Unfortunate Legacy, by Jon Olson on @PenoftheDamned @JonOlsonAuthor

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Unfortunate Legacy

by Jon Olson

The demon stood in the snow.

Fergus saw it standing in the knee-deep powder through the small window of his front door.

“Don’t try to do too much out there,” his wife Nancy called from the kitchen. “Just take your time.”

“I won’t, don’t worry,” he answered distractedly.

“Amber might join you out there in a little bit if that’s okay.”

Fergus could hear his daughter playing upstairs and nodded.

With his winter jacket, boots and gloves already on, Fergus pulled his toque down over his ears and with a deep breath opened the front door.

It wasn’t very cold although the wind packed a sharp bite as Fergus grabbed the shovel leaning against the house. Ignoring the demon, he began tossing snow from the driveway onto his lawn.

Not much time had elapsed when a burning sensation erupted in his chest.  Damn acid reflux.

The demon spoke. “It hurts, doesn’t it?”

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HorrorAddicts.net Press presents…Clockwork Wonderland – An Anthology @EmzBox

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HorrorAddicts.net Press presents…
Clockwork Wonderland

Clockwork Wonderland contains stories from authors that see Wonderland as a place of horror where anything can happen and time runs amok. In this book you’ll find tales of murderous clockworks, insane creations, serial killers, zombies, and a blood thirsty jabberclocky. Prepare to see Wonderland as a place where all your worst nightmares come true. You may never look at classic children’s literature the same way again.

Edited by Emerian Rich
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Featuring authors:

Trinity Adler
Ezra Barany
Jaap Boekestein
Dustin Coffman
Stephanie Ellis
Jonathan Fortin
Laurel Anne Hill
N. McGuire
Jeremy Megargee
James Pyne
Michele Roger
H.E. Roulo
Sumiko Saulson
K.L. Wallis

Foreword by David Watson

 

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Behind the Scenes on Anderson Wake – Cast, Crew and Production Stills @DemonAuthor

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Behind the scenes on the short film, Anderson Wake
written and directed by Dan Dillard.

Anderson Wake goes home to settle his mother’s estate and reasons behind their rocky relationship. The answers he finds will haunt him for the rest of his life.

 

The Cast:

Hauke Bahr – Anderson Wake

Ever since he saw his first movie in the movie theater at the age of 8 – Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” – Hauke fell in love with movies and knew he wanted to be on the silver screen some day. It only took him a measly 25 years to get serious about it and pursue his passion of acting. In 2012, he landed his first small gig in a car commercial in Los Angeles. He then moved to Germany for a few months, where he guest starred in an episode of a daytime TV soap opera. In 2013, life took him back to the United States, this time to Bloomington, Indiana. Since then, he has starred in several independent productions and commercials all over the Midwest, steadily building his portfolio and regional presence.

 

Gabrielle Bousum – Georgia Wake

Gabrielle Bousum has been in love with acting since she was a child.  Between plays at school and writing/performing her own plays for her parents–which she really appreciates them tolerating–she found a love for the arts that became a passion and obsession throughout the years.  She quit acting for a few years because she was told “she needed to get her head out of the clouds.”  She has tried a million jobs but always came back to the thing that made her heart beat faster. She couldn’t be happier that she told the negative people to get out of her way and really decided to go for it.

Annalese Poorman – Ruth Wake

A daughter of fine artist parents in northern Indiana, Annalese moved to Bloomington, Indiana as a young woman to study photography and journalism at Indiana University. With her degree in photojournalism, she worked many years as the chief photographer for IU.

She then started her own business, Poorman Photo, shooting portraits, events and scenes for many different publications and slideshow productions. Her great love of travel, and a British travel-embracing husband, took her many places in the world, capturing artistic images around the globe, keeping her fine arts background alive.

Raising two beautiful children has been the highlight of Annalese’s life, and not quite an empty nester, but close, she now takes time to revive a long-standing passion for acting AND holistic healthcare.

