Category: Daily looks

Odyssey

Trapped in this odyssey
Punishing the sin in me
Giving what you want from me
Leaving me the enemy
I’m screaming

Kill me with those facist smiles
Open up, we’ll talk for miles
Speak of things like chronic dreams
Butterflies with broken wings
Rainbows that are off a shade
Why clouded ceilings never fade
Tell me that the dog got spayed
I’m dreaming

Lying just to prove you can
I believed, so you’re a man
Smashing hearts and aching fingers
Popping pills, but it still lingers
Keep my voice inside of me
I’m the reason that you’re free
Cover me with ecstacy
We’re flying

There’s something pulling me
within that box inside my mind
I try to fight it, but it wins
So there goes all my pride

You bring me down

Falling into floating feelings
Trust for me is not appealing
Tears on faces start to shimmer
Chances of our love grow slimmer

Oh, why

Light myself a cigarette
and start to come unglued
Gouging out the eyes of vultures
puts me in the mood
Emotions flown into the distance
Darkness smothering
Tried to fight the consequences
Now I’m shattering

Don’t you know I hate it
when you’re strong
You’re always wrong
Don’t you know how hard
this is for me once you’re gone
And you’ve been gone, so long
Aaah

You bring me down

Falling into floating feelings
Trust for me is not appealing
Tears on faces start to shimmer
Chances of our love grow slimmer
In the distance there is violence
Eating me alive like silence
All I want from you are lies
Truth repels me, just like flies
I’m dying

You bring me down down down
Face first in the dirt
Why am I the one to hurt
Live my life on borrowed time
Clinging to what I can find
Whatever I call mine, mine
Such tragedy
And me

You bring me down

Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy


Monday, August 04, 2008

I am truly delighted to finally get the chance to do this particular interview. I’ve been impatiently waiting to interview Dee-Marie about this book for almost four years.

You see, I’ve had the pleasure of working closing with this phenomenal woman for several years at one of the largest digital art sites on the Internet. During the time I’ve known her, I have greatly admired her professionalism, attention to detail, sense of fairness, her warm, generous and gentle nature.

Dee-Marie, Award Winning AuthorShe was also the toughest, most exacting, and picky editor you could possibly imagine. And I LOVED her for it…well, at least most of the time. Although we have never met in person, I know we are kindred spirits and I will always consider her a dear friend. Dee-Marie is an award-winning author, editor and artist and I am admittedly one of her biggest fans.

When we started working together Dee-Marie was the Managing Editor of a an internationally published computer graphic magazine, and later became the Editor in Chief of the Front Page News at the Renderosity Art Community. She is an accomplished interviewer and skilled writer as demonstrated by her long list of credits, which can be found here: http://www.renderosity.com/news.php?viewStory=13127.

While we were working together I discovered Dee-Marie’s hidden passion for “All things Arthurian” and that she was writing her first Arthurian novel. I’ve been on the side-lines prodding, I mean encouraging, her along the way, and not so patiently waiting for her to finish this brilliant labor of love.

Lucky for me, during this creative process the tables turned and I got the chance to edit her work! (Yes, that was a interesting turn of the tide.) While reading the manuscript, I knew this book was something special, something magical. The vivid tale she spun about “The Sons of Avalon” had me in it’s masterful grip immediately and then left me breathless and wanting more even after the final chapter. While we celebrate the release of her first novel, I admit I am already eager to read the next book.

I would like to introduce you to Dee-Marie as she shares some of the secrets behind “The Sons of Avalon”:
Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy
What was the inspiration behind your novel, Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy?
One night, when I had just slipped into slumber, I felt the soft breath of a whisper upon my ear. I rolled over, thinking it was perhaps one of the dogs (although the dogs don’t whisper in my ear at night, they often have the overwhelming urge to explore my inner ears with their tongues at the oddest of hours).

Over the next few nights, the whispering re-occurred, until in an audible voice, I could hear Merlin’s soft-spoken words, his breath a sweet mixture of honey and cloves (this time I knew right away that it wasn’t the dogs, as their breath smells of…well anyone who is owned by a dog knows what a dog’s breath smells like). [soft laughter]

“Get up…I have a story to tell you.” Merlin’s breath tickled my earlobe as his words flowed subtly into my imagination, awaking long forgotten ancient memories.

And, so it began, years of nightly visits and endless nights of sleep, as I fell under Merlin’s spell.

