January, 2011

Interview with Actress Calista Carradine

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

ED- There comes a time for every magazine to meet a great celebrity in person and able to share an interview of them with its readers. This is the case with actress Calista Carradine and The Eerie Digest. Calista is the granddaughter of John Carradine, and the daughter of actor David Carradine, and a famous actress in her own right. Calista, I had the pleasure of meeting you at the American Film Markets festival held at the Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica. It was a wonderful evening and I was very impressed by your warmth and style. Tell us about your family’s influence on your career and your early acting days.

CC- Well my parents had me in the theater in vitro .My mother danced in shows with my father before, during and after my birth. They had met at 16 and their families were close I have pictures where my great grandparents are together with my parents at birthdays and holidays. My parents did shows together in San Francisco, Virginia and New York. My father played the Catholic priest in The Deputy and the Inca King in The Royal Hunt of the Sun, both on Broadway. He and my mother did Othello and Mid Summer nights dream together to name a few and my mother went on to choreograph at a fine arts college in Geneseo New York and Alvin Alley asked her to join his company but she opted to give me roots instead later she choreographed musicals at a college in California. The first time I remember seeing my grandfather was at the cow palace when he played Scrooge in a Christmas Carol. When my mother and I moved to California it was an exciting time. My father was Kung Fu, Keith won an Oscar for I’m easy in the movie Nashville, Dad was nominated for playing Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory .I got to meet Mork and The Fonze at the academy awards my grandfather came and made a grand event of it as always. I am most happy when I am in rehearsals or on stage. I feel at home when I get anywhere near a production. My battle cry is The Show Must Go On.

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Interview with Actress Jacque Temple

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Jacque Temple

ED- The Eerie Digest is proud to present the well-known actress, Jacque Temple to all our readers. Jacque, how did you get your start in your film career, and what was your inspiration to do so?

JT- I had the honor to serve as an Advance Person for First Lady Nancy Reagan. An advance person is one who travels 3 weeks before a scheduled engagement to work with the grass roots organizations, the facilities, the press, the Secret Service, and who plans every movement the President, Vice President, or First Lady will take from the time they step off Air Force 1 or 2 until they return to the plane for their departing flight. I learned so much from Mrs. Reagan’s love of in-depth preparation and attention to detail. She made appearing before the camera seem so fun that I told myself “one day I’m going to be working on the other side of the lens”.

ED- What was your earliest work and tell us something about the production ?

JT- Hahaha! My very first play was in 2nd grade. I was the queen of our school Christmas play and realized at that very early age how much I enjoy being part of a team and learning a new process! Unknowingly, the seed had been planted.

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Interview with Producer Wayne Shipley

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Wayne Shipley

ED- The Eerie Digest is very excited to introduce producer Wayne Shipley to our many readers. Wayne, how did you come involved with filmmaking and what was your biggest influence to do so ?

WS-I’ve been a film buff all my life and remember fondly the countless hours I spent as a kid watching B-Westerns, serials, and the classic Universal horror films. My appreciation eventually broadened to include all manner of films. As a high school teacher, I had the opportunity for a time to teach film appreciation and filmmaking. Watching youngsters suddenly find themselves totally immersed in a filmmaking project further cemented my understanding of how powerful the art of the motion picture is. I also found myself early on drawn to the work of John Ford. In my mind he was a poet, whose compositions were often visually moving and whose characters demanded attention. Since I first saw it on a drive-in movie screen in 1957, Ford’s The Searchers has been my favorite film. Having screened it at least a hundred times—scrutiny enough to reveal all manner of warts and gaffes—The Searchers remains for me simply the best of its ilk.

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Interview of Actor Bob Creager

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

ED- The Eerie Digest has been reporting on the TV/ pilot for the upcoming hit television show, ‘Hard To Be Me.’ It is our pleasure to present one of the actors for that series, Bob Creager. Bob, when did you begin your acting career, and what influenced you to do so?

BC- Thanks Joe for inviting me to the pages of The Eerie Digest. About 10 years ago, my son started homeschooling and my part of his training dealt with his electives. One of his “classes” consisted of crewing on about 200 cable access TV shows including some that I produced and directed. My host (Edward Asher) on the talk show ‘Solutions’ suggested that I could become a better director if I spent a little time in front of the camera. Because of that conversation, I became an extra on ‘The Wire’ and “Ladder 49.’ Those experiences propelled me into acting classes and the search for meaningful principal roles. There have been a few detours on the search for “meaningful” but otherwise, I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve been acting now for about six years.

