Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What I Read in 2013 (offered without comment)

Title - Author

  • Pulptress, The - Tommy Hancock, Terry Alexander, Ron Fortier, Erwin K. Roberts, and Andrea Judy (ebook)
  • Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made - Alan Eisenstock (ebook)
  • Project Alpha - Lee Houston, Jr. (ebook)
  • Shambling Towards Hiroshima - James Morrow (ebook)
  • Scroll Lawyers, The - R. J . Jagger (ebook)
  • Complete John Thunstone, The - Manly Wade Wellman
  • David Bain's Grindhouse Quintuple Feature! (Stories Inspired by B-Movie Cinema) - David Bain (ebook)
  • Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You - Bradley Sands
  • 14 - Peter Clines (ebook)
  • Ten A Week Steale - Stephen Jared (ebook)
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story - Sean Howe (ebook)
  • Blue Kingdoms: Zombies, Werewolves, & Unicorns - Stephen D. Sullivan (ebook)
  • Alive! (A Valentino Mystery) - Loren D. Estleman (ebook)
  • Hunting the Moon Tribe - David Agranoff
  • Not Bad For a Human - Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey
  • Blood Riders - Michael P. Spradlin (ebook)
  • Redemption: Hunters - James Reasoner
  • Summer of the Hunters: The Last Great Manhunt of the Old West - John Dashney
  • Peacemaker's Vengeance, The - Gary Svee
  • Stampede at Rattlesnake Pass - Clay Moore (ebook)
  • Wolf Creek: Book 1 - Bloody Trail - Ford Fargo (ebook)
  • Fit for a Frankenstein - Paul McComas and Greg Starrett
  • Planet of the Dates - Paul McComas
  • No Traveler Returns: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi - Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger
  • Frames (A Valentino Mystery) - Loren D. Estleman (ebook)
  • Alone (A Valentino Mystery) - Loren D. Estleman (ebook)
  • Bullet for a Star (A Toby Peters Mystery) - Stuart M. Kaminsky (ebook)
  • B-List (Supers 1) - Daniel Jung (ebook)
  • Seven Wonders - Adam Christopher (ebook)
  • Young Sentinels - Marion G. Harmon (ebook)
  • Miskatonic University - Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Robert Weinberg
  • Liberty Girl - Barry Reese (ebook)
  • Adventures of Gravedigger, The - Barry Reese (ebook)
  • Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell - Thomas Deja (ebook) 
  • White Zombie - Stephen D. Sullivan (ebook)
  • Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success - Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt (ebook)
  • Vendetta - Ed Gorman (ebook)
  • Alien Intelligence, The / Into the Fourth Dimension (Armchair Fiction Double Novel) - Jack Williamson and Ray Cummings

What I Watched in 2013 (offered without comment)

Movie Title (Format)
  • Chrome and Hot Leather (Video)
  • How to Hold Your Husband - Back (TCM)
  • Hidden Values: The Movies of the Fifties (TCM)
  • Black Cat, The (1934) (Theater)
  • Loreley's Grasp, The (Video)
  • Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (Theater)
  • We Learn About the Telephone (TCM)
  • Island Claws (Video)
  • Brides of Dracula, The (Video)
  • John Dies at the End (Streaming)
  • [REC]³ Génesis (Streaming)
  • 2 Hours (Streaming)
  • Fly, The (1958) (Streaming)
  • Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951) (Streaming)
  • Medal of Horror (from Nazi Zombie Death Tales) (Video)
  • Dead Weight (Video)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (Blu-ray)
  • Ten Seconds to Hell (Video)
  • Tarantula (Video)
  • Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (Blu-ray)
  • Attack of the Herbals (Video)
  • Dead Season (Video)
  • Kill Zombie (Zombibi) (Video)
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth (Streaming)
  • White Zombie (Blu-ray)
  • AckerMonster Chronicles!, The (Video)
  • Tragic Ceremony (Video)
  • Special Mission Lady Chaplin (Theater)
  • Santo el enmascarado de plata y Blue Demon contra los monstruos (Santo and Blue Demon Against the Monsters) (Video)
  • Argo (Streaming)
  • Vegucated (Video)
  • It's Alive (1969) (Video)
  • Gorgo (Blu-ray)
  • Ninth Wonder of the World: The Making of Gorgo (Blu-ray)
  • Quatermass 2 (Video)
  • Argoman, The Fantastic Superman (Theater)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (Streaming)
  • Tragic Ceremony (Theater)
  • Oasis of the Zombies (Blu-ray)
  • Zombie Lake (Blu-ray)
  • (Video) Dead, The (Blu-ray)
  • Deadly Mantis, The (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Slime People, The (Video)
  • Curse of the Faceless Man (Video)
  • Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (Video)
  • Creature with the Atom Brain (Video)
  • Dr. Cyclops (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Inflation (TCM)
  • Monsters Crash the Pajama Party (Video)
  • Serpent Island (Video)
  • Calling Dr. Death (Video)
  • Hologram Man (Bad Movie Nite) (Theater)
  • Mole People, The (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Seddok, l'erede di Satana (Video)
  • Atom Age Vampire (Video)
  • Godzilla vs. Biollante (Blu-ray)
  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (Blu-ray)
  • Prince of Darkness (Theater)
  • Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (Theater)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Streaming)
  • Las momias de Guanajuato (The Mummies of Guanajuato) (Video)
  • Reset (Theater)
  • Contained (Theater)
  • Friend of the Devil, A (Theater)
  • Picture in the House, The (2013) (Theater)
  • Seizures (Theater)
  • Demonen (Inviting the Demon) (Theater)
  • hp Apology (Theater)
  • Beyond the Basement Door (Theater)
  • Animo Korvoj (Theater)
  • Wish (Theater)
  • Blood (2013) (Theater)
  • Heartshot (Theater)
  • Professor, The (Theater)
  • Pickman's Model (2012) (Theater)
  • Book, The (Theater)
  • Nefarious (Theater)
  • George Jones and the Giant Squid (Theater)
  • God of Life (Theater)
  • Coda Nera (Theater)
  • Grasshopper! (Theater)
  • Shunned House, The (2012) (Theater)
  • Thing on the Doorstep, The (2012) (Theater)
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon (Video)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (3D) (Drive-In)
  • Giant Spider, The (Video)
  • Monster Bash: 2003 (Video)
  • Monster Bash: 2004 (Video)
  • Monster Bash: 2005 (Video)
  • Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray)
  • Invader from Venus (Theater)
  • Revenge of Frankenstein, The (Video)
  • Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray)
  • For Neda (Streaming)
  • She-Freak (Theater)
  • Monster Bash: 2006 (Video)
  • Mama (Streaming)
  • Mummy, The (1959) (Video)
  • Impossible, The (2012) (Streaming)
  • Mummy's Curse, The (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • She-Creature, The (Video)
  • Phantom of the Opera, The: Unmasking a Masterpiece (Video)
  • Where is Jane Doe? (TCM)
  • Men of Sherwood Forest, The (Video)
  • Things to Come (Blu-ray)
  • Mr. Sardonicus (Blu-ray)
  • Headless Ghost, The (Video)
  • Bloodstained Memoirs (Video)
  • King Kong Escapes (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Eegah (Theater)
  • Identity Thief (Streaming)
  • King Kong (1933) (Theater)
  • World War Z (Theater)
  • Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, The (Video)
  • Side by Side (Blu-ray)
  • One of Top of the Other (Video)
  • Sharknado Syfy
  • Antichrist, The (1974) (Video)
  • Fearless Vampire Killers, The (Video) (Projected Outside)
  • Night of the Scorpion (Video)
  • Burger Town (Video)
  • Pacific Rim 3D (Theater)
  • Dear Mr. Watterson (Blu-ray)
  • Son of Dracula (1943) (Video)
  • Breaking the Water Barrier (TCM)
  • XXX Medico (TCM)
  • Between the Acts at the Opera (TCM)
  • Weird Woman (Video)
  • When Men Carried Clubs and Women Played Ding-Dong (Video)
  • Revenge of the Creature (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Manfish (Video)
  • Matango (Video)
  • Ultimate Warrior, The (Video)
  • Shock (Video)
  • Sins Within the Family (Video)
  • Munster, Go Home! (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Riders to the Stars (Video)
  • World Without End (Video)
  • Teenagers from Outer Space (Video)
  • Frankenstein 1970 (Video)
  • La isla de la muerte (Island of the Doomed) (Video)
  • Satanic Rites of Dracula, The (Hosted by Midnite Mausoleum) (Video)
  • Valley of Gwangi, The (Video)
  • Screaming Skull, The (Streaming)
  • Boogie Man Will Get You, The (Video)
  • Gallery of Horrors (Video)
  • Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The (Video)
  • Counselor at Crime (Video)
  • Crónica de un atraco (Night of Hate) (Video)
  • Mad Ghoul, The (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Day Called X, A (Streaming)
  • Miami Connection (Blu-ray)
  • Prisoners of the Lost Universe (Streaming)
  • Now You See Me (Streaming)
  • R.O.T.O.R. (Streaming)
  • Invasion Earth: The Aliens are Here (Video)
  • Superheroes (Streaming)
  • Monster on the Campus (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Resurrected, The (Video)
  • American Spoken Here (TCM)
  • Labyrinth (Drive-In)
  • We're the Millers (Drive-In)
  • Dawn of Dracula (Streaming)
  • 7 Brothers Meet Dracula, The (Theater)
  • Scream of Fear (Video)
  • Monster of Phantom Lake, The (Video)
  • Prodigal Bridegroom, A (Theater)
  • Pluto's Judgement Day (Theater)
  • Gravity (3D) (Theater)
  • Cult of the Cobra (Hosted by Svengoolie) (MeTV)
  • Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (Blu-ray)
  • Satanic Rites of Dracula, The (Theater)
  • Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American (Drive-In) Movie (Video)
  • Chong xiao lou (House of Traps) (Video)
  • Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (Blu-ray)
  • Giant Spider, The (Theater)
  • Frankenstein Conquers the World (Video)
  • Purge, The (Streaming)
  • Abominable Dr. Phibes, The (Blu-ray)
  • Introductory Price: Undertaking “The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors” (Blu-ray)
  • Conjuring, The (Streaming)
  • Island of Terror DVD
  • Mission Mars (Video)
  • Escape From Tomorrow (Video)
  • Midnight Movie (Blu-ray)
  • Horror of the Blood Monsters (Video)
  • Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (Video)
  • Devil Rides Out, The (Blu-ray)
  • Black Magic: The Making of "The Devil Rides Out" (Blu-ray)
  • Power of Light, The: Restoring "The Devil Rides Out" (Blu-ray)
  • Dennis Wheatley at Hammer (Blu-ray)
  • Lost Continent, The (1968) (Video)
  • I Walked With a Zombie (Video)
  • Trek Nation (Streaming)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (Video)
  • Heat, The (2013) (Blu-ray)
  • Man Who Finally Died, The (Video)
  • Cash on Demand (Video)
  • (Drive-In) (Video)
  • Sting of Death (Video)
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Video)
  • Dr. Shocker's Vault of Horror (Video)
  • Manos torpes (Awkward Hands) (Video)
  • Christmas Story, A (Streaming) 
  • War of the Worlds, The (1953) (Streaming)
  • Il Pianeta degli uomini spenti (Battle of the Worlds) (Video)
  • Prisoners (Streaming)
  • Really Important Person, A (TCM)
  • Stanley Pickle (Streaming)
  • Face to Face (Faccia a faccia) (Video)
  • Island of the Doomed (La isla de la muerte) (Video)
  • X From Outer Space, The (Video)

