The Adventure Art of Mort Künstler

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The Adventure Art of Mort Kunstler

Art by Mort Künstler – Mort began his art career as an illustrator for pulp paperbacks, posters, and men’s magazines. He did some early work for Aurora model kits boxes for their historical kit series, most notably, Raising the Flag a Iwo Jima kit. He did movie posters in the 1970’s for The Poseidon Adventure and The Taking of Pelham 123. He used an alias, ‘Mutz’ to do illustrations for the back of Mad magazine. Later he turned his art talents to American Civil War subject matter and is highly regarded in the field. His painting, ‘The High Water Mark’ was accepted into The Gettysburg National Museum in 1988.

http://www.mortkunstler.com/

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The Fantastic Art of Rowena Morrill – horror art

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The Fantastic Art of Rowena Morrill

Rowena Morrill is a sci-fi, fantasy, and horror artist whose illustrations graced the covers of paperbacks from the 1970’s till today. She was discovered by Ace Books, NY and created stunning book cover art for Lovecraft collections, illustrations for magazines; Heavy Metal, Omni and Playboy. She has several art books featuring her collected works including, The Fantastic Art of Rowena and Imagine. She continued illustrating sci-fi and fantasy for popular anthologies such as, Tomorrow and Beyond and Infinite Worlds. She received the British Fantasy _rowena_morrill_photo_of_rowenaAward in 1984 and after the fall of Saddam Hussein her original paintings, King Dragon and Shadows Out of Hell were found adorning the walls of his home. Here’s a look at some of her well-known work. Her use of vibrant color and glossy overtones makes her work stand out and instantly recognizable to her fans and fantasy art connoisseurs.

Gallery one: paperback cover art

 

Gallery 2: magazines and misc.

 

Holidays (2016) – Movie Review

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Holidays (2016)

Despite the fun concept, it sure ain’t no Creepshow

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Kevin Smith
Gary Shore
Matt Johnson
Scott Stewart
Nicholas McCarthy
Dennis Widmyer
Kevin Kolsch
Sarah Adina Smith
Anthony Scott Burns

 


This is a fun idea for an anthology. There’s a short tale for each of the US holidays during the year. They’re labelled horror but, some are just weird tales. Despite the fun concept, the stories were mostly mediocre. None of the shorts take the time to set up the mood and spirit of their corresponding holidays. There are a few that I found moderately entertaining. Easter is weird and disturbing and although it didn’t have a clear explanation of the events, the visuals stuck in my craw. That damn Jesus-bunny freaked me out a bit. In Mother’s Day, a woman who can’t stop getting pregnant goes on a health-related retreat and finds herself with a coven of witches. I love Christmas Horror stories and the one here, starring Seth Green, was a pretty good one. A dad steps over a man having a heart attack to get the last UVU virtual reality game set. Somehow the machine taps into your mind and gives you a specialized personal VR experience. When he and his wife start to see what’s in each other’s minds, that’s when he gets a real nasty surprise. And finally, the New Year’s segment is a fun little short about online dating. Good times.

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The stories are too short to garner any real empathy for the characters or to have any complex plots. As far as horror anthologies, I wouldn’t rate this very high, it sure ain’t no Creepshow. It’s more along the lines of ABC’s of Death. If you wish to kill some time and get moderately entertained by some horror shorts, you can give Holidays a try. You have a 50/50 chance at being entertained.


Moderately entertaining horror anthology but I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it.

I give it 2.5 creepy critters out of 5 on the horrific holiday antho scale.

God’s of Egypt (2016) – Movie Review

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God’s of Egypt – 2016
The God’s bleed molten gold and battle ’til death

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Starring:

·         Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
·         Brenton Thwaites
·         Chadwick Boseman
·         Élodie Yung
·         Courtney Eaton
·         Gerard Butler
·         Geoffrey Rush



This is a film for which I didn’t have high expectations so I was pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of it. The filmmakers took the concepts of Egyptian Mythology and Gods and crafted a new story from them. I find that quite acceptable considering there are no real mythology stories handed down from Ancient Egypt, only the concepts and instructions for afterlife. The tale has all the power struggles, jealousies, and quests found in Greek myths while paying homage to the Egyptian Gods.

