Friday, July 18, 2014

More Tigers

When you have only two pennies left in the world, 
buy a loaf of bread with one, 
and a lily with the other. 
~Chinese Proverb

You are all probably thinking I have Tiger Lilies on the brain (see HERE and HERE) and yes I do. They are in my garden and only last a few weeks. This afternoon I pulled into the driveway and stopped to look at them before parking the car. I can't help myself.

Visit Today's Flowers 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Where's The Party

I must be early.

Where is everybody?

That's better.

The moral of the story is find some friends and have some fun. 

Posting for Wings on Wednesday.

41 Strange - Review

41 STRANGE, a first-of-its-kind e-book anthology devoted exclusively to “short-short stories of the strange and horrifying,” awaits just a couple of clicks away for Kindle readers who enjoy a good shiver up their spines.

41 STRANGE is the bizarre debut collection of authors/screenwriters Diane Doniol-Valcroze and Arthur K. Flam, who deliver a reading experience in the spirit of such masters of the macabre as Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rod Serling. As Doniol-Valcroze and Flam put it, the tales were written “in the lonely hour of the wolf … in the pre-dawn darkness when you get those ‘waking nightmares.’”

Doniol-Valcroze and Flam are screenwriters working in Los Angeles. They met at New York University’s film school and started collaborating, first on short films and then on screenplays. That working relationship forged a natural path to writing stories.

“We’re both very passionate about short fiction,” says Flam. “It’s our favorite form to read and write. After working together for many years on film projects, we realized we had a lot of ideas … that could only be done as short stories, so we decided to finally pull the trigger.”

The short-short story format makes a perfect fit for the authors’ strange visions. They immediately set up surreal and terrifying situations, which lead to even stranger conclusions. The stories can be read in their entirety in the time it takes to pour a cup of coffee and settle in with the book.

“Neal Edelstein (producer, MULHOLLAND DRIVE) has endorsed the book, and we’re excited because his new horror app HAUNTING MELISSA was the main inspiration for us to release the stories direct-to-audience,” says Doniol-Valcroze.

One of the authors’ favorite stories in 41 STRANGE is “Frank’s Wash,” in which a man finds himself stuck on the conveyor belt of a car wash. All attempts to get the car wash operator’s attention fail. Where Frank finally ends up becomes a chilling dissection of the parent-child relationship.

“We think (the stories) all embody that unnerving atmosphere,” Doniol-Valcroze and Flam say. “You’re not quite sure if the events unfolding around the character are happening for real, or are they just a figment of the character’s overactive imagination. We love that ambiguity.”

Doniol-Valcroze and Flam believe that 41 STRANGE will appeal to a general audience of film lovers and short story readers, as well as fans of science-fiction, horror and crime, and readers looking “for a quick dose of strange stories for commuting, or just curling up for a chilling night read before bed.”

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Diane Doniol-Valcroze was born in Paris, France. As a young girl, she developed a passion for writing from her father, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, co-founder of the New Wave magazine CAHIERS DU CINEMA, and from her grandfather, French filmmaker AndrĂ© Cayatte (original THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES). She earned a B.A. in English literature from the Sorbonne University, and an M.F.A. in film from New York University while apprenticing on the Lauren Hutton show. She has co-written screenplays for such films as Lionsgate’s PENNY DREADFUL, starring Mimi Rogers, and MGM’s HIT AND RUN, helmed by Enda McCallion and starring Kevin Corrigan. 41 STRANGE is her debut book. She lives in Los Angeles.

Arthur K. Flam was born in New York City and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in writing, and from New York University with an M.F.A. in film. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Johns Hopkins’s oldest literary magazine, ZENAIDA, and worked as a journalist for the BALTIMORE CHRONICLE. He started in the film industry as an assistant on Abel Ferrara’s vampire film, THE ADDICTION. He has co-written screenplays for the films PENNY DREADFUL and HIT AND RUN41 STRANGE is his first book. He lives in Los Angeles.

My Thoughts

First I must say that it was the cover of this book that caught my attention. It reminds me of the artwork on paperbacks from my childhood, I loved horror stories from an early age. Yes, I was a somewhat warped child who was captivated by Poe, Lovecraft, Wells and Bradbury. I still enjoy good horror stories and I happen to know that many of you do too.

The stories in 41 STRANGE are very short and left me amazed that so much can be said in a few paragraphs. There are tales that will leave you wondering what just happened as in Dark Halloween. Then there is Johnny's obsession with his steam cleaner which led to his demise. And next Thanksgiving you will think of a short cut taken on a dark rainy night and look suspiciously at that turkey on the platter. Perhaps you will check to make sure the windows and doors are securely closed and locked before digging into the feast.

In my opinion  Diane Doniol-Valcroze and Arthur K. Flam have done an excellent job of compiling this collection of creepy tales. For maximum effect I suggest curling up on a dark, stormy night and let your imagination run wild. If you are the type who jumps at sounds in the night however,  you might want to avoid these stories at bedtime and read them instead in the bright sunshine.

But either way, if you love a good shiver you will definitely have fun with

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this ebook for review purposes. I have not been financially compensated for my review, all opinions are my own.