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1  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: RIP: William Peter Blatty on: January 15, 2017, 12:38:18 PM
I was fortunate enough to spend a little bit of time with Blatty a few years ago after a reading from Dimiter in Philadelphia. He was truly an exceptional man in every way. I've met horror writers of all stripes, from mass market names to self-publishers.  By far, Blatty was the least impressed with himself of any of them. The man who wrote The Exorcist was utterly free from conceit. Legion is one of my favorite novels- on some days it is my favorite- and when I told him this he shrugged and said, "I like it too." He said those words with warmth, proud but not preening.

As a side note, the British Blu-ray release of The Ninth Configuration is an absolute revelation. I'd say its the definitive version.
2  Horror Drive-In / Coming Attractions / Blue Eel on: November 29, 2015, 07:40:14 PM

Long suspected of guilt in his daughter Madeline's disappearance, Branson Turaco takes an abrupt turn in his life when a lock of Madeline's hair is found in a child predator's home. Branson buys an unlicensed handgun, enlists the help of a disgraced filmmaker and a desperate intern, and heads out onto the open road.  

Clinging to the dim hope that his daughter might still be alive, Branson finds himself pursued by a team of post-human assassins with glowing skin and a symbiotic relationship with a mysterious species of eel. Lost in a psychedelic world of uncontrollable substances and bizarre evolutions, he must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice in order to unravel the mystery of Madeline's disappearance.

What remains of a man once he sheds his humanity in the name of vengeance?

The first novel from Cutting Block Books,
Available now in paperback
and for Kindle

“In Blue Eel, Lorne Dixon brings us fresh new monsters and pits them against characters that are tortured and flawed, driven and complex, sympathetic and realistic. Equal parts graphic supernatural horror and tautly paced psychological thriller, Blue Eel delivers a final twist that will hit you like a punch in the guts.”

— Tracie McBride, author of ‘Ghosts Under Glass’ and other stories, and winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent

“Chilling, creepy and sometimes queasy, Blue Eel involves kidnapped children, a sacred cult with glowing freaks, and hallucinogenic fish blood, which may haunt my dreams for some time and put me off sushi forever.

“With Blue Eel, author Lorne Dixon intercuts a great thriller with subtle elements of horror that are effective and compelling. I’ll be watching for future titles from Dixon, as he’s now at the top of my ‘brings on the spooks’ list.

“Congrats to Cutting Block Books for publishing this book, and to author Lorne Dixon for being just a little bit disturbed.”

— Anne Michaud, author of Girls & Monsters, Hunter’s Trap, and ‘Misery of Me’

“Take a horror story, add in science fiction elements, and tie everything together with a solid investigative approach backed by psychological depth, and you have in Blue Eel a multi-faceted novel that draws horror and mystery readers and evolves into a gripping yarn of bigger pictures, which proves hard to put down and satisfyingly impossible to predict.”

— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“A whodunit tale mixed with psychedelia, cult religion, and alien evolution, Blue Eel is equal parts terror and thrill, and will wrap its depraved tail around your senses.”

— Eric J. Guignard, winner of the Bram Stoker Award and finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award
3  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: What is noir? on: July 19, 2015, 07:51:15 PM
well put. Are you a teacher? Your explanation is excellent.

Oh, no, most certainly not. I'm more of a learner than a teacher. But thank you.
4  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: What is noir? on: July 16, 2015, 10:30:02 AM
Noir is an expression, psychologically and visually, of moral imperfection. Characters contain fatal flaws, often at the expense of their noble intentions. The settings are often decrepit and exhausted, fallen places that once flourished. Crimes of passion rule the day. Since Noir is intrinsically existential, the narrative devices used are often introspective and told from an intimate perspective.

Hope this helps.
5  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: I Just Saw The Quiet Ones on: May 20, 2014, 07:26:23 PM
Yep. Besides the only excessive, stands-out-like-a-sore-thumb instance of Big Dumb CGI, The Quiet Ones was pretty great. imperfect, but in that same way that makes genuinely good movies even more enjoyable and personal.
6  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: If you like BJ's and Val Lewton on: January 05, 2014, 03:50:03 PM
I've owned it for quite a while. Love all the films, well, except Curse of the Cat People, which is really more of a soapy  fantasy film, and not to my tastes. I'm always surprised when fans of the golden age of monster movies haven't seen these. Isle of the Dead is hugely underrated, better than most post-1936 Universal horror titles, and a real treat for Karloff fans. At this price, the set should be an instant buy.
7  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Saw on: August 08, 2012, 04:41:00 PM
I like the series quite a bit.  Funny, but everyone focuses on the trap sequences (which are not, strictly speaking, torture scenes at all- more like gruesome suspense sequences in the Poe/Grand guignol) when in fact this is the one horror franchise that is plot heavy, character-driven, and consistent.

Not brilliant, but then, I thought there were a ton of Friday the 13th fans in here.  I know I'm one.  So...

Matt- there's a very good reason some traps are winnable and others not.  The traps built and executed by Jigsaw are fair; those by others are not- it's a major plot point in the third film's climax.
8  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Friday the 13th on: July 14, 2012, 02:24:45 PM
Did I ever.  Caught a (digital, but whatever) screening of the original at the Blairstown theater.  Which lead to the surreal moment at the beginning of seeing the movie theater I was sitting inside in 2012 on screen in 1979 (the theater is the blue building in the fourth pic).

9  Horror Drive-In / Coming Attractions / The Rawbox returns on: July 08, 2012, 05:51:29 PM
Back in 2008, my novella "Gigging the Rawbox" was published in Dark Distortions Vol. 1, a huge, ambitious anthology that never received the attention it deserved.

As a result, "Gigging" is probably my least-read work.  Novellas are notoriously difficult to place with publishers- too short for publication as a novel, too long for 99.9% of anthologies- and reprints are even tougher.  I've occasionally been asked where the story can be found.  Until today, the answer was a shrug of my shoulders.

That all changes right now.  I've made "THE RAWBOX", as its now known, available as a Kindle exclusive for 99 cents.  You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008I9WDIC.

Many of you know that I'm not generally a proponent of self-publishing.  I think it can pretty quickly diminish the perceived value of a work regardless of quality.  The decision to give this new life to an older story had to weigh many factors, but in the end I've decided to go forward.  The work was published conventionally and is being made available electronically for those who missed it the first time.  I have no intention of ever publishing new work this way, though if successful, I may consider it as a vehicle for previously published works.

The synopsis:

In the flannel-clad 1990s, alternative rock songstress Valerie DeValle and her band Grapefruit teetered on the verge of stardom... but fate had other ideas. Like so many before them, a tragic accident stole away their futures. The sole survivor, Val wanders from one sleazy nightclub to the next in a desperate attempt to reclaim some small shred of meaning to her life. But fate- and a pop culture society out of control- isn't done with her, and what comes next will challenge the limits of her body, mind, and soul.

Welcome to the Rawbox, the most dangerous gig on any tour.

Thanks in advance to everyone who checks this out.

10  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The New Kids on: May 14, 2012, 06:18:11 AM
I love The New Kids.  When I spoke with Sean Cunningham two years ago, I was disappointed to learn that he doesn't like it very much himself.  He feels the film is too mean spirited for the ages of the characters.  To me, that goes a long way in explaining why I enjoy it: it crosses a line without fear.

I'm a hardcore Cunningham fan.  I think his filmography is unfairly viewed as pure cynical exploitation when in fact he was one of the very few genre directors that refused to settle: Friday has atmosphere and dread to spare, Stranger is Watching is genuinely disturbing (and an improvement over the source novel), Deep Star Six is delicious sci-fi horror pulp.  His later experiments in micro-budget features (XCU, Terminal Invasion) work far better than you could predict.

I only wish he'd get behind the camera again.
11  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Chain Letter on: April 29, 2012, 08:28:41 PM
Chain Letter is gloriously unfocused filmmaking at its most over-the-top.  I can understand all the criticisms it gets, but I have to say, this is a welcome break from the cookie-cutter nonsense that Hollywood likes to throw at us constantly.  Instead, this is like the Iggy and the Stooges-- ALL THE DIALS IN THE RED.
12  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Takashi Shimizu's 7500 on: January 31, 2012, 09:39:44 PM
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tn5WLZWgbY
13  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The Devil Inside on: January 19, 2012, 02:46:03 PM
The Devil Inside definitely challenges one's willing suspension of disbelief. I mean, come on, the multiple POV camera shots in a speeding car that is being driven by the cameraman?

There's a scene near the beginning where they install multiple cameras in the car.

Didn't enjoy it at all, by the way.  So much promise but I felt that nothing, and I mean nothing, paid off.

 I do wonder if they at least sent William Peter Blatty a thank you card for... well, everything.
14  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Is Wrath a Humanist? on: December 11, 2011, 08:51:26 AM
This is the entire "nature vs. nurture" question redefined for writers.  And neither side will ever give ground.

 For what it's worth, I don't believe in "innate" talent.  In fact, I find the idea insulting to the hard work, dedication, and time that writers put into their craft.  Everyone makes choices in life; some decide to devote themselves to storytelling and truly pursue it.
15  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Which book made you a horror fan? on: November 06, 2011, 03:01:38 PM
Charles Grant's incredible anthology Shadows 4...

and this wonderful, trashy paperback:

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