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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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cinema Knife Fight Takes Its Final Bow

Cinema Knife Fight co-founder and editor L. L. Soares has announced over the weekend that his long-running, and horror sci-fi movie review staple, Cinema Knife Fight, is closing (or at least going on a long, indefinite hiatus). The decision was, admittedly, aided by a major technical crash of the website itself, but he had been considering ending the 10+ year run of this project for some time now, to allow more room for his other writing (and perhaps a little more sleep).

He and co-founder Michael Arruda began CFK as a column for the Horror Writers Association newsletter, where they would banter back and forth about various new or classic horror films, Siskel and Ebert style. Eventually they started their own website devoted to the column, and produced reviews every day, Monday through Friday. Of course the task was daunting, for something which was truly a for-the-love endeavor (ie, no money coming in), so they brought on others to write specific columns, and the staff grew until in early 2010 when I joined the merry band of film baristas with a review of the new disaster flick 2012. I continued as an occasional science fiction reviewer these past six years, and loved every moment.

I grew up turning first to the arts & entertainment section (or the comics, depending on my mood) instead of the usual sports sections, and scanned films reviews, learned quickly not to read too much of any for a film I wanted to see and not know the ending! When At The Moves (with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert) hit the TV airwaves, I was hooked. I soon discovered if Roger Ebert liked a movie, so would I. Aside from writing in general, doing movie reviews was always on My List, and suddenly I had a reason to do just that when Lauran invited me to contribute.

I still plan to write reviews, and will start looking around for someone in need of this kind of content, but for now, you can find all my reviews from the beginning at www.dankeohane.com/reviews

It was a pleasure being a part of something so cool, and consistently entertaining, and working with some awesome writers. In a genre where magazines and sites come and go like the wind, CKF was a well-produced and informative resource for all films speculative. Hats off to misters Soares and Arruda for sharing Cinema Knife Fight with all of us for so long!

Monday, May 21, 2018

My Knife Fight Review of DEADPOOL 2 (2018) with L.L. Soares is now Showing

L.L. Soares and I discuss the new Ryan Reynold's crazyfest DEADPOOL 2 (2018), as well as L's anger issues, at Cinema Knife Fight! Check it out. I have to admit, our review seems to be going again the general grain around this film.

Monday, April 30, 2018

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018) Review

My review, with L.L. Soares, of the the film touted as the culmination of 10 years (so far) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018) is now showing at Cinema Knife Fight. Almost every Marvel superhero who has thus far made it to the big screen is in this one, and it's non-stop awesomeness from the opening scene.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A WRINKLE IN TIME (2018) Review Now Scathing - I Mean Showing - At CKF

My rather critical review of the new blockbuster A WRINKLE IN TIME (2018), a big guns version of the 1962 Madeleine L'Engle novel of the same name, is now playing at Cinema Knife Fight.

I really wanted to like this one. Honestly.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Christmas Trees & Monkeys Returning under New Publisher

Christmas Trees & Monkeys, Collected Horror Stories Volume 1 is now available from Crossroad Press. The publisher has acquired rights (providing we authors approve, of course) to Necon's line of titles. New contract has been signed, and CT&M is now available as ebook here (and other online outlets). This collection of my early horror stories is now being published under my G Daniel Gunn author name (where it makes more sense).

Again, check it out here: https://smile.amazon.com/Christmas-Trees-Monkeys-Daniel-Gunn-ebook/dp/B079ZKSG6M/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Pending news hopefully coming as well for the out of print (since Samhain went belly up) novella NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT. More as I know it. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

New Devotional Page

I've recently been contributing to Next Level Church's Devotional page / email list, starting with a verse(s) and writing short discussions about what it means (or might mean) to all of us in today's world. It's been an extremely rewarding project, allowing me to share my writing along a new road (along, of course, with my fiction and film reviews). You can click "devotionals" on the sidebar menu or simply click here if you're interested.

Monday, February 05, 2018

L.L. Soares & I Review WINCHESTER (2018)

Lauran Soares and I go Knife to Knife with a Cinema Knife Fight review of the new horror film WINCHESTER (2018). Check out what we thought of the new big budget, Helen Mirren horror flick based on the most haunted house in America, the Winchester Estate.

