Saturday, February 22, 2014

Classic Horror Movie Reviews-Mad Monster Party? (1967)

Tagline: “At long last a motion picture with absolutely no cultural value”

This theatrical feature is brought to you by Rankin/Bass, best known for their children’s holiday specials.  While intended for a young audience, MMP is no Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, opening with an atomic blast and punctuated with adult humor. The movie features the voice talents of Boris Karloff (Mad Scientist, Boris von Frankenstein) and Phyllis Diller (the monster’s mate).

Having invented a potion of ultimate destruction, Baron Boris von Frankenstein invites all the monsters to a party on the Isle of Evil to celebrate his achievement.  The guest list is an impressive line-up of classic movie monsters including the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and Dracula.  

 He confides to his voluptuous assistant, Francesca his plans to retire and leave the business to his nephew, Felix Franken.  Francesca wants to take over evil empire herself and plots to get rid of the nerdy nephew.  Her plans backfire resulting in Felix rescuing her and they fall in love.

The movie is filmed using a stop motion process and includes several musical numbers, including a mod-skeleton band (Little Tibia and the Fibias) and a tap-dancing vampire.  Mad Monster Party provides nostalgic fun for fans of campy monster movie humor. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Author Interview-J.L.Sheppard

Burdened by Desire, Elemental Sisters II

Jocelyn, an Elemental, is stuck between the mortal and immortal worlds, yet not quite a part of either. Her power over the elements of the Earth won’t evolve until she meets her mate. Before then she’s an easy prey and a coveted possession for the Malums Inmortalis who wish to conquer the world.

Alpha werewolf, Landon, has been living with the knowledge his fated female, the one woman created for him, is just beyond his reach. For months he’s forsaken her, refusing to accept his mate because she can never grant him a much-needed heir for his nearly extinct pack.

Despite his decision Landon finds himself drawn to Jocelyn and when an attempt is made on her life, he realizes his destiny lies with her.  Can they overcome the long-held prejudices of his kind and defeat their enemies in time to find what the future holds?

What inspired you to become a writer?
There was nothing in particular that inspired me to be a writer. As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write. I was drawn to books at an early age and read whenever I had time and whatever I could find. After college, I was working at a news station and the idea for this series came to me. I began writing on my free time. A year later, after completely rehashing and restarting the first book, I finished it.
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
I love Cat and Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series. I also love Malkom Slaine and Carrow Graie from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark.    
Tell me what inspired this story.  
I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. After college, I delved into the romance genre, in particular the paranormal genre. One day, the idea spurned of writing a series about five sisters.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
I write as much as I can whenever I can. It all comes down to whether I have ideas though, and those come when they want.  
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
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