Find Out about ‘My Peculiar Family’

By Stacey Longo

 

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About a year ago, the crew over at Sci-Fi Saturday Night contacted me about a book project they were thinking of putting together. The Dome enthusiastically described how he had a bunch of old photographs of people. What did I think of the idea of sending those photos to various authors with just a character name and occupation, and having the authors write the stories of those people’s lives?

It sounded like a heck of a lot of fun to me.  Some time later, I got an e-mail.

Stacey,

Your character’s name is Gussie, and she works in an apothecary. Other than that, go for it!

As soon as I saw the cheerful, bright-eyed young woman in the photo, her story started coming to me. Taking a page from William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, I decided Gussie would be the person the women in town would discreetly visit when they found themselves with a problem. Perhaps they were unhappy about being in the family way. Or were in need of a way out of an abusive marriage. Woman problems. You see.

But what town? Gussie looked like a sturdy New Englander to me. And in what town, did I think, would women who had . . . problems . . . seek dark solutions? Fall River, Massachusetts, of course. I had the first draft of “Miss Elizabeth’s Poison” done in a week, and the final version done within the month.

It was a blast to write. Now we need your help to get it in print.

Sci-Fi Saturday Night has started a Kickstarter program to fund the final publication of My Peculiar Family. There’s an impressive lineup of authors in the anthology, including James A. Moore, Tracy Hickman, and William Meikle, among others. To donate (and snag some impressive rewards), please visit here; and support the arts.

You’ll be glad you did, I can promise you.

Pictures from Connecticut’s ComiConn

 

By Jason Harris

 

The 8th Connecticut ComiConn took place in the Mohegan Sun Convention Center this weekend. It was my first time attending this convention even though it has been going on in different locations in Connecticut over the last seven years. Read more on the Bleeding Cool website here. I have attended many conventions over the years and I have also been a vendor too. I can say I will be attending this one again next year, which happens Aug. 19 – 21, 2016 at Mohegan Sun under the name, TerrifiCon.

Adrian Pasdar (Agents of SHIELD, Near Dark).

Adrian Pasdar (Agents of SHIELD, Near Dark).

The Incredibles.

The Incredibles.

Chase Masterson (Star Trek: DS9).

Chase Masterson (Star Trek: DS9).

The Batmobile.

The Batmobile.

Comic book artist Bob Camp and Michelle Ford.

Comic book artist Bob Camp and Michelle Ford.

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Greg Grunberg (Big Ass Spider!, Heroes, and Heroes).

Greg Grunberg (Big Ass Spider!, Heroes, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

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Batman.

Batman.

A Jedi and Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen.

A Jedi and Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen.

Disney Frozen's Anna and  Elsa.

Disney’s Frozen’s Anna and Elsa.

Fantastic Four's The Thing.

Fantastic Four’s The Thing.

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series).

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series).

The Joker.

The Joker.

The Penguin and Harley Quinn.

The Penguin and Harley Quinn.

Booster Gold and a friend from the Capsule Corp.

Booster Gold and a friend from the Capsule Corporation.

The Baroness and Snake Eyes.

The Baroness and Snake Eyes.

Author Stacey Longo with members of Kiss tribute band, Kiss Forever.

Author Stacey Longo with members of Kiss tribute band, Kiss Forever.

Aquawoman.

Aquawoman.

Author Matt Herring.

Author Matt Herring.

Wolverine, Joker, and Deadpool with Spiderman photo-bombing in the background.

Wolverine, Joker, and Deadpool with Spiderman photo-bombing in the background.

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Ke Huy Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies).

Ke Huy Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies).

Green Arrow and fellow archer.

Green Arrow and fellow archer.

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Indiana Jones.

Indiana Jones.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

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Author Stacey Longo with Shield agents.

Author Stacey Longo with Shield agents.

Pictures from CT Horrorfest 2015

By Jason Harris

The 2nd Annual CT Horrorfest took place at The Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, CT. on July 18.

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Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Freddy Krueger and author Stacey Longo.

Freddy Krueger and author Stacey Longo.


Warrington Gillette (Friday the 13th: Part 2).

Warrington Gillette (Friday the 13th: Part 2).


Regan.

Regan.

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Alien Queen.

Alien Queen.


Authors Stacey Longo and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books and Boos table.

Authors Stacey Longo and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books and Boos‘ table.


WWE Wrestler Mick Foley.

WWE Wrestler Mick Foley.


The Mummy.

The Mummy.

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Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, and Edwin Neal.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre panel: Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, and Edwin Neal.


Freddy Krueger and Jason  Voorhees.

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

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Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover with The Shining girls.

Author Kristi Petersen Schoonover with The Shining girls.

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Doug Bradley.

Doug Bradley (Pinhead).


Independent filmmaker James Balsamo (left), author Stacey Longo (middle), and actor Carmine Capobianco (right).

