Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Horror Read

Just released Welcome to My World in time for Halloween! It leans more towards horror than my other books.


Lil “Furor” Aona never knew the world before the demons took over. Her race, the Bête Noir, fight them. The demons have always been their enemies. The world, however, isn't so simple. To the humans, the Diras are benevolent rulers. Humans see the Bête Noire as the abominations. Lil and her family know better. They've fought enough demons. The Diras want to destroy all humans. What's their final plan? Will Lil ever find out? Everything begins at the end. 

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Friday, October 25, 2013

My Top Horror Movies

So, I've been seeing a lot of lists of the top 10 Horror Movies of all time. They usually don't included any newer movies. So, here are my favs from the past couple of years. They aren't in any order. Sadly enough, there aren't that many of them.

The Conjuring
Old school haunted house movie. Nuff said.

Dark Skies

Alien abduction movie with the feel of an atmospheric horror story. Who knew that could be a thing?!

Sinister

Part ghost story, part snuff film- all disturbing. Still trying to work myself into watching this one again. That scene with the lawnmower still haunts me. I thought I could watch that scene again. I didn't make it. I covered my eyes at the end. Don't watch the video if you don't want to jump ;)


The Woman in Black



Daniel Radcliffe and a haunted house story. Come one. Need I say more.


Insidious

The red face monster nearly killed it for me. I am loving The Further though.


Grave Encounters

Indie horror films are usually a fail. This one wasn't. The whole haunted asylum has been done to death. Grave Encounters worked.
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Can't think of anything else. If you have anything to add, let me know.

If you really want to push the envelope this Halloween, sit down and watch all these just one right after the other. I don't think I could do that.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Paranormal Witness: A Creepy Reality Series


I'll admit it. I usually don't do reality shows. I'm more of an anime person. I mean, I don't have cable and pretty much all anime series are available online for free and it's legal. This fall, though, has some good shows on TV- on Hulu in my case.
"Don't watch it alone! Paranormal Witness is an intense, cinematic, high-octane drama-documentary series. The show brings to life the true stories of people who have lived through explanation-defying paranormal experiences.
Using a mixture of intimate first-hand testimony, personal photos and real footage, combined with grittily realistic drama, Paranormal Witness will transport you into a world turned upside down by extraordinary and terrifying events." (Syfy)
When it comes to good shows, Syfy Channel usually fails big time. Sometimes, they have entertaining shows like Eureka and Haven. Mostly, they're known for their B-movies. I haven't been into the whole paranormal investigator show. They're fine, but I'm not running to Hulu when a new episode is released. Paranormal Witness is an exception.

The 3rd season started this fall. I had gotten hooked on it a couple a months ago and the thing just stopped. I waited and waited yet no new episodes appeared. I'd assumed the showed was canceled. Imagine my delight when I went on Hulu and saw Paranormal Witness had new episodes. So excited. Fortunately, Hulu is only two shows behind. I'm not completely out of the loop. 

The show isn't just people exploring a haunted house. It reenacts "real-life" experience with the "real people" telling their stories on camera. I don't know if the stories are true. I don't care. The show is entertaining.

Now, is it scary? I'd say it has its scary moments. The "demons" are a bit silly looking. The show is more atmospheric. It relies on phantom tapping, slamming doors, invisible assailants- that sort of thing. While watching, I'm imagining being in those people's situations. For instance, last season, a person was sitting on her couch watching TV when she heard footsteps behind her. She knew she was home alone. The look on her face was classic. She was frozen. I was frozen. I think I even stopped breathing. The show is creepy because you're so absorbed in the story. They are amazing at building suspense. 

Most of the episodes are haunted house stories. The one big problem with this genre is- the house is haunted, the ghost or demon is threatening them so, why don't these people move. They keep saying they don't have the money, which is a valid reason. But, in the end, most of them move anyway. Still, it's not something I think about often enough that I don't enjoy the show. Besides, I never tire of a good haunted house tale without gore.

They're not all haunted house stories. Some involve aliens, werewolves and unknown beasts. The last one I saw was paranormal in the senses that police were relying on a physic to help them stop a serial killer. That one was more disturbing than creepy. Besides the ghost/demons ones, the alien episodes are my favorite. 

