Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Little Small Talk with Writer/Director Nicole Witte Solomon


Insightful, challenging, bold, and honest are the words I would use to describe the writer/director of the horror short, Small Talk. Nicole Witte Solomon has grown to really love directing.

She's written for various print and online publications including the popular AfterEllen and works on videos for social justice organizations. I had been reading about the progression of the development of Small Talk for quite some time before I even had a firm grasp on its premise. I stayed on top of it because it struck me as deeply personal, which made it even more incomparable to what I was used to seeing in horror. And it didn't hurt at all that her main character is a South Asian woman, coupled with an appearance from a popular rapper amongst my peers by the name of Jean Grae, whom I've grown an interest in myself. And needless to say, our discussion about the film just makes me that much more eager to see it!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

5 Questions with Horror Fan Cara

Keep an eye on Cara. She'll be launching Big Moon Press and a makeup company that'll provide a variety of services, some even leaning towards incorporating her love for the horror genre. This ambitious, southern-born scary movie lover pulled at our heart strings when she professed that her favorite film is A Nightmare on Elm Street. We're unapologetically, tip-the-scale Freddy fanatics here!

What was the first horror film you saw that made you want to watch more horror movies?

This is a tough question for me since horror’s always been a part of my life. I grew up with it from a very, very young age thanks to my mom, so not watching horror never felt like an option to me. I do know that for a while, I was pretty unenthusiastic about horror on the whole and I didn’t watch as much for a good stretch of time. Then, The Descent came out and I was all about it. It felt fresh and exciting and actually terrifying, so that sort of revived my love. 


The other thing that made me go back to horror is the emerging spotlight on Asian horror. When I saw Ju-On and The Eye while I was in college, I knew I had to see a ton more. A Tale of Two Sisters solidified in my head that I had to watch more of these films. Even though I can’t speak the language, the sense of dread and fear is easily conveyed very well. So I suppose, in a way, Japanese and Korean horror made me want to watch more horror again as well.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Filmmakers You Should Know: Ana Lily Amirpour

Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour is responsible for "cinema's first Iranian vampire western". Amirpour is a graduate of UCLA film school and has directed both films and music videos. Painter, sculptor, rock band fronter, she has a wealth of artistic talent that's been described as "stunning" and "entirely unique". Once 12 years of age at a slumber party, she directed her first film. To no surprise to us here, it was in the horror genre.


I made my first film when I was twelve. My dad bought this giant, bright yellow Sony Handycam. As soon as he bought it, I started making movies, commercials, and skits. My first short was a slasher film, and it was pretty good. It was about one girl who just goes around killing everybody.
-Courtesy of My First Shoot

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sci-Fi Sunday: Interview with Voyage of Dreams Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writer Valjeanne Jeffers

When I asked Valjeanne Jeffers which of her books is the best introduction to her work, she didn’t hesitate before she replied, Voyage of Dreams.

And after reading it, I agree.

Voyage of Dreams is a collection of shorts from Jeffers longer works, intended as teaser for readers to have a taste of the genres the author writes in. There is horror, there is steampunk, there is erotica, there is sci-fi…

Now I must disclose that “Voyage of Dreams” does not have complete stories. Don’t pick it up unless you’re ready to understand that these are excerpts—written book trailers, if you will.  They will lure you in and give you the need to know what happens next.  You will come to hate the words, “To be Continued” (if you don’t already) and want to purchase the full-length novels. If you prefer to have an entire story right up front, I suggest reading the excerpts from her work on her Amazon author page and choosing a tale.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Horror Writers Speak: Crystal Connor & Lori Titus


Author Crystal Connor, who "writes straight up horror with a service of science fiction and dark fantasy on the side" discusses her novel collaboration with Lori Titus on their science fiction/fantasy/horror opus, In The Foothills of Mt. Empyreal: The End is Now

An entire year ago, I swore an oath of secrecy when I agreed to co-write a book with paranormal-romance author Lori Titus under the pen name of Connor Titus. The reason, in the beginning, for the vow of silence was simply for the sake of peace.

Now this is in no way meant to be a complaint, but my fans take their jobs seriously. It takes about a year for me to write a book, but just a month or two after announcing a new WIP (Work In Progress) that’s all my fans talk to me about, and writing is all they want me to do. 

Two weeks after the release of Book II: Artificial Light, I was standing in line in Walgreens and asked the woman in front of me where she got her drop dead gorgeous shoes. When she turned to tell me, I was recognized and she demanded to know why I wasn’t at home writing. Sadly she didn’t tell me where she got her shoes.

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