Dip your toes in : Tom Savini

Weekends are the perfect time for movie watching, you have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, three nights, three different films. Near the end of the week I’ll be highlighting three  different films, with some thing in common. Could be the sub-genre, a certain aspect, or a member of the crew.

Tom Savini is a legend to genre-hounds, the man has done some of the best special effects, from Friday the 13th to Creepshow, and trained Greg Nicotero, who now does effects on The Walking Dead. So over the weekend, why not dip your toes in some of Tom Savini’s best work.

Maniac (1980)

Maniac is a slasher film about serial killer Frank Zito, a disgusting man who likes to scalp girls, and keep them on manniques in his house. The fact that it’s sometimes considered more of a splatter flick than a slasher movie, should give you an idea of the effects in it. The movie drips blood from the cover, til’ the last frame, the best effect being  point-blank shotgun blast to the face. Fun fact, it was Tom Savini’s face. The gore in this one is so good, you might say it’s an Essential viewing.

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday The 13th part four is widely considered one of the best in the series, it’s got a fun cast, including Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman, but most important of all, it has some great kills. Savini has experience with Jason and the family already though, since he helped to create Jason’s mother’s murderous rampage from the first film. They brought him back so he could help to kill Jason off, and make it a death to remember.

Day Of The Dead (1985)

Day Of The Dead is the third in Rameo’s dead series, and by far the best one. Day is about a US Army base after most of the world has been overrun by zombies. With characters everyone’ll remember, Bub the zombie, and Captain Rhodes, and some of the most gruesome gore in a zombie film. Savini had previously worked on Dawn Of The Dead, but this time around, he really got to step it up a notch. There is some outstanding gore in this film.


A change in tone – Five great re-cut horror trailers.

A trailer in essence is your film set up in a matter of clips, designed to attract an audience to the opening weekend, or to buy the dvd.  In a trailer we’ll learn from the underlying tone, and the scenes we’re treated with, what we’re getting into. So what happens if you change the tone? With a few edits, a different soundtrack, placement of scenes, you can make even your happiest family film seem like a horror film.

The Shining ( Happy Version)

We all know The Shining, the classic 1980 Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same title. It’s the tale of the Torrance family’s time spent at the haunted Overlook hotel, and Jack Torrance’s decline into insanity. But change the soundtrack to be upbeat, and add some narration over top, and suddenly you got yourself a fun little family film about a man and child’s bonding.

Scary Mary

Mary Poppins is the 1964 Walt Disney musical about a magic nanny coming to help out an unhappy family, that won five of the thirteen Oscar nominations it had. Mary Poppins is in no way a scary film, but this trailer would give you a different idea. Using music made for the film ” An American Haunting” with Mary’s own singing over top of it, it looks like a genuinely frightening film.

Willy Wonka – Recut Horror

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory is one of those films everyone needs to see at least once in their life. I personally watched it every day for years growing up, and will return to view it once every couple years. Gene Wilder’s performance of Willy Wonka captures the essence of a boy trapped in a man’s body, who’s realizing he’s growing old. It’s a sad, and happy film all at the same time. But if you put the twist that Willy Wonka is delusional, the film takes on a tone of malevolence that’s chilling. At least now the tunnel scene fits in.

Toy Story 3 Trailer ( Horror Re-cut)

Toy Story 3 is regarded by a lot of people as the best of the series. My own opinions aside, the film is indeed as touching, and as deep as the first two, touching on themes of abandonment, love, and the meaning of friendship. In this re-cut trailer, the film takes on a much darker tone, and while it only works in a few of the scenes, the audio coming from Rob Zombie’s Halloween trailer, and presenting it’s self as a Zombie film, makes this one a good laugh.

Forrest Gump As A Horror Movie

Forrest Gump, is the story of a challenged man’s life, as boy in love with Jenny, to a man in love with Jenny, the struggles of his life, and love. While in the film, it’s played as both sad, and honorable the love Forrest has for Jenny, if you just put a dark tone on things, the same scenes take on a whole new meaning. Too bad this wasn’t what ‘Obsessed’ was.

