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Catching up with PAUL D. BRAZILL | You Would Say That, Wouldn’t You?

Short, Sharp Interview: Dan Weatherer

http://www.amazon.com/Soul-That-Screamed-Horrified-Press/dp/1291596127/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388152727&sr=1-1&keywords=dan+weathererPDB: Can you pitch The Soul That Screamed in 25 words or less?

A collection of horror shorts to suit all (dis)tastes

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I really enjoyed ‘Seven Psychopaths’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ is kind of a guilty pleasure. ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ are my top television picks, though to be honest I watch relatively little TV!

Book wise I recently finished ‘The Necronomicon’ and have just started ‘The Satanic Bible.’

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

That’s a tough one. Personally, not if you have a real desire to write and to write well.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

I see myself at the very beginning of my writing career, and so would not rule out trying my hand at either. In fact I have already written and produced a short film (‘The Legend of the Chained Oak’) which we will be screening at various festivals next year. That project may lead into me writing a feature length script. I also intend to make some of my short stories into films with a local film maker sometime in 2014.

http://www.amazon.com/Soul-That-Screamed-Horrified-Press/dp/1291596127/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388152727&sr=1-1&keywords=dan+weathererPDB: How much research goes into each book?

Whenever I am looking to add authenticity or obscurity into a story, I’ll hit the books/internet.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

As I am just starting to make a name for myself, Social Media has become invaluable! I also like the fact I can reach readers directly, either for feedback or just to build a rapport. The personal touch goes a long way, and I have been taken aback by the sheer amount of support I have received from people I have never met!

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

2014 will see the release of ‘The Legend of the Chained Oak’; we have high hopes of success for the project. There will also be more collaboration with film makers and artists. Now I have secured the talents of Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard as my agent, I’ll be working hard to push my debut collection ‘The Soul that Screamed’ to a wider audience. Oh, and if I find the time…possibly a new book! Agnes Ferry has quite the fan club or so I hear…

BIO: Dan Weatherer began writing horror after losing his job at the start of 2013, a cruel twist of fate that turned out to be a blessing in disguise!

Discovered and published by Scathe meic Beorh, his first ever tale “The Legend of the Chained Oak” was an immediate success and was made into a movie, due Autumn 2014.

His next major project was a solo collection of short stories titled “The Soul That Screamed” (released Oct 23rd 2013.)  He will also collaborate with film-maker John Williams in the near future.

“Gilbert’s Well” is his first attempt at writing for a younger audience.

He lives in Staffordshire, where is married to his beautiful wife Jenni and is a (proud) full time dad to his daughter Bethany.

via PAUL D. BRAZILL | You Would Say That, Wouldn’t You?.

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trailers and expectation | Goodreads | Carrie Vaughn’s Blog –

trailers and expectation

Carrie Vaughn

[Terry: When I read this, I was thinking about how much it relates to selling a book. Or even writing one.]

I’ve been thinking a lot about movie trailers and the expectations they raise.  Specifically, why the trailers for The Lone Ranger filled me with such dread while the trailers for Pacific Rim, which by all rights ought to be the exact same kind of overblown outrageous summer FX extravaganza, fill me with such transcendent joy.  So this is me, thinking out loud a little bit.

My first thought is this is comparing apples and oranges.  Ranger is a western, Pacific Rim is a monster/mecha movie.  But no, it’s not — they’re both intended to be summer blockbusters.  They’re both genre movies — I mean, both of them got their own homage issues of Planetary, that celebration of all things genre. (Planetary’s Lone Ranger homage is discussed here, its kaiju homage here.)  They both have things I love and ought to push my buttons and light up my brain.

So what about The Lone Ranger trailers suggested that the movie was going to be overblown dreck? And what about the Pacific Rim trailers have me so excited I can’t even sit still?

It turns out, I’m much more willing to believe CGI depicting something that can’t possibly happen — giant mecha suits battling unlikely giant monsters — than I am something that really can happen — a train crash — but which is made to look more like a cartoon that defies all laws of physics.  Because the train crash in TLR trailers looked so cartoony, it suggested that the filmmakers were going to be treating the whole thing as a big cartoon.

Johnny Depp’s Tonto reinforced that impression.

I do not want a Lone Ranger that is treated like a goofy-ass cartoon.  The filmmakers did not seem to take the character seriously.  And to everyone who says the Lone Ranger can’t possibly be taken seriously in our modern cynical age, I once again direct your attention to Captain America, which took an old-fashioned character, played him totally straight and earnest, and everybody loved it.  In fact, I think modern audiences may be hungry for old-fashioned earnest heroes.