Monday, October 28, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 - I'm doing this this year, and you can't stop me

Let's dust this blog off and see what I can pull off during National Novel Writing Month this year, eh?

I've had some mental energy-consuming issues come up over the past month or so, and I've managed to allow myself to use all of this as a block to doing what I really want to do (that being writing as evidenced by Blogger Labels below). NaNoWriMo was something I've done a few years ago, and I had a little success doing it back in the day, so why not? I'm going to use it as a tool to get the fiction words flowing again.

I'm strangely excited about it, so wish me luck gang!

(And feel free to follow my progress at my profile page over at the NaNoWriMo website.)

Monday, June 17, 2013

10,000 in the hole

Well, I blew that. Instead of fixating on the failure, though, I'm going to do two things.

1) I'm going to borrow a phrase from my friend Tracey who said in passing that I should just reset and try again. That's what I'm going to do. Reset. Try again.

2) I'm looking at why I didn't pull this off. I've narrowed it down to a couple of different reasons, but the biggest one is that I let myself get intimidated . . . not by the word count, but by the story itself. It's of a genre that I've never written before. I read in this genre, but I've never tried to actually create anything in it. I'm excited, but I let myself get a little freaked out. What if the names aren't right? Is it historically accurate? Is it geographically correct?

I'm going to attribute a lof of this to my brain finding new and exciting ways to procrastinate and pepper me with self doubt. I refuse to let myself get too down about it. This is a learning opportunity.

In recognizing what my subconscious is doing, in identifying the issues here, I feel I'm bettering myself as a creator. I'm using the down time from the actual "writing" to plot and outline, which is something I've had mixed results with in the past. Because I am writing in a genre I've never written in before, I'm excited that my outlining will help and I still feel productive even though the wordcount isn't there.

Yet. I still feel 5,000 words/week is an accomplishable goal. And I'm starting to get a little antsy - I've got my main character names selected, I've got the setting built, and I may have even stumbled across a working title for this story.

And I've got my film-score-to-write-to playlist picked out. I think I can hear music composed by Gianni Ferrio playing somewhere in the background. Or maybe that's Vasco Vassill Kojucharov . . .

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Thursday Thirteen: My Classic Monster Wishes

 

Over at the Universal Monster Army message boards, a subject thread popped up called Your Classic Monster Wish! in which forum members started posting their wishes and dreams regarding classic monster movies. I thought it was an interesting topic, and decided to hijack it for this installment of The Thursday Thirteen.

- Ben Chapman appeared as the Gill-Man in all three Creature... films. This isn't a slight against Tom Hennesy or Don Megowan (Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us respectively), but it would have been nice to see Chapman as the on-land Gill-Man more. As it is, Chapman only played the Gill-Man on screen twice - once in the original Creature from the Black Lagoon and once on television on "The Colgate Comedy Hour."

- Hammer Films all had distribution deals with the same companies. Wouldn't it be nice if the jumping-through-the-various-distribution-companies hoops were taken out of the equation when it came to releasing the entire Hammer Films catalog on DVD or Blu-ray?