From Beyond (1986)

Stuart Gordon and Jeffery Combs, back at it again, a combination that never does wrong. Once again their back to do a modern, reinterpretation of an H.P Lovecraft story,  of the same title. One year after they came together to make the classic Re-animator, do these two still have what it takes to pump out horror gold?

From Beyond is the tale of Dr. Crawford Tillinghast, here-on referred to as Combs, the assistant to the twisted Dr. Edward Pretorius, a sadist scientist with an unhealthy addiction to S&M. Together, the doctors are working on a device called The Resonator, which vibrates the Pineal gland, allowing you to see into a realm that is always around us, but never seen, and in return, never sees us, filled with weird flying warm like creatures. While testing The Resonator, success turns to terror as Dr. Pretorius has his head bitten off, an act which ends Combs in a insane asylum. Willing to take the risk to see if Combs story about another realm is true, Dr. Katherine McMichaels gets permission to take Combs back to the house it happened, with the help of  Bubba Brownlee, played by the always excellent and often underrated Ken Forbes.

The first two acts of the film are an absolute blast, upon recreating the experiment, we learn that Dr. Pretorius is now some form of super-being in this other realm, who’s form changes and molds as if made out of wax. Great effects, reminiscent of Re-Animator, as well as the body horror entries of David Cronenberg. Things quickly turn bad, and characters, mainly Barbara Crampton in the role of Dr. Katherine, start to make terrible decisions and choices. During this time it’s nice to see Ken Forbes playing the voice of reason, something often missed in horror films. Dr. Pretorius’ evil manner makes for a great backdrop to the spot on acting of Jeffery Combs, and they play off each other very well.

The third act of the film we start to see the story go downhill a bit. We step away from the house, and away from Dr. Pretorius and start to look at the effects the experiments have been having on the characters, and the downhill slope it leads them on. While interesting in it’s own right, it doesn’t quite feel right when compared to the rest of the film. When we finally get back to the house, we get an ending that I personally didn’t see coming when I first saw the film, not so much in it’s conclusion, but in how we get to it.

The film is beautifully shot, with a fantastic color scheme. The film is very bright, with lots of purples and shades of pink and red. It has the feeling of an episode of barney through the eyes of a demented killer on acid. Where most horror films tend to use a dark palette, working off of shades of grey, and crimson, it’s nice to see something up the color, but be able to keep the gore, and he scares with it.

From Beyond is a great film, and while the second collaboration with Combs, it’s far from the last, as they return together for such classics as The Pit And The Pendulum, and Castle Freak. It’s a good look at the earlier points in these two horror legends career, with a great character provided by Ken Forbes. If you haven’t seen From Beyond, what are you waiting for, get out there and vibrate that pineal gland!

Score – A
Gore – 8/10

Horror Daily’s top Ten horror movie endings.

A film’s ending can do a great deal in deciding how you feel about the movie. It’s often that a great movie has a crappy ending, it can leave a bitter taste in your mouth, much like the Invaders From Mars, and The Slumber Party Massacre, ‘it was all a dream’ style endings, to the just plain bad, ‘Head in microwave’ ending the remake of Last House On The Left gave us. Some times, a film can be redeemed from it’s ending, much like Martyrs was for me after the third act took a nose dive, and let you leave the movie feeling alright with it. But other times, you get an ending that borders on perfection, leaving you just about as satisfied as you can be. This is about those endings, in no real order. SPOILERS.

