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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Netflix: Giving Voice Trailer - Viola Davis, Denzel Washington & Stephen Henderson

A new generation of performers is discovered in “Giving Voice,” which follows the emotional journey of six students as they advance through the high-stakes August Wilson Monologue Competition, an event which celebrates one of America’s preeminent playwrights. Every year, thousands of students from twelve cities across the United States perform the Pulitzer Prize winner’s work ("Fences," "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) for a shot to perform on Broadway. Directors Jim Stern and Fernando Villena capture students discovering themselves and the world around them through Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a canon of ten plays portraying the 20th century African American experience. Executive producer Viola Davis, along with “Fences” co-star Denzel Washington, share the impact that Wilson’s timeless artistry and legacy has had on their careers and their hopes for the young people carrying it forward. Giving Voice is an Endgame Entertainment and Pilgrim Media Group Production in association with Endeavor Content, Impact Partners, Get Lifted Film Co and JuVee Productions.

A Netflix Original Documentary
featuring the original song, "Never Break" from John Legend, and winner of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Favorite Award
Film Release Date: December 11
Run Time: 90 minutes
Directed by: James D. Stern and Fernando Villena
Producers: James D. Stern, Karen Bove, Fernando Villena, Schoen Smith, Craig Piligian

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EPs: Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Gretchen Stockdale, Nicholas Caprio, Constanza Romero

Six ambitious student actors audition for the prestigious August Wilson Monologue Competition, culminating in a riveting final round on Broadway.

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Netflix: Pieces of a Woman Trailer - Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf & Ellen Burstyn

Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy. Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with Sean and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó (WHITE GOD, winner of the 2014 Prix Un Certain Regard Award), written by Kata Wéber, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, PIECES OF A WOMAN is a deeply personal, searing, and ultimately transcendent story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

On Netflix: January 7, 2021
In Theaters: December 30, 2020
Directed by: Kornél Mundruczó
Adapted Screenplay by: Kata Wéber

Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Ellen Burstyn, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza
Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails
Produced By: Kevin Turen, p.g.a., Ashley Levinson, p.g.a. and Aaron Ryder
Executive Producers: Martin Scorsese, Sam Levinson, Stuart Manashil, Viktoria
Petranyi, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell, Suraj Maraboyina for Creative Wealth Media, Aaron Gilbert for BRON Studios, and Steven Thibault

Cinematography by: Benjamin Loeb, FNF
Production Design by: Sylvain Lemaitre and Frédérique B. Ste-Marie
Costume Design by: Rachel Dainer-Best
Film Editing by: Dávid Janscó, HSE
Music Composed by: Howard Shore
Make-Up & Hairstyling by: Gemma Lousie Hoff

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Friday, November 20, 2020

|Podcast| Adult Night - Kevin Alejandro & Leslie Alejandro

In an attempt to “live colorfully,” the strength of a couple’s relationship is tested by a situation where it might be more important to get out rather than off.

A married couple with a newborn experiment at an adult play date. As the evening takes an unexpected turn the couple finally opens up about their needs in the relationship and needs they have been missing while comically trying to escape the situation they have put themselves in. 

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After spending time in Vancouver BC, shooting season two of Lucifer and completing the Warner Bros. Directors’ Program, Kevin Alejandro had an itch to shoot and direct something on his own. He asked his good friend and writer, Derek Ray to write a 10 minute short film with the preliminary request that consisted of two people in one location. The idea, 'Adult Night' was inspired and born out of a real-life couple’s experience with finding new ways to spice up their lives. It was not until a couple of years later when production moved Lucifer to Los Angeles that Kevin resurrected the script and asked his wife, Leslie Alejandro to co-direct the short film with him. With undoubtable chemistry between Kevin Alejandro and his Lucifer co-star, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Kevin asked Lesley-Ann to play opposite of him, in which she agreed to do so, as well as join the producing team. Close friend, Director, Producer, and Editor, Todd Sandler came on board to help shape the story and concept. And to complete the team, Dani de Jesus signed on as producer.


Kevin Alejandro Actor, Co-director and Producer Award-winning actor and director currently stars on Netflix’s global hit series Lucifer. Won Best Supporting Actor for drama series Southland and nominated for same for HBO’s True Blood. Won Best Director for his dramedy short Bedtime Story. The Texas native graduated from Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop and the Directors Guild of America Directors’ Orientation Program in 2017 and he has directed a couple of episodes on Netflix’s Lucifer. He recently launched his production company Alejandro Films alongside Leslie Alejandro. The company aims to tell culturally diverse stories in an entertaining way

Lesley-Ann Brandt Actor & Producer The South African born and raised actress and activities currently stars on Netflix’s global hit series Lucifer portraying the fan favorite pansexual demon Mazikeen. Previously starred on Starz’s Spartacus and FOX’s Gotham. As an activist Brandt fights for the voices without a platform and for injustice around the world. She recently raised enough money to build two yoga facilities for the non-profit organization Earth Child Project in her hometown Cape Town, South Africa aiming to help youth from impoverished areas.

Leslie Alejandro Co-director & Producer The director, filmmaker, celebrity/fashion photographer and activist premiered her first horror short SMILE at Dances with the Wolves Film Festival in 2019. She was previously partner and executive editor of a fashion magazine. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Men’s Health, The Wrap and more. As activist she has been a member of the Human Rights Campaign for more than a decade and actively campaigns for the inclusion and visibility of people of color “above and below the line” in the entertainment industry.

Directors: Los Alejandros (Leslie Alejandro & Kevin Alejandro) 
Writer: Derek Ray Siefert 
Producers: Kevin Alejandro Leslie Alejandro Lesley-Ann Brandt Todd Sandler Dani De Jesus.
Director of Photography: Nick Mahar 
Editor: Todd Sandler 
Production Sound: Kelsey Jonkas 
Sound Mix: Lukas Arbogast 
Colorist: Elliot M. Smith

Country of Production USA 
Running Time 10:51 Minutes 
Original Language English 
Shooting Format Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K G2, Colored on Davinci Resolve, 16:9 Ratio 2K Resolution
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Charlie N. Holmberg Interview - Spellbreaker

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Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many others. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Charlie’s stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at

ISBN-10 : 1542020093
ISBN-13 : 978-1542020091
Publisher : 47North (November 1, 2020)
Paperback : 303 pages


“…romantic and electrifying…the fast-paced plot and fully realized world will have readers eager for the next installment. Fans of Victorian-influenced fantasy won’t want to put this down.” —Publishers Weekly

“Those who enjoy gentle romance, cozy mysteries, or Victorian fantasy will love this first half of a duology. The cliffhanger ending will keep readers breathless waiting for the second half.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Powerful magic, indulgent Victoriana, and a slow-burn romance make this genre-bending romp utterly delightful.” —Kirkus Reviews

What is the greatest thing you learned at school?
Honestly, grammar. I got a really solid foundation in grammar at a young age and it really helped me throughout my life, writing-wise and otherwise.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
My two greatest influences are Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) and Brandon Sanderson. Both of them create the kinds of stories I love. They think outside the box. I was able to take two semesters of creative writing from Brandon at BYU, and they were incredibly beneficial to my writing and my career.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I mean, in truth, it’s the fact that people I don’t even know read and love my stories. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around that. I’m so grateful to every reader (even those who don’t like my books!)

Second, my biggest brag point: that Disney has the film rights to my debut trilogy. :)

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
I hope they find something new and different in a setting they can feel comfortable in. I try to think outside the box with every story I write, but I never want to be confusing or obtuse. I simply hope they like the story!

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
Oh man, there’s a question. My very first thought was Jane Austen, though I don’t think I’d actually want to mimic her life. (And let’s be honest, I would dearly miss technology being born any time before the 1950s.) It might be interesting to be born as Mary Magdalene or another woman from the New Testament, just to be able to see Christ and ancient Jerusalem for myself. That would actually be pretty incredible.

A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves? 

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Thank you CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive a Copy of SPELLBREAKER by Charlie N. Holmberg.
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|Podcast| Sad Orangutans Rob a Bank - Grant Raun

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Grant Raun is a writer/director from Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in theatre (design/directing) and Poli-Sci (just interested), and recently received his MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He's currently a filmmaker for the Google Creative Lab in New York.

