Posts tagged ‘horror’
December 27, 2013
Hello friends, and happy impending 2014!
With the new year fast approaching, I find another journey is on the verge of ending; I’m about to complete the first draft of my debut novel. For better or worse, I’m trying to see the accomplishment for what it is, and release any and all expectations surrounding it. And with that? Well, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t getting a smidgen excited. But just a smidgen…or two. ;)
I’ve been tweeting and Facebook’ing a string today about children’s stories – specifically ‘mid-grade’ novels (for 8-12 year-olds ie: Potter, Narnia, Dark Materials, Percy Jackson, etc) – and whether it’s possible for these to contain intense emotional arcs.
I’ve been reading a lot lately, and find that many of the established series limit their protagonist’s emotional range and ‘stakes’ (at least until later instalments), while choosing instead to focus on ‘world-building’, large character rosters, and causal plot triggers.
So here’s my question: do you think that issues like self-worth, abandonment, betrayal, extreme doubt/terror, and the like are exclusively an ‘adult’ domain? I ask because, with the end in sight, I’m seeing that my tale is pretty darn dense with complex emotions already — things I personally experienced as a child — and the feeling I have now is that this dynamic has entrenched itself as the bedrock of the greater (ie: 5 volume) narrative.
Without high stakes and real struggle, isn’t a story merely ‘stuff happening in an interesting place, with random people’???
December 17, 2013
Seasons Greetings, friends and followers — I truly hope the season finds you happy, healthy, and sharing/basking in goodwill with all!
It’s been quiet in this space for a few months, and there’s a reason for that. As some of you already know, I’m working on something new. Honest. Not a sequel (to this), or a one-shot (like this), or even another screenplay. This labour of love is the first in a five-book fantasy series for ‘middle grade’ readers (8-12yrs) — think Narnia or Potter, but more contemporary. With (appropriate) horror. And pirates. And lots and lots of cats.
TIMELINE: Current – 2018
PLATFORM: E-Books / Print / Transmedia App
GENRE: Middle-Grade Fantasy / Adventure / Mystery
A BOY. A CAT. A NIGHTMARE LOOSED IN TWO WORLDS.
In the sleepy town of Appleton, a young loner follows a cat onto the road and is struck by a car. A leg is shattered, a summer is ruined, and the troubled life of Billy Brahm goes from bad…to cursed. When the mysterious cat appears at his bedside, Billy is haunted by strange and prophetic dreams — the creatures in them speak of Watchers, and Shadows, and the Enemy that Awakens. Does this impossible realm hold the key to healing the broken boy? Is the golden-eyed cat there to help him…or to make the nightmares come true? Too frightened to share the truth with his strict adoptive parents, Billy realizes that the only ones he can turn to are the local vet’s daughter, the town’s ‘crazy cat lady’…and the mystical tiger from his dreams.
- BOOK I (The Cat’s Maw) available in all major eBook shops NOW — deluxe 6×9″ print from Createspace AVAILABLE NOW.
- ILLUSTRATIONS by Sara Machajewski, with cover concept by Dani Stinger, and design/layout support by Mythos Media.
- AUDIOBOOKS narrated by Michael Dobson and scored by Tobias Tinker available Winter 2014.
- FREE CHAPTERS available for a limited time on WATTPAD – over 80K reads and climbing!!!
TIMELINE: AVAILABLE NOW!
PLATFORM: Graphic Novel (96 pages)
GENRE: Psychological Thriller / Horror
CLIENT: In-House IP / Arcana Comics
Featuring the pencil and inking talents of hot newcomer Dane Cypel, the rich colour palette of Sara Machajewski, and based on an original concept by rising genre star Curry Hitchborn, BECOMING is my return to graphic novel storytelling after completing the original version of Broken Saints in 2003!
- Digital Edition on COMIXOLOGY (in 3 parts with custom covers!)
- Print Edition on AMAZON.com (also visit my Amazon Author page!)
- PRESS RELEASE (and 5-page Preview!)
When a troubled student at a remote university challenges his professor to share his ‘secret knowledge’, he is drawn into a horrifying game of life and death. To play, he will learn that the only rule is PAIN, and that the only key to salvation is the desire to KNOW…and the WILL to overcome.
(*trailer features original music by yours truly and Tobias Tinker – cut and conceived by BB)
August 30, 2012
It feels like I’ve been teasing this project forever…
And, if you’re the impatient (and tablet-toting) type, snag Act 1 from COMIXOLOGY! They’ll be releasing the follow up parts in Sept and Oct before the official print release later in November.
Special thanks to Saintly maestro Tobias Tinker for the chilling trailer tune, which we hammered out together in his family’s idyllic country home last month. As a result, I’m seriously craving more quality collaboration :D
August 18, 2010
COVER: DR MAGUS IN MED CLOSE-UP
Stepping towards us out of the darkness is the story’s ‘antagonist’ – DR MAGUS (50’ish) – with a slender, hawkish face, receding hairline, and graying temples. We see him from waist/lower-chest up, lit by a harsh and creepy spotlight from below. He is wearing a tattered black suitcoat (or dark tweed) with rips and cuts in it, as if from a struggle. The white dress shirt underneath is torn open, and stained with sweat and splotches of BLOOD.
Wrapped and hanging around his neck – where a tie would normally be – is a HEAVY CHAIN. There is a fat PADLOCK where the tie’s ‘knot’ would sit. His hands are raised and adjusting the ‘knot’; it’s as if he’s looking in a mirror and fixing his tie, preparing to go to work. His hands are covered in fresh CUTS, like the work of animal’s claws or a woman’s fingernails.
Magus is wearing thin-rimmed GLASSES, whose reflection almost hides his piercing black eyes. The lenses have small jagged CRACKS in them, and we can see the reflection of FIRE in the glass. He is arching an eyebrow slightly with a COLD SMILE – it is a look of power and certainty and psychological danger; this is a man who has nothing left to lose…
…and he likes it that way.