DVD Giveaway: Krod Mandoon: The Flaming Sword of Fire – Comedy Central’s Special BBC Edition

On behalf of Comedy Central, I have a copy of Krod Mandoon: The Flaming Sword of Fire – Comedy Central’s Special BBC Edition DVD for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 14. I’ll draw names on May 15, and notify winners via email.

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Blog Tour: Morpheus Road The Light by D.J. MacHale

Morpheus Road: The LightAbout the Book:
Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In The Light, the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it’s clear whatever this is–it’s huge.

Marshall has no idea what’s happening to him, but he’s soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who’s been missing for over a week. Together with Coop’s sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined.

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D.J. MacHaleMorpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale releases today! In this latest stop in the blog tour, MacHale talks about his favorite scary books and movies:

I love scary stories. I’m not so much a slasher/maniac killer devotee. To me, those kinds of stories aren’t necessarily scary, they’re just exercises in worrying about when you might see the next gruesome bit of carnage. To me, the best kinds of stories are the ones where you’re brought into a mystery and the challenge is to figure out what the supernatural entity is trying to do. And of course, the more creative and surprising that entity (or the author) is, the better. Here are a couple of my personal favorites.

The Shining by Stephen King. The book, not the movie. Though the movie is considered a classic horror-fest, to me it didn’t live up to the book where the ghosts that haunted the father were every bit as frightening as the lunatic the father became. I loved how you didn’t really know if the haunting was really happening, or if it was all in the father’s mind. And I love King’s vivid descriptions….the body in the bathtub, the twin girls, and of course the topiary animals that came to life. Great stuff.

It also by Stephen King. I love the conceit that the supernatural force is showing its victims the things that scares them the most. I still remember the passage where one kid was attacked by the Creature From the Black Lagoon and right up until the moment of his death, he was feeling the creature’s back to find the zipper of the costume because he couldn’t believe it was actually happening. Great moment. I’d rate that above The Shining if it didn’t turn out in the end that the bad guy was a giant turtle from outer space, or some such thing. There was a real big “Huh?” moment for me.

Stephen King honorable mentions: Pet Cemetery and Salem’s Lot.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Sometimes a moment sticks with you from a story. I still remember the moment where the two women were in bed and spooky stuff was happening with the ghosts in their room and one asked the other not to squeeze her hand so hard . . . to which the other woman replied that she wasn’t holding her hand. Awesome.

The movie The Omen. I’ve heard this called a cheesy film, and maybe it is, but it did something that I thought was a brilliant piece of foreshadowing. People kept dying in horrific ways, and of course we the audience all realized it was the work of Damien. There was a photographer who tried to convince Damien’s father that something was not right with the kid, and his proof was that he had all these photos that he snapped of the victims long before their deaths and there were imperfections in the pictures which could be related to the way they eventually died. When the father asked why the photographer cared so much, he showed him a picture he had accidently taken of himself in a mirror, and it showed a black slash through his own neck. Gulp. You knew at that moment that the photographer was doomed, you just didn’t know when. So from that moment on, whenever the photographer was on screen, you sat on the edge of your seat, waiting for him to be killed, and it didn’t happen for a while.

I recently blogged on my website about one of the scariest movies I’d ever seen, an early 60’s flick called “Black Sabbath”. I don’t know if it would be as scary seeing it today, but that movie gave me nightmares for years. Then again, I was also freaked about by Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein when I was little.

Some honorable mention movies: The Others, The Blair Witch Project (Nothing happened. Absolutely nothing, but it had me on the edge of my seat wondering if something might), The Ring (great images) and of course Poltergeist.

There are hundreds of other spooky books and movies that I’ve enjoyed over the years, but those are just a few off the top of my head. – D.J. MacHale

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Exclusive Interview: Connor Fox

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Recently, I was able to conduct an exclusive interview with the multi-talented and award-winning actor, writer and producer Connor Fox.
Connor will be starring in the TV movie Mothman, alongside Jewel Staite, which will be airing on the Syfy channel on April 24, 2010.

Can you talk a bit about Mothman and your character?

Mothman is set in the small town of Point Pleasant, WV. The Mothman is a legendary monster that is out to exact revenge on a group of childhood friends who covered up an accidental killing. I play Derek, the good ole boy that never left his hometown and is still hung up on his high school sweetheart.

What is Syfy’s version of the Mothman creature like?

Scary. He sees when you are sleeping and he knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good. So, you could say he’s a lot like Santa Clause.

What was your audition processes like for the role?