Independent filmmaker James Balsamo (left), author Stacey Longo (middle), and actor Carmine Capobianco (right).

Discover Books and Boos Press

By Jason Harris

 

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Books & Boos Press first came on the publishing scene in 2013 with the publication of Secret Things: Twelve Tales to Terrify by Stacey Longo. This collection of wickedly entertaining stories will compel you to lock the doors, keep the lights on, and ponder what it might be like to embrace the darker side of human nature. Everybody has secrets. Sometimes they can kill you. These twelve stories will have you wanting more from this author. In 2014, two of Longo’s stories were included in the anthology, Insanity Tales. This anthology also includes works by Dale T. Philips, Vlad V., and Ursula Wong.

In 2015, this Connecticut based press published My Mom has MS by Longo in February and Where Spiders Fear to Spin by Peter N. Dudar in May. Dudar is a  Bram Stoker Award® Finalist. Acclaimed artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell illustrated the book.

These books will be available at the Books & Boos table at Connecticut Horrorfest this Saturday in Danbury, CT. Longo will also be on-hand to sign her books.

Books & Boos Press announced in June that they will be publishing works by Dan Foley and Rob Smales. This is a press to keep your eye on in the future.

Pictures from ConnectiCon 2015

By Jason Harris

This year marks the 12th ConnectiCon, which was founded in 2002 and the first one was held in 2003. You can find out about it’s history here.

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W.B. Mason.

W.B. Mason.

Baymax.

Baymax.

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The Lone Gunmen from The X-Files were in attendance.

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers of The Lone Gunmen)

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers on The Lone Gunmen)

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard 'Ringo' Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard ‘Ringo’ Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

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Green Lantern.

Green Lantern.

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Prince Charming and Cinderella.

Prince Charming and Cinderella.

George Takei.

George Takei.

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Actress and author Amber Benson.

Actress and author Amber Benson.

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Queen Amidala and friend.

Queen Amidala and friend.

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Thor and Thor.

Thor and Thor.

A Jedi.

A Jedi.

The Power Rangers.

The Power Rangers.

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Supergirl and friend.

Supergirl and friend.

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Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

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The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

Peter

Peter “Starlord” Quill.

Loki.

Loki.

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Bluntman and Chronic.

Bluntman and Chronic.

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Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

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Yoko Littner.

Book Review: ‘Ugly As Sin’

 

By Stacey Longo

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Ugly As Sin by James Newman is the latest offering by Shock Totem Publications, billed right on the cover as “white-trash noir,” a tongue-in-cheek summary of the contents inside. It’s funny, fast-paced, and engaging.

Nick Bullman once had an impressive career as The Widowmaker, a wrestling heel whose feuds in the Global Wrestling Association were legendary. It’s rotten luck for Nick when two wrasslin’ fans who think it’s all real attack Nick, beating him and mutilating his face in the process.

When GWA CEO Lance K. McDougal III (a clear caricature of Vince McMahon, and that’s okay) wants to market Nick’s ruined face as a gimmick, Nick attacks him. The subsequent criminal and civil lawsuits ruin Nick, and he finds himself in a bad way . . . until his daughter, Melissa, asks him for help.

It seems Nick’s granddaughter, Sophie, has been kidnapped. Nick, who honestly has nothing better to do, agrees to investigate. Along the way, he picks up a sidekick, Leon, a meth head who is happy to team up with his favorite former wrestler. What follows is a heartwarming story of two men bonding over past mistakes, current circumstances, and future dreams. Just kidding. What actually follows is mayhem, murder, and the sinking realization that Nick’s actions in the past has had real consequences on his daughter’s and granddaughter’s lives.

Ugly As Sin comes full circle, when Nick realizes that in some ways, the villain in the story is a better father than he himself has been. No matter, though: the bad guy is still a monster, and Nick’s able to (spoiler alert) save the day and turn over a new leaf where his family is concerned. Chock full of colorful characters, action, and unsettling horror, Ugly As Sin is worth the read.

Pictures from Northeast Comic Con

 

By Jason Harris

 

The Northeast Comic Con is happening this weekend at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. It ends on Sunday, June 21.

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Artist Jim

Artist Jim Steranko

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Actress Gigi Edgley (Farscape).

Actress Gigi Edgley (Farscape).

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If you missed this weekend’s convention, the next one takes place on December 5 and 6.

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Northeast Comic Con Happens this Weekend at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Massachusetts

NORTHEAST COMIC CON ZOOMS BACK TO SHRINER’S AUDITORIUM FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND – FAMILY FUN FOR POP CULTURE FANS OF ALL AGES

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Kapow! Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza is back at the Shriner’s Auditorium for a pop culture expo for fans of comics, movies, TV and nerd culture. Featuring Adam West, the original Batman celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first TV episode, this Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). General show hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; VIP experiences are at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, June 19th and 20th and early bird admission is available online.