1. Funny Games (US)

Funny Games is a shot for shot remake, directed by Michael Haneke, who directed the original 1997 Austrian film of the same name. Starring Tim Roth, and Naomi Watts, as a couple who along with their son, are mentally fucked with, and forced to play sadist games, by two of cinema’s most entertaining protagonists,  Funny Games is a brutal film that doesn’t let up on the tension and atmosphere.
So why’s it on the list? The fact that the good guys don’t win. The kid gets shot, the father killed, and Naomi Watts is tied and pushed off a boat in the middle of a conversation, as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. To top it off, it ends where it begins, with the killers approaching a new family. Dark, unrelenting, and very nihilistic.

2. Insidious

James Wan’s ghost story about a family who’s child is haunted, is a terrifying, and effective ghost story, that relies on equal parts atmosphere, and jump scares, that rises to the ultimate crescendo. The third act, in which the father, via asto-projection, goes into the further to bring back the soul of his son, is a chilling example of WTF-images, great jumps, and the set up to a great ending.
Upon returning from the further to the world of the living, the son and father wake up, and it seems like it’s going to be a happy ending. Until after having his picture taken, the father proceeds to wrap his hands around Lin Shaye’s throat, and choke her to death. It’s shown to us, via the camera, that the ghost who had been after him as a child, has finally gotten what it wanted. His body.

3. The Mist

The Mist is the adaptation of the Stephen King novella of the same name, with an ending that King himself said he would of used if he had thought of it. The story takes place in a supermarket, the day after a storm, as people from around the small town come in for supplies. A man comes running into the supermarket screaming about monsters in the mist, the people in the supermarket close it off, and it becomes a struggle of power, religion, and fear.
Near the end, we have the father and son who’ve we been following most the movie, the love interest, and an elderly man and women, escape from the supermarket, make it to a car, with the intention that they will just drive, and drive, as long as they can. Then they run out of gas. They’re still in the mist, they know whats out there, and they know there’s an easier way out in the gun they have. But there’s only four bullets, so it’s decided that the father will find his own way out. As the rumbling in the distance grows louder, he pulls the trigger on his friends, love interest, and his own child, leading to a break down of epic proportions, as he stumbles out of the car, crying and screaming for them to get him. But instead of the monsters, the army comes through, with the survivors from the supermarket….

4. Otis

Otis is an interesting film, part torture porn, part comedy, and all together a great time. The film centers the Lawson family, who’s daughter was kidnapped by Otis, the kidnapper, who just wants to take Riley Lawson to the prom. As the film builds, Riley escapes, and the family decides on their own brand of justice, by torturing Otis to death for the rape they believe, wrongfully, was inflicted on Riley.
The family tortures some one alright, but it turns out they got the innocent, yet major asshole, brother of Otis, who they put through hell, until the last breathe left his body. Upon realizing that they killed his brother, they all panic, worrying about what Otis is going to do to them in return. That is until Reed, Riley’s brother, decides to order pizza, from the company that Otis works at. Otis comes to the door, rings the bell, and without even opening the door, takes the full force of a shotgun blast to the chest. Problem solved.

5. Dead Snow

Dead Snow is the Norwegian film about a group of Med students on vacation in the snowy mountain side, who come across a box of treasure, hunted after for decades by zombie nazis. When the film starts off, it doesn’t seem it’s going to be overly great, but as it gets rolling, it’ll have you laughing, and screaming along with the characters, and cheering for your favorites.
But Dead Snow doesn’t hold back, and your favorites won’t last long. This fun, laugh filled zombie film goes against the current of most zombie comedies, and we’re left with only one survivor left at the end. He sees the zombies reach down for a piece of treasure dropped from the body of his freshly departed buddy, and books it back to the ashes of the cabin they were staying at, finds the box of treasure, gives it to the zombies, and escapes with his life down to the car. As he’s trying to find the keys, the piece of gold his girlfriend slipped into his pocket falls to the ground, and as the camera pans back up, there’s a nazi right in the window. Cut to black.

