Friday, February 27, 2015

Drinking with Jason #3 - Horror Author Hunter Shea


For episode 3, I pounded Rolling Rock beers with horror author Hunter Shea. Hunter is the king of monster, cryptid, and ghost novels with several of each under his belt. He is also the co-host of the hilarious Monster Men podcast which can be found on YouTube. We really put a lot of beer down in this episode, so I can't be held accountable for any stupidity that might have happened at the end.

Follow Hunter here:
http://huntershea.com/
https://www.facebook.com/huntershea1
https://twitter.com/huntershea1
https://www.youtube.com/user/MonsterMen13

Buy his books here:
http://amzn.to/1BHS2B8

This was an absolute blast. We talked for a long time about horror, books, movies, and all kinds of random stuff. If you've ever wanted to see into the mind of a horror writer, then this is your chance.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Drinking with Jason #2


In the second episode of Drinking with Jason, I drank some Johnnie Walker Red Label on the rocks and a St. Pauli's Girl with the inimitable Wayne June. As a musician, Wayne toured for the better part of a decade with the legendary Johnny Winter. He is perhaps best known for recording the definitive reading of HP Lovecraft books which are linked below.

During our conversation, Wayne describes his former mullet, named Elvis on Acid, his music career, audiobooks, and his work on the hit indie game Darkest Dungeon.

We had some technical difficulties at the beginning, including a slight echo that goes away around the fifteen minute mark.

Wayne and I have done three audiobooks together with two more coming out by the end of the spring. If you want to hear something amazing, check out The Hunger audiobooks. He really brings the characters to life.

Follow Wayne here:
http://www.waynejune.com/
http://weirdaudiobooks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/wayne.june.77
https://twitter.com/Wayne_June

Buy his audiobooks here. You can get several for nothing with the free trial:  http://adbl.co/1DGJJnE

I had such a blast doing this that I'm definitely going to have him on again in a few weeks. Cool dude.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Drinking with Jason #1


Well, I've been promising a podcast with me for quite a bit now, so I figured it was time for me to finally deliver. So here it is... Drinking with Jason. Each week, I'll sit down and shoot the shit with someone I find interesting. They'll tell me what their favorite alcoholic beverage is and we'll share a bottle or five together.

As you can probably guess, things will always get a bit... loose... as the episodes go on. I can't vouch for my stupidity by the end of each podcast.

NYT bestseller Elle Casey, who I co-authored a novel with (Aces High), was the first guest. She's hilarious and loves to give me a raft of shit every chance she gets. If the beginning of the episode feels a bit stilted, that's because we had to record the first five minutes twice, so we were repeating ourselves and it felt a bit weird.

Things get hilarious halfway through.

I hope dig it!



Monday, February 9, 2015

The Top 5 Best Vampire Movies in Honor of Valentine's Day



Spencer Blohm returns with another great post. What better to give your significant other for Valentine's Day than a bloodsucking movie? I can vouch for all of these movies, except The Hunger, which I'm ashamed to say that I haven't seen. Here's Spencer:

Vampires have been a distinct presence in horror cinema since F.W. Murnau's silent classic Nosferatu. Dracula has appeared in more films than any other character besides Sherlock Holmes. In the past few decades, romantic and erotic themes that have often dwelt just beneath the surface have risen to the forefront, most visibly in long form screen fictions like Twilight and True Blood. Here's a few hot vampire movies that'll be sure to get your blood pumping for Valentine's Day.

This adaptation of Anne Rice's debut novel by The Crying Game director Neil Jordan gets its sexual energy from a hot young cast, starring Brad Pitt as a lonely widower and Tom Cruise as the wicked Lestat. Our protagonists routinely use seduction as a means of acquiring their next meal, and the scene in which Lestat "gives birth" to Pitt's lonely Louis is charged with homoerotic subtext, as the two embrace and feed on one another in a ghoulish dance amidst a foggy graveyard. The highlight? A scene-stealing performance from a fiery young Kirsten Dunst.

The seminal vampire novel gets the Hollywood treatment from Oscar winning director Francis Ford Coppola. Dracula, played here by the protean Gary Oldman, yearns to reincarnate his centuries-dead wife. He seduces women played by the beautiful Winona Ryder and the alluring Sadie Frost, resulting in some of the most erotic vampire scenes ever filmed. Coppola's film won Oscars for costume design and makeup.

This 1987 film by director Joel Schumacher puts a teen twist on the vampire tale, telling the story of two brothers who move to a new town and fall under the spell of a local nocturnal gang. Marked by Schumacher's distinct visual style and sprinkled with delicious black humor, this 80's classic also features a wonderfully devilish performance by Kiefer Sutherland as the gang's leader.

One of the best reviewed vampire movies of the past 20 years, this Swedish drama tells the story of a growing friendship between two lonely children - one of whom happens to be a vampire. The film, based on the 2004 novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist found a following stateside thanks to it’s availability to stream and on demand from Netflix and DTV. As a tender romance develops between the youths Eli and Oskar, locals begin to go missing and bullies become more aggressive at the schoolyard, building to a horrific climax.

The temptation of immortality and its consequences are the themes at the center of this romantic horror from the late Top Gun director Tony Scott. A beautiful vampire named Miriam (played by the ever alluring Catherine Deneuve in one of her rare American film appearances) seduces men with the prospect of everlasting life. Her latest partner John (David Bowie) is shocked when his body begins aging at an accelerated rate. Desperate to stop the process, he turns to a gerontologist played by Susan Sarandon, but soon enough, she too is drawn into the vampire's web.


What has made the vampire a staple of popular culture for so long? Perhaps it is that the central themes of vampire stories have a nearly universal appeal. The desire for eternal life exists in all of us, springing from the natural fear of death. The vampire is often cast in a sexual or romantic light, often due to the character's desire for companionship as a result of the self-imposed loneliness caused by their immortality. Whatever the allure, we can be sure that vampires will be entrancing film lovers for decades to come.

Thanks to Spencer for another great post. He's blogging on my site more than I am nowadays. I suck. (Pun intended.) (I'm so clever.)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

ASH is FREE!


That's right - Ash (Asher Benson #1) is FREE! Join Oprah in a freebie freak out.

Happy New Year, dear freaks. To start 2015 off with a bang, I've decided to make Ash (Asher Benson #1) FREE. I know that most of you have read and loved The Hunger books and you've been kicking around the idea of trying my new series. Well, I've decided to make that decision easier by giving it to you for the beautiful price of $0. All I ask in return is that you give ol' Asher Benson a chance and if you enjoy the book to please leave it a review (just a single sentence helps me). Ash is my favorite character and if you enjoy my other work, I know that you'll love him too.



9 AM EST: A senator shoots himself on national television.

10:32 AM EST: An entire floor of government agents leap to their death from their office building.

12:57 PM EST: All the police officers inside a station murder each other.

And the day has just begun.

Lieutenant Asher Benson left Iraq with a traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and a Purple Heart. His doctors warned that the symptoms would be life altering. They had no idea. As his body healed, the thoughts of those around him began to echo through Ash’s mind, stretching the boundaries of his sanity.

Five years later, Ash is drowning the voices with copious amounts of booze and self-loathing.

When unidentified intelligence agents abduct him in broad daylight, Ash is thrust into a world of espionage and assassinations. A unique terrorist is operating on U.S. soil, and the government needs Ash, and the malady that has plagued him for half a decade, to find the killer.

*Ash is the first book in the Asher Benson thriller series, which is full of snarky humor and nonstop action.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Horror of the Holidays by Spencer Blohm

This is a bit late for the season, but it's close enough for horse shoes and hand grenades. And government work. I know all about that crap.

Here's Spencer...

Halloween is over, and sadly, a lot of the best scary movies aren't playing on the television anymore. However, this does not mean that you have to stop watching horror films. Listed below are five of the most entertaining horror films that you can watch during Christmastime.


Santa's Slay

Released in 2005, Santa's Slay is a mixture of light horror and comedy with an original take on the story of Santa Claus. In this twist of a tale, Santa Claus is actually the son of Satan who once went on annual killing sprees; that is, until he lost a curling bet to an angel in the year 1005 AD. He was then forced to spread holiday cheer instead of horror for 1000 years. The bet is now over, and Santa is back. He kills everyone from the naughty to the nice when he comes to town, and only a hero ironically named Nicolas Yuleson can stop the murder rampage. This demon Santa is played by heavyweight champion Bill Goldberg who makes the movie hilarious to watch with his one-liner puns.


The Shining

Based on the book written by acclaimed horror novelist Stephen King, The Shining is a classic 1980 film for people who aren't afraid of the afterlife's dark side. The movie begins with a man named Jack Torrance (famous played by Jack Nicholson) who is employed as a caretaker of Overlook Hotel. He brings his wife and son with him. His son, Danny, is a psychic who can sense the presence of ghosts and other dark workings in this seemingly harmless hotel. Torrance works as a writer but experiences severe writer's block while there. This mental block evolves into something much more sinister as Torrance experiences a complete psychotic breakdown. It is soon discovered that something gruesome and horrible happened to the family of the last caretaker. It becomes a race against time to bring Torrance back to his senses before he becomes the next killer. It’s a must see for horror fans in general, and with so many VOD providers like Amazon and DirecTV providing it for relatively cheap to watch, you’ve got no excuse to not see it!


Silent Night, Bloody Night

Silent Night, Bloody Night is the film to watch when you want to get scared to the edge of your seat while still wondering what's going to happen at the end. Horror movie enthusiasts enjoy this 1973 film for its classic slasher story combined with a Christmas theme. Starring Patrick O'Neal and Mary Woronov, this movie begins with the mysterious Christmas Eve death of a man, named Wilfred Butler, after his home (which he had turned into an asylum) catches fire. The mystery runs deeper as the surrounding town as more people are picked off by a killer who cannot be stopped or named and the curiosities surrounding that menacing Butler Mansion reach a fever pitch.


Gremlins

Devilish little monsters are the main attraction in Gremlins. Starring Zach Galligan, this movie is about a boy named Billy who made one too many mistakes with a Christmas gift from Chinatown. His father buys a mysterious, yet adorable, pet (called a Mogwai) and is warned by the Chinese sellers to follow very strict rules regarding its care. Never expose the Mogwai to any sort of bright light; never get water on it; and most crucially, no matter how much the new pet begs and cries, never, ever feed it after midnight. Billy inadvertently breaks two of the three rules, and as a result, the entire town has a giant mishap on its hands. The rules have been broken, and these feisty little creatures have awakened their murderous dark side.


Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

It’s rare that a horror film is critically praised but Rare Exports stands out from the pack in more ways than that. In fact the notoriously difficult critic Roger Ebert praised the film calling it “original, daring, carefully crafted film”. This Finnish film itself serves as a twist on the origin of Santa from the team of Jalmari and Juuso Helander. Set by Finland’s Korvatunturi mountain it follows a group of citizens whose livelihood depends on the local reindeer for income and food. Up in the mountain American scientists start blasting away at their mountain, which leads the scientists to discover the monster frozens away hundreds of years before that we now call Santa Claus. The townspeople are obviously distraught when they come across legions of dead reindeer, unknowing of what’s been uncovered in the mountain. Unfortunately for them, their troubles are just starting as the children of the town disappear the next day.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ask Me Anything 2 Video


Well...

You sure are an interesting bunch. There were some really funny questions and I had a good time answering them. I'll probably do another one of these again early next year.

If you enjoy the video, give it a thumbs up on YouTube. Or else.