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02 June 2015 @ 12:02 pm
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27 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
  • Tue, 12:11: The Mother of All Snakes Looked Surprisingly Modern, and might have worn mom jeans on her vestigial limbs. ;-) http://t.co/NV3iS0wRpO
  • Tue, 14:17: Ha! This pic from this week's Penny Dreadful looks like someone is about to get seriously mansplained. http://t.co/wyWT4jvkeJ
  • Tue, 14:45: Almost forgot May is Mental Health Awareness Month...probably because no one's been bitching about the lack of Sane People's Health month.
  • Tue, 14:52: In 1,000 Years All Of Us Will Be Forgotten Except For Bill Paxton. I hope he responds to this #epic Onion article. http://t.co/TGQaWOnenh
  • Tue, 17:45: 5 True Stories That Will Restore Your Faith In Famous People. Who knew Mark Harmon was such an utter badass? http://t.co/Vwl1f6Mo0X
  • Tue, 23:54: Watched #Maggie. Not scary per se, but a fantastic and unique take on a fave subgenre. Changing the time frame changes a LOT. #ArnoldCrying
  • Wed, 08:10: What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid? Another case for a national stipend. http://t.co/1cmf7zHk2V
  • Wed, 08:20: Kansas Republicans Attempt To Set $25 ATM Limit For Poor May Cost State $100mil. Dicketry: NOT fiscally responsible. http://t.co/d4WKeXFu0p
  • Wed, 08:50: Found out that a female douchebag is known as a douchebaggette. Don't you just love how English is constantly evolving? #GlutenFree?
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26 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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21 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
  • Wed, 12:11: Walmart's profits hurt by wage hike for employees. "Wage hike" = $9 an hour, and "hurt" + down 2 cents a share. Awwww http://t.co/NWHzj79ZNn
  • Wed, 15:02: Top Ten Richard Matheson Stories. Whoa, I actually didn't know 'Duel' was one of his. Amazing! http://t.co/pstJWUHxhA
  • Wed, 17:15: Just when we thought this story could get none more sad: Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz says he's leaving. http://t.co/2SHsSLip60
  • Wed, 17:55: Do any of you know a married couple who both have the same birthday? I've never heard of any, but it seems like they must exist. #Curious
  • Thu, 06:23: #RipperStreet "Your Father, My Friend." Capshaw's face reflected in the pool of blood was a stunning and evocative shot. Bravo.
  • Thu, 08:02: When Will the White Community Denounce White-on-White Crime? I blame all those white single moms living off welfare. http://t.co/AVjc3q6Z4k
  • Thu, 08:35: Why is it so damn difficult to find the perfect drink bottle? BPA free, easy to clean (wide mouth), durable lid, no gross straws, under $20.
  • Thu, 09:03: "It Follows" was pretty dang good. I was 30 minutes in before I realized it was shot in #Detroit. I pity the U of D pool cleaner. ;-)
  • Thu, 10:03: Ripper Street: "Your Father, My Friend" Review. Man, I cried all the way through this one. So much drama. http://t.co/sd4wZUfLkF
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20 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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19 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
  • Mon, 12:02: The Rude Pundit: Republicans Killed the Amtrak Derailment Victims. Damn, RP is not pulling a single punch here. http://t.co/kxN0T1aGmy
  • Mon, 12:31: "I've never seen an episode of MadMen, but I'm glad it's finally over & hope everyone died." --My Feed Today
  • Mon, 15:05: Why the ACLU’s bold action against Hollywood is so necessary. Should the movies get a pass on equality in employment? http://t.co/H3vee4PBRq
  • Mon, 16:20: Game of Thrones Review. I'm sorry, WHO is a famous tart? Bahaha, "Guess again!" Tons of awesome zingers this week! http://t.co/xYNjLIKa7Y
  • Mon, 18:01: Sheriff’s deputy body-slammed drunk man before he died. Discrepancies between the report & the truth are staggering. http://t.co/BtSc4LMkqW
  • Mon, 20:51: #PennyDreadful: "The Nightcomers" Review. Vanessa's magical origin story stars...wait for it...Patti Lupone!!! http://t.co/WuYIvLeJ1T
  • Tue, 08:15: Ad Men: "Fool proof" shouldn't be a selling point of any product. Even if your target audience is fools, it's ineffective to tell them that.
  • Tue, 08:55: Another nice shredding of FOX's assertion that they've NEVER EVER done or said anything to demonize the poor. http://t.co/fmUpVtkZS5
  • Tue, 09:05: Are you all caught up on Showtime's Penny Dreadful? Here's my "The Nightcomers" Review. Score: 9 http://t.co/ILlCbjVss7
  • Tue, 10:31: #GameofThrones fans complaining abt what happened to #Sansa since it's "not in the books." Duh, it was--it just happened to a younger girl.
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18 May 2015 @ 12:11 pm
Ow  
Behind on work, which is not really a surprise. Computer issues, health stuff going on, depression still not lifting.

