To say author David Tocher is an established young talent would be an understatement. David studied Shakespeare’s life and complete works, World literature, English literature, theology, and holds an Associate of Divinity degree, studied Judaism, has studied novel writing, editing and proofreading. His accomplishments are quite extensive.
When it comes to horror in literature there are some names that not only stand out but have stood the test of time and have made literary history. Mary Shelley, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Joe Hill are just a few. However, there is one author that has not only changed the horror writing genre as we know it, but has been the inspiration for just about every author thereafter….Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is the ultimate gothic horror author for generations, and has been studied, discussed, and analyzed for decades, yet there is one thing about Poe we still find ourselves asking…how did Edgar Allan Poe die?
It seems that every generation has at least one writer to come along that becomes legendary and iconic. Poe, Lovecraft, Stephen King, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, and Richard Chizmar.Each has their own genre, and have become pretty much household names. Author Richard Chizmar is no stranger to the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and several other best selling authors list.
Author Lee Gambin loves pop culture. His knowledge for television, movies, books, as well as his high regard for many actors is very impressive. I love that Lee also shows his appreciation for those actors who have less prominent roles…those many of us would overlook. Lee brings them into the spotlight as well. His books are diverse, and have covered many subjects including animals in films, television shows, actors, movie musicals, and horror films, which includes the 1980′s horror classic,THE HOWLING. That being said, Lee Gambin has done something else that’s notable as well.
There are many films that focus on seemingly more innocent periods of time, in this case the early 1960′s. Such films as Where The Boys Are, Bye Bye Birdie, and many other films epitomize this era. There is, however, one film that brings much of this era to light from the teenage perspective. On August 11th, 2023, the film AMERICAN GRAFFITI will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Filmmaker Billy Hanson has made an impact on us in several ways. He has been a part of the film industry since 2005, directing both short and full-length features, and is the winner of several film awards for his outstanding work. He is also the director behind one of the most popular, most gross, award-winning Stephen King Dollar Baby films, SURVIVOR TYPE. This short film is based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name, which is one of the titles Billy selected from the Dollar Baby short films adaptation program, allowed by Stephen King to be purchased for the amount of…one single dollar!
There are many books written about Stephen King, who is considered one of the greatest horror writers of all time. Authors such as Stephen Spignesi, Robin Furth, Joe Maddrey, and many others (including myself) have all written about his works. However, there is one particular author who has been writing about Stephen King for a very long time, and is highly qualified and respected in the Stephen King universe. As musician Neil Young is to music (with his extraordinary guitar playing) being dubbed the “Godfather of Grunge, author Bev Vincent is also known as the “Godfather” to those who know his name throughout the world of all things that surround Stephen King. He has been revered for his in depth writing, and for paving the way for others who have also been enthralled with Stephen King.
There are so many film franchises it’s hard to keep up, and they generally are from the horror genre. From SAW, SCREAM, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, JAWS, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST., and FRIDAY THE 13th (which are all greats) there seems to be one that really resonates with fans…HALLOWEEN. This particular franchise not only kicked off an entire subgenre of “slasher films” within the horror genre, but also had its own long line of sequels that finally came to an end in October, 2022. It seems that through the decades HALLOWEEN films have sustained the test of time.
Andrew J. Rausch is a family man, father, editor, interviewer, expert on Pop Culture, but he’s also an extremely talented author of nearly fifty published books. His topics range from directors such as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Ed Wood, to books about films, as well as Hip Hop music, to sharing his thoughts on author Stephen King. However, whatever Andrew writes, he pours his heart and soul into it, drawing the reader completely in.
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.