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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Monday, June 21, 2010

"Contaminant" Screening Version - No Results yet

OK, so Ned posted the screening version of our 5-minute short "Contaminant" on you tube, while we await the judging results of the 48-Hour Film project competition (won't be announced until next month!). Now, keep in mind, there are a couple of hiccups in the production since we ran out of time (Ned's working on putting together a new Director's Cut edition with all the bells and whistles added, etc, and a few "oopsies, like the word "action" making it into the final scene, removed). Here's how the contest worked: at 7 pm on Friday we were given the following requirements:
   Genre: Science Fiction (based on luck of the draw)
   All entries, regardless of genre picked, had to include the following elements (to assure no one pre-films anything): has to have a character who is a plastic surgeon named Clark (or Claire) Larson, there needs to be a box used in the story somehow as a prop, and the line "I need to tell you something" has to be spoken. Aside from that, no rules, except the film can't be more than 5 - 7 minutes and it has to be written, filmed and edited that weekend and hand-delivered by 7pm Sunday night. Mad rush, mad rush. And lots of fun. Here's our short little film - I hope you like it (FYI, that's my arm in the last scene)
  Ah, and be warned, the first couple of seconds is a beeping test pattern...



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Review THE FALL Now Posted at Cinema Knife Fight


Hi, everyone. My newest movie review for Cinema Knife Fight is now up, this month for the Drama/Fantasy film THE FALL (2006). Beautiful movie, and I hope I conveyed as much in the review. Check it out - today! I want to impress Lauran (LL) again with how many hits the site gets, lol.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Last Year's Page 1 Television Interview Found on Web

I accidentally discovered online my Page One TV interview (also known as "How Dan Finally Realized He Should Always Get a Haircut before TV Interviews") with Zita Christian from last June!
Here's Part One:
http://capknow.com/video/Page-1-Episode-58-Part-1-of-3/9HHRjxntS1g.html
Part Two:
http://capknow.com/video/Page-1-Episode-58-Part-2-of-3/qIzwisfyIlU.html
and lastly Part Three:
http://capknow.com/video/Page-1-Episode-58-Part-of-3/IvhVfCqSEzA.html

I think it actually went quite well, until the end when I read the opening pages of the book, which is Page One's Custom. Enjoy.....

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Excellent Review of Solomon's Grave at Horrorworld

I don't mean "excellent" above as in reviewer Norman Rubenstein thought the book was perfect, he didn't, though he did seem to enjoy it. But he was open about what he liked and didn't, pointing out some flaws in the book. He thought it was very well-written and -paced, but had some issues, a couple of which I had to laugh when I read the review, because I agree. At one point, Rubenstein calls my main character, Nathan Dinneck, a "wuss". That's great, because that's exactly how I wanted him to be viewed. It was an issue when writing, I had this strong-willed side characters, and Nathan seemed, well, boring for the most part. He had a pretty humdrum life. When I realized this, I actually went in and accentuated it, basically showing how his ex Elizabeth was the mover and shaker in their relationship, and he was the happy follower. When I had this personality trait ratified, made it a lot more interesting trying to convince the character what was going on. Rubenstein points to an out-of-character scene where Nathan almost gets violent with Vince the caretaker. Funny how things comes back to bite you, I remember writing that scene, and feeling it wasn't quite right, but couldn't put my finger on it. Considering I quickly had Nate back down and then had Elizabeth become the agressor, I probably at least unconsiously realized what I'd done and brought in the right person for the job, lol. Anyway, it's a great review, and a positive one overall. Check it out at http://www.horrorworld.org/reviews.htm . Note, you need to scroll way down near the bottom to find it. Ah well, at least it's there.