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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

As I was watching Captain Phillips, I kept thinking back to what I remembered about the real life incident that happened in 2009, which inspired the movie.  As it turns out, not a whole lot.  Mostly what I remembered is how the freighter ship repelled the pirates with hoses and how it took a long Read More…

10 Questions with Adam Cesare

1.  Who has been your biggest influence as a writer? Everyone’s living in the shadow of King, but I wouldn’t say he’s my biggest influence but I did grow up reading him, so he’s definetly a gateway drug/influence. Probably Richard Matheson, there’s such simplicity in his prose, but still thematically dense. When I was first Read More…

Tribesmen by Adam Cesare

Adam Cesare has managed to capture the same spirit and feel of the eighties ultra-violent Italian splatter films that the novel pays homage to.  Set in a small Caribbean island that years before had been cursed when a group of white men had arrived and slaughtered the villagers, a tiny film crew arrives hoping to Read More…

Movie Review: Gravity

I watched Gravity in 3D, and it seems to be the type of movie that greatly benefits from being viewed in 3D.  The visuals in this movie were really something, and the director made sure to include many shots of Earth from outer space.  Besides having really neat cinematography, the story was also intelligent and Read More…

10 Questions with Rena Mason

1.  Who has been your biggest influence as a writer? Everyone I’ve ever read, but “biggest” I’d have to say Poe. I’ve always loved his whole rhythm and style, plus an awesome spooky story. Can’t beat that. 2.  Where did you come up with the concept behind The Evolutionist? A couple things got me thinking: Read More…

The Evolutionist by Rena Mason

In her debut novel, Rena Mason hits it out of the park with her horror novel The Evolutionist.  Set in the Las Vegas suburbs, Stacy Troy lives a self-absorbed life with her friends, who are cast right out of one of those Housewives of show.  Mason even cleverly has Stacy and her group of friends Read More…

My Mafia Inluences for my novel Blood Street

I’ve always wanted to write about mobster characters, but being a horror and fantasy writer, it’s not necessarily an easy task to write about them, that is until I came up with the concept for Blood Street, where vampires and the mafia engage in a blood feud in the streets of Philadelphia.  When incorporating my Read More…