In May of 2023, it will mark the 12th year I’ve been a contributing writer of the Tri County Sun Newspaper. It’s been a true honor being a part of the Ness Press newspaper family. This marks my “200th” published article. I wanted to make this milestone issue something very special. When I thought about what I could do, I wanted something that was interesting, and also celebrating an anniversary. Immediately I thought…STAR WARS! To be more specific, STAR WARS:RETURN OF THE JEDI.
Sitting down with a good read is still something that many of us love to do. Picking up a book transports anywhere we want to go. Many of us love to be scared out of our wits by a great horror story. What better time than Autumn to read creepy tales of things that go bump in the night? Christofer Cook’s two books, AMITYVILLE 1925, and HALLOW EVIL give readers plenty of scares through one creepy tale after another.
When we hear the title and name, author Stephen King, we generally think of his world renowned status as the “master of horror” with his many books and film adaptations. We think of killer clowns, evil dogs, cats, cars, and even children, but what we don’t think of is…cooking. Specifically, a cookbook. That’s until now.
Just about every one of us has a favorite film, one we place above all others. For some of us it’s our favorite actor, storyline or type of film that draws us back to watch over, and over again. However, there are those very special films that are just so good that we appreciate every aspect of them. There has been one film in my lifetime that is still my favorite after many decades, it’s perfect in every way…WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
Generally, when you ask horror fans which are some of their favorite horror franchise films, you’ll get at least one of three main answers: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, HALLOWEEN, and FRIDAY THE 13th. To ask which is the most iconic of the three, well, you’ll have one major debate on your hands.
When I’m not doing reviews for movies or books, I enjoy doing interviews. This time I’m visiting with a good friend, director/musician, Tommy McLoughlin. Some of you might remember that I interviewed Tom prior for the Tri County Sun, in October 2014, when he and I discussed the new biographical book release entitled, A STRANGE IDEA OF ENTERTAINMENT: A Conversation with Tom McLoughlin, by author, Joseph Maddrey. Back then, we talked about the book, his life, and his film career. Seven years later, I’m thrilled once again to bring you a new review and interview with him.
In the late 1970s, Stephen King had the idea of selling his short stories for ONE DOLLAR and a contract to let young filmmakers make their own films based on his works. After King’s approval, these films were only available for viewing at film festivals around the world. For the last forty-plus years and over hundreds of films made, The Dollar Baby program has made a serious impact not only on the Stephen King world, but the film industry itself.
Tony’s review of ROBIN WILLIAMS AMERICAN MASTER (a new book release), and exclusive Interview with author, Stephen Spignesi…It goes without saying, 2020 has been a year unlike any other. However, not all things in 2020 were bad. One of the good things this year was there were some great new books released, and reading is always a wonderful diversion.
Over the years I’ve reviewed everything from films, books, and conventions, but tis my very first review of a CD! It’s really been fun and different, but I was up for the challenge. The CD comes from someone that is not only a musician, but in the film industry as well. Director Mick Garris, has been bringing us films for decades, and is an icon in the horror genre.
Anthology stories have been around a long time. From short story collections in book form, by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and many others, to television anthologies, and film anthologies as well (such as Creepshow). I guess I’d have to say I’m a big fan of … anthologies.