July, 2011

Publisher’s Note: The Eerie Digest Gets a New Name August 1st!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Publisher’s Note: The Eerie Digest is evolving, and will become The Arts and Entertainment Magazine beginning August 1st. We will be freaturing Web series, such as ‘Pink Slip’ and ‘Resolve’ and many other new features to the magazine. We will continue to offer great interviews, stories, and news from the Literary World as well as the world of Entertainment.

Interview with Actress Ramona Milano

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Ramona Milano

Ramona Milano

ED- The Eerie Digest is excited and honored to introduce the highly acclaimed actress, Ramona Milano, to all our readers. Ramona has been in some of the most popular television shows over the past ten years and is an icon in her own right in many prime time television series. Ramona, tell us about your early childhood, and what inspired you to take up acting as a career.

RM- As a child I had no idea about “careers” and what that really meant, I just knew that I loved singing, dancing, and acting and imitating people. My child hood was pretty event-less to be honest, nothing tragic or traumatic or dramatic happened but at the same time, I’m not one of those people who raves about his/her youth. Mine was pretty “normal.” There was a big age difference between me and my little brother, we’re 6 years apart, and I spent a lot of time looking after him. I was the oldest grandchild and the only girl, so I was often responsible for minding the boys and “keeping an eye” on them. I was handed a lot of domestic responsibility at a young age so I think the artistic world allowed me to step out of that and into a world of creative possibilities which allowed me to use my imagination to the fullest. (more…)

Interview with Actor Ken Farmer

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Ken Farmer

Ken Farmer

ED- It is with great pleasure that we introduce a great actor, and a familiar face to all our readers. Actor Ken Farmer has been on screen and television for a long time and is highly seen as a major asset for any film production. Ken, when did you begin your acting career, and what was your greatest influence to do so?

KF-I started professional acting in 1972 when I was talked into auditioning for a Dairy Queen commercial by Dallas agent Kim Dawson. They needed a cowboy, at least one that could ride a horse,  and I owned a working cattle/horse ranch at the time. I had been dating one of Kim’s models and would go into the agency with her on occasion. Kim had been after me for some time, saying I had a great ‘look’ (what ever that means) and she could get me a lot of work. Finally, I came in with my girl friend one day, wearing my normal garb, jeans, boots, cowboy hat, ect., and Kim came up to me and asked, “You ride horses, don’t you, Ken?” I replied, “Well, been thrown off of one or two, yes ma’am.” “We don’t have anyone in the agency that can ride and I need to someone to represent the agency for a new Dairy Queen commercial that can ride.” Well, I wasn’t doing anything special that day, so I said, okay. Long story short, I was cast and I introduced the Dairy Queen Beltbuster Hamburger. I got a check a few weeks later for around $1,700. I thought, “They’re gonna pay me this kind of money to sit on a horse and eat a hamburger? I can do this.” That was now thirty-nine years ago; quit counting commercials at 260, fifteen major features, over 50 episodic TV shows and MOWs and only God knows how many industrials and VOs. (more…)

Interview with Author Scott Nicholson

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Author Scott Nicholson

Author Scott Nicholson

ED- The Eerie Digest has the genuine pleasure to present author Scott Nicholson to all of our readers. Scott, you write stories that our readers can only dream of and you have to be one of the most prolific writers that I have ever interviewed and have written well over fifty stories. What started your interest in writing, and who were some of your earliest influences in doing so?

SN- Hmm, Dr. Seuss really messed with my head, and then I got into comic books. We were poor so we had we to make our own entertainment. The smell of crayons still gives me a thrill, and blank white paper seems like sheer decadence, since as a kid I always had to use scraps to create art and stories.

ED- You are a journalist living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and have a deep interest in that area. Please explain some of those interests to our readership.

SN- Well, I just started exploring the local supernatural legends and fictionalizing them. The longer I wrote, the more I became interested in the issues here, especially of change. I live in one of the oldest geographic areas of the world and there are a lot of secrets tucked away in these hollows and valleys. (more…)

Interview with Actor Brian Dragonuk

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Brian Dragonuk

ED- The Eerie Digest occasionally runs into an individual who has many venues that they work in, but not so many as actor Brian Dragonuk. Brian, you currently wear more hats than anyone that I have met to date. Since 1999, you have been in over five-hundred projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, on projects as varied as a Film/Video Actor,

Print Model, Radio Personality, TV Show Host and as an Actor in the training of Federal Law Enforcement Agents, Medical Students, Lawyers, and Emergency 1st Responders.. Please tell us about these aspects of your career.

BD- I started my Acting career very late in life (47) as an Extra on the set of “The Replacements. I worked daily for 43 days with from 300-500 other Extras (daily- Over 15,000 Different people over the 43 days) and that collective pool of experience taught me something (Very Basic) that I believe is still true today – If you want to make a Living as an Actor here – You must make yourself VALUABLE to as Many Employers as you can.

Some of the People I met on “The Replacements” worked “Other Markets” – (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and Richmond are all different markets with their own Agents, Casting Directors, Production Companies and Projects), By the end of my 1st full year (2000), I had worked in and was “On File” with people in each of them.

