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Interview with the Lovely Sophia DiGonis (AKA ‘The Gypsy Poet’)

Published October 22, 2013 by glgiles

Sophia E. DiGonis (AKA ‘The Gypsy Poet’) is truly a multi-talented woman. She’s a piano teacher, composer, poet, radio personality, model and both an interviewer and reviewer for Punk Globe Magazine.

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GL:  Great to have you here, Sophia! Let’s start off with you telling readers about your show and your goal of taking it to Broadway. 

TGP: Okay! Let’s talk–A friend of mine named Jeff Sibley is working on a show on Broadway and his manager had asked him to invite friends from across the country to join him in reading for a crowd and with that, I let him know that I am working on a script called ” Poetry from Lady Angela’s Place” which is a one-woman show about taking problems and turning them into poetry. Each poem is a character and each character gets a moment to speak their part. I have been working for years on this concept, and it’s finally coming to fruition! It’s called “Poems From Lady Angela’s Place” What it is, is each poem represents a character from this fictional bar I created based on a short story collection and it’s about a number of characters that turn their problems into poetry.  Each character represents some aspect of my life that I have dealt with. 

“Lady Angela’s Place” may be a fictional bar, but it’s a place of salvation and sanctuary where people can escape for a bit and turn their lives around.  This one-woman show is based off of the poetry of the two books I wrote and published—plus, in other journals and online material where my work can be found. 

GL:  Please tell readers about your books:  “Mysterium” and “A Voice Over Time.”

TGP:  A Voice Over Time was first started as a project that was suggested by a friend of mine on MySpace. She caught my work on a page and she asked me, “Why aren’t you published?” And I said, “I don’t have the means to do it!” And she got info from her brother-in-law who I totally give thanks to, as he suggested Lulu.com. This was in 2007. I really enjoyed putting this book together because it made me see how much I wrote and my evolution as a person and a poet. There are pieces I dedicated to lost family members and it was a catharsis to put those works in there as a way to remember and at the same time, let go. That’s why it’s called by that title. Our thoughts and memories are an open door for those that have passed on, and those thoughts are a way, if anything, for them to look in and know they are honored. It’s about life, memories, and a sense of understanding even where I am now and where I am going. The title is also about how we can reach beyond our physical limits if we take the time to understand that, too. 

Mysterium is more about tapping into the dark, and tapping into the inside. This one is about understanding the need for discomfort and stepping out of that comfort zone to find out who one really is– this includes me, too. I don’t like to be ‘boxed’ in, or pigeon-holed, (Good God, I CAN’T STAND THAT!) The point of this book is to celebrate diversity, what makes us what and who we are, some of us legends, some of us just people. Though, part of it is a continuation of A Voice Over Time, here, I explore even a little bit more of the dark side of the moon as well as finding out what keeps a star shining, literal and metaphorical.  The cover design is thanks to Donny Morrow, he knew what I was looking for.  Both books are in major retailers online. 

GL: You’re a poet, interview host (for Punk Globe Magazine), a model, a student, a teacher and a good friend. How do you find the time to do all the things mentioned? Please elaborate and feel free to add whatever I missed as well. LOL

TGP: First of all, it’s because I am all of that at once. What it boils down to is I am me when I get up in the morning and everything I do is a PASSION. Punk Globe for me, is a huge passion because I can let loose!!!! Oh, MY GOD I love writing for Punk Globe because it is a different genre and atmosphere! It’s ruthless, bright and rebellious! It’s my dynamite and Ginger Coyote is the source of the fire! She seriously awakened my love for it and there is an energy about the magazine that I just love and with that, has awakened in other aspects of my life, too. My teaching style has changed because of it and in other aspects. I feel like a butterfly emerging from her cocoon!  

As for teaching, I teach music, piano to kids and they love it. It’s a gift for life, literally. Even if they don’t end up playing the instrument, they leave with a sense of attention to details and patience. That’s always an awesome thing! 

