10 Films John Carpenter could have made

It’s hard to argue that John Carpenter isn’t one of the greatest horror filmmakers ever. I know there are plenty of great horror director/writer/filmmakers like Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper,  and Alfred Hitchcock, but John Carpenter should be on the top, or at least in the top three.

Here’s a cool article about some films that John Carpenter passed on, or never got made for other reasons. What could have been . . .


I made a list of the best horror movies ever made on this blog before, and looking back at the top movies, only John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper had two films in the top 15 – Halloween and The Thing (1982) for John Carpenter, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist for Tobe Hooper. Interestingly, you could almost count Steven Spielberg twice on that list as a writer and a director for Poltergeist and Jaws.

But for me, just for a body of horror films, I would have to put John Carpenter at either number one or two. He created horror film classics such as: The Fog, Halloween, The Thing, Christine, They Live, Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness, and others.

Hitchcock would usually be a unanimous number one on most people’s lists, but besides Psycho and The Birds, a lot of his other films could be called suspense rather than horror (which isn’t to say that they weren’t classics).

I’d like to hear your opinion – please feel free to comment.

4 Tips for writing 1500 words a day

Here’s some really great writing advice!

Richard Klu

If you can write 1500 words a day you can publish multiple novels a year and have a substantial daily accomplishment. Your writing will improve and you will get into a rhythm of creating that feels natural. I’ve done this for sustained periods of time and seen long term results with my writing from it. Is writing 1500 words a day for everyone? No. But if you’re serious about being a writer it’s a good goal to have. Creating 1500 words of content a day is enough for a short short story or half a chapter a day in some cases. The kind of progress you can be proud of.

4 Tips for writing 1500 words a day

Set time aside

Have a portion of every day that is devoted for writing. If you’re a part time writer, devote half of your hour long lunch break and then another hour…

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I can’t wait to see the IT remake. I’m a little anxious because I loved the TV miniseries so much (I know a lot of people thought it was cheesy, but I loved it). But after watching this trailer, I’m really looking forward to seeing this film.

I found the trailer for IT at Blumhouse.com and here’s the link:



I’m very proud to be included in Kevin Kennedy’s anthology of Easter horror stories. It’s an honor to be included in a collection with some of my favorite authors.

The collection is available for preorder on Amazon right now and I hope everyone will check it out and help spread the word. You can find it here:


Just wanted to let everyone know that my newest book DEVIL’S ISLAND is now available for .99 cents for the first few weeks – grab it now while it’s on sale!

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Devil’s Island … an abandoned island in the Caribbean Sea with a dark and bloody past … an island with a terrible secret …

You can get it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WWJC6VD

Thank you so much, and please feel free to share this post!


How to be a Horror Writer by Robert E. Dunn

Great article!

Shotgun Logic

516ofz61mlThe blog has been a little quiet lately. I’ve been doing a lot of writing for others and having some health issues with family members that have taken up and continue to take up huge portions of my time. That said, author Robert E. Dunn has offered me a series of articles that a lot of you will find of interest. They may appear regularly or sporadically as time allows for both of us but be assured, when they do appear they’ll be something worth reading. We’re going to start off with a series of Robert’s musings on horror and writing, and then, somewhere in the max Robert has at least one post related to Women in Horror Month that gives you some useful information on how to get involved. Everything Robert’s pen touches turns to gold, whether it’s fiction–like his new book, THE HARROWING–or nonfiction like we have…

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