As I said earlier, I don't have cable, don't want it. I watch all my shows on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Though Paranormal Witness is on Hulu, we get like one new episode a month. This isn't Hulu's doing. It's Syfy and it's soooo annoying. There aren't many TV shows I watch regularly. This one is awesome horror show. Hope it stays around.
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On another note, my Publisher/employer set up a table as the Francis Gregory Library's Flea Market in Washington, DC. Despite the competition from other bigger neighborhood events, we had a nice flow of people stopping by. The business owner, my mother, made several connections and got invited to speak to a Girl Scout troop about writing. All in all, a successful day. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cover Reveal

You know I had to do it. I mean, it's the Month of Horror. I couldn't resist. Look out for Welcome To My World, a short story, coming October 28. I'm still editing it, so the info below might change a bit. 

Centuries ago, demons descended on the world. Lil “Furor” Aona has only known loss, struggle, blood and prejudice. Her race's, the Bête Noir, only mission is to destroy those demonsThe world, however, isn't so simple. To humans, the Diras are benevolent rulers. To humans, the Bête Noir are abominations. Lil and her family have fought enough demons. They know the Diras want to kill every human. What are the demons planning? Will Lil ever find out? Everything begins at the end.




Excerpt

Lil felt the demon's booming voice in her teeth. Possession morphed its human host. This abomination had brilliant gold eyes and equally shinning hair with skin as dark as hers. Disgusting.

Its scent assaulted her nose. Lil needed to end this conversation.

"Kill this thing, please. I have better things to do," Cinereal said.

Lil stood. She understood now. This Fera, the bottom-feeder of the Dira race, wanted her to kill it. It had been sent here to die.

"What if I refuse to kill you?" she asked.

It lunged. She stepped aside. It crashed through her couch. She needed to replace it anyway.

Jumping up, the Fera swung its leg. Lil grabbed it ankle, throwing off its weak attack.The Fera tried to free itself. Lil tighten her hold on its skinny ankle. Stupid beast. Turning her pipe on its sharp end, Lil stabbed it into the demon’s thigh. Releasing it, the monster dropped to the floor on one knee.

It grinned at her like a man who found a frail woman alone in an alley.

"I’ll keep coming at you," it said. 

 "I am not someone you can use."

Stretching its mouth into a repulsive grin, the Fera stood. Open wounds slashed across its now swollen face. Blood poured from holes where the eyes should’ve been. The bottom half of the face was nothing but exposed oozing muscles. Its teeth were missing. The mouth was now a gaping black hole.

Her growl was determined. No matter how many times Lil swallowed, it rose until her throat rumbled.

The demon had the nerve to transform into Cai, her older brother.  


She knew that face too well. Her people had paraded her dead family around the village years ago. The demons had removed Dad's arms and legs. They had ripped off Mom's skin and mutilated Cai's face. The village leaders made her sit in front of their corpses while they explained everything Mom, Dad and Cai did wrong. It was a warning to everyone. The leaders' words were law.

Blinding pain attacked her. The soul deep wound ripped open. Lil wanted to jump out the window. She wanted to be with her family once again. She couldn't. Cinereal and Shyne were her family now. She wouldn't cause them more pain. Mom, Dad and Cai had killed an army of Diras on their own before they died.

Lil had to tilt her head up to glare at the Fera. She needed to fix that. She swung her pipe at the back of its legs, knocking its feet from under it. The demon hit the floor. Good, now it looked up to her.

"Don't insult me. Do you know how many demons my family killed?"

She could look at that face now and feel pride.

Cocking its head, the beast dug its fingers into the wound on its thigh and licked the blood.

Why wouldn't they leave her alone?

"I may be Furor, but you won’t enrage me. Your strength doesn't register," she said.

It leaned back on its hands.

"If I leave, I'll kill a thousand humans."

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Tale of a NYCC Newb

First of all, I looked up newb to make sure I spelled it right and it's in the dictionary. Not just a slang dictionary either- Merriam-Webster. Thought that was funny. 

There's a reason 3-day passes to NY Comic Con sell out. You don't try to conquer that show in one day. You just can't. I waited too long to buy my ticket and had to settle on a Friday pass. 

My legs hurt so bad. I bought Dr. Scholl's inserts hoping they'd help. They did. Kind of. But, I was there from 12:30-7pm with only short breaks. Nothing would've saved my feet and back.

The amount of people at the Jacob Javits Center was epic. 
I  love that center, but it's obscenely big. 

You had to pack your patience. I spent most of my time pushing past people. It's worse if you're standing in a crowd trying to get a picture of some epicness at the center of it. I'm 5'4. All you short people out there know how aggravating it is trying to see over a crowd. 
 
Good thing I bought my fancy camera. I got a Canon SX510 just for Comic Con. Well, not just for Comic Con. I'm gonna keep using it. It's the most awesome camera ever! 
Looks like I was right beside Whoopi Goldberg doesn't it? I wasn't. The crowd around her made sure of that. 