Now, Annalese works on BOTH sides of the camera, shooting still pictures, and is acting in films and commercials.

And after a long career as photographer and mom, she is once again a student, pursuing a healthcare degree while also student teaching in Anatomy & Physiology at the Bloomington Ivy Tech college.

Additionally, being the anchor person for Bloomington Community Access Television, delivering the weekly community news is a real focal point to feeling part of her local Bloomington life.

And introducing Ben Allender as Young Anderson Wake and G. Hooie as A.J.

Production Stills 

 

Behind the Scenes with the Cast & Crew 

 

Anderson Wake, a short #film written and directed by Dan Dillard @DemonAuthor

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DEADLIGHT FILMS ™ presents

Anderson Wake

Anderson Wake follows its namesake as he returns to his childhood home after his mother’s death. Anderson is looking for answers to questions about his upbringing, why he was shut out by his own mother, and clues about his father who he never knew.

Shot in Bloomington, Indiana over five non-consecutive days in the fall of 2016, the film was a volunteer project written and directed by Dan Dillard with cinematography by Brett Pittman. It stars Hauke Bahr in the title role. Gabrielle Bousum and Annalese Poorman play the supporting roles of Anderson’s wife and mother, respectfully, and Ben Allender and G. Hooie make their debuts. Musical score was composed and performed by Josh Beck and Sean Campbell. All cast and crew are Indiana residents.

 


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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Sigourney Weaver @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @BrianMoreland @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

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A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…

Day 28 – Brian Moreland:

Alien/Aliens
Leading Lady: Sigourney Weaver

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Synopsis:

Alien:

Alien: After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Aliens:

The moon from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

Brian’s opinion:

“I’d be surprised if Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) doesn’t make everyone’s list. In Alien, she proves she’s the toughest space-trucker on board a spaceship when she plays cat and mouse with a giant xenomorph with acid for blood and snapping, metallic teeth. Trapped in space, no one can hear a trucker scream, or a woman roar. This alien hears Ellen Ripley and she outsmarts it, all while saving her ginger tomcat Jonsey. In Aliens, Ellen faces a whole hive of the spiny xeno-creatures. Ellen warned the space marines, but did they listen? By the end, Ellen taps into the mother-protecting-her-young mode as she fights to protect a young girl named “Newt” and rescue her from the hive. Determined, tough, and resourceful, Ellen Ripley represents the poster woman for the heroic female.”

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About Brian:

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Brian Moreland writes horror novels and short stories that get your heart pumpin’. He’s published eight books, including Dead of Winter, Shadows in the Mist, and Darkness Rising. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he wrangles monsters from other worlds. He’s dealt with his share of ghosts and serial killers too. For fun, Brian loves watching Dallas Cowboys football, world travel, and exploring caves.

Brian is an active member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

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A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…

Day 27 – Mark Steinwachs:

Species
Leading Lady: Natasha Henstridge

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Synopsis:

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Mark’s opinion:

“This movie has an interesting twist – the main character is not the heroine of the film, which is a nice change of pace. Sil (played by Natasha Henstridge) is created in a lab after scientists receive messages from an alien species. After they realize Sil is dangerous, they try to kill her, but of course she escapes. Sil is on Earth to breed so her species can populate the planet. Throughout the movie she destroys anything in her path in the most gruesome ways while trying to complete her mission. Natasha balances the seductress and killer sides of herself in the film with great skill without either side of it feeling forced.”

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About Mark:

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Mark writes horror with a supernatural leaning, in many cases mixing old world with new. Over a decade traveling in tour buses as a roadie plus time as a United States Marine, and a rave DJ/promoter has given him a unique set of experiences to pull from for his stories.

Mark is an active member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.

Twitter: @AuthorMarkStein

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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Emmanuelle Escourrou @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @LeeAndrewForman @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

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A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…

Day 26 – Lee A. Forman:

Baby Blood
Leading Lady: Emmanuelle Escourrou

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Synopsis:

When a strange creature crawls into a woman’s uterus she becomes a killer in order to feed the tiny terror growing within her.

