Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Writer Writing~ Lucky Number 13


Playing on the iPod~ Pandora unleashed  

Current Read~ Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~ Empire of the Ants

Current WIP~ Urban Fantasy.

Magic number 13-Days left until Halloween


Today's gem is Empire of the Ants- 1977 movie, loosely based on the 1905 short story The Empire of the Ants written by H.G. Wells. Staring Joan Collins (Dynasty, Tales from the Crypt), Robert Pine (CHiPs, Red Eye), Pamela Susan Shoop (Galactica, Halloween II), and Edward Power (One Life to Live, The Incredible Hulk)---- among others, it takes us to the Florida everglades where Joan Collins- Marilyn Fryser- is a sleazy scam artist trying to sell real estate to her unsuspecting victims. Oh the everglades- don't have to guess how that's going to turn out. Not well. Not well at all. *Evil laugh* And don't let the queen spray you!

Other movies involving malicious ants out to destroy humanity. 

Them (1954)
Dr. Harold Medford: "We may be witnesses to a Biblical prophecy come true - 'And there shall be destruction and darkness come upon creation, and the beasts shall reign over the earth.'"  

Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (1998)
Police Chief Jeff Croy: "Come on you bitch!" 

Glass Trap (2005) 
Sharon: "Here Ants! Here Ants!" 



Empire of the Ants
Coreen Bradford: "Oh my God! They're herding us like cattle."




The greatness of classic creatures, monsters, insects, and the world of B horror, B science fiction in books and film continues!

Complete story will be posted on Halloween- 13 days!

                                                              AWAKEN
                                                          By M.A. Kastle


It weaves through his decaying flesh, forever tightening its talons on his stagnant heart. Its force, a kind of poison courses through his spoiled veins, keeping his body alive, and his soul suspended between the underworld of the dead and the world of the living. Ribbons of weakness wrap around his will and demand he give up and die. He won’t. He remains alive feeding on the desire of revenge. The dark and deadly visions entertain him, and keep his ancient mind from eating the slivers of madness.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Writer Writer~ Creature Movie


Playing on the iPod~ Pandora unleashed  

Current Read~ Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~ Creature from the Black Lagoon

Current WIP~ Urban Fantasy. Editing Horror, which is horrific!


                 19 days until Halloween , my sweets! 

     One of my weaknesses (not just creature, monster, and giant insect movies) is the setting of the movie. Sometimes it's the best part. Everyone, especially writers of any kind know the landscape can tell the story, take away from the story, or add to the story, (Who Goes There- John W. Campbell Jr. (Filmed as The Thing), cold, dark, horrible- that's a technical description- strands you in the Antarctic). When there's a desert, mountains, jungle, cloudy, snowy, windy, and smoky description each one transports the audience to another place and time. Enter Creature from the Black Lagoon- 

Lucas: "I can tell you something about this place. The boys around here call it 'The Black Lagoon' - a paradise. Only they say nobody has ever come back to prove it." 

The movie takes you deep inside the Amazon jungle,  has you watching the ripples in the water, the trees, and wondering what is lurking in the shadows. Besides, you know, a man-fish! 

Lucas: "There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish."











 The greatness of classic creatures, monsters, insects, and the world of B horror, B science fiction in books and film continues!


                                                              AWAKEN
                                                          By M.A. Kastle


It weaves through his decaying flesh, forever tightening its talons on his stagnant heart. Its force, a kind of poison courses through his spoiled veins, keeping his body alive, and his soul suspended between the underworld of the dead and the world of the living. Ribbons of weakness wrap around his will and demand he give up and die. He won’t. He remains alive feeding on the desire of revenge. The dark and deadly visions entertain him, and keep his ancient mind from eating the slivers of madness.

Because you wanted to see this picture! Sooo, my love of monster movies is bad :)
That's right- Julie Adams - Awesome! 

And then, there's everywhere I am. 

 
 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Writer Writing~ Halloween Countdown








Playing on the iPod~ Pandora unleashed  

Current Read~ Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~ My Bloody Valentine (2009)

Current WIP~ Urban Fantasy

Countdown to Halloween is in full swing- 24 days!!


Oh creature flicks, how I love thee. And humans changing into creatures- that's just awesome. Starring Lon Chaney Jr. The Alligator People is creepy on several levels and if you haven't seen it, fix some popcorn, grab a drink, because it's worth the time. I like the idea there's a doctor messing with people and no one, NO ONE, tries to kick his rear for screwing with an entire town. Adding to the movie's shadowy feel is its setting in Louisiana. Love the moss hanging from the trees, and the bayou.

