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1  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Braving the Floods and Storms for Horror on: October 03, 2015, 09:43:37 PM

I'm glad you made some money and had such a great time, Mark.  Grin

2  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: 'Whispers', 'Shadows', or...? on: September 20, 2015, 09:47:40 PM

Although, I loved the Shadows series, and enjoyed many of the tales in the Borderlands collections, I'd have to say my favorite anthology series has to be Whispers edited by Stuart David Schiff. I love the eclectic nature of the stories he presented, they ran the gamut of Dark Fantasy/Horror/Weird fiction. It felt very much in the spirit of the old Weird Tales, where you'd find H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith to name a few of the Weird Tales stable of writers. It felt classic and modern at the same time. A wonderful series, it's too bad Schiff didn't continue the series through a small press publisher. I think new volumes of Whispers would have fit in quite nicely with the Subterranean Press books of the late 1990's early 2000's.

3  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Let's Hear it For Matt Schwartz! on: September 16, 2015, 11:08:18 PM

That's awesome! Congrats, Matt.

4  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Oregon or Washington? Possible move in the near future. on: September 03, 2015, 03:56:37 PM

I grew up in Oregon, and moved to WA when I was 22; my extended family (and my wife's) still live in OR.  Never lived in Lake Oswego, but when family considerations arose and a possible career opportunity came up in the Portland area, we focused on that area after looking at several possible options.  More affluent so good schools in a quality area (but housing prices that are commensurate w/ that affluence)...very pretty area, too, from what we saw, and it's nice that it's still proximate to the metropolitan area but enough off the beaten track that it's separate from the long urban corridor that stretches from Portland down to Wilsonville.

EDIT:  Yeah, that lack of HPB locations is a tough one to take.  Powell's has, what, a half-dozen stores now (several w/ general stock, I believe, including, of course, their City of Books on Burnside), but still...it's nice to have options beyond them.  I'm a big fan of HPB, and would miss not having them scattered all over, as they are here in WA.

Well, most of the houses I've seen online for Lake Oswego are out of our price range. We'll still check it out when we visit though.

Yeah. I have two HPB locations near enough, that I visit regularly, and two others that I check out from time to time. So, I'd truly miss having them so close.  Sad


5  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: When Will I Learn? on: September 03, 2015, 03:49:42 PM

Sorry, Mark. That sounds frustrating. I have to say that I have had very few instances of not receiving an item no matter which carrier it's shipped through. Although, we live in San Francisco, so we never ship things directly to our building. I ship things to my brothers house and my wife ships things to her work. I'm sure if we had items shipped to our condo building, they would very often not make it to us.

6  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Oregon or Washington? Possible move in the near future. on: September 02, 2015, 02:04:37 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the input. We're going to take a trip to Oregon during my wife's Christmas break. We'll make sure to check out Lake Oswego, Ron. By the way Ron, what about Lake Oswego did you like so much? What tempted a move there?

Right now we're leaning a bit toward Beaverton, mainly because we have some native friends that live there. Our friends have agreed to show us around Portland and the surrounding suburbs when we visit. We have some extended family in Bend, but from the sound of it, I would prefer the climate near Portland. So we ruled that out pretty quickly. I do love the fact that Portland has Powell's, but I am kind of bummed Oregon doesn't have any Half Price Books locations. It seems Washington has the monopoly on those in the Pacific Northwest.


7  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Oregon or Washington? Possible move in the near future. on: September 01, 2015, 09:16:25 AM

Hey Gang, I know there are a few members of the board who live in the Pacific Northwest, and I was wondering if you could provide some information?
The wife and I are contemplating a move from Northern California to either Oregon or Washington. We are leaning toward choosing one of the suburbs surrounding Portland, Oregon, but everything is still on the table at the present time.

So, I was hoping fellow Drive-In members that live in, or are familiar with the Pacific Northwest, will chime in with the best places to live in that neck of the woods. Also, we are not retirement age yet so we will need a location that is not only safe, but provides viable job options. My wife is a teacher(she teaches at a private school currently) and I recently gave up my landscaping business to concentrate on writing and running the household.


8  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The All-New Reading, Watching, and Listening Thread on: August 31, 2015, 08:21:52 PM

Reading: Armada by Ernest Cline. I'm only about 15% into it, but it's starting off well enough. Also dipping into Weird Tales 32 Unearthed Terrors edited by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg, & Martin H. Greenberg.

Watching: Portlandia. So far pretty funny for a sketch show. Also need to finish up the last season of The IT Crowd before Netflix axes it tomorrow.
9  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: RIP Wes Craven... on: August 31, 2015, 02:53:04 PM

I wrote an appreciation on the home page, but I am sure that I didn't do him justice.

It was a nice piece, Mark. I'm sure he would have appreciated it.

10  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: What was the gateway book(s) that got you hooked on the small press? on: August 25, 2015, 01:28:12 PM

I was buying Cemetery Dance magazine at Borders back in the early/mid 1990's and their articles brought the small press to my attention, but it was Norman Patridge's work that got me to buy my first small press horror book. That book was Bad Intentions from Subterranean Press. My tastes don't tend toward visceral horror but lean more toward Twilight Zone, Weird Tales, Whispers type horror. I've sampled many different kinds of horror from the small press over the years but I tend to buy very few horror books these days. Nowadays I buy mostly from Haffner Press, Subterranean Press, and Stark House Press.

11  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Jason Segel is David Foster Wallace on: August 15, 2015, 08:43:42 AM

Jason Segel had a nine year run on How I Met Your Mother (which he was great in as Marshall Ericksen) which ended last year. I'm sure he'll pop up in a lot more things now that the show has ended. So, I think his career is going fine. I first saw him when Freaks & Geeks aired back in the day, and have been a fan ever since.

12  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: ex machina on: August 15, 2015, 08:37:42 AM

I enjoyed it quite a bit. I thought it was a very well done Science Fiction film, and Alicia Vikander was great as the A.I. She's my new Hollywood crush.
My wife on the other hand hated the movie. She said it was the worst movie she had ever seen. We usually have close to to the same taste in movies, but some flicks just totally divide us. She also hated Hearts In Atlantis when I showed it to her, and that is one of my favorite Stephen King adaptations.  Roll Eyes


13  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: I'm back, bitches! on: August 01, 2015, 08:39:04 PM

Welcome back, Bill. I'm glad to hear that everything is falling into place. Except the lack of furniture, of course.

14  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Cemetery Dance Online on: July 13, 2015, 08:30:32 PM
Quote from: Brian James Freeman on Today at 03:40:14 PM
I'm pretty used to folks posting stuff about Cemetery Dance being doomed or irrelevant or in a "downward spiral." 

Keep in mind, Brian, that only one person in this thread suggested any kind of "downward spiral" and no one suggested any kind of imminent doom.  On the contrary, based on what I've seen, the majority of us here -- and elsewhere at other forums -- see CD and Sub Press as the two dominant players in the small-press sandbox we all like to play in.  In fact, you may recall the 196-page thread that talked about all things Cemetery Dance; there certainly isn't another thread like that about a single-publisher around here, and that says something about the positive interest your company generates in these parts:


Now, does that mean those fans and customers who posted in that thread believe CD does everything perfectly?  Of course not, and I doubt you and Rich aspire to perfection, given that no company has yet achieved it...and certainly not in the small-press biz.  But I hope you do understand that folks will continue to post about the lack of perfection, here and elsewhere.  Were it me, I'd worry when they stop talking about me.  Wink

Also keep in mind, guys, that I didn't say Cemetery Dance is in a downward spiral. What I actually wrote was that "my relationship" with Cemetery Dance seems to be in a gradual downward spiral. I also mentioned that some of the books published of late don't really interest me, but I also said that I hope the company is doing well for Rich, and all the CD workers, which includes you, Brian. I did make note of how I wish Cemetery Dance was on a more regular schedule, and offered my fellow board mates here (people I think of as friends) info on another horror magazine that I find to be good reading. That doesn't mean I don't like Cemetery Dance Magazine, hell, I bought a lifetime subscription. I must enjoy it.  Smiley


15  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Ash Vs Evil Dead Trailer on: July 10, 2015, 09:40:44 PM

That looks good. I miss me some Bruce Campbell playing Ash.

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