- Speaking of Hammer, more Brian Donlevy as Professor Quatermass. Again, not to slight other performers who've played the role, but, for me, there's something about Donlevy's take on Quatermass that hit me just right. He's a cocksure hero-scientist that drags us along on his save-the-world adventures, and I wish there were more movies like that.

- Some sort of explanation why Larry Talbot is still suffering from lycanthrophy at the start of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein when he was cured at the end of House of Dracula. I know it's a nitpicky kind of thing (and, actually, it IS explained in Jeff Rovin's excellent 1998 novel Return of the Wolfman, but I want an in-movie explanation), but it's always bugged me a little bit. (I probably read too many comics as a kid and get really hung up on how everything matched up continuity-wise.)

- Clear up the rights issues regarding I Was a Teenage Werewolf and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. These movies are typically easily purchased at various horror conventions as bootlegs as they don't have DVD releases, but I'd love an official DVD release for these movies, and as an added bonus, some special features to boot!

- Speaking of special features, more special features for these classic, and sometimes not-so-classic, monster movies. While I enjoy the simple pleasure of opening up the latest collection from Mill Creek Entertainment and finding a genre movie from the 40s that I don't already have on disc or haven't watched in a long time, I doubly enjoy finding a movie, like, say, White Zombie (previously released by Mill Creek, and anyone else who has access to a public domain print of the film) that's been rereleased by Kino Lorber with a new commentary track. As fans of these kinds of movies, we're collectors, and as much as our wallets might cry about it, we'll spend a few extra bucks for interviews, commentary tracks, something more than a trailer and a screen of cast and crew information.

- Soundtrack album releases. Those who know me know that I'm a film score collector, and companies like Monstrous Movie Music make me VERY happy. Again, my wallet might not like it, but I'd love more soundtrack albums from these films.

- Mark of the Vampire was completed/released as originally intended. Bela Lugosi walking around with a gunshot wound in his head makes for an interesting visual, but there's no explanation, no reason for it as the film exists now. It would be nice to see what director Tod Browning and company originally had in mind for what could have been a really interesting movie.

- More Bela Lugosi. Speaking of my favorite Hungarian, I would have loved to see him get more work at Universal. Bring him back for House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula. Let him do more when he finally dons the monster make-up in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf-Man. Even today, the original Frankenstein seems to be more attention than the original Dracula (although I am happy that Dracula got the amazing restoration treatment in the recent Blu-ray release), and I feel that's been a massive injustice. From the beginning of his horror career, Bela Lugosi (for a number of different reasons) never got the same bump Karloff did, and that's just not fair.

- London After Midnight existed somewhere today. I'd like to think that it's out there somewhere. That a more complete version of the 1927 film Metropolis turned up a few years ago is pretty amazing, so maybe . . . MAYBE this lost Lon Chaney film will surface.

- More Captain Kronos films. Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter was intended to launch a franchise, and I would love to see more films in this series.

- I realize this is a little Lugosi-heavy, but whenever I watch 1932's The Murder in the Rue Morgue, I wish they didn't use a close-up of a real chimpanzee whenever they showed a close up of the primate's face. Charles Gemora was an amazing Gorilla Man, and did a great job in this film, but every time the camera cuts to a close-up of Erik the ape, the movie stutters for me and just feels cheap.

-  And, finally, I wish there was some way I could go back in time and watch all these classic monster movies I love today when they were first released theatrically!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A writing challenge for myself

Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

It's been a little while since I've updated Plan D. I've had a number of things happen over the past few months. We've brought Mail Order Zombie to a close. I've launched Monster Kid Radio. I'm writing a bit more, and that's what this post is about.

It's on.

I've been editing some short stories for a planned collection that I'll be releasing via Amazon later this year, and I've also been working on a small non-fiction project. While I've done some basic outlining for some fiction projects, I've not written any new fiction as of late, and that's going to change.

Starting in June, I'm starting a 5k-Every-7-Days Challenge. While I'd love to be able to put away more than 5000 words in a week's time, I don't want to set myself up to fail. That said, I do need to set myself up with some sort of goal or even deadline so that I can focus and get the work done. Add a little accountability to the proceedings by posting about it here at Plan D, and I'm suddenly VERY excited to start throwing down the words!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Thursday Thirteen: April Check-In

 


I haven't done a check in like this for a couple months, so I thought I'd look back at what I set as my 2013 goals to see where I'm at so far.

- More time and experiences with Brenda. The weather changed (for the better), and Brenda and I have started taking short walks last week. It's still difficult sometimes time-wise to fit everything in during the day/week, but when we do get the schedules to work out, it's great. Just last night, I took Brenda to a performance of Shen Yun 2013 (I got us tickets as a Christmas present last year), and we had a great time. (I'm also working at creating some new experiences for "just me" as well, and that's going well. I've been working with a local film company, and learning a lot about various sides of the film industry I knew nothing about; I'm exploring and getting better acquainted with Portland-area businesses I've always meant to get to knew better; etc.)

- Write, write, write. I've got two short stories in various stages of completion. I'm fairly happy with how they are now (they're both in their final edits), and I look forward to setting them aside, calling them "done," and moving on to the next piece of fiction (and a piece of non-).

- Publish. Plans are still afoot, and I'm REALLY hoping to have something non-fiction ready to roll by the end of May.

- Stop doing things that feel like "a job" when it's not my job. I'm on top of this.

- Slimming down. Last month, I fell. Twice. And I'm ashamed to say that I let that be an excuse as to why I stopped getting on the treadmill. I've got degenerative disc disease, and I aggravated my back when I fell. While it was a valid excuse to take it easy, I haven't necessarily made getting back on the treadmill a priority. This morning, I stepped on it for the first time in over a month, and I plan to make that machine part of my morning routine again.

- Slimming down our home. I put three items on eBay. Does that count?

- Sorting comics. Nothin'.

- Continue consuming and promoting media outside of my comfort zone. As I type this, I'm listening to a podcast devoted to film music. Accompanying it on my iPod are podcasts about Oregon history, writing, the Indiana Jones franchise, horror movies, and self-motivation. Movie-wise, I've watched more classic genre cinema as of late than anything else, and book-wise, I'm currently reading Sean Howe's Marvel Comics: The Untold Story and Stephen D. Sullivan's Blue Kingdoms: Zombies, Werewolves, & Unicorns. I don't know if I'm completely out of my comfort zone right now or not, but I do enjoy what media I'm consuming.

- Cut back on mindless media consumption. I'm still doing good here. I don't finish movies that bore me. I make very good use of Amazon's ability to allow me to sample a few pages of a book before buying it for my Kindle.

- Consolidate/organize my media. I just started the process of pulling movies out of my DVD collection I no longer need/want.

- Finances. Not so good. That's all I want to say about that right now.

- Getting involved in the local "geek" or "genre" scene. I've got the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu-Con coming up (I'll never miss that), and at the end of May, I'll be attending Wonder Northwest (for the first time).

- Podcasting. As we announced in last week's episode of Mail Order Zombie, we're bringing that podcast to an end by the end of the month. I'm still going to produce 1951 Down Place, and I've got something else in the works. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Argoman, The Fantastic Superman showing at the Clinton Street Theater March 23rd!


Join Dorado Films and local podcaster Derek M. Koch for a special screening of 1967's Argoman, The Fantastic Superman at Portland's Clinton Street Theater March 23, 2013! Played by Roger Browne, Argoman is the only superhero who can stop Jenabell (Dominique Boschero) and her bid for power and riches. Can Argoman save us? Join Derek and Dorado at the Clinton to find out!

http://www.cstpdx.com/show/dorado-films-presents-fantastic-argoman

Thursday, March 7, 2013

How do you spell that? What's your name again?

