Monday, March 26, 2007
I wasn't going to post again until after the WHC, but just had to. Last night, I saw THE best concert of my life. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) did a solo concert with his amazing band at a great venue here in Connecticut, The Ridgefield Playhouse. He freakin' ROCKED THE HOUSE. It was a transcendent performance and he tore the hell out of the guitar (several of them!) all night long.
He played for at least two hours full-out without a break, with multiple show-stopping monster tunes. Most musicians would have needed a nap after just one of those killers. Connecticut audiences tend to me a relatively reserved crowd, but by the end of the night, everyone was on their feet losing their minds.
I had tears streaming down my cheeks damn near the whole night. Mind you, I'm a new Buckingham fan. It wasn't nostalgia for me, it was the sheer force of his passion and love for what he was doing. This love (and I can't think of a better word to describe it) blasted off the stage into the audience like waves of ecstasy. It became one of those magic feedback loops from the performer to the audience and back to the performer. Amazing. I was a musician for a large part of my life and I've seen a lot of virtuoso performances, but I've seldom felt like I was witnessing something divine and transformative. I did last night.
I know this all sounds like a big old gush, but the truth is, I left the concert with a renewed commitment and love for my own work. I stood there in the audience trying to soak up ever bit of Lindsey's gift to us so I could remember it when I'm writing...so I could pour that same passion into my words. He is a man of superior talent and skill, there are quite a few of those people in the world, but what sets him apart is that he is FEARLESS to express his passion, his essence. Superior talent and skill is a long way off for me, but at least I can be fearless...fearless like Lindsey.
If you get a chance to see this modern master of guitar and rock, run, do not walk! I suspect he'll ignite your life like he did for all of us at his concert here in Connecticut last night.
Wickedly (and Fearlessly) Yours,
PS - You can check-out Lindsey's tour schedule HERE.
Note: Fabulous photos are attributed to Bob Israel (1st and 3rd pics) and Justin Bailey (2nd pic).
Sunday, March 25, 2007
There's No Emerald City Here, Dorothy!
That's right! Dorothy and Toto thought the Wicked Witch of the West was scary, but she never met the dudes and dudettes from OZ HorrorScope, The Australian Dark Fiction Web Log. Managing Editor, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and his band of Editors and Reviewers bring a daily dose of the dark stuff from the land of OZ and around the world.
Just last week, HorrorScope and Brimestone Press announced that they have teamed-up with the Australian Horror Writers Association, not only making HorrorScope the #1 site for all things horror related in Australia, but they are now the official news source for the AHWA. Congratulations to the great HorrorScope team!
If I Only Had a Brain
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with HorrorScopes's, Andrew John, a very talented writer, musician and filmmaker from Australia. He kindly invited me to dive into the dark waters of my first online interview. AJ was a very generous and gentle guide, and you can see our conversation here:
AD John's HorrorScope Interview with Fran Friel
Being interviewed was a little scary (You know how I like that!), and I yacked on WAY too much, but I had a blast doing it. I hope you enjoy it, too!
I'm off to the World Horror Convention and the HWA Stoker Awards this week. I'll take lots of pictures and report back to you on Fran Friel's Wicked Adventure: Invading Toronto. Sound good, eh?
Hope to see you in Canada, if not...in two weeks, Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
DARK RECESSES PRESS, Issue 6
It's FREE and full of wicked goodness - Dark Recesses Press Issue 6! Click Here to Get Your Free PDF Copy. Note: The download box says Issue 5, but I assure you it's No. 6, the real deal. The DRP web goddess will fix the error soon.
From the publisher of Dark Recesses Press:
Issue 6 contains eight delightfully devilish tales from all corners of the horror world, including works from Matthew Warner and Sara Joan Berniker.
There is a review of Stephen King's LISEY'S STORY, an article on What Makes A Bad Horror Character, and Edmund Schubert, editor of the InterGalactic Medicine Show dares you to prove him wrong in his assessment of The Best Vampire Novels Ever. Period.
In this issue, we also unveil the 3rd Deja Vu Horror Contest $500 Winner. A big congratulations goes out to Charles Colyott for taking top spot in this hard fought competition.
So if you haven't yet, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, click the link - you won't be sorry.
Only a few more weeks before this free issue will be history, so be sure to download it now. And start writing those new Deja Vu contest entries. Five hundred bucks for a few ghosts?? I wish I could enter!
Fresh Meat and Rainey
When you're done visiting the Dark Recesses of your mind, click on over to The Horror Library for some Fresh Meat fiction and a fine interview WITH and BY two of my favorite people, Deathrealm Revisited: An Interview With Stephen Mark Rainey, by Edmund Schubert, editor of Orson Scott Card's, InterGalactic Medicine Show.
So, that should keep you busy reading for a little while. Plus, it's all free! I love free, don't you? *grinz* Well, deadlines are looming long-shadowed at the moment, so I've got to get back to work, but I'll see you all around the brew cooler soon. Have a great week!