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I’ve been depressed on and off throughout my life, and when things get really bad The Need - to do something loud and crazy in order to "break out of it" - is always there. It is also almost always ridiculous in hindsight.

Sad Orangutans is my attempt to express both the feeling and the absurdity of the feeling.

A tragi-comic caper about three orangutans (this is a talking-animals-and-humans-living-in-harmony kind of world) setting out to rob a bank (they don't need the money) as an escape from their persistent ennui (they're very sad).

Genres: Crime, Commedy, Surreal
Runtime: 13 minutes 7 seconds
Completion Date: August 8, 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Language: English
Shooting Format: RED
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Color

Director/Writer: Grant Raun
Producer: Sam Frickleton, Stephanie Furtun and Alanna Hoffman
Head Makeup Artist: Delaney McIntyre
Editor: Shaina Ghuraya
Cast: David Towne, Stephanie Randal, Nicholas Waters, Jake Harbour
Director of Photography
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Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk Interview - Hunted

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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Biglow is a lawyer, tv addict, wife and mother.

With a passion for cozy mysteries, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, she is the author of the Geeks and Things cozy mystery series and the co-author of the bestselling Captivity series.

She owes much of her writing career to National Novel Writing Month (find out more here) and has been an active member of the Boston region since 2009. NaNoWriMo as it’s known by its participants not only gives writers an outlet to get their stories down on paper, but it helps promote literacy worldwide.

Sarah adores connecting with readers so reach out any time!

MOLLY ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived in Tennessee, before settling in Colorado. She is married to a Mathematician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being enough “math” or info about him in her author bio. They live in Arvada, CO with their daughters. Molly’s publishing credits include: Heart’s Affections (2013), Hyperion Keats (2013), Better Date Than Never (2014), 3 Nights In Ibiza (2014), Christmas Kisses anthology (2015), Westward Hearts anthology (2015), United To Strike: A Novel Of The Delano Grape Workers (2019), Operation Boyfriend (2019), Fated Mates anthology (2019), Fierce & Fated anthology (2019), and the Captivity series (2019). She won the first annual Halloween Flash Fiction contest presented by Bienvenue Press in 2017 and is also the ghostwriter for several best-selling Amazon short reads authors. She is represented by Denise Barone of Barone Literary Agency.

Tell us your latest news.
Molly: Hunted releases this month (11/17). It’s the first in the trilogy. Look out for Allied and Fated sometime in 2021.

Sarah: I am wrapping up a Christian cozy mystery series this month (Reverend Margot Quade with book 6, Brothers in Arms on 11/6) and wrapping up my Seasons of Magic series in December (12/18). Molly and I will be concluding our Celestial Academy series in January 2021 (1/22)

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Molly: Hitting the USA Today Bestseller list with the lovely, talented authors of Fated Mates anthology in June 2019. That story (Captivity) started our co-writing journey too.

Sarah: I agree, hitting the USA Today Best seller list with the Fated Mates crew. That was a lot of work (while I was also growing a small human) and it was so rewarding to see all of our efforts come to fruition.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
Molly: I hope they connect with the characters, situations, and worlds as much as we do.
Sarah: I hope they enjoy the unique spin on vampire lore and that they connect with the message of the story.

In your new book; HUNTED, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
Molly: HUNTED is an alt-history vampire paranormal where a vampire (Edith) and vampire hunter (Darren) team up to save his brother from a Live Action Role Play with deadly consequences. As they grow closer, they realize both monsters and men are capable of love.

What part of Edith and Darren did you enjoy writing the most?
Molly: For Edith, I enjoyed that, no matter how much time has passed, she holds on to that turn of the century, Edwardian morals and manners that she was raised with. She’s very proper and a little out of place in the modern world.

Sarah: Most of my main characters tend to be female so I enjoyed the chance to write a male character. It usually only happens when I co-write. I liked that he may be motivated by tragedy but he’s capable of seeing that you can’t paint people of a certain community with borad storkes.

What is one unique thing are you afraid of?
Molly: Fear of falling. I don’t have a fear of heights, but I do have a fear of falling off of those heights.