Different. I was shooting a project in New Mexico and couldn’t be at the auditions. So, I had to put myself on tape. I had my director for the film I was working on put me on tape with hotel room lamps for lighting and the props guy was my reader. They liked my audition and wanted to do an Ichat callback with the director and producer. I agreed to do it, the thing is I was still in New Mexico and didn’t have access to a computer to do it on. So, I rented a car, drove to Best Buy and bought a laptop with a webcam on it. Of course the hotel I was staying in had a spotty internet connection in my room so I walked around the hotel until I found a conference room that had a direct internet connection. After locking the door and posting a do not enter sign I stacked two tables and a chair on top of each other so the camera on the laptop would be at the right height for me to audition. At this point I had everything set up and ready for my audition that was supposed to begin in five minutes. Well, my manager calls and tells me that they just called and I have to have my own reader for the audition. Everyone from the film was on location shooting and I didn’t know anyone else at the hotel. I had like two minutes before my audition started so I go out into the hallway and literally ask the first guy that walks by if he will be my reader. He said yes! The guy did an amazing job reading for me and the audition went great. The next day I booked the part!

Did they allow you any freedom with your character development?

For sure. One entire scene in the film is actually improv. I’ll tell you which one after you see the film. I’ll let you guess first.

Did you have to do any research or preparation for your role?

I didn’t really have much time considering I had to be on set the day after I booked the role. But, I grew up in a small town in Virginia. So, I guess you could say the first eighteen years of my life was preparation for this film. Minus the giant flying creature out to get me.

Were there any unexpected challenges you faced during filming or on location?

I ended up doing my own stunts. It was a challenge, but one I really enjoyed.

I’m sure you’ve been asked many times now, but … How was the experience working with scifi alum Jewel Staite? Do you secretly hate her now?

Working with Jewel was a lot of fun. She is a very talented and funny girl. The only thing I hate is that we aren’t working together on anything right now.

So will you be taking any trips through the woods in West Virginia anytime soon?

I certainly hope not.

I read that you’re a sci fi fan as well. What movies/television do you enjoy watching?

I’m a huge fan of Lost. It will be missed. When it comes to watching movies I can pretty much be up for anything. But, a good Sci Fi movie I just saw was Repo Men. It was a perfect all around Sci Fi film and Jude Law was a total badass in it.

Any other upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

I’m the lead in a new Suspense Thriller/Horror film “Yaksha” which begins filming this summer. It’s about a group of kids rehearsing a play in a remote countryside mansion that are visited by an ancient abomination, a descendent of the 18th century Hindu tribe known as Yaksha.

Your bio also mentions you’re doing some writing. How did you decide to get into that?

I told my manager all the scripts I was reading for were really bad and my manager challenged me to write one better myself. So I did.

What about science fiction inspires you the most?

No limits. I’ve always been inspired by the idea that anything is possible.

What would your dream role be?

To play Light Yagami in an American adaption of Death Note.

If you weren’t acting, what do you think you’d be doing?

I would be a treasure hunter.

What do you enjoy in your down time?

Video games, comic books, hanging out with my buddies, playing on my softball team in the park, going to casinos and metal detecting.

Thanks for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Check out my new website connorfoxonline.com or twitter me @connorfoxplease and make sure you let me know what you thought of Mothman!

Book Review: Song of Scarabaeus

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Song of Scarabaeus, by Sara Creasy

Prodigy Edie Sha’nim was trained at a young age to program technology called biocyph. But when she is kidnapped by mercenaries wanting to exploit her gift, she is given a taste of actual freedom away from the forced labor of the Crib government. Edie is assigned a bodyguard, Finn, who has no choice in the matter. But the two must work together to fight for their freedom against the mercenaries and the Crib.

Creasy has created a fascinating universe of advanced technology with debatable repercussions. Edie and Finn have great chemistry and are a bit of an “odd couple,” being complete opposites. Edie is naturally submissive and highly emotional. Whereas, Finn is stoic and rebellious. With subtle description, the characters and landscapes jump off the page. And within the first few chapters, I was pulled into the story.

This was a highly impressive science fiction novel from a promising new author. The technology was described enough to seem believable, yet not enough to get bogged down in explanation. And its blend of technology and moral ethics was surprisingly fresh. With plenty of mystery, danger, suspense, intrigue, and alien life – fans of the genre will definitely enjoy this exciting debut. Ending in a mild cliffhanger, readers like me will be eager for a sequel.


Song of Scarabaeus will release from Eos Books on April 27, 2010.

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