“Emmitt’s Homecoming Runs Into Second Act Problems” is the second Emmitt story from the Zezverse. (He’s first mentioned in “The Day Molly Got Into The Room”, but he doesn’t appear there.) In his first appearance, “Meeting the Creature”, he makes his acquaintance with Howard Zez. It doesn’t go well, and Howard still doesn’t know that… Continue reading Notes On “Emmitt’s Homecoming Runs Into Second Act Problems”
“On to Chicago And Let’s Win There” is, like “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”, an off-format piece in the Zezverse stories. I wanted to try a story structure similar to that of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, this time using the polling place across the street from the theater as a way of… Continue reading Notes On “On To Chicago And Let’s Win There”
I decided to pick this story because of a discussion with my host here on Whidbey Island on the appeal of horror fiction. I talked about how horror, at its best, lets us grapple with the darkest implications of our political, social, and philosophical ideas. I used “The Lottery” which has in it a wealth… Continue reading Fiction Discussion Wednesday—The Lottery
I wrote this story quite a while ago, and it took its sweet time finding a home, so remembering exactly what possessed me to write it is a bit tricky, but I’ll try. The thing about being actors is that we don’t have a lot of control over what we end up doing, and very… Continue reading Notes On 27 Takes
The idea for this story began with an image taken from an item from the 1980s era TV show “That’s Incredible”. Unusually for shows of this kind, this segment actually set about debunking a paranormal tale, in this case, the story of The Amityville Horror. The specific image I’m referring to is that of a… Continue reading Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”
So, here’s a little background on “Meeting The Creature”, which was published in Across the Margins about two months ago.
This is the first published story in this group that depicts the actual making of Howard Zez’s Dope Dealers From Outer Space. I should say that although I’ve been involved in productions where the atmosphere was toxic–not in the Harvey Weinstein sense but more in the Verbally Abusive Asshole Who’s Forgotten He Isn’t Paying Me sense–none of… Continue reading Notes on “Your Time On Earth Is Finished”