Others on set felt the way to increase the Potential Employers (looking to hire you for Future projects) was to work different types of Venues in the Same Market. Each requires different Training & abilities, Different Resources and in most cases different Potential Employers. By the end of my 1st year, I had broadened my Resume to include – My 1st Commercial Modeling (Print) work, TV Commercials (Including my 1st Speaking part), Public Service Announcements, 1st Speaking part in a Film (a Student Film), and my 1st Live Practical Training jobs. Hosting a TV Show, Radio Broadcasts & Voice over/Narration jobs were added my 2nd year. (more…)

Interview with Author Sibel Hodge

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Author Sibel Hodge

Author Sibel Hodge

ED- The Eerie Digest has fans from around the world, and at last count we had nearly sixty-thousand. We also interview many authors and celebrities from around the world for our reader’s interest. One such author is Sibel Hodge, from England. Sibel, please tell us something about where you live.

SH- I actually divide my time now between Hertfordshire, UK, and Cyprus. The weather’s much better in Cyprus! I have dual British/Turkish Cypriot nationality so it’s nice to mix and match! One of the good things about my heritage is that it’s given me the opportunity to add a unique cultural twist to my romantic comedies in the way that My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham did.

ED- Aside from writing, what other qualifications do you possess?

SH- I’m a qualified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and sports and massage therapist, although the only time I have to practice this now is on family and friends who have an injury or want a massage. I wonder why I’ve got so many friends! (more…)

Interview with Actor Antonio D. Charity

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Actor Antonio D. Charity

Actor Antonio D. Charity

ED- With the great number of students of the Arts studying our magazine we feel that it is a good idea to present to them an experienced actor from time-to-time. Experience lends to the education needed to become a success in that craft and actor Antonio D. Charity gives much credence to that saying. Antonio, what was the greatest influence for you in your career and what training did you undertake to make it such a success?

ADC- I suppose the greatest influence in my career was the earliest influence. My high school drama teacher, Wiley Powell, was the first to make me believe that I was a good actor. He gave me the courage to pursue a career as an actor. His initial support and encouragement served as the springboard for all of my subsequent success. I prepared for career success by fine-tuning my acting skills on stage. I have an extensive theatre background. I majored in Theatre at Howard University. I moved to New York after college and performed in Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, regional, and community theatre productions. I have been a member of theatre companies in New York City, Virginia, and Los Angeles. The stage has been the birthplace of all my artistic growth. I usually do at least one stage production each year. I continue to get better at my craft with each play.

ED- In the mid-1990′s you first appeared in ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ and ‘The Prosecutors’. This was quite an achievement for a beginner. How did this give you encouragement towards your career?

ADC- I was cast in “Homicide” while I was still enrolled in college. It is impossible to overstate how beneficial this was. I was hired as a guest star for a critically-acclaimed prime time TV show while I was still studying acting. My goals for life after school actually began manifesting while I was still in school. An acting career was no longer just a dream. It became reality. I was a professional actor, a member of the Screen Actors Guild. It was a wonderful opportunity and a foretaste of what was to come. I moved to New York (with my SAG card) after I graduated from Howard, and soon I was cast in the pilot “The Prosecutors”. I had only been in New York four months when I booked that job. In fact, “The Prosecutors” was my first audition with my first agent. Talk about exciting!! I thought I was destined to become rich and famous in no time. This was very encouraging. (more…)

Interview with Daniel J. Fiehtner

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Dan Fiehtner

Dan Fiehtner

ED- As an audience we sit and watch a film appear on the screen before us, and most of us wonder what goes on for the making of that production. For the most part we only bear witness to the final product. Daniel J. Fiehtner is one of those people that work off-camera to make that movie possible for our viewing pleasure. Daniel, how did you start your career on the movie set?

DJF- I left the IT industry as a senior programmer/analyst after 22 years and decided to follow a career path in the production world.  I have been a part time musician for over 20 years and have experience in the recording field.  I was drawn to the “industry” because I realized I could perform many tasks with my talents.  Computers, musicianship, audio recording and project management skills are a good fit.

ED- What training did you undertake to do the work that you do?

DJF- This industry relies on networking and word-of-mouth recommendations.  I worked with friends and made new friends that had experience in many different areas of production from acting to directing along the way.  As for training, I have taught myself by research, trial and error. (more…)

Interview with Video Journalist Skip Bolden

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Video Journalist Skip Bolden

Video Journalist Skip Bolden

ED- There are many facets of the arts and entertainment industries, and sometimes they intertwine to create a relationship that becomes beneficial to each. One such a marriage is the combined talents of Video Journalist Skip Bolden. Skip tell our readers about your early education towards your career.

SB-My early education was in the public school system of New York City where I received a well rounded education but always gravitated towards the arts.  During that time, I was interested in acting and dance.  I was always involved in school plays with a particular interest in musical comedy though I couldn’t sing a note.  My college years were spent at the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts at CCNY as a theatre major.  As part of the curriculum, I studied voice and diction to learn to speak in a general American dialect which has been a tremendous asset as I do the narration for some of  my projects.  It took me two years to get rid of my Bronx accent.