How long have you been working on the first book of your Sons of Avalon series?
The logical answer, Merlin first came to me in a lucid dream, over ten years ago. However, I have been working on the book a lifetime.

My personal library is overflowing with both novels and research books that delve into the Arthurian Legends, as well as works of Druids, Stonehenge, and Celts.

The setting and characters are so well developed. What kind of research did you do to make it so believable?
I consider the book a work of historical fantasy. Although it is a retelling of Merlin’s youth, I have also been cognizant of historical surroundings of the story’s time line. For you cannot truly understand 5th and 6th century Britain, without first studying the ancient Romans and Greeks. It is both a fascinating, as well as a complicated era, and I have an extensive collection of British, Roman, and Greek history.

Map of Britain, including Londinium, the setting for the Sons of AvalonI was especially interested in the history of London, as a great deal of my novel takes place within the ancient walled Roman city of Londinium. Where, in 1988, archaeologists unearthed a Roman amphitheatre. This modern day discovery was a pivotal setting in the first book of my Sons of Avalon series.

When the book was in its many final draft stages, I felt an overwhelming need to visit Britain-to experience the land on which Merlin walked. Four years ago, I traveled to the home of the Arthurian Legends, and was privileged to be granted permission to walk within the ancient ruins. It was truly a mystical experience to touch the ancient stones, and humbly amble within the shadow of the ancient gods. From that visit, three essential chapters were born that deal exclusively with ancient Druid ceremonial events and Celtic lore within and surrounding Stonehenge.

However, the favorite site that I explored was Tintagel. The castle nestled atop a massive stone island jetting out of the sea on the wild northwestern coast of Cornwall.

Who did the cover art?
I originally asked my good friend and amazing artist, Tony Sellars (better known as Bigt) to create the cover for the first book. Unfortunately, at the time I first contacted Tony, the book was still in its infancy. Needless to say, the original cover art was beautiful, but unfortunately during marketing previews, it did not reflect the final version of the book. I am however, planning to rewrite a version of the first book for a younger audience, which would fit Tony’s artwork perfectly.

Fortunately, my closest friend and alter ego, D. M. Haskell, came to my rescue. After researching the book, she came up with the concept for the final design for the current cover. She is also working on the covers for the next two books. I would also like to thank you, Lillian, and Client, for spending time previewing the variety of cover ideas.

Why did you choose to self-publish when there were interested publishers waiting in the wings?
There are far too many pros and cons to fully list why I created my own publishing company, instead of going with one of the big publishing houses. However, I will do my best to give a “reader’s digest” version to your question.

First, and the most important reason I decided to self-publish…I fell head-over-heels with the art of publishing while working as a Managing Editor (and later Editor-in-Chief), of an international print publication. I had the itch, the craving, the knowledge, and along with Adobe’s amazing InDesign software bundle, I had all the resources. So, self-publishing felt like the logical progression.

Secondly, once the book was written (and edited ad nauseam), I wanted to follow in the footsteps of one of my favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, and discover the fun and frustration of establishing a small publishing house.

There is a fine line between the downside and upside of publishing your own work. Being responsible for every aspect of the book is extremely time consuming; from editing (although I was blessed with several professional editors, ultimately the final edits were my responsibility), to page layout, printing, promotion and marketing.

There have been many days that I wish I could spend on the creation of the second and third book of the series, but instead my hours are currently consumed with the business of promoting and selling the first novel. I admit, that on those days, I do have second thoughts about “doing it all” myself.
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Also, the worst obstacle of self-publishing is the stigma that self-publishers endure. Many people often erroneously put self-publisher in the same category as vanity publishing. The reality is, that anyone (with an idea for a story and enough money), can become a published author. The bottom line…what truly sets self-publishing apart from vanity presses is the professionalism of the finished product. I am proud of C. I. Publishing, and consider it a legitimate and professional small publishing house.

The advantages and pitfalls of going with a big established house are also numerous. The biggest advantage is having the publisher do all the grunt work: editing, publishing, printing, distribution, and marketing. The disadvantages are that the author relinquishes control over the book to the publisher (which can include the cover art as well as the book’s title).

Would I ever go with an established publisher? Possibly-if the timing was right and the contract was to my liking. [Puts a pretend phone to her ear, and mouths the words…”Call Me!”]

