It is not uncommon for certain directors to gather a group of actors around him or herself to be used again and again in their films. Some of Hitchcock’s best films star either Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant, for example. Martin Scorsese used Robert DeNiro in several films before switching over to Leonardo DiCaprio in more recent years. An Ingmar Bergman movie is bound to have either Max
The first chapter in my book about end-of-the-world movies, Armageddon Films FAQ, deals with ten classic apocalyptic novels that had never been turned into movies. To show why such books have remained landmarks in science fiction and horror, as well as why they keep getting passed over by Hollywood, the chapter takes on the voices of those arguing such points at a studio – with a reader giving details about the book, an agent pushing the project, and a studio bean-counter attempting to find all
With the release of my new book, Quentin Tarantino FAQ, due out on March 11, 2015, I thought I would go back to my previous FAQ books for a blog or two. This time around: KISS FAQ and a particular television movie that every KISS fans remembers ....In KISS FAQ I cover the making and ramifications of the notorious television movie, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park. The chapter of the book certainly held no surprises to readers in the acknowledgement that the movie contains wooden acting, a
October 29 saw the official release of my new book, Armageddon Films FAQ. Published through Applause Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard, the over 400-page book deals with all the various types of end-of-the-world movies that have been released since the dawn of cinema up through the present. From planets and other objects smashing into us, to zombies, to contagions, to the End-Times, to anything else you can think of, Hollywood has done a tremendous job in showing how we could snuff i
The cover of the book - arriving in stores in October 2013!
Here we are in October 2013 and my new book - The Armageddon Films FAQ - should be starting to arrive in stores. Amazon already is down to nine copies as of today (10/19/2013), so that shows that copies are already heading out to those who have ordered it.
For those of you only familiar with my work dealing with music, such as my books about the band KISS (Black Diamond and KISS FAQ, to name two) and Alice Coo
It took Bruce several tries before he could open his eyes. When he did so, he thought he had gone blind. His head was pounding rapidly and each beat registered another stab of ice picks into his eyes. Or, at least, Bruce felt that way. Wow, Bruce thought, Eric really does know how to have a good time. &nb
Peter had cut the finished steak into two and served it on plates for both of them. He had also made a small salad -- his attempt to make up for his guilt at eating so much red meat -- but it sat on the dining room table untouched. The steaks were going partially uneaten as well. Ace chewed at the meat cautiously, as if eating had become foreign to him, while Peter also picked at his mea
Folks, it has been a while. No other way to put it - I've just have been swamped with work on both personal and professional basis these past few months. However, things are going to kick back into gear as we approach the release of my new book, The Armageddon Films FAQ in October 2013!
But for now ... for those who have been waiting ....
Paul and Eric were on the stage, study
After a day of Ace and Eric virtually vanishing off the face of the earth; leaving Gene and Paul in a brief panic over where they had gone; Ace and Eric returned the next day to the hall for more rehearsals on the upcoming tour. There was little talk about Eric’s stage character, with the exception of some additional ideas from Gene about the costume. There was also little need for discussion on
Here we are finally with some chapters that some of you may not have seen in a while. These chapters occurred after the end of the run in Strange Ways and several years later, back when I decided to finish the novel just to say I finished it more than anything.
From here on out, the chapters appearing originally appeared on the KISS Asylum webpage, but when the novel came out in 2000 we asked that the last few chapters be pulled so that there would be interest by fans to actua
Sorry, folks! Didn't realize I was this far behind in posting chapters! To catch up a bit, here's the next four. These chapters appeared originally in the second issue of Strange Ways back in late '85. The issue was namely an "all-Animalize issue" as the trio who worked on the fanzine had seen the band several times on that tour. Still, we had room for some more chapters of the novel and went with it, even if they didn't quite fit the tone of the rest of t
Today is the 34th anniversary of when KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park first aired for the KISS Army – 8:00 pm, Saturday, October 28, 1978 on the NBC Network . Although I spend a whole chapter in my KISS FAQ book discussing the filming and results of that film, there are a few things I didn’t get to throw due to visual limitations. So, in honor of the film, here are six things of note that commonly don’t get mentioned about KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park! 1) &n
Issue #22 of Gore Creatures, featuring a letter from Gene.
Thought some of you may be interested in the content of Gene ‘s letter to the fanzine Gore Creatures that ran in Issue #22 back in August 1973. I mentioned this briefly in the updated edition of Black Diamond, but didn’t go into details. To give it a bit of a backstory, the editor/publisher of the fanzine, Gary Svehla, was commenting on a situation he ran into with another fanzine publisher, of which you can get the in
A World without Heroes - The Unauthorized KISS Novel
Original Strange Ways #1 artwork by Larry Blake It was cold. It was dark. It was raining. It was Hell. And it had been that way for a very long time. He stood in
Last week someone asked what I thought of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not nominating KISS again. To, I believe, their disappointment, I admitted that I didn’t think much of anything about it.
Oh, I know the routine. Every year, this happens and every year us KISS fans are supposed to fall into the same old song and dance. “KISS deserves to be in there more than those acts!” Which is then followed by the usual “It’s just as well! The Hall of Fame doesn’t des
Opening Page for A World without Heroes in Strange Ways #1 (artwork by co-fanzine creator Carlyn Nugent)
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He lay on the rocky ground, his face tightening and relaxing periodically as he
A World Without Heroes - The Unauthorized KISS Novel An Introduction
It started like this …I was only starting to get involved with KISS fandom back in 1983, after having seen KISS on the Creatures of the Night tour and spending time with two friends who were deeply involved in fandom. One night they were going through a couple of the relatively few fanzines (fan-created, small-press fan magazines) that were coming out
Recently I was discussing the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Creatures of the Night album (you can find it here if you’re curious). Maybe I was trying to block it out in a way, but this now reminds me that it is also coming up on thirty years since I first saw KISS live. I thought I would dive into those memories for a few moments here, but be warned – this is just my experience as a fan going to the show; there’s no chance meeting with KISS members to be told here, no funny road-t
A bit of a whirlwind time here for me. Many things going on; many things I have to do; but certainly nothing in offer in complaint.Right now, of course, the big news is that the KISS FAQ book is slowly making its way out to store. How is that possible when the release date in many places has the book still coming out September 11 (and some others as September 1)? Well, it’s a long complicated story that isn’t that unusual in the publishing world, but namely it comes down to thi