The newest ‘Bourne’ tarnishes the legacy of the series

The newest ‘Bourne’ tarnishes the legacy of the series

by Jason Harris

Since Matt Damon didn’t want to come back to the series without director Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two Bourne movies, Universal went ahead with continuing this lucrative series with a new character, Aaron Cross.

The “legacy” part of The Bourne Legacy title does work since the character of Cross, portrayed by Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), is in a similar program like Bourne was and the government is trying to kill him. And since Bourne is mentioned by people and news casts, along with his name carved into a piece of wood, Universal feels justified using the Bourne name in the title.

Cross is introduced at a training site in Alaska. It turns out he’s being punished for asking too many questions. Cross is more talkative than Damon’s Jason Bourne. This is shown when he is speaking to another agent who is more like Bourne in the talking department.

Cross is an Outcome agent. Outcome is a different training program then the one Bourne went through. The Outcome program uses blue and green pills to sustain its agents’ mental and physical capabilities. This is what drives the story since Cross needs to get his hands on these “chems” so he can outwit the government and survive.

Director Tony Gilroy has a feel for this series, since he had a hand in writing the screenplays for the entire series. He even added layers to the Treadstone and Blackbriar programs and created new ones.

The movie is peppered with action, but it doesn’t live up to the previous movies. With that said, it would be interesting to see Bourne and Cross team up in a future movie. That would be a legacy worth seeing.

Two and a half stars out of four.

‘Ruby Sparks’ is Funny and Romantic

‘Ruby Sparks’ is Funny and Romantic

by Jason Harris


Ruby Sparks is a story about a writer and his relationship with his creation.

Paul Dano’s Calvin is a New York Times bestselling author who is suffering from writer’s block. Calvin is first seen in front of his typewriter not typing when his phone rings. From the look on his face, he welcomes the distraction. Later on, he blames his dog for his writing woes.

His writing problems have him going to a psychologist, portrayed by Elliot Gould, who suggests he write about his dog, Scotty, named for F. Scott Fitzgerald.

He finally becomes inspired to write from his continuous dreams about a girl, Ruby Sparks, portrayed by the movie’s screenwriter, Zoe Kazan. He writes about her instead of his dog.

The movie starts off slow, but picks up speed once Calvin starts talking about Ruby to Gould’s Dr. Rosenthal. It becomes more interesting and the dialogue is quick and funny. Ruby becomes alive, but is it only in Calvin’s mind? When Ruby is first seen making Calvin breakfast, the audience doesn’t know if she is a real person or just a figment of Calvin’s imagination. The way he’s acting, it is easy to think he’s going nuts. It’s not shown until other characters interact with her. Then it becomes real to Calvin and to the audience at the same time that Ruby Sparks is a real person.

Ruby just appears. There is no use of a time machine, spell, or prayer plot device used to explain how she came to be. The only thing that is shown is when Calvin types in his manuscript that Ruby speaks French; she does. It is easy to suspend disbelief. So it isn’t hard to think that when she magically appeared, she had a history, an apartment, and any other possession that a person has if they have been alive their entire life.

Calvin now has a girlfriend. He’s happy, but not for long when his creation starts getting a mind of her own. She starts spending time with her friends. This makes him pull out his manuscript where he writes that she is miserable without him. This makes her so clingy that she doesn’t leave his side. This makes for some funny scenes from him buying movie tickets to them sitting on the couch, always with him with one arm around her. There is no personal space between them.

Before the end of the movie, Calvin comes back to his manuscript numerous times, learns some valuable relationship lessons, and writes another book. Overall, the movie is funny, entertaining, and very romantic.

This movie was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who brought audiences the hit Little Miss Sunshine. The movie also stars Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas.

Three out of four stars.

‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Directors Talk about ‘Ruby Sparks’

‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Directors Talk about ‘Ruby Sparks’

by Jason Harris

It has been six years since husband and wife directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris came on the Hollywood scene with the hit independent movie Little Miss Sunshine. Now they’re back with Ruby Sparks, a movie about a novelist struggling with writer’s block who finds romance with a female character he wills into existence.