6. Deadgirl

Deadgirl is the dark story of zombie rape, to put it bluntly. To explain what it is really about, will take much longer than I’ve got here. To sum it up briefly, it’s a coming of age story, a film about friendship, and the lines between fantasy and reality. Rickie and J.T are two best friends, and social outcasts from the town, and school they live, and attend. Skipping school one day to go hang out at the local closed asylum, they have some beers, break some shit, and stumble across a deadgirl chained up in the basement. What follows next blurs the lines of friendship, trust, sexually misadventure, and love.
After some twists and turns, the film gets Rickie, and the girl he’s in love with, JoAnn, J.T, and his raping buddy Wheeler, and the deadgirl together in the asylum. The deadgirl gets loose, kills Wheeler, and starts to feast on J.T. In the end, the deadgirl gets away, and J.T, while dying, managed to Stab JoAnn in the back. As she’s dying, Rickie tells her he loves her, he’ll save her, and she responds with ” Fucking grow up”, which may be my favorite line of the film. While this is going on, J.T is trying to convince Rickie to let him bite JoAnn, so he can keep her forever. The film ends with Rickie coming to see JoAnn, tied to the bed the same way the deadgirl was.

7.The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing is a film that needs no introduction. The film about an alien life form in the antarctic, that can take the form of any living being, is one that breathes tension, and paranoia, straight out of the film cell. From the get go, we don’t know who’s human, who’s infected, when it got them, how, etc. All we know is that if this reaches the world, mankind as we know it, is over.
As the film reaches it’s end, the base has been blown up, with the huge alien creature inside it, we’re left with two characters, both standard outside in the freezing cold, with just their jackets to keep them warm. One asks ” What do we do now?” and the answer received is ” Why don’t we just wait here awhile…see what happens”. Us as the audience, we don’t know if either are infected, if they will live, if they will spread, we are left to wonder what happens next, in one of the most understated endings in horror history.

8. Inside.

Inside is part of the French extreme horror wave, that has been leaving a dark crimson mark all over the horror industry. The film starts with a baby inside the womb, we hear the sound of breaks, and the baby violently smashes the camera. Cut to Christmas Eve, as Sarah, the pregnant mother is alone for the night, her husband dying in the crash, very pregnant, ready to burst at any moment. That night a person, known only as The Woman, comes to Sarah’s door and asks to use the phone, is turned away. As the film progresses The Woman breaks into the house, attacks Sarah, who holds up in the washroom, and kills everyone who enters the house, leaving the place a bloody messes that travels from the front door, to the upstairs, and every room in between.
The beauty of Inside, is it does everything you think it won’t do. Near the end, we learn that the baby we saw at the start, was really The Woman’s, who lost it in that crash, and has blamed Sarah for it ever since. Wanting one of her own, she came to the house with the purpose of using her over sized scissors to cut the baby out of Sarah to keep it for herself, and in one of the goriest climaxes to date, that’s just what happens.

9.  Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp came out in that hayday of slasher films, 1983, when everyone and their mother was getting some money together and finding interesting ways to kill off teens. The film follows a handful of kids off at summer camp, including Angela and her cousin Ricky, as a series of brutal murders keeps taking place around them. Sleepaway Camp would easily have been forgotten about in the mainstream view of slashers, where only the people truly in love with the sub-genre would be talking about it, if not for it’s ending, which has been said many times, to be the most shocking ending in horror film history.
So what’s the big shocker? Angela’s got a dick! That’s right, a big ol’ hairy piece of man meat. As it turns out, Angela was born a man, but when her father and brother died in an accident when she was younger, we was taken from her fathers gay lover, and forced to live with her Aunt, who always really wanted a girl, and decided she’d raise Angela to be one. Funny side note, the actor who got out there to show his slong, was nervous as hell, so in that scene, he is absolutely tanked, since as we all should know, it’s easier to remove your clothes if your drunk.

