Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Boxcar Baby by J.L. Mulvihill Born in a boxcar on a train bound for Georgia. At least that is what Papa Steel always told AB'Gale. But now, fifteen years later, the man who adopted and raised her as his own is missing and it's up to AB'Gale to find him. Aided only by a motley gang of friends, AB'Gale train hops her way across the United States in a desperate attempt to find her papa and put her life and family back the way it was. Her only guide is a map given to her by a mysterious hobo, with hand written clues she found hidden in her papa's spyglass. Here is the Great American Adventure in an alternate steampunk dystopian world, where fifteen-year-old AB'Gale Steel learns that nothing is as it seems, but instead is shrouded in secrets and mysteries ... and that monsters come in all shapes and forms. The Boxcar Baby is the first book of the Steel Roots series.
Praise for The Boxcar Baby “Miss AB’Gale Steel, is a pure spitfire girl, full of strong-minded grit, who draws strength out of adversity, and endures hardship by bracing herself against self-pity.” – Jorie Loves a Story “One thing I really loved about this one was it was fast paced and moved quickly. Mulvihill did an amazing job making realistic characters.” – Bee’s Knees Reviews “J.L. Mulvihill is quite a talented writer and I think she has such a creative mind to come up with this Steampunk Southern American Adventure.” – Book and Movie Dimension
Author J.L. Mulvihill: Born in Hollywood and raised in San Diego, CA, J.L. Mulvihill has made Mississippi her home for the past fifteen years. Her debut novel was the young adult title The Lost Daughter of Easa, an engaing fantasy novel bordering on science-fiction with a dash of steampunk, published through Kerlak Publishing. The Boxcar Baby, the first novel of her Steel Roots Series, was released by Seventh Star Press in the summer of 2013. J.L. also has several short fiction pieces in publication, among them "Chilled Meat", a steampunk thriller found in the Dreams of Steam II-Of Bolts and Brass, anthology (Kerlak Publishing) and "The Leprechaun’s Story", a steampunk urban Fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells (Kerlak Publishing) J.L. is very active with the writing community, and is the events coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Arts Council of Clinton, and the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
The premise of the movie is actually as simple as it's described here so it's nothing mind blowing, but the film is not considered a horror cult classic because of a brilliant story line. The film's power is in its claustrophobic feel. As I kept watching this film, I couldn't get my mind around the concept of climbing through a a cave with tiny openings for fun, but apparently these women thought it was a good idea.
The constant darkness kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time because you don't know what was going to pop from behind a corner and really added to the movies level of intensity.
Something that made this film really special was the fact that it was made with female leads instead of male needs. There just aren't enough movies out there with strong female leads. All of the women are not likeable which is both realistic and a sign of god story telling.
The creatures were really, really scary! Not to give away too many plot details, but the cave dwellers are made up of people who have been breeding in a cave for way too long and now have no sight. They're pretty much monsters now. That doesn't make them any less dangerous though and some of the fight scenes are so intense they made me a little queasy at times, but isn't that what horror movie is supposed to do. There's nothing pretty about these people eaters.
I rented the unedited, directors cut with the original editing as I heard it was better... and it was. It's not for the typical American movie audience that likes clean cut endings though. However, if you like a real mind twist then this horror movie for you! Be ready for lots of appropriate blood and gore!
This collection of short horror stories is the first such collection from author, poet, and publisher Jennifer-Crystal Johnson and N. Jones, a contributing author.
Charles' Demons: a screenplay prequel to the second story, The Day the Demons Danced, featuring alien creatures who have come to our planet to steal the life essence of humanity and drive people mad.
The Huntress: In a beautiful neighborhood, entire families have abandoned their homes for fear of a creature who feeds on humans to maintain her youth.
Mirror Demon: Nothing is ever what it seems as daily normalcy mingles with nightmares when a baby is snatched from his mother by a demonic creature who wants to possess his mind.
“I’m Julia… the newbie, I guess,” she added. “What can I do for you?” She tucked the flyaway strands of hair behind her ears self-consciously.
Peter laughed. “Nothing, really,” he said. “I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself, possibly let you in on a few things about the neighborhood….” The tone in his voice altered slightly as he said this.
“Can I come in?” he asked, still smiling but with undertones of worry tainting it. Julia almost scolded him for ruining her view before she realized how inappropriate that would be. Nodding, Julia opened the door further and stepped aside, motioning for him to enter.
“Of course,” she said, “but don’t mind the mess… it isn’t mine. Yet.”
He chuckled. “Are you sure?” he asked. “I always thought that once you move in you inherit it all, even the mess.” His smile was infectious and Julia couldn’t help but return it. She knew that instant that Peter would be able to make her blush if he chose to.
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