This year’s event features a 40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who love them. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with “Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and Cosplay Death Match and Cosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops forK!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping, guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel at between sessions and booths.

On Saturday, June 20, fans of the legendary Adam West, the original Batman (and now on Family Guy), can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the star’s first episode with a VIP event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th at the Shriner’s Auditorium Fez room. The $100 VIP ticket provides fans with a chance to get their photo with West and then screen the first episode of the 1966 Batman TV program, introduced by West himself. This VIP experience includes free gaming play on the exclusive Starship Horizon bridge simulator as well as live entertainment, free soft drinks and snacks and a cash bar.

Visit the Northeast Comic Con Cosplay Stage, featuring puppetry, mask presentations, a Cosplay Dating Game, Create-A-Hero and Villain contests, a Cosplay Death Match, and “pose-off” contests for kids and those costumed as specifically as characters from Marvel Universe, DC Comics, Anime, Disney, Doctor Who, and even Video Game Characters.

NECC KIDZ can participate in a variety of activities hosted by comic book artist Emily Drouin, featuring imaginative facepainting with Sheri Sharkey of Chamillion Colors, get cartoonized with our caricature artist, participate in coloring contests and mask making, make your own monster, and listen a story, and even learn how to make your own comic book.

On the Fez Room stage, adults and kids will enjoy a host of performances and interactive games. Test your TV knowledge with TV Trivia with Morgan White Jr., with topics ranging from Star Wars and Movies to comics and cartoons, including Disney. Listen to musical performances by Emmarie and The World is Square, and laugh along with 20 stand up comics throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other stars expected: Jim Steranko, Gigi Edgley, Julie McCullough, Vivek Tiwary, Jeff Kline, Philo Barnhart, Chalet Lizette Brannan, Noel MacNeal, and dozens of talented artists and illustrators; see website for full details on all convention special guests.

With free parking, regular Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among the lowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online; tickets are available at the door as well at a slightly higher price. Children are free when accompanied by an adult.

For schedules, VIP packages and advance tickets, visit NortheastComicCon.net. For show inquiries, email garysohmers@gmail.com or call 508-788-5474. The Shriner’s Auditorium is wheelchair accessible.

A Night with William Shatner

By Jason Harris

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Actor William Shatner was a guest at the Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum 2015 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA. Shatner was interviewed by Patrick Cook, executive director of public affairs. 2015-06-11 19.47.47
Shatner is an award-winning actor, producer, writer, recording artist, and philanthropist. During the almost 75 minute interview, he spoke about Star Trek, Boston Legal, his friendship with Leonard Nimoy who passed away in February, and death. You could tell that he misses Nimoy who he had been friends with for over 50 year ever since filming Star Trek. He talks about Nimoy’s death as memories that have faded away. He also mentioned his charities and his new reality series, Better Late Than Never with Henry Winkler, George Foreman, and Terry Bradshaw.

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Pictures from AnthoCon 2015

 

By Jason Harris

 

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Great Old Ones Publishing.

Great Old Ones Publishing.

Author Kevin Lucia.

Author Kevin Lucia.

Author Rob Smales.

Author Rob Smales.

The State of the Union for Speculative Fiction and Art Panel.

The State of the Union for Speculative Fiction and Art Panel.

Author Kevin Lucia making the introductions for the readings of four authors.

Author Kevin Lucia introducing four authors who were going to read from their work.

Author M.J. Preston.

Author M.J. Preston.

Author Gene O'Neill Autobiography in Fiction panel.

Author Gene O’Neill’s Autobiography in Fiction panel.

Author and AnthoCon organizer Tim Deal giving the convention's closing remarks.

Author and AnthoCon organizer Tim Deal giving the convention’s closing remarks.

Authors Peter N. Dudar and L.L. Soares.

Authors Peter N. Dudar and L.L. Soares.

The Business Savvy: Understanding Contracts/Preventing Exploitation panel.

The Business Savvy: Understanding Contracts/Preventing Exploitation panel.

AnthoCon's Dealer Room.

AnthoCon’s Dealer Room.

The Macabre Maine, a publishing project, table.

The Macabre Maine, a publishing project, table.

From left to right: Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and authors Stacey Longo, Peter N. Dudar, L.L. Soares, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books & Boos table.

From left to right: Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and authors Stacey Longo, Peter N. Dudar, L.L. Soares, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Books & Boos table.

Carl G. and Philip Perron of Great Old Ones Publishing.

Carl G. and Philip Perron of Great Old Ones Publishing.

The Shock Totem table.

The Shock Totem table.

Author T.T. Zuma.

Author T.T. Zuma.

Author Holly Newstein

Author Holly Newstein.

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Artist Morbideus Wolfgang Goodell and author Stacey Longo.

Author James A. Moore.

Author James A. Moore.

New England Horror Writers.

New England Horror Writers.