10. May

May is Lucky McKee’s first feature length film, and to this day, I will say his best, not to take away from any of the other films he has done. May is a simple, yet weird, girl played by Angela Bettis, who is a bit of an introvert. She tends to fall in love with people, based on certain parts of their body, as is the case with love interest Adam, played by Jeremy Sisto, and his hands. After attempting to date Adam, and failing terribly, May’s world begins to slowly unravel, as shown through a growing crack in the case of her best friend, a doll her mother made.
May builds and builds, and cracks, and cracks until finally , the glass breaks, and May snaps. Bringing a man home to her apartment, he looks into the freezer for some ice to put on his nipples, and finds the corpse of May’s cat, upon freaking out at her, he takes a pair of scissors through the hand, and into the head. May than continues to visit characters from through the film, killing them, and taking her favorite parts, where it is latter shown her stitching them together. She than removes her eye with a pair of scissors, so that her creation can ‘See her’. As she’s laying, arms wrapped around this monstrosity she created, the eye rolls off to the floor. The Frankenstein-esque creation than reaches over, picks it up, rubs May’s arm, and the film ends, leaving a shiver down my spine that hasn’t gone away for the last eight years.

Runners Up : The Last Horror Movie, The Signal, My Little Eye, The Descent, Dread, We Are What We Are, Anti Christ, The Strangers, The Ruins, The Cottage.

So there you have it, my ten favorite horror film endings. As I was writing this out I noticed that I tend to lean towards the darker, and more pessimistic endings, the ones were all the struggles of the characters are for naught. Does this say something about who I am, or is it just by chance?

So Bidites, you know my favorites now, so what are yous?

Horrordaily’s Five best Stephen King Film Adaptations

Stephen King is a household name, everyone from your grandmother, to your child  knows who he is. King’s the guy who’s books gave us nightmares growing up, and influenced millions of people to take a walk on the dark side.  I have fond memories of reading ‘It’ by the light of the stars when I should have been sleeping, but with a book like ‘it’, what eight year old is going to be sleeping after?

I also have fond memories of going to Blockbuster ( for the younger readers out there, we use to go to a Blockbuster in order to rent VHS, and DVDS), and trying to convince my parents to let me bring home Pet Semetary. When I was older, and they finally let me, a love for films based on King’s writing grew and grew, and too this day, I love the films the man has brought to us. So I thought, how about I talk about my favorite five film adaptations.  While the man’s mini-series are almost arguably better, I wanted to limit the material to just the films.

5. 1408

1408 is the tale of Mike Enslin(John Cusack), an author who writes about haunted buildings, while not believing in ghosts himself, and his stay in room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Over the course of what must be the longest night known to man, Mike learns that sometimes ghosts are real, and some times you should believe the warnings you hear. 1408 captures a great feeling of isolation, and hopelessness that will stick with you long after the movies finished.

4. Misery

Kathy Bates performance as one-screw-lose Annie Wilkes, is by far, the best performance in any of the films on this list, as the woman is the singular most terrifying reason this movie works. Without Annie Wilkes finding Paul Sheldon, author of her favorite series of novels, in a car crash in the middle of a snow storm, and taking him in, to nurse back to health, her own special way, Misery would not be on this list right now. Thanks to Kathy Bates performance, Misery is able to build up a level of tension that will have you grinding your teeth until the last frame.

3.  The Mist.

Based on novella of the same name written twenty-seven years earlier, The Mist rolls into third place simply for it’s ending. While the rest of the film is great, the characters decisions make sense, and you generally care for them, the hell that is experienced at the end of the film is one that leaves an impact. Stephen King himself came out and said if he had thought of the ending in the film, it would of been in the novella.

2. Christine.

Christine is the killer car movie to end all killer car movies. Directed by John Carpenter, Christine is the tale of a boy and his car, the boy in question being geeky Arnie, and the car being Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury. Christine has a mind of her own, and over the course of the film, really starts to charge Arnie from the nice boy he is at the beginning, to an total asshole. While the whole film looks great, the scenes in which Christine goes hunting, are both incredibly creepy, and odd at the same time, as it’s a car stalking it’s prey much the same way a certain masked man Carpenter helped invent does.

1. The Shinning

Was it any surprise to see Kubrick’s The Shinning make the top of the list? Everything about the film, from the haunting locale of The Overlook hotel, to the chilling deterioration of  Jack Nicholson’s character’s mental state, to the creepy little kid, and the two dead girls, this movie is fucking terrifying. It’s hard to believe Stephen King disliked this adaption, when just about everyone agrees, it’s the best.

An interview with “Alice & Chess” author JC Noir

Readers on here may remember about a month ago I got the chance to sit down and talk with author JC Noir about his novella ‘Alice’. I recently got to sit back down with JC and talk about his new additions to Alice’s world of Lucidity.

HD- “Ok, feels like we were just here. A sequel to Alice already?”
JC: “Not really a sequel per se. When I finished Alice, I considered leaving it open like it was. Instead, people started writing me non-stop asking for more. They didn’t want Alice completing already. So, I reread it and decided to conclude anything and everything within Lucidity (Wonderland). So expect three times the content. I wrote a ton more that will hopefully satisfy peoples Alice needs.”

HD-“Wasn’t the sequel going to originally be called Hatter? Why the bonding of the two stories?”
JC: “That has been the first question I have been getting recently. Once my editor completed reading the sequel, she thought the two storylines fit together better as one. I like things to be solid. John Hatter will still play a major role in the book, along with some new characters.”

HD-“Most sequels tend to suck, with few exceptions. How do you think the storyline you added to Alice & Chess will keep out of this issue plaguing the horror genre?
JC: “In the traditions of those exceptions that did not suck, I added multiple things. Characters you can instantly get into without the need for long-drawn out background stories. Action that hits you and rarely slows down. More Cyberpunk and Steampunk elements, with descriptive explanations on how some of them work. Airships. More horror, more gore. Plus, satisfying some specific fan requests.”

HD – “I know my readers will be happy to hear there’s going to be “More horror, more gore”, is there any reason for going bloodier?”

JC – “The gore and the horror are just what I do best. It comes naturally to me. So yes. After the events of Alice, people wanted to know what happened to The Twins (Tweedles). In the completed book, Alice & Chess, a character goes back to the place of those events and you get a heavy description on what happened. Gore and horror never gets tiring. The book is labeled fantasy/horror. Have to do that justice.”

HD – “Sounds awesome, I know myself the Twins were one of my favorite aspects of Alice. So, who are these new characters you keep alluding to?”

JC – “Vazilii is one. He’s the captain of the ‘Blodgeirr’ (Blood Spear). Major events take place on there. The ship plays a big part of this and what happens in the end, so I consider the ship a character. Vazilli’s favored deckhand, Dero. He plays an intricate role. Dementia and Mania as well, who are part of The Queen’s army.”

HD – “It’s clear that the world of Lucidity is heavily steam-punk inspired, is there any works that you credit with being an influence for these elements?”

JC – “As far as steampunk, not specifically. There is tons of new stuff out now that I try and keep up on and from those, I forge some new ideas. What I enjoy more is integrating steampunk and cyberpunk. Showing how the two ideas can mesh together well. Airships that run on chemicals and use light-up touchpads. Cyberpunk has always been a heavy interest of mine since things like the movie Blade Runner and pen & paper games like Shadowrun.”

HD – “So where can people get a copy of ‘Alice & Chess’?

JC – “You can get `Alice & Chess` on amazon? . I’m starting it at 1.99 because I know many people picked up the first Alice. Since I’ve combined that story with 2/3 more story, I wanted to give people the ability to jump in for cheap.”

HD- “So the next place you mentioned was taking us to Oz, am I correct?”
JC- “You never know. Once you complete Alice & Chess, you might already be there.”

An interview with “DEATH METAL” author ” Nathan Squiers”

Today I got the chance to sit down and talk with Nathan Squiers, author of ” Death Metal”, which if you can’t tell by the title, is influenced by not only all the evil creatures we love, but the heaviest music we can make.
HD- “Thanks for taking the time out of your day to talk to me about ‘ Death Metal’, for starters Nathan, what is it about?”

NS – “Death Metal stemmed from a preexisting mythology that I’d created after several years of research as well as a love of music and a desire to approach music as a unit rather than its basic parts. People watch concerts, see all the members contributing their talents on their respective instruments, and what emerges is, for lack of a better word, transcendence. I wanted to create a band–in this case the Bloodtones, a metal group consisting of members that are more than just humans–and give them a shitstorm to have to work through. Think of it as VH-1’s “Behind the Music”-meets-a supernatural attack.”

HD – “You said the members are “More than just humans”, care to explain what you mean?”

NS -“Well, prior to the story’s events, the band consists of Bekka (human) as a vocalist and keyboardist, David (a “therion”–a word for a creature from my mythology that’s pretty much a werewolf but not always wolf-like) on lead guitars, Brian (another human, pissed off though he may be) on rhythm guitars. The band’s bassist, Derek, is home-schooled by his grandfather, whose lessons went beyond standard math and science and went into magic and witchcraft, and Will, the band’s drummer, is a vampire that utilizes his supernatural speed to set seemingly impossible percussive beats.”

HD -” Did you find it hard working with so many different kinds of supernatural characters?”

NS- “Yes and no. Truth be told, the creatures already existed before I touched the project, so their species was almost the easiest part of approaching their character. I used what I view as typical traits of those creatures as a condition that these characters would follow, and I’ll admit that the five certainly had me thinking during writing, but I’d say the challenge came more from an attempt at making characters that were believable/readable and making them interact in a way that an audience would connect with. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that the monsters of horror and fantasy are sometimes easier to figure out than humans”

HD-“So, what kind of trouble will we be seeing these characters get into over the course of ‘Death Metal’ ?”So, what kind of trouble will we be seeing these characters get into over the course of ‘Death Metal’ ?

NS – “Well, I’m never one to get into a story slowly, so right off the bat the audience is going to “see” the Bloodtones at a concert and, in between sets, Bekka witnesses and is soon after “attacked” by some “things” she sees ripping through a rift near the roof of the auditorium. Through the events that follow, the band finds out that their lead singer is “possessed”–not in your standard, demonic, pea-soup spewing way, but more a host body with a consciousness for some entities looking to escape from where they’re from. The problem is, the “Other Side” isn’t happy about losing their own, so it starts sending out others to round them up (something that would kill Bekka). The band, not wanting to 1) lose a friend and 2) have to hold auditions for a new singer, needs to then figure out how to overcome a seemingly unstoppable enemy.”

HD – “”So if someone wanted to explore the adventures of The Bloodtones, where can they pick up a copy of ‘Death Metal’ ?”

NS – “The best place to go would be through the source. I’ve seen other sites here-and-there that get their hands on a copy through dealings with Amazon or however they work, but a lot of the time the prices are rediculous (I can assure readers that I have no hand in trying to charge more than $30 for this or any of my future books, so don’t buy from anywhere that’s trying to charge that). As of right now, the book (both paperback or Kindle) can be found on Amazon.com

HD – ” So, do you have anything planned for the future?”

NS – “Oh yea! I’ve got a laundry list of various projects that I’ve got going (novels, novellas, shorts, and comic books alike). Currently I’m in the process of promoting book #1 of my gothic paranormal-fantasy psych-thriller, Crimson Shadow, which will be debuting this summer from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.”

So if your a fan of heavy metal, or just things that go bump in the night, be sure to check out ‘ Death Metal’. For more information on ‘ Death Metal’, or Nathan Squier’s other works, be sure to visit his Website