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Sure, they used American actors, American style dialogue and sarcasm, but the film is aimed at an American audience. The sets and costume are stunning, colorful and beautifully designed, showing the cities to be vibrant rather than chromatic shades of sandstone. The impressive statuary, architecture, and workings are a sight to see.

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On the dawn of Horus, being crowned as ruler of Egypt, his Father is killed by Set who takes the crown. He steals the eyes from Horus, essentially taking all his power and banishes the fallen God from the city. A young thief, whose love is killed by the new regime steals the eye of Horus to bargain for her life. Horus must find his other eye and regain his crown in order to gain the power to save the mortals of Egypt, the other Gods, and if possible the thief’s love. As they quest for the tools needed to defeat their nemesis, Set is conquering the other gods and absorbing their essence and strength to become one all-powerful God.

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The Gods in their deity form are magnificent to watch as are the depictions of the afterlife, Ra in battle with worm of chaos, and the flat earth. Highlights include a battle with giant fire breathing cobras, the riddle posing Sphinx, and the final battle of the Gods. The CG is done really well and at no time does the film have that digital look. The characters are quite likable and I became engaged in each of their journeys. It’s not perfect, but It gave me a little bit of the wonder and amazement I had when I first watched Jason and the Argonauts as young lad, and that is a great feeling.

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 A fun mythology film with exciting adventure and beautiful set and scene artistry.

 I give it 4.0 killer cobras out of five on the deadly deity’s mythologically murderous rampage.

My Writing – 2016 Overview


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Here’s an overview of my horror fiction writing and published works for the year 2016

 


October 31st

My most recent published stories were in Subcutaneous Magazine for which there are two of my stories in one issue.

The Room, The Woman is a very personal tale about the thought of death and the willingness of one that is ill and his want to welcome the concept of death.

After approving the first story which is flash fiction (under 1k words) the editor asked if I had any longer stories. I sent her, Wax Dolls, which is a story of witchcraft fictionally tied into a story of murder that many would find familiar.

read it for free, here: Subcutaneous Magazine, Issue 2 – Fall 2016

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October 16th

My modern tale, Dead Song, was published in Moon Books presents Horror Anthology – 2016, sharing company with Joe R Lansdale and Jonathan Maberry. The story is about an antique/pawn shop that comes across a very unusual item, one which evil forces desire to control.

Check it out here:
Moon Books Horror Anthology 2016

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September 30th

I had my flash fiction piece, Blinded, published on Cemetery Tomes. The story is only 300 words, one of many short fiction pieces that capture similar aspects of the moment of death.

Read it for Free, here: Blinded – by author Michael Thomas-Knight

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July 2nd

My existential serial killer/urban legend story, Urban Legend #9 was published in Siren’s Call eZine, issue #27. I was very glad to get this story published as a reprint after the original site it was published with deleted all their stories. It is difficult to get a serial killer story published these days but the story has enough of a nuance that helped it to get published twice.

You can read it or download the .pdf here: The Sirens Call eZine #27

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June 17th

On June 17th the short story, Skin Job was released as my first stand-alone offering (with no other stories) by Pleasant Storm Entertainment. The story followed the mythology of Terry M. West’s Car-Nex creation, (Carnivore from the Nexus) and I was one of eight writers invited to create a new story involving Terry’s original ideas and concepts.

But, I’m sure you all heard enough about this during the summer when I was getting reviews of the release and posting about it here at Parlor of Horror. At times, I felt it was a little self-serving to do so, but I felt obligated to the bloggers that reviewed the novelette to provide links to their posts. I’d like to thank all of you who reviewed SKIN JOB. Despite the good reviews, it sold much less than I had anticipated and is making me rethink my path and motives in writing.

Skin Job

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I have four additional stories that were accepted into anthologies but the books have not come out yet. They will have to go into next years tally, if they are published. Two of them have been a long time waiting…

 


 

Dec. 23rd

Of course, I just posted my Christmas Ghost Story, Yule Tide on Parlor of Horror.

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Articles on Writing:

As far as articles, I wrote two very important articles on writing and getting published this year that would pertain to anyone seeking to get stories into the respected published world (not self-published).

The 5 Stages of Writing

 Publishing Terminology