Has the book been released yet? Where can people buy it?
I received the first galley copy in February of this year. It then went through additional editing and fine-tuning before officially going global in April.
Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy, can be purchased through the following online book stores:

Sons of Avalon at Barnes and NobleSons of Avalon at Amazon.comSons of Avalon at the Book Depository

If your local bookstore does not carry Sons of Avalon: Merlin’s Prophecy, be sure to ask them to contact our distributor, Ingram, and order you a copy…heck, ask them to order tons of copies. [Way evil grin]

Do you have plans for a second book? Will it be a continuation of the first story?
The first draft of the second book is nearly complete, and an outline for the third book in the series has been compiled.

The first novel in the Sons of Avalon series explores the birth and adolescence of Merlin, climaxing with the conception of Arthur. It also delves into Druid ceremony and Celtic Lore. Although I have followed the traditional Arthurian Legends, what makes my story different is that it also explores Sir Lot’s coming of age, his relationship to Merlin and Uther, and his initial love affair with Morgause.

The second book begins with the birth of Arthur. The third book in the series ends with the demise of Camelot.

Was there anything unexpected you discovered during the creative process of manifesting the book from an idea to final print?
Along the long road from conception to publication, my biggest discovery was that my characters (especially Merlin) came to life. I would often find myself in deep theological discussions with Merlin about seemingly mundane details. At first, it was a very surreal experience to have several distinct personalities mulling around my imagination…in armor no less.

What words of encouragement would you give to other aspiring authors?
Stay positive. Never stop learning about your craft. Read, read, read…not just in your genre, but read everything you can get your hands on. Write, write, write…even when you do not feel like writing. To get a sense for dialog, eavesdrop on conversations in public places.

Listen and learn from your critics…don’t get discouraged…take away what you think is important and “let go” of the rest. When sending out your work to potential publishers…remember that every no is closer to a yes. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to succeed, and never give up on your dreams!

Thank you so much for sharing your creative soul with us!
Thank you so much Lillian and Clint for your continued support and your friendship!

Gateways to the Otherworld

Saturday, October 25, 2008

the journey through the “Gateways to the Otherworld” is not for the faint of heart, nor the light reader. This is a thoroughly researched, highly educational work that exhaustively explores many different aspects, locations, and definitions of a multitude of mysterious portals. But, for those willing to take this journey, you will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what these gateways are and how to access them.

To begin, you start with a well defined understanding of what is meant by a “Gateway”. There are so many differing ideas that come to mind depending on one’s religious background. The book takes you through many of these ideologies and propels you into higher esoteric realms of information.

Once the definition is clearly established, the Shaman emerges as our guide to take us farther along this winding path. We exploration ancient civilizations and their intimate understanding of our resonate connection to the earth and how intertwined they were to the Serpent Realm.

Then comes the Science of the Gateways. It was grounding to see a writer willing to bring the science of electromagnetism and energy into the information being presented. It solidified and quantified what up until then was a historical review and reflection. Suddenly through science, the gateways become tangible, real and attainable.

A curious soul will learn a lot about the history, reasons and science behind the Great Pyramids, Stonehenge, Avebury, round towers and many other such gateways. But the knowledge does not come easily or quickly. One must first walk the inward swirling path of information that slowly builds upon itself and connects all the pieces together, starting with the Serpent Realm. There are ancient insights that were some how lost to us. Now modern science is confirming what the ancients already knew. The use of crystals, drumming, fires, chanting and trance all play an important role in the process.

The book takes a delightfully personal turn when Philip shares his personal explorations and use of light and sound machines, of which I am intimately familiar. The information on brain waves and the Schumann Resonance, aka The Holy Grail Frequency is paramount in understanding how to access the gateway. The experiment to reproduce the shamanic gateway experience was my favorite part of the book!

All this knowledge lays a firm foundation for applying historical techniques and principals so the reader may walk away with insight on how to access the Otherworld for themselves, should they so desire.

I recommend this book for those that are truly serious about taking a journey out of the body, and into “The Otherworld”.

COLD BLOODED CHILLERS

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Recently I received the first two issues of “Cold Blooded Chillers” written by Robert M. Heske. I’m not typically an avid comic book reader. However, these are not your typical comic books. These issues are reminiscent of “Tales from the Crypt” short stories, except they are darker and more chilling!

Written entirely by Heske, the story lines take us on a dark, twisted, wicked journey through “tales of suburban murder and malice”. If you enjoy bizarre, dramatically inked tales of murder with surprise endings these comics are for you!