Two new episodes of PULPED! The New Pulp Podcast turned up in my iTunes this morning, and I eagerly dropped them onto my iPod before heading out for the day. I'm a fan of this show, and as much as I enjoy the content, I also pay attention to the promotional breaks because, you know, I don't have enough books in my various To-Read piles.

An ad has been running on PULPED! for a while now promoting a book featuring a World War I veteran named Walter Steel (sp?) who goes to work for his politician brother, and finds himself surrounded by corruption and bodies, all set against the backdrop of 1920s Hollywood.

A pulpy mystery story set against classic Hollywood? Sign me up! But there was a problem. I couldn't find the book. The ad didn't mention a url address, the author's name identified as Stephen/Steven Jerrod/Jerritt/Jerad/Jarrod, and the title? Ten-a-Week Steel? Tin of Weak Steal? It's really hard to tell. The story sounds like a good read, and I like new pulp, and ever since I started hearing this ad run last year, the book's been on my radar.

I just couldn't find a way to give the author or publisher my attention or my money.

At the end of the ad, the name of the publisher is mentioned, and after a few minutes of Google-ing, I found the publisher's site. There was a Search bar, so I tried to run all the possible spellings of what I thought was the author's name . . . with no luck. Elsewhere on the site, I did find a link to the publisher's bookstore which did provide an option to search by Author Name. It was an alphabetical listing (by first name), and I finally found the book.

The author's name is Stephen Jared, and the title of the book in question is Ten a Week Steale (although the cover art shows it as Ten-a-Week Steale), which makes sense; if the lead character gets into private investigating or some other type of job and he charges ten dollars a week, the title works. But it's that name Steale that's been throwing me off for months. I get that this the character's name, and there's (hopefully) a reason for the more unique spelling of what is, essentially, Steel or Steele, but it certainly makes it tough to track down the book if all we have to go from is an ad on an audio podcast.

I really enjoy the PULPED! podcast, and this isn't a dig at that show, and it's not a dig at Stephen Jared's book, either (haven't read it yet, but when I do, I'll talk about it here at Plan D). But it does bring into focus how important it is for someone to be able to find you and your work online. A keyword search needs to turn up the results you want associated with yourself or your work.

Author Joanna Penn is another podcaster whose show - The Creative Penn - finds its way onto my iPod on a regular basis. She's the author of Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!, but this wasn't the name of the book to begin with. Rather, it used to be called How to Love Your Job or Find A New One, but as she discussed on a recent episode of her podcast as well as on her blog, keyword searches just weren't drawing the traffic to How to Love Your Job or Find a New One. So she changed the title of her book to something that draws more attention and traffic in keyword searches.

I don't know if you could do that with a novel that takes its name from the name of the novel's main character, but maybe when it comes to advertising the book, either in a podcast or on a website, make the spelling of the title clear.

This is all from a guy whose last name is pronounced 'COOK' despite how it's spelled . . . and uses that last name as part of his own url address . . . 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Not for the pats-on-the-back (or, "My wife told me to do what?")

Recently, filmmaker Richard Griffin (Beyond the Dunwich Horror, Nun of That, The Disco Exorcist, and the upcoming Dr. Frankenstein's Wax Museum of the Hungry Dead) posted on his Facebook wall what he observed to be the difference between fame and success. On the surface, I know the difference. My late grandfather would joke about how I could be famous as a writer if I just wrote some sort of tell-all book about a politician (and included lots of details about their sex life), and I would laugh and joke that I wasn't looking for fame. I was only looking to be successful as a writer (of non-tell-all books).

But it's hard (for me) in the creative arts I currently pursue. As a writer, I know that I'll get closer to that success if I produce prose longer than 5,000 words, but the short stories? I can bang those out, edit them, and get them out there for people's Kindle in a short amount of time. Griffin said:
I think with the internet we're getting too accustomed to instant gratification when it comes to our art. We're all looking for the our cyber pat-on-the-back instead of just letting the work speak for ourselves and being satisfied with the results.

He's entirely right, at least as far as my own productivity has been lately. Write a short story, produce a podcast, put it out there, wait for the pats-on-the-back. And in some cases, I've become entirely too dependent on the pats-on-the-back.
I believe the key is just to be happy with your work. Do your best, and do it for yourself first, and if you think it's quality...chances are other people will as well. Don't sweat being famous, the odds are stacked against you anyways.
In my heart, I know I'm not pursuing my various creative endeavors because I want to be "famous." But sometimes there's a childish part of my brain that wants a little attention, and it gets a little unruly from time to time.

The instant gratification internet machine has made it difficult for me to keep perspective on the WHY of why I do the things I do. I produce two podcasts because I love podcasting. I write because I love writing. Sure, there's a mercenary element to it when I think about putting my writing out for sale since I do want the writing to become a significant part of my income. In the end, I need to do the work that I enjoy doing BECAUSE I enjoy doing it.

Earlier this week, I got hung up on foolishly feeling like I wasn't getting the deserved recognition for something I was doing. I had some other things going on in my head, and I allowed myself to get stuck so much that I had a mini-mental-meltdown over what will, ultimately, be a menial footnote in the final story of my creative endeavors. I'm not proud of how I acted/reacted, and I need to keep in mind that while it's nice to get those pats-on-the-back, that's not the point. It's about doing a good job on the things that I enjoy.
Doing this is actually harder than it sounds.
Yes it is, Mr. Griffin . . . yes it is. I'm trying to keep that in mind.

(I have some great friends that did more than their fair share by listening to me spiral into that weird depression that day. My wife read the email exchanges, and she said they "did everything right" in terms of how they handled their friend Derek getting lost in his own head. Granted, my wife also texted me to tell me I need to work on developing some "self soothing" skills. It would have been awkward if I tried self soothing myself at the time as I was at the waiting room at the doctor's office, though.)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Thursday Thirteen: Film Stuff

 

Man cannot live by zombie movies alone. Or Hammer films. Or horror movies in general. At least, THIS man can't. I love good film, and a lot of my favorite films aren't zombie/Hammer/horror films at all.

While there were some times in my life during which I eschewed certain types of films (I remember telling my mom I thought the movies she watched on American Movie Classics weren't any good because there were in black and white - I was a dumb little kid), I'm trying to make up for that now. I'm known as a monster guy these days (for better or worse), but the following are Thirteen Film Things I Wish I Knew More About (that's a mouthful):

- Kaiju films. In April 2012, I saw King Kong vs. Godzilla at a local theater, and, as I posted back then, I felt an obsession take hold. I went back to the beginning, and watched the original Godzilla (two different versions on the excellent Criterion Blu-ray release as well as a DVD release with a different commentary track). This movie was GOOD. I've since been working my way through Toho's kaiju films with the occasional diversion into Gamera territory every since, and have been having a BLAST. I do regret that I didn't watch these movies growing up as I think I would have been best served watching Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and the rest as a younger movie fan; as I watch them now, I find myself picking apart the details, noticing the technical accomplishments/flaws, etc. I've actually watched more documentaries and YouTube videos about the making of the kaiju films than the films themselves, and I'd like to get back to "just" watching the movies. (And listening to the Kaijucast is just so much fun!)

