Kill for a Copy and Kill the Eternal Chill

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I have always wanted something that prepared me for the fall. I am not talking about gloves, hats, or even jackets. When summer hits, it scorches and torches everyone it sees, on any given day. As if with the sweep of a powerful broom, September transitions into a variation of hot weather and the expectation of chillier temperatures. Let us say the heat leaves the building. The varied breezes stay and sometimes get deep into the bones. However, I am not talking about preparing for a colder fall.

Sometimes you want to take in warm, seasonal drinks, like Apple Cider. This will not take away the freeze, forever. You can attend cheerful and customary events. This is a temporary high, but a wintry coat can still make you shiver. There are times the fall is a sign to embrace a season’s other purpose and make use of the tools that feed off the season.

You still shiver. You ably rub your shoulders, and hands to generate warmth. People find comfort in the different, colorful socks, and search their homes for a bevy of blankets. You realize some fear, a primal component, takes over your senses in the colder weather, at times. This made me want to write. A set of characters move through the chill and embrace an experience that becomes dangerous. Do they survive? What will matter most is that both people spent the right time together under the most brutal final act. I wrote a story Time It Right to see if I could bring the right feel, in horror, to the proper season, in those balmy moments. The story produces warmth between two characters, though their situation becomes dire quickly.

This story was of interest to one Jack Rollins, and Dark Chapter Press, at http://www.darkchapterpress.com/. The rest is history. A company, on only their third publication, gathers 17 stories, all with the purpose to chill, shake, and send your mind into disaster. This amalgamation, Kill for a Copy, just works. I chose my story for the fall, but fear, horror and mayhem is year round. Every story comes from a different experience. An introduction, from one Shaun Hutson, sets the table. Jack Rollins, Stuart Keane, Fiend Gottes, and all of us establish our tales and let you put your fear in the place it belongs, in the imagination. Check out Kill For A Copy, and find a place to put your dread. Boo!

Kill For A Copy is currently available through Barnes and Noble, at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kill-for-a-copy-jack-rollins/1122274541?ean=9780993062032 and Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Kill-For-Copy-Jack-Rollins/dp/0993062032.

DWARF COMPLETE IS HERE and is 2.50!

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by W1totalk

A while back, I had written some stories about a being known in mythology to have been an artisan, smith, miner, and warrior, only, in most text. Though many tales exist about the Dwarf, for me, it was important to put a different spin on the character. You can always place the Dwarf in a dark time, or fantastic place to coexist in a purposeful adventure. In my case, I wish to use this character, as the main character, to set an example of the eternal order that must exist between good and evil, under different circumstances.

You could always put a Dwarf, the stager, on a quest, and in a battle with a vile dragon for his lost gold. It is possible to put, a rogue Dwarf against his own family lineage as he clashes to create his own dominant line. Dwarf Complete looks to set a different standard.

Dwarf Complete is in an alternate universe, starting in 2010. It follows his character, over a three-year period. Thirty-year-old Lawrence Dodgea gangland version of Robin Hood battles a corrupted, ever-changing existence.

His top place, as leader of a special gang, and lust for violence, gets him a special audience with the newest weapon from a special, new, law enforcement group, the Cavaliers. Lawrence’s first encounter with the diabolical machine snatches, and changes, his life, literally. He becomes the weapon, a realized legend, a Dwarf that fights evil, and can only battle this evil to an epic and monstrous conclusion

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The question, in all of this, is can you accept the ending? The character Lawrence follows a path he should and enters situations that make his life beyond torturous. In the end, he makes a choice, and follows it to a major finale, but is it fair?
You can order Dwarf Complete, now for just 2.50, unless you have Kindle unlimited or use the other incentives,  at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010THPA1M/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_YkkMvb1SCC8.  I cannot forget to acknowledge one of my inspirations, at Dark Chapter Press, at http://www.darkchapterpress.com/, for more great written content. Thank you, ahead of time, for your contributions.

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by Ballakallab at Wikimedia Commons

An Unexpected Writing Opportunity

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I have to admit something. There are times that I have written short stories.  A while back I had written a story for a major horror press, Dark Chapter Press. I had my work accepted. With that not only comes an opportunity to show my piece, in a strong anthology, Kill For A Copy, but the opportunity for the work to be produced at an even higher level.

This is where you might be able to help. The work exists as a Kickstarter opportunity. You want to have some fun being scared? You like reading? You like introductions written by a great writer? Help and contribute. The idea is to add to a project and help to make this anthology one of the strongest in history. You can be part of it. Visit the Kickstarter page, at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1319364316/kill-for-a-copy-a-dark-chapter-press-horror-anthol, and find a dark corner ahead of time. 

Turn up your senses. Quiver. Shake. Know how good it feels to be scared in the summer; winter, and even in the fall. In reality, it is an opportunity to enjoy works written by some of the most effective manufacturers of fear. Contribute to become a not only the owner of one of the hottest anthologies on the market, but pledge just enough, and become part of the horror. You can become a character in future short stories, in upcoming anthologies, written by Jack Rollins, Stuart Keane, and even M.R. Wallace. This is real. 

Come on. Contribute and be part of the horror history, presented by Dark Chapter Press. I had definitely my contribution and I am sure you might crap your pants. Thank you for your time, and the opportunity. 

Appearances May Be Deceiving

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Chris Favero – Flickr: Wolverine Sharpening his claws at C2E2 2012 Marvel Costume contest at Wikipedia

I see Hugh Jackman as a strong actor. All of the work he does is strong. He was solid in Swordfish. He was epic in Les Miserables. He has even played a strong character, Wolverine, in the X-men franchise. The focus, at the start, of this article is his on-screen existence as Wolverine. Actually, the hope is this piece highlights what it represents, and maybe what can change. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine, but the film presence, he represents, needs a new life, or it needs a more accurate life.

I have never been a fan of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The true character is smaller. He is bulkier. The comic mutant is a nastier, and darker, character than what Jackman can bring to the screen. The Australian actor brings, and works to bring, box office flair to the character, which either sells, or fails. In some cases, this is not always necessary.

My feeling, at times, is the content and accuracy of the source material should deliver in film, as it does in the comics. This has to be done right. I saw X-men in the theaters in 2000. It was exciting to see the X-men, and even Wolverine, live and in person. The reality, now, after all of those films, is that some combination of true source material and respect to the rules of Hollywood must deliver at the box office, going forward. X-men:The Last Stand, X-men Origins, Wolverine, and the Wolverine, are not examples of this beautiful combination. I could also point out films like Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other films, with certain aspirations.

With movies like Deadpool, and films with source material driving its inspiration, there is hope the box office can become a place for not only box office dollars, but for a place where true fictional material can come to life on the movie screen. I am a hater of Green Lantern, the film. I loved the look of the film, the characters in the film, the actors, and the feel of the movie. The skin-like uniforms and organic rings were beautiful. It gave you a taste of Green Lantern.

However, the whole film is just a taste of the Green Lantern universe.  There is no intergalactic work, no well-written alien characters to enjoy, be fearful of, or even acknowledge. There was not even the ominous presence, or hint, of the Blackest Night in the film. It, along with the War of Light, as comic book epics, could make box office money. It means getting the first film, the most important one, right.

The work and the films currently made, out of all of the characters implied, and delivered, in a sense. In some movies, you almost believe making certain creative decisions, allowing a character to be truer to its roots, and using stories closer to the original content, will bring more people, and inspire a broader audience to attend the movie theater.

A different Wolverine might not necessarily go off in his own films, but simply exist in the X-men franchise, until he must leave. He can enter his own sets of films later. This Wolverine might have been able to create an epic encounter with one gamma green monster, in the Hulk; in an unexpected, glorious one on one, on-screen battle to rival a Frankenstein meets the Wolf man. It can still happen, but it is all about the decisions. Green Lantern could follow the work of this character Hal Jordan, as he learns his place in the universe and takes on minor, heavy, foes, while a set of films slowly reveals a mainstay villain in Sinestro.

Why not trust in the material? Why not make a Transformers film, only from the perspective of the robots in disguise?  If it tried and failed, it would make sense. What is in the theaters now is subject to plenty of debate.