Time Trap is a movie that I had never heard of, and since the title sounded like a bad 80’s TV show that didn’t make it out of pilot, I was very skeptical as I accepted the #Netflix challenge to Watch Now.
But this movie is awesome!
Okay, maybe that’s a little strong, but this movie is good! It doesn’t start so strong, I’ll admit it; the first twenty minutes or so are pure SyFy Channel (which, admittedly, isn’t always a bad thing). But then the movie suddenly gets momentum and becomes exciting and strange, with mind-bending twists that don’t quite make sense but are still pretty cool.
And the next thing you know, cavemen are fighting spacemen. ‘Nuff said.
77% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes which feels about right, and it’s certainly worth the 87 minute investment.
If you’re like me and you enjoy hearing 80’s music playing while a maniac puts a butcher’s knife through someone’s face, then the latest season of American Horror Story is for you!
AHS 1984 premiered on Wednesday and, wow, is it violent. How violent? Let’s just say there’s a scene where ten kids are lying dead in a cabin, murdered with the aforementioned butcher’s knife–and that’s before the credits!
But actually…I liked it. It’s pure 80’s slasher (camp counselors and all). Not sure how they’re going to sustain the pace of the first episode over an entire season, but I’m going to find out. #AHS1984#AHS#americanhorrorstory
A cruel young queen in search of what she believes is rightfully hers. A mysterious woman willing to sacrifice her own to gain the ultimate power.
New evils, more terrifying than their predecessors, are rising and threatening the land.
Gretel and Hansel have returned from the Old World to prepare for their latest quest: to find the lost books of Orphism.
But one of those books, The Book of the Crippling, has already been unleashed, and its contents reveal a power unmatched in history.
It is up to Gretel and Hansel, as well as their mother, Anika, who has spent the last decade as a nomad at the opposite end of the earth, to stop the converging evils from capturing the book and controlling the world.
The Crippling is the fifth book in the Gretel series.
I’m very excited to announce that The Origin released today.
It’s the sequel to last year’s The Sighting, and, as the title suggests, it tells the origin of the mysterious creature that appeared one morning on a beach on the east coast of America.
The novel follows two narratives–one following the main character from the first novel, and one that takes place over 400 years earlier during the time of the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
I’ve always loved the idea of historical mysteries, especially ones that, even with all of today’s information sharing and technology, still can’t quite be solved, and the Lost Colony is a perfect example of that.
The Origin was a lot of fun to write for that reason, since it allowed me to posit my own ‘theories’ about what may have happened to those early American settlers.
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Like a lot of people, I’ve always been kind of captivated by things like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and other cryptozoological creatures.
But what was always more interesting to me were the people who claimed to have had close encounters with these creatures.
Of course, I’ve no doubt many of those people were just making up the stories–probably the vast majority of them–but certainly not all, right?
Some small percentage of those men and women truly believe they saw something beyond what’s known to exist on Earth.
And, maybe, just maybe, they even did. So for those people, those who are convinced that they know to be true what the rest of the world thinks is legend, how must their lives have been altered from their experience? That question was the inspiration for The Sighting.
For me, the basic characteristics of a good horror story don’t differ much from any other kind of story: I want to be able to visualize the setting and feel the tension. If I can ‘see’ the scene, I feel immediately connected to the story, and if the angst of the characters resonates, I feel invested.
Horror, of course, has to include the threat of death to the main character as a result of someone or something malevolent. So, in addition to setting and tension, any good horror story has to include a terrific monster.
Why does the horror genre lend itself really well to short stories and novellas?
I think one reason horror stories work so well in short form is that the main goal of horror is to scare, and back story and character build-up aren’t as critical to achieve that end. We might start reading a story about a girl lost in the middle of the woods at night, who suddenly hears the sound of footsteps following her and the raspy wheeze of heavy breathing.
Those details could all be established in the first couple of sentences, and from there to scare can be a pretty short trip; the reader simply inserts him or herself in the position of the girl and then internalizes that fear.
A great short horror story, though, will elicit more in readers than just fear. It will take us beyond just identifying with a scary situation and will create sympathy for the characters within. In that case, the great short story, may be just as difficult to write as any other.