- On the Beach. I had an opportunity to watch the Stanley Kramer-directed 1959 film for Mail Order Zombie back in 2011, and it quickly became one of my favorite new-to-me films of the year. I vowed back then to learn more about the movie itself, and have Philip R. Davey's book When Hollywood Came to Melbourne on my Kindle . . . but haven't read it yet. I'll get to it . . . at some point . . .

- Spaghetti Westerns. I'm learning, and enjoying it. I've been a fan of movies like Django for a while now, but I've never really delved too deeply into this (sub-)genre over the years. I'm making up for lost time now, have been working through books like Any Gun Can Play (which took its title from a 1967 film of the same name . . . which is all kinds of fun!), and have been working with a local film company that's showing some classic Spaghetti Western films here in town - like this upcoming showing!

- Non-Universal classic horror and sci-fi films. Recently, I had an opportunity to talk at length with someone about 1958's The Fly, and I realized I haven't watched enough of these classic genre films from studios other than Universal. Maybe it's because when I first started getting into these films, the Universal films were the easiest to find (they were well-branded and well-placed at the video rental shops), and it didn't help that most documentaries I had access to at the time were Universal-produced so I only learned about the Universal monsters and company. I've filled in a lot of the cinematic gaps in my library and memory, but there's so many more out there I still need to see!

- Superhero films. Okay, you ready? You have your pair of scissors out? I've got my geek card right here. Let me hold it out in front of me . . . so you can cut it up when I tell you I've not watched ANY of the current cycle of Marvel superhero films . . . or any of the Nolan-directed Batman films . . . they just don't call to me. I mean, it's cool if they're not "for me," and I'm not a big Joss Whedon fan anyway, so it's not like I feel like I'm missing out by not seeing The Avengers, but . . . I don't know. Occasionally, I wonder if I'm missing out, but at this point, it feels like there's a LOT of superhero-movie-minutes out there I'd need to consume if I'm going to catch up. You know what really got me to thinking about this? Marvel's/Disney's announcement that a Doctor Strange movie is in the works. Doctor Strange? By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth!

- Lucha films. You can't be a listener of the B-Movie Cast and not know a little something about El Santo. And, truth be told, I've known a little bit about this (sub-)genre for a little while . . . in that I knew it existed. But I just didn't "get it." I hadn't watched any of the films - not even the El Santo films - so I was completely in the dark when it came to masked Mexican wrestlers fighting the forces of evil. I finally got around to watching one of them - Mil Mascares vs. The Aztec Mummy - and LOVED it. It's goofy and ridiculous and over-the-top-(rope?), but, man, it was a blast. And last year, I read Keith J. Rainville's Zombi Mexicano, and started making a list of titles I need to track down. I understand it might be a bit more difficult to track these films down - in English or at least with English subtitles - but I'm looking forward to whatever I can find!

- Mummy films. Speaking of mummy films . . . or not . . . I'm a sucker for a good mummy movie. Of course, there's the Universal and Hammer films, but I've stumbled across a few other classic mummy films over the years, and maybe it's the proto-slasher-ness of them, but I love 'em. Even something as goofy as Dawn of the Mummy is fun (for me) to watch. During the black-and-white days, Universal was the home of THE Mummy Movie, but other studios took a chance with a mummy film here and there as well (like 1957's Pharoah's Curse - which I liked - and 1958's Curse of the Faceless Man - which I haven't seen yet, but it's on my Amazon wishlist), so there's plenty out there for me to unearth.

- The Planet of the Apes franchise. If there's anything left of my geek card after getting it hacked up over not watching any of the current wave of superhero films, you might as well just take it away now and set whatever reamains on fire. I was talking with my friend Scott the other day, and revealed upon him a great and terrible secret: I've never watched these films in their entirety. I've seen parts of the first film, and I guess I saw the Tim Burton film (ugh), but that's it.

- Amicus. And speaking of talking with a friend and realizing I missed out on something, my friend Larry is a huge fan of the Amicus films, and you'd think someone who is so into Hammer and falls before the altar of Peter Cushing would have most of the Amicus films in his movie collection, but that's not the case. I've seen a handful - Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a particular favorite - but Larry's got me beat in the Amicus department.

- The kinds of movies that keep turning up on TCM. Like I said at the beginning of this, I gave my mom grief over the kinds of movies she'd watch on her movie channels. While she wouldn't be caught dead watching what plays on the channel-previously-known-as-American Movies Classics today, I don't know what she'd think if she watched me as I spend about half-an-hour every weekend with the DVR's remote control, scanning the upcoming week's schedule for movies that catch my eye. Unfortunately, I end up scheduling a number of movies - both feature-length and shorts - that I never have time/DVR-space to watch!

- Euorspy films. Working with Dorado Films, I've discovered this (sub-)genre, and it's a blast! I knew James Bond had a worldwide impact, and I suppose it makes sense that European filmmakers would take some inspiration from the Bond franchise and make their own films (they did it with Westerns and zombie films). Agent 077 as portrayed by Ken Clark has become a particular favorite of mine, and if there are other Eurospy films out there like Agent Bloody Mary, From the Orient With Fury, and Special Mission Lady Chaplin, I'm in for a treat!

- The movies I have on my shelves that I haven't watched yet. Does this really need any further explanation?

- Beach movies, especially those produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff. Don't judge me. I don't have to explain myself to you.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

1/12th of 2013 behind me - how am I doing so far?

I thought I'd look back at the resolutions I set for myself last month, and see how I'm doing so far.

- More time and experiences with Brenda. We're doing better at coordinating our weekends and free time, but I always want more! (Unexpected side effect - after having a great weekend with Brenda, Mondays are REALLY tough!) We haven't had any new "experiences," though . . .

- Write, write, write. I finished a short story last month that's cooling a bit before I take another pass at it. After that, I'll hand it off to some beta readers and I'll go from there. I'm currently working on another short story now, plotting/outlining a novel, and trying to make sense of all the other seeds and threads in my brain. (I've been struggling with all the different stories and types of stories I want to write; everything's getting jumbled up in my brain and I can't seem to get them all out. Someone in my writing support group called it "logodiarhhea.")

- Publish. Nothing yet. Plans are afoot . . .

- Stop doing things that feel like "a job" when it's not my job. More plans are afoot . . .

- Slimming down. I'm ashamed to say that I've made no (cumulative) progress. I got back on the treadmill a bit, dropped some pounds, then added them back on. I'm still at 328 pounds.

- Slimming down our home. Nothing done here.

- Sorting comics. Outside of pulling out some collected editions of Geoff Johns' Justice Society of America to read, I've done nothing with my comics.

- Continue consuming and promoting media outside of my comfort zone. I've read more pulp and other assorted fiction in January than I did in any one month last year. I've listened to more non-horror podcasts. It's been good.

- Cut back on mindless media consumption. I no longer feel the need to finish a movie just because I started it (even if my original intention was to finish it for a podcast review), and I've been able to start removing books from my Kindle if they aren't grabbing me within the first few pages. I don't watch a lot of "crap TV" these days, and I'd like to continue this trend.

- Consolidate/organize my media. Nothing done here.

- Finances. We are about to get hit with some expenses that we weren't planning on, so things are looking tight.

- Getting involved in the local "geek" or "genre" scene. I've been working with Dorado Films and we've made some decisions/inquiries about being involved in an upcoming Portland-based pop culture convention.

- Podcasting. Plans are afoot.