ED- One of your early projects was ‘Pizza Palace.’ Please tell us about this film and the role that you played.

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Interview with Joseph Chandler

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Joseph Chandler

ED- The Eerie Digest is once again expanding our interviews into other fields of entertainment. We’d like to present recording artist Joseph Chandler to all of our readers. Joseph, tell us about your early interest in music.

JC-Well, like most people, I had a small radio as a kid. That was when I lived in Ocean Beach, Calif. I listened to music all the time in my room and preferred it over television it was a kind of escape for me as a troubled child in a broken home. Once I got familiar with all the popular songs and artists, I started buying their records with what money I could earn. I came home from school one day and my sister and her friends were rocking out to Elton John’s, ‘Yellow Brick Road’ album. I played that record all the time. We had an old upright piano sitting in the living room that no one played and I started plunking out the music to ‘Benny and the Jets’ by ear. I didn’t know how to play the piano, as I’d never touched a piano. I searched for the notes and my hands just automatically found what to play. I think after about a week, I had most of the music to ‘Benny and the Jets’ down. Then, I started learning the music to ” Saturday Nights All Right for Fighting’. So, I mastered these 2 songs and surprised everyone one night, by calling my Mom and sister into the living room and showing what I had learned. I played and sang the songs almost identical to the record and their mouths just dropped! I taught myself by listening to the record over and over. In six months time, I knew every song on the record. After that my mom bought me my own piano covered in mirrors and put it in my room and said go baby go!

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Interview of Author Michael Bangham

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Michael Bangham

ED- The Eerie Digest is really excited to present an author who writes in the genre of science fiction, on of the mainstays of our readers. We are happy to introduce author Michael Bangham to all our fans. Michael, what influenced you most to write in this genre?

MB-It began when I was a pre-teen. The classic—H.G. Wells “The Time Machine” was the written and visual experience that actually pushed me into the whole literary and sci-fi world. During that time I wrote short stories, viewed, and enjoyed just about every fictional and real-life experience.

ED- Please tell us the theme behind your novel, ‘Door World: Planet Dectonia’.

MB-Door World is the intriguing love-story, action, adventure, high-tech-saga about the dilemma of a young boy who finds himself caught up in cosmic forces (time travel) that existed from the singularity.

ED- Who are the characters in the story, and tell us something about each one of them?

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Interview with Tom Porter

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

ED- The Eerie Digest has been breaking new ground recently into music and the Arts. This is true of many new production companies who have produced films and programs not on entertainment, but for a different purpose. Tom Porter is such a producer and his programs center on Animal Protection. Tom, you are the Director of Feed The Minds, Incorporated which was founded in 1997. What is the purpose behind this production?

TP- Feed The Minds, Inc. is the name of my non-profit corporation that I created as a legal entity to produce my educational and nature documentaries and entertainment projects under. I wanted a name that was broad enough to encompass a wide variety of projects under. My first corporation was named the Wildlife Foundation but the name was not broad enough to include my theatrical projects and it really was not a foundation. (more…)

Interview with Actress Megan Hurst

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Megan Hurst

ED- The Eerie Digest was very pleased recently to view the screenplay of the TV/pilot ‘Hard To Be Me’. One of the most pleasant surprises that we were treated to was exciting performance of one of the actresses in it, Megan Hurst. Megan, what inspired you towards the career of acting?

MH- I had many interests as a child. Like most little girls, I wanted to be a teacher one day, a lawyer the next. I even remember practicing giving shots as a pretend nurse. I didn’t recognize my love of the spotlight until I got a little older because I was very shy! When I was about eight, I had my heart set on becoming a singer after hearing Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” album for the first time. Nothing else had stuck since. I quickly got into voice lessons and I’d put on shows and pretend concerts in my room and would sing for my stuffed animals as if they were my audience. In middle school, I joined a show choir that would allow me to perform in front of a real audience. From then on, I felt like I was already living my dream. My drive for singing would eventually propel me into musical theatre for the next few years until I graduated high school. Along the way, I was bitten by the acting bug, and well, I’ve been infected ever since. (more…)

Interview with Author Marc Douglas

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

ED- The Eerie Digest is absolutely thrilled to introduce author Marc Douglas to all our readers. Marc, your books are the stuff that our readers really enjoy. What was your influence in this genre of fiction?

