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Cult of Chucky-- My take on the movie with spoilers!

One thing can be said with absolute certainty of this year’s movies: Stories are what make successful movies. It doesn’t matter if a big star is attached to a project or the elements of various successful movies are coalesced into making one, without a good story, both Hollywood and Bollywood, saw a sharp decline in business.
Good stories, good writing, is essential. Period.
While making sequels, plots can become thin and the filmmakers often rely on the “cult” following of a franchise for the movie to work. The characters, then, become caricatures. The frightening scenes tend to become unnecessarily gory. The story makes no sense.
Fortunately, even after all these years, the Chucky movies, are still not stale. They may not be for everyone, and it does become unintentionally funny at times and even absurd, but for fans of the series, it is another movie that slides right into place.
It has all the elements of the franchise- the creepy doll, the vicious girlfriend Tiffany, the mindles…

Forest of the Dark-- Exclusive Excerpt from Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fourteen

She wasn’t breathing—not properly at least. The air would enter her windpipe but form a lump in her lungs that would slowly spread only seconds later. Another lump of air burned in her lungs before supplying her clenched body with oxygen. Her stomach was stiff and her limbs were numb. When more air entered through her slightly open mouth, it didn’t enter her lungs; rather it lodged in her throat where it constricted her muscles. Maya opened her eyes and started to cough and fresh air entered her lungs. She could breathe again, but only barely. Rolling over to her side, with her head raised, she was attacked by another bout of coughing that hurt her throat and chest. Between coughs, she took in big gulps of air and felt her muscles relax and invigorate. A hand patted her on her back and Maya stiffened. She looked down and saw the hem of a white chiffon dress. She turned to see the old woman look down upon her with concern. Maya let out a small scream and dragged herself away.…

Sinfully Stupid Seven-- My new short story!

There are tests and then there are tests

When seven high school students fail their finals, it gives three bumbling scientists a chance to try their new experiment on them.

All the students have to do is pass the test.

All the scientists have to do is, inject them with the right serum.

But of course, nothing goes according to plan.

Check out my short story SINFULLY STUPID SEVEN here:

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About Francesca and Eliza

Seven years ago, my book ‘FRANCESCA AND ELIZA’ had been published. At that time I was super proud and excited about it. I felt that though it wasn’t the best story I had written (because I thought REPEATED LIVES was supreme), it was the longest one I had written. It was about 40,000 words. Nowadays, of course, I’m writing books that are three times longer than that.
At first, I was going to scrap the story. Midway, while writing it, I had lost my passion for the theme and decided to start on another idea that was slowly developing in my mind (That was, AWAKENED ONE NIGHT). But when my editor contacted me, asking me if I had another book in the works, I was in a pickle. The story I wanted to write, hadn’t been planned out at all. I only had Francesca and Eliza that was somewhat ready. I just needed an ending.
I told my editor, that yes, I had one that I was going to send in. In a matter of few days, Francesca and Eliza had an ending and I sent it, biting my nails as I did so because I…

Annabelle: Creation--My take on the movie with spoilers!

A creepy looking doll, possessed by a deranged woman, stalks and kills people. A shuddersome concept, right? When Annabelle came out in 2014, I couldn’t wait to watch it. The Conjuring had been scary for me and I had hoped Annabelle would give me nightmares. It had the potential to do so considering the concept. But what it had turned out to be was an insipid movie that was frustrating to watch. The doll wouldn’t even blink. The so-called ‘horror’ scenes were just bland. When the sequel was announced, I wasn’t going to bother with it, as I expected it to be just as dull as the first.
Miraculously, it is actually NOT dull. The story takes place long before the first when the doll was created by Samuel Mullins. He did have a happy family: a beautiful, compassionate wife and a sweet little seven-year-old girl, he calls Bee.
Then a horrible accident takes place and Bee is killed.
Twelve years later, the Mullins lend their home to a nun who has no other place to take the orphaned girls. O…

Sci-fi Anthology: Project 9 Vol. 4

Are you ready for journeys to all sorts of different worlds? Where experimentation runs amok, or invaders run afoul of humans determined to protect their homes? Can a pill or pills give people intelligence? Can a single entity save the galaxy? What happens in between? Does darkness really rein in the universe? Can The Warp save Earth?

Darkness has a new name

Destinies link in the In-Between

Hairy science, hybrid secrets

There are tests and then there are tests

We are survivors! Six science fiction tales that cover the spectrum from speculation to far off worlds. Eric Ian Steele, Rob McLachlan, Tanya Reimer, Josie Montano, Palvi Sharma, and K.C. Sprayberry bring you stories that will send shivers up and down your spine while entertaining you.

Delve into these stories. Get it on  Amazon

Short story time!

My short story 'Sinfully Stupid Seven' has been accepted and published in an anthology. Releasing  this Friday!!
So excited!

The Limehouse Golem- My take on the movie with spoilers!

If like me, you’ve read hundreds of mysteries and enthused about Sherlock Holmes tales, THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM is actually pretty predictable.
Set in the Victorian Era, it promises to instill dear in you. Before Jack the Ripper, there was Golem- such is the tagline and you do want it to be the kind of movie that keeps you guessing until the very end as to the true identity of the killer. Unlike the Jack the Ripper legend, Golem is easily recognizable in the very first instance the character is introduced.
The hunger in the eyes, the madness to carve a name on stone, not ice- all of it points towards their murderous intentions.
The story is essentially about Elizabeth Cree and how she leaves behind a tragic, impoverished life to become someone. She finds her secret talents in a music hall where plays are held, led by Dan Leno, an actor who doesn’t mind cross-dressing. He runs the hall with the help of Elizabeth’s “uncle” who has a twisted secret of his own.
When Elizabeth’s husband is fo…

Little Evil - - My take on the movie with spoilers!

Little Evil, is a little funny and not at all scary. It's a family movie with elements of horror thrown in and blanketed with wry humour. You've heard of evil step mothers and fathers, well here comes an evil step son. Gary's thinks he's met the girl of his dreams when he meets Samantha and after marriage, he looks forward to bonding with his stepson Lucas. However things don't go right for him, as we find out first things first in the opening scene. Lucas has buried Gary in a wooden box and Samantha, frantic but remembering she loves her son, only threatens to ground him. Gary, when he his rescued, immediately asks for a divorce. Then the movie takes us back a week to show the events that lead to this incident. There is a lot going on after the dismal and odd wedding that no one talks about and we are left to guess what happened. If the videographer hadn't called with a strange message to meet him soon, we would have been frustrated by now with all the char…

Ghost House- My take on the movie with spoilers!

You know how you should always do your research when traveling to another country? How you should learn a few foreign words, a little bit of the culture, do’s and don’ts?
Well, sometimes all of that won’t help you with an ancient curse. It is the other tourists that can screw you over.
This is exactly what happens to Julie and Jim when they travel to Thailand for a romantic getaway. They meet some really nice locals, one of whom is Gogo, a taxi driver who also becomes their tourist guide. In their hotel, they meet two British tourists who quickly befriend them and want to partake in the celebrations when Jim proposes to Julie.
But they do have nefarious intentions, which become obvious as one of the British, keeps telling his partner that they shouldn’t go ahead with their plans. Julie is a nice girl, he says. It is then that we are told of the ghost houses dotted all around the city. Apparently, those are small houses that spirits dwell in and if they are pleased, they will stay in …