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PCR #177  (Vol. 4, No. 33)  This edition is for the week of August 11--17, 2003.

"The Ghostly Sea Captain and His Cat", also "Clyde Butcher Update", and "For the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird Enthusiast"
by Will Moriaty
"American Wedding"
by Mike Smith
"Forbidden Tango"
 by Ashley Lauren
'60s Music, Current Movies, Books, and Comics
 by Terence Nuzum
"Hollywood, Horrorwood".....Comics
 by John Lewis
Bronko Brings 80 Grand...It's all Fun Till Someone Loses An Eye....Attention Drunks....One Shots
 by Brandon Jones
"Baby Superman"
 by Matt Drinnenberg
You Say It's Your Birthday....Jesus Christ and King Kong....When Teddy Said He Didn't Like His Heady....You Should Be Dancing
 by Mike Smith
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Creature's Corner

Greetings and Salutations:
Well, It's finally D-Day here at the "Castle." In this case D-Day stands for Disclosure-Day. Everyone residing in the castle, from the deepest catacombs to the highest parapets, have come to the "Great Hall" to hear the tales of "How I spent my life" over the last two years. Now don't get too excited (it's not that great) but it is the main contributing factor of why I stopped writing pieces for the PCR (sorry my Lord, I won't do it again) as I was real busy. (and I'm not busy now????????). So here it is, in as many installments as it takes to complete,

"Hollywood, Horrorwood."
I had to check on my notes to be sure but it looks like around Christmas of 1991 I set out to write the next great American Novel. What does this have to do with movies? EVERYTHING!!!!! This was the catalyst that started the gears in motion. Up until that time any idea I ever came up with was usually spent in 300-500 words. I always had tons of great ideas but could never make them stretch more than a couple pages. What made me think I could write a full blown novel? Nothing except for the fact that I wanted to. I'd had an idea floating around in the back of my head for several years, an idea that was spawned during the dying days of my time with the Heavy Metal Band I started, "Black Velvet." (and you thought I was going to say Blade. That was the following year for all you history buffs.)

One of the guys had written a novel while in the band and surprised us with it one day. We were all excited for him. We had no clue he ever wrote anything besides songs. (He wrote quite a few.) Anyway, he thought it would be a cool idea if a couple of us pooled our thoughts together in order to come up with a killer idea for a second novel. I was up for the challenge. Over the course of the next couple weeks three of us got together to begin mapping out this piece of literary genius. Needless to say, we didn't get very far as we kept using the get-togethers as an excuse to talk about music, girls, band stuff, just about everything except "The Next Great American Novel."

What did come out of it was a few disjointed scenes (2-3) and a direction. We were going to write a story called "The Three Days Of Darkness," A biblical end of the world battle between good and evil, God and the Devil. Real original, right? Yeah, I doubt it. That theme has been played out several times in the past; "Megiddo", "The Omen," The Warlock series, "The Stand," etc, etc... you get the picture. Not that a good biblical end of the world, doomsayer movie wouldn't be a good idea, it just needed to be approached in a unique way. Well, we lost our enthusiasm and drive in short order and the project faded into the dark recesses of the ethereal plane. The year was 1984.

I was always excited about new books and continually looked for reviews of new titles that were either out or soon to be released. I admired the perseverence that writers exhibited in the face of that nasty enemy, the "Blank Page." My favorites, of course, were Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. (Gee, what a shock.) So, seven years after that failed attempt to conjure up the endless stream of letters that would form a story, I stared the Demon in the face and decided that no blank page was going to keep me from one of my life's goals. Suddenly, I began to write.

Next week I'll tell how writing the novel inspired the desire to see it become a movie.

Anyway, before I go, I just wanted to say that a long lost friend has returned to my life. Last week the long anticpated Superman/ Batman team-up book hit the stands. Simply titled "Superman/ Batman," this comic brings together two of comicdoms most recognizable heroes ( yeah, I know, don't forget Spidey , Cap, and Wolvie) in a monthly title together. Basically, "World's Finest" has returned and I, for one, have been counting the days. The first story is aptly named, "World's Finest." The first issue came out with two different covers, one featuring Batman, the other, Superman. This comic is in the capable hands of Jeph Loeb, Ed Mcguinness, and Dexter Vines. It looks to be a good one so run out and get a copy (or two). Have a Great Week. C-Ya!!!


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