MD-I love science fiction but am particular about how it is presented. I prefer reality based what-if scenarios to fantasy. I like a good, creative imagination but I like to be substantiated. I was living in up state New York during the 9-11 crisis. I had spent most of my life living within view of the WTC and like so many other people this outrage hit hard. There were a couple of other personal events that took place when combined together presented an overwhelming unexpected change. I decided that terrorism, pollution, war, corruption and the vanishing resources we all deal with presented an interesting platform for a story, “How did we get here?” and “Where do we go from here?”. One last note: I have to give Dean Koontz another credit. After reading “The Watchers” I fell in love with the possibility of intelligent dogs. My test readers requested more chapters on the dogs and so I obliged. I think they add some fun into the mix and play a substantial role in the book. You might expect this from the cover.

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Interview with Andrew M Karasik

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Andrew M Karasik

ED- The Eerie Digest in viewing several screenings at The Reel Independent Film Festival and Extravaganza in Washington, DC. had the chance to meet Executive Producer Andrew M. Karasik there, and would like to introduce him to all our readers. Andrew, it was pleasure to meet you at this event and I know that our readers will love to learn all about you. What first drew you interest into filmmaking?AMK- To me, filmmaking is the truest and most honest art form. Not only does it allow audiences to share in a wonderful experience together, it allows for us as creative visionaries to convey important stories messages to a mass audience in an accessible medium. We all have been affected by the “magic of the movies” and it was the opportunity to affect others using that same magic that attracted me to this wonderful art form.

ED- Tell us about your earliest work.

AMK- My earliest work consisted of small productions for academic purposes. My first real narrative short was a film called Trivial Pursuit. It was about two friends who go on a wild goose chase in search of the punch line to a silly pun. The entire film is basically just a “play on words,” including the title, which takes its name both from the game played at the beginning of the film, as well as the “trivial” journey they take.

Night Trains – Chapter 22 by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Captain Peters arrived a half-hour later and was staring eyeball to eyeball with Mac.

“Come off it, Lieutenant!” he yelled. “What kind of line are you handing me anyway?”

“Just the facts,” Mac yelled back.

“Well, its just damned impossible!” Peters yelled. “Nothing could have withstood that kind of impact. We should be able to pick him up in a vacuum cleaner if they hit him like they said.”

“Have they found any sign of him at all?” Peters said lowering his voice now.

“Not even a drop of blood,” Mac glowered now, but with an even voice.

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Dracula Kinski and Bergin by Guest Author Eddie Butler

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski as Nosferatu the Vampyre/Nosferatu Phantom der Nacht (1979). With the addition of sound, Werner Herzog’s remake of Nosferatu (1922), is made even more distant than the original. Interminably long scenes slow down the action and don’t add any kind of apprehensiveness as in the original.

The Count shies away from crosses and yet runs through a whole churchyard full of them without the slightest harm. Harker walks to the Castle without Gustav Von Wangenheim’s earlier enthusiasm. In fact, everybody seems to be suffering from a severe case of lethargy before anyone is bitten.

With reservations, Herzog cast Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula. Generally, Kinski’s roles had amounted to little more than expressive character cameos and he would often refer to his films as “junk.” As Dracula, he was constantly required on screen, his unpredictable eccentricities causing numerous problems with himself and Director, Herzog.
Mainly, his interpretation of the Count.

Herzog had wanted Dracula to be swift in his movements. Kinski preferred the slow, labored characterization that eventually made it to the screen. He also denied seeing the silent inspirational film, taking credit for his original make-up of the blood sucking phantom. Massaging Japanese kabuki make-up into his bald pate and centralizing the vampire’s teeth, he cut a very disturbing figure kitted out in kinky midnight satin as he hurdles gravestones with his own coffin tucked under his arm.

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The Fog by Guest Author Alex Knight

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Alex Knight

August 22, 2003

Gertie Higgins looked out the window just in time to see the fog rolling in. She knew fog was evil; it had a way of taking things and people. Gertie’s husband Oscar had been taken in the fog on his way out of town early one summer afternoon back in ’83.

Satisfied that the windows were secure, she wedged rolled towels along the bottom of the door. Then she sat in her rocker, Bible in hand and began to pray. She thanked God for giving her enough time to secure the house and ended with a plea that all those she knew had made it safely home before the fog got them.