Recently, this directing couple sat down at a Boston hotel to talk about there first movie and everything that went on with their newest movie.

Instead of six years since their first hit, Dayton and Faris look at it differently.

“We’re saying it’s really only been three years for each of us,” Faris said.

Dayton and Faris found directing both movies to be different from each other.

“Every project is its own set of challenges and rewards,” Faris said. “I’m sure there were similarities, but we’re probably more focused on what’s new about it.”

The challenges and the rewards are “what make it fun,” Dayton said.

Faris said the biggest difference between Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks was that the former was an ensemble cast, which led to more preparation and rehearsals.

“We had to build a family in that one; our rehearsals were all about how to make these people feel,” Dayton said.

“It was a different process in the preparation and shooting, too,” Faris said. “There’s something about an ensemble cast, they get to a point where they are working together so well. It’s like a well oiled machine.”

With Ruby Sparks, the relationships were already there, since the stars, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, are in a relationship, Faris said. The challenge for them was to show how their relationship as the characters of Calvin and Zoe is different from the viewer’s relationship.

“It was pretty easy for them to distinguish between Calvin and Ruby and Paul and Zoe,” Faris said. “There were certain things in rehearsal we decided that part of Zoe, we didn’t want; it isn’t Ruby.”

She considers Dano “a very brave actor” who “likes to challenge himself.”

Dayton feels that Dano “goes for it” with his acting.

“The scene where he confronts her with the truth of her origin; that scene was really intimidating to all of us,” he said. “[The scene] was scary for him and Zoe. We spent a lot of time working on that. In the hands of another actor, it might have been hard. Paul is a very gifted physical comedian, but you really don’t get to see that in most of his roles.”

Faris considers him a physical actor who puts his entire body in to his work, which she loves. It’s what they liked about him in Little Miss Sunshine and in Ruby Sparks.

“He’s smart and his intelligence comes through in his presence, without having to do much that was really important when he wasn’t speaking at all.”

Dayton and Faris chose Kazan’s screenplay because of “her voice.”

“It felt very true and singular,” Dayton said.

The idea of a film dealing with men and women in relationships was also attractive, he said.

Faris mentioned that where the story goes and how it doesn’t fall into any genre were two appealing aspects of the film. She found the film exciting and hopes they can bring the audience with them on this ride.

Dayton did find it a challenge on how to sell the audience on the story without any “funny machines” to spit Ruby out or “a comet that flies across the sky and there she is.”

Many people have told them their newest movie could have gone in a number of different ways, Faris said.

“I think that’s very true. We feel a tone in the script, but I think it’s still a big challenge to get that on screen and have it preserve that real tone.”

She mentioned that this happened with Little Miss Sunshine, where people “saw it as a broader comedy, like a kind of European Vacation.”

“I think a big part of the tone comes from casting.” Faris feels it is important to cast the right people to act in the role like a real person would.

“It’s hard to know, though, where it is,” Dayton said about the tone. “I feel it when I read it, but it may be our projection immediately on the material.”

They had no problems with Kazan as a screenwriter.

“The first conversation we had with her was a really good conversation,” Faris said. “We seemed to be on the same page. We worked for about nine months to shape it into the film we wanted.”

Faris said it was scary for them since Kazan was the actor and the writer. She was “a great collaborator” who trusted them with her screenplay. They wouldn’t have done the film if she couldn’t let go of her story.

“I had nightmares of her stopping in the middle of a scene and saying, ‘that’s not what I wrote,’” Dayton said.

This husband and wife directing team don’t have any arguments, but “discussions” about the projects they are working on, they said, when asked if any situations about directing certain scenes or the film’s direction ever came up.

“I say no; she says I don’t remember,” Dayton said.

Faris said, “I would call them discussions.”

