77 Shadow Street audio preview

77 Shadow Street QRCodeTurns out there’s a QR code on the back of the 77 Shadow Street audiobook box. (Shown right.) That leads you here, which leads you here, which  includes the YouTube video below which contains the first five-ish minutes of disc one.

Dean’s home art

According to PR Newswire:

[Richard] MacDonald’s art has been showcased in numerous one-man exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia and is featured in private collections including those of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Dean Koontz, Leann Rimes and opera legend Luciano Pavarotti.

So, I did a bit of Google image searching and found some examples of Mr. MacDonald’s work. (One shown right) What do you think of his work?

Dafoe Talks Dean Koontz’ ‘Odd Thomas’

From Bloody Disgusting:

Willem Dafoe has spoken out about his part in the movie version of Dean Koontz’ best-selling novel Odd Thomas. Anton Yelchin stars in the supernatural thriller as a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. Fifteen minutes of behind the scenes footage and finished scenes were showed at the Australian International Movie Convention earlier in the year and demonstrated director Stephen Sommers’ quirky horror film approach.

Although Dafoe said he hasn’t seen any of the footage himself, he has high hopes. The two-time Oscar-nominated star talks exclusively to Australian stringer Maria Lewis (@moviemazz). Story inside.

You know, I haven’t seen any of it but I’m glad you’ve seen it and it looks good,” he said.

There are many interesting things about that but what I’m really struck by is how good this young actor Anton Yelchin is.

He’s fantastic, very bright, and he’s a really talented guy.

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Cemetery Dance Gets a mention in the New York Times

CDlogo72The best work in dark fantasy and horror fiction these days is being published by small presses, haunted literary boutiques established (mostly) in out-of-the-way places.

There’s Small Beer in Easthampton, Mass., and Subterranean in Burton, Mich.; Centipede in Lakewood, Colo., and Cemetery Dance in Forest Hill, Md.; Tachyon in San Francisco andChiZine in Toronto — and many more. They’re all devoted to the weird, to the strange and — most important — to good writing. (Some also stretch their editorial tentacles into traditional fantasy and science fiction.)

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Anton Yelchin on filming Odd Thomas

Here’s an excerpt form an interview with Movieline.com

You’re filming Odd Thomas right now?
Yes, I’m still shooting that. I flew in this morning from Santa Fe. I’ve shot in New Mexico before, but I’ve never shot in Santa Fe.

What drew you in about that project to begin with?
I think it’s a great character. There’s a lot going on there, because he’s given this spiritual ability that makes his world so complex. I mean, face to face with death every day, and the universe he lives in, the moral universe, is so intense. You just see him try to live a very quiet material existence, but the moral struggle of this character, of trying to constructively deal with death every day and still bring something to the world, was very interesting to me. He’s a great character. He’s of both realms; he’s a human being but he’s also within the spiritual realm at all times. So it gives you the room to sort of put him… I mean, he’s Odd Thomas. His name is ‘Odd,’ so he’s weird. It allows you to experiment with that, and at the same time, kick some ass. It’s a fun combination of a lot of things.

What kind of action scenes do you get to do in Odd Thomas?
There’s not a huge deal, but basically what happens is the movie opens with Odd beating the shit out of this guy who’s taken advantage of this little girl, so right away you know he’s not just this weird guy. Then what happens is it culminates in this huge, brutal massacre at this mall. But it’s great, Willem Dafoe’s in it…

What’s he like to work with?
Oh, he’s a pleasure. A wonderful man. The nicest man. I think he’s extraordinary; I was mesmerized by him and so pleased to find what a great man he is.

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