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
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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.



  

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