Saturday, September 11, 2010

(Recommended Read) Shade by Anthony Venutolo

When Shade pistol-whipped her husband, Amberlee let out a cry and fell to the ground. That pissed him off so he pistol-whipped him again shooting her a look that said, "Don't back down now."...

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(Recommended Review) TWITCH's Todd Brown puts your fears to rest about LET ME IN

...Much has been written by angry fans of the Alfredson film against this one based on early trailers and script reviews from dubious sources. To those who have been following those conversations, no - it is not a shot for shot remake. Yes, many sequences are quite similar but many others are not. The structure of the film is quite different, the internal focus shifted slightly. As for script reviews claiming massive revisions to the source material, disregard those entirely. They simply are not true. The back stories of the children have not been changed in the slightest, with the obvious exception being that they now live in America. Some issues are simply not touched on - which I will not go in to for spoiler reasons - but there is nothing about either character that contradicts existing canon. This is a true, respectful treatment of the original material...

It should be noted that I trust TWITCHfilm's opinions on most things

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(Recommended Review) MAD MAD MAD MAD MOVIES Review of 'Santo y Blue Demon Contra Los Monstruos' makes me want to run away from home to become a luchador! (but my wife said I'm not allowed)

More and more these days--as Time's Winged Chariot drags me inexorably closer to the shadowy bourne of that Undiscovered Country, and the vistas of Future Possibility shrink and close around me like the heavy gray walls of an Inquisitor's tomb--I find myself wishing that I'd come into contact with certain things earlier in my life. For instance, I was fully fifteen years old before I first read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a book that would have stood me in much better stead before I'd followed the philosophical dead ends of its protagonist Raskolnikov. (I ended up getting my watch back, though, so no lasting harm.) Similarly, I discovered the cinema of Paul Naschy as a slightly past middle-aged adult (if we calculate the middle as half the "threescore years and ten" of verse)--a fortunate discovery, but one, had I made it earlier, would have afforded me that many more years of grinning, face-beaming joy...

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(Recommended Webcomic) Larry Latham's LOVECRAFT IS MISSING continues to kick all kinds of non-Euclidian butt!

(Recommended Reads) An Old Friend by Gracie Motley

So I’m sitting in a coffee shop, nursing my unpronounceable milk and coffee drink. I’m at a table in the corner by the window, where the view is the busy street. Inside the shop, there are people reading newspapers or books, and others staring at laptops. Still others are having quiet conversations. Though the place is busy, the lunch crowd hasn’t descended yet. I’m people-watching, that’s all, thankful it’s my day off.

Suddenly I feel this ripple in the air in front of my little table. There’s a– well, I guess you could say it’s a woman, but there’s something… odd about her, in front of me. She stands there a moment, hands on hips, looking at me scornfully, and then she sits across from me, without even a by-your-leave...

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(Recommended Reads) Crack the Sky by The Four Part Land

Life was a strange beast here, for it ebbed and flowed with the tides of the moon. In the morning, all creatures would die, and in the afternoon, find themselves revived as they once were. Even those that had been consumed as prey woke up once more in their homes.

The moon was a cruel mistress, for it did not remove the memories of their deaths. Every day, another death would be added to a long litany of memory, and so creatures became warped and twisted things, their memories consumed by pain. Some sought suicide as a way out, thinking that if they killed themselves, they would be well and truly dead. Alas, that was not to be, and so they grew despondent, dying but never dead...

(Recommended Reads) Big Hearted Fella By John McDonnell

“It’s not goodbye, Sue, not at all.” He took another forkful of the fish and put it in his mouth. “This is delicious fish, by the way. Never had anything like it.”
“Don’t change the subject,” she said. “You’re saying goodbye.”
“No, I hate goodbyes. I hate endings...

(Recommended Article) "I have read your website and it is obviously that your a foggot."

In which David Thorne takes down a troll like an Internet Ninja


From: George Lewis
Date: Thursday 2 September 2010 6.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: No Subject

I have read your website and it is obviously that your a foggot.
From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 2 September 2010 8.07pm
To: George Lewis
Subject: Re: No Subject

Dear George,
Thank you for your email. While I have no idea what a foggot is, I will assume it is a term of endearment and appreciate you taking time out from calculating launch trajectories or removing temporal lobe tumors to contact me with such. I have attached a signed photo as per your request.
Regards, David.

Friday, September 10, 2010

(Recommended Reads) "Above Ground" by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith

Keirit spent his sixteenth birthday doing what most boys did when they turned eight. His mother pleaded with him not to leave the Caves, but he was adamant...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

(an excerpt from In The Shadow Of His Nemesis) A Taste Of Freedom

The following is a condensed chapter from my serial novel but it is enjoyable as a stand alone piece.

