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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Reconquest: Mother Earth Chapter II

Chapter II Mitch’s eyes went wide as he drove through the entrance and spotted armed guards scattered throughout the naval base. Peter Estabrook was waiting for him.  After exiting the car, he and Deborah separated.  She had her own briefings to attend. Mitch followed Estabrook to the motor pool.  As they walked, Estabrook briefed him. Read More…

10 Questions with Mara Hodges

1.  When you take on a project as an editor, describe your editing process.   First, I tell the author what I noticed when I first read the manuscript. These are the largest issues such as plot holes or characters that need better development. Since I read it quickly the first time, there’s usually not Read More…

Reconquest: Mother Earth Chapter 1

Chapter I Charles Amato stared at the enclosed area.  His three years of Navy SEAL training and ops could hardly prepare him for what he was witnessing. Charles closed his eyes and shook his head.  When he opened them, the impossible scene had not changed.  He fought his instincts to run away.  He had to Read More…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  The first movie was a great adaptation from the original series and set a high standard for Dawn, one that I think it met in most ways.  Much of the world’s population has been wiped Read More…

10 Questions with Ed Kurtz

1.  Who has been your biggest influence as a writer?   The great Texas noir author Jim Thompson, probably. I think The Killer Inside Me changed my life. Italian genre cinema of the 60s, 70s, and 80s is huge for me, as well—Fernando di Leo’s crime films, Mario Bava’s gothic horror pictures and Lucio Fulci’s Read More…

Dead Trash by Ed Kurtz

Dead Trash perfectly captures the seventies style grindhouse films that it tries to emulate.  The tone, style, and content set the right mood for the novel, which features two woman, Irma and Arkansas, who are incarcerated while a zombie apocalypse unfolds.  They are able to break out of the prison as the zombies are storming Read More…

Movie Review: Godzilla

Godzilla has all of the elements of what makes for a summer blockbuster movie.  It has massive action, big special effects and CGI, some scary looking monsters, and a venerable hero in Godzilla.  For all of this, it has an interesting storyline.  It also has gaping plotholes, movie clichés, and a lack of logic in Read More…