The first issue contains four short stories within its covers, each more sinister than the last. It starts with “Lost and Found”, illustrated by Scott Austin, where a parent’s worst nightmare plays out in a gut wrenching instant to be followed by the hope of a happy ending, which doesn’t come. I might never bring my kid to the mall again.

The next tale “False Pretenses,” with art by Zeu and lettering by Alain Norte, should serve as a warning to those that would go home with strangers, and to those that bring strangers home. You never know what you’re getting yourself into, until it’s too late! Well done!

“The Waiting Room”, illustrated by Preston Asevedo, with lettering by Jesse James Wroblewski, keep me waiting for the karma that the story line makes you wish would come. But, I had to wait to read it until after the kids went to bed. In the end, it did not disappoint with the mangled death that satisfied an angry desire for justice.

Illustrated by Neil ‘Moz’ Morrissey, “Mishap” was one of those situations that you hope never happens. You start out with one fatal mishap that leads to another, and well…you know, things just get out of hand until there’s quite a mess to clean up!

The art work and story lines flowed well together and the entire issue kept me turning the pages. However, I had to turn the pages when the kiddies were not around. Don’t leave these comics laying around the house unless everyone is over 17. These publications are by their nature and theme adult comics. These are not intended for young readers, or those that are faint of heart.

Issue #2 contains three more short stories that continue to expose tales of suburban murder and malice. Illustrated by Zeu and lettered by Alain Norte, the first story, “Dead Dog” was wonderfully well done! Makes you mindful to keep a close eye on the neighbors.

“Misnomer,” illustrated by Alain Norte, was a fun bit of Halloween Trick or Treating with the trick at the end being the treat of the story.

“Her First Day Alone”, illustrated by Monty Borror, documents the ills of what could happen when you combine postpartum depression, too much TV and missed doses of antipsychotic medication. I had to read this one a couple of times to make sure I actually got the full impact of the ending. What an ending! It was one that would have been quite worthy of an appearance in “Tales from the Crypt”, one of my favorite shows!

The colorful and creepy cover and interior cover art pages were created by Mark Chilcott. These were the visual hook that sucked me into these frightening tales. The black and white story art was created by the talented folks listed below:
Preston Asevedo
Scott Austin
Monty Borror
Eliseu “ZEU” Gouveia
Neil ‘Moz’ Morrissey
Alain Norte
Jesse James Wroblewski
The master mind behind the project is writer Robert Heske. Robert is a screenwriter with multiple short and feature options, IMDB credits, and a co-creation agreement with Studio 407 to turn his horror script THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST into a 4-part comic book series and graphic novel. He’s even got his own comic book entity — Heske Horror.

It is through Heske Horror that Robert discovered an outlet for several of his dark short film scripts that had been collecting dust while waiting for them to be “discovered.” Robert was working on THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST with Studio 407, when he gained a deep appreciation of the comic book artform and soon realized it was easier and cheaper than making a short film.

This retooling and redirection of his writing has paid off with great reviews for COLD BLOODED CHILLERS on several sites including USA Today Online and Reuters!

Both issues of “Cold Blooded Chillers, Tales of Suburban Murder and Malice” kept me on the edge of my seat, turning pages and turning on lights. These creepy and chilling issues are sure to thrill the horror lover in you and can be purchased at coldbloodedchillers.com for only 3 bucks each, a great price for these shocking stories and awesome artwork!

Stay tuned for more creepy fear-fare ahead – Heske tells me that issue three of Cold Blooded Chillers (the supernatural issue) will be available in January, along with a “best-of” anthology called BONE CHILLER: 8 Great Scares. Also coming down the horror pipeline: SHADOW CHRONICLES and THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, two color titles to be released by indie publisher Studio 407 at book stores and comic shops in January and February 2009.

All That Matters Is Love

Monday, December 22, 2008

Each generation has fallen in love with vampire lore. Over the years, vampires have grown from frightening monsters, to erotic sex symbols. The most infamous: Bram Stoker’s formidable Dracula…Anne Rice’s sensual Lestat…and Joss Whedon’s brooding Angel. The twenty-first century has given birth to Stephenie Meyer’s heartthrob vampire, Edward Cullen.