(in no particular order – grouped by series/novel)
  • 1. Darren – (Hunted series) – disarming smile, not your typical romantic lead, yells at people to “get in the damn van” a lot.
  • 2. Desmond – (Seasons of Magic series) – His cousin is the savior of the magical world, won’t willingly admit he’s got a bit of a inferiority complex about that savior cousin of his, “cop shrink”, all around good guy who doesn’t deserve the hand Magic Boston dealt him.
  • 3. JT – (Seasons of Magic series) – magical healer, EMT, has the patience of a saint when it comes to holding out hope for a reunion with his first love
  • 4. Johnathon – (Seasons of Magic series) – hunchback who uses a glamour to hide deformity, bit of a shady past, bar owner who is not happy to constantly have the police interrupting his night
  • 5. Douglas – (Captivity series) – speaks Scotch Gaelic, kelpie, former government informant
  • 6. Xander – (Captivity series) – former thief/grifter, hides the fact he’s a phoenix with hair dye and makeup, unabashed about his sexuality
  • 7. Aiden – (Captivity series) – Has no memory of his past after rising from the ashes, talks a really good talk, wants freedom for all shifters.
  • 8. Corin – (Operation Boyfriend) – quirky, awkward yet sincere. Not your typical book boyfriend.
  • 9. Damien – (Celestial Academy series) – son of the Angel of Death, attends Reaper Academy, loaded up with tattoos.
  • 10. Chris – (Celestial Academy series) – descendant of Saint Christopher, kind of a douche but Miry doesn’t see it, not a Zuri fan.
Edith – Vampire. Dark, brown-black hair, pale skin, looks extremely young despite technically being 122 years old. Grew up in the early 1900s. Held on to the speech patterns, values, and fashion of the day.

Darren – Hides the scars of his time as a Vampire Hunter well. Dark brown hair, can kill you with a pen (literally), loves his brother and would do anything to protect him after the death of their parents

On the hundredth anniversary of being turned into a vampire, Edith joins her adopted daughters and their friends at the Heartsong Clan's annual "vampires vs humans" LARP recruitment event where she meets an eager Dan Paxton. Dan's older brother and vampire hunter, Darren, thinks he is merely chaperoning a trip to a nerd convention, but when Darren discovers Dan missing, he follows the only lead he has to the Heartsong Clan's residence on Tombstone Row. He's determined to keep his Hunter instincts in check, rescue his brother, and make a clean escape. When an impromptu late-night encounter leads Darren and Edith to be honest with each other about who and what each of them are, Edith longs to keep Darren and his brother close, even though it goes against Clan rules. The two start to grow closer as they seek out the truth from Edith's Sire, Mr. Heartsong, and soon Darren is finding it harder than he thought to snuff out Edith and her family.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Eddie Generous Interview - What Lurks Beneath

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Eddie Generous has fallen off three different roofs and been lit on fire on multiple occasions. He grew up on a farm and later slept with his shoes under his pillows in homeless shelters. He dropped out of high school to afford rent on a room at a crummy boarding house, but eventually graduated from a mediocre college. He is the author of several small press books, has 2.8 rescue cats (one needed a leg amputation), is a podcast host, and lives on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

What inspired you to pen your first novel?
First novel I wrote (unpublished) came about at a time when I was between jobs and taking a trip to visit a friend. Along the way, I got an idea. Once home, I started writing the worst novel manuscript ever penned. It took forever (by the standards I’ve come to expect of myself now), to get it up to get up to 60,00 words, even working at it every day for long stints.

Tell us your latest news.
I had two short stories come out in anthologies in October. The first is titled The Swim Instructor. It’s included in the anthology Place We Fear to Tread. The second is titled Whisper Woods, and that’s included in Stories We Tell After Midnight Vol. 2.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
Reading is the biggest influence on my writing. Stephen King, Richard Matheson, John Irving, Annie Proulx, Joyce Carol Oates, Donald Westlake, Megan Abbott, Stephen Graham Jones, and so on. I make sure to read more than 100 books a year, it keeps my brain working in a creative way. Also, horror anthology comic books, I love the gruesome ones from way, way back, always some nuggets to mine and repurpose.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I handle compliments very poorly, so I don’t think much about them later (I always get paranoid that I should act more thankful, but I’m simply not good at that stuff), so I guess it would have to be the first time one of my books found a readership into the thousands.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
Depends on the story, but mostly, I hope they get it. Like I make a good connection, have people saying, hey, me too.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
I don’t really get distracted. This one’s a novella and the first draft took nine days, which is pretty average for the monster books I write. The adventure really keeps my fingers humming.