These weren’t the foolish ramblings of a demented old woman. Over the years Gertie had seen the town’s population dwindle to 592. Those who left had all disappeared in the fog. Gertie was the only one left who openly spoke about this.

Only two days ago she had spoken to the sheriff about it for the umpteenth time.

“Sheriff, you know it was the fog that took Oscar, those Barnett boys and everyone else.”

“I do thank you for bringing this to my attention Missus Higgins.” As he walked away he muttered, “Lord save me from crazy old ladies who live alone.”

“It’s true I’m old and live alone. Only the good Lord knows iffen I’m crazy or not, but there is nothing wrong with my hearing. You shame your mama talking like that, Bobby Lee Baker.” (more…)

Entropy by Guest Author Hasmik Ekimyan- (student) UCLA English Department

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Hasmik Ekimyan

— “Chaos, panic and disorder – my work here is done”

-Unknown

#1075

It’s all silence.

The beings here are shadows. Nothing born of nothing. Little left for me to do.

Waiting for an absolution. The date is set.

My visitor awaits.

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PRESS RELEASE: UCLA

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Press release UCLA 12/9/10

The Eerie Digest/ UCLA English Department

Several weeks ago The Eerie Digest magazine contacted the UCLA English Department and offered UCLA students the chance to submit short stories to our magazine. We received a positive response from Catherine McGraw, of UCLA, to that effect.

Shortly thereafter her assistants, Janel Mungia and Daniel Marris, sent out a flyer from our magazine to the 1,200 graduate and under-graduate students with our offer. This month we received the first short story, entitled ‘Entropy’, from Hasmik Ekimyan from that student body. You will find her story on our homepage with other distinguished authors for your reading pleasure.

Welcome UCLA English Department !

ED Parties on the East Coast

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

December 18, 2010

If you think that just Hollywood sizzles, think again! The Eerie Digest team attended Producer Carlos Roman’s birthday party in Falls Church, Virginia just outside of Washington, DC and we found out that the East Coast is alive and kicking, too.

The party was held at the fabulous Majestic Restaurant and Nightclub on Annandale Road, which features a very diverse agenda for nightly entertainment from Tuesdays through Saturdays. The front entrance to the club is flanked by palm trees and the atmosphere inside was definitely alive. It’s manager, Mario Suazmabar and his staff really know how to show a good time. You can find their web page at mymajesticclub.com. (more…)

Diversity News Magazine & Maryam Talk Radio from KLAS FM Official Media Partners

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Hollywood, CA — Diversity News Publications PR announced on Sunday evening that Diversity News Magazine on the net at (http://www.diversitynewspublications.com) and Maryam Talk Radio from
KLAS FM are now official media partners.

“I am very proud, happy and excited to be partners with such a well known and established company and very honored to be partners with Diversity News Publications.” Said Maryam Shepardson, Maryam
Talk Radio Host. She continue “I decided to become partners with Diversity News Magazine mainly because I really enjoy reading up on Diversity’s latest news and breaking story’s from the magazine.”
Diversity News Publications it is very selected whom they want to be affiliated but after researching and thinking about their readership interests and by putting them first, partnership with Maryam Talk Radio

of KLAS FM the is another benefit for the current loyal readers of the online consumer news magazine.
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December Top Weekly Stories Featured on Diversity News Magazine

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

From the desk of Esteban “Steven” Escobar of Diversity News:

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Night Trains – Chapter 23 by Auhor Joseph J. O’Donnell

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

The funerals were held in New York and on Long Island. Jenkins and Delveski’s were held together downtown in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, while Russo’s was held in Bayshore and Bently was given one in Garden City.

Mac took Peg to the one in Manhattan. Harry had picked them up in a cab, for neither one of the two men felt like driving. They later learned that the two other officers that were wounded on that night, would pull-through nicely and one might even be back on light duty within the month.

It was a solemn occasion with all the dressings. The mayor was there, wearing his concerned look, along with the police commissioner and various public officials. There was also an honor guard and a full dressed pipe band of the police Emerald Society.

Six thousand uniformed police, representing over one hundred police departments, and scores of plainclothes detectives lined the streets and attended the mass for the two fallen comrades.

Mac didn’t want to take Peg originally, but she had insisted. She had never gone to a policeman’s funeral before. It was a Joint

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