“We constantly debate every aspect of the movie,” Dayton said. “The real secret for us is prep. Because there are two of us, we’re able to act out the scenes at home and sort of explore the material. We’re terrible actors, but we know what we’re asking our cast to do and we know the feelings.”

By acting out the material together, it allows them to raise any issues and work them out off the set, she said.

“We pretty much come to the material … from a similar angle. It’s not like I have one idea of the film and Jon has another.”

“We don’t take a film when those things happen,” Dayton added, because it could ruin their relationship.

They shot Ruby Sparks digitally even though they could have shot with film.

“We love film,” Dayton said. “We can’t ignore that digital media is here to stay. We worked really hard to try and get the most, let’s call it the ‘appropriate’ look. We had to undo certain things that digital tends to give you, and yet in certain situations digital was really incredible.”

Ruby Sparks was a labor of love for everyone involved in the production, he said.

“We knew that we wanted a film that was full of feeling and humor and hard work.”

People can see for themselves when the movie opens in theaters tomorrow.

Tour the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester Where One Man’s Home Really Was a Castle!

Check out the website, “Travels with Nathaniel” by Linda Orlomoski. The current blog entry has Linda and Nathaniel touring Hammond Castle.

Tour the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester Where One Man’s Home Really Was a Castle!

by Linda Orlomoski

In addition to visiting Beauport, the beautiful Sleeper-McCann house on Gloucester’s Eastern Point, day-trippers from Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel can also visit another historic home of a completely different sort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Magnolia section of Gloucester where you’ll feel like you’ve journeyed back to the days of fair maidens and chivalrous knights.
Nathaniel and I traveled to the very unique Hammond Castle Museum located on Hesperus Avenue on a bright, sunny Saturday to tour the home that was built by John Hays Hammond, Jr. between the years 1926 and 1929. Designed as a medieval-style castle, the structure was to serve as his home with his new bride, the location of his laboratory, and a backdrop for his collection of Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance artifacts.

For those of you who have no earthly clue who John Hays Hammond, Jr. is (and trust me, I was one of them before hearing about Hammond Castle!), he was one of the greatest electrical and mechanical inventors of his time who was known as known as “The Father of Radio Control”, an invention which eventually led to remote control and no doubt makes him the hero of couch potatoes and channel surfers the world over! In total, Hammond, Jr. is credited with more than 800 foreign and domestic patents on more than 400 inventions mostly in the fields of radio control and naval weaponry.

Born in San Francisco on April 13th, 1888, Hammond, Jr. soon after moved to South Africa with his family in 1893 where his father was a mining engineer who earned a reputed one-million dollars a year plus bonuses for his renowned expertise in the gold and diamond fields. While there, Hammond, Sr. became involved in the infamous Jameson Raid which he thought to be a political demonstration against the despotic Boer government. When the demonstration which occurred over the New Year’s weekend of 1895–96 went wrong, Hammond, Sr. was among those arrested along with Colonel Francis William Rhodes. The participants of the raid were put on trial for treason and sentenced to death in April of 1896, a sentence that was later commuted to 15 years’ imprisonment.

Click here for the rest of the blog entry and the pictures Linda took.

Here is one of the treasures Linda took a picture of in the museum and a description it.

One of the most treasured items that was kept in the Burmese Manuscript Box was given to Hammond, Jr. by the Governor of Santo Domingo – the purported skull of one of Christopher Columbus’ crew members. The oval box that the skull is resting in is of the late-14th or 15th century design; both were kept in the Burmese box at night and highly valued by Hammond, Jr. as he considered himself to be a world class explorer much like Columbus and his ilk.

Editor’s Note:

This blog entry was found by Publicity Committee Member and NEHW Co-Chair Stacey Longo.

“The Great Gatsby” in 3D Moves to Next Summer

WARNER BROS. PICTURES moving THE GREAT GATSBY to SUMMER 2013

Baz Luhrmann’s 3D Adaptation to Get New Play Date in Sought-After Summer Frame

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have moved the release date of The Great Gatsby to Summer 2013. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

Kwan Vandenberg confirmed, “Baz is known for being innovative, but with this film he has done something completely unexpected—making it in 3D—while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time. The responses we’ve had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal, and we think ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”

From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker has created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Academy Award nominee DiCaprio (J. Edgar, Aviator) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.

