Monday, January 11, 2016

R.I.P David Bowie

I was deeply saddened by the news of the tragic passing of rock Icon David Bowie. I thought he was the ultimate trend setter in both music and stage performance of his era. As Ziggy Stardust he set the precedent for glam rock bands and to a degree, Hair bands as well. His crossover to films was exceptional too. I thought his portrayal of 'Labyrinth's' The Goblin King was ten times better than any Hollywood regular could achieve  and his delving into obscure subjects, such as the Occult was also a testament to his artistry. I grew up listening to him and will never forget all of his fantastic contributions to everything he was involved with. He truly had a golden touch

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Problem with 'Dreams'

'Dream'. The word itself con notates images of subconscious and non-attainable fantasies beyond all sense of imagination. I find it quite ironic that when people discuss the subjects of achieving goals, especially when they pertain to ones destiny, the very terminology they use can actually be counterproductive. Even though I more than understand that no ill will is meant when someone says to anyone that they should always strive to 'live their dreams', I honestly believe they should spend more time to decipher what it is they really mean. Specifics might be more along the lines of 'Strive to attain your highest aspirations'  or 'Achieve your most desirable potential' because I feel if your not totally specific, than anyone you might wish those positive influences on might waste more time 'chasing' the dream than actually living it. When you consider that a dream is little more than an uncontrollable series of visions one experiences when they submit to slumber, to wish someone a life revolving around the same dynamic leaves plenty to be desired.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

No rush for new project

With my new dark fantasy works, I really don't have what I'd call a sense of 'Urgency' at all in terms of a timeline of completion. This is something definitely different for me since I enjoy completing works as much as I do creating them, period. I have actually planned out a timeline that seems enormous for most, but when you consider the hectic work schedule of my life, it may or may not pass as simply as an hour would. Considering that this specific work is far larger and grander than any other project I have ever worked on before, I definitely want to make sure that the finished project is something so enticing that whole world will take notice!
With a project so large, you begin to find value in the adage 'Piece by piece, one can move mountains'.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

No 'Off' season for writers

In writing, as in with life, if your goal is to be the bringer of masterpiece creations, it might suit you best to realize that there is definitely not an off season, if you will. Far too many times I have seen would-be writers create one book, be it a novel or compilation, and have the rest of their creative efforts run stale. I consider this the equivalent of composing one song in music and fancying one's self a musician. Writers write, regardless if they've just completed the greatest story ever told or one that nobody is ever going to see, ever. If you fancy yourself a writer, you must also consider yourself a well-spring of creativity. Endless ideas and a non-stop work ethic to put those imaginings to paper should be second nature and, to myself, that priority is the sole difference between those whose works are remembered and revered, and those that are not.
If your sole purpose for being a writer is to simply concoct one lone tale or novel, your no different that someone who wants to act in one movie, or sitcom and declare themselves an actor. Quantity, plus a excellent standard of quality in all one's works, speaks volumes.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Dark Fantasy/Horror Connection

Even though it's not in my taste to branch out of my specialty of traditional horror, that does not mean that I am not a fan of other certain genres. The Fantasy genre in particular comes to mind quite specifically as one of my favorites. The Arthurian Mythos of Pre-Saxon U.K. I have found mystifying since childhood and the works of writers like Tolkien and C.S. Lewis also consider reverence.
That being said, I believe there are many subtle connections and similarities between Dark Fantasy and Horror. When you look at the folklore of such oddities as Ghouls and Ogres, they are very similar to elves and fairies except they were usually regarded as villainous.
Being one month removed from completing my last Novella 'Beyond Obsession', I have decided to branch out of Traditional Gothic Horror, yet I still desire to keep the same context of what makes my writing unique. My next project is going to involve a literary figure who has been seen in several mythologies from across the Atlantic yet has had almost no specifics in regards to its origins, namely  the Goblin.
Though specifically in a Fantastical setting, I still plan to include all infamous traits of Horror and create a fairy tale best suited for those almost as twisted as I am!!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Happy Halloween to All!!

Again, the greatest holiday worth ever mentioning has again come to pass. Even though it is horribly soiled with monotonous commercialism, I tend to remember it as it was once practiced in ancient times. Back then, Celtic druid priests would actually sacrifice a virginal youth(either male, or Female) to appease their plethora of Gods for a plentiful harvest that spring. It was widely believed in the Dark Ages that Halloween was the one day a year the veil between the dimensions of the living and of the dead would fade and the dead, be they saint or infernal, would be able to walk upon the Earth.
Imagine that! If the dead can walk aming us, would it not be fascinating to also be able to walk among them as well?
The original name of Halloween comes from the term 'All Hallows Eve' or the day before the Christian holiday All Hallows Day. Before it was included in any Christian terminology, it was known as the Celtic word 'Samhain'.
While I thoroughly enjoy playing dress up, the custom of trick'or treating rather bores me. But, if you throw any ancient ritual(from any origin, it doesn't matter) into the fray, I become just as giddy as the toddlers in their store-bought costumes.
That said, I wholeheartedly wish the whole world an exciting and magical night!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

'Beyond Obsession' Finally complete!!

After two months, three weeks and one day I have successfully completed my 32nd short story, even though its more like a novella in length, 'Beyond Obsession.' The themes of this particular story, plus the last two novels I completed, are so different from each other by comparison.When I look back on it, This particular one flowed like the Nile in terms of the easing of putting pen to paper, I cannot tell you how undeniably grateful that makes me; For anyone who has ever attempted to write a story can attest to how frustrating it can be to deal with writers block. All in all, a very pleasant experience and still the heart of a certain matter remains: What direction do I take now? Through the entire time I was working on this story that very question beguiled me and in truth I really don't know. I have now been writing for the better part of fourteen years and even though life can indeed be unpredictable, the passion for my craft is far from jaded. As I begin to type the story out(I always do my rough drafts the old fashioned way:Pen to paper), I have to look at those who's lust for the craft has escaped them, and, if you're a writer such as I, such a condition is almost equal to doom. If I can have my way, I'll be writing horror stories forever. I can only hope that life itself abides my decision!