Friday, February 02, 2018

New Review for A GHOST STORY (2017)

A GHOST STORY (2017) is not your average haunted house story. Aiming to answer the question: What is it like to be a ghost? we are drawn in to a beautiful, but slowly-paced, art film. As I say in the review, I hesitate to call it a horror film, but if you like you cinematic meals slow-cooked, this might be for you. Check it out at Cinema Knife Fight!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review for THE COMMUTER (2018) Now Showing

My review of the new Liam Neeson action thriller THE COMMUTER (2018) is now playing at Cinema Knife Fight. See what I think and whether it's distinguishable from his other everyman-in-peril flicks (it is, to a point).

Wow, it's 2018. Think about that, only two years until 2020. 2020! Most science fiction films of my childhood didn't even stretch this far.

I love writing these reviews, though often it depends on how much time I have available between my other writing and family demands, etc. One of my reach careers when I was a teenager was doing this full time, or at least doing it as a sideline. I was the generation watching Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's At the Movies (one of a few names the show at), debating on the merits of a movie, and sometimes actually agreeing. Me, I always sided with Roger Ebert. He and I had the same taste in films.

In a family of sports-section junkies, I always went first (and only, aside from the comics) to the Arts & Entertainment section of the Boston Globe. I learned quickly not to read a review - or far into one - if I planned to see a movie because it generally gave away the plot/ending. But I loved reading about movies, and TV shows, seeing ads for shows and events from "that life" which I never thought was reachable in my small bubble world (somewhere in here is my PBS Signoff post, worth reading along these lines). Of course, when I got older I realized that there is no "that life" just the life you make for yourself. The idea of writing film reviews faded to the back burner, though I always checked what Ebert thought of a movie before seeing it, to gauge whether I'd like it or not.

When Lauran and Michael began the Cinema Knife Fight website and asked me to contribute, the old "Oh, yea," light went off. Especially since at the time I was going through a major writing drought and this was a way to get the fingers moving along the keyboard. So here I am, writing about different/classic sci-fi or various avant-garde films, and the occasional new releases. Not being paid, but enjoying the heck out of it.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My Top Ten Films of 2017

The staff over at Cinema Knife Fight have combined forces to share our Top Ten Films of 2017. Unlike in the past where we each devote a full column to our favorites, we combined into one and listed them bullet-style. Check out the full list here.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Books Read in 2017

Well, that time of year again, where I reset my Currently Reading / Books Read section in the sidebar below, but first give a quick summation of what I read, liked, and really liked, for posterity, at least until the Great EMP Attack wipes out all the servers some day.

I didn't get as many books read this year for a couple of reasons. First was that I, Scott Goudsward and David Price co-edited another NEHW anthology: Wicked Haunted, and Anthology of the New England Horror Writers. A lot of reading through stories (every story submitted, actually), deciding the final TOC, then I was tasked again with final layout, story order etc). It's sold quite well, and garnered some great reviews, but took time away from plain old reading.

Speaking of anthologies, my G. Daniel Gunn story appeared in Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, edited by Laura J. Hickman and P.D. Cacek and published by Necon Ebooks.I had a chance throughout the year to read the other stories and they're all amazing (and quite dark for the most part). Some very big names in this one, all for a good cause (The Jimmy Fund / Dana Farber Cancer Institute)


Another reason my "read" list was light is I'd begun earlier in the year some long books which had been critically acclaimed, but ended up stopping partway through because they were not resonating with me. For example The Passage by Justin Cronin and Red Rising by Pierce Brown - all well-written but not really clicking with me and after a while I put them down. As well, I'd gotten a decent way into The Fireman by Joe Hill, and I found the story fascinating, but I think I was suffering from long-book phobia at that point and put it aside for another day. One book I got hooked in the first chapter was Neal Stephenson's  Seveneves, where the moon breaks into pieces and will eventually lead to the destruction of humanity - the book tracks how we begin building stations in space to save as many as possible, but after a while (I read quite a bit of this one) it was just too this-happened-then-that-happened and though I really wanted to know how it ended, the long journey (Stephenson doesn't write short books) there would have been a little too forced for my liking.

