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16 February 2016 @ 11:52 am
You Can Be Spartacus, I Am One of the GRUESOME TENSOME  


THE GRUESME TENSOME, a fiction anthology from Novello publishers celebrating the films of Herchell Gordon Lewis, is now available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gruesome-Tensome-Tribute-Herschell-Gordon/dp/1513608983/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455580098&sr=8-1&keywords=the+gruesome+tensome .  I have a tale in there.  I generally don't write short stories, and am flattered when I'm invited to participate in anthlogies, but this was one of those rare opportunitites to bridge the two realms than dominate my life, horror fiction and grade Z movies.  Plus, I've spent some time with Herschell (who gave me a blurb for JOHNNY GRUESOME), so this one seemed like particular fun.



I first met Herschell at a convention in Pittsburgh, where I gave him a copy of SLIME CITY even though I knew he'd never watch it (I almsot never watch the DVDs given to me at shows either, sorry).  When I saw him at Chiller in New Jersey, he was walking arund with a cane, and I feared he was in poor health,  That must have been 12 years ago!  Next, he came to Buffalo to receive an award from a local film festival, screen 2,000 MANIACS, and sing that song of his. I did PR for the festival, and I was pleased we got the cover of Artvoice and packed the house.  I had him and his wife over for dinner, along with Roy Frumkes, and he told us some great stories.  I had a cake made with posters for one of Herschell's movies and Roy's STREET TRASH. He's a charming fellow, to be sure.



Perhaps one year later, someone hired me to write a screenplay which that person would direct and produce.  I think he had a title, "Who Is Killing the Scream Queens?" but not much else.  I wrote a script that found a killer stalking a horror convention and the set of a low budget horror film, and it featured fictionalized versions of Debbie Rochon and Herschell (as the unlikely hero).  I really liked the script, but he guy who hired me to write it never made it.  When Nick Cato asked me to write a story for THE GRUESOME TENSOME I remembered that script, and really wished I could have done something with it.  Instead, I wrote a story that also features a fictionalized version of Herschell, set in the convention scene, but it's a totally different story.  It's nice to share a TOC with friends, and I'm glad the book is almost out after several delays. Awesome cover!



Note to self: when writing good scripts for piss poor money, always a include a reversion clause in case the film is never made.