So that's, what, four-and-a-half or so non-failures out of thirteen goals? While that's less than a 50% success rate, I'm refusing to get too down about it. I've got 11 more months to turn all of these into successes!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Plan D's Horror Hall of Fame - 2013

First, Rich (the podcast legend known as "Richard from Wichita") over at Monster Movie Kid posted his Horror Hall of Fame (and he was inspired by a podcast). Then Barry at Monsterminions posted his Horror Hall of Fame. So why not? I'll take a turn at this.

For his Hall of Fame, Barry defined "horror," and I'll follow his lead by also relying on The Script Lab's Horror Film definition:

Horror film is a genre that aims to create a sense of fear, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience.

I'm going to follow Rich's lead by using 1973 as my cut-off point between "classic" and "modern" horror when selecting the film entries (three "classic" and three "modern") in the Plan D Horror Hall of Fame. I'll be using some of Rich's and Barry's categories while adding some of my own. There will only be a maximum of three honorees for each category.

Horror Film Up-to-1973 (the year The Exorcist was released)
Dracula (1931)
Psycho (1960)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Horror Film Post-1973
Jaws (1975)
Alien (1979)
Halloween (1978)

Actor
Tom Atkins
Peter Cushing
Bela Lugosi

Actress 
Evelyn Ankers
Jamie Lee Curtis
Ingrid Pitt

Director
John Carpenter
Terence Fisher
James Whale

Special Make-Up
Rick Baker
Phil Leakey
Jack Pierce

Writer (Screenplay)
Jack Hill
Jimmy Sangster
Curt Siodmak

Writer (Prose)
H. P. Lovecraft
Stephen King
Richard Matheson

Personality
Elvira
Boris Karloff
Vincent Price

(I had a lot of fun putting this together, and look forward to revisiting the idea next year! What do you say, Rich and Barry? Shall we make this an annual thing?)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Words Up, Weight Down - 1/16/13

Actually started getting on the treadmill . . . two days ago . . . for only 20 minutes at a shot. I'm not surprised that my weight has actually gone up a bit. The scale put me at 328 this morning, and considering my overall energy level, my still feeling a little sick, and that I've not made the time I need to really focus on getting on the treadmill and/or making my own lunch to take to work, I'm not shocked. I'm not going to beat myself up too much about it, but I am going to try harder to reset my routine the rest of this week.

On the writing front, I've been working on a Marc Temple short story which currently has a word count of 2,571 words. I'm hoping for the final count to come in at around 3,000 words when it's finished. I'm hoping for the first draft to be done by week's end.

Speaking of which, I should get to work. I'm on a lunch break, I've got my laptop, and Marc's got a monster to dispatch.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Words Up, Weight Down - 1/9/13 (The Return!)

This morning before work, before breakfast, before the morning cup of coffee, I pulled out an old . . . I don't know if I'd call it a "friend," but I pulled out the scale and stepped on it for the first time in nearly a month.

I fell off of my treadmill-in-the-morning-tracking-all-of-my-food-intake routine at the end of October, and every week since then, I've had a reason or two (most of them good) as to why I hadn't got back into the swing of things. I hurt my back. It's Halloween. I was sick. Birthday. Christmas. Whatever. It's time to get back to it if I'm ever going to hit my goal weight.

I've never publicly shared what my weight actually is on Plan D or anywhere else. But, if I intend to REALLY stick to it, I'm going to go ahead and put it out there. I'd been hesitant because I'm embarrassed by my weight, and (even at my age by others around my age) I've been ridiculed because of it. But I'm going to own it, and let people know that when I first started getting serious about this at the beginning of August 2012, I weighed in at 342 pounds. I managed to get down to 311 pounds last November, and after getting back on the scale this morning, I found I'm at 325 pounds.

I know I'm a bigger guy at 6'4", but this is too much for me, and I need to get back on the treadmill. I hope it remembers me.

On the writing-front, the end of 2012 saw a few things happen that derailed me a bit (some of the same excuses I found/created as mentioned above), but 2013 is going to be AMAZING. I have a support system in place, two short stories in various stages of development, a novel starting to take shape, and a plan. A REAL plan. More on that magical plan later this month . . .

I've had to rearrange some things in my life to make/allow more time for the things that make me truly happy, and writing is one of those things. I was joking with a friend of mine on Facebook just last night and said, "2013 will be the Year of the D."

I've decided that's not going to be joke. I will get to a healthier weight, and there will be more releases "by Derek M. Koch" available for your Kindle this year.

I'm eager to share with you my ongoing progress along the way.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I get Down...

I was going to post something about how disappointed I was with a DC Comics trade paperback I finally read, but ultimately decided against it, but I was distracted when Brenda and I realized the US season premiere of Downton Abbey was on On-Demand.

I love that show. (And, yeah, I can admit it. I'm down with Downton Abbey. Now free John Bates!)

(Tomorrow is Wednesday, and I feel like returning to something familiar . . . stay tuned . . . )

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Thursday Thirteen: Resolutions, 2013-style

 

The Thursday Thirteen is a recurring feature here at Plan D in which I post a list of 13 items/movies/books/etc. of any given category. Since it's the start of the new year and it's the annual time to put resolutions and goals down in some sort of fixed form, that's the focus of this Thursday Thirteen.

- More time and experiences with Brenda. I tend not to do these T13 lists in any particular order, but this time, this really is my Number 1. 2012 had more ups and downs than a roller coaster it seems (I assume so since I've never been on one), but no matter how down things might have gotten, the ups of spending time with and doing things with Bren have . . . more than made up for them? I don't know if that's the best way to put it, but the bottom line is this: I need more Brenda-time. One of my favorite moments of 2012 happened just last month. Brenda and I came home from running some errands or something (I've forgotten, because it didn't matter), and the power was out. While Brenda found as many candles as she could and started lighting them, I ran across the street to buy enough batteries to run our electric lantern while we waited for the power to come back on. Once we had enough light to see, we pulled out an old card game we used to play YEARS ago (when we lived in Montana), reminded ourselves of the rules, and had a lot of fun. It reminded me how much fun playing (non-video) games with my wife is, and since then, we've made it a point to play more games (even if the power was on). And one of the things I've missed in 2012? Not doing as many "things" with Brenda, so I'm hoping in 2013, we can take a few short trips, do some new things, and remember to bring a deck of cards with us just in case.

- Write, write, write. This is also near the top of my list. I'm not going to lay out as many writing goals as I have in the past (I'm trying to avoid setting myself up with unreasonable expectations), but I am taking with me all the lessons I've learned this past year in terms of how I'm the most productive, when I'm not, what my blocks/excuses are, etc. I'm excited about what 2013 will bring!

- Publish. Granted, the writing has to happen first, but I've some exciting publishing planned for 2013, too!

- Stop doing things that feel like "a job" when it's not my job. This is as vague but as specific as I care to get about a lot of things happening in my life right now. There is something to be said for working at something as if it's a job until it can BECOME your job, but sometimes I let things become commitments (or "jobs") that really don't warrant the kind of time, attention, and energy, they end up absorbing.

- Slimming down. I haven't done a Words Up, Weight Down in two-and-a-half months. I'm not beating myself up over it, but I do acknowledge that I've slipped back into bad habits since Halloween. This month, I'll finally weigh in again (slightly terrified of what the scale will tell me), and get back on that treadmill.

- Slimming down our home. We have a lot of "stuff." I grew up with some packrat tendencies, and that's carried over into my adulthood. I have books I'll never read again. Movies I'll never watch again. Clothes I can't/won't wear again. Too. Much. Stuff. I don't quite know what we'll do with it all yet.