Pacific Rim has been dismissed by some as nothing more than “Transformers v. Godzilla,” or “loud awful CGI monsters whatever.”  But here’s the thing an old-school geek like me sees in the trailer:  I see a live action version of this, and this, and this – all things I never thought I would see done well in live action, ever.  (The links go to YouTube clips of Robotech, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, and Voltron.)  This movie is getting the aesthetic of mecha anime, modernized and updated, exactly right.  Which tells me the filmmakers understand what they’re doing, know what their audience wants, and know how to give it to them.

The Lone Ranger trailers showed me things I’d seen before — goofy action, western — on steroids, which is not something I necessarily want to see.  I ended up seeing The Lone Ranger partly because I was curious to see if my assessment of the trailers was accurate.  It was.

The Pacific Rim trailers hint at a story.  Maybe not much of one, but it’s there — threat to the Earth, a unit of super-trained mech warriors, an obstacle to their success, will they win?  The Lone Ranger trailer had a lot of action scenes, and relied on audience knowledge of the story already attached to the franchise — the Ranger and Tonto will team up and do stuff.  Yay.  The Pacific Rim trailer actually makes me want to see what happens next.

And there it is, an off the cuff analysis of trailers.  Now, plenty of people seemed to like The Lone Ranger just fine, and I can’t really fault the trailers because they delivered exactly what they promised.  I’m hoping Pacific Rim will do likewise.  And I think I may have finally learned my lesson:  if  a trailer fills me with existential dread, don’t go see the movie!  I’m planning on seeing Pacific Rim at some point this weekend.  I’ll let you know how it measures up to my expectations.

via Goodreads | Carrie Vaughn’s Blog – trailers and expectation – July 12, 2013 08:42.

Welcome to a new friend: Justinator of Kokstars–AllStars: Stance-off | KOKSTARS

AllStars: Stance-off

The AllStars crew have put on another gathering of like-minded car aficionados. This time the key was “Stance”.

Not political, it’s about how your car sits. Does it sit like it’s got a stilt up it’s keister or does it sit like it’s taking a dump on the pavement? If you said “hell yeah” to the second option then you belong in the stanced crowd and you should have brought your car down like these people.

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Toyota Aristo, VIP style, I don’t see much of this in Sydney. Makes sense because this dude had Victoria plates.

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Not alone, that’s for sure, much more hotness here

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Something so right about E30 Bimmers, this one was very clean, love the wheels, must take around an hour to wash those… each.

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On another BMW – I am a fan of the marque, please enjoy this wallpaper

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Chunky looking 350z. Work Meisters are my personal favourite

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Nismo wheels on this very sorted looking S15, you know they’re serious when they carry spares… for punctures of course.

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Tasty fitment

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The Zen Garage stand and rides of the Capozzi kind.

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This S15 had something to say…

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…Worked much?
S15: I just met you and this is crazy but here’s my number so call me maybe.

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Panorama of the “B side”. If your car doesn’t officially qualify for “super stance” then you parked here as hard as you could. Having said that some cars here were pretty awesome.

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86 sitting nicely, good fitment.

DSC_4990_Fotor_20130519Tons more at    AllStars: Stance-off | KOKSTARS.

Movie Time and Girl Crush: Kristen Bell

MOVIE TIME

First up we’ve got another featurette for Pacific Rim that explains the need for two people in the “Jaegers” the two pilots are connected by “Drift” where they share every memorie good or bad.

And also there is a Jaeger designer HERE

And this is mine

Kokstars 1-2

Steph: Justin has covered most of the upcoming films that I am excited about so I will attempt to write about some different ones that look interesting.

Stuck In Love

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Ever since Veronica Mars, I have had a huge girl crush on Kristen Bell

and I am super excited about the Veronica Mars movie. In the meantime, however, Stuck In Love is due to be released early June. The story is about a successful author (Greg Kinnear) who is obsessed with his ex-wife (Jennifer Connelly) and continues to spy on her despite ‘having fun’ with his neighbour Tricia (Kristen Bell). It’s a story about love and life explored through the relationships between him, his 2 children and his ex-wife with the colourful addition of Tricia who tries to help him back into the dating world. Watch the trailer here

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon at the premiere of Serenity

Buffy The Vampire Slayer cast at the wrap part...

I studied way too much Shakespeare in school to really enjoy it anymore, but this seems interesting. This version by Joss Whedon was shot at his house in 12 days and uses the original text unlike many adaptations. The story is a comedy that follows the stories of 2 pairs of lovers that both have different views on love. There’s a little something here for everybody. It is also set for a June 2013 release and you can

watch a trailer here.

[Terry:  On Bonanza, Pop Cartwright always said, “The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together. Who can come up with the second line of “The Family That Blogs Together…  

Because I can’t think of anything but stuff relating to Frogs and that really doesn’t work. Bog? Eggnog?

By the way, being a Veronica Mars fan isn’t something to be ashamed of…I actually invested/donated on Kickstarter for the Veronica Mars MOVIE (Muppets go Yayyy!) ]

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