Lee’s opinion:

“The creature in Baby Blood and the way its relationship evolves with its unwilling surrogate mother (Emmanuelle Escourrou) enthralled me when I first saw this gem. It begins as an invasive entity making its home inside her womb and progresses to become almost symbiotic, building an unusual bond with Yanka, the main character. And although the creature is almost never seen, its voice alone is a character itself.”

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About Lee:

lee_a_formanLee A. Forman is a fiction writer from the Hudson Valley, NY. His fascination with the macabre began in childhood, watching old movies and reading everything he could get his hands on. He’s a third generation horror fanatic, starting with his grandfather who was a fan of the classic Hollywood Monsters. His work has been published in multiple horror magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. When he’s not crafting horrifying creatures and tales of terror, he spends his time editing, playing guitar and writing music.

Lee is an active member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.

Blog: Lee A. Forman
Twitter: @leeandrewforman

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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Ruth Bradley @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @DemonAuthor @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

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A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…

Day 25 – Dan Dillard:

In Her Skin
Leading Lady: Ruth Bradley

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Synopsis:

The desire for a new life turns a jealous obsession into a disturbing game of identity theft in this terrifying psychological thriller based on a true story. Homely loner Caroline (Ruth Bradley) longs to escape her tormented adolescence and finds a way by living vicariously through popular girl Rachel (Kate Bell), who seemingly has it all. But Caroline s longing to be someone else soon transforms her hope of breaking free of her own life into a twisted need to replace it with Rachel s. Sam Neill, Guy Pearce, and Miranda Otto all give flawless supporting performances as the parents of the two girls whose lives threaten to intertwine in a deadly way.begun.

Dan’s opinion:

“I found this little gem on Netflix, and while I was about to turn it off at the one-quarter mark (because the acting wasn’t so good and it felt a little TV drama), a light came on the screen. The film is 2009’s In Her Skin, an Australian movie directed by Simone North that really deserves a watch. In a film with names like Sam Neill, Miranda Otto and Guy Pearce-all fine actors-it was Ruth Bradley who stole the show. Not only did she steal it, she beat it into submission and kicked it while it was down. When you hear the often tossed around terms “tour de force” or “bravura performance” in 50% of film reviews, the gravity of those terms gets lost. Say what you will about the rest of the movie, but when Ruth Bradley is on the screen, you will watch and you will pay attention and you will feel for her character Caroline, then you will hate her, and then you will feel for her again. She’s really something to watch. For some lighter viewing, you can also catch her in Grabbers (another somewhat obscure gem).”

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An additional note from Dan: 

I’d like to say these are my favorites films with strong leading ladies, and they are definitely standouts, but there are so many more. Mostly gone are the days of the virgin final girl, the damsel in distress, the doting and clueless wife, the naked eye candy. As is often the case with these things, the horror genre may be leading the way. So in no real order, my five choices presented throughout the month of February are my absolute favorites. I’m sure most of you will agree, and maybe even say, “Pfft. Those were too easy.” For those people, I threw a fairly obscure film into the mix that I think everyone should watch.

Honorable mentions go out to:  Charlize Theron as Aileen Wournos in Monster, Christina Ricci as Wednesday in The Addams Family films, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie in Halloween, Leslie Easterbrook as Mother Firefly in The Devil’s Rejects, Gretchen Lodge as Molly in Lovely Molly, Jill Larson as Deborah in The Taking of Deborah Logan, and I could go on and on and on.

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About Dan Dillard:

dandillardDan lives in Bloomington, Indiana where it is currently cold and wintry. He is the author of Demons and Other Inconveniences, How to Eat a Human Being, Dig, Light as a Feather and others, Dan has been writing his whole life, but there was always an end goal:  Movies. After the short stories, came novels, then screenplays and finally, at forty-two years old, he went back to school to get his Bachelor of Science in Digital Cinematography and start putting some of those stories on the screen. His first non-student film is a short drama with elements of horror entitled “Anderson Wake” based on the short story from his collection, Down the Psycho Path. Look for the short film, produced by DeadLight Films in early 2017.