Being a student, I currently attend Texas A&M San Antonio, which is an amazing place to be. I’m discovering more of the researcher I am as well as the poetry and I am learning to incorporate them really well. 

The modeling is something I do for my friends who are photographers. Three of the most amazing photographers are Gonzalo Pozo, Marisa Hernandez and Dominic Macias. They have absolutely amazing skills and I’m always happy to give them the best subject matter I can. 

The Piano is an instrument that has dominated my life. I usually can’t go without practicing each day and it sets the mood for the rest of the day.  Chopin is erotic and Beethoven is brilliantly moody. 

On Sundays, I run my own radio show, called Gypsy Poet Radio, with my co-host Girl George, who is feisty, explosive and dynamic. Her trademark giggle just keeps the show going and she is quite entertaining, too, and the guests call in and tell amazing stories. They are what make the show happen! 

This is also why I’m known as “The Gypsy Poet” because I do all of this and I am open to everything.  All of this stems also from my heritage. I’m a first-gen Greek, I speak, read, write, breathe and eat Greek… (LOL!)… Because of my heritage, I taught myself to be open because I love, understand and embrace cultures of all kinds and even the Greek culture has undergone evolution for over thousands of years, going from the belief system of the Pantheon to being believers and defenders of Christ. I’m not afraid of change, because even my root culture undergoes that, too. 

GL:  Besides writing lyrics, you actually compose the melodies, too, correct? 

TGP:  YES! I can write and produce melodies very easily. In fact, my Bachelor’s degree is in musical composition which means I can write and arrange music for even a symphony orchestra if necessary. 

GL:  Have you composed film scores and/or soundtracks? 

TGP:  Yes, I have, actually! And last October, I did a film called “Manchester High: If These Lockers Could Talk” which is on IMDb. It’s a short film about high school situations and it was premiered and featured at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas as well as the NAMI conference held in Austin, Texas. I loved the experience of film scoring and hope to do it again because that is what I wanted to do to begin with. All the other stuff just came along. 

GL:  What do you have on the horizon for the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014?  

TGP: A LOT, actually, I think that the doors are opening for anything that can happen, first of all, this gig on Broadway is on its way to becoming something of an adventure for me and I anticipate the reaction.  I think that I will keep writing and now music will be opening its doors as I am seeing that both music and poetry are getting some buzz on facebook, twitter and soundcloud and making sure that my voice gets heard and everything starts ROCKIN’! (My new favorite word!) 😉 

GL:  Where can readers go to connect with you and your wonderful work? ( social networking sites, etc.)

TGP:  Here we go!

Http://facebook.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://facebook.com/SophiaTheGypsyPoet

http://Soundcloud.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://Twitter.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://youtube.com/GypsyPoetRadio

http://GypsyPoetRadio.blogspot.com 

http://Blogtalkradio.com/Gypsypoet 

 

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Interview with the Stunningly Stylish Rebecca Seven!

Published October 18, 2013 by glgiles

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Rebecca Seven is the delightfully wicked creator of the salaciously stunning line of haute couture clothing fittingly called Viva Rebecca Clothing! She specializes in one-of-a-kind fantasy design, and she has outfitted many celebrities, including rock stars and movie stars from Motley Crue’s guitarist Mick Mars to Hollywood legend Raquel Welch. No stranger to wearing striking apparel herself, she has been known for expressing herself in wonderfully unforgettable ways since her days in the ‘80s as a guitarist and part-time vocalist for the groundbreaking fem-core band Frightwig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frightwig). Truly a versatile artist, she works in a variety of materials—including organic and vegan items (for specialty orders). You can view more of her totally captivating and unique designs at www.vivarebecca.com.

 

GL:  First, it’s so great to be interviewing you again, Rebecca. I know it’s been a whirlwind year for you since last time. Lots of great things happening for you—for starters, I was so happy to hear that you’re playing with Frightwig again. How did that come about?

