These Writers Rock:
PG Sturges, RC Matheson, Craig Spector

August 26th, 2018

There’s an undeniable connection between horror and rock-n-roll, one that no doubt began long before the devil went down to Georgia or Robert Johnson stopped at the crossroads to barter his soul.

I was reminded of this connection earlier in the month when I came across some album tracks that fellow Nightmare Cinema writer RC Matheson had posted to his Facebook page. The tracks were from a CD titled Fade-In, released nearly ten years ago by a band called Smash-Cut. On that album, RC joins Craig Spector and PG Sturges to serve up a collection of tunes that run the gamut from … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Full Circle: Nightmare Cinema in Mexico

August 7th, 2018

Three years ago at the Morbido Film Festival in Mexico, Mick Garris announced his plans for a project entitled Nightmare Cinema. This year – following the film’s strong premiere at Fantasia Fest in Montreal —  Mick returns to Mexico to present a special screening at Macabro XVII in Mexico City. He will be joined by Mexico’s own Sandra Becerril, the writer and director who wrote the Nightmare Cinema episode “Mashit,” directed… [more at The 21st- Century Scop.]

This Weekend:
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Rock-n-Roll!

July 26th, 2018

I’ve been spending the week behind the keyboard, working on some new projects that I hope to be blogging about in the days ahead. But this weekend, I get to leave the realm of fiction and once again mix it up with the real world — starting with some panels and readings at Confluence (the Pittsburgh area’s long-running science-fiction convention) and concluding with a festival performance in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

Confluence will be held at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport, where my involvement just happens to begin with a panel discussion on rock-n-roll and science fiction. Coincidence? You decide.

Here’s an overview of what I’ll be up to:

Fri 6:00 PM – It’s a Monster Mash: Rock’n’Roll & SF. How has rock influenced SF? Has SF influenced rock (beyond some very science fictional album covers back in the vinyl days)? What about the influence of music within fandom on fiction and conventions? On this panel, I’ll be joining … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

More Reviews:
Nightmare Cinema & This Way to Egress

July 20th, 2018

The Connolly Brothers played last night, performing for a full house at Riley’s garden pavilion. So much fun … and exhausting in a way that always seems to leave one strangely energized. As a result, I’m up early today, catching up on writing and perusing the reviews for Nightmare Cinema that are continuing to appear a week after the film’s premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Since I’ve received good feedback on last week’s list of reviews, today’s post is a compilation of additional notices that have appeared … [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].