Friday, January 31, 2014

Ebook Reviews from Barry

ETCHED DEEP AND OTHER DEEP IMPRESSIONS, David Niall Wilson, Macabre Ink,, Kindle price $2.99, 168 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
In this collection, David Niall Wilson has collected a varied group of fiction and poetry that prove his talent and capabilities for turning a word on its edge to provide the reader with an experience that, even if experienced before, is different from what you were expecting.
“Through an Eyeglass, Darkly” opens the volume with a tale of a Ouija Board, a theraphist, and ridding oneself of “Daddy” issues. “Fear of Flying” is a well done, imaginative tale of Mindy and how she soared. To me, “Moving On” would fit into an episode of The Walking Dead. How would feel if you knew that the answer to Armageddon was only “One Off From Prime”? “Loch Ness” is a poem attributed to the main character of the previous story. “Headlines” is a story on where the super market tabloids get their stories. “Redemption” is the story of how a preacher obtains what is due him.
A great collection from a fantastic writer, and s one that has plenty to enjoy.

EPIC FAILS, Scott Rhine, Amazon Kindle, $5.75, currently $.99, 142 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

Scott Rhine has a quite a range and this volume shows you how far he is able to move around from one end to the other,
Magic, a boy earning his manhood, a story of two men cursed by the gods, American Indians, defying gravity, and a Monty Python inspired tale are only some of the facets that Rhine shows as he builds on a jewel of a career.
Interesting and enjoyable, this another volume of Rhine’swriting that you don’t want to miss.

Glimpses: The Best Short Stories of Rick Hautala, Rick Hautala, Kindle $3.99, Dark Regions Press. Kindle Edition, art by Glenn Chadbourne, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

Back in 1999, a horror anthology, (999) was released to a large fanfare and there was a larger than average release of newspaper interviews, ads and a large online release party. I was able to be involved on by getting to interview Rick. After this I was able to keep up with his work and read everything I could find of his.
Rick was often called the other horror writer from Maine because most of his stories are set in Maine and he did write horror, but he is a writer that just happens to be from Maine.
Horror for Pete Garvey lies in facing the ghosts in an old “Schoolhouse.” Judy Morrow has to find out why infants are being born without footprints or fingerprints in “Every Mothers Son.” Next time you hear a “Hum”, I’m sure you will remember this story and its ending. “Toxic Shock” is not at all what you expect from the beginning. To me the most imaginative story is “A Good Day for Dragons”, it brings back memories of my childhood, and will possibly do the same for you.
This is a grand collection of the best short fiction that Rick produced. It has something for everyone. I’m sure after you have a Glimpse of these stories you will be on the lookout for his other works.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Like a Trip Through the Mirror: Lesbian Love in Alternate Realities

Like a Trip Through the Mirror: Lesbian Love in Alternate Realities
edited by Kathleen Tudor, $4.99, ISBN 978-1-61390-101-4, 68 pages.

Five lesbian erotic love stories of magic and mystery. What will you find on the other side of the
mirror? Love? Passion? A world upside down? Step up to the mirror, look deep into your own
eyes (or those of your secret, mirror-world lover) and prepare to have your worldview
completely shifted. The grass really is greener on the other side—and the sex is hotter, too.
For as long as humans have known to look for their own reflections, they have pondered the
magical question: What would you find if you step past your own reflection and into the mirror
world? In these five stories, the answer is passion and fire. Five women step up to the mirror and
come out the other side in the midst of their hottest erotic fantasies, whether that involves
reviving the dying embers of a love affair, seducing a beloved old friend... or perhaps just finding
out for sure what some women have long suspected: that sex really is better with yourself for a
partner! These heroines take risks, brave it all, and step into the unknown, between dimensions,
between worlds, to lay claim to the love and heat that they both deserve and crave.


The Universe Where Katie Lived by Annabeth Leong

So Quite New a Thing by R. Ann Sawyer

Reflections by Kate Dominic

Into Tipera by Kathleen Tudor

Game Fae by Vivien Jackson

Press Release

Love and Magic With a Sapphic Flavor

(Cambridge, MA) -- The idea of a parallel universe is often explored in science fiction and
superhero comics, but hasn't been looked at in erotica, until now. Kathleen Tudor has put
together the latest erotic anthology from Circlet Press--Like a Trip Through the Mirror: Lesbian
Love in Alternate Realities
--and she and five authors take the reader "through the looking glass."
For as long as there have been mirrors, there have been superstitions behind them. Mirrors are
seen, not just as reflections, but as portals, used for scrying or for spirits to travel, perhaps
capable of capturing a soul or providing a portal to another world—one that looks the same on
the surface, but contains unknown wonders just outside the reach of the reflection. These stories
explore various possibilities of parallel universes, each one with a lesbian theme or protagonist.
Many of Circlet's themed anthologies mix sexualities, with gay, straight, and lesbian stories
sharing space so long as they fit a common theme like vampires, steampunk, or time travel, but
Like a Trip Through the Mirror is entirely lesbian. "It's a lovely fit," says Circlet Press editorial director Cecilia Tan. "Women-centered erotica tends to explore the rich interior life of the
characters. In these stories, sometimes the mirror is literal, sometimes it is a woman's self-reflection."

Circlet Press has been publishing erotic science fiction books since 1992. Like a Trip Through
the Mirror
is available from all major ebook retailers as well as direct from

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem is Coming

Steve Rasnic Tem returns to Solaris this March with a dark novel of Southern Gothic, ghosts, witchcraft, snake-handling, and the Great Depression – Blood Kin.

Michael Gibson has returned to the quiet home of his forebears and now takes care of his grandmother Sadie – old and sickly, but with an important story to tell about growing up poor and Melungeon (a mixed race group of mysterious origin) in the 1930s, while bedevilled by a snake-handling uncle and empathic powers she barely understands. In a field not far from the Gibson family home lies an iron-bound crate within a small shack buried four feet deep under Kudzu vine. Michael somehow understands that hidden inside that crate is potentially his own death, his grandmother’s death, and perhaps the deaths of everyone in the valley if he does not come to understand her story well enough.

This tightly wired novel of Southern haunting cements Tem’s place in the mainstream as he brings his celebrated creativity to his home state of Virginia in a revelation of the past’s effects on the present.

More on this later!

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Couple from Harriet

Dream Unchained
Kate Douglas
Kensington Aphrodisia, $14.00
ISBN: 9780758269355

Mac Dugan now knows his dream lover of twenty years Zianne the Nyrian is real. However, she and her energy race are incarcerated on an alien ship and need rescuing if they are to become the entry he dreams about.

Besides his beloved and her race, Mac learns the aliens target earth for annihilation. Time is running out for rhe two species. However, Mac and his unit, and Zianne and her fellow Nyrians begin to gain power through energies released in shared carnal dreams.

The latest Dream Catchers science fiction romance (see Nightshift’s “Dream Catcher” and Dream Bound), is an exciting erotic thriller as time may be running out on earth, but the sex keeps on coming. Fast-paced, fans will appreciate this alternate energy source as the last hope to save earth and the Nyrians is sexual performance (talk about pressure on the lower head). Harriet Klausner

So I’m A Heel/Flint/The Big Out
Arnold Hano writing as Mike Heller and Gil Dodge
Stark House, $23.95
ISBN: 9781933586502

“So I’m a Heel” by Mike Heller. In 1944, the Howitzer exploded killing a dozen solders and leaving the “lucky” one Hawkins with a disfigured face having lost his lower jaw. He lives with his wife Mary and ten-year-old son Matt in Laredo Rock, California. Acrimonious Hawkins uses his deformity to take advantage of others and blackmails lawyer Otto Weylin. However Weylin plans to take out Hawkins who is attracted to the attorney’s trashy wife Millie.

“Flint” by Gil Dodge. The only one way a hired killer retires is in a coffin. Flint struggles with a bullet lodged in his lungs. He hopes to walk away after he completes his last job so he heads to Colorado where rancher Good hires him to kill Thomason. Flint obtains a job working for Thomason, but is attracted to his employer’s wife Cora.

“The Big Out” by Arnold Hano. The syndicate informs Blues’ catcher Brick Palmer that his brother forged his signature on a $10,000 debt. They demand remittance. Herald sports reporter Randy York witnesses the money exchange and the player busting the collector’s nose. He exposes Brick who is thrown out of the league. He and his wife head to Montreal to play but is treated with rage while an irate syndicate debt collector travels to Canada for payback.

Using two pseudonyms, Arnold Hano showed his vast depth with this exciting 1950s crime caper collection reprints in differing milieus. The three entries are fast-paced with strong characters in troubled waters way over their heads. Although the exciting suspenseful tales do not fully pass the test of time, fans will appreciate these diverse noirs. Harriet Klausner

Sunday, January 19, 2014


I was planning to do some work on this today, but had the chance to have a family day with my wife and son. Thought that was a lot more important.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ignorance by Kasey Chambers

I've been debating on this one for several days which has turned into weeks. My music listening has been mainly Kasey Chambers, Kasey Lansdale and Kacey Musgraves.

Kacey Musgraves is one of the new voices of country music and has hits with "Merry Go Round" and "Follow Your Arrow" and takes a more lively, fun beat in her music. Her lyrics contain a lot of things you hear everyday, but puts a unique spin on them. Be sure to give her a listen. Her current album is Same Trailer, Different Park.

Kasey Lansdale, is the daughter of Joe Lansdale - a writer of terrific horror and strange fun books like BUBBA HO-TEP, and is a writer in her own stead. Her music is more traditional country and I kept her CD in the player for three or four weeks before I changed to something else. It was another Kasey/Kacey. She has a way with words and her songs, while modern in subject matter, have the traditional roots like Patsy Cline and Reba McEntire. Be sure to see her if she comes anywhere close, you will not be disappointed. Restless is her latest release and I can't wait for more!

Casey Chambers, an Australian country artist, has been around for a while and I lost most of her material when my computer crashed and I had loaned the CDs to a friend to copy and one of her friends left town with them. I've replaced most of them and "Ignorance" was a bonus/hidden track on the Barricades and Brickwalls CD and even though it came out in 2001, the words are as true today as they were then.

It seems every time I read or hear the news, I get pissed off. Either it's someone acting stupid or the government being more about the money and the lies they tell instead of being there to help the people. I really get pissed off at the NEWS MEDIA for being a propaganda device for the folks in power and not telling the truth or even seeking to find any truth.


Don't wanna read the paper
I don't like bad news
Last night a man got shot
Outside the house of blues
I'd like to ignore it
I'd like to just pretend
That the reason for it
Is something I can comprehend

I don't listen to the radio
Last time it made me cry
Two boys went crazy
Fifteen kids died
And I don't know their families
I don't ask 'em how they're going
They're on the other side of the world
But it's way too close to home

I've got something to say
And I thought it might be worth a
If you're not pissed off at the world
Then you're just not paying attention
And you can turn off the TV
And go about your day
But just 'cos you don't see it
It don't mean its gone away hey

We don't talk to our neighbours
They've got funny coloured skin
We see 'em out on the sidewalk
But we don't invite 'em in
We only eat when we're hungry
And we throw the rest away
While babies in Cambodia
Are starving everyday

We risk our lives
We hit our wives
We act like everything is funny
We hide our pain
While we go insane
We sell our souls for money
We curse our mums
We build our bombs
We make our children cry
We watch the band
While Vietnam
Just watch their children die

Words and Music by Kasey Chambers, Copyright 2001

In the song she mentions Cambodia and Vietnam, there are lots of other countries whose name could be substituted in order to make this a song from 2014. The sad thing that hits home to me is that the United States could fit in either place. I also feel like Veterans could fit in there as well.

Friday, January 17, 2014


I'll do my best to get some reviews up soon. Have finished four or five and just can't find the get up and go to get it done.

Bear with me.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Some Fine Day Book Trailer

Hi folks,

We've got something exciting to share with you today... the book trailer for Some Fine Day by Kat Ross. We love the slightly creepy, mysterious atmosphere, and we'd love to know what you think.

Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty.

She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.

She knows that the only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.

Most of all, she knows there’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.

Jansin has been lied to. On all counts. Faced with the truth in the form of a charismatic young survivor named Will, Jansin vows that her former masters will regret making her what she is…

Book Info:

UK Print
Date: 3rd July 2014
ISBN: 9781783450169
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £7.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 1st July 2014
ISBN: 9781783450176
Format: Medium (Trade B) Paperback
R.R.P.: $9.99

Date: 1st July 2014
ISBN: 9781783450183
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / $6.99

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook | | |

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
On-sale July 1st 2014 from the Robot Trading Company

Author Info:

Kat Ross: | Twitter | Facebook

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An Interview with Crispin Hellion Glover

An Interview with Crispin Hellion Glover

Crispin Hellion Glover is a man of many talents. He has worked as an actor, screenwriter, director, author, publisher, and recording artist. His best known roles such as George McFly in Back to the Future, the Thin Man in both Charlie’s Angels flicks, Willard Stiles in the remake of Willard, Grendel in Beowulf, The Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Phil in Hot Tub Time Machine make him one of the most recognizable faces in film.

His own company Volcanic Eruptions publishes his lavishly illustrated books and delightfully twisted films. Currently he is set to tour in select cities to promote Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show with showings of his films It is fine. EVERYTHING IS FINE! & What is it? Please see his site for specific dates.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? What were you like as a kid? How do you think you early years influenced you to be who you are now?

I went to a small private school called Mirman School for Gifted Children. It was an excellent school that was academically oriented. The school was an influence to let me understand that questioning things was very good.

What first led you try your hand at acting and when did you know if was what you had to pursue as a career? Do you think your parents being actors themselves was a positive influence on you to follow your dreams?

I was in school plays and such, but having watched my father’s career I understood, to a certain extent, how the business worked. I decided it would be something I could do at around age 11. I got an agent at age 13. My parents did not push me into the business. It was something I decided to do by my own volition, but my parents were supportive.

Do people find it hard to believe that Hellion in your middle name? It is a very cool name to carry, are you glad to have it?

My father Bruce Glover is an actor as I’ve said. In fact he is in Part two of the trilogy It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE! People may know him from such films as Diamonds are Forever, Chinatown and the original Walking Tall series. His middle name is Herbert. He never liked his middle name Herbert. So as a young struggling actor in New York he would say to himself “I am Bruce H. Glover, Bruce Hellion Glover. I am a hellion, a troublemaker.” And that would make him feel good. He told my mother this was his real middle name. When they were married she saw him writing on the marriage certificate Bruce Herbert Glover and she thought “Who am I marrying?” They gave Hellion to me as my real middle name. I had always written and drawn as a child and I would always sign my drawing and writing with my whole name Crispin Hellion Glover. When I started acting professionally at 13 which was something I had decided on my own I could do as a profession at a relatively young age it became apparent that I had to choose a professional acting name for SAG. I thought my whole name was too long for acting and just used my first and last name. When I started publishing my books I simply continued using the name I had always used for writing and drawing. This is also why I use my whole name for my films.

You have played rather strange characters throughout your career. Why do you think that is? Which characters have you enjoyed most and why? Which do people seem to recognize you for most?

I was drawn to unusual characters from at least when I was first professionally studying acting at age 15. But probably younger than that as well. When people approach me it is usually because they recognize me from a number of films.

I don’t know that I have a favorite character, but I feel like the films that I that I quite like as a whole that I have been in are River’s Edge, Orkly Kid, and What is it? Other characters I like I have played that I like are Cousin Dell in Wild at Heart, The Thin Man in Charlie’s Angels, Willard in Willard, Bartleby in Bartleby, Grendel in Beowulf. I had a great time working in Alice in Wonderland with Tim Burton and everyone involved.

Did you enjoy your role in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter? Have you always been a fan of horror? Why do you think people are drawn to such things?

I am glad that I was in the film. I knew while filming it that someday there would be something humorous about appearing in that film. I am not really that much of a follower of horror. That being said there are certain films considered to be in the horror genre that a truly great films. I think people can be drawn to horror for the concept that it lets one feel they have survived something brought to them from the darker side of life. That can be invigorating.

Was it fun to play Willard? What is your opinion of rodents and such?

I very much enjoyed playing Willard. I am proud of the emotional work that I concentrated on very hard while making that film. The rodents that I worked with were exceedingly well trained and never made a mistake on a single take, which was great because a lot of the scenes I had with them were emotional scenes that would have been hard to get to again if cuts had to be made because of the rats. But they were truly perfected every time and ultimately great acting partners.

What was it like to work on a Tim Burton film? What did you learn from the experience?

I loved working with Tim Burton and everyone involved. It is apparent that Tim Burton has been in situations where his art was being questioned and he knows that he does not want to do that to people he is working with, but wants them to be able to explore for themselves what is happening for their work. That makes people feel good about what they are doing. It is a good thing to know when working as a filmmaker.

You have also delved in music. Do you think that is something you might return to at some point?

I have a second album that has been nearly finished for more than 10 years and has been put aside while my feature films have taken precedent. I will get back to that project hopefully soon.
Are there any little known facts about you that people might be surprised to learn?

My interests artistically may be called eccentric and there is a truth in that, but I am also a very centric business person.

Can you tell us about the upcoming tour? What can fans expect from the show? What led you to form Volcanic Eruptions? The first two films you directed feature people with Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Why did you decide to do that?

I would like people to think for their selves. Steven C. Stewart wrote and is the main actor in part two of the trilogy titled It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. I put Steve in to the cast of What is it? because he had written this screenplay which I read in 1987. When I turned What is it? from a short film in to a feature I realized there were certain thematic elements in the film that related to what Steven C. Stewart’s screenplay dealt with. Steve had been locked in a nursing home for about ten years when his mother died. He had been born with a severe case of cerebral palsy and he was very difficult to understand. People that were caring for him in the nursing home would derisively call him an “M.R.” short for “Mental Retard”. This is not a nice thing to say to anyone, but Steve was of normal intelligence.

When he did get out he wrote his screenplay. Although it is written in the genre of a murder detective thriller truths of his own existence come through much more clearly than if he had written it as a standard autobiography. As I have stated, I put Steven C. Stewart in to What is it? When I turned What is it? into a feature film. Originally What is it? was going to be a short film to promote the concept to corporate film funding entities that working with a cast wherein most characters are played by actors with Down’s Syndrome. Steve had written his screenplay in in the late 1970’s. I read it in 1987 and as soon as I had read it I knew I had to produce the film. Steven C. Stewart died within a month after we finished shooting the film. Cerebral palsy is not generative but Steve was 62 when we shot the film. One of Steve’s lungs had collapsed because he had started choking on his own saliva and he got pneumonia.

I specifically started funding my own films with the money I make from the films I act in when Steven C. Stewart’s lung collapsed in the year 2000 this was around the same time that the first Charlie’s Angels film was coming to me. I realized with the money I made from that film I could put straight in to the Steven C. Stewart film. That is exactly what happened. I finished acting in Charlie’s Angels and then went to Salt Lake City where Steven C. Stewart lived. I met with Steve and David Brothers with whom I co-directed the film. I went back to LA and acted in an lower budget film for about five weeks and David Brothers started building the sets. Then I went straight back to Salt Lake and we completed shooting the film within about six months in three separate smaller productions. Then Steve died within a month after we finished shooting. I am relieved to have gotten this film finally completed because ever since I read the screenplay in 1987 I knew I had to produce the film and also produce it correctly. I would not have felt right about myself if I had not gotten Steve’s film made, I would have felt that I had done something wrong and that I had actually done a bad thing if I had not gotten it made. So I am greatly relieved to have completed it especially since I am very pleased with how well the film has turned out.

We shot It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. while I was still completing What is it? And this is partly why What is it? took a long time to complete. I am very proud of the film as I am of What is it? I feel It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. will probably be the best film I will have anything to do with in my entire career. People who are interested in when I will be back should join up on the e mail list at as they will be emailed with information as to where I will be where with whatever film I tour with. It is by far the best way to know how to see the films.

After Charlie’s Angels came out it did very well financially and was good for my acting career. I started getting better roles that also paid better and I could continue using that money to finance my films that I am so truly passionate about. I have been able to divorce myself from the content of the films that I act in and look at acting as a craft that I am helping other filmmakers to accomplish what it is that they want to do. Usually filmmakers have hired me because there is something they have felt would be interesting to accomplish with using me in their film and usually I can try to do something interesting as an actor. If for some reason the director is not truly interested in doing something that I personally find interesting with the character then I can console myself that with the money I am making to be in their production I can help to fund my own films that I am so truly passionate about. Usually though I feel as though I am able to get something across as an actor that I feel good about. It has worked out well!

The live aspect of the shows are not to be underestimated. This is a large part of how I bring audiences in to the theater and a majority of how I recoup is by what is charged for the live show and what I make from selling the books after the shows. For Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show I perform a one hour dramatic narration of eight different books I have made over the years. The books are taken from old books from the 1800’s that have been changed in to different books from what they originally were. They are heavily illustrated with original drawings and reworked images and photographs.

I started making my books in 1983 for my own enjoyment without the concept of publishing them. I had always written and drawn and the books came as an accidental outgrowth of that. I was in an acting class in 1982 and down the block was an art gallery that had a book store upstairs. In the book store there was a book for sale that was an old binding taken from the 1800’s and someone had put their art work inside the binding. I thought this was a good idea and set out to do the same thing. I worked a lot with India ink at the time and was using the India ink on the original pages to make various art. I had always liked words in art and left some of the words on one of the pages. I did this again a few pages later and then when I turned the pages I noticed that a story started to naturally form and so I continued with this. When I was finished with the book I was pleased with the results and kept making more of them. I made most of the books in the 80’s and very early 90’s. Some of the books utilize text from the biding it was taken from and some of them are basically completely original text. Sometimes I would find images that I was inspired to create stories for or sometimes it was the binding or sometimes it was portions of the texts that were interesting.

Altogether, I made about twenty of them. When I was editing my first feature film What is it? There was a reminiscent quality to the way I worked with the books because as I was expanding the film in to a feature from what was originally going to be a short, I was taking film material that I had shot for a different purpose originally and re-purposed it for a different idea and I was writing and shooting and ultimately editing at the same time. Somehow I was comfortable with this because of similar experiences with making my books.

When I first started publishing the books in 1988 people said I should have book readings. But the book are so heavily illustrated and the way the illustrations are used within the books they help to tell the story so the only way for the books to make sense was to have visual representations of the images. This is why I knew a slide show was necessary. It took a while but in 1992 I started performing what I used to call Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Side Show. People get confused as to what that is so now I always let it be known that it is a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books that I have made over the years. The illustrations from the books are projected behind me as I perform the show. There is a second slide show now that has 7 books and it performed if I have a show with Part 1 of the IT trilogy and then on the subsequent night I will perform the second slide show and Part 2 of the IT trilogy.

The fact that I tour with the film helps the distribution element. I consider what I am doing to be following in the steps of vaudeville performers. Vaudeville was the main form of entertainment for most of the history of the US. It has only relatively recently stopped being the main source of entertainment, but that does not mean this live element mixed with other media is no longer viable. In fact it is apparent that it is sorely missed.

I definitely have been aware of the element of utilizing the fact that I am known from work in the corporate media I have done in the last 25 years or so. This is something I rely on for when I go on tour with my films. It lets me go to various places and have the local media cover the fact that I will be performing a one hour live dramatic narration of eight different books which are profusely illustrated and projected as I go through them, then show the film either What is it? Being 72 minutes or It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE being 74 minutes. Then having a Q and A, and then a book signing. As I funded the films I knew that this is how I would recoup my investment even if it a slow process.

Volcanic Eruptions was a business I started in Los Angeles in 1988 as Crispin Hellion Glover doing business as Volcanic Eruptions. It was a name to use for my book publishing company. About a year later I had a record/CD come out with a corporation called Restless Records. About when I had sold the same amount of books as CD/records had sold it was very clear to me that because I had published my own books that I had a far greater profit margin. It made me very suspicious of working with corporations as a business model. Financing/Producing my own films is based on the basic business model of my own publishing company. There are benefits and drawbacks about self-distributing my own films. In this economy it seems like a touring with the live show and showing the films with a book signing is a very good basic safety net for recouping the monies I have invested in the films. There are other beneficial aspects of touring with the shows other than monetary elements.

There are benefits that I am in control of the distribution and personally supervise the monetary intake of the films that I am touring with. I also control piracy in this way because digital copy of this film is stolen material and highly prosecutable. It is enjoyable to travel and visit places, meet people, perform the shows and have interaction with the audiences and discussions about the films afterwards. The forum after the show is also not to under-estimated as a very important part of the show for for the audience. This also makes me much more personally grateful to the individuals who come to my shows as there is no corporate intermediary. The drawbacks are that a significant amount of time and energy to promote and travel and perform the shows. Also the amount of people seeing the films is much smaller than if I were to distribute the films in a more traditional sense.
The way I distribute my films is certainly not traditional in the contemporary sense of film distribution but perhaps is very traditional when looking further back at vaudeville era film distribution. If there are any filmmakers that are able to utilize aspects of what I am doing then that is good. It has taken many years to organically develop what I am doing now as far as my distribution goes.

Do you think society in general underestimates the so-called disabled? Do you think there is any such thing as a truly disabled person?

There certainly can be underestimations of people who are called disabled. A truly disabled person is someone who thinks of themselves as disabled.

When is the last film in the trilogy expected to be done?

I should not go in to detail for IT IS MINE. yet and I will not shoot that next. There are other projects outside of the trilogy that I will shoot next. The Czech Republic is another culture and another language and I need to build up to complex productions like What is it? and the existing sequel It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. IT IS MINE is an even more complex project than those two films were so it will be a while yet for that production. I will step outside of the trilogy for a number of films that deal with different thematic elements. I am in the process of building sets for a screenplay I have been developing for a long time for myself and my father to act in together. He is also an actor and that will be the next film I make as a director/producer. This will be the first role I write for myself to act in that will be written as an acting role as opposed to a role that was written for the character I play to merely serve the structure. But even still on some level I am writing the screenplay to be something that I can afford to make. There is another project that I may make before that I am currently working on the screenplay that may be even more affordable. yet still cinematically pleasing.

Do you enjoy working behind the camera as much as you do in front of it? How do the two differ most?
Yes I probably enjoy working behind the camera more than in front of the camera, but that has more to do with the content in corporately funded and distributed cinema that I can find somewhat stifling. Because I fund my own films I can get in to territory that corporately funded and distributed film cannot.

What was the craziest thing you have ever done?

Drive a car in traffic.

Interview conducted by Tina Hall and is reprinted by permission of The Original Van Gogh's Ear Anthology It is copyright 2014 by Tina Hall and The Baryon Review. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Neal Barrett, Jr Passes

Beloved science fiction writer Neal Barrett, Jr has passed away. He had a unique look at the field and infused it in his works. He wrote the Aldair series and others for DAW books. This is where I first place I remember meeting him in print. The last one I read was PRINCE OF CHRISTLER-COKE, about Corporate America taking over every aspect of life.

Thanks for the years of enjoyable reading. May your journey continue on another plane!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Baryon 128

Baryon 128 has been mailed out. If you did not receive one email me at The and I'll get one out to you.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Different Kingdom by Paul Kearney

A Different Kingdom
By Paul Kearney

A new world is revealed on 29th January (US & Canada) and 13th February (UK)

£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-187-7
$7.99/$9.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-186-0

Available in paperback and ebook

“An utterly splendid piece” – Interzone
'Paul Kearney remains one of the most criminally underrated
authors working in the genre today.' –

Paul Kearney is one of the most vital voices in fantasy and now the master of the genre returns with his masterpiece – A Different Kingdom.

Michael Fay is a normal boy, living with his grandparents on their family farm. In the woods—once thought safe and well-explored—there are wolves; and other, stranger things. Then one day he finds himself in the Other Place. There are wild people, and terrible monsters, and a girl called Cat.

When the wolves follow him from the Other Place to his family’s doorstep, Michael must choose between locking the doors and looking away—or following Cat on an adventure that may take an entire lifetime in the Other Place. He will become a man, and a warrior, and confront the Devil himself: the terrible Dark Horseman...

Set in rural Ireland, A Different Kingdom is an incredible novel about the thin lines between this world and the next. A unique and stunning tour de force that will reinvigorate your love of the fantasy genre.

About the Author

Paul Kearney is the critically-acclaimed author of The Monarchies of God and the Sea Beggars series. He has been long-listed for the British Fantasy Award.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney

The Ten Thousand
By Paul Kearney

Revisit the world of the Macht on
13th February (UK & Ireland)
£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-250-8

Available in paperback and ebook

“One of the very best writers of fantasy around” – Steven Erikson

A stirring story of invasion, defeat and the victory pulled from its jaws – this is the beginning of Paul Kearney’s celebrated Macht Trilogy, now reissued in a larger format!

On the world of Kuf, the Macht are a mystery, a seldom-seen people of extraordinary ferocity and discipline whose prowess on the battlefield is the stuff of legend. For centuries they have remained within the remote fastnesses of the Harukush Mountains. In the world beyond, the teeming races and peoples of Kuf have been united within the bounds of the Asurian Empire, which rules the known world, and is invincible.

The Great King of Asuria can call up whole nations to the battlefield. His word is law. But now the Great King’s brother means to take the throne by force, and in order to do so he has sought out the legend. He hires ten thousand mercenary warriors of the Macht, and leads them into the heart of the Empire.

Now in a larger B format edition, this series will delight fans of George RR Martin and Stephen R. Lawhead!

About the Author

Paul Kearney is the critically-acclaimed author of The Monarchies of God and the Sea Beggars series. He has been long-listed for the British Fantasy Award.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Too Cold to Move

Started out at 47, now it's 22 with a predicted low of 8 tonight and a high of 17 on Tuesday.

Will get something up when I thaw out!

Friday, January 3, 2014


No, I haven't forgotten about you. Just busy with year end at work.

Will be back soon.