Twilight the movie (based on the Twilight Saga novels), revolves around the tug-and-pull relationship between two star-crossed lovers . . . the super-cool vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson); who has been seventeen for “a while” . . . and his lust-interest, the young, vulnerable human, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart); the girl with average good looks and a mouth-watering scent.

If you come to the theatre expecting to see blood, guts, gore, sex, and fangs, you will be highly disappointed. Although action-packed moments are scattered about, Twilight is not your average vampire blood-letting tale. It is instead, a love story between two tormented, lonely souls…a meeting of soul mates…and to the movie’s credit it never lets you forget that love drives the plotline.

Considering that the 544 page novel was condensed to a mere two hours, the movie stayed relatively true to the book; even using many lines from Meyer’s original dialog. In the novel, Bella often refers to Edward as an angel. In one of my favorite scenes, Edward and Bella encounter each other for the first time in the Chemistry Lab. Edward’s chair is situated in front of a Snow Owl, and throughout the scene, it appears as if Edward is sporting angel wings.

Though the script is steeped in teen-angst, I was pleasantly surprised at the abundance of humorous moments. The dry-wit of Bella’s father (Billy Burke) was dead-on funny…from the gun cleaning scene to the running joke about the pepper spray.

Alas, many of the “little moments,” that made the book so endearing to its fans, were excluded. Like the critical triangle between Edward, Bella and Jacob (which was played-down), as was the interaction between Bella and her human classmates. Overall, the book’s main plot points were there: the chemistry lab encounter, the truck accident, the baseball game, the sparkle, and the final vampire showdown.

I was also grateful that there was indeed a mutual sense of attraction between Pattinson and Stewart. Their portrayal of Edward and Bella stayed true to their characters’ passionate natures. Edward Cullen (one of the few vampires with a last name) remained a fangless, walk around on a cloudy day, never slumbering, impervious to death by sun, vampire…with control over his bloodlust for human plasma. And, the human lead, Bella Swan, remained the angst-ridden, awkward teenage girl that he craved.

The biggest faux pas was the Cullen’s house. With the studio already gearing up for the second movie in the saga, the director should have known that the house plays a major role in the future books. It propels the action. It was a beautiful house, but it was not the “right” house, nor, more importantly, it was not the correct setting

In the end, “Twilight”, the movie, is a love story, plain and simple. Does it have bloodsucking vampires? Is there murder and mayhem? Does it tell the tale of an immortal wishing to overpower the life of a sweet young mortal? Yes, yes, yes! Still, Twilight transcends the stereotype boy-bites-girl bloody vampire feast. After all, in the end, all that matters is love.

Oh, and if you overhear someone asking if they brought a snack…you might want to move to the next row.

Masks

Monday, January 12, 2009

Masks is written and drawn by Aaron Rintoul. Aaron has earned a spot among the established ranks of impressive self taught artists. He is generally influenced by diverse films and by his wife Erica, David Mack, Roman Dirge, Dave McKean, and Ben Templesmith. His creative arsenal includes a Mac, a Wacom tablet, Corel Painter X, Adobe Photoshop CS4 and a Canon 40D digital camera. His artistic style is a blend of traditional comic lettering, and photography, combined with a digital painting technique that gives his work a dream like feel.

The Masks promotional information states that it is a photographic poem as well as an exploration into the nature of identity. The story takes place inside the psyche of a girl named Sarah, who sees pieces of others’ past lives as well as memories of her own as she follows a phantom killer and his victims through a distorted reality.

Sarah sees the world like a dream where the images and words string together a fantasy that she lives out through the eyes of the girls killed by a phantom serial murderer. Sarah is confused about her identity and the landscape she travels as she jumps from pieces of the victim’s lives, their dreams and fears, catching only abstract glimpses of the killer.

This creative volume raises the question…”What exactly is a comic?” Does it have to follow the old, tried and true formula in order to be classified as a comic? This question could probably be debated endlessly. Thus, it goes into the graphic novel area. But, no matter how you classify it, Masks is a visually stunning creation with a deeply disturbing story running through it’s veins.

The images are dark and gritty, yet elegant and beautiful. Masks is very fitting in this age of self exploration and analysis, where everyone says they just want to “keep it real”. Really? How real is too real? Then begs the question of “what is really going on here”? Masks gracefully dances through visions and voices and lets the reader decide who they belong to and what’s going on.

