I’ve spent much of the past year scripting and helping to edit a lengthy graphic novel based on an unpublished screenplay by Andrew Vachss for Dark Horse Comics. Mike Richardson scripted the first 24 pages, which appeared serially in DARK HORSE PRESENTS, and I wrote the remainder of the 144 page book, which will appear as a hardcover, with art by Dominic Reardon, in October.
Though there are similarities between this graphic novel and a four-issue run of UNDERGROUND back in the mid-90s, this is an all new creation and story, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ve seen the art at every stage, and it’s going to be killer. I’ll let everyone know when it’s released. For more info, here’s a link to Dark Horse’s promo page…
Strange as it seems, I haven’t posted on this website for a year. Could this account for my slow website traffic?…nah. At any rate, since those last posts I’ve narrated fifteen unabridged audiobooks, all of which are available for download on Audible.com. To immediately correct this deficiency in my website, there follows a list of clickable links to all these titles (starting with the most recent), for those of you who prefer to listen to your favorite novels as well as read them. Through the next few months I’ll endeavor to create a separate section which will deal solely with audiobooks. But for now…
The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
Stealing Fire by Jo Graham
Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke
The Monarchs by Stephen Mark Rainey
B. & E.: A Whit Pynchon Mystery by Dave Pedneau
Zombie: A Love Story by Patricia Lee Macomber
The Books of Blood, Volume 1 by Clive Barker
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes by Raymond Benson
A.P.B.: A Whit Pynchon Mystery by Dave Pedneau
Futile Efforts by Tom Piccirilli
Night Brothers by Sidney Williams
Stranglehold by Jack Ketchum
The Gore by Joseph A. Citro
The Pet by Charles L. Grant
Pink Vodka Blues by Neal Barrett
Fiends by John Farris
Hunters is the second of my ebook originals from Crossroad Press. Another dark suspense novel with elements of horror, it’s set in the woods of my own native Pennsylvania. A group of animal rights activists wants to make a bold statement against deer hunting on the first day of the season, but the statement gets a bit too bold — and bloody…
Joe Lansdale is a great friend and a great writer. I’ve loved the guy, his family, and his work for decades. So when I was asked to narrate the audiobook of Joe’s western/fantasy novel, The Magic Wagon, it was like an answered prayer… Continue reading
Irving Wallace was one of the bestselling authors of his day, and The Seventh Secret has all the elements that made his work so popular. Set in the mid-80s, it starts with the idea that Hitler and Eva Braun didn’t die in 1945, but survived the end of the war, and are still alive in Berlin… Continue reading
One of my favorite Facebook “friends” (as in I’ve never met him face to face) is Bill Ryan, whose threads make me laugh out loud (though never ROTFLMAO — I simply don’t do that). He has a terrific film blog, The Kind of Face You Hate, and has just done an interview with the website, The Grim Reader, in which he mentions yours truly as one of the writers he likes. Give it a read, and then check out his blog. Ladies and gentlemen and children of all deformities, please put your sweaty hands together and make squeaky noises with them for…Bill Ryan!
Yoohoo! Zombie lovers! You might want to keep your eye out for a film next year based on Joe R. Lansdale’s story, “Christmas With the Dead.” It’s a zombie movie, with a screenplay by Joe’s son Keith, and starring Damian Maffei, Brad Maule, Kasey Lansdale, and lil’ ole me as the eeeeevil Reverend Mac, an escapee from a state mental hospital for the criminally insane who has his equally insane minions (hot damn, I have minions!) sacrifice non-believers to the zombies in an unholy communion.
In late June, I shot for a week on location in Nacogdoches, Texas under the terrific direction of Terrill Lee Lankford, and it was a hoot and a half! I still have a sore throat from screaming when I get et by the zombies, but the footage should be worth the pain! Here’s a out of focus shot of me and Mike Blankenship, one of the zombies who gets a big chaw outta me. Watch this site for more news of the film and check out the official website here.
A 52-minute parody of The Godfather done entirely with sock puppets? You bet, Fredo, and I wrote it too! And you can see the whole thing by clicking the links below!
The Sockfather was presented by the zanies at Creative Works of Lancaster, an arts organization I currently chair. I wrote the script, except for the brilliant final song by Erich Goldstein, and play the Don as well as a number of other roles. Other puppeteers were Lydia Brubaker, Erich Goldstein, and Joanna Underhill, with Joel Lesher on sound effects. We did three performances on a Sunday afternoon and evening in the Lancaster Dispensing Company, a bar in Lancaster PA, and packed the place each time. So join us! Here’s the trailer, and here’s the performance itself, compliments of filmmaker Jeff Lynch! The better you know the films, the more you’ll enjoy it, but newcomers should like it too!
I’m happy to see Dreamthorp, my most violent, bloodiest novel become an ebook at last. Set in a fictional version of the nearby Chautauqua community of Mt. Gretna, Pa., Dreamthorp is a wild and savage fantasia about the search for home that lies within everyone, good and evil alike… Continue reading
Crossroad Press has released my narration of David Niall Wilson’s eerie novel about the Catholic Church, On the Third Day. This is the kind of book that gives you the shivers, but also gets under your skin and makes you think. On the Third Day is about Father Darren Prescott, a seeker of truth. He works for The Vatican, but his real work is within his own mind and heart; Father Prescott hunts miracles. Father Thomas is a young priest with a quiet congregation that worships at San Marcos by the Sea, a small cathedral outside San Valencez, California. One Easter Father Thomas’ Mass is interrupted by something he cannot explain – something powerful that shakes his world, and that of his congregation.
Father Thomas experiences the Stigmata.
If you liked The Exorcist, you’re bound to enjoy On the Third Day. The unabridged narration is available from Crossroad Press for $12.99, and can also be found at Amazon, Audible.com, and other fine purveyors of audiobooks…