Music That Kicks Ass Part 3: Tom Waits

8729624227_1d777343acOn Netflix last week I watched a documentary on what music influences Keith Richards called Under The Influence. This documentary got into all the blues musicians that influenced The Rolling Stones and showed lots of footage of Keith playing live and in the studio. If you are a Stones fan this is a must see documentary that gives you a new appreciation for the Stones music.

One of the musicians that Keith plays with in this movie is Tom Waits. I wasn’t to familiar with Tom’s music, mostly what I knew him for was his portrayal of Reinfield in Bram Stroker’s Dracula back in 1992. I decided I had to listen to some of his stuff and thought it was great.

Tom Waits may not have had much commercial success but he has had a pretty good career acting wise and musically. A lot of other musicians have called him an inspiration and both The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen have covered his music. Personally I like his raspy voice and how his music is a good mix of jazz, blues and rock.

When you listen to him sing he comes across as a master storyteller because a lot of times he is doing spoken word with a musical background. The feeling I get from his stuff is that it would be something you would hear in a speakeasy type night club in the 1930’s. He has also done a lot of soundtrack work for movies and TV shows including The Walking Dead. Do yourself a favor and listen to some of Tom Waits material.




Wicked Women Writers and Masters Of Macabre

For Episode 130 of the Horror Addict podcast we will be highlighting the past winners of our Wicked Women Writer’s challenge and the Masters Of Macabre contest. The Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge started in 2008 by Michele Roger as a distraction to the monotony that can be writing as a woman in a genre dominated by men. It was also meant to bring attention to female horror writers and podcasters.  In 2011 started the Master’s Of The Macabre contest to give male horror writers/podcasters a chance to compete. In each contest the participants are given a theme, a place and object with the goal of writing and reading the scariest story. In celebration of both contests here is a little information on each winner and what they are up to now:

www98012010497226_786392101430051_367125154057381978_o In 2009 the first winner of WWW was Heather Roulo the theme was doing away with your spouse. Heather’s story…

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Once Upon a Scream Special Edition Pack Press is proud to announce that we have special edition favor packs for our 4th anthology entitled Once Upon a Scream. This book is edited by Dan Shaurette and it takes the classic fairy tales that you grew up with and gives them a horror twist.

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Frozen Sky: Blindsided (the Europa Series Book 3)


Frozen Sky: Blindsided by Jeff Carlson is book 3 in the Europa series and it continues to look at what happens when the governments of Earth find life on Europa. The main character is a biologist named Vonnie who learns to communicate with the sunfish at the risk of her own safety. She also has to deal with the governments on Earth and the threat of war for the resources that Europa has to offer.

What makes the Frozen Sky series interesting to me is the science involved. There were news stories not to long ago saying that it’s possible there could be life on Europa. Even more recently we heard the news that the space probe Juno had made it to Jupiter. Frozen Sky takes place in the distant future but a lot of the politics and science in the story ties into the present. In reading this series you get the impression that Jeff Carlson did a lot of research on current events and here he presents his vision of what could happen in our future.

My only complaint about this book is that there was almost too much going on. Later in the story when the action picks up and war breaks out, I found myself thinking “this is good but I want to get back to how the sunfish evolved and hear about how they’re smarter than we think.”  What I liked most about Blindsided was the relationship between Vonnie, her crew, the sunfish who inhabit Europa and the history behind how they got to where they are.

One of my favorite scenes was when the Sunfish turned their back on Vonnie because they see how she doesn’t trust the robot(called mecha in the story) that is trying to save her crew mate. At this point you think the sunfish aren’t very intelligent but little by little we learn that the sunfish are as smart as the earthlings but haven’t advanced as much due to the harsh living conditions of Europa. The sunfish have a history that gets more interesting as the story unfolds.

Another part I really liked is how it shows Earth in the future. There is still tabloid tv and people still give their opinions on news shows even when they don’t have all the facts. There is a scene when Vonnie is checking to see what the media is saying about her and her boyfriend Ben points out how politicians and the media all have their own agenda and everyone is trying to feed their own ego. He goes on to say that things are always bad for humankind, we have the technology to make paradise on Earth but we choose to lie, steal, point fingers, cheat and kill for land or for god. I love this revelation because we see it in the news every day and I guess in the future nothing really changes.

Blindsided is a book that works on several different levels. I’m not a big Science Fiction fan but I still loved the story, the science behind it and all of the characters. Also the ending of this book left a big smile on my face. I was happy to hear that we will be learning more about the Sunfish of Europa because book 4 is on its way. It will be interesting to see how much deeper Jeff Carlson can go into developing the Sunfish’s world and the politics of future Earth. 129, JH Moncrieff

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Horror Addicts Episode# 129

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


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Horror Addicts Episode# 129

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


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113 days till halloween

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An Interview With JH Moncrieff

Our Featured author for episode 129 of the podcast is JH Moncrieff. JH is a journalist who loves to travel to exotic locations and write horror in her spare time. Recently she talked to us about her work:

What is your story for episode 129 about?

25118244I will be reading an excerpt from The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave which is the story of Josh, a ten-year-old boy who is struggling to deal with his beloved father’s death while adjusting to life with his new stepfather. While the stepfather tries to portray himself as an all-around good guy, Josh feels he knows Michael’s true nature, and those suspicions are confirmed when Michael gives him a teddy bear–a teddy bear that seems determined to make Josh’s life a living hell…not that anyone believes him!

When did you start writing? 

I wrote my earliest novels when I was five years old. I’d…

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Music That Kicks Ass Part 2 In A Gada Da Vida

So this last week I saw a documentary about Jimi Hendrix which put me in the mood to listen to a lot of 1960’s rock music. One of my favorite songs from the sixties has got to be In A Gada Da Vida by Iron Butterfly. Not the 3 minute single version which made the billboard charts in 1968, I’m talking about the 17 minute long version of the song.

In A Gada Da Vida is an epic hard rock song that I just can’t get enough of. Its funny I’ve listened to some of Iron Butterfly’s other songs and I didn’t like any of them but this song is excellent. This may have been there only hit song but it’s a great song to be remembered for. Surprisingly there is still a version of Iron Butterfly that plays live shows today but there are no original band members left. Here is the long version of the song and the Simpsons version of it: