What I should've said was....


This past weekend, I was privileged to sit on a panel of independent filmmakers and speak to the public. Now...I’m a writer, and not what one might call an accomplished writer, but a writer nonetheless. I write because I don’t speak well. My mind moves faster than my mouth and I tend to ramble and go off on unrelated tangents.
So what happened was this:  Michelle at HorrorHound asked me a question and I honestly don’t remember her exact words...so for the next minute or so I babbled. It was something about what it’s like for a novelist to cross over to writing and making films.

I think I talked about every other subject that was discussed prior and never really answered her question. I’m not sure I even approached the question. What a tool J

PigMan....the movie

After all this time, I'm finally getting around to doing what I've wanted to do since I was a kid:  Make Movies! The PigMan short film is happening!
My first book... Awww, look at him, all grown up.

The goal when writing Demons and Other Inconveniences was to eventually turn my stories into films, and that goal continued through the next 10 books. So I have a lot of material to adapt. I've made a few short films for practice, and then last year gathered with a group of people who are of a similar level of crazy and we made Anderson Wake. If you've read Down the Psycho Path, you might recognize it.
It was a great learning experience and turned out well...in fact, it's going to screen at this year's HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis this September--so go to the show and support Indie Horror!

He waits at the bottom of your stairs.
Now, the second film based on one of my stories is near and dear because it was the first short story I ever finished and published. Based on a nightmare my wife had, and then woke me to tell me about, PigMan is a demon you don't want hanging around your house.

We are crowdfunding this one because I want the monster to be properly represented. Practical effects all the way. I also have plenty of plans to expand on this creature's world...PigMan the feature film isn't outside the realm of possibility!

I'm working with a group of very talented actors and filmmakers who all have more experience than I do, so I hope to learn a lot from this shoot. Either way, it's going to be a blast to make, and I hope in the end, it scares the shit out of all of you.

So tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell random strangers to go check out the film's Facebook Page for updates.

Go to the PigManFilm page and donate! Share, share, share. There are plenty more scares to come.

Don't speak his name. My apologies to Voldemort. (not an actual representation of PigMan)

A Pirate Looks At Forty

Thanks, Jimmy Buffett. Forty was actually a few years ago, but looking back, I think forty may be when things changed. It's been a long time since an age really affected me.

Driving at 16 may have been the biggest one--that freedom that comes with wheels, even when you manage to wreck those wheels a couple times (and they don't belong to you--Sorry Dad).

Drinking at 21 was some sort of milestone, but most people don't pay any attention to that one. What other age matters? Voting? Okay, that 18th birthday--legally recognized adult and voting and all... But who at 18 really cares about that. R-rated movies at 17? Nope.

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