Do Zombies Have Civil Rights?

Someone on Facebook the other day shared a post stating that the way the world is today, if a zombie apocalypse did happen, there would be people marching in the streets demanding civil rights for the zombies.

Facebook, I was way ahead of you, six years ago.

What’s His Name?

Whatever your politics may be…

Whatever you are passionate about…

And regardless of what you think about people who hold the opposite view…

There are still some things that we all share in common.

If we look for it, we can still find common ground. Even today.

That was the purpose behind the last Righteous Insanity short film, “What’s His Name?” It’s a message that seems to be more relevant now than ever.

Share and enjoy.

Looking Back at 2016

I keep a checklist of projects on my desktop filled with short-term and long-term goals that get erased as I complete them. When a project is done, it’s deleted, which means I keep record of what’s left to be done and not what’s completed. This year, I decided to look back and, as best as I can, figure up just how much I did in the last year. Turns out I’ve been a little busy. Here, as best as I can remember it all, is what happened in 2016:

Lunch Hour Films, my unofficial short film label the last couple of years, released three shorts in 2016: Drunk Dial from Outer Space, Final Ultimatum, and I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space. An older film, ‘Til Zombies Do Us Part was accepted to the Fright Night Film Festival in November. My friend Cindy Maples also released a short film called Out of My Mind, based on the short story called “Drip Drip.” She took what I think is a mediocre short story and turned it into a shocking little horror flick that seems poised to follow in the footsteps of short film Random and rack up a ton of awards.

A desire to reduce my stress load and focus more on wrestling led to the decision this fall to step away from film making indefinitely, so Lunch Hour will not be producing anything in the coming year. That said, I will be producing a second season of Hauss Show this winter, the wrestling themed sketch comedy series I created with Marc Hauss.

My fiction output was light in 2016, with the June release of a repackaged short story collection, Robot/Girlfriend, and the ebook only release of the noir faiy tale trilogy, The Big Bad Goodnight. Three new books are currently in the works for 2017 and beyond, including Return to Cave World, a sequel to Cave World; a new edition of Demonica: Confessions of a Small Town Super-Villain; and a brand new story, Die Max Die.

Summer also saw the release of Lord Carlton: Wrestler, Artist, My Father, the biography of Lord Leslie Carlton. Carlton is a somewhat lost figure in wrestling history. He had a similar gimmick to Gorgeous George, having stolen the act from the same person George did, Lord Lansdowne. But while his life has been overshadowed by the Gorgeous One, his life story out of the ring was full of more drama and intrigue than even the Human Orchid could muster. Carlton was also a talented painter, and he spent much of his later life surviving attempts by his second wife to murder him!

Much of the year was spent working on a new Louisville wrestling history titled Louisville’s Greatest Show. Unlike its predecessor Bluegrass Brawlers, this book with focus solely on 1935-1957, the years the Allen Athletic Club reigned supreme with stars like Lou Thesz, Bill Longson, New Albany’s own Stu Gibson, and the aforementioned Gorgeous George. Louisville’s Greatest Show should be ready for release in spring of 2017.

I’ve already struck a deal for my next wrestling book, a new autobiography by a former WWF star, but I’m not ready to announce it publicly just yet. I’ll be diving in on that project full steam around March.

On top of all this, I found the time to write twenty-eight new curriculum series for Children’s Ministry Deals, contribute to Go Fish’s 2017 VBS curriculum, begin production on my first stage play in almost six years, and completely rebuild this website.

So what’s ahead for 2017? First up, I’ll be producing the play Morbidman Meets His Maker asa fundraiser for Power Ministries in New Albany, Indiana. Marc Hauss and I are also hard at work on season two of Hauss Show, and if all goes well, a second wrestling-themed sketch show will see the light of day in 2017. I expect to release at least three books with Return to Cave World, Demonica, and Louisville’s Greatest Show, and I plan to get out to a number of book signings, author fairs, and wrestling shows.

I hope all of you reading this have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Looking forward to what 2017 has to bring!

Final Ultimatum

f-u-posterI have some amazing friends across Kentucky. The film community in that state is second to none, with some very talented actors, producers, writers, and directors churning out one project after another. Final Ultimatum is a recent project that features three of these friends.

Jerry Williams is a cult film hero, known the world over for his demented and inventive science fiction films. He’s one of the most popular filmmakers on the INC Channel on Roku, and he’s always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need with a film.

Roni Jonah is a former professional wrestler with a number of film credits on her resume as an actress, producer, writer, and director. She’s the rare actor who, when you hand her a script, you let her take it wherever she wants to go, knowing that in her hands, it will be better and (in this case) funnier than you imagined.