ED- What first influenced you to take up this lifetime ambition ?

SB-Being a Video Journalist or a journalist of any kind wasn’t always a lifetime ambition for me which came much later on in my life.   That interest was sparked by The Travel Channel Academy’s course in video production to create destination videos.  This was an ideal way for me to pursue my two passions of movies and travel. (more…)

Interview with Author Mel Comley

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Author Mel Comley

Author Mel Comley

ED- Our true base for The Eerie Digest is mysteries. Our magazine has a large following of Mystery lovers from around the world, and our readership just not seem to get enough of it. There is nothing better to spark the imagination but to curl up in a chair and read a good book, and to let one’s mind uncover the written plot or follow the sleuth as they unravel sinister deeds. We, therefore, would like to present an extraordinary writer to our faithful fans. Author Mel Comley is a British writer now living in France and has produced several great novels for your reading pleasure. Mel, tell us about your days in England and your move to the Continent.

MC- I used to be a Store Manager with a large Supermarket chain in the UK. I got fed up with working 70-80 hours a week, sometimes 7 days a week. After running my own business I found working lengthy hours for someone else totally unacceptable. So we decided to pack up and leave England. I retired at thirty-five!

ED- Tell us about the property that you bought there and the labor of love that you performed on its renovation.

MC- We bought a run-down farmhouse that turned out to be haunted. It came with 5 acres of land and several barns. We turned two of the barns into a three-bedroom Gite or holiday home, for a much needed income. While the builders worked on that I decorated the main house, over the next six months I stripped, filled and decorated 22 rooms. (more…)

Under the Deadwood Tree by Guest Author Alex Knight

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Guest Author Alex Knight

Guest Author Alex Knight

Diane Morrison, the college’s most popular professor, stood smiling from her lectern as the class trickled in and settled down for the last lecture of the semester. As usual, it was standing room only. She was famous for the unorthodox methods by which she challenged her criminology students to think outside the box.

“This is my favorite topic,” she said, and the rustle and hum died instantly. “Is there such a thing as the perfect crime? Who wants to start our discussion?”

Several students took turns presenting a scenario for the perfect crime and each time Professor Morrison pointed out the problems and pitfalls, which would guarantee detection of said crime and lead to the eventual arrest and punishment for same.

“Professor, is it only a crime if you’re caught?” this from an earnest young man standing in the back. He was a new student who didn’t know better and although he arrived twenty minutes early, he was still too late to get even the poorest choice of seats.

“No, it’s still a crime if you’re not caught, but then it becomes the perfect crime. As soon as one other person knows of it, it ceases to be perfect. Consider the following story, and then tell me whether or not it was the perfect crime.” (more…)

The Well by Guest Author Ava Sprayberry

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Guest Author Ava Sprayberry

Guest Author Ava Sprayberry

The legend says that long ago

Back in the past

In the days of old

A village lay in the clearing there

 

The people heard whispers in the wind

They talked to the steams

They even had spirits

That visited their dreams (more…)

Happy Anniversary by Guest Author William Fripp

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Guest Author William Fripp

Guest Author William Fripp

A chill October zephyr chased the fallen oak leaves of spring across the cemetery grounds and under the dangling feet of Steven Giles as he sat on the corner of a large tombstone that bore his family name, the marker of his family plot. The false dawn colored the landscape gray around the headstones beneath his feet as the vestiges of the fading night gave way to morning. There were generations of Giles’ here; there would be more still to come, but it was the most recent addition that brought Steven back here, once a year, to sit and wait for Melissa.

They had been apart for five years now, but every year on their anniversary they met at the big granite marker and every year the scars over the loss of their only child Sean were ripped open and bled fresh and every year Melissa swore she would not return, but Steven knew she would be there the next October. He knew the compulsion would be too overpowering. He knew because he felt it too, felt the longing for just one minutes worth of extra time with his son, one extra hour’s memory to recollect where he held Sean and told him how much he missed him. He knew Melissa would be there because she simply had to be there. She had no other choice.

Steven and Melissa had known each other all of their lives, from kindergarten through high school, where their romantic feelings had blossomed, then through college and into the world, marrying and settling in to a comfortable upper middle class American existence, Steven as a software analyst and engineer, Melissa as an assistant district attorney for Mecklenburg County. They lived in a modest three room house in a respectable Matthews, North Carolina neighborhood, they drove economically and environmentally conscious automobiles and when they had lived in Matthews three years, Steven put a pool and a deck in the backyard. Many a barbecue and Superbowl party had been held at the Giles residence since then and many more birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings and Fourths of July. The last gathering ever held there was Sean’s wake. That was 2006. (more…)

A Soldier’s Tale by Guest Author David Rhodes

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Guest Author David Rhodes

Guest Author David Rhodes

His father had always told him that a boy wasn’t a man until he had fought in a war. So, he had joined the military, