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Movie Review: “Eyes of the Mothman” August 17, 2011

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Greetings, good reader. I know, I know – I said I’d write this movie review more than two weeks ago, but life got in the way. I haven’t stopped writing the new novel yet though, and that’s what counts. Between work, writing the book, submitting your work and family, it’s not easy to find the time to blog. I’m sure most writers can understand that.

In any case, I’ve got the latest issue of Mad Magazine sitting here on the bed next to me, so let’s get this review out of the way so I can move on to something really important, shall we?

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Movie Review: “The Mothman Prophecies” July 31, 2011

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Greetings, good reader. A.S. here with two movie reviews for you.

This past weekend, my wife and I watched The Mothman Prophecies. I’d already seen the 2002 flick several times, but she hadn’t, so I thought it’d be fun to watch it together. She really liked it, and, as you may have guessed since I’ve seen it so many times, I’m a big fan too.

A few weeks back, I watched another Mothman-related movie – a documentary called Eyes of the Mothman, released in 2011. I’ll do a review of that in my next post.

Let’s start with The Mothman Prophecies.

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Movie Review: Vanishing on 7th Street July 14, 2011

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“Stay in the light!”

That’s the tagline from Vanishing on 7th Street, which I watched via Netflix’s streaming service the other night. Despite what the people who reviewed the movie said, I thought it was pretty good. The ones who hated it obviously didn’t catch the subtext of the story’s message. More on that in a bit.

I was attracted to this movie (which, by the way, I don’t think ever had a theater run, so take that for what it’s worth) because of the cast – Hayden Christiensen, the always gorgeous Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo, who’s been a favorite of mine since Summer of Sam. I know a lot of people – Star Wars fans especially – can’t stand Christensen, often accusing him of “wooden” acting. I think he can be wooden at times (Attack of the Clones, anyone?), but I think that has more to do with George Lucas’ inability to write adult dialogue.

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Film Review: “The Rite” July 9, 2011

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The Exorcist is the benchmark against which all movies about demonic possession are measured. Undoubtedly, William Friedken’s masterpiece is a very tough act to follow.

In the past several years, horror fans have seen a bevy of movies about exorcism and possession, including The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Last Exorcism and Exorcist: The Beginning (and those are only the ones that actually had theater runs – I’m certain there are others out there that went straight to DVD.) It’s a subgenre of the horror genre that has shown wild variation in quality, ranging from good to passable to utterly atrocious.

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“Ronnie Van Zant Really Does Walk on Water” Published in Sex and Murder Magazine June 28, 2011

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Greetings, good reader.

A.S. here. Well, it took nearly another year, but earlier today I received an e-mail from the editor at Sex and Murder Magazine that my short story, Ronnie Van Zant Really Does Walk on Water, will be published in the magazine’s nineteenth issue. I hope you’ll read the story, and, of course, I hope you’ll like it.

When I landed my first fiction writing credit in September 2010 with Ghostlight Magazine, I had the following thoughts in rapid succession:

“Hey, I’ve finally done it, I’m a published author!”

“Hey, I’m a published author, now it’ll get easier to get my work published in other magazines!”

Wrongo. Since the publication of Ghosts of Annapurna, I’ve started and shelved one novel, written a few more short stories and then started another novel. The new novel is going really well. I’m writing pretty much every day and very happy, for the most part, with how the first draft it turning out on what I hope will be my first book-length horror novel.

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Necrotic Tissue Closing its Doors March 4, 2011

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Sad news today, good reader.

I just heard that Necrotic Tissue – a great magazine – is closing its doors. There’s no other way to say it – this sucks. The magazine’s editor, R. Scott McCoy, blogged about it a week or so ago. I only found out because I went to NT’s site to check on whether it was open to short story submissions. That’s when I saw the news.

I think in the short time I knew of the mag, I submitted two, maybe three stories to the editors there. One story got real close to publication – it was cut in the last round – and the other I don’t think made it to a second reading. In any case, one thing I really, really liked about the magazine (aside from the writing) was that the editors were really responsive. And that is so important to a writer. Anyone who writes knows that they’re going to see their work get rejected more times than it will be accepted for publication.

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The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection – Best Christmas Gift Ever? January 8, 2011

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My wife gave me the best gift ever this past Christmas – The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection (DVD.)

I’ve been a fan of The Twilight Zone since I was a little kid. I used to watch the re-runs in syndication with my older sister and younger brother all the time. I always found the series to be a great mix of science fiction, horror and suspense. The show had a great mix of writers too – Rod Serling, obviously, but also greats such as Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury. Pretty sure Bradbury wrote scripts for the show, anyway, but don’t quote me on that.

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Book Review: William Peter Blatty’s “Elsewhere” October 2, 2010

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Anyone who’s read The Exorcist knows that William Peter Blatty is a gifted storyteller and a consummate pro. I really enjoy his plain, down to earth writing style. The Exorcist was the first of Blatty’s books I ever read, like many people. However, I recently had the chance to read a great Cemetery Dance edition of Elsewhere, a terrific haunted house story.

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“Ghosts of Annapurna” Published in Ghostlight Magazine September 8, 2010

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Greetings, good reader.

I can hardly believe I am writing this. My hands are shaking as I type. I just nabbed my first ever fiction writing credit. I am officially a published author!

Yes, it’s true – earlier today, I received word that the first “horror” story I ever wrote – Ghosts of Annapurna – will appear in the fall 2010 issue of Ghostlight Magazine. For those who don’t know, Ghostlight is a fine publication put together by the folks at the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

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So, Who IS this Stolliker Guy Anyway? July 24, 2010

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I wrote in my first post that I would tell readers a little bit about myself, and I will do that. Before I do, however, I want to talk a little bit more about some of the things I’ll write about on A Darkness More Than Night.

This blog will be about more than me, my journey as a writer and a place for readers to find horror fiction that this humble author hopes they’ll enjoy. I’m also going to write reviews on my favorite horror, science fiction and fantasy novels, movies and television shows. I can’t get enough of that stuff, and I feel like a blog is a great place to share one’s thoughts on such things.

Anyway, on to the 411 on yours truly – an interview of myself by…myself. Yeah. OK.

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