What part of Anna and Max did you enjoy writing the most?
Too often characters are comfortable financially, they get over their problems without grave consequences, and everybody gets along. I write what I know and it gives me pleasure to offer up a cast like the people I’ve known my whole life. They’re starting below zero. They’re uneducated. They’re under-employed. They’re mother and son and snipe at each other constantly. They pay in very big ways for their shortcomings. I like to think this reality makes the monsters easier to swallow once they come around.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I don’t know. I don’t hang around too long with a cast. There’s a good number that would probably get along, become friends and plan something stupid while they were in a jail cell together somewhere.

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?
I knew these people who made a bed under a staircase and let a homeless kid sleep there. I’m pretty grateful they kept me hang around as long as they did.

Best date you've ever had?
Most dates I ever went on involved mini-golf. Never had a great date. Before marriage, it was mostly partying and hooking up, not so concerned about wining and dining. I met my wife in a gravel pit, big fire somewhere in the background.

What are 4 things you never leave home without?
My phone, my wallet…clothes, and keys. Totally dictated by function.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
I ran away from home when I was a teenager. It led to a lot of obstacles and a number of difficult years. Laughing at my life and how things have gone is pretty much how I can function at all.

At a movie theater which arm rest is yours?
I go to the movies maybe once a year. I live in a little town and I’d have to ride a ferry to get somewhere bigger. We only have one theater—it’s closed now, we’re taking social distancing pretty seriously up here, mostly—and it’s more than half the time kids’ movies.

Where can readers find you?
Twitter: @GenerousEd,Website:
Twitter: @UnnervingBooks, Website:
Twitter: @BooksNorthPod, Website:

  • 10. Atypical cast of characters for adventure fiction
  • 9. Absurd MacGyvering after dismemberment
  • 8. Treasure hunting!
  • 7. Mother and son bonding
  • 6. It’s short, which is a real boost if you’re falling behind on your Goodreads challenge
  • 5. Who doesn’t love a comedy of (t)errors?
  • 4. Bloody fight scenes
  • 3. Lots of animals, like visiting a zoo with no walls
  • 2. There’s a dog, everybody loves a dog
  • 1. Chompy monsters!
(Give us the background on your journey to publish! Tell us where and when you started. What trials you may have gone through, what the best parts were. How did your family and friends react to the news of your publication; how did they help you or inspire you?)

What Lurks Beneath was written for Severed Press specifically. They have a narrow scope and feed a voracious niche readership. It’s my fifth book with them, but my relationship with Severed started in a kind of funny spot.

So, I’d written more than a dozen novel-length manuscripts and just couldn’t get anyone to publish them (in hindsight I should’ve focused on one and worked a little harder on the sales aspect, but…). I’d sold more than sixty short stories, so I knew I wasn’t total crap at writing, and, in fact, I’d honed a pretty useful skill: speed.

I decided to challenge myself to write a novel in ten days, if I could. I began with a vague idea to use the mold from The Running Man, you know, deadly gameshow, but that’s about it, no other notes. I blogged my progress. I put in better than eight hours of actual writing in per day. On the ninth day, I reached 61,000 words and found my ending, pretty well cackling with evil delight all the way. I did one rewrite of Radio Run and sent it off to the Severed Press slush pile. 3o days later, I got an acceptance.

After years of failing to publish a novel, I wrote one in nine days and sold it almost immediately. Have to laugh at all the preceding failure when success eventually came fairly easily. Of course, the feeling doesn’t really linger, always looking for the next achievement.

Anna Narraway has made some bad decisions and has known some bad luck, but she sees a chance at getting her life back on course and, alongside her son, Max, decides to rob the strange old doctor’s mansion while he’s on vacation. The old man is a hermit and has stacks of cash hiding in his home, but it’s what’s beneath his home that is more incredible.