When I first read Masks, I got the impression that Sarah herself had witnessed various atrocities, or caused them, and had understandably lost her grasp on reality resulting in her need to wear various masks. I didn’t come to the conclusion that she was seeing visions of other girls that were victims killed by a serial murderer until after I read the prelude statements regarding this graphic novel.

Regardless of how you choose to interpret the story, I recommend watching the fantastic Masks trailer below and reading the impressive first issue. I was mesmerized! This is by far one of the most breathtaking graphic novels I have seen. I leave it up to each of you to interpret the story as you will and come to your own conclusions about Masks.

Graphic Tales Uncovers The Wildman from Kentucky

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Recently I read the book, The Wildman of Kentucky, The Mystery of Panther Rock by Philip Spencer. I was impressed because of the book’s personal nature and the respectful tone. The story was very personal in nature because Anderson County, Kentucky is where Philip grew up.

Philip Spencer grew up in in the town of Lawrenceburg, with an insatiable curiosity for everything, he has been seeking answers to the mysteries of life, death and the paranormal since childhood. A 30-year veteran investigator, he has amassed hundreds of case files in his research of strange events that have occurred around the world. Bigfoot however, is the author’s preferred area of research as in Anderson County, Kentucky, there have been many sightings of the enigmatic creature known the world over. His first book, The Wildman of Kentucky, The Mystery of Panther Rock, entails these sightings and much more, taking the reader on a journey into the heart of the “Dark and Bloody Ground” one of the most active paranormal places in the nation also known as “The Frazier Land.”

When Philip was a young child he discovered a very unusual, inexplainable track. This was the catalyst that ignited a life-long passion to know what created it. He is alone in discovering strange tracks in this place. There have also been other kinds of encounters with large hairy creatures, strange lights and ghosts. All of these events were centered around a single area…Panther Rock.

Philip carefully researched the history and stories of this place. He personally talked with many of the people that had strange things happen to them in this particular area. His easy going, caring nature, plus the fact he had grown up in Anderson County, put people more at ease when talking about their experiences. I enjoyed the book and wanted to know more.

The other night I had the opportunity to speak with Philip Spencer, author of “The Wildman of Kentucky, The Mystery of Panther Rock” about all of the bizarre things happening in Anderson County, Kentucky. He was gracious enough to agree to a video interview.

Below is the interview with Philip Spencer.

A Supernatural Review – COLD BLOODED CHILLERS RETURNS!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In a previous edition of “Graphic Tales from the Road” I reviewed the first two issues of the trilogy. Admittedly, I am still not an avid comic reader. However, after enjoying the first two issues because of their Tales from the Crypt style, I was curious to see how it would end. Supernatural did not disappoint. I enjoyed every juicy bite as I devoured this chilling conclusion!

Written by Robert M. Heske, each story line continues to lead us farther down the dark, gory paths, through “tales of suburban murder and malice,” to the very twisted end. The culmination of final reunions seems quite a fitting theme that flows between the covers. The wonderfully worrisome front cover art was created by the evocative Jay Fife. The inside cover art was done by Mark Chilcott.

The first strip, “Shadow,” was illustrated and lettered by Adam Swiecki. The cold, clean, heavily inked images perfectly balance the dirty secret hidden in the story. The tale makes reference to the fact that cats are instinctual, humans are cruel. Indeed, humans are cruel and that shadowy cruelty was well depicted. So well, in fact, that it made me angry for justice! But, as it was so eloquently stated, Justice ain’t always what you expect it to be. True to form, in the end, it wasn’t the type of justice you expect.

The next tale, “Transcendence,” with art and lettering by Reno Maniquis, beautifully portrays a lonely evening on the job as a night watchman at the aquarium. Such a peaceful place for a peaceful family reunion. Just try explaining it to the boss!

“Synchronicity,” illustrated by Dirk Shearer, and lettered by David Paul, amazingly paints the elaborate and detailed final story in this thrilling trilogy. This tale hit me hard on several synchronistic levels: street lights going out as you walk past, the familiar and repetitious sequence of numbers that have a hidden meaning , awareness of the Others. Everything comes full circle. “Synchronicity” is a superbly crafted story.

The ending gives me a glimmer of hope that perhaps, just maybe, Cold Blooded Chillers series will birth a fourth edition and continue on, producing amazingly wonderful and incredibly creepy comics!

As with the first two issues, the art work and story lines in Supernatual flowed flawlessly together and kept me riveted from start to finish. But heed my warning, don’t leave these comics laying around the house unless everyone is over 17. These publications are by their nature and theme adult comics. These are not intended for young readers, or those that are faint of heart.

