HorrorAddicts.net 110, Season Finale, Halloween Special

Horror Addicts Episode# 110

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Co-Host: Camellia Rains

Intro Music by: Cancer Killing Gemini

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Season Finale / Halloween Special

emily goodwin, midnight syndicate, miss misery, best in blood

i make love to halloween, events, phantom of the paradise, brian depalma, halloween trivia, artistic license, emerian rich, lilith’s love, dan shaurette, strigoaie the romanian witch, marc vale, morbid meals, zombie yoga, zombie apocalypse, midnight syndicate, cedar point, halloweekends, the dead matter, parlormuse, robot monkey arm, crystal connor, band poll, jeremiah donaldson, david watson, zombies, the calling, apparitions, the woman in black, the haunting, the walking dead, best in blood, ed pope, the herd, grimfest, miss misery, last doorway show, creepy kofy movie time, movie massacre show, forgotten tales, women of horror, welcome to my darkside, monster of golden gate, writers workshop, horror addicts guide to life, disease, m. f. wahl, angela estes, the green eyed monster, mike robinson, patricia santos, the ghost sisters and the girl in hallway b, puzzleman, christopher alan broadstone, j. t. evans, free fiction friday, special guest, emily goodwin, contagion, contagious, the walking dead, the guardian legacy series, mermaid horror, stay, all i need, beyond the sea, bloopers

 

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Review: The Green-Eyed Monster by Mike Robinson

The Green-Eyed Monster by Mike Robinson

A Review by Angela Estes

13440327It was one of those days where I wanted to read an entire book in one sitting.  Luckily for me, I chose The Green-Eyed Monster by Mike Robinson.  The best horror stories leave the reader lost in a miasma of wonderment.  Securely safe in our awareness we have but read a work of fiction, our mind keeps retracing and testing the plot’s connection points for weaknesses.  The best horror authors craft characters and worlds who pop back into our minds while at the grocery store or surfing online.  The best fiction never truly leaves us.  The Green-Eyed Monster Robinson, while not quite achieving that stature of greatness yet, shows enormous potential to get there in his future works.

The story takes place in a fictional Northern California town called Twilight Falls where a respected and celebrated author has just been found dead.  Another author, who is the dead man’s greatest rival, is the main suspect.  If you’re expecting 200 pages of crime and mystery, however, you would be mistaken.  What you get instead is a novel that left me shaking my head at the end, amazed at the size and scope of the story, Robinson attempted to tell.

It isn’t what I would call “an easy read.”  The story of the two authors is told largely by other characters.  It is as if someone wrote a biography of Stephen King, but only included impressions of him from people who spoke to him once to ask for the time.  Or it would be if the tale then proceeded to show how a sole meeting with King changed that individual’s life forever.  Even then it would have to address why we exist and what is the purpose of life itself to be on par.  It’s a lot for a writer and his readers to wrap their minds around.

In The Green-Eyed Monster, Robinson has given us an entirely new world and mythos to consider and I am looking forward to see what he does with it in the sequel, Negative Space.

To find out more about Angela Estes: https://plus.google.com/+AngelaEstesangiece/posts

 

Dead Kansas

Dead Kansas: A review by Angela Estes

MV5BMjE0NTEyMTQ2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzk2OTQyMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Taking place in the overcrowded genre of reanimated corpses (aka zombies, walkers or “rottens,”) Dead Kansas opens in glorious monochrome black and white reminiscent of the earlier cult masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead.  The action quickly colorizes, however, and black and white scenes appear with special sound effects only to depict “rotten” vision or moments when the monsters are present.

In Dead Kansas’ mythos, women were the first to get sick and hero Glenn has what is now a highly sought commodity:  a daughter.  From a biker gang to a doctor who may have the beginnings of a vaccine for the disease, everyone wants a piece of Emma, who loves her pa, has some respectable “rotten” killing skills and who just wants to see the world beyond her family farm.

“All I do here is pick vegetables and shoot rottens.”

Act 1 is thoroughly enjoyable with nice acting by Alexandria Lightford as Emma; Aaron Guerrero as her father, Glen; and Michael Camp as the gang leader, Jebediah.  Jeb also has a couple of really great lines like “Live in hell long enough, everyone turns into a demon.”  Act 2 continues strong as Emma appeals for help to the community known as “The Shambles.”   Made up mostly of former Circus or Sideshow performers, “The Shambles” has all sorts of interesting props and calliope music as well as including the somewhat recognizable Irwin Keyes playing the Giant.

Overall, the movie is somewhat uneven.  Act 3 opens with a new actress, Erin Miracle, playing Emma.  There isn’t even the slightest attempt to reconcile the new Emma with the old Emma.  Although only a minute should have passed between Act 2 and Act 3, her hair is significantly longer, she is a bit older and she is dressed far more provocatively.   Perhaps embracing the campy inconsistencies and problematic acting in the second half could have created an almost Ed Wood-ish triumphant cult classic, but for me, what began as an exciting internet find, simply fizzled out.

IMDB credits Dead Kansas as writer, director, producer Aaron K. Carter’s sole credit.  On the merits of Act 1 and 2 alone, I will be watching to see his future projects.  Carter’s story telling skills definitely show some potential.

To find out more about Angela Estes: https://plus.google.com/+AngelaEstesangiece/posts

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