Through a soggy floor, Anna and Max fall deep into the massive laboratory of the maniac scientist and his giant, incredible creatures. Anna and Max must use their wits and their will to survive the ordeal and make it out of the underground lab before they become another meal for the monstrous beasts lurking under the estate.

Can they escape with their lives after discovering what lurks beneath? The odds aren't very good.

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Thank you EDDIE GENEROUS  for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of What Lurks Beneath by Eddie Generous.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

|Podcast| Fucking Ghosts - Kelly Parker & Jason Cook

Fucking Ghosts is a parody horror film trailer about a family that buys a new home that is haunted by horny ghosts.* 

*It’s really fucking funny 

What if a family bought a new house that was haunted by ghosts... that had sex all over the place? What if the ghosts were just people under sheets? What if there was a Scottish priest involved? I set out to find some answers. —WRITER / DIRECTOR JASON COOK

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“F@cking Ghosts” – Rated R for Pervasive Ghost Sex and Graphic Language, this mock trailer about a brothel that burnt to the ground during an orgy boasts “what do you do when ghosts play dirty”, complains “we eat breakfast there!” and even calls in a sexorcist. Make this movie…NOW! Jason Coleman, WHYSOBLU.COM 

“Short enough to not to out stay its welcome, the sketch is enhanced by a perfectly-voiced narrator and a clever choice to show the ghouls complete with full white sheets and large black Sharpied eyes.” Alli Hartley, MORBIDLYBEAUTIFUL.COM

Kelly Parker is the proud owner of Mary Ellen Moffat, based in Los Angeles. As a success driven creative producer, with a comprehensive background in the media and film industry, Kelly aims to produce innovative, entertaining and thought-provoking forms of storytelling. Her feature producing credits include MONDO HOLLYWOODLAND (Best Creative Vision, DTLA Film Festival). Her recent short film credits include THE WORKPLACE, making it’s premiere on DUST in early 2021, along with CLOCK & COSTUME CHANGE which are currently streaming on Hulu as part of Disney & 20th Digital’s Bite Size Halloween series. Kelly has eight plus years experience in higher education and currently serves as the VP, Student Affairs for Columbia College Hollywood and the Executive Director for the annual CCH Film Fest. Parker also serves as a Jury Member of the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Best of NFMLA Annual Awards and is a proud member of both Women In Film and Film Independent. She holds a B.F.A. Acting and a Minor in English from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Jason Cook is writer/director from Los Angeles. With a background in advertising that started in design and animation, and transcended into commercial directing, Jason has a unique approach to storytelling. His love of comedy led him to join forces with SUPERFUNNY, a live comedy variety show where he wears many hats as director, producer, and brand director. At Superfunny Jason has directed several short films including MISGUIDED MEDITATION and co-directing STUCK IN JEFF and LITTLE BIG LIES with Superfunny partner and creator Ben Morrison. Jason’s sensibility straddles the line between the everyday banality of life and the surreal. Pretty much, he’s always down to get weird. Fucking Ghosts was one idea that just wouldn’t go away. An itch that needed scratching. A once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot a ghost orgy.

DAN SIMPSON: Colin Ferguson, KRISTI SIMPSON: Natalie Lynch, FATHER McMANUS: Ben Morrison, TRAILER GUY VOICE: Piotr Michael, BABY: Skye Luczynski, KEY GHOST & VOICE: Isabel Hermann, GHOST 2: Todd Walker, GHOST 3: Kelly Parker, GHOST 4: William Martinez, and GHOST VOICE: Jason Cook

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Jason Cook, PRODUCERS: Kelly Parker, Jason Cook & Ben Morrison EDITOR: Jason Cook, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Joe Picard, 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Mitch Yapko, PRODUCTION MANAGER: Laura Leal, 1ST AC: Jen Pawlowski, CAMERA OP: Jesse Dana, KEY GRIP: Justin Bernard, GRIP: Dan Bernard, GRIP: David Damiata Stacey, GAFFER: Ira Boyd, BEST BOY: Dave Gazzan,a PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Sara Cook, HMUA: Ashley Stansbury, COSTUME DESIGNER: Maggie Ramos, SOUND RECORDIST: Daniel McCoy, MUSIC: SOUNDS RED SOUND MIXER: Scot Lang and COLORIST: Billy Hobson
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