I got stuck in this one area of the show that had some cool video game and anime merchandise. I was seriously walking around the same aisle for like hours. I couldn't decided what to buy. 

I stopped at every booth that had swords. Yes, I would be that person who'd collect swords from anime and video games. I'd like to say I own Hyōrinmaru- a Zanpakuto (sword) from Bleach.

But, I resisted even though they didn't cost as much as I expected. Link's  Master Sword almost tripped me up. 
Image credit: GadgetMadness
I like Zelda. I'm attracted to anything related to that game. One booth had the Ocarina. It sound just like the one in the game. Awesome. I resisted. I came across a cool replicate of Link's shield. I resisted. Saw a Zelda messenger bag and folded. 

I'm not a big shopper. For Comic Con, I'm thinking I gotta buy what I see as long as it fits in my budget. Usually, when I shop, I see something I might like then, I walk around for a bit while I think about buying it. Did the same thing for Comic Con, didn't buy most of what I saw and regretted it later. I was just so overwhelmed. I couldn't make a decision.

Still thinking about those gorgeous hand-sewn leather journals from Poetic Earth LLC. I didn't remember the name. I Googled "leather journals "NYCC"' and found them. The power of Google. Fortunately, I spent less at Comic Con then I expected. I ordered a journal from their website. Should've got it when I saw it.
Image Credit: WizardWorld
I spent so much time in that one area that I completely neglected a big section of the show. Didn't realize it until it was too late. 

Since I planned on being there all day, I attended some panels. Didn't work out the way I wanted it to. I didn't leave my apartment early enough. I missed 3 I really wanted to attend. I made it in time for a panel on creating strong female protagonist. The panelist were YA authors I'd never heard of, but their books sounded interesting.

It got me thinking. Calling a female protagonist strong is a weak description. The moderator mentioned this article that said a male protagonist is usually a list of all these amazing characteristics while the female is simply called strong. Never thought of it that way.

Moral is- buy ticket early to get a 3 day pass. Hopefully, next year, I'll have the money to do just that. Still had a great time!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Disturbingly Awesome Animated Short [Video]

I know I shared an animate short Monday, but I gotta share another one. I'd heard of this one, but never watched it. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a creepy video. Especially, one that starts with a dead body. This one was kinda intense. Makes you think. 



Comic Con is today! I've been looking forward to this all week. I know the countdown has reach 0. I'll take it down on Monday. I mean, Comic Con is all weekend :D

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tim Burton & Edgar Allan Poe [Video]

What's the Month of Horror without the Master of Horror?

Love Tim Burton. Combine his style with Edgar Allan Poe and you get horror epicnesss. Why did I not know about this video?! Check out this awesome Gothic short!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Demon: Alastor

It's October! To celebrate, all  my posts will be horror related. So excited! Instead of talking about mythical creatures, I'll be doing demons. Fun. Well, most of my posts will be horror related. I'm going to NYC Comic Con in a week and I will be blogging about that!

Among the demons of Greek and Roman mythology, one of the most famous is Alastor ("avenger"), popularly known as the evil genius of the householdAs a spirit of the household in Roman mythology, he incited people to murder and commit other sins. In Greek mythology, Alastor was originally a mortal, the son of Neleus who was the king of Pylos. Later, he became a minor demon after he was slain by Hercules.



In Zoroastrianism (one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions) demonology, he is know as "The Executioner." Christian demonology refers to him as a possessing entity and the chief executioner to the monarch of Hell. In Greek mythology, he was also associated with sins that pass down from parent to child. His name means "avenging god" or "avenging deity." He was the personification of familial feuds. Also known as a tormenting spirit or a Nemesis, Alastor is often called the destroying angel and is sometimes used as a generic term for evil spirits as a whole.

Percy Bysshe Shelly wrote a poem (Alastor or The Spirit of Solitude – 1816), which warned idealists that if they're always searching for an ideal love, the world will be their tormentor, and they will die a lonely death. Alastor has also been made famous by Capcom when they named one of the characters in their video game Viewtiful Joe. Alastor is also featured as a sword and winged devil in their video game series Devil may cry. This is only small sample of his appearance in popular culture.


Image Credit: Alastor, The Cursed Angel by ~Tempest-vampire on deviantART

Sources:
Greek Mythology: Alastor
BBC Religion: Zoroastrianism at a glance
DeliriumsRealm: Alastor
Monstropedia: Alastor  
Occultopedia: Alastor, Hell's Executioner 
Paranormal Encyclopedia: Alastor