Robert Heske did an excellent job of putting another talented team together. The images are hard to forget…especially when it’s dark and you are trying to get to sleep!

Screenwriter Robert M. Heske has multiple short and feature options, IMDB credits, and a co-creation agreement with Studio 407 to turn his horror script THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST into a 4-part comic book series and graphic novel. He also has his own comic book entity — Heske Horror. It is through Heske Horror that Robert has an outlet for several of his dark, short film scripts that had previously been collecting dust. After gaining a deep appreciation of the comic book art form, Robert realized it was easier and cheaper to retool the film scripts into comics. This change of format from film to comics paid off with great reviews for COLD BLOODED CHILLERS on several sites including USA Today Online and Reuters!

All three issues of “Cold Blooded Chillers: Tales of Suburban Murder and Malice” kept me on the edge of my seat, turning page after page and keeping on all the lights. These collectible issues are sure to thrill you and can be purchased at coldbloodedchillers.com!

Cold Blooded Chillers issues 1, 2, and 3 are now available as 99-cent downloads as PDFs at www.DriveThruComics.com.

The “best of” anthology called BONE CHILLER is also available for $2.99 for a PDF download (as well as for $12 plus S&H on IndyPlanet).
BONE CHILLER and COLD BLOODED CHILLERS 01 have been featured as a “Staff Favorite” pick on Drive Thru Comics!

Enjoy the BONE CHILLER trailer below. Get a taste of what’s in store for you!

Sullengrey: Sacrifice #1 – Reviewed

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 

A Look at Sullengrey: Sacrifice #1

This creepy comic found it’s way to my desk where it sat until late one night I had a few minutes to open it up and have a good look at it. Perhaps I should have waited and read it during the day! I was a twisted, gory tale of zombies, goths, spooky nightclubs, revenge, murder and more…Yes, I should have not read it in the dark!

Written by Jocelyn Gajeway with art by Drew Rausch (penciler), Chandra Free (colorist), Cover by Drew Rausch & Drew Berry. Sullengrey is published by Ape Entertainment and released in stores September 16th.

The first thing that caught my attention was admittedly the art work! I thought it was well done and had an enjoyable style and the coloring was spot on. I couldn’t help myself and jumped ahead through the comic just looking at all the images before I could settle down and read any of the words. Of course, that could have been because it was dark, and the pictures were riveting and I was trying to avoid taking in all the wicked details of the crazy under-current swirling through the pages so I could sleep later…Didn’t work!

For those familiar with Sullengrey, this bloody, critically-acclaimed coming of age zombie tale continues with an intriguing cast of characters!

Daevyn Allister, the promoter of the spookiest club in Autumn’s Grove discovers that living in a town that ignores it’s fears is always a dangerous proposition!

Daevyn tries to stay a step ahead of all his love struck followers and other creatures of the night, when things take a turn for the worse while waiting for his romantic rendezvous. He’s set the perfect stage for a gothic romance, but even the best laid plans can get laid to waste when contending with unwanted intruders and zombies. Those pesky creatures!

Salam Jones comes home to find her boyfriend seriously paying for his little indiscretion. While she is of course pissed off, Salam remains entirely too calm about the whole situation. Which lead me to think she had understandably doled out this visceral punishment. But, one should not jump to conclusions too quickly as we discover.

I couldn’t help but think that it would be helpful to know the history of these characters. I find myself wanting to go back and read all the previous issues of Sullengrey. I think it would give me a deeper sense of appreciation for where these people find themselves now. As Salam said, “Fear is our best defense mechanism. It is also our worst ENEMY!”

There are also other characters to consider. Others with a hidden agenda and needs of their own to fill. These needs lull a little girl trying to find her missing dog to end up being on the wrong end of the search. Then comes the search for an answer of what madness is to come next to Autumn Grove?

This edition is the first part in a 2 issue mini-series and left me wondering what is to come of this decidedly sick situation. The good news is that Sullengrey: Sacrafice #2 just went on sale in stores October 7! Now I can find out what happened.

One thing is for sure, no good can come of this. But, then again, “good” is a subjective term. If you enjoy dark, morbid and twistedly funny stories, then you may well consider Sullengrey as bloody good entertainment!

As an end note, I do enjoy dark, irreverent humor. I had a particularly good giggle at the cookie selling scenes.