RS:  I am happy to be playing. I was looking at photos and getting nostalgic, and I just missed the creepy chemistry of us playing. Playing with Mia, Deanna, Cecilia and Eric is a huge flood of emotions…happiness…because I love playing, and I feel content because we shared a lot of history together. Deanna asked me early this year to come to a rehearsal and reconnect. I brought my guitar and plugged in. I think we played “American Express”…it was the best feeling. I was nervous, but I wanted to be a part of it so bad.

GL:  I also heard that Frightwig is playing at Meow Con in Austin. What dates will you be there? And, will you be on any panels?

RS:  Meow Con is October 24th-October 27th (2013). We are playing and on a panel. Jean Fury will be interviewing Frightwig. I haven’t been asked to speak at a costuming panel at Meow Con which is unfortunate because the most successful female performers of today spend a lot of time on their stage-wear. It’s very important to have a strong visual impact! Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry all put a lot of energy into their look, and I can’t stress enough how important that is.

GL:  Which album(s) is Frightwig currently promoting? And, where can readers listen, download, etc.?

RS:  Hit Return is the title of the latest Frightwig release. We re-recorded all the faves with a twist. Plus, a new ‘old song’. It’s on iTunes, CD Baby or you can get it at www.frightwig.org.

GL:  To me, you are the embodiment of living the ‘luxe life’, but on your own terms, and I so admire that!! Love how you put it at your Facebook page with, “I have sewn for humans, dolls, puppets, animals, automobiles and rockstars, but nothing is crazier than sewing for giant moving statues.” LOL Please tell readers about your involvement with the ‘living statues’, Ceasars Palace and the Emmys.

RS:  I am part of a small team working on revamping the statues at the Forum Shops at Ceasars Palace. They are nine feet tall, and so much leather was used sewing for giants. Four giant cow hides for the skirt and for the cape. My sewing machine was going overtime. Killed ten pounds of thread. Nothing is stranger than sewing a sleeve as long as my inseam. The statues are moving armatures with false teeth and glass eyes—they needed to have the foam waists zipped around them so I could fit them. They also needed the rubber skin mask applied so the wig could be fit along with the crown. Also, every seam needed snaps or velcro.  These aren’t humans or dolls—everything needed to be thought out carefully. The ‘forum shops display’ will open in November.  

While I was getting the statues dressed, I got a call to design two dragon-style capes for the Game of Thrones dance sequence for the Emmys. Very exciting! Very short sequence. I love what I made. I also designed the dress that Katy Perry wore on SNL recently. I loved that!

GL:  I saw her dress on SNL…loved it, too! Switching gears, you drew the cover art for “Every Good Boy Dies First.” Was it the subject matter in the book that drew you to it or the author’s blog? Something else?

RS:  I am a huge fan of Andy Seven’s writing. I read the book, and it is probably the most realistic book about being in a band, and I wanted to draw the cover.  Andy’s book is a punk rock book, and I wanted it to look like a punk rock flyer. I love pen and ink. I also drew the cover for my Dad’s book:  “The Underground Dwellers.” 

GL:  What’s in the pipeline for you this tail end of 2013 and heading into 2014?

RS:  I designed spokesmodel outfits for the Australian skincare line EVE. Thierry Mugler is my fave designer. His lines influenced the cut:  Tight waist, skinny sleeves, flared hip pencil skirt. I used super 180 wool—very fine, very thin—and placed the logo in gold a few places. The first ones have already been shipped out. Plus, commercials, a cave girl dress, fixing up my guitar—which is a never ending job.

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Interview with the Knowledgeable and Humorous R.B. Harkess!

Published October 14, 2013 by glgiles

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Truly my pleasure to catch up with author (and delightful humorist) R.B. Harkess. On his page at http://www.robertharkess.com/, he describes himself as an “Author in Waiting,” but I have to contend he’s anything but, as he’s already written in multiple genres (fantasy, crime and speculative fiction/science fiction novels). Not to mention his short stories which have been featured in a number of anthologies, etcetera. 

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GL:  Great to welcome you to The GL Giles Files, R.B.!  Please give readers a synopsis of your book, “Aphrodite’s Dawn,” and why you were inspired to write it.

