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  • gilwilson 5:34 PM on June 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Haunting Scripts of Bachelors Grove: If Only Death Meant the End” by Brian K Morris 

    61UO0J1znhL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Haunting Scripts of Bachelors Grove: If Only Death Meant the End
    by Brian K Morris (Author)
    Paperback: 324 pages
    Publisher: Freelance Words (January 25, 2018)
    Charles D. Moisant (Introduction)
    Trevor Erick Hawkins (Cover Design)

    Another author I’m a fan of,  Brian K. Morris, seems to dabble in just about everything.  He’s got superhero books, he’s done some comic books (including the series “The Haunting Tales of Bachelors Grove” which created the need for this book,  He’s got some mashup humor/horror stories and a whole lot more.  The diversity alone should get you to read his stuff.

    I had first met him when he set up a booth at a comic/gaming convention I helped create.  The first thing I read from Mr. Morris was a story about Bloodshot, a Valient comics mercenary/superhero, from there I knew I needed more.  I have since purchased many other of his books and will soon have them all reviewed here, at least if he slows down on the writing so I can catch up.  But I don’t see that happening.

    The Bachelors Grove Cemetery comic book series is a project I feel I’m a part of, well because I am.  When I heard that he and Charles D. Moisant (the craziest man in comic books) had a Kickstarter campaign to launch the project, I jumped in.  As a result they have released issue #1 and are working on many more.  To top it off, since I contributed, I will be the subject of one of the stories in an upcoming issue.  The series is very reminiscent of the old horror comics like, “Eerie,” “Creepy” and others from back in the day.  I can’t wait to read my story.

    This book is about the creation of that series with a couple of extra stories that fit in the same style.  That may be one of the reasons I picked this up, hoping my story would get the pre published treatment.  But, alas, no, I still have to wait.

    One of the recommendations I can make for this book is for any future writer and especially a comic book writer.  Brian discusses the writing process and even publishes some of the stories from the first comic in their script form.  This is nice to see how an artist would receive the script and turn it into a comic.

    The last part of the book contains some stories along the same vein of the comics but may be a bit long to include in the comic book.  The stories all center around one of America’s most haunted places, Bachelors Grove Cemetery. One of the stories felt a bit too real and I think the next time I see Mr. Morris, I may have to frisk him for daggers.

    If you are a writer, a comic book reader, or just love good horror stories then make sure you pick up this book, it has a bit of everything.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Based on the real-life haunted cemetery, the book features comic scripts from The Haunting Tales of Bachelors Grove comic book, as well as advice on how to write comic horror and break into the independent comics market. The book also contains three brand new prose stories of mature horror, based on the Bachelors Grove legends

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  • gilwilson 3:34 PM on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More” 

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    Audiobook Review: “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More”
    by Roald Dahl
    read by Andrew Scott
    Published by Penguin Audio
    Approx. 7 hours

    Penguin Audio has recently released the works of Roald Dahl, the man who brought us “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and I have the pleasure of getting all these audiobooks for review. I immediately jumped in with “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” and really didn’t know which book to listen to next. It was great reliving my childhood and being entertained as an adult with these fantastically funny and whimsical stories.

    I decided to just randomly choose my next Roald Dahl audio choice and this is the one I came up with. This audiobook came as a complete surprise. The stories in this collection are much different from the Roald Dahl stories I was used to. This collection is a combination of fiction and non-fiction stories each one was unique and while most were poignant they each revealed a little bit of humanity as the story progressed and unfolded. Not knowing any of the stories beforehand made for a very pleasant surprise as the end of each story was reached. Sometimes there was that bit of tear in my eye and sometimes there was a hopefulness for all of humanity.

    This is definitely a collection to grab for the older fans of Roald Dahl. A couple of the stories are autobiographical in nature and as the listener you will discover a little more about the man that told such great children’s stories. The narrator in this collection did a superb job in presenting each story and giving each story their own unique ambiance through his vocal presentation.

     

    Next, I will briefly summarize each story to give you a hint as to what you can expect.

