Fiction Discussion Wednesday—The Lottery

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

Notes On “The Curious Legend of the Grade Z Ghost”

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”

Notes on “Your Time On Earth Is Finished”

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”

Notes On “The Ungriftable Howard Zez”

First off, sorry for having been away for so long. The usual excuses apply. Anyway, I’m afraid I don’t have a ton of notes to give for this story. It started when I asked myself how Howard Zez would try to finance Dope Dealers From Outer Space, and it occurred to me that since Howard was… Continue reading Notes On “The Ungriftable Howard Zez”

Notes on “The Day Molly Got Into the Room”

Of the three published stories about the making of Dope Dealers From Outer Space, this was the one written earliest. It’s sets the conflict between the right-wing movie director Howard Zeleznick–or, as he likes to be called, Howard Zez–and his stepdaughter, Molly, which is touched on in “Stanny Couldn’t Make It”. Molly is a smart young… Continue reading Notes on “The Day Molly Got Into the Room”