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Friday, September 22, 2017

DEEP RED Lives Again...


In the 1980s, writer and all around horror guy Chas. Balun published an amazing magazine titled DEEP RED (see below for cover of the first issue). For those of us into horror magazines such as FAMOUS MONSTERS and FANGORIA, it was a welcome addition, especially in light of Balun's always enthusiastic attitude toward the horror genre.

YEARS after both the magazine's demise and Balun's passing away, editor John Szpunar along with Fantaco has managed to get most of the old DEEP RED staff together, along with a bunch of newbies (me being one of them) to relaunch DEEP RED (cover above). This first revamped issue will be a huge, 100 paged book-bound event any horror fan will want in their collection. Check out the kickstarter page HERE for several purdy formats it will be available in.

My first column deals with the past and present NYC midnight movie scene, and check out the above link for the rest of the Table of Contents. MAKE UNCLE CHAS. PROUD!

The first issue of the original run of DEEP RED from 1987

My 82nd SGM column now LIVE...


In the 82nd edition of my SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE MEMORIES column, I look back at a double feature of Chuck Norris films. Check it out at CINEMA KNIFE FIGHT / A DOUBLE DOSE OF CHUCK!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two New Stories Now Available / Writing Updates


My story "The Small Intestines of Lower Manhattan (or, How Reverend Harold's Laundromat was almost Accused of Blasphemy)" is now available in the anthology MORE BIZARRO THAN BIZARRO. Just click the cover image on the right hand side of this blog page to order or see more info.

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My story "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR" is now available in the anthology THE FORSAKEN. Just click the cover image to the right hand side of this blog page to order or see more info.

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C.H.U.D. LIVES Update:


Originally slated for fall 2017, C.H.U.D. LIVES has been pushed back to January, 2018. The anthology, a tribute to the 1984 monster movie, features my story "THE DWELLERS." More info coming soon.

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Writing Updates:



-My novel LOVERS is nearing completion, but it has taken a back seat to my second film book, which has been snowballing since I began it in August 2017.Said film book, tentatively titled DAMAGED BRAINS: AN OBSESSIVE LOOK AT ROMANO SCAVOLINI'S NIGHTMARE has already gained interest from fans and one publisher. I've contacted a few people who starred in the film (who weren't interviewed on any dvd or bluray extras) so this should be an informative read, not just a glowing fan boy retrospect.

-My first, forthcoming film book, SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE, should see an announcement soon from the publisher.

-I'm also currently 5 chapters into a collaborative bizarro novel with one of my favorite writers. More news soon...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Writing Updates


My story LOVE THY NEIGHBOR is included in this new anthology dealing with why certain places have been abandoned. There are lots of great writers in this Cemetery Dance Publications release, which is now available in eBook here: THE FORSAKEN

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The full table of contents for the forthcoming anthology MORE BIZARRO THAN BIZARRO has been posted here: Bizarro Pulp Press. My story THE SMALL INTESTINES OF LOWER MANHATTAN (or, HOW REVEREND HAROLD'S LAUNDROMAT WAS ALMOST ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY) is among what promises to be one incredible strange collection.

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My novella CHEW TOYS has recently been submitted to a forthcoming novella trilogy. More news soon.

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LOVERS, my second novel, has been in the works for over a year but the end is finally in sight! Looking forward to finishing it up before summer's end.

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SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE, my debut non fiction film book, is still with the (soon to be named) publisher and I'm hoping a late 2018 release. More news soon.

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I have started work on my second film book, which will be a look at Romano Scavolini's controversial 1981 film 'Nightmare' (aka 'Nightmares in a Damaged Brain'). Below is a mock cover design that faces me as I write...


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And of course, check out some of my books HERE. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

C.H.U.D. LIVES! cover reveal


The fine folks over at Crystal Lake Publishing will be unleashing a new anthology this coming November of 2017 titled C.H.U.D. LIVES!, which features my story 'The Dwellers' among other tales that take place before, during, and after the events of the classic 1984 monster movie. My story takes place two weeks before the film, and I'm looking forward to reading what everyone else came up with. Above is the recently released cover art.



From Crystal Lake Publishing's FB page:

C.H.U.D. LIVES! Contents:

Introduction by David Drake

Interview with producer Andrew Bonime (who unfortunately passed away before he could read the contributions. He would've loved this)

JG Faherty
Martin Powell
Ben Fisher
Mort Castle
Jason White
Chad Lutzke
Ross Baxter
Philip C Perron
David Bernstein
Nick Cato
Alex Laybourne
Michael H. Hanson
Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes
David Robbins
Robert Waters
Greg Mitchell
Tim Waggoner
Ryan C. Thomas
Jonathan Maberry and Eugene Johnson

An interview with screenwriter Parnell Hall



For more info check the publisher's website at CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Writing Updates

BUSY BUSY BUSY! It's always good to be busy. On my writing front:


- Closing in on the ending to my second novel LOVERS, which is the heartwarming tale of an Emergency Medical Technician who becomes fascinated with a young woman who dies while in his care...

- Have started a top secret bizarro novel with a co-author (who shall not be named as of yet). We're intending to aim for the fence with this one.

- 2017 will see the release of my 4th exploitation novella from Dynatox Ministries. I have so far dealt with Nunsploitation, Cannibalsploitation, and Blaxsploitation, and now throw my hat into the rape/revenge subgenre. DEATH WITCH is basically DEATH WISH meets THE CRAFT on the set of MS. 45. Had a blast writing this and it will first be released as a limited edition, then as an unlimited trade paperback with a different cover. More news soon...



- I have three (count 'em) short stories coming out in new anthologies this year, the first titled THE DWELLERS in what promises to be a fun book full of stories written in tribute to the 1984 cult classic C.H.U.D. The second (brace yourself here) is titled THE SMALL INTESTINES OF LOWER MANHATTAN (OR, HOW THE REVEREND HAROLD'S LAUNDROMAT WAS ALMOST ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY) and will be featured in Bizarro Pulp Press' latest antho MORE BIZARRO THAN BIZARRO, and finally, I'm thrilled to be included in an antho to be released through Cemetery Dance. My tale, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, looks at why an abandoned ice cream truck has become haunted.

- My first non fiction film book SUBURBAN GRINDHOUSE (a collection of my columns from Cinema Knife Fight along with some all new interviews) is rolling along. Hope to post an official announcement from the publisher soon.



- My return to the fanzine world, THE MIDNIGHT GRIND, didn't sell as well as we hoped (and by WE I mean myself and the several writers who contributed to the debut issue). We had fun and tested the waters, but a second issue is doubtful at this point. You can still get the debut issue via paypal. Email NickYak@aol.com for details.