Woke up today to find the elevator scene from The Shining...in my pants.
And if that's TMI, you obviously haven't been through middle-school sex ed yet and probably shouldn't be reading this blog. It's full of fucking swears.

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18 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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13 May 2015 @ 08:00 am
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Man, what a fantastic episode.

The Bates Motel finale was not all I'd hoped it would be. Still, not bad.

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12 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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11 May 2015 @ 07:53 am
I fucking hate Mother's Day.
I hate it.

And I hate it even worse when...
dammit, I can't even...

I'm fine now.
But it's just such a difficult goddamn day.

To be angry on top of it is almost too damn much.
Seriously. --the fuck.


And you know what's weird?
Mad Men was actually more depressing than Game of Thrones.
Isn't that weird?
PS. Don't fall for it, Trudy.

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10 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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Apparently horror writers are having a big blowout over Paid Markets (R with circle) versus FTL markets. Which one makes you a "real writer" or a "sell out" or someone who "lacks talent." I'm someone who has to constantly check myself to make sure I'm not acting like a complete D-bag over who is a Real Writer (TM) or not, and I find this irksome as all hell.

When I first started writing shorts with the intention of wide release, I was willing to give stuff away to FTL markets. I just wanted to be read and seen. But novels? No. I'm only giving those free on special occasions, or to reviewers, and with the hope that doing so will garner good reviews and increase sales. Having done that, I've still never come close to earning min wage in terms of hours spent on a book versus money earned. Does that mean I'm not a Real Writer? To some, yes. I find this odd, because other writers know you can write your ass off, create something great, and still make less than $1,000 on it. I never heard huge authors bashing small authors for the ways in which they try to boost sales--but I hear non-writers bash active writers for their marketing efforts all the time.

I've been hearing the argument that writers giving away their work hurts writers who are selling. I can't imagine that this is true. Books just don't work that way. If you enjoy an author, you're not going to skip their next book because someone you've never heard of has a book available for free. By that logic, people who love to fuck are taking money away from prostitutes.

Writers who want to be paid for their work are not "passionless sellouts" who "only do it for the money." Nor are those who give their work away "talentless losers who couldn't sell a story if their lives depended on it." I strenuously hope I've never sounded like this big a D-bag when talking about other writers (who are not Stephanie Meyer or EL Fudge or whatever her inner goddess name is). But I probably have at some point. *ahem* fanfic *ahem*

In the end, I think it's up to the writer to decide what their work is worth. Yeah, that is bound to result in wild over and under-pricing. I've read great stuff on Kindle that cost me nothing. I've also seen Facebookers who can't even put a sentence together selling their debut books on Smashwords for $75. Well, I don't know that they're selling them, but they are listing them at prices only a mother would spend. Like most things in life--we should all be allowed to do what we want and leave everyone else out of it. I won't hold my breath though.

While I have your attention, I've been listing my own shorts at Amazon for a mere 99 cents. Available now are:

The Growlers: A fast-food zombie tale that ties in to my novel, The Finster Effect.

Whitman, I Ain't: A first-person narrative of a school shooter.

Trabajando Alegre: One of my personal favorite shorts. This one is about a new employment program designed to help poverty stricken minorities. People refer to this as a satire, but I think it's just straight-up horror.

More are coming soon. I'm mainly waiting for H to finish the covers.

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06 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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02 May 2015 @ 03:45 am
I remember when summer time meant nothing but reruns on TV, which sucked. After May sweeps, there was pretty much zero good watchin' until season premieres in September. And as someone who grew up watching an appalling amount of TV, I'm kinda glad that's changed. As a reviewer though, summer is now my busy season.

