Sci-Fi Comedy Interview: Ethan Freckleton & J.R. Frontera

What do you get when you mix spaceships, pirates, and a healthy dose of livestock? Today we’re going to find out as we talk to Ethan Freckleton and J.R. Frontera, authors of the hilarious Starship Ass series. The first book, Starship Ass: Of Donkeys, Gods, and Space Pirates, kicks off the unlikely chronicles of inseparable companions, Harry and Buddy. No, but seriously, Harry and Buddy are literally inseparable. You see, Buddy is a run-of-the-mill donkey, and Harry is a symbiotic alien tick burrowed into his spinal cord and driving him like a puppet. And if that sounds like your brand of insanity, you are goingRead More →

Sci-fi Comedy Author Interview: James Tramontana

Sometimes people ask me to recommend a sci-fi comedy book. And they want it to have time travel. And Elvis Presley. And a space trucker hauling heavy-metal concert gear across the galaxy. And it absolutely must include a Russian cosmonaut chimp shot into space in the 1980s who was picked up by aliens and turned into a super-intelligent cyborg. This is the point where I’d normally say, “Go home, Goodreads user! You’re drunk!” But if you asked me for that recommendation today (and for the sake of this introduction, let’s pretend you did), I have an answer, thanks to rocker, nerd, and super nice guy,Read More →

Self-Isolation Film Festival

As long-time followers know, my wife Amanda and I occasionally make dumb little movie reenactment videos. Our self-imposed rules are: No more than 10 minutes of planning No post-production effects No fancy editing, only cuts Only use what’s available at that moment That said, any rule can be broken as long as it’s still fun. The moment it starts to feel like work, the game is over.Read More →

"Alexis vs. the Afterlife" Cover Reveal!

I am super excited to reveal the cover for my new urban-fantasy comedy adventure Alexis vs. the Afterlife! I can’t say enough good things about the cover’s designer, the amazing and talented Flo Minowa. She truly captured the spirit of this book and its scrappy metalhead protagonist. Today I’ll be talking to her about her process, her inspirations, and her own book.Read More →

Halloween Movies Choose Your Own Adventure

The trailer for the new Halloween movie just dropped, splitting the timelines of the Halloween Universe once again. If you’re wondering how Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) can be in this one when (SPOILER ALERT) she died in Halloween: Resurrection, then you must be new here. You see, the Halloween franchise is a fluid thing. Nothing can happen in it that another filmmaker can’t come along and negate with a hearty, “Nuh-uhh! That didn’t happen! We’re starting over!” It’s at the point where the series is basically the end of the Clue movie.  “That’s how it could have happened. But how about this?” To make it easier forRead More →

Buttscoth Yummies

During a recent Skype call, my mother mentioned she was going through an old recipe file and found one of mine. “I don’t have recipes,” I said. “I defrost things.” “Well, this one has your name on it, and it’s in your old handwriting.” I squinted at the card she held up to the camera. “Butterscotch Yummies?” I asked. “Close,” she replied. “Apparently this is a recipe for ‘Buttscoth Yummies.’” Despite the forensic evidence suggesting I was responsible for this card, I have no recollection of it. Though I do like the fact that some unknown person with a blue pen added an “er” toRead More →

The Alby Einstein Principle

This is part three of my totally scientific exploration of Pam Grout’s self-help bestseller, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. The book claims to offer experimental proof of an invisible energy field humans can access to enhance the quality of their daily lives. I’m going to do every experiment and report my findings. Like Scully, I’m skeptical. Like Mulder, I want to believe. Let’s see how it works out.   This week we’re going to dive into what Grout calls “The Alby Einstein Principle.” I wasn’t familiar with an Alby Einstein, but since much of this chapter is aboutRead More →

The Volkswagen Jetta Principle

This is part two of my totally scientific exploration of Pam Grout’s self-help bestseller, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. The book claims to offer experimental proof of an invisible energy field humans can access to enhance the quality of their daily lives. I’m going to do every experiment and report my findings. Like Scully, I’m skeptical. Like Mulder, I want to believe. Let’s see how it works out. This week we investigate what Grout calls “The Volkswagen Jetta Principle.” She asserts the things we see in our lives are a reflection of what we believe in our minds.Read More →

The Dude Abides Principle

This is part one of my totally scientific exploration of Pam Grout’s self-help bestseller, E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. The book claims to offer experimental proof of an invisible energy field humans can access to enhance the quality of their daily lives. I’m going to do every experiment and report my findings. Like Scully, I’m skeptical. Like Mulder, I want to believe. Let’s see how it works out.   The other day I was shelving books at the library when I came across Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. ThisRead More →