Goes to show that just about everyone loves these annual cookies, even though there may never enough in the box!

Just beware! People that don’t pay up properly for the pleasure of eating those cookies may be faced with unexpected consequences. Those little girls can be extremely relentless in their pursuit of fairness and justice. And you will…PAY!!

Graphic Tales: Reviews “2012: Final Prayer”

Monday, February 22, 2010

I have had the gorious honors of reviewing two other collective tales produced by Robert Heske including: “Cold Blooded Chillers” and “Supernatural”. Considering how much we all enjoyed the previous works, I knew I had to share the dreadful delights hidden between the pages of 2012: Final Prayer – An End Times Anthology.

In my youth I was not a connoisseur of comics, particularly not horror comics. However, after starting this web site, attending the Nashville Comic and Horror Convention and Dragon*Con, and reading several exceptional graphic tales, I have developed quite a taste for this darker art form. I was fortunate to cross paths with some very talented individuals who shared their excitement and passion about this genre. I was drawn into their dark world…and I liked it.

Combine my newly developed appetite for horror comics with my fascination with Egyptians, Mayans, Nostradamus and end times prophecies, there was no way I could resist reviewing 2012: Final Prayer. I thoroughly enjoyed each twisted tale. But after reading 2012: Final Prayer I kept putting off posting the review. I realized that I was stalling, trying to do my part to make sure the “end” wouldn’t come. But, time marches on and 2012 will surely come, in what ever way it presents itself. And so now, the review of “2012: Final Prayer” presents itself as well.

It is the wondering of “what will come” that sparked the imaginations and apocalyptic visions for each of the stories contained in this “End Times Anthology”. Robert Heske has once again assembled a very talented tribe of artists, writers and letterists who each, in their turn, takes the stage between the pages of this provocative book and performs their interpretation of “the end”.

With introduction by R.M. Heske, forward by Jim Harold, host of the Paranormal Podcast, and 2012 Foreboding by Marshall Masters the stage is clearly set into three distinct scenes; Before, During and After 12.21.12.

There are some familiar names from Heske Horror productions that I noticed, including:
Monty Borror
Adam Swiecki
Dirk Shearer
David Paul
Eliseu “ZEU” Gouveia

There are also many names that were new to me that contributed to the content of this creative collective, including:
Chris McJunkin
Ollie Masters
Andy Fish
Shawn Gabborin
Mario Cau
Jim Alexander
Andrew Dodd
Shamere Borg
Xander Bennett
Melanie Cook
Arno Hurter
David Edwards
Christopher Barker
Marc Jameson
Craig Gilmore
Stephen Downey
Rita Gorgoni
Stefano Cardoselli
Adam Grose
Tony Suleri
Dino Caruso
Sami Kivela
Don E. Smith Jr.
Jason Dube
Duncan Eagleson
Martin Hayes
Stephen Broome
Jason Light
Reno Maniquis
Marie D. Jones
Angela Di Re Heske
Myebook – 2012: Final Prayer e-preview – click here to open my ebook

2012: Final Prayer is a diverse, multi-layered mixture of many different interpretations of “the end”. If you want to see an intriguing collection of individual glimpses into the future 2012: Final Prayer is a must read. 2012: Final Prayer is truly a twisted, prophetic treasure!

You can get a sneak peak at Mybook.com using the link at the right.

Robert has this to say: Whenever people are put off by my writing about the macabre, I’m reminded of a Stephen King quote: “I’m not evil, I have the heart of a little boy… It’s in a jar on my desk.”

I began “Heske Horror” as a way to self-publish my dark horror short scripts in 2008. After completing 3 indie comic “floppies”, an award-winning anthology, and an “end times” tome with contributions from leading comic creators, this little one-man shop is poised for big things in 2010. First, my vampire OGN, The Night Projectionist, will be released in comic shops and book stores by mid-year by Studio 407 via Diamond. I have also written the screenplay which has been optioned by Myriad Pictures. In other news, I co-wrote a dark comedy called LOVE STUPID that will be filmed in early 2010 and I am embarking on a Giallo series with co-conspirator Monty Borror (stay tuned!).

Robert Heske is a frequent guest on podcasts, radio shows, conventions, and author events and pens a bi-weekly column on InvestComics and (coming soon) on CosmicBookNews called IndieCreator. Be sure to check in with him often!