Under the Dome was renewed yet again. But after two years of that torture, I am not subjecting myself to another horrible season. It's some of the worst character development I've ever seen--especially offensive given that it was already written for them, and must have taken real talent to screw up this badly.

Bates Motel is almost over. Two eps to go. Man, it's been a great season. I'm really thrilled that a story I love this much has been handled so well for so long. Word is, there are five seasons planned, and Vera Farmiga will be doomed to die soon--I think before this season actually ends. Freddie Highmore is SO damn good.

Ripper Street just came back. Only 8 episodes for that one. Even though it's already played in the UK, I'm doing week-to-week reviews as it plays on BBC America.

Game of Thrones has finally made some shit happen. That one is, again, 10 episodes, so 7 more to go this season. I have no doubt that a shitload of people are doomed to die. But since they're so damn far off the books at this point, it's hard to say who that will be. As long as they're taking liberties though, it's nice that the Bolton's are so goddamn hot.

True Blood is, of course, off the air. But I've been putting S2 on while I'm doing stuff, like half-watching it. It's always been a silly, guilty pleasure type show, but I did enjoy it before it went to complete shit in S5. I dig the Maryanne season, but the Russell Edgington season is the best thing EVER. Besides, that Stephen Moyer is a damn attractive fella.

Penny Dreadful comes back on Sunday. Helen McCrory is playing Liz Bathory this season, so that'll be fun. Plus Billie Piper is sure to...well, I don't want to spoil anyone who isn't caught up. But I'm stoked for another season.

Too many shows I dig (and watch with H) have been cancelled of late:
Helix
Atlantis
Intruders
Neither Agent Carter nor Ascension were picked up.
and it's not looking good for Constantine either.
Falling Skies is ending too, but that show is long overdue for cancellation.

Spent tonight making up files and doing conversions for short stories. I'm releasing a few on Amazon for 99 cents, and putting novel excerpts afterwards. Marketing is so tedious and I feel so bad at it.

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01 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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30 April 2015 @ 08:58 pm
The news is making me hate everyone right now.

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23 April 2015 @ 10:33 pm

Picking Brains with Wednesday Lee Friday: Joshua Hoffine.

Hoffine has a Kickstarter going on RIGHT NOW that can land you some sweet new art.


Joshua Hoffine is a Kansas-born artist with a degree in English Literature. He worked as a professional wedding photographer before moving on to do work for Hallmark, and has been commissioned for publicity photos for various rap artists including Tech N9ne. His current works often utilize themes of children in peril, and quintessential human fears like spiders, clowns, and monsters lurking just outside your field of vision. His own four daughters are the perfect subjects, natural and photogenic girls whom you don't doubt for an instant are truly terrified.

Artists who work in the medium of horror have a hard time of it. Unlike web comics that get passed around with gleeful abandon, horrific art is something that comes on you slow. You have to really look at it, think about it. And it's unlikely to wind up taped to your cubicle or hung from your fridge with a decorative magnet. Still, there are some truly exceptional artists with a passion for examining mankind's most pervasive fears. Luckily for us, one of those geniuses has consented to answer some questions just for us.

WLF/ZZN: Let's get this out of the way: Of all the emotions an artist can choose to evoke, you've chosen fear. Is that because you secretly loathe humanity?

I do not harbor a secret hatred for humanity. I find Horror to be a compelling genre. Horror is psychological, existential, and inherently metaphorical.

WLF/ZZN: Please tell us a bit about your relationship with the undead. When did you first become aware of zombies?

I saw NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD when I was 12 years old. Upon reflection, I'm very grateful that this was the first zombie movie I ever saw. When my daughters asked to watch SHAUN OF THE DEAD, I insisted that they watch NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD first. (WLF Note: Yay!)

WLF/ZZN: I think it's awesome that you terrify children for the sake of art. That alone is delightfully horrific. Can you reassure your fans that no children were harmed in the creation of your amazing work?

The children featured in the photographs are my own daughters. Other family members play the monsters. The girls are never frightened. For them it's like a big game of dress-up.

WLF/ZZN: Your work is often a single frame that evokes a story. How are you able to say so much in one still photo?

