My Mars Future and Two Reviews

A filmmaker/executive producer in Hollywood (Holywood? Highly Weird?) has contacted me with an offer to join his writers’ room, where roughly 5 to 9 scribes will turn out scripts for a projected HBO/Netflix Originals dramatic series set on a near-future Mars. “Stoked” doesn’t begin to describe how I felt immediately after our 1-hour phone conversation—Fuckin’ […]

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Report from Nightmares Film Festival

My friend director/writer Mike Lombardo’s first feature film, I’m Dreaming of A White Doomsday, had its world premiere Friday 20 October at Columbus, Ohio’s amazing Gateway Film Center.  I made a rare journey (soon to become less rare, as 2018 will without doubt be my busiest—and life-changing—year in this dark mortal coil) west to my old […]

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Stephen King’s CASTLE ROCK TV Series: Will I Participate?

The Stephen King-based Hulu TV series, Castle Rock (starring Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn), is filming several miles from where I live. I’ve applied to Pittsburgh-based Nancy Mosser Casting (The Road, and many others), who are looking for background types: Prisoners, Prison Guards, Staff, Family Visitors, and Pedestrians. I’ve never “acted” before, but believe […]

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The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen has been referred to as “the Hans Christian Anderson of children’s literature,” a claim I’m not qualified to dispute. But her unerring ability to transform even the most mundane events, objects, and people into mythic gold is too well-known for doubt, earning—among others—awards such as the Nebula, World Fantasy, Rhysling, and Caldecott Medal. Read […]

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