MayDay Film Festival Official Selections

The MayDay Film Festival has become a great tradition in Evansville, Indiana. It’s been a few years since I had a film screened there, but I’m very proud to announce that I had a hand in producing four films screening at the film festival.

Two of the short films are based on short stories from the book Robot/Girlfriend. Cindy Maples’ horror short “Out of My Mind” has been tearing up the film festival scene and will screen in front of her hometown crowd. “I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space,” a short I directed and co-produced with my good friend Giavanna Signorelli, will also be shown at MayDay.

The Bowling Green Massacre,” a parody inspired by a gaffe made by a certain political figure a few months back, will make its film festival debut at MayDay. Claude D. Miles and I produced this poignant and ridiculous send up of the greatest tragedy that never happened on American soil.

Finally, my friend Giavanna’s short film “Species Survival Plan” will also be shown at MayDay. Gia and I co-write this little sci-fi comedy that captures an alien civilization’s attempt to save mankind by transplanting an unlikely “mating” pair to an intergalactic zoo.

The MayDay Film Festival takes place May 19-20 in Evansville, Indiana. For event information visit their Facebook page or the official website.

Feature Story in Reader’s Life

Trisha Ratliff just did a story about me and Robot/Girlfriend in the latest edition of her publication, Reader’s Life Magazine! It’s free to read, and if you don’t like what I have to say, you might find a new favorite in authors V.A. Jeffrey and J.L. McCann.

Click here to get the magazine.

Thanks, Trisha!

Sci-fi Kindle Deals for $2.99

If you got a Kindle for Christmas, I have good news: you can stock up on science fiction for only $2.99 each.

All titles below are only $2.99 right now. Download and enjoy!

Cyber Monday Special – $10 Signed Books Available!

Frank Jordan: Evil SnowmanIf you’ve got readers, young or old, on your Christmas list, here’s a deal for you:

Now through Sunday December 4, you can order signed copies of Frank Jordan: Evil Snowman, Bluegrass Brawlers, Robot/Girlfriend, or Tales from the Dad Side for only $10 direct from me with free shipping!

Books will be shipped by Monday December 5 via First Class Mail. Quantities are limited (I have about a half dozen of each on the shelf!) so first come first served.

Email me at johncosper@yahoo.com for Paypal instructions.

Merry Christmas!

Gift Ideas for the Sci-Fi Fan on Your List!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us! if you’re shopping for a fan of science fiction and don’t know what to buy this year, here are a few suggestions from my own reading this past year.

Ctrl-Alt-Revolt is a devilishly clever twist on the robot apocalypse. What if, author Nick Cole mused, the story of Terminator were told not just from the human point of view, but that of the robots? Ctrl-Alt-Revolt gives you both sides of the story, as the machines decide the best thing for the world is simply to eradicate all human life before they wise up and eliminate the machines. It’s bleak and at times brutal, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself pulling for the wrong side.

Amish Vampires in Space is a treat for fans of sci-fi and vampires, but maybe not fans of Amish romance fiction. Beyond the amusing title and the amazing cover at is a serious science fiction tale that has far more chills than chuckles. Kerry Nietz took a ridiculous premise and turned it into a story that explores issues of faith as powerfully as it does the challenges of interstellar travel and the living dead. It’s the longest of the novels on my recommendation list, and it is a page turner you can’t put down.

Paul Regnier’s debut novel Space Drifters: The Emerald Enigma is part Firefly, part Hitchhiker’s Guide, and part Tripping the Rift (minus the dirty stuff). Space Drifters is the tale of a ship’s captain, an alien with unusual powers of the mind, a woman with a secret, and a kid from modern day Earth with a Bible. Like Amish Vampires, it’s written with a Christian viewpoint, but the author never beats you over the head with the Bible. It’s woven into the humor of the story in a very clever way, and the story is laugh out loud funny.

Finally, there’s Benjamin Wallace’s post-apocalyptic adventure story, Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors. This novel was advertised as Mad Max meets Monty Python, and while the humor doesn’t quite feel like Python, it’s extremely funny. The story of a would-be hero looking for a city in peril to save will keep you laughing, while giving you a healthy fear of the super smart bears that will one day dominate our planet.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind readers I have a number of science fiction offerings as well, including the popular short story collection Robot/Girlfriend. Give these and my holiday recommendations a look on Amazon this week.

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!

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.

Teaser trailer for “Out of My Mind”

The book Robot/Girlfriend includes a short story called “Drip Drip.” It’s a story with a great premise, but one I struggled with for years. Never could think how to end it, and never was completely satisfied.

Judging from this teaser, I’d sat that director Cindy Maples, who co-produced “The Telemarketer” with me, has solved what I could never solve. Very excited to see the film version of my story, titled “Out of My Mind,” when it’s released.