Monday, November 20, 2017

Writer Writing ~



Playing on the iPod~ Carley Pearce - Hide the Wine 

Current Read~
Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~
Random Netflix 

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy + Editing = Wine.   


Welcome to the second week whoa- third week of nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), if you're participating. Good luck and God speed.
I'm not.
It does sound like a crazy fun time with words. Why, you ask, have you never participated? November is total chaos in my world. Between Thanksgiving, traveling, family, hunting down the perfect Christmas tree, decorating said tree, and the celebrating, I'm out. I always say, next year, next year, ummm... next year.
We'll see what 2018 holds.
Part of the problem- the Thanksgiving trip is ten hours long.... right, what the hey? And the fun is about to commence. In preparation, I have finished the road trip food. This is very important as I have Celiac Disease (ZERO gluten) and maybe a couple of other minor food allergies (diary, peanuts, tree nuts). This makes traveling a royal pain in my A**.  No stopping and grabbing something.
Sooo... what did I fix? Dark (no dairy) chocolate, cherry, rice crispy squares! That's right. Those- by the way go perfect with coffee. It's great to load up on sugar and caffeine and sit for hours. Yea, yea, I've got carrots, celery, hummus, blah, blah, to combat my vices, and some food no one else wants to eat. On the bright side, once I make it to my destination, they're promising tacos. Taco Tuesday! And wine!
OK, Ok, that's enough of that.

"Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside." ~ Willard Scott ~

If you're traveling- be safe! 
If your family is gathering- be safe, lol!



There are 35 days until Christmas. You're welcome :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Writer Writing ~ Awaken



Playing on the iPod~ Pandora

Current Read~
Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~
The Wolf Man (1941)  

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy. Editing.....  

                                   
                       


Up, until I feel like taking it down.......



          THE LEGEND OF SET



‘I know they took her. I know they hurt her. I listened to her screams as they cut her up.’ Set boasted. Following his smooth voice were two scarlet points, they emerged from midnight’s hold, grew brighter, and stopped. ‘You want revenge.’

Yes.

No.  
Saad wanted to run away when his skin crawled, and he saw the God’s true face. His form, nothing more than an apparition, floated on the air. His eyes, held in the thick mist narrowed on Saad, conveying a silent threat.
‘You will be granted the revenge your heart seeks- if you swear your life to me.’ The request slithered through the air. Set slowly drifted closer, his floating spirit towering above the ground, while his forked tail whipped behind him.
 The complete story is at the top- click there or click here.  
 










Thursday, October 26, 2017

Writer Writing~ The Mummy




 
Playing on the iPod~ Hozier

Current Read~
Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~
The Mummy (1959) 

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy. Editing.   


                                             5 days til Halloween 

First there's an alligator dude, a creature from a lagoon, and angry, murderous, ferocious giant ants and spiders, and now a mummy. See the collation? You are at makastle.com, now do you the collation? Totally makes sense.  
 I bring you The Mummy (1959). Starring Christopher Lee (the mummy), Peter Cushing (the guy who wants to kill the mummy), and Yvonne Furneaux (mummy love), this movie is part of the Hammer films family. (which I totally love)
In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences. IMDb click here.  Sounds foreboding, does it not? I actually had this movie on VHS (just aged myself) until I drove it and my machine to their death. Actually named my dog Anubis... that's a different story. 

This movie is to get you in the right mood for Awaken. (Full story posted on Halloween.) And because you can't have Halloween without a little Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee action.  

The Mummy (1959)
Isobel Banning: John isn't it time you going to bed... What's the matter?
John Banning: It's extraordinary! I've never noticed it before, but with your hair like that you are the image of Ananka.
Isobel Banning: Am I?
John Banning: She was considered the most beautiful woman in the world.
Isobel Banning: Oh!, I am flattered!
John Banning: Mind you, the world wasn't so big then.
M.A. Kastle: Not nice John, not nice.



 





                                                              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.

 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Writer Writing~ 11 days and Spiders


Playing on the iPod~ Pandora unleashed  

Current Read~
Dark Carousel ~ Christine Feehan

Current Fav TV, Movie~
Z Nation

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy. A synopsis- enough said.  

            
                    What.... 11 days until Halloween!

   If it hasn't been blatantly apparent, I might, maybe a little, sorta, kinda like the Syfy channel. Soo, here today is Lavalantula! Staring Steve Guttenberg (which I had the pleasure of staring at while attending Colorado Springs Comic Con), Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars), and Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard- Sharknado!) Lavalantula takes place in LA. I know, very exotic location. Steve Guttenberg - Colton West- a once popular actor, is now forced to star in low-budget horror movies that also star giant bugs. Everything changes when earthquakes shake up LA, but it isn't finished, adding to the fun are volcanic eruptions (can't be outdone by those pesky earthquakes). We all know where this is going- that's right- Colton West has to save his family from lava-breathing arachnids!! Go Colton! Poor LA, that road construction is going to last forever. ;) And then there's Lavalantula 2! Damn, LA is a bad place to live.
 


Other movies to watch depicting misunderstood spiders:

Tarantula 
Andy Anderson: "No footprints! No blood! No sign of a struggle! The bones just stripped clean like peeling a banana!"

The Spider / Earth vs. the Spider (1958)
Sheriff Cagle: "Just put down "cause unknown" and let the coroner worry about the rest. That's the trouble with you eggheads - you jump to conclusions! I know what I see and I see a dead man, but, uh, I don't see any spider."

Kingdom of the Spider 
Birch Colby: "Are you crazy lady? This is our home, and no damn spiders are gonna run us out!"

The Giant Spider Invasion
Dr. Jenny Langer: "Spiders came out of the briefcase! They're coming from the geodes!"
Dr. J.R. Vance: "The WHAT?"
Dr. Jenny Langer: "Gee-ODES!"




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


                                                              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, 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.