Sonny Burnette is a professor of music at Georgetown University and an outstanding actor whose talent and sense of humor knows no bounds. Look for him to appear as the president at the end of this one.

I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space!

married-posterEarlier this week, I posted about two short films, based on stories in the book Robot/Girlfriend, that will be playing in film festivals. Today I decided to share another short film based on a Robot/Girlfriend story.

It was my pleasure to work with one of my favorite fellow writers, Giavanna Signorelli, a few months ago on two shorts. Gia and I first worked together nearly twenty years ago, when I was a youth drama leader at our church and she was just in high school. We had a blast on this shoot, and if things go the way we hope, this is just the first of many collaborations between the two of us.

Enjoy!

Two stories from Robot/Girlfriend headed to Film Festivals

robot-girlfriend-coverTwo short stories from the book Robot/Girlfriend are coming to a film festival near you!

Out of My Mind, a short directed by Cindy Maples, was honored by the Independent Horror Movie Awards. The film, based on the short story “Drip, Drip,” picked up a few awards including Best Scare, and if early reviews are any indication, this is only the beginning.

’Til Zombies Do Us Part, directed by yours truly, was accepted to my hometown film festival, Fright Night. Fright Night Film Fest has always been good to me, screening the Fluffy trilogy, the Clive the Zombie films, and The Telemarketer (starring Cindy Maples) in previous years, and I’m thrilled to be a part of one of the best horror shows in the Midwest once again.

Robot/Girlfriend is available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon.com. Watch the trailer for the title story below, then head to Amazon to get your copy.

And please, get out and sponsor independent films like these in your area!

Space Reaper: The Legend of Trish Angel

Space ReaperLast week I posted the story behind a trilogy of short films I produced about a cute and fuzzy killer from outer space known as Fluffy. The hero of these films was a woman named Trish Angel, a born killer who, at the end of it all, decided she had more than enough of killing, even if it was just a bunch of fuzzy pink aliens. But what happened to Trish after the battle of Cleveland?

Space Reaper: The Legend of Trish Angel is a new story about the legendary Trish Angel and her old comrade in arms, Stone Brockman. A fluke accident forces Trish to come out of retirement (again) and out of a convent (again) to join Stone Brockman on a journey into outer space (yet again!).

Trish hopes this new adventure will allow her to make a new start and once and for all purge herself of the anguish she feels for annihilating an alien race, but such catharsis was never meant to be. A new alien menace awaits Trish, Stone, and their crew on this new world, and Trish must decide if she can continue on the path of peace or once again, grab a gun and save everyone’s butts.

Space Reaper is now available as a free download! Click here to download your copy now.

Have you met my friend Clive?

It’s five days until Halloween. Time to once again say, “Have you met my friend Clive?”

Here’s the story about Clive. Several years ago, I decided to make films with puppets, partly for the fun, but partly because it would allow me to shoot video late at night instead of taking time away on the weekends from my family. I was on eBay looking for some old Puppet Productions style puppets when I saw Clive.

clive-and-sonny

Clive was built by Sonny Vegas, who has made some amazing puppet creations. I didn’t put a bid on Clive because the price was out of my range that day, but the idea of making movies with a zombie puppet stuck with me.

I already had a few short film ideas involving zombies, and over the course of a month or so, I dreamed up about half a dozen. I talked to a few special effects guys about mocking up one of my puppets like Clive, but after going back to the auction link (which had ended) and seeing Clive had not sold, I contacted Sonny.

Sonny was awesome. He said yes, Clive was still available, and he gave me a price. A deal was struck, and the rest is history.

Two of Clive’s seminal films are available to watch on the INC Channel on Roku. You can also view all of Clive’s films on YouTube by clicking here.

Way to go, Cindy!

14500429_969465046509876_6792645674206112952_oA few years ago, Clive the Zombie and I met with Cindy Maples, actress, at Applebees in New Albany, Indiana, to discuss what became her first film credit as a producer, The Telemarketer. The film was a hit at film festivals and won an award at Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville.

This past weekend, Cindy Maples, actress, producer, and director, picked up two more awards for her film Random including Best Short Film Overall at Imaginarium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cindy’s next film debuts on Tuesday, October 25 at the Bokeh Lounge in Evansville, Indiana at 8 PM. Out of My Mind was based on the short story “Drip Drip,” which you can read in the book Robot/Girlfriend. It promises to be a delightfully dark and creepy treat just in time for Halloween.

Congratulations to Cindy and the cast and crew on both films. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of Cindy.