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I’ve just been reading London After Midnight by Marie Coolidge-Rask. This is the 1928 novelization of the Tod Browning film starring Lon Chaney. It is one of the most famous of lost films, one that has tantalized generations of horror movie fans with the gorgeous stills of Chaney in monstrous make-up, even as it frustrates with the knowledge of the twist — the vampires in the film are not the real deal, and are part of the plan by Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard (Chaney again) to unmask a murderer.


(Yeah, I know, no spoiler alert. But as this twist is beyond infamous, and has been discussed for 87 years, I think we’re past the statue of limitations.) (more…)

Keycon is almost upon us, and I’ll be there Saturday, May 16. I’ll be participating in panels, signing books, and going a Blue Pencil editing session. The latter is my first event in the morning, so if you’re interested, sign up early!

Here’s what I’ll be doing:

11:00 am — Blue Pencil Sessions

12:00 noon — Reading (with Gerald Brandt)

2:00 pm — Taming the Swampy Middle of Doom

3:00 pm — Autograph Session 2

4:00 pm — Establishing Setting

5:00 pm — Writing in a Shared Universe

Hope to see you there!

So this news greeted me this morning: future seasons of The Simpsons will not be released on DVD (and the article presumes this applies also to Blu-ray). And so it begins: the decline of physical media now approaches an actual death. It won’t be immediate, and I hope the collector’s market will stave off the final demise for some time to come. But I fear the worst now. (more…)

I’ve seen a number of people being very worried that the (expected by everyone, including my cat) dismal box office showing of Jupiter Ascending (domestically – it is doing better internationally) is going to result in Hollywood shying away from making original SF/F movies. Now, I know very well that if the film industry can take a wrong turn, it will, but at the same time, I submit that it is too early to panic. Especially with Interstellar (over $670 million worldwide) having barely left the theatres. (more…)

So I just sat down and sorted through what I wrote and what was published in 2014. A few things remain under the veil of secrecy, but this still works as a broad picture. (more…)

I finally saw Interstellar. On the whole, I enjoyed it very much. It’s ambitious, takes the time it needs to tell its story, and is stunning to look at. The scene of the arrival at Saturn is one of the most awe-inspiring sights of recent SF cinema, and is a moment where Interstellar is in closest sympathy with 2001: A Space Odyssey. There have been many comparisons drawn between the two films. Well, you lucky people, here’s another. Spoilers follow.

So the title of my the Yarrick novel I’m working on has popped up on the German Amazon sight, and a could of questions have come my way. So here’s what I can tell you. I’m pretty damn excited to announce that this is a tale of the Second War of Armageddon. It opens on the eve of the war. As far as Overlord Herman von Strab is concerned, all is well with the world. Sebastian Yarrick still has two arms.

But then…

Well. I guess you’ll have to find out. For any further information, I refer you to this gentleman.