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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Drunken Zombie Film Festival 2010

Drunken Zombie Film Festival 2010

This November 5-6 Drunken Zombie will be holding its third annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival at the Peoria Theater in Peoria, IL. The Drunken Zombie Film Festival strives to showcase the best in truly independent horror films. In years past we have been privileged enough to have such films as Zombie Apocalypse which went on to get world wide distribution, Outpost Doom which has been selling out on DeadLantern.Com, Night Of The Living Dead: Reanimated which has been winning awards all across the film festival market, and Don’t Go Into The Woods which was created by a couple of thirteen year old kids and it blew away a lot of people at last year’s festival.

We have announced tickets for presale on our website For the low price of $15 weekend passes can be purchased through our PayPal account. This is a $5 savings of buying Weekend Passes at the door. Day passes will also be available at the door for $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. There will be giveaways and Q&As with the filmmakers in attendance. Internet horror star Lord Blood-Rah will be MCing the weekend’s festivities to really give it a horror host feel.

We’ve already announced an awesome line up of films for the film festival with many more to be announced.

Alice Jacobs Is Dead (short film) - Dr. Ben Jacobs saved the world. The drug he created allowed mankind to fight back against the Z-virus, which nearly destroyed civilization entirely. Now, in the aftermath of the crisis, he’s trying to cure the last victims of the virus. But what will happen when he brings his mysterious work home?

Starring Jon La Zar and Adrienne Barbeau

Death In Charge (short film) - In the tradition of E. C. Comics, this cautionary tale examines life through the eyes of Death who gets derailed when a single Mom carelessly mistakes the scythe-carrying cloaked one for her tardy babysitter and leaves Death to care for her precocious 9-year-old daughter. Whitney teaches Death about life’s many marvels through violent video games, macaroni and cheese, and the magic of Sea Munkees. But when Whitney reveals some dark tendances of her own, it’s up to Death to lighten things up before returning to the grim duties that lie in wait . . .

Starring Marina Bededict and Kylie Chalfa

Eel Girl (short film) - In a secure Military laboratory a scientist has become obsessed with the half human half eel creature he’s studying. When she beckons to him to her, it’s the call of a siren. Eel Girl is a provocative and unsettling science fiction/horror short film that combines stunning visuals with the dark and visceral undertones of H.P. Lovecraft.

Starring Julia Rose and Euan Dempsy

The House Of Black Wings (feature film) - After a tragic act of violence cuts short her music career, Kate Stone is returning to a city full of ex-fans and ex-friends. Taking shelter with her last friend, a struggling artist named Robyn Huck, the two women work to restore the aging courtyard apartment building Robyn has inherited. But a terrible secret infests the venerable structure, and soon Kate will be haunted by horrific dreams, sinister apparitions, and the sounds of something moving in the walls. She will be dragged into a confrontation not only with her own dark past, but the unspeakable nightmare that lurks beyond the walls!

Starring Leah Myette and Katherine Herrera

Night Of The Hell Hamsters (short film) - On a dark and stormy night, a young couple fool around with the occult and find themselves fighting for their lives against demonic possessed hamsters from Hell!

Starring Stephanie Ratcliff and Paul O’Neill

Pickman’s Muse (feature film) - Robert Pickman has become obsessed by visions of unworldly horror, revealed to him through an ancient artifact discovered in an abandoned church. His doctor and friend, Ambrose Dexter is soon drawn into the mysteries surrounding Pickman’s newfound obsession, and struggles to combat forces determined to drag Pickman down the inevitable road to madness. Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s, HAUNTER OF THE DARK.

Starring Barrett Walz

Thirsty (short film) - A man’s thirst for a frozen beverage leads to chaos on a lonely desert highway.

Starring Joe Lynch, Michael Bailey Smith, and Tiffany Shepis

Trilogy Of Blood (short film) - When a trio of sexy city gals picks up a broken-down hillbilly in the backwoods of Virginia – the three kittens get A LOT more than they bargained for when they accept the drifter’s invitation to a down-home barbecue. What these lovely ladies don’t know just may hurt ‘em – when they find that the menu of this hayseed hoe-down isn’t the standard ‘burgers and dogs’…

Starring Brenna Lee Roth

Drunken Zombie is a horror podcast that is going into its third year on the internet. The hosts are comprised of Wes, Dave, Bryan, and Crazy Uncle Randy. The four hosts usually drink way to much and then discuss current happenings in the world of horror movies as well as reviewing a specific horror film. Past notable episodes have included an H.P. Lovecraft retrospective, Alfred Hitchcock Month which looked at his films The Trouble With Harry, Rear Window, Strangers On A Train, Rope, and North By Northwest, Children’s Horror Month where they reviewed Something Wicked This Way Comes, Lady In White, The Gate, and Monster Squad, and they are currently in Psycho September where they are reviewing the movies in the Psycho franchise.

Lord Blood-Rah is and internet horror host that has a well received segment on the Drunken Zombie Podcast called Lord Blood-Rah’s Bent Frame where he reviews classic horror films. Also he hosts a YouTube show called Lord Blood-Rah’s Tremulous Trailers where he gives classic horror movie trailers the horror host treatment. As if that is not enough he also hosts live events called Lord Blood-Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theater where he does his horror host thing playing classic horror films in a local theater in the San Francisco area.

The Peoria Theater is an independent movie theater in Peoria, IL. It hosts independent films and events. It has a full bar making it a fun theater experience, to be able to go and have a drink while enjoying films that other theaters don’t have. The Peoria Theater also is the host theater for The Drunken Zombie Deadly Double Feature. Once a month the Drunken Zombie crew some an indie horror film teamed up with a classic public domain horror film. Past events have included Zombie Apocalypse/Night Of The Living Dead, It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To/House On Haunted Hill, and It Came From Another World/Teenagers From Outer Space.

The Radioactive Pen

The Radioactive Pen…ramblings of an independent storyteller is a short, bi-weekly podcast on the craft and business side of writing in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Hosted by Keith Latch, an award-winning small press author, the podcast will focus on independent or small press writers. The primary genres discussed will be horror, fantasy, and science fiction, but most, if not all, of the discussion topics on the Radioactive Pen will benefit any modern-day writer, no matter what type of fiction they prefer. With segments such as Writing Basics 101, In Publishing News, Honing the Craft, How They Did It, and more, as well as occasional interviews with successful small press authors, the Radioactive Pen should be one of the primary weapons any writer has in their survival kit as they make their way down storytelling’s dark, dangerous highway.

The Radioactive Pen…ramblings of an independent storyteller launches October 1, 2010

The Radioactive Pen can be found at Subscribe to the feed directly at or search for it on iTunes.

Keith Latch
The Radioactive Pen

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Beast (a very very very short story)

“We’re not like other people, Craig,” his father said.
“Why not, Dad?”
“Cause God made us this way,” he replied.
“Okay,” Craig nodded.
“Don’t you want to know how we’re different from other people?”
“Okay,” Craig nodded again.

Craig’s father, James, walked to the cellar door, he opened it and in wafted the smell of wet books and damp earth. He led the way down the creaky cellar stairs, running his fingertips along the cool bricks. Craig did the same. James pulled up two chairs from behind the stairs and sat down, patting the seat of the other for his son to join him. He did. They sat in the darkness of the cellar, while the beast moved around in its darkest spots. Craig grew nervous. It was his first time in the cellar. James figured he was old enough now; eight was a ripe age for knowledge.

“God made us like no other, Craig,” James said, “He made us Keepers; Keepers of The Beast. What we feel, it feels. Which is why we must always remain calm and collected, otherwise The Beast will grow wild and it will make us wild. You see? It’s a double-edged sword that only God’s chosen few can wield.”
“Okay,” Craig nodded, “that’s cool. But it’s scary. It’s a monster…and it’s in our cellar.”
“Anyone can be a monster, Craig, and The Beast is nothing to fear. It’s just a reminder of what we can be, and if we indulge in our base impulses then The Beast can run free and feed off of those impulses. Get it?”
“Kind of,” Craig thought about it, “but I’ve been angry before…did The Beast run wild then?”
“No. No, you weren’t ready then. Now you are,” James patted him on the shoulder. “You’re ready to do God’s work. Do you want to be a Keeper? Have a beast of your own?”
“I guess. Can I bring it to school too? In case of bullies?”
“If that’s what God tells you to do, but if The Beast runs free for too long then it will consume you. It will be you in the darkness, instead of it, with no chance of ever getting out.”
“Did you ever let yours run free?”
“What do you think happened to your mother?”


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This weeks lettering highlights

Books I lettered this week--the highlights anyway-- are American Vampire #6, and Weird War Tales #1 (2 out of the 3 stories). Be sure to pick them up cause they rock and you need to let DC know that you want more horror comics in your Wednesday stacks.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

When They All Fell, back at it?

Yes, When They All Fell might just be back at it. With at least two members from the previous incarnation. We intend to record the full length that we set out to do initially and then finally put the band to rest and move on, never looking back. It's too early to tell if we will do any shows, but we do want to record, that was always our plan--for some of us anyway. I'll keep you all posted.