     

    “The Boy Who Talked with Animals”

    This story is told from the point of view of someone on vacation in Jamaica. One night a huge sea turtle is being brought on the shore by some fishermen. All the people on the beach are enthralled by the massive beast and many talk about the ways the turtle could bring in money, some of the enterprising vacationers offer money for the turtle. All offers are turned down because the hotel owner has already paid for the turtle to make turtle soup. The vacationers are then talking about how great dinner will be. A young boy steps in and calls everyone horrible and cruel. The boy loves animals and even talks with them according to his parents. The boy’s father pays off the fishermen and the hotel manager and the turtle is set free. But that is not the end of the story. The next day the boy is missing and only when the fishermen return from sea can the story find a very heartwarming ending.

     

    “The Hitch-hiker”

    I found this story very intriguing. The beginning is not clear where the story will go but by the end it is quite humorous. The story is told from the point of view of a man who has a brand new BMW 3.3 LI. He is enjoying a drive down the highway and stops to pick up a “rat-like” hitch-hiker with long fingers. They begin talking and eventually talk about the car and the hitch-hiker talks the man into pushing the car to it’s limits. They get the speed up faster and faster until a police officer on a motorcycle comes up from behind. The driver is given a ticket and even threatens the driver with prison time. After receiving the ticket the driver becomes quiet. The hitch-hiker then tries to cheer him up by making him guess his profession. Once the driver starts to guess the story becomes funny and even with a little twist to the end of the tale.

     

    “The Mildenhall Treasure”

    This story is the first non-fiction in the collection and tells of a plowman who is plowing a field in England during WWII for a local farmer. The plowman, Gordon Butcher, hits a hard spot in the field and the plow becomes disconnected from the tractor. Wanting to get the field plowed before the snow hits he rushes back to try and clear the plow. What he discovers is a large metal plate. The area is well known for it’s buried Roman Treasures. When he tells the farmer, the farmer proceeds to uncover the treasure which is a collection of silver dinnerware, later discovered to be worth millions. The farmer moves all of the treasure to his home where he cleans the silver and keeps it for himself. The catch is that the United Kingdom has a law that buried treasures must be reported and become property of the country, (compensating the discoverer, of course). The farmer hides the treasure and keeps it to himself until a visiting historian sees one of the silver spoons accidentally left out. This may be a bit of a spoiler but the treasure now sits in the national museum, but the events that lead to getting the treasure in the proper hands make this story intriguing.

     

    “The Swan”

    Break out the tissue for this one. Peter Watson loves nature and birds, when bullies Ernie and Raymond set off to kill some rabbits with the new gun Ernie received for his birthday, they run into Peter. Peter has always been the target of the two bullies and this day just became his worse day ever. Holding Peter at gunpoint the bullies tie him to the middle of a railroad track. They tie him down between the rails so that he narrowly escapes death as the train rolls by and Peter barely fits under the passing train. They then march Peter to a nature sanctuary and shoot a swan. This brings Peter to tears to see such a beautiful creature shut down. The bullies send him over to retrieve the swan. This is when Peter discovers the unhatched eggs. To further Peter’s humiliation, Ernie says he can bring the swan to life and cuts off the wings and straps them to Peter. The events that follow present a little hope to anyone being bullied.

     

    “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”

    Henry Sugar is an extremely wealthy man who loves gambling. While visiting with a doctor friend he discovers a medical report about a man who could see without using his eyes. This man studied with a Yogi until he developed the ability. Henry Sugar sees this as a way to guarantee winning at numerous casinos. The catch is the process of learning this ability requires strict mind and body training. The training, while successful, changes Henry in many ways and soon he looks at life from a different viewpoint.

     

    “Lucky Break”

    This is a non-fictional account which discusses the events in his life that led to Roald Dahl becoming a writer, including a meeting with a famous writer, who helped to launch his career. The story is about Dahl’s school and all the teachers, up until after the publication of his first story.

     

    “A Piece of Cake”

    This final story is another non-fiction story which is autobiographical in nature. This one covers Dahl’s time as a fighter pilot in World War II, and details how Dahl was injured and eventually forced to leave the Mediterranean arena. The original version of the story was written for C. S. Forester so that he could get the gist of Dahl’s story and rewrite it in his own words. However, Forester was so impressed by the story (Dahl at the time did not believe himself to be anything approaching an accomplished writer) that he sent it straight off to his agent who had it published (as “Shot Down Over Libya”) in the Saturday Evening Post, thereby kick-starting Dahl’s writing career.

     

    A great collection of some of Roald Dahl’s lesser known works, that will give you a little more insight of the famous children’s author.

     

     
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