Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s a treat that was quite a trick to pull off…. THE FINAL BOOK OF PAUL MOVIE TRAILER! It looks amazing! It sounds amazing! Watch it now and then watch it again! Tell everyone you know. Share it on your timelines. Post it on your blogs. Tweet the please the holy hell […]Read More
Still haven’t settled on the perfect costume for your kids this year? In the interest of good parenting, here are some helpful suggestions on what to definitely avoid, what to probably avoid, and even a few that are just “too darn cute”!
Daddy, do we have any crack left?Read More air freshener, costume, funny, Halloween, Hannibal Lecter, Hitler costume, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Risky Business, scary, Scissorhands, Wallenda, weird
Okay, here’s a quickee. Tonight’s the big night. So let’s start the pool poll for what kind of devastation we’re in for tonight. Bryan Cranston says it “will be a holocaust.” Vince Gilligan says he has “no sympathy” left for Walter White. So you know the body count will be high so here are my big questions:
Who get’s the ricin capsule?
Who gets sprayed with bullets from the machine gun in Walt’s trunk?
What big characters bite the dust?Read More Breaking Bad, Breaking bad ending, Breaking bad finale, Flynn, Heisenberg, Jesse Pinkman, ricin, Skylar, Walt Jr., Walter White
Awkward pause in the conversation? Here’s the perfect filler: “What TV shows are you watching now?” BAM! You’re almost guaranteed a minimum of fifteen minutes of boisterous banter. And in those rare instances where the answer is: “I don’t watch TV.” You can always ask for the check. Even if you’re not in a restaurant.
What’s on tonight? Won’t be better than this.Read More Addams Family, Bates Motel, Dallas, Game of Thrones, Garry Shandling, Hannibal, Hugh Dancy, J. R. Ewing, Khaleesi, Larry Hagman, Larry Sanders Show, Lost, Mads Mikkelsen, Mary Tyler Moore, Michael Dunn, Mother of Dragons, Norma Bates, Norman Bates, Orchid Black, Robert Conrad, Stephen King, Tatiana Maslany, Television, Television program, The Wild Wild West, Under the Dome, Wild West
Well, the shoot went great and we have some AMAZING footage! Now we’re in post-production and the cutting began yesterday. Very exciting. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Or an abattoir. Anyway, who deserves a first look at the footage more that the incredible cast and crew who worked without pay because they believed in the project, our awesome subscribers, and the incredibly generous donors who helped us make it happen!
Yes, we went over budget (as I predicted) by over $3000, and we’re not done with editing, sound design and marketing. I’m not sure if we’ll try another Kickstarter, but if anyone feels like making additional donations or has connections to producers who may be interested in developing the project for TV or film, please write me at [email protected]
So this first preview clip shows the character William, the very disturbed and disturbing narrator of The Book of Paul with a creepy teaser about The Book. Matthew Dalton Lynch plays William and he gave everyone on set the shivers. We shot three takes at varying distances, wide medium and close, and he NAILED every one! In the final we will intercut between the takes and add footage from the scenes, but I wanted to post one of his takes in its entirety just to show what a fantastic job Matthew did.
Here it is! Enjoy!Read More Barnes & Noble, Kickstarter, Movie Trailer, Smashwords, Stephen King, The Book of Paul, United States
Wow, what an intense couple of months. We had a successful Kickstarter and an even more successful two-day shoot. The footage is AMAZING! So when I will be unveiling this amazing cinema ready work of art? Well, our Kickstarter, Newsletter and our Dead End Street team get the first viewing and after that the rest […]Read More Alphabet City Manhattan, Best Seller, Book Trailer, horror, Kickstarter, richard long, Steven King, The Book of Paul
Independence Day. A celebration of the American Spirit, the triumph of Freedom over Tyranny. How will we celebrate? In New York City, you might be standing behind miles of barricades along 12th Avenue, or even 11th Avenue, to make sure you don’t get anywhere near the Hudson River where five barges will be blowing off enough fireworks to decimate a small country in a very colorful fashion.