Manon: "I'll kill you Alligator Man! Just like I'd kill any four-legged gator!"






The greatness of classic creatures, monsters, insects, and the world of B horror, B science fiction in books and film starts NOW!


                                                              AWAKEN
                                                          By M.A. Kastle


It weaves through his decaying flesh, forever tightening its talons on his stagnant heart. Its force, a kind of poison courses through his spoiled veins, keeping his body alive, and his soul suspended between the underworld of the dead and the world of the living. Ribbons of weakness wrap around his will and demand he give up and die. He won’t. He remains alive feeding on the desire of revenge. The dark and deadly visions entertain him, and keep his ancient mind from eating the slivers of madness.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Writer Writing ~ Welcome to October




Playing on the iPod~ Pandora unleashed  

Current Read~ Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~ Blood Drive (It's on demand)

Current WIP~ Urban Fantasy



Welcome my dark lovelies.  It's officially Halloween Season! 
(Not that it ever ends)

     When it comes to cinema and horror, I know when I fell in love. It started early in life after watching the 1925 silent movie Phantom of the Opera. The black and white classic scared me to death and the feeling has never left. Later, I would understand the feeling of fear and the rush from being scared. The combination reminds of me of chocolate and port, and the thrill of taking the dark path instead of following the well lit road. Yea, I know, I would be the first to die in a horror movie.

To kick start October, I'm talking about the horror movies that molded my quick wit and winning personality. Lucky you!

Horror movies changed the way I saw the world. They made it an exciting, thrilling, scary, sometimes dark adventure. And it didn't stop with movies, horror's influence absolutely crawled in to my soul and changed the stories I wanted to write. 
 
Here are some that are just awesome. And they scared me to death.
King Kong (1933 & 1976) I hid in the living room to see the movie and cried when King Kong died. 
Godzilla 
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Omega Man (1971) Still cringe.
Swamp Thing
House of Wax - Vincent Price
The Stepford Wives (1975)

The movie with the most influence has to be The Wizard of Oz-
Holy cow, that movie, shown once a year (a long time ago in another life) scared me to death. It was a family movie! The flying monkeys were creepy as hell, and the wicked witch’s castle was dark and gloomy- and, you get the picture, I was a kid. Every year, we sat down to watch it, and every year I dreaded the monkeys. I didn’t dread being scared, oh no, I looked forward to the rush. Of course, now I would love to have a platoon of creepy flying monkeys in uniforms to send after people. Lol, a little horror writer humor.
As a writer I'm greatly influenced by Wes Craven. Can you say..... Nightmare on Elm Street! He took sleep away from a generation of kids! Genius mixed with cruelty. He became my hero.
Other movies that influenced my writing-
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) 
Stepford Wives (1975)
Christen
Halloween
Friday the 13th..... The list could go on and on.

There are two different stories in horror: internal and external. In external horror films, the evil comes from the outside, the other tribe, this thing in the darkness that we don't understand. Internal is the human heart. John Carpenter
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/horror_films.html
There are two different stories in horror: internal and external. In external horror films, the evil comes from the outside, the other tribe, this thing in the darkness that we don't understand. Internal is the human heart. John Carpenter
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/horror_films.html
"There are two different stories in horror: internal and external. In external  horror films, the evil comes from the outside, the other tribe, this thing in the darkness that we don't understand. Internal is the human heart."  John Carpenter


The greatness of classic creatures, monsters, insects, and the world of B horror, B science fiction in books and film starts in October. Stay tuned....

                                                              AWAKEN
                                                          By M.A. Kastle


It weaves through his decaying flesh, forever tightening its talons on his stagnant heart. Its force, a kind of poison courses through his spoiled veins, keeping his body alive, and his soul suspended between the underworld of the dead and the world of the living. Ribbons of weakness wrap around his will and demand he give up and die. He won’t. He remains alive feeding on the desire of revenge. The dark and deadly visions entertain him, and keep his ancient mind from eating the slivers of madness.



  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Writer Wiritng ~ Keeping a Journal



Playing on the iPod~ Chris Stapleton

Current Read~ Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~ Blood Drive (It's on demand)

Current WIP~ Urban Fantasy

Is there a need for a writer, creative, to keep a journal? 
Do you keep a journal?

     I read an article on Flavorwire (If you haven't checked the site out, it's cool)  (click here to read it in its entirety) about 10 Famous Authors on the Importance of Keeping a Journal- A couple of the authors listed are Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, C.S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury, and Joan Didion.
     As a writer I look up writing sites- writers on writing, what they do, maybe what I should do- and every now and then there's someone saying you should keep a journal. They go on to explain the importance behind the theory. However, with everything in this world, there's yes, of course I keep a journal, and there's plain, no. I'm a plain no. No journal for me. Because of this brazen act against writing down my inner thoughts, I have had people try to change my mind.
     Part of my defense- I have a notebook (lol, I have a lot of notebooks, and love each one dearly) and write in it everyday. Not my inner thoughts, but random things, like, that song is awesome- add it to something. The guy at the store has a bluesy voice- add it somewhere. The beater car that passed me with its music blaring and out of state plates, has a story- write it. And the moment I saw Santa Claus driving an 80's TranAm, I made a note and swear, I look it at often. I also makes notes of conversations, food ideas, music, wine.. oh the wine, and I take pictures of everything. My phone has it's work cut out, thankfully, I don't use it to talk to people, lol. Still there's this doubt, and because I might overthink things... and then question why, I wondered, why don't I keep a journal? Should I keep a journal? Do I really want to keep a journal?


     The answer remains a solid no. What I truly need is a way to explain the reason for not keeping a journal. The ah moment happened when I read the Flavorwire article- originally from the The Paris Review interview, 2010;  Ray Bradbury is quoted “As soon as I get an idea, I write a short story, or I start a novel, or I do a poem. So I have no need for a notebook. I do keep files of ideas and stories that didn’t quite work a year ago, five years ago, ten years ago. I come back to them later and I look through the titles. It’s like a father bird coming with a worm. You look down at all these hungry little beaks — all these stories waiting to be finished — and you say to them, Which of you needs to be fed? Which of you needs to be finished today? And the story that yells the loudest, the idea that stands up and opens its mouth, is the one that gets fed. And I pull it out of the file and finish it within a few hours.”
     OK, so it's hard not to think, He's awesome. And yes, that's it.
     The flip side is stated by Jessamyn West- “People who keep journals have life twice.”
     There is something to writing down your life, seeing it, remembering what you did, how you survived, and how you moved on. I imagine it's empowering. Your strength shines without being stated. It's like a ninja- comes in and leaves and despite the ninja stars- I'll stop, no idea where I was going with that, but will write it down. I'm a forward kind of person and I think that is the reason for not keeping a traditional journal. See how I just threw that in there! Traditional. No, I'm not going to put my life on paper, or in the notes of my phone, I do believe all my notes are my life, every detail from words I hear in songs, right down to Santa Claus, and they're waiting to be brought to life.
     Dang, did I just say, I keep a journal. There goes my solid no. 






The greatness of classic creatures, monsters, insects, and the world of B horror, B science fiction in books and film starts in October. Stay tuned....

                                                              AWAKEN
                                                          By M.A. Kastle


It weaves through his decaying flesh, forever tightening its talons on his stagnant heart. Its force, a kind of poison courses through his spoiled veins, keeping his body alive, and his soul suspended between the underworld of the dead and the world of the living. Ribbons of weakness wrap around his will and demand he give up and die. He won’t. He remains alive feeding on the desire of revenge. The dark and deadly visions entertain him, and keep his ancient mind from eating the slivers of madness.


 
     

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Writer Writing ~








Playing on the iPod~ Jon Bonamassa

Current Read~ Night Veil ~ Yasmine Galenorn

Current Fav TV, Movie~ The Last Kingdom ~ Based on Bernard Cornwell's books ~ everyone needs a dose of Viking.

Current WIP~ Urban Fantasy. Like that's it- getting my horror story ready for Halloween!

       Do you enjoy Comic Cons?
       I do! Planning on going again and being part of the fun ;)                                           


     This month I found myself in Colorado (gypsy heart here) at the same time Colorado Spring Comic Con 2017 was in full swing. What is the chance of that? Yea, had to go. As a last minute decision- like get in the car, enter the address in to the talking map, (don't want to get lost and have to seek wine) kind of last minute. Being last minute meant no Cosplay, and sadly my flips flops didn't count.
     Once inside there were characters from- Deadpool, Game of Thrones, The Rings, Star Trek, a couple of Stormtroopers, Star Wars, and Anime. You know, then me, flip flops and wide eyes. There were also some great actors and actresses present- Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Marty Kove (evil karate teacher- Karate Kid), Billy Zabka (evil student- Karate Kid- and my favorite giant snake movie- Python), Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Kent Mccord (Galactica 1980), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Escape from New York- she's a badass), and sooo many others that I stared in awe.
     My words, and this is very important, while driving and the map was talking and totally interrupting me, I said, "Yea, I'm not into autographs and pictures. Not going to worry about that, I'll be happy just staring at everyone." I'm simple.
     If you know me, and that means you've read this blog, and have read about all my favorite things in this crazy world, like giant creature movies, monsters, Facebook quizzes (I'm Mysterious Sexy, not sure what that means) and 80's space movies. Now that we covered that- I love FLASH GORDON. You know where this is going....
     Sooo, I'm walking around, staring at everything, everyone, and then I spot Melody Anderson AKA Dale Arden and Sam Jones AKA Flash Gordon, and nearly lose my mind. I turned in to a total fangirl. This is when I said, "I want my picture taken. I want an autograph. I want it right now! This is awesome."
     Mentally I was trying to keep it together- Please remember how to talk, speak, and please, please, don't say anything stupid. You want to know how it went? I did pretty good. Remembered my name and got my autograph!! That's success. Love comic con!



There's serious business ahead, as September leads to October and Autumn and that means Halloween is around the corner. In case you didn't know, there will be a Friday the 13th as well! I know.... Halloween and Friday the 13th in the same month- incredible and perfect. Despite it being blazing hot here in So Cal, and the sound of the air conditioner clicking on, I'm getting my posts ready. This year's theme will be classic creatures, monsters, insects, the world of B horror, B science fiction in books and film. Fun, fun. Stay tuned.....

Want to add to the list- comment....



    
     
         
     
 









Monday, July 31, 2017

Writer Writing ~ Horror Reads


Just in case you needed to know where you could find a couple of horror reads, I've added the links here.

Tales of Woe ~
A collection of Short Stories

~ Click Here ~




Gloomy~
A short tale of one woman's battle with the merciless weather, gloomy days, and the men who don't understand her. How far will their ignorance push her?

The Gateway~
When adventure calls you listen.
Audacious couples bring in All Hollows' Eve by visiting a cemetery. Their giggles drift, their warmth touches the wind, and the scent of their blood seduces the dark ones crossing through the gateway.

Tragic Delusion~ 
Faced with the uncertainty of survival, a man is forced to push himself. Tangled thoughts, injuries, and the harsh desert take their toll on his fragile mind.

Mind's Eye~
When a sickness ravages the land turning men and women into heartless killers, Bonny does what she has to and escapes. As she drives through the night, everything is not what it seems when her mind's eye shows her the broken pieces of the truth.

Tales of Woe~ 
Everyone has a tale of woe. In the dark corners, there are those with a tale of revenge. By the time a group of friends learn their lesson, their sins have found them and their fate is sealed. Unless one of them works for forgiveness despite the high price of betrayal.


A Curse Revisited 
The Legend of Noah Blyth

 ~ Click Here ~






















When a group of friends go camping to celebrate Halloween, they expect to sit around the fire, tell ghost stories, and enjoy some laughs. As they settle in and the first story starts, the unexpected erupts and they realize they aren't alone.
Whatever is lurking in the woods has a taste for blood and has them in its sights.



Fantasia Divinity Magazine 
April 2017 Issue 

~Click Here~


















Featuring 7 stories, this issue focuses primarily on fantasy and the supernatural. The stories included in this issue: "A Moth" by Patrick Doerksen, "The Race" by Alison McBain, "Missing: Friendly Spook" by Mary E. Lowd, "Alchemy" by Cindar Harrell, "Dragon's Tongue" by J.M. Williams, "Snow Serenade" by Claerie Kavanaugh, and "Together We Are Complete" by M.A. Kastle.



Women in Horror Annual 
   
    ~ Click Here ~ 






















By M.A. Kastle ~ Desert Dwellers

The Women in Horror Annual is an anthology of horror fiction and nonfiction written by women. While not unique in the horror literary landscape, the WHA counts as one among a scant handful of women-only anthologies. The WHA promotes and celebrates female voices in horror, and the stories and papers contained within represent a diverse group of writers, each with their own unique vision. Some of these women have published previously, while others are just starting out. Women are often under-represented in the horror market, and this anthology is a step toward providing more female voices a chance to be heard/read. The stories herein run the gamut from melancholic to erotic; some are violent, brutal affairs, and others are more psychological. The papers include cinematic and literary analysis, touching upon themes of blood, motherhood, and insanity.



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