Thursday, March 29, 2012

Class of 'Nuke Em High IV (2014)

with 68 other people

In 1999 a collaborative screenplay contest for Class of Nuke 'Em IV  was put on by Troma. I entered and won (they still owe me $50) a spot as a collaborator on the script. There were 40 screenwriters on this. I'm curious if this could be real? And, if so, can the scene I wrote with Lloyd Kaufman being accosted by Ghandi and Santa Claus be coming to fruition? Let's hope not.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tough As Nails (2012, NorGus Press)

"Dark Penance"

My black and white marker on paper piece "Dark Penance" will be a featured illustration in NorGus Press' fantasy anthology Tough as Nails: Sword and Sorcery Anthology.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Back Woods (2001)

as Luther


After a group of rowdy teens run over his man-woman mother, a 300 lb. retarded transvestite redneck goes absolutely ripshit on basically every other character in the movie.

"How do you review a terrible movie if the point of the movie is how terrible it is? The answer, my eager young friends, is with a smile on your face,a spring in your step, and a whole thesaurus full of interesting curse words at your disposal. Simply stating the premise of this movie aloud is enough to cause an entire hospital wing full of babies to burst into flames. So what we've got here is a no-budget horror flick to end all no-budget horror flicks. It is a clear parody of the genre, and some might say it's a pretty good one, too."

 - Something


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Crushed Velvet (2013)

as Richards

In a parallel dimension, censorship has been rescinded from all movies and television so people can do and say almost anything on TV. As a result, everyone in the country watches television day and night. It is a national addiction. Enter Dusty Velvet, whose husband has been "taken" for service in the national armed forces. The chances of him surviving are slim because wars have broken out all over Iraq & Iran and the only way to get him back is to "buy" him back from the military for $500,000. A new reality "game show" is on the air offering $1M for the contestant who can last sixty days in a solitary confinement chamber with nothing but a bed, table and toilet. A video camera watches each of the contestants 24/7 and it is the hottest show on television. Dusty Velvet is chosen as a contestant and is slowly becoming the newest "American Idol" for her antics inside the chamber. However, after a long period in darkness and isolation, things suddenly take a horrid turn for the worse in this tale from the darker side of reality.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Dial P for Peanuts (2011, Full Length)


Grand Canyon University's Ethington Theatre exclusive 2011 weekend engagement.

Winner 2011 Best Production Ethingtony
Winner 2011 Best Director Ethingtony

This very well-received play details the extraordinary events of the grown up Peanuts gang. Each of them have committed a sin in their adult lives and now they must pay... Agatha Christie-style. Co-written with Michael Kary.

CineMagicians Vol. 2 (2012, CMG)

"Return to an Angry Red Planet"

I was fortunate enough to speak with some legendary science fiction practitioners for this article including Robert Skotak, Sid Pink and Ib Melchior. The piece itself was written years ago and I'm glad it can find a print home with CineMagicians.

Ultra-Violent Magazine #6 (2006, UV Publications)

DVD Reviews

Ultra-Violent Magazine saw fit to print some DVD reviews of upcoming and older horror films. I thank them since this opportunity became the genesis for Cinema Head Cheese.

Videoscope #40 (2001, Phantom Media)

Edward D. Wood, Jr. Book Reviews

I penned reviews for the three books written by Ed Wood that were still in-print at the time: Let Me Die in Drag, Killer in Drag and Hollywood Rat Race. Each of these published by FourSquare Media.

Cyclone (2009, Synapse Films)

"Disaster: Mexican Style" Liner Notes

I was asked by Synapse Films to pen the liner notes for the DVD release of Rene Cardoza's epic disaster/animal attack epic of filmed epic-ness. The film is like watching Gilligan's Island if it was written by The Marquis de Sade... genius (as well as Cardoza's other works).

Shecky's Chicago (2002, Shecky Publications)

Chicago-area Pub Reviews

I seem to have made quite a splash in the early 2000s as a bar/pub reviewer. Aaaah... the good old days.

