Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fascination with 'Libertines'

As is usual in every one of my works, I'm reading up on several historical concepts and figures to provide imagery that fits well in my story's narrative. Because my work deals heavily with sexual sadism, corruption, and aristocracy I am rediscovering several past figures that fancied themselves as 'Libertines'. A Libertine is someone who in unrestrained by sexual and societal taboos and lives a life of indulgence and excess. One of the most famous Libertines that ever lived is the Marquis DeSade and it is his work that has heavily influenced my decision to write this particular story. Other famous Libertines include The American Statesman Benjamin Franklin, English Black Magician Aleister Crowley, and famed adventurer Lord Byron. I must admit that the more I study such individuals the narrative of their lifestyles and philosophies, the more mesmerized I become. It's almost as if they are a breed completely foreign to most mere humans and transcend any form of social constraint. Whether morally right or wrong, one cannot deny the fascinations associated with the likes of them.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A new story to be made!

As I'm finishing typing out my second novella, the familiar imagery present before every one of my works has again come. I didn't expect it so soon after completing a story but none-the-less, its something worth paying attention to. My next story is going to shift a focus from demons and ghouls to the most vile villains in all of history; namely human beings. For it is my exact opinion that people have by far committed the very worst sorts of crimes so it is only natural for me to start paying that fact a little credence.
Because the story is only in it's brooding stages, I expect a lot of changes to be made in regards to the outcome of it as a whole. But, I'm expecting this particular story to be one of my most ambitious. I've decided to name it 'Honors Among Vermin'.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Second Novella 'Further Passage(into Hell)' Complete!

Alas, after a little over three months I have finally completed my second novella "Further Passage (into Hell)". I must say that I'm rather pleased with the pace this particular piece of work exhumed. It was Furious! Any writer will tell you that interruptions are plentiful when one tries to complete a task, so the less that one has, the better. I really can't remember any of my previous stories flowing as smoothly as this one. Every time I thought I felt a spat of writer's block coming along, creativity would instantly replace it. With this story, I definitely went back to my roots. This story is one of the most graphic and gory I have written, and I must admit, It made me fall deeply in love with my chosen genre even more, if that's even possible! So, now the question once again abates me; What comes next?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Return of E'ferries!

It's always exciting when one of your most beloved characters continuously makes appearances in any of your works. With the progression I've been making with my second novella 'Further Passage', out of nowhere came the inclusion of one of my most signature characters; E'ferries the demon. Every time I use him, he seems to get more and more animated and evil, if that's even possible. It makes the story that much more interesting and fulfilling to write. It also adds credence to the fact that my stories essentially write themselves. So far, I've been working on the story for a little over two months now, and, I must say, I am rather pleased with it's direction yet I have no idea which direction it will be going until it's completed!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Scariest villains of them all

In both the worlds of fiction and nonfiction there are several personas of villains. Some are very easy to recognize with the appearance of extreme sadism and depravity. Some, even more so as they hide all human traits with the use of fear-provoking masks. And then, at least for myself, come the ones who are definitely the scariest of them all. These are the ones who no one would be paying attention to had it not been for them receiving
penance for their crimes. These predatory types could literally be anyone and the facade of normalcy hides demons more grotesque than all in Hell. The type of people I am describing all have similar mental characteristics; The need for Egotistical and physical gratification, a supreme lack of empathy, and a proclivity for causing harm. While these types are indeed rare in Horror fiction as they make for a terribly dull narrative, in the real world the numbers of them are staggering. And its this fact that can assist one in equating any horror film villain with any face in the crowd.

Friday, January 27, 2017

R.I.P John Hurt

One of the most prolific British actors has sadly died today. I first remember seeing John Hurt in the Alan Parker film 'Midnight Express'. I felt his performance in that film as well as countless other ones was completely underrated. The saddest part of losing someone who was so unequally talented is the fact that they are nearly impossible to replace. I challenge anyone to find a modern day actor with the same range or passion as Hurt. And that sad fact brings me to another issue; Standards. Are the entertainers of today even partially equipped with the same fortitude or integrity of the forlorn faces of the past? I leave it to their bodies of work speak for themselves.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Usual 'Unusual' inspirations for new story

As usual, the inspirations I'm drawing for my new novella 'Further Passage' are anything but ordinary. I find it both amusing and completely bizarre how the imagery that forms in my thoughts comes to me with barely an effort and doesn't give a moments peace until said project is completed. 'Brujeria' also known as Mexican Witchcraft, is one of the subjects I have been studying for this particular work as one of the characters is, in fact, a witch. And also the Magical Ritual known as the Abra Melin has also found its way into the story. It has been a month since I've started this story and just like all the others before it, it has indeed taken a life of its own. I find that both mesmerizing and frustrating because when I think the main story line is one certain way, It starts to assume many tricks and turns making me yearn both for a clear theme and a story that fits my standards of entertainment. Needless to say, I am very excited with how the story is at the moment and I can only hope that it stays that way!

Monday, January 16, 2017

R.I.P William Peter Blatty

I was saddened to hear that the author of the one of the best horror films ever, 'The Exorcist', has died. William Peter Blatty was a definite pioneer during the time when one could definitely argue that the genre of Horror had reached a certain peak. He was able to produce a movie that has stood on it's own among a slew of other greats, including 'Halloween', 'Rosemary's Baby', and 'The Omen'. Though achieving initial success with the Exorcist, and, in my own opinion, again with the 'The Exorcist 3', I was quite surprised when he didn't replicate such success with other films. But, maybe that's how fickle success can be. When one reaches the usually unattainable, sometimes it's not greatness that is the reward, but obscurity. When I really think about it, perhaps that is what William Peter Blatty actually did.
 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Progressing on my second Novella

I've been fortunate to have a continuous output since I decided to become a writer so many years ago. Recently I took a look at the patterns of starting and completing my many projects and found many similarities that I would probably never notice while I was working on them. I feel it is very important for writers to stay busy, regardless of what is happening in their personal lives. I also feel it is a necessity to acknowledge, as a writer, one's preferred genre. Too many times I have seen writers jump from one genre to another and while sometimes it works, most often it can have setbacks. I have stated several times that as a Horror writer, I am an absolute purist, even though I have branched outside of it a small handful of times. I would never think of including a genre that didn't fit my chosen one, such as comedy. Lately, I have kept myself more than busy while working on my second Novella 'Further Passage'. And again, as with so many of my works, its as if the other side commands my hand. I really don't know why, if it is in fact true, such a supernatural act occurs, but believe me, I'm not complaining. I feel such assistance is more or less an advantage. Everything that comes my way in life, be it a certain movie, a conversation, music and so forth, inspires my progression to the story and I really can't say if it's mere coincidence. If it is, I hope it continues...