So, to highlight a few of my favorites from last year, in order of reading:  

I Have A Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand was the first book of the year and had me laughing all the way through. Aimed towards, I assume, tween boys, it will resonate with everyone. Funny, goofy book about a group of boys at a psychotic summer camp. 

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller completely blew me away. A memoir of sorts, it presents the true meaning, in my opinion, of the Gospel and explains it in such simple, basic terms. "Explains" is probably not the best word. This is all "showing" - one man's search for God. Deep, funny and very, very entertaining. 

A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier: this unique sci-fi-ish novel appeared in my "goody bag" at the Necon writers conference this past summer. My daughter picked it up, devoured it in a week, then my wife read it and loved it, so I finally got it back - and decided it was brilliant. A unique twist here, is that every character's perspective - chapter by chapter - is written in a unique style, for example first person, second person, third person omniscient, etc. You'll have to check your old English textbooks to know what I mean, but it works. It shouldn't have, but it did. Looking forward to whatever young Berrier has for us in the future.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Such an original horror novel. Otherworldly entities which will drive you mad to the point of death if you even glimpse them, people are forced to blindfold themselves to stay alive. Very well written and scary, scary, scary. Great book.

The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson is another Christian non-fiction book which really resonated with me. Being on the prayer team at my church, I've truly seen first-hand the power of prayer, and the peace it brings (not to mention the occasional miracle). Batterson's aim here is to pray big or go home. Don't underestimate what God can do, and ask with confidence, and persistence. Really well-written book with some amazing real life stories.


Other books I really enjoyed this year were: 

Stranded by Bracken MacLeod - was up for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel and this was a great story. I've really enjoyed Bracken's writing in the past and this one didn't disappoint.  
 City of Wonders: Seven Forges Book III by James A. Moore - the third installment of Moore's Seven Forges series and is as good as the first two. This one was tough sometimes - the bad guys (whom we have been with since the beginning and as such can't quite hate because we are in their heads as much as the others) pretty much decimate entire cities throughout. Expecting a major climactic closing to this series when I get to The Silent Army.
My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir by Dick Van Dyke - a memoir from someone whom I have enjoyed watching throughout the years. It's an honest, simple and often amusing recap of the life of America's favorite showman.
A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory - picked this up from the author at Necon and really enjoyed this science fiction - somewhat cyperpunky - story. Very original concept of people who live under the radar from normal society, one group hunting the other, and the latter hoping for transcendence some day into a new existence from so much bullet lead trapped in their bodies. A head trip, but very cool.
Wool (Omnibus Edition) by Hugh Howey - this book is famous for having been self-published originally before being picked up by a major publisher, it tells the story of the human race living in silos underground since the Earth was poisoned, and the lengths some will go to keep things the same throughout the generations. Well written, and beautifully illustrated. Long, though.

Finally, a couple of classic novels I was able to dive into, one famous, one no one has ever heard of:

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman is a classic science fiction story of interstellar war and one soldier's life lived for centuries due to the time difference of traveling through space and relativity. The story is somewhat dated, especially in how men and women interact, but a fascinating and well-done story all the way through.


The Phantom Caravan by F.H.P. Schuck. When I was a kid my Uncle Roland had a best friend, Fred, who'd self-published a fantasy novel back in the sixties. As I got older, and hoped to be a writer myself one day, I asked him why he only published one, but Fred just said he'd told the story he wanted to and moved on to other things. Blew my mind. Now, forty years later, and I still had never read the book. It's a hard one to find - having scoured Ebay for the last (I assume) few copies for Christmas presents to family years ago, I kept one for myself. I finally read it this year. Not the strongest novel ever written, but done with a lot of heart and, one can tell, love. The story of an ancient race of people facing extinction. I was glad to be able to finally read Fred's story, and sorry I hadn't done so earlier in my life. Just knowing someone who'd written and published a book when I was young was such an inspiration, and I treasure having a copy on my shelf.  Fred (and my dear Uncle) are no longer with us, but it was an honor to be able to write this today, to give one final nod to F.H.P. Schuck's only novel.