Dan is an alumni member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.

Film contact info:
dpdillard@fullsail.edu

Author contact info: 
demonauthor@gmail.com
www.demonauthor.com
www.facebook.com/demonauthor
www.twitter.com/demonauthor

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Sotet Angyal, The Dark Angel – Dark emotive flash fiction written by me.
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A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. While this particular pick is a TV series, it’s earned it’s place in the horror entertainment world.  So, without further ado…

Day 24 – Jon Olson:

The X-Files (TV Series)
Leading Lady: Gillian Anderson

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Synopsis:

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Jon’s opinion:

“For my final pick, I’m going to offer up one of my favorite television shows of all times, The X-Files. The show follows FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (played by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) as they investigate unexplained cases known as X-Files. Mulder is the believer while Scully is routed in science and reasonable explanations, which makes her the perfect skeptic. What helped this show is that creator Chris Carter resisted the network’s insistence that the female lead be portrayed by the stereotypical sexy actress to attract the most viewers possible. Instead, Carter cast Anderson (one of my first crushes) who helped make the character intelligent and more importantly, believable. We are able to feel that Scully is just as devoted to her beliefs as Mulder is to his. Her performance established Scully as one of television’s top leading ladies. The writers were also careful to not let Scully stray from her beliefs and devotion to finding a scientific/reasonable explanation. Even after she is ‘abducted by aliens’, she continues her own search for the truth while helping Mulder with their bizarre cases. Anderson is one of the reasons The X-Files was as successful as it was and why it remains one of the pivotal shows in television horror to this day.”

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About Jon:

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On top of working full time as a Security Checkpoint Coordinator at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport and still learning the ropes of being a father, Jon is also a writer of horror and dark fiction. While he writes predominantly about the dark and horrible, he will step out into other areas if the interest is there. He finds enjoyment in expressing his creativity through fiction, poetry, songwriting, painting and thrashing the crap out of his bass guitar.

Blog: Monster Lane
Twitter: @JonOlsonAuthor

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Sotet Angyal, The Dark Angel – Dark emotive flash fiction written by me.
Spreading the Writer’s Word – A new Horror Flash-Fiction from a different female author daily in February!

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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Julia Adams @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @HunterShea1 @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

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A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…

Day 23 – Hunter Shea:

Creature from the Black Lagoon
Leading Lady: Julia Adams

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Synopsis:

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Hunter’s opinion:

“For my money, this is the best monster movie ever made with the most beautiful woman ever to grace celluloid. Julie Adams plays Kay, a scientist who accompanies her boyfriend on an Amazon expedition to find the missing link. She’s intelligent and exceedingly brave. Knowing the creature is out to get her, she doesn’t resort to hysterics or swooning (though she does a mighty good screech when the Gill Man comes for her). I met Julie Adams a few years ago and her signed picture is my prized possession, right next to Ricou Browning’s. I think we can all understand why the Gill Man would want to settle down and start a family with her. She was the total package!”

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An additional note from Hunter:

You’ll find more strong women in horror films than any other genre. Hell, there are so many fine examples, they even have a name for them – Final Girls. Now, Final Girls come in all shapes and sizes, strengths and weaknesses. My picks for A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films are well deserved props to my favorite Final Girls…

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About Hunter:

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Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer.

Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

Twitter: @huntershea1
Blog: Hunter Shea Author of the Dark and Paranormal

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Sotet Angyal, The Dark Angel – Dark emotive flash fiction written by me.
Spreading the Writer’s Word – A new Horror Flash-Fiction from a different female author daily in February!

And don’t forget to visit the Women in Horror Month official web site
for more great 
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