Missives From Midian

Exactly where the hell have I been?
Mostly, I’ve been making a movie.

Now before you start oohing and ahhing, let me tell you this – it’s just a short. A fairly short short weighing in just around eight minutes. I figured since the technology is available to let the common man go out and make a movie, why not take advantage of it. As of this writing, it’s mostly in the can and we’re putting the finishing touches on it. I may share the story here one day soon.

But there’s been plenty of other stuff going on.

For instance, I went to the Fears For Queers 2 film festival this past weekend. It’s one of the four festivals put on by our friends at DOA Bloodbath and it was a pretty good time. An after-action report is coming soon as well as reviews of the features they presented. Also as we languish in the heat of the Texas summer and make the inexorable grind towards the fall, more tentacly goodness starts creeping out from the shadows – most of it provided by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Most recently, they’ve sent me a screener for a film they are distributing here: “Die Farbe”. It was filmed in Germany and directed by Huan Vu and is an adaptation of “The Colour Out of Space”. A review of this should also be coming soon. Looming largest for me, however, is the release of the HPLHS’ “The Whisperer in Darkness”. I cannot wait for that one.

In the meantime, I’ve sated my thirst for cosmic horror with his little nugget from some Italian filmmakers. io9 turned me onto it and I will in turn share it with you. Enjoy!

Joe Lopez
Dubbed, "TerrorScribe" by a former editor, Joe made the conversion to horror sometime in the mid-2000s. Little did he know he'd favored the genre all of his life. When not struggling with short stories, he provided genre film reviews for local entertainment sites and later genre sites who could suffer his cynical views.

It was that same cynicism - and some might say hubris - that lead him to have a brief flirtation with filmmaking. His first two efforts, "Annotated" and "Antes Que Seja Tarde (Before It's Too Late)" both premiered at a local H.P. Lovecraft film festival. A third short, "Survivor Girl" proved to be his undoing though plans are in the works to revived the cursed project.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX., Joe now resides in a small Texas town. Statistics say more dead bodies turn up in small towns that big cities... though he claims to have NOTHING to do with that.
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