I choose a moment that will offer the possibility of suspense, and then I will often try to suggest a specific sub textual meaning through my production design. Michelangelo Antonioni called this 'symbolic mise-en-scene'.

WLF/ZZN: Many, if not most zombie stories feature undead kids. What do you think it is about zombified tots that is so damn scary?

On some level, they represent the ultimate unruly child, beyond control or discipline, bent on violent and destructive behavior.

There is also the tragedy inherent in child mortality.

Distorting traditional icons of innocence and life, and rendering them as lifeless (and soul-less) - pushes a deep button in most people.

And for some reason, people respond to diminutive sources of threat - spiders, rats, parasites, the dwarf monsters in PHANTASM, and children. Small can be scary.

WLF/ZZN: Your work features varied monsters, both real and fictional. What inspires you to choose a subject?

I look for universal ideas, or cultural iconography, that we can all relate to.

WLF/ZZN: Many horror artists assert that the horror genre still doesn't command the respect it deserves. Do you agree with this? If so, what can be done about it?

I do agree. I am on the very fringes of the art world, and my choice of subject matter is the primary cause. I hope to continue to illustrate and discuss the potential depth of the genre. Films like PAN'S LABYRINTH and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN shine as exemplars of what the genre is capable of.

WLF/ZZN: Who in the wide world of horror inspires you the most?

It's a tie between Mario Bava and Walt Disney.

WLF/ZZN: You've spoken about your emphasis on the psychology of fear. I'm guessing that you're a Jungian. Am I right?

Yes I am. I believe that Horror functions as a projection of the repressed and forgotten fears lurking in the Unconscious mind. I study Jungian psychology partly to better inform my ability to explore and exploit this psychological process in my work.

WLF/ZZN: Your work clearly illustrates some of our most primal fears. What do you see as the value in confronting people with the things they are most frightened of?

Part of my motivation is to show how we are all afraid of the same things.

I also believe that Horror provides a sanctified space for the expression of repressed feelings, such as terror and rage - which is beneficial and necessary - for both the individual as well as society.

WLF/ZZN: How do you think your intimate relationship with monsters and fear will improve your chances of surviving a zombie uprising?

Absolutely. Horror films remind you that life is dangerous - they keep you on your toes. Horror films teach you what not to do in a crisis situation. For instance, you know from countless slasher films that you never go out into the dark woods alone to investigate a weird noise or search for a missing friend. That's just an obvious way to get yourself killed.

WLF/ZZN: After zombies, clowns are probably next on my list of creepy things. As such, "Balloons" is freakin' terrifying. What is it about clowns that frightens us so?

According to child development psychology, young children are easily frightened by distortions of the human form or human face. Clowns fit this bill perfectly. If you see your first clown at a very young age, you are likely to remember them as frightening.

WLF/ZZN: "Pickman's Masterpiece" differs from much of your work in that there are five frames instead of one. It is also based on a Lovecraft story. Can you talk about the process of creating this awesome piece?

Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine asked me if I would be interested in creating 5 images to illustrate an H.P. Lovecraft story called PICKMAN'S MODEL. I read the story and fell in love with the character of Pickman, a brilliant but ostracized Horror artist. With only 3 weeks and $300 to work with, I chose to focus on the moment in the story when Pickman reveals his masterpiece to a visitor in his underground studio. I found and re-dressed 2 different basement locations to serve as my backdrop. I talked Chad Michael Ward into donating some of his photographs to double as Pickman's artwork. I borrowed everything I needed, including easels and painting supplies, and talked my friends into helping me.

I enjoyed spreading a scene over 5 images. I may do more.

WLF/ZZN: What are you working on next?

Either a child-eating plant or a horde of spiders coming in through the window.

WLF/ZZN: How can fans contact you and buy your work?

All of my work is available for purchase on my website at http://www.joshuahoffine.com/ using PayPal. Signed original prints start at only $25.

WLF/ZZN: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Anything you'd like to say to the fans?

Thanks!

(WLF note: Pics used in this interview are NOT complete versions of Mr. Hoffine's various works. They cropped and altered for space and so as not to give away the goods. The best way to see Mr. Hoffine's amazing work is to head over to his website and order some for your very own.)

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23 April 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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