Dec 082010

* This is Episode #66 for December 9, 2010.

* Leslie Nielsen died on Sunday, Nov 28, 2010, at the age of 84.
- Star of many films, mostly zany parodies since the 90's, including Mel Brooks' "DRACULA: Dead and Loving It" and "Stan Helsing".

* The Naked Archaeologist Lilith episode
- Some info about The Burney Relief

* J. Daniel Sawyer releases LILITH short story as an e-book
- Was originally heard on Sculpting God short story anthology podcast over at
- Dan is the author of "Predestination", "Free Will", "Down From Ten", all as podcast fiction and now has a new Clarke Lantham Mystery series, starting with AND THEN SHE WAS GONE.
- Oh, and of course he was the inimitable Border Guard in my podiobook, LILITH'S LOVE.

* Johnny Depp To Start 'Dark Shadows' In April With Tim Burton Directing
- The DARK SHADOWS movie is finally on track to start filming in April. The big news though is that Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, will pen the screenplay! This helps solidify the plans for Tim Burton to direct ABE's big screen adaptation. But I still can't imagine Depp as Lincoln. As Henry, yes, but not Lincoln.

* Buffy Reboot is a go!
- The most interesting news to me is that the reboot does not take place in high school. So is this a reboot or an odd sequel spin?
- While details are sparse, filmmakers claim the movie would not revisit the vampire slayer’s high school days, attempting instead to capture the “witty, tough, and sexy” heroine in a new way. The team behind the project includes Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and relative newcomer Whit Anderson. The movie could hit theaters in 2012 or late 2011, according to the L.A. Times.
- Joss' reaction to the news...
- Kristy Swanson's reaction...

* Uber-Lycans? Oh dear.
- The fourth Underworld movie, tentatively titled "Underworld 4: New Dawn" is underway with Kate Beckinsale back as Selene. At first, this made me happy. Reading the plot quote however has me nervous: "After being held in a coma-like state for fifteen years, vampire Selene learns that she has a fourteen-year-old vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter, Nissa, and when she finds her they must stop BioCom from creating super Lycans that will kill them all." UW4 has a planned release on January 20, 2012 in 3-D. Of course.

* MIDNIGHT SON is the story of Jacob, a young man confined to a life of isolation, due to a rare skin disorder that prevents him from being exposed to sunlight.
- This upcoming independent flick has a great hook and I look forward to watching it soon. Best of luck to Scott and the cast and crew!

* The sequels in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series soon to be released on audio by Recorded Books.
- CHANGELESS is due Dec 04, 2010 and BLAMELESS is due Mar 10, 2011. Audible picked up SOULLESS, so I expect they'll get these also.

* New Jersey Star-Ledger Interview with Anne Rice
- An interesting interview with Anne Rice. Too bad it is getting press mainly because of her statements about Stephenie Meyer and not because it's ANNE FRICKIN' RICE.
- She said, "It’s based on a really silly premise: that immortals would go to high school. It’s a failure of imagination, but at the same time, that silly premise has provided Stephenie Meyer with huge success. It’s almost like a stroke of genius to put vampires in high school. They just graduate over and over again... The idea that if you are immortal you would go to high school instead of Katmandu or Paris or Venice, it’s the vampire dumbed down for kids. But it’s worked. It’s successful. It makes kids really happy."

* Firefly Between the Lines Auditions!

* V-Blood vials are a sweet treat for fangbangers
- I discovered these little vials of "V-Blood" on my recent business trip to Florida when I stopped in a Hot Topic.
- They are sealed vials with a thick, red liquid inside, but they are bascially red-tinted honey. They were about $2.00 each. I haven't found them at our local HT shops yet, but you can buy them online, at 5 vials for $10.00.

* I just finished THE OLD POWER RETURNS, the sequel DARKSOME THIRST by Morven Westfield.
- Perfect sequel to DARKSOME THIRST. A couple years have passed but the story carries on quite well. It is a fine book standalone, even though you get more depth from both books. I like when a sequel isn't dependent on its predecessors. We get a great resolution but there is set up for a grand conflict in the third book. Now we must wait for Morven to release it. 🙂
- I give THE OLD POWER RETURNS a 10/10.
* Next up, BLAMELESS by Gail Carriger.

* How did I miss X-Men: Curse of the Mutants?!?
- Dracula's son causes trouble and turns various X-Men into vampires!

* Being Human Cast, A fan podcast to review and discuss the BBC TV show, Being Human.

* LOST BOYS 3: The Thirst
- Starring Corey Feldman as Edgar Frog, reunited properly with Jamison Newlander as his brother, Alan.
- Dan gave it a 7/10. Michelle gave it a 7.5/10.

* Thank you for the kind words and congratulations on our wedding. If you haven't seen the photos yet, they are on my Facebook page.

- If we were to start a live streaming video podcast, would you watch? (We'd still post audio, too.) Please vote in our poll and let us know what you think!

* We wrapped the show by playing, "Fallout Renegade" by ANEMO, courtesy of the Mevio Music Alley podsafe music network.

* Our intro music is "24 FPS" by À Rebours, from their album Vanish, which can be found at iTunes among other places. Check out Ian Stone's MySpace page and blog, too. Find out more about À Rebours and their sister bands at Final Joy Records.

That wraps up this episode of the Out Of The Coffin podcast. Thanks for listening!

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Apr 172010

The rumors have been confirmed. On Wednesday, April 14th, Peter Steele passed away from heart failure at age 48. Peter was the lead singer and bassist for Type O Negative, a heavy metal band -- one of very few I have ever listened to.

My favorite album was "Bloody Kisses", which was released in 1993, but I didn't discover it until a couple years later. The 90's were my dark decade and where I first became enamored with vampires and their lore. The album, and especially the title track, "Bloody Kisses", exemplified dark, goth, vampiric emotions. It is a great album to have in the background when writing.

"Black No. 1" also has a very special place in my heart, as it is the song that played the first time Michelle and I ever danced together.

Here's to you, Peter.

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Mar 102010

Not much to say except the real tragedy is that Corey was starting to get more movie roles recently. He could have had an interesting comeback. Coroner still hasn't determined cause of death yet.

Corey Feldman & Corey Haim talking about The Lost Boys movie...

Time to go cue up The Lost Boys and watch my favorite movie ever.

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Jun 252009

December 1983. I was 11 years old and in the sixth grade. I will always remember being at school, in class, though not which class it was. (Most likely music class.) I remember the teacher wheeled in a TV and VCR, and played Michael Jackson's Thriller in class -- the whole 13 minute movie. The teacher impressed upon us what an interesting and innovative new concept this mini-movie music video was. I also remember thinking how cool synchronized dancing zombies were. I also remember the chills when I heard Vincent Price's immortal rap.

Today, June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died from cardiac arrest. The autopsy will hopefully reveal what, if anything, contributed to his death. Some people are lauding his life, music, and genius, while others are condemning him even in the wake of his death. It seems you either loved or hated him as a musician. He was an easy target of jokes and slander, and we may never know the truth behind allegations of abuse that he settled in and out of court.

I neither ignore nor excuse the radical, instable behavior he exhibited during the last few years of his life. But I can, and do, separate Michael Jackson the artist from Michael Jackson the human being.

I will mourn him. I have been watching the news since I first heard the reports of him being taken to the hospital. I have been listening to his music on the radio and watching his videos. I will watch "Moonwalker", and if I can find it, "The Wiz". I will revel in the joy I have in hearing him sing and seeing him dance.

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'awl's neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell
The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

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