Blog Update – The Unseen Kingdom Released!

My apologies for the lack of blog entries the past couple of months. Shortly after the release of The Demons of Plainville, we were forced to move to a new home with little lead time. This turned my life upside down as I endeavored to locate a suitable home, before engaging in the arduous task of packing and moving to the new place.

However, the good news is that I’ve finally released my Young-Adult LGBT horror novel The Unseen Kingdom. I’m quite excited to bring forth this twisted Lovecraftian tale to you and is currently available at Amazon (Paperback/Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Paperback).  The novel is born from my love of Halloween, the classic horror movies of the 1970s and 1980s and my desire to write compelling young gay characters. While the boys’ sexuality is relevant to the story, I prefer to focus on a plot that forces the protagonists to show off their courage, compassion and inner fortitude, rather than focusing on issues related to their sexual identity. These are normal, adventurous boys struggling against a supernatural conspiracy that threatens their sanity and their lives, along with typical adolescent problems such as confidence, abuse and identity.

Now that I’m settled into a routine and the book is released, I’ll be spending more time with the blog. Since Halloween is such an important holiday to me, I’ll be posting several blog and podcast entries leading up to October 31st. In particular, I’ll be discussing some of my favorite horror movies and perhaps a little about Halloween decorating!

I am currently on a ‘Blog Tour’ for The Unseen Kingdom and you can find the schedule of upcoming reviews, spotlights and interviews here:

Pump Up Your Books – Tour Schedule – Unseen Kingdom

So be on the lookout for my next major post next week, and in the meantime follow my discussion on “Perception in Horror” as it pertains to The Unseen Kingdom.

The Unseen Kingdom

The Unseen Kingdom

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With only one week until Halloween, thirteen-year-old Tommy Wilson is panic-stricken at the thought of coming out to his best friends. This momentous occasion is put on hold, however, when Tommy and his buddies come to a horrifying realization: the eerie dreams they share each night after falling asleep are, in fact, a physical portal to a hellish dimension known as R’lyeh—home of the Titan god Cthulhu. But R’lyeh’s dreamlike existence becomes a sickening reality when the boys discover that the disturbing inhabitants are plotting to cross over the dream threshold and destroy their hometown. In an attempt to save those they love, Tommy and his friends search for the secret within R’lyeh that may prove its undoing. And in the process, a dark madness descends on them all… More info →
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Movie Remakes & Poltergeist

Stop me if this sounds familiar…

“A young family is visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.”

STOP! Yes, let’s discuss Movie Remakes and the remake of Poltergeist.

In 1982, Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg teamed together in the highly acclaimed horror classic, Poltergeist. The movie went on to be nominated for several Oscars for it’s special effects, and haunting musical score by Jerry Goldsmith. The movie won a Saturn award for best horror movie and went on to gross over 76 million dollars on a 10 million dollar budget.

Now Spielberg had already scored multiple critical successes with Close Encounter of the Third Kind and earlier that year, ET. Tobe Hooper likewise had made a name for himself with the horror classic the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974 and directed the popular movie adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic Salem’s Lot in 1979.

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World of Daniel Mathews – Podcast #2

This time I take a short look at actor Christopher Lee, discuss remakes and my review of the new Poltergeist remake. I also discuss my recent work with a service called Bublish and discuss the ramifications of an author being “divorced” by their editor.

Clips:

  • Satanic Rites of Dracula, Hammer Films, 1973.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, New Line Cinema, 2001.
  • The Thing, Universal Pictures, 1982.

Theme Music: “Double Drift” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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`The Academy` [Part 1]

A little background on this story first. ‘The Academy’ was originally intended to serve as the first chapter of ‘The Unseen Kingdom’ and was to serve as a ‘Cold Opening’ to the novel. However, I ended up cutting the chapter for several reasons. My first concern was the growing length of the chapter, to the point that I envisioned an entire novel (or novelette) could be written to detail the event described. This dovetailed into the other concerns since none of the main characters appear in the chapter, and finally it built more tension than I wanted to establish so early in the first act. However, as a standalone story this serves as a nice introduction to the concept of both the town of Plainville, and ‘The Unseen Kingdom’. I will stage this story as a series of parts leading up to Halloween. Since there are some minor potential spoilers, I probably won’t post the end until after Halloween.

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