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The Hunt Begins

Been reaching out to artists, some I’ve known for a while, some I’ve just recently become acquainted with. Pretty good mix, according to the descriptions Pam’s given me. So far, and assuming all goes well, I’m 2-for-4. Not a bad average when you consider cons and peoples’ work schedules, day-jobbing and all that.

At present, not going to start hyping anything or making announcements. Last thing I need is to put guys/gals on the spot and then have to shift gears if anyone can’t be involved. Always sucks when that happens, and given how long I’ve been at this, it’s happened a lot. Usually it’s no one’s fault. People get sick. They get a better gig and have to reschedule (happened to me on a project I did with Bernie, when he got an offer to work on a movie shoot. Gig like that? I totally understand. Hell, I’d back out on me, too!)

That said, one of the projects is the Fright Unseen Extreme Pack. I’ve got 6 really cool splash-illos on the slate to support a story I think will really creep people out. It’s body-horror, it’s all kinds of grim, and one of my most trusted inner-circle friends/beta-readers/critics says it’s the best thing I’ve ever shown him. Can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get that response.

The other piece is a possible cover, possible support-illo for a solo-release. Still undecided. There’s an occasion coming up (a pair of ‘em, actually), and I’ve been wanting to package these two stories together, and this may finally allow me the opp to make that happen. As with the Extreme Pack, this is an artist you’ll know by name, especially if you’re into horror. 

As for the turn-downs. Completely schedule-related, wasn’t like anyone just shrieked, “You?! You’re an asshole!” or anything like that. Simply too busy at the moment, so hopefully, somewhere down the road? Timing’ll work in my favor. ‘Cause, really…if they think I’m not gonna contact them again? Well, they’re crazy. 

I don’t mind. Love hearing friends and new-contacts are this busy. Kickstarters, deadlines for other publishers, indie film work…says to me the business is just fine, and when the con scene does get back to full-time, a whole lot of creators are going to be making coin again.

Can’t wait…and looking FWD to being part of the transactions.

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Canon Fodder

While I understand the COVID concerns, doesn’t mean I’m not pushing to get back to filmmaking. We’ve gotten a decent Canon DSLR, we’ve got a couple of shorts we’re considering, and even some book trailer/web ad possibilities. What I want to do first, though, is really test this thing out, grab a couple of lenses (kit lens may be too slow for some shots we’ll need), and start putting footage in the e-can. 

Obviously, for a good trailer, I would want a few different locations, things to really support the stories being promoted, and of course…actors. Might be a bit tough with the Fright Unseen Launch Pack, which is currently what I’m hyping most, but still, the key is figuring out exactly where we stand equipmentwise. I’m thinking a tamron zoom f2.8 would be a nice snag, thanks to Matt Jaissle,  director of Detroit Driller Killer, which he speaks highly of, and maybe the Sigma 17-50, which I’ve seen touted by a number of other indie filmmakers who’ve gotten distribution. 

Joe holding his black cat, Midnight
Joe playing with Lorelaine, a black-haired puppy.
Comparison of Canon wildlife shot and iPhone wildlife shot—more about wildlife in an upcoming blog.

That’s what’s happening at the moment. Of course, other possibilities include me trying to huckster another musician buddy to invite me up on stage—sans-Yeti-costume—and shoot that, clips for a proof-of-concept reel for one of the numerous screenplays I’ve got that’re ready-to-go, who knows? Whatever we can get enough people to shoot, seeing as I mentioned up top, concerns remain about C19 and gathering in groups. Soon as we get some more footage, though, I’ll be posting it.

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Kickstarter Fulfillment Begins!

Joe signing The Weeping

Started signing the books, and the first few packs’ll be en route to backers as soon as we have mailing addresses. 

Joe signing Double Feature

Been a long time since I had to sign this much stuff. I’m thinking the Ltd Ed copies of The Bunker when we released the DVD. Y’know—the DVD that naysayers said I would never get a distributor to put out. In case you were wonderin’… #TheyWereWrong

Joe signing The Lost Girl

Threw on some goth/darkwave, got set up, Pam started laying down stacks of chapbooks, and just like an old Fred Greenberg con from the ‘90s, running Sharpies dry got underway. 

Joe signing The Weeping

Haven’t done a show like that in a while. In fact, my last coupla events were all film festivals. Few with lots of signing, but still—piles of books? Yeah, that took some getting used to. And…whetted the appetite. If you run a con in Florida or have a store and want to set something up, just get in touch.

If you backed the Kickstarter, thanks again. If not, we still have some of the top tier pckgs, which include the limited edition goodies, so if you want in on that before they’re gone, click HERE.

Also, if you want to share a pic of your Launch Pack when you get it, a selfie of you with some of the contents, we’d love to share those. Reviews on any horror site, your blog, or a shared link back here is always appreciated as well. 

All righty, back to the smell of black and silver ink. In the words of Captain Rex Kramer, “Looks like I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing markers…”

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Grand Opening!

Fright Unseen Launch Pack Four Score

Welcome—and to many, welcome back. Apologies for having neglected the site and blog so long, but freelancing and screenwriting were the priority leading up to the pandemic, which kind of turned things upside down. That said, lockdown time did allow a lot of new material to come into being, including 2 screenplays, pieces sold to paying markets, and a big time return to short story writing, including a novella.

That novella: The Weeping, is included in the Fright Unseen Launch Pack (pictured). Still a couple of the top tier packages, which includes an item *from* one of the stories. But enough of that.

Right now, there are over 15 new stories in the can, and I’m scheduling those for upcoming Packs. Next up will be the Extreme Pack, with the kind of horror you’d remember if you’ve seen my Cry For Dawn work. Splatterpunk: The gooey stuff. The kinds of stories that make you feel like something dripped on you waiting for the subway. Stories that, when you finish, make you want to take a shower. Scalding hot, and with a scrub brush. Lockdown and Pam being trapped in NY for 7 months led to a lot of tales like that. It also led to the desire to flip the pandemic the bird and write something that touched on it, but wasn’t the central focus, which too many writers and streaming services were cranking out. Instead, I started with a concept that centered around someone looking to get out of the city, only to face a worse monster upstate. That story broke loose of its initial framework and grew into The Weeping, which I’m damned proud of. Friends tell me it’s pretty sweet in print, which I’m returning to because I’m tired of hearing comics are dying, and paperbacks are on their way out. Piss on that. I’m putting books out so fans and friends and readers and collectors can get ‘em signed. (Or not, up to you). Old-school.  

Cover to The Weeping, by Joseph M. Monks

So that’s where we’re at. Enjoy, hope you’re in for the long haul.