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A Taste Of Freedom

(an excerpt for In The Shadow Of His Nemesis)

by


Al Bruno III



Time and space had long ago lost all meaning for Gawain Wight; once hours and resources had been his to use as he saw fit. He had traveled the world and seen the impossible; he had sacrificed the innocent and the brave to bring down the enemies of his government. Now all he had was a sweltering ten foot by six foot cell and a diet of random noise and terror.


He didn’t even know how long he had been here, he didn’t even know what time of day it was anymore. He suspected he was on an island somewhere off the coast of Costa Rica, privately owned and unnamed. Once, over a decade ago, Gawain had sent an operative here only to lose him forever.


It started again, the crash of music and machinery, the cries of babies- all recorded and blared at random intervals from the speakers suspended from the high ceiling. Months ago he had almost broken his leg in a crazed effort to reach and destroy the damned things- or had it been just a few weeks ago?


They fed him once a day, a tasteless serving of gruel and a plastic cup of foul-smelling tap water. He made himself wait until he was really hungry before he ate any, it was the closest thing he had to a routine. Sometimes he would wonder to himself what might smell worse to a neutral observer, the water or the man drinking the water.


The orange jumpsuit he wore was stained, stiff and ragged. His hair was long and filthy. Gawain couldn’t remember the last time his captors had cleaned him up but sometimes he lulled himself to sleep with fantasies of a cold blast of water from a fire hose and a change of clothes.


But that was on the rare occasion they let him sleep long enough to snatch a dream or two.


It was funny in a way, when they had first brought him here he had been full of escape plans and defiance. But now? Now all he wanted was a few hours sleep and silence.


Footsteps approached. He started, was it meal time already?


No. He was almost sure it wasn’t.


Footsteps usually just passed on by but he still couldn’t help but get excited- would he be dragged out to the yard to be doused with the hose? Was it time for a check up with the dull eyed excuse for they had for a doctor? Maybe they were at long last going to kill him. There would be a kind of relief in that.


The door of his cell swung open and a pair of men in dark uniforms dragged Gawain out into the bright artificial light of a sterile-looking passage. They didn’t even give him the chance to get to his feet and walk; they just dragged him along like a petulant child.


One hallway, then another- they all looked the same to Gawain and he wouldn’t have been surprised if they just brought him right back to his little cell all over again. Worse things had happened during his time here.


Far worse.


There had been torture... No questions had been asked during these times, no taunts just a methodical application of misery that his captors soon seemed to lose interest in...


It was a shame in a way, sometimes Gawain almost missed the torture, it was better than having to face living one lonely day after another.


An elevator ride and another hallway later his handlers led him to a chair in the middle of an otherwise empty room. He sat down gingerly and waited.


“Mr. Wight?” A pleasant sounding voice filled the room, ”Can you hear us?”


Gawain nodded.


”We need you to reply audibly Mr. Wight. Can you understand that?”


“Yes,” Gawain was horrified at the sound of his own voice, he was sixty years old but he sounded ancient and worn down. “I can hear you.”


“Good, good. I think it is time that we spoke.”


“Why now? What do you need from me?”


“The world has changed so much since we took charge of you.”


“Could I have some water please?” he asked.


“We all regret the circumstances of your internment,” the voice paused as the door opened.


Gawain flinched but it was just one of the gray-uniformed men carrying a paper cup. He dutifully handed the cup over and left again.


The smell coming from the cup set Gawain’s body trembling, this wasn’t water. It was orange juice! He drank it so fast that he almost choked, his tongue came alive, his breathing increased, his prick stiffened without a single impure thought.


“Our files noted that you enjoyed orange juice.”


He crossed his arms and stared at nothing, “Why am I still alive?”


“We are not cruel.”


He laughed bitterly, “You really think that?”


“We defend ourselves when we must, but we preserve far more lives than we sacrifice,” the voice explained.


“You’ve got everything you want,” Gawain said. “Why am I still here? Why am I still alive? Unless of course you guys are somehow getting your jollies by making me suffer.”


The voice became more subdued, “There are those like you that do not understand and resist.”


...Gawain buried his face in his hands... they wanted to make use of the talents he had once used against them.


And if he said no?


Would they send him to oblivion or just back to his cell?


Which would be worse? The dreary cell or having to face the reproachful faces of his four sons as his life faded away?


“Do you need us to clarify our terms?”


Gawain straightened up in the chair and asked, “Can I have another orange juice?”


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She spent her entire work week making plans for the weekend, then when Saturday came she slept until 2 PM.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Two


He never imagined he would fall for pirate girl with a missing hand but from the moment they met he was hooked.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Three


The church elders decided phallic-shaped sandwiches were an affront to God. It was full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes.


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If anyone ever learned what the crunchy bits in Jim's homemade potato salad were, they would have gone mad.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Five


Seven castaways washed up on that island but the skinny guy kept ruining their attempts to be rescued so the others killed him.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Six


Supervillain Chef Julia Infant threatened to fill the oceans with breakfast pastries until the Earth became a planet of the crêpes.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Seven


Magwier and Lorelei drove off leaving the Bone Eater screaming with frustration. Magwier said "That was a marrow escape."


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The meeting went on for hours but the atheists of the world still couldn't decide who to thank when it was Friday.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Nine


He led the double life of a lawyer and a pugilist. Ever day he had to decide between boxers or briefs.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Ten


“If you suspect that phone trees are an insidious plot to break the human spirit please press one...”


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Eleven


Dave hated how computers had taken over the lumber-jacking industry, he was always forgetting to log out.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twelve


The thrill of victory and the high pitched squeal of defeat, these are the sounds of the Mens' Nude Dodgeball League.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirteen


She was Abner Deggent's kind of woman all right- no self esteem and incredibly low standards.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Fourteen


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5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Fifteen


Ironically enough Amazing Ed got tea-bagged at the local amusement park's ball pit.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Sixteen


There were some that found Commander Infinity's catchphrase “You can count on me!” both confusing and annoying.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Seventeen


Superhero luchador Fuego wanted to take his old tag team partner out to dinner at an expensive restaurant but he was tapped out.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Eighteen


As Captain Hero plummeted into the garbage Dumpster he thought to himself that they just didn't make ledges like they used to.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Nineteen


They told Psychotic Kid that he'd have to be crazy to try and take on the Reddeath. He simply replied, “Well duh.”


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty


The corporation went broke so fast that the CEO was left with only twenty cents to his name. Talk about new paradigms.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty One


Thalia cornered the evil wizard in a deli only have him create a monster of selected meats. This was the wurst case scenario.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Two


While it was an original idea the world just wasn't ready for DELIVERANCE cosplay.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Three


Even the Great Old Ones moved with the times that was why in his house at R'yleh dead Cthulhu waits twittering.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Five


The K-Y Jelly made just for STAR WARS fans is more expensive but you will pay for you lack of friction.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Four


"She's beautiful and she has an extensive thesaurus collection," he said, "and I wanna live with a Synonym Girl."


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Six


He was a starship officer from and ice planet, he never gained high rank but soon everyone knew the story of Frosty the Yeoman.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Seven


The protesters felt building the William Shatner Museum so close to a movie theater was insensitive to the victims of STAR TREK V.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Eight


Then the Maven realized that instead of her own utility belt she was wearing Amazing Ed's Big Bandolier Of Cheese.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty Nine


There had been great hopes for the world's first nation of Drag Queens but it soon turned into a rouge state.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty


The only way to make a starship move faster than the speed of light was to fill it with perverts. The more warped the better.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty One


The aliens tried to conquer the Earth with an army of Nazis. It was Plan Nein From Outer Space.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Two


The super hero Dismembro could literally pull his body apart piece by piece- it always gave him a leg up on the villains.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Three


It was bad enough he had shut his hand in the door to his time machine but now he had 800 year old fingers to deal with.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Four


The course promised to improve her memory with 5 easy lessons but she kept forgetting to show up.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Five


It turned out the thing Dave was really allergic to was allergy medicine.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Six


He wanted a lover with a slow hand, which was why getting felt up by zombies was such a thrill.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Seven


Like most guys he lost his virginity in college but since he went to a clown college it was a really weird experience.


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Only the most die hard music historians remember the album 'Disco Lullabies' by Donna Slumber.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Thirty Nine


He wanted to be a gigolo but wasn't sure if he could satisfy an older woman, so that first time was something of a dry run.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty


Of all the members of Abner Deggent's rogues gallery the ex Nazi Wilhelm Screame had the most distinctive battle cry.


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It turned out the members of the Black Robed Regiment dressed that way to hide their frilly lingerie.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Two


At first she was excited that her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, then she discovered they were all lactose intolerant.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Three


In his later years Lord Greystoke left the jungle to start a vineyard. That was how he came to be known as Tarzan the Grape Man.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Four


He read the memos from the central office religiously but never took them as gospel because it was one damned thing after another.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Five


It wasn't until her fifth marriage in six years that she realized she was addicted to wedding cakes.


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“Old super heroes never die,” Amoeba Man said, “they just keep getting revived in increasingly improbable ways.”


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Seven


“It there's one thing I've learned it's never to trust a funeral parlor with a free buffet.”


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Eight


The nude rapper liked to end his shows by yelling “Piece out!”


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Nine


It was the dream of perverts everywhere, a vibrating Snuggie.


5 Second Fiction One Thousand Five Hundred and Fifty


He found blogging more efficient that submitting to magazines, because now he could be ignored by millions almost instantly.