friday Night Finale, Round 3
Here it is, that time again. Yeas it's Killing Time. Not only is Killing Time - Horror E-Rag Issue 3-6 available right now, but also it is the Year 3 finale. It is not just any finale either. It is the final issue of the original three year run. Even more so it is jam packed with extras. Several articles are longer than usual. Beyond that it has a special two-part double whammy conclusion to the Sun Cycle serial story. The first part is "Persuasive Evening" and the second at the very end of the issue is "Pernicious Witching Hour". Hoo-boy, is it a thrill ride. I mean this as no kind of comparison to Stephen King or the book/movie--its nothing alike--but this conclusion is like Needful Things... you won't believe your eyes. Say, is that only in the movie version?
That's putting the cart before the horse. The first story in this issue, "Tree Fort", introduced what is, or rather was, the final world to the Allamagoosalum setting. With it also comes a new monster. A group find themselves in a jungle city high up in the trees where horrors await. The other story in this issue is the final story inspired by a song. I can't help but find the inspiration painfully obvious, buy you might not catch it until the reveal. Even then you still won't know what's coming. You can judge for yourself in "Don't Call Me Horace".
For articles we have a longer than usual Letter From the Editor talking about the three year run of the e-rag among other things, and the usual run down. It caps off with the first information about a new Year 4. That's all I'll say about that this week. The poem is almost double sized this issue, and it is from that that the cover art is derived this issue. This time the haunting light shines on Sam Raimi in "Ghostly Illumination #6". The reviews are nothing to sneeze at either. The first is for my favourite Hellraiser sequel. The second is a hefty one that hit a second page. It is for The Monster Club with John Carradine and Vincent Price. Then capping off the articles is the final pulling together of everything, not just in the issue, but again over the three years, the Sommatoria. So have at it, fine readers, and stay tuned to this blog for news about Issue 4-1.
Music: 0-G Love by Minmei Lynn.
June 17, 2011
Thankfully It Comes Naturally
I have to admit that work is not progressing as it should. I lost one night to watching episodes of ghost and haunting stories as well as some clips and even some paranormal investigations. From that came a nice R.G. Male's Dark Corners about "Of Friends Not There". I meant to do a new TechStop yesterday (Thursday June 16), but it was not meant to be. Instead I was drawn into my 3D rendering software and new PaintShop Photo Pro X3 to use some great new visual tricks and modes. Even there I did not run the experiment I meant to, but what I did came out all kinds of awesome. You will still have to wait for the goods I've been stockpiling for that. Even now I would prefer to be blogging about some particular topic rather than running another update entry. You just have to roll with the punches, and leave some small things up to chance, or pure dumb luck.
In the Of Friends entry I spoke about the past and about imagination. Right now I find myself thinking about intuition and taking a creative leap of faith. As is the case with your favourite authors, and others that the academics and purveyors of fine literature get behind, writing can be about what you unintentionally put into it. Often an author in an interview will tell you that they were not making point X when they wrote their book. Yet the readers find it in there, and sometimes it is droves of readers that see it, meaning that it is a common understanding that they have derived from the story, unintentional or not. I don't benefit from this phenomenon in just non-specifically created themes and subtexts, but also in foreshadowing, revelations, and general plot details. I will clue into what I have done in some previous section and then capitalise on it. Things just fall into place. Like how this entry turned out.
Music: Zero Signal by Fear Factory.
June 10, 2011
The Chaos Will Coalesce Again
I am back from my hiatus. So, what did I accomplish? Well... not much of what I had intended; I can tell you that. All the background bits that no one notices until they aren't complete are only caught up to the end of February and I already had January set to rights before I took the time off. As you know, Killing Time - Horror E-Rag Issue 3-5 was unleashed upon a partly suspecting world. Work of course is well under way for the big third year finale. I started, in May, with the back cover because I had an awesome idea. In fact a big chunk of what I did get done was to complete a large number of art pieces. I also set up the web pages for most of them. There are still some pages to be done before I upload them all though, or I'd be showing those off right now. On that front there is some more news, but I will be a tease and leave that for when I'm done and ready.
Throughout the break the posts have continued from Joshua as he deals with this haunting. I ran a two-part interview with photographer and jewellery maker Amanda Norman in "Grave Photos with Amanda Norman" and "Amanda Norman's Gothic Jewellery Box". That pretty much up sums up what has gone on. What about the future? Well... that is a fine question. The undone work will have to come about whenever and however I can manage it. The blogging has gotten off to a slow start, but will resume its normal schedule. Again, there are projects, plans, and announcements that I will only dangle and you will just have to wait for them to drop. So stay tuned.
Music: Hero of the Day by Metallica.
Name: Robert G. Male
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