Oscar nominee Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s book. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Academy Award winner Douglas Wick (Gladiator), Lucy Fisher and Catherine Knapman. The executive producers are Academy Award winner Barrie M. Osborne (Lord of the Rings – Return of the King) and Bruce Berman.

Two-time Academy Award-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (Moulin Rouge!) designs as well as produces. The editors are Matt Villa, Jason Ballantine and Jonathan Redmond, and the director of photography is Simon Duggan. The music is by Craig Armstrong.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in association with A&E Television, a Bazmark/Red Wagon Entertainment Production, a Film by Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby. Opening Summer 2013, the film will be distributed in IMAX.

What to Look Forward to Next Week

Next week will bring reviews of the movies, Ruby Sparks and The Bourne Legacy, which will be on the site Friday and Saturday respectively.

Along with the Ruby Sparks movie review, there will be interview articles with the directors of the movie, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, along with its stars, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Kazan is also the writer of the movie.

There will also be an article about pens from author and NEHW member Bracken MacLeod.

Heads Up!

Heads Up!

by K. Allen Wood

If you’re an author with access to the Internet, you’ve undoubtedly been bombarded recently by other authors peddling their books or stories. We’ve all been exposed to this before, but until the past year or so most self-promotion from authors was done in a classier, more respectful manner.

Some still operate that way (and we’re grateful), but others have taken it to a whole new level.

I won’t sit here and tell anyone they shouldn’t promote their work or the work of their friends or authors they enjoy, but I will explain what typically happens on my end when authors do it incessantly.

What’s that smell?

If you follow me on Twitter, I will likely follow you. If you do nothing but post links to your book or books, I will block you and vow to never read your work.

If I connect with you on LinkedIn and you immediately send me a message or an e-mail telling me to check out your book on Amazon, I will “disconnect” from you and vow to never read your book—especially when, as happened yesterday and thus prompted this post, I sample it and there is a mistake three words in. No, thank you!

If we’re friends on Facebook and I’ve “liked” your author page—which is the page I expect to see writing updates generate from—and you go and post daily the same goddamn updates on your personal page, your author page, and every writing-related group you and I (sadly) belong to, even those that are not meant for such updates, I will block your updates, vow to never read your work, and find you to be a total wackadouche.

If you constantly post 5-star reviews on Amazon and then share those overblown, unhelpful reviews loaded with WHIZBANGPOW! adjectives and vague clichés like “it gripped me from the first word and didn’t let go until the last”—which are obviously meant to A) kiss the (undoubtedly more popular) author’s ass, B) hide the fact that you didn’t actually read what you reviewed, and C) use his or her book as a piggyback to your own shitty book or books—I won’t believe a word you’re saying and more than likely will never read that author’s book because your word can’t be trusted.

(That’s right, an absurd run-on sentence in a post where I criticize bad writing. Got a problem with that?)

The fact is, you’re not helping anyone, especially yourself. Most of us promote our work in some regard, but some of you are OUT OF FUCKING CONTROL! I won’t begrudge you your rights to be that way—that pushy, lying kind of self-promoter. You’ll surely fool a lot of dummies out there. But I won’t support you. And worse, I’ll find it very hard to support those other authors that are unlucky enough to be promoted by you. They’re the innocent bystanders in this whole thing. And some are probably damn fine writers, which is a shame.

In the grand scheme of things, the big picture, this post is just one insignificant opinion from a relatively insignificant dude … but rest assured, I’m not the only one with this opinion.

So do as you will, but remember this: You can’t push or lie your way to the top. You can push and lie your way to a top, sure, but it’s most definitely not the top.

Editor’s Note:

This blog entry originally appeared on K. Allen Wood’s website.