RB:  Aphrodite’s Dawn is a SF adventure. It’s very definitely ‘crossover’, and would appeal to any reader, but the marketing tag for it is very definitely ‘Young Adult’. Think ‘Rendezvous with Rama’ meets ‘Hunger Games’.

Garret’s world is six floors tall by five hundred people wide, and he despairs of ever being happy. When a voice in his head offers the 14-year old an escape from his boring life, he has no idea how apparently being offered everything he could want or need might change him. With his best friend Pitr in tow Garret seizes the opportunity, and their universe is thrown into confusion when they are told they are on an asteroid-sized sleeper-ship. The asteroid’s computer has been damaged, and cannot control the engines to deliver them to their new home. Garret is asked to take a message to the other end of the world.

GL:  What made you decide to go with Salt Publishing?

RB:   Why did I go with Salt? Because they asked me. Seriously, Aprodite’s Dawn was my first published novel. Steve Haynes is lucky he still has his arm I snatched the contract out of his hand so fast. But, on a more serious note, it all comes down to conventions.

GL:  Have you attended any writing conventions in 2013? If so, then which ones? Do you think that conventions are a good way for both new and established writers to market their books? Can most marketing be done online now, or does meeting someone in person still carry more weight?

RB:  This is a bit of a ‘yes and no’ answer. In 2013 I attended, or will attend, ‘Edge Lit’ in Derby, ‘Get Writing’ in Hertfordshire, and (my current favourite), BristolCon (I have to say that, being a Bristolian-in-exile).

I think that genre conventions are essential, and in so many ways it’s going to be difficult to explain why without writing three blogs worth of words.

Example 1:  Aphrodite’s Dawn was published by Salt because I went to NewCon5 and met Steve Haynes (the editor of Proxima) which was a fledgling imprint at the time and he was trawling for writers. We got talking and, some months later, Steve asked me if the novel was still free because Proxima had decided to dip their toe into YA.

Example 2:  It was at the same con that I met Geoff Nelder, author of the ARIA trilogy, editor of many things including Escape Velocity Magazine, and also in one of my writing groups. When he was putting together his Escape Velocity anthology, he rejected the story I submitted, but remembered ‘Jack in the Box’ from a review and criticize exercise, and asked if it was still available (there was a point to that).  Thinking about it, I met at least half of my best friends and acquaintances at that con, so thank you again Ian Whates.

So, from my perspective, much of my publishing success has been down to conventions. Having said that they can be lonely and intimidating places. Everybody seems to know everybody else except you, and unless you’re the sort of person who can barge their way into a random conversation, it can be insular.

Most cons run ‘newbie groups’ though, where experienced staff are used as icebreakers to get people involved. On the other hand, if you can jump in and interact, you get to meet some fascinating people (and occasionally the odd ‘oh my goodness, that’s _____________ (fill in the name of your literary deity here)’. I mean, at Bristol Con last year I had Jaine Fenn on my Triva Team (and this year she is a panelist on a panel I am moderating). How cool is that?

I’m rambling. For making contacts, cons can be unbeatable. For marketing? Well, everybody wants a book launch at a con. I’m still waiting for mine. I might even get one next year. You get the option to stuff flyers into goodie bags, and do readings, and it’s all good exposure. I doubt it translates too much in direct sales, but it’s great for increasing your exposure, especially if you can get on some good panels.

But I do find conventions change as the organizers and committees change. There’s one con I used to think was the best in the world, and now I doubt I shall go to another because the people running it changed. On the flip side, new cons, and not just pure-writing ones, come up in your awareness and you migrate.  I am going to Asylum next year, the great Steampunk extravaganza, which I’ve not been to before, and I may try Andromeda, or even SFX.

GL:  Many thanks for your honest, humorous and thoroughly illuminating answer! In a different vein, you run a critique group, correct? What are some of the benefits of belonging to a group like this?

RB:  I am a member of the British Science Fiction Association, and members are entitled to join our crit group, Orbiters. A multi-talented woman by the name of Terry Jackman sits above us all as general manager, and passes jobs and members down to us lowly Co-ordinators. I have the honour to run Orbit-4 (novels)—and Terry is actually a member in my group, which is a bit mobius.

The benefits are incalculable. It’s because of my association with fellow Orbiters (and, briefly, the inhabitants of Café Doom) that my work is of a publishable standard now. No amount of loved ones telling you how good your latest poem is will make you better. Friends and family, no matter how hard you beg them, will rarely be honest with you because they have to live with you afterwards. In a crit group, people can be more honest. Sometimes they aren’t. Groups can be frustrating places, where members don’t comment helpfully, or never seem to learn from what they have had pointed out to them. It can get nasty, too. We frequently run with scissors and people get cut. One of my jobs as co-ordinator is to arbitrate in disputes, or quietly calm things down if they trend towards getting personal. It’s not always easy. But it’s when you get that crit back, and after you’ve got over the ‘how DARE she…?’, and you reread the comments, and the little light blinks on over your head and you realize that just by changing *that* paragraph like she said, the whole scene suddenly works just like it did in your head. It’s great.

I recommend review groups to everybody. You sometimes have to try out a few to find one that fits. Try Orbits. We don’t insist on everything being SF, so long as it’s pretty much genre, we’ll eat anything. Eventually, any writer can find one that suits them, and they will almost certainly improve as a result.

GL:  Great advice! Switching gears again, how did your story come to be a part of the “Full Fathom Forty” anthology? Please tell readers a bit about both (your story & the antho.).

RB: Ah, Full Fathom Forty. You must mean ‘Jack in the Box’. As I mentioned, that actually wasn’t the first place it was published. It first saw the light of day in ‘Escape Velocity:  The Anthology’ about six months before. And you’ll never guess where I first bumped into David J. Howe, who edited FFF? Aw, you got it. Newcon5. Anyhow, I was a member of the British Fantasy Society at the time, heard that David was putting together this anthology, which was going to be given free to members on the society’s anniversary, and I submitted through normal channels. I doubt whether me being known to him made much difference:  David knows, or knows of, just about everybody in the UK genre scene, particularly SF.

The story itself is about a new keepsake to remember the departed—a copy of parts of their memory. Which is fine, until they start talking about stuff that was never meant to be recorded. I call them Embedded intelligence, and use the idea in a couple of my later SF stories. The idea, the whole concept of silicon self-awareness fascinates me. Raises all sorts of interesting problems.

GL:  So, what is on the horizon for 2014?

RB:  Well, I’ve already discussed convention plans. Writing-wise, I am hoping my second YA novel will be published early in the year. It’s all subject to contract at the moment, so I can’t name names, but let’s just say I’m so happy about the people who are going to publish it I am already working on book two (and putting the plot together for book three). I seem to have a thing going on with steampunk/alternate reality, mashed in with some urban fantasy. I have two other novels out there looking for homes, so who knows what else might see the light of day.

The rest of the time I shall be trying to fit in being as close to a full-time writer as I can get in with the boring business of actually putting food on the table and the roof over our head. And loving every minute of it.

 

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‘Tis the Season to Face Your Fears! Interview with the Awe-inspiring William D. Prystauk!

Published October 11, 2013 by glgiles

William D. Prystauk is a darkly delightful screenwriter, novelist, poet and reviewer—and, that’s just for starters!

His horror-infused screenplay “Ravencraft” won third place in the AWS Screenplay Contest (2011), and his horror script “Red Agenda” won First Place at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival (2008) and was a Top-Five Finalist at Screamfest!

Some cool places he can be found:

His horror podcast: “The Last Knock” on iTunes
His horror blog: crashpalaceproductions.com

For your viewing pleasure:

His horror short: http://vimeo.com/54583103
His dramatic short: http://www.productionhub.com/video/view.aspx?item=11974

 

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GL: So great to host an interview with you here, especially since it’s “Horror Month!” I’m going to start off with a fun question. On your Twitter page at https://twitter.com/crashpalace you mention that you’re a “Writer. Producer. Consultant. Horror aficionado. Zombie Killer…”, so what are five items (that you can carry with you) you’d choose to have in the event of a zombie apocalypse? And, why?

WP: Hmm… Great question. In the midst of a zombie apocalypse, society will have collapsed, therefore, I have to keep things basic and simple for guerrilla style warfare.

Shotgun: I’ve learned that I’m solid with a shotgun, especially with the extremely accurate and durable Franchi SPAS-12. And I’m talking slugs, not birdshot. This will allow me to keep zombies at a distance.

Handgun: I’d have a large bore handgun, preferably a .41 magnum Ruger Redhawk with a seven inch barrel, for close encounters. A .41 has great stopping power and won’t rip through the undead to possibly strike down the living. This is also a revolver, which won’t have a tendency to jam.

Body Armor: Yes, I’d create my own damn armor. Looking like a modern knight isn’t bad – and it sure beats getting bit by hungry as hell zombies.

Night Vision Goggles: I want to see in the dark to not only avoid walkers, but to make certain I don’t take a wrong step and get hurt. Without working hospitals and such, as well as medical evacuation, even a small injury can ultimately prove fatal.

First-Aid Kit: Self-repair is the key in the field. Additionally, another oxygen breathing life form may need some help, and a compact kit can do the trick to keep people living to fight another day.

Of course, the list goes on, but those are my top five.

GL: Great answer! Next, please tell readers about the movie you produced (title, actors, plot, etc.). How is it being distributed?

WP: I wrote and produced my short horror film TOO MANY PREDATORS late last year with advanced film students from the New Jersey Film School in New Providence, New Jersey. I had originally written the short script for an online contest. Chris Messineo, the man behind NJFS, liked the script and wanted his students to film the short because they were interested in making a horror film.

The script is about Claudia (Ella West) and Marissa (Shannon Kelly) who find themselves hungry and trapped in a warehouse – even as hungrier forces try to dine on them.

Location is key, and I had a great place at the ready, but the owner developed cold feet and backed away, leaving us to create a warehouse-like venue at the school, which added to the twelve-hour shoot. We cast two professional actresses and hired special effects makeup artist, Paul J. Mason, who worked on The Walking Dead. We even obtained composer Justin R. Durban to write the score. After 100 hours of work, from preparation to editing, we ended up with a three-and-a-half minute film. And I’m not kidding about the 100 hours.

The shoot was fantastic and the students worked like diligent professionals. And what we all created paid off: TOO MANY PREDATORS is an official selection at this year’s New Jersey Horrorfest as well as the Twisted Tails Film Festival in Texas. The short also took third place in an open genre short film contest at MoviePoet.

I hope the short will attract investors because I would like to expand the story into a fullblown feature film.

Right now, the best place to see the film is via my blog at Crashpalaceproductions.com or on Vimeo.

GL: That’s truly awesome! And, speaking of Crash Palace Productions, it’s no secret that I love to hang out at the Facebook site, too! You keep up with some great, though sometimes undervalued, horror movies and actors there. What inspired you to create Crash Palace Productions? What other, perhaps blood-splattered, gems does the Crash Palace Productions site offer?

WP: Well, Crash Palace Productions goes back to my days in graduate school at Slippery Rock University. I had been rear-ended by another vehicle and a friend, Saint Martin, asked if I was okay. When I told him that was my 23rd accident and I was used to it, he called me “Crash.” I had called my non-descript, cell-like dorm room a “Palace,” and I’ve used the “Crash Palace” copyright for all my tales ever since.

The Facebook page was developed to get people to the Crash Palace Productions site. On the site, one can find links to other great horror pages and contests, learn about filmmaking (including a diary of my experience in making TOO MANY PREDATORS), find links to my THE LAST KNOCK podcasts as well as interviews. There are also horror film reviews, “best of” lists, and comments about the horror genre in general. The goal is to indulge in an analytical approach to horror where I can apply literary elements to the material, such as imagery and theme. After all, the horror genre is treated as a joke by many, and I want to prove it has merit.

And you know I love it when you visit!

GL: Love listening to “The Last Knock.” Please tell readers about its inception and what topics are discussed.

WP: Everything has come about thanks to my beautiful wife again (editor, engineer, chef, writer, and everything else under the sun). She prompted me to create the Crash Palace site (she did all the work in set up), and to get together with our mutual friend, Jonny Numb to conduct our horror podcasts. In fact, Jonny came up with the name, THE LAST KNOCK after the classic tale where a person knows they’re the last living soul on Earth – only to hear a knock at the door. And that’s probably one of the greatest writing prompts if there ever was one.

Jonny and I choose a theme each week. For instance, we’ve had shows based on werewolves, zombies, vampires, or specific movies like The Day, or our new “Directors of Doom” segments (we’ve covered Stuart Gordon and John Carpenter thus far). We invite listeners to not only leave comments on iTunes about THE LAST KNOCK, but to let us know what horror ground they’d like to see us explore. To date, we haven’t turned down one fan request, and our fan base is really growing, so please let us know.

GL: You had the truly amazing Denise Gossett of the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival on “The Last Knock” earlier this year. Which upcoming guests should we be on the lookout for there?

WP: Denise is such a sweetheart! She’s beautiful, intelligent, and an amazing patron of the arts. Though an actress, she is co-founder and director of Shriekfest, Los Angeles’s biggest genre festival. I’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing inspiring and passionate filmmakers, David Paul Baker, who is filming one movie a month for a year, and Michael Dougherty, who is raising money to film Z*CON. What’s to come? I can’t say. It’s not because I don’t have guests lined up, but I have to wait for the stars to align so they can take breaks from filming to be interviewed. Rest assured, more filmmakers are on the way, among others in the horror business.

GL: How are your novels coming along? And, where can readers pick up copies of your previously published works?

WP: My crime thriller, Bloodletting, about a masochistic punk detective looking for a killer in New York City’s BDSM underground is with two publishers right now, and the script should be filmed by LGG Digital Motion Pictures in 2014. My new crime horror is based on my award winning script, Red Agenda, which won First Place at the International Horror and Science Fiction Film Festival in 2009. In that tale, Detective Bobby Keagan is a member of Philadelphia’s Paranormal Crimes Unit, and he must stop the vampire terrorist group, Red Agenda before they assassinate the president. That is currently with a New York agent. As for previous material, my short noir story, “Mara” was published in Criminal Class Review (http://www.criminalclasspress.com/products/criminal-class-review-volume-5/). People can also visit Crashpalaceproductions.com for any links.

GL: Where can readers go to connect with you and your darkly delightful work?

WP: People can follow me on Twitter at #crashpalace, visit my site at Crashpalaceproductions.com, and listen to THE LAST KNOCK on iTunes. October is “Horror Month,” so I hope they take a look, and leave a comment or two – I love to hear from other horror fans. And thanks for being a fan as well, GL. You’re fabulous!

GL: Many thanks, and I’d love to have you back here anytime!

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Interview with the Lovely Lush Montana!

Published October 10, 2013 by glgiles

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Truly my pleasure to welcome Lush Montana to my blog! She’s a digital artist, photographer, composer, animator and filmmaker.

 

 

 

GL:  Which bands have influenced you, as a composer, and why?

LM:  I CAN TELL YOU THE GENRES MORE THAN BANDS. SO I’D GO FOR PUNK, JAZZ, AFRICAN, ROCK, GRUNGE,SQUAREPUSHER, TEST DEPARTMENT, RY COODER, RAP, TOM WAITS, THE STRANGLERS, KATE BUSH, CLASSICAL, MARVIN GAYE, BLUES, OLD SKOOL UK GARAGE AND HOUSE, JUNGLE, ENNIO MORRICONE, BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE, ALI FARKA TOURE, EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL, NONLINEAR SYSTEM THEORY, OFRA HAZA, PETER GABRIEL, PORTISHEAD, REPTILIAN HUMANOID, SNOOP DOGG, ASWAD, WOMACK N WOMACK, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, CAB CALLOWAY, CHET BAKER, DILLINGER, DR DRE, ERYKAH BADU, FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS, FUNKADELIC, JILL SCOTT, JOHN LEE HOOKER, JOHNNY CASH, BIG MAMA THORNTON, MASSIVE ATTACK, MICHAEL NYMAN, MIKE OLDFIELD AND MANY, MANY OTHERS.

WHY? THEY JUST GET TO ME.

GL:  Where can readers go to listen to some of the music you’ve written?

LM:  IMRADIO AND YOUTUBE.

http://www.imradio.com/main_index.php?f=artists_view&id=4290

GL:  What subjects, places, etc. do you find intriguing (as a photographer)?

LM:  I GET OBSESSED WITH DIFFERENT SUBJECTS DURING THE MONTHS. IT’S EITHER SEASONAL WEATHER, LANDSCAPES, CITYSCAPES, BUILDINGS, THE SKY, ANIMALS—BUT MUST ADMIT PEOPLE INTRIQUE ME MORE AND MORE.

GL:  You’re also an animator and filmmaker. Where can readers go to view your work?

LM:  IT’S EASY TO GOOGLE EITHER LUSHMONTANA, LUSHMONTANAS, LUSH MONTANA OR LUSHMONTANA LUSHMONTANAS. I’M ON DEVIANTART, ARTFLAKES, SAACHI, AND YOUTUBE FOR MUSIC VIDEOS.

http://www.saatchionline.com/profile/157968

http://lushmontanas.daportfolio.com/gallery/782870

http://www.flickr.com/photos/84156752@N05/

GL:  When were you first inspired to create digital art?

LM:  WHEN I NO LONGER USED TRADITIONAL ART METHODS SUCH AS PAINTING AND DEVELOPING MY OWN BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOUR PRINTING. I STARTED WITH DIGITAL ART THROUGH PHOTOSHOP, THEN DIGITAL EDITING AND FINALLY COMPOSING DIGITAL MUSIC. BASICALLY TEACHING MYSELF DIFFERING DIGITAL DISCIPLINES. WHENEVER I SAW DIGITAL IMAGERY I WANTED TO KNOW HOW TO CREATE IT.

GL:  How did you come up with the name Lush Montana?

LM:  ALWAYS GOOGLED MONTANA AND LOVED THE SCENERY, BUT I’D ALWAYS COME UP WITH THE TERM LUSH MONTANA. TRUE!!

GL:  Where can readers go to connect with you and your work (social networking sites, etc.)? 

http://lushmontanas.daportfolio.com/gallery/782870

http://www.flickr.com/photos/84156752@N05/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/103600753174018266257/posts

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lushmontana&oq=lu&gs_l=youtube.1.0.35i39j0l9.6002.6352.0.8100.2.2.0.0.0.0.112.169.1j1.2.0…0.0…1ac.1.11.youtube.bdqgqDEmSrw

http://www.imradio.com/main_index.php?f=artists_view&id=4290

http://www.artflakes.com/en/s?search=lushmontana+

http://www.myspace.com/lushmontana01  
LUSHMONTANA’S IN LOVE WITH THE UNIVERSE!!!

MUSIC:     http://www.myspace.com/lushmontana01

MADNESS: 
http://www.myspace.com/lushmontana

ANIMATIONS: 
http://uk.youtube.com/lushmontana

 

TONIGHT on “Write to Be Heard” (Turquoise Radio)~~~

Published October 8, 2013 by glgiles

Per Michael Sargent: “…on “Write to be Heard”, Halloweenpalooza continues with authors Glenn Soucy (Blood Tithe series) and Matt Holgate (The Resurrection Tower series). What scares THEM the most? What scary stories will they share? Tune in tomorrow night at 8 PM ET/1 AM GMT. Do NOT miss the show. Heed this warning-your very SOUL is at stake!!”