Cult Movies Magazine #40 (2008, Cult Movies)

"An Interview with Sid Pink"

I was fortunate enough to conduct one of the final interviews with Sci Fi and b-movie legendary producer Sid Pink (Angry Red Planet, Reptilicus) before his passing. Great guy.

Barfly's Guide... (2002, Barfly Publications)

Chicago-area Pub Reviews

This book is so out of date it isn't funny, but the potential of getting paid to eat and drink was enormous.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Morpheus Tales #14 (2011, Morpheus Press)

"Rights of the Living Dead"

The fourteenth issue of the UK's most controversial weird fiction magazine! Featuring: The Cherry Tree By David Lear, Misplaced Loyalties By Graeme Stevenson Illustrated By Robert Leija, Souvenir By Brockton McKinney, Rights of the Living Dead By David Hayes Illustrated By Vladimir Petkovic, An Interview With Geraldine By Neil John Buchanan, Teeth By Axelle Carolyn Illustrated By Mr. Byron, The Final Toll By Matt Mok, Soulshredder By Lee Clark Zumpe, The Last Walk By Diana Bocco, A Silence Between Two Waves Of The Sea By Robert Sagirs Illustrated by Ash Arceneaux, The Quill of Eternal Damnation By Adnane Rehane. Read the magazine Christopher Fowler calls "edgy and dark", and see what you think.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell (2011)

as John Wayne Gacy

From Severed Cinema: Director Ron Atkins releases his latest and most ambitious film, The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell on DVD,  August 31, 2011. The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell follows the character of Harry Russo (Schizophreniac and Necromaniac), returning to a plauge-infested Las Vegas for a supernaturally-ordained meeting with Terry Hawkins (The Last House On Dead-End Street aka The Funhouse). Set in the near future, The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell tells a twisted story of discovery and destiny, of madness and mayhem, of cultures and corruption. The film was conceived in 2003 between Ron Atkins and the late Roger Watkins. Upon Watkin's untimely death, James VanBebber was recruited to essay the role of Hawkins and filming began in late 2007. An uncompromising and unique artist, Ron Atkins is now poised to re-write the rules of the American independent film forever with The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell.

REM 2 (2012)

as Detective Michaels

Coming soon from Victory Angel Films!

Ariel is an actress with few friends, boyfriend troubles and an overbearing mother. She fears that the stress of her job is the cause of her terrifying dreams. Her fears become reality when she begins to have nightmares of the vicious murders of her co-workers. As the police become suspicious of her, Ariel must find out who the real killer is or become a victim herself.

REM2 Trailer from Brian Skiba on Vimeo.

Horor (2012)

as The Redneck


Attempting to finish a screenplay, a screenwriter sequesters himself in a cabin in the woods. When the backwoods locals start to disappear, the screenwriter suspects that a murderer is on the loose.

Sounds cool. Too bad it will never come out.

Crack Whore (2012)

as Cletus

From the makers of Bloody Bloody Bible Camp and the diseased mind of Lance Polland comes Crack Whore!

The story of a Crack addicted prostitute named Honey. A girl who goes to a party out in the desert where she falls victim to drugs and gang rape. Spoon feeding herself crack, Honey decides to settle the score. Armed with only a switchblade and her alluring body, Honey's full scale revenge on these hillbillies is nothing but bloody.

Predatory Instinct (2011)

as Doyle

Three young adults meet a charismatic stranger at closing time of the bar where they work. They accept an invitation to join a gathering he is attending with some friends in a secluded desert house. At first charmed by their interesting hosts, a violent encounter changes the tone of their evening, and the group begins to realize that all is not as it seems with their new acquaintances. Faced now with a decision to either wait out the morning or plot an escape, they contend not only with the ambiguous true nature of their hosts, but also strange humanoid creatures roaming the desert who may pose a threat to all involved.

DOA: Extreme Horror (2011, Bloodbound Books)


"Large anthologies usually have a hard time maintaining the same quality throughout. However, when it comes to the 28 tales in Blood Bound Books’ “D.O.A. Extreme Horror Anthology,” the fast-paced prose is always there and the gore, sex and violence are almost always unrelenting and intense." - Horrorphilia

This anthology contains twenty-eight horror stories taken to an extreme you’ve never read before. Author Kenneth Yu will introduce you to a disturbing interest that two men in the Philippines share, while Edward R. Rosick reveals the true location of the soul. Readers will journey from plague-ridden ships off England’s coast to the viscous barrios of Mexico. But remember, this book is not for the easily sickened or offended. You’ve been warned.

Now Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Kindle.

Book Without Pictures (2013, Neoflux Productions)

"Image 70"

Sandy and I were fortunate enough to be involved in this project. We are collectively translating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland into visual artwork. Open to artists of any style,media, or motif. Over 1000 pieces of art are being used from artists all over the globe and these pieces of art are being created to correspond with each paragraph of Carroll's masterpiece.

Sandy, my primitivist painting wife, did the mouse in acrylic and modeled for Alice. A little creative photography and compositing and there you have it. It was our first collaboration. This scene takes place as Alice and the mouse have a communication breakdown over the word knot... or is it not?

No words allowed, which explains the title page to the left. It reads: What's the Use of a Book Without Pictures? This, of course, is a line from the story. Our contribution is below!

Little Big Boy: Rise and Fall of Jimmy Duncan (2011)

as David


Jimmy Duncan is a film director working on his fourth film but things are not exactly going as planned. Murder is on the shot list!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Riverdead (2006)

as Luther

Riverdead was completed, we think, but we're not sure if it was ever completed, completed... if you know what we mean. The script was pretty cool, though.

SOV: The True Independents (2013)

as Himself

Visit for more information.

In the early 1980's, the impact of drive-in theaters (the former haven of the independent filmmaker) was beginning to wane. However, with this slight loss, there came about a force to truly be reckoned with. This was the mighty home video market. There have been many formats for said market; some of which were Super 8mm reels, Beta tapes, and Laser disc. However, the most infamous and successful was the VHS tape. With their flashy artwork and sometimes enormous boxes, VHS tapes conquered the market and several films that tanked in theaters absolutely thrived on video. The B movies were easily the champions of this world, as the major studios had few titles released on video due to piracy fears.

However, out of this explosion of profit came a new breed of filmmaker - people with little money that would film their cinematic dreams on VHS itself - this was the shot on video filmmaker. Though the format was not initially met with much enthusiasm, these films made a definite impact due to the box art being able to fool unsuspecting video renters as to how the final product looked (a factor that is lost today even with big budget films). These artists were normal, average people you might run into on the street, burning with passion to make their films even though the budgets rarely exceeded a few thousand bucks. Initially, there were only a few mass released films shot on this format, and the only one to get a theatrical release was the original S.O.V. film - BOARDINGHOUSE. After this film came SLEDGEHAMMER and BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL.

Slices of Flesh (2012, Dark Moon Books)

"Carb Friendly"

Slices of Flesh, our collection of horror flash fiction, will be available in March. It will officially launch at the World HorrorConvention which will be taking place March 29th - April 1, 2012 in Salt Lake City. The Bram Stoker award ceremonies will be taking place at the 2012 WHC as well.

Net proceeds from this book will go to several charities including literacy programs, the Horror Writers of America hardship fund and the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. Copies will be available at the convention as well as at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores.

TOC for Slices of Flesh

Linda Addison
Janice Gable Bashman
Erin Bender
Laura Benedict
Max Booth III

Here There Be Dragons (2012, Wicked East Press)

"The Last Dragon"

Coming soon from Wicked East Press in e- and print forms.

Here There Be Dragons -Table of Contents
Diamond Eyes.....Doug C. Souza
The Last Dragon.....David C. Hayes
Shadows of Man.....Pete Clark
"D" Is For Dragon.....K.G. McAbee
The Dragoneer.....Sevan Taylor
Graveyard Shift.....Tom Howard
Where There Be Dragons.....Steven Lloyd
Blondes And Other Bad Habits.....Sarah Adams
Peng.....Douglas Poirier
The Warriors Of The River Dragon.....Livia Finucci
The Crow Dragon.....M.E. Garber
Alabaster Trout.....Bennie L. Newsome
Ushim, The Dragon Of Sumer.....Richard Jay Goldstein
First Flight.....A. M. Burns
A Greater Hate.....Aaron Renfroe
The Fire Beneath The Sea.....Van Muller
Century.....LaVa Payne
A Trade Of Ice.....A.D. Spencer
A Griffin's Tale.....Mel Obedoza
The Dragon Tamer.....Brianna Stoddard
Dreaming Of Dragons.....Jill Valuet

Tales of Terror & Mayhem (2012, Evil Jester Press)


From Tracy Carbone, critic, "I was fortunate enough to be asked preview a copy of Tales Of Terror And Mayhem From Deep Within The Box, edited by Charles Day and Jessica A. Weiss. This will be released by Wicked East Press mid March and will make a formal debut at the World Horror Conference in Utah next month.

The collection of stories from writers spanning the globe was an eclectic mix of suspense, classic horror, revenge stories, and even some with a Grimm’s Fairy Tale feel. They were many good stories in this anthology but I will just touch upon my favorites.

In no particular order, I start with “Delano” by Jon Michael Emory. To me, Jack in the Boxes are scary.  But this author weaves a tale that is literary and a little sad. It has its spooky elements but first and foremost it’s a solid little story with a twist I didn’t see coming.

Jeremy C. Shipp’s “Balloon Boy,” “Grindylow,” by David C. Hayes, and “The Gift,” by Charles Day & The Evil Little Jester (edited by Hollie Snider), all send us supernatural (and sometimes wickedly evil) beings to take care of the villains plaguing the underdogs who sorely need help. Shipp’s evil clown friend, and Day’s Jack in the Box Jester manage to be thoroughly creepy but still will win the hearts of readers. Who says the good guy can’t be a demented clown or jester? Grindylow’s monster that was formed from tears was a beautifully symbolic creation to punish a neglectful parent."

Short Sips (2012, Wicked East Press)

"A Wintry Haze"

Hustle and bustle, run and get many things done. That is the style of our lives. Over 100 authors offer this collection for every person on the run. Pick it up, read a few, put it down, and start in a different place the next time. Always a new story to take you away. So pick up a coffee and a quick read today.

Available in e- and print publications soon from Wicked East Press.

Bedtime Stories for Everyone (2013, Wicked East)

"Freggs & Buttermilk"

A great bedtime story can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Who doesn’t want a story to carry them off to dream land? The goal of these books is to usher in a new era of bedtime stories to be carried on through generations to come. 

Coming soon to print and e-publication from Wicked East Press.

Strange Sex (2012, StrangeHouse Books)

"Love Bites"

Strange Sex is an anthology of erotic horror fiction featuring 13 (or 14) weird, horrific, bizarre and most definitely STRANGE stories about sex with cover art by the extremely talented Shamus Beyale and the breathtakingly beautiful cover model Triplesix! We'll be premiering the paperback edition of the book at HorrorHound Weekend: Columbus on March 23rd. The version and the eBook version will soon follow. 

The Strange Sex anthology authors are as follows:
Kevin Strange
D. F. Noble
Kyle Noble
Nick Day
Craig Mullins
Justin Roberts
Elizadeth Hetherington
Mike Lombardo
Rich Bottles Jr.
David C. Hayes

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge (2013)


Buy Manos, the Hands of Fate on DVD!

This is a TOP SECRET project and this is all the information you're going to get because my overlords at Valley Lodge Productions have so decreed it. And they'll eat me if I tell.

Just so you don't panic, here is a short production from Valley Lodge that I'm sure you'll enjoy.