The Epitaph, Issue 22 (July 2012)

Issue #22 (July 2012)

The Epitaph

Journal of the New England Horror Writers (NEHW)

The NEHW Committee:

Tracy L. Carbone – Co-Chair
Stacey Longo – Co-Chair
Dan Keohane – Treasurer
Jason Harris – Director of Publicity/Webmaster
K. Allen Wood – Director of Publications
Scott Goudsward – Director of Events
Danny Evarts – Art Director
Tim Deal (alternate)
T.J. May (alternate)

NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:

Open Air Market and Festival

The NEHW will once again have a spot at the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival. It’s happening on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hebron Harvest Fair

The NEHW will once again have a booth at this four day fair. It runs from Sept. 6 through 9.

Rhode Island Comic Con

The NEHW will be at Rhode Island Comic Con on November 3 and 4.

Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair

The NEHW will have tables at the Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair at the Tantasqua Regional Sr. High School in Fiskdale, MA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 1.

WRITING WORKSHOP

From Trisha Wooldridge:

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester welcomes Spencer Hill Press as they host “There’s Magic in this Writing Workshop” on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spencer Hill Press is a small press out of New Hampshire that specializes in paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy Young Adult, Mid-Grade, and New Adult fiction, with a new imprint, Spence City, opening in October, which will feature urban fantasy.  Founded by Kate Kaynak, author of the acclaimed Ganzfield series, in 2010. Spencer Hill Press’s mission is to grow the careers of quality authors and offering books that have that “can’t put down” quality.

At the “There’s Magic in this Writing Workshop,” owner Kate Kaynak, and senior editor Trisha Wooldridge, will discuss the craft of writing, editing, marketing, and a professional critique of pitches and queries.  Since this is Spencer Hill Press’s first time at Annie’s, they are offering a special price of $50 for the full day workshop with a $10 discount for members of Broad Universe, Worcester Writers Collaborative, New England Horror Writers, and students with valid ID. And a bagged lunch is included! Registration is due by Aug. 8. Sign-up at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester in person, by phone (508-796-5613), or send an email to info@anniesbookstopworcester.com for information on how to sign-up via PayPal.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the full day workshop with Spencer Hill Press.

NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

From Trisha Wooldridge:

Doorways to Extra Time, a short story anthology, is now accepting submissions.

In our busy world of meetings and microwaves, car radios and cell phones, people always wish they could get an extra hour in the day. What if they could? Doorways to Extra Time is an anthology that explores ways to get extra time (be it an hour, a day, or a decade) and the impact it would have (whether upon a single life, a family or an entire world).We’re looking for stories with a touch of the fantastic—whether mystical, magical, mechanical, or just plain mysterious—but they can be set in any time or any genre: contemporary or historical, science fiction or fantasy, horror or magic realism. We could even find a place for a nonfiction essay if it was truly exceptional. In short, show us something show-stopping, and we’ll make time for you.

Suggested Length: full stories (from 3,000 to 7,000 words) and flash fiction (preferred under 1,000 words). We will accept good stories up to 10,000 words but longer lengths are a harder sell.

Due Date: Oct. 15, 2012

Editors: Anthony Francis and Trisha J. Wooldridge

Submission Guidelines: Please email your submissions to anthology@spencerhillpress.com. Put your story in the BODY of the email (no attachments) and put “DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME” in the subject line along with the title.

And now the boring bits: We can only accept previously unpublished stories. Please don’t use characters or material to which you do not own the copyright so Disney doesn’t come sue us—this is not a fan-fiction anthology. Contributor payment will be an advance of $10, a contributor copy of the print edition, and an equal share of the contributors’ portion of the royalties. Please make your work appropriate for a PG-13 audience and avoid gratuitous sex, violence, politics and puns.

For accepted submissions, Spencer Hill Press will take first print and electronic publishing rights, which are exclusive publishing rights for as long as the anthology remains in print. This means that authors will not be able sell or publish their stories elsewhere, and when the rights revert to the authors after the anthology is no longer in print, they will only be able to market the story as a reprint, which in nearly all cases is a harder sell and has a lower pay rate than first print. We at Spencer Hill Press hope that the anthology will have strong sales that will result in healthy royalty payments, but we want authors to go into this with eyes open, knowing how acceptance to one anthology limits the marketing of the same story down the road.

NEHW MEMBER NEWS

From Trisha Wooldridge:

Trisha J. Wooldridge, writing as T. J. Wooldridge, has sold her first mid-grade novel, The Kelpie, to Spencer Hill Press.  The novel will be released December 2013.

In the novel, Heather MacArthur is an 11-year-old who has the “pleasure” of living in a centuries-old castle complete with ghosts and faeries. The problem: Heather MacArthur is an 11-year-old who lives in a castle complete with ghosts and faeries … and now children in the nearby village are going missing.

From Deb Eskie:

Eskie is featured in the next edition of Peep Show, by Short Scary Tales Publications. This is the second publication for her short story, “For the Love of Death.”

From Patrick Rahall:

Rahall and Ashleigh Homon (a.k.a. Ashes von Nitemare) have released Monsters in the Closet on Amazon Kindle and on Amazon as a hard copy.

From Robert Heske:

Heske asks people to visit The Night Projectionist Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thenightprojectionist and help push it to the 12,000 mark.

The book is also available digitally at comiXology. You can also buy the book at Amazon for a steep discount or it can be bought at the publisher’s website, http://www.studio-407.com.

He is also ramping up for his micro-budget movie to be shot in Massachusetts in the Fall. Visit the website at www.blessidthemovie.com or LIKE the film on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BlessidTheMovie.

He is starting an IndieGoGo campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/blessidthemovie and would appreciate any donations or sharing of the link. Your reward will be immortality (Blessid is about a suicidal pregnant woman who discovers her next-door neighbor is over 2,000 years old) and great perks listed on the IndieGoGo page. Although not a horror film, Blessid has a dark undertone and supernatural elements and is being directed by Mass horror makeup artist and special effects wiz Rob Fitz.

Lastly, Bob writes a web comic called IndieCreator on http://www.investcomics.com. Bob has interviewed NEHW member TJ May for the column in the past. He invites you to read his latest column with amazing Massachusetts writer/illustrator/mask maker Duncan Eagleson, who has worked on a variety of iconic comics (Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour). Read it here: http://investcomics.com/features/indiecreator-interviews-duncan-eagleson.

From K. A. Laity:

New publications include:

“The Claddagh Icon.” Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions

http://atlantis.lite-editions.com/ebook.php?c&p=28. July 21, 2012.

“Won the lottery! Didn’t see bus.” Micro fiction. Stylo Writing Academy Six

Word Story Competition

http://www.stylowritingacademy.co.uk/Stylo_Writing_Academy/Competition.html. July 3, 2012. Runner-up.

Laity is editing the anthology, Weird Noir, for Fox Spirit Books in the UK.

Space is limited, but if you have a pitch that might fit, let her know ASAP,

katelaity@gmail.com. Stories due Sept. 5.

From Christopher Walsh:

Walsh has some submission acceptance news. His short story, “God Save The Queens,” is about a haunted recording studio in Philadelphia and was accepted by Wicked East Press for inclusion in their anthology Fresh Ground, Coffee House Flash Fiction V3, edited by Jessica A. Weiss.  It should be released in early 2013.

From Rob Smales:

Smales’ story, “Photo Finish,” is included in the anthology, The Ghost is the Machine. This collection is filled with steampunk-inspired ghost stories and includes a story by author Joe Hill. The anthology was edited by Patrick Scalisi and will be released on Aug. 14.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

Ed Brzychcy (MA)

Duncan Eagleson (RI)

Rob Smales (MA)

David Birtwell (MA)
Vlad Vaslyn (MA)
Kenneth Heard (RI)
David Macpherson (MA)
Robert Chipman (ME)

– Jason Harris, Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW
– Stacey Longo, Assistant Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW