Hey, folks. Been quiet on the blogging front, but don't think that means I've been relaxing. I've got some major projects on the horizon, including that "mystery novel" that I hope to be telling you all about very soon.
In the meantime, super huge news: I wrote a creature feature for the Syfy
To be more accurate, I wrote it over a year ago, but am just now able to
finally talk about it :) It is called Snakehead Swamp and,
according to Syfy's schedule, it will premiere Saturday June 28th at 9 PM
Eastern, following a day-long marathon of Syfy Original movies such as Chupacabra
vs. The Alamo and Flying Monkeys (which is a super-fun flick, I'll
So what's Snakehead Swamp about?
Well, I'm hesitant to say too much, but I will say that it takes place deep in
the Louisiana bayou and concerns ancient curses--and man-eating fish, yo!
It’s no secret that I love B-movie creature features, as even my first novel
The Strange Man was very much a homage
to monster movies, in the vein of the ‘80s movies of my youth. For years I’ve
longed to add my own entry into the canon of that particular genre of cinema,
and I am so grateful to the guys at Active and Syfy for giving me a shot.
They’ve been nothing but nice and supportive of me and I’m proud of the product
we made, though we were faced with the usual budgetary and time constraints. I
think the movie is a lot of fun, meant to be watched with a group of friends
around a steaming pizza pie and the drink of your choice (a root brewsky for me
I’m well aware that Syfy’s Original Movie fare, such as Sharknado, gets a bad rap from more serious-minded fans, and I’m
sure they might feel that my excitement and pride in our little killer fish
movie is misplaced. Look, we’re not trying to make The English Patient, here. Obviously there is a need for serious
films that explore—maybe even improve—the human condition, but I believe that
there has always been a place for B-movies as well. I think back to classics
such as The Monolith Monsters or The Deadly Mantis, and I can’t help but
smile. When I’ve had a hard day at work and the bills are piling up and the air
conditioner in my car is broken, there’s nothing more refreshing to me than
sitting down with a good old-fashioned monster movie. Are they cliché? Sure.
Are they low budget with laughable effects? Sometimes. But can they be
entertaining? Can they improve my “human condition” when I’m having a
With all the pain and suffering in the world, sometimes you just need a
movie about killer fish to offer a harmless escape and give you a good chuckle :p
I hope you all will check out Snakehead Swamp when it debuts on the Syfy
Channel June 28th, and remember: “This summer, the fish are biting…YOU!”
While you wait for the premiere, you can head on over to the IMDB page and
check out the rest of the cast and crew. And, as always, stay tuned to this
blog for an announcement concerning my upcoming monster novel! [UPDATE: The book is here! Check out HITMEN: Four Tales of Magick, Monsters, and Murder]
Update #2--Snakehead Swamp is coming to DVD Oct. 7! See the press release here!