I love fireworks. I’ve seen a lot of them in New York. Some were legendary, like the Bicentennial Celebration or The centennial anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, both of which could be easily witnessed among throngs of people watching from the RIVERSIDE. When did the Police Barricade State take over? It’s been gradual in some ways, part of the ongoing national campaign to curtail personal freedom in every possible walk of life. Hey let’s go to the YMCA for a swim! But no diving, no jumping, no paddle boards (you could kill someone with those things).Read More barricades, fireworks, Fourth of July, Giuliana, Great Lawn. Central Park, Hudson River, Independence Day, July 4, Macy's fireworks, police state
Last month I was invited by Kriss Morton aka Cabin Goddess to write for a special feature on her blog called Fourth Wall Friday. The idea, she explained, was to write a short story where the characters from your books invade your real life. As anyone who has read The Book of Paul knows, the one character from a book that no one wants to see in real life is Paul Kelly, the gleefully wicked villain that makes Voldemort cower in terror. So naturally, he’s the one I chose to come callin’.
Most contributions to Fourth Wall Friday are in the 400-600 word range. This is a full blown 4000 word short story. So enjoy, and at the conclusion I’ll share some creepy background info (hint: most of it really happened).
When the Devil Comes Callin’…Don’t Answer the Door
It started with a Facebook chat. It was late. She was drunk. Well, she may have been drunk, or just a little tipsy, or who knows, maybe stone cold sober. I assumed she was drunk, because what she told me was too strange to have been typed by the fingers of someone who wasn’t under the influence of some type of mind-altering substance.
It was just too creepy.
Drunk or sober, I knew this much: her name was Christine O’Keefe, she was living in Dublin, and a big fan of my novel, The Book of Paul. For those who’ve read it, this story should make you think twice before you open the door without looking through the peephole first. For those who haven’t, you might care to indulge yourself before continuing this story. And for those who haven’t read it and are thinking…Enough with your “suggestions,” just tell the feckin’ story! I’ll tell the feckin’ story.Read More abandoned buildings, Alphabet City, Alphabet City Manhattan, East Village, Facebook, Junkie, short story, squatter
Okay, I admit it. I’ve been a negligent blogger. Between finishing The Dream Palace (yay!), looking for an agent for The Dream Palace (meh!), pre-production work on The Book of Paul trailer (dyed Paul’s wig yesterday!), trying to get funding for the set design (help!), sending off rewards to donors (yay to you!) and being a husband and DAD, well, blogging has had to take a backseat. However, I’m going to make an effort to be more consistent in the future, and what better way to begin than by honoring the best thing that has ever happened to me…fatherhood.
When my wife Ariane was first pregnant, we didn’t get an amnio, or check the sex. We said we’d “take what we got.” We got a beautiful boy, Nic. Eighteen months later, we got a beautiful girl, Emma. One of each, as they say. We got “one of each” in another way, too. One autistic, one not. Yes, having children is the best thing that ever happened to me. So is having an autistic child. Our journey with autism has made me a better man than I ever thought I could be. It has changed everything in our lives, for the better. If you want to know why, the best place to see is on Ariane’s blog Emma’s Hope Book. My chronicle of our family’s journey is The Dream Palace, a YA fantasy I just completed.Read More autistic, Facebook, Family, Father, Father's day, Home, Mary Poppins, parenting, Paypal
Big news for all fans of THE BOOK OF PAUL:
Our epic book trailer Kickstarter Campaign is now live!
I’ve put together the Kickstarter video (the hardest part, since I had to look at myself the whole time I was editing), devised some awesome rewards for donors, and finally launched the campaign. Yay! So now, of course I need to spread the word and try to raise $3000 in 30 days, because if you don’t make your goal, you get nada on Kickstarter.Read More