- But I do know what I'll be doing with my comics. I haven't touched some of my comic books in YEARS. One half of the closet in the guest room is filled with comic book boxes, and they're a MESS. Nothing's really organized anymore. Comics - some with bags and boards, some with just bags, and some completely naked - have been shoved into those boxes in a mostly haphazard fashion, and I need to spend some time to make some order of that four-color-pocalypse that's weighing me down.

- Continue consuming and promoting media outside of my comfort zone. Because of Mail Order Zombie, I'm known as a "zombie guy," but some of my favorite "discoveries" in 2012 (and previous years) have been shows, movies, books, and even podcasts outside of my "horror brand." And I'm okay with that. It's time to grow . . .

- Cut back on mindless media consumption. If I can do something else while something's on the television and not miss too much or even care, I might want to consider moving my butt from the chair in front of the TV to the chair in front of Scrivener.

- Consolidate/organize my media. This is partly as extension of my wanting to declutter our home, but it also has to do with having too many DVD-Rs stacked beside my computer, not knowing which hard drive has the latest version of my writing-project-in-progress, or forgetting whether or not I've backed up my music collection off on my iPod. It's maddening sometimes to have my laptop but not have the one file I need for whatever I'm working on, and knowing that it's on a thumb drive sitting near my desktop at home.

Finances. 'Nuff said.

- I'm struggling to come up with a short way of describing getting more involved in the local convention scene, working with a film company, connecting with other podcasts in the area, etc., so let's just call it more fuel for my fire. I don't know what that means, really, but 2013 is looking to be a big year for the fan and geek communities in the Portland-area, and I'm excited to see how involved I can be in the various upcoming events.

- Podcasting. This is a big one because it's been such a big part of my/our life for the past four years. It's not going anywhere. I'll continue podcasting. I'm just going to be smarter about how I podcast so that I can make sure it doesn't become one of those "job" things I mentioned earlier.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What I Read in 2012 (offered without comment)

Title - Author
Kronos - Guy Adams
11/22/1963 - Stephen King (ebook)
Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality - Ronald L. Mallett and Bruce Henderson (ebook)
Lucky Southern Star, The: Reflections from the Black Lagoon - Julia Adams (with Mitchell Danton)
Chance in Hell - Patrick Kampman (ebook)
Nobody Gets the Girl - James Maxey (ebook)
Lobo Gray - L. L. Foreman
Drowning City, The (The Necromancer Chronicles) - Amanda Downum (ebook)
Wearing the Cape - Marion G. Harmon (ebook)
Villains Inc. - Marion G. Harmon (ebook)
After the Golden Age - Carrie Vaughn (ebook)
Wild Cards I - George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust (ebook)
Masked - Edited by Lou Anders (ebook)
Assembled!: Five Decades of Earth's Mightiest Unauthorized Opinions, Analysis, and More! - Edited by Van Plexico
Wild Cards II: Aces High - George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust (ebook)
Texas Rangers - James Reasoner (ebook)
Sentinels: When Strikes the Warlod - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Playing for Keeps - Mur Lafferty (ebook)
Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys, The - Mick Farren
Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong - Mark Cotta Vaz
Robert E. Howard Reader, The - Edited by Darrel Schweitzer
Dreams in the Fire: Stories and Poetry Inspired by Robert E. Howard - Edited by Mark Finn and Chris Gruber
Thirteenth Sacrifice, The: A Witch Hunt Novel - Debbie Viguie (ebook)
Laws of Time - Jeff Yee (ebook)
Who Framed Boris Karloff? - Dwight Kemper
Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies - Robert Sklar
In the Dark: A Life and Times in a Movie Theater (Special Edition) - Scott Cherney (ebook)
Skinvestigator, The: Tramp Stamp (Sunshine State Trilogy #1) - Terry Cronin (ebook)
Hammer Films on Location - Wayne Kinsey and Gordon Thomson
Skinvestigator, The: Rash Guard (Sunshine State Trilogy #2) - Terry Cronin (ebook)
Murder on Tiki Island: A Noir Paranormal Mystery In The Florida Keys - Christopher Pinto (ebook)
Horror Show - Greg Kihn
Cabin in the Woods, The: The Official Visual Companion - Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Shadows in the Mist - Brian Moreland (ebook)
Creature from the Black Lagoon - Carl Dreadstone
B-Movie Attack - Alan Spencer (ebook)
Bite Me: Big Easy Nights - Marion G. Harmon (ebook)
Zombi Mexicano - Keith J. Rainville
Monster Aces - Edited by Percival Constantine (ebook)
Sentinels: A Distant Star - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Sentinels: Apocalypse Rising - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Sentinels: The Shiva Advent - Van Allen Plexico (ebook)
Riders to the Stars - Curt Siodmak

What I Watched in 2012 (offered without comment)

Title (Format)
Attack of the Octopus People, The (Video)
Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (Video)
And She Learned About Dames (Video)
Return from Nowhere (Video)
Night Descends on Treasure Island (Video)
Collective, The - Vol. 2 (Video)
Enter the Dragon (Video)
DeadHeads (Video)
Cry of the Werewolf (Video)
Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (Video)
Three the Hard Way (Video)
Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Video)
Hard Rock Zombies (Video)
Pop Punk Zombies (Video)
Dead, The (2010) (Video)
Hollywood Without Make-Up (Video)
I Am Nancy (Video)
Dead Genesis (Video)
Van, The (1977) (Video)
Hollywood Story (1951) (Video)
Shadows of Suspense (Video)
Dick Barton: Special Agent (Video)
Reel Paradise (Video)
Kansas City Bomber (Video)
Zaat (Blu-ray)
Corman's World (Video)
Vampire Lovers, The (Video)
Legend of Hammer - Vampires (Video)
Zombie Apocalypse (2011) (Video)
Man Without a Country, The (1937) (Video)
Night Creatures (Video)
Zombie Doomsday (Video)
Wife's Life, A (Video)
Destination Mars (Video)
Zombedy (Video)
POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Blu-ray)
Paranoaic (Blu-ray)
Hunger Games, The (Theater)
Five Minutes from the Station (Video)
FDR American Badass! (Theater)
Chrysalis (Theater)
Felix (Theater)
Hotel - Room 33 (Theater)
Morning Movement (Theater)
Secret Club (Theater)
F*** Was That, The: A Unicorn Documentary (Theater)
Gay Who Wasn't Gay Enough, The (Theater)
Padlock, The (Theater)
There She Is . . . (Theater)
Tooth Fairy Trouble (Theater)
Saving Face (Video)
Hot Coffee (Streaming)
Quatermass Xperiment, The (1955) (Video)
Nightmare City (Video)
Tales of the Contaminated City (Video)
Monster Brawl (Theater)
Night Shift of the Vampire (Theater)
Easter Bunny is Eating My Candy, The (Theater)
ReRe-Animated (Theater)
Copy (Theater)
Cargols! (Snails!) (Theater)
Spider (Theater)
SMBC Theater: BJ Bond (Theater)
The Devil's Toy (Theater)
C-Stand (Theater)
Curtain (Theater)
Blackwater Gospel (Theater)
Hold The Mayo (Theater)
Bear (Theater)
SMBC Theater: Mad Scientist (Theater)
A River In The Woods (Theater)
Bedfellows (Theater)
Vicki (Theater)
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (Streaming)
Return of Dracula, The (Video)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (Theater)
Terror Experiment, The (Video)
Doctor of Doom (1963) (Video)
Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (Video)
Collective, The - Vol. 3 (Video)
Ambidextrocity (Theater)
Bedtime for Timmy (Theater)
Black Pharaoh (Theater)
Cultist Co. Starter Pack (Theater)
Doctor Glamour (Theater)
Midnight, the Stars, and Lovecraft (Theater)
Stay at Home Dad (Theater)
Curse of Yig, The (Theater)
Evil Clergyman, The (Theater)
Tunnel, The (Theater)
Cell Phone Psycho (Theater)
Cthonic Doodling (Theater)
DumbShow (Theater)
Fortuna (Theater)
Nightgaunts (Theater)
Vadim (Theater)
A Lot of Evil (Theater)
Coda (Theater)
GAMMA (Theater)
Re-Animate Her (Theater)
Shadow Out of Time (Theater)
Shine (Theater)
Space Bugs (Theater)
Barbarian Days (Theater)
Old Dark House, The (1932) (Video)
Old Dark House, The (1963) (Video)
King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (Video)
Juan de los muertos (Juan of the Dead) (Theater)
House of Ghosts (Video)
Pirahna-Man vs. Werewolf-Man: Howl of the Pirahna (Video)
Squirm (Theater)
Freakshow Apocalypse (Video)
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (Blu-ray)
Her Honor, The Nurse (Video)
Godzilla (1954) (Blu-ray)
She (1965) (Video)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (Blu-ray)
She's Out of My League (Video)
Robot Monster (Video)
Projection Room (1939) (Video)
Night Intruder (Video)
Crime Does Not Pay Subject, A: The Luckiest Guy in the World (Video)
Dead Want Women, The (Video)
Zombies vs. Strippers (Video)
Dead Hate the Living, The (Video)
Exit Humanity (Video)
War of the Dead (Video)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Theater)
Soundman, The (1950) (Video)
Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle (Video)
Earth vs. The Spider (Video)
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (Video)
Back to Black: The Making of Dracula Prince of Darkness (Video)
Thunder Alley (Video)
Zombie on the Loose (Video)
Cost of the Living: A Zom Rom Com Movie (Video)
Man Who Makes a Difference, The (Video)
Invisible Man Returns, The (Video)
Shop Talk (Video)
Invasion of the Reptoids (Video)
She-Wolf of London (Video)
Total Recall (2012) (Theater)
Desolation (Video)
Negadon: The Monster From Mars (Video)
Daily Beauty Rituals (Video)
Godzilla Raids Again (Video)
Fright Night (2011) (Video (Projected Outside))
Plan Nine From Outer Space (Filmusik Live Soundtrack) (Video (Projected Outside))
Collective, The - Vol. 4 (Video)
Humans Versus Zombies (Video)
Shark is Still Working, The (Blu-ray)
Sin-Copation (Video)
ParaNorman 3D (Theater)
Zombie A-Hole (Video)
Gamera vs. Zigra (Filmusik Live Soundtrack) (Video (Projected Outside))
Twins of Evil (Blu-ray)
Flesh and the Fury, The: X-posing Twins of Evil (Blu-ray)
Living Dead Girl, The (Blu-ray)
Velvet Vampire, The (Video)
Deadly Spawn, The (Theater)
Pharoah's Curse (Video)
Beast of Hollow Mountain, The (Video)
Cruise of the Zaca (Video)
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Monsters! (Blu-ray)
Devil Monster (Video)
Playgirls and the Vampire, The (Video)
Unnamable, The (Video)
Monster Bash Memories: 1997-2000 (Video)
Monster Bash: 2001 (Video)
Monster Bash: 2002 (Video)
You Can't Fool a Camera (Video)
Mist, The (Video (Projected Outside))
I Eat Your Skin (Video)
Zombie Proof (Video)
Screaming in High Heels: The Rise & Fall of the Scream Queen Era (Video)
Strippers vs. Werewolves (Blu-ray)
Screen Writer, The (1950) (Video)
Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood (Video)
People on Paper (Video)
Destination Hitchcock (Video)
James Cagney: Top of the World (Video)
Blaming George Romero (Video)
Hell is a City (Video)
Fabulous Fraud, The (1948) (Video)
City of Children (Video)
Cabin in the Woods, The (Blu-ray)
Nothing But the Night (Video)
Day of the B-Movie, The (Video)
Girl on the Run (Video)
Werewolf Fever (Video)
Magnetic Monster, The (Video)
Merchandise Mart, The (Video)
Night of the Big Heat (Video)
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (Video)
Fridat the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (Video)
We Never Sleep (1956) (Video)
Dracula: The Restoration (Blu-ray)
Dracula (1931) (Blu-ray)
Creep, The (2001) (Video)
Artifact (Theater)
Brutal Relax (Theater)
In[B]etween (Theater)
Captured Bird, The (Theater)
Shunned House, The (2012) (Theater)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Theater)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Blu-ray)
Crisis in Morality (Video)
Frankenstein vs. The Creature from Blood Cove (Video)
Remains (Video)
Frankenstein (1931) (Theater)
Bride of Frankenstein, The (Theater)
Night Fright (Video)
Zombies and Cigarettes (Video)
Paris By Night of the Living Dead (Video)
Bitten (Video)
How to Make a Monster (1958) (Video)
Mummy's Shroud, The (Blu-ray)
Monster Squad, The (Blu-ray)
Whisperer in Darkness, The (Blu-ray)
Messiah of Evil (Video)
[REC] 2 (Streaming)
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Theater)
Milpitas Monster, The (Video)
Bay, The (2012) (Streaming)
Cockneys vs. Zombies (Video)
They Said They Were Here to Help (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Voice Over (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
(se) XX_Z (ombie) (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Big Trouble in Little China (Blu-ray)
X: The Unknown (Video)
Making of The Mummy's Shroud, The (Blu-ray)
Little Bit Zombie, A (Video)
Dead Things Outside Your Door, The - Parts 1 & 2 (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Conan the Barbarian (2011) (Blu-ray)
From Beyond (Video)
Bald Headed Blues: A Doctormentary on Sarcofiguy (Video)
Mini-Skirt Mob, The (Video)
Paranoia en Forumi Vision (Interview w/ Joe Dante on "Matinee") (Blu-ray)
Operation: Nazi Zombies (Video)
A (gore)aphobic (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Consumption of the Heart (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Zombie Soup (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Blu-ray)
Let Me In (Blu-ray)
Gatling Gun (1968) (Video)
Men in Suits (Video)
From the Orient wih Fury (Video)
Spooky Stuff - The Zombie File (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
Marauders (Collective, The - Vol. 5) (Video)
From Romero to Rome: The Rise and Fall of the Italian Zombie Film (Blu-ray)
Plague of the Zombies, The (Blu-ray)
Raising the Dead: The Making of "The Plague of the Zombies" (Blu-ray)
Smush! A DeadHeads Short (Streaming)
Living Impaired, The (Video)
Lizard in a Woman's Skin, A (Video)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World (Video)
Present with a Future, A (Video)
Pitch Perfect (Streaming)
Mission Bloody Mary (Theater)
From the Orient wih Fury (Theater)
Any Gun Can Play (Theater)
Gatling Gun (1968) (Theater)
Visit to Santa, A (Video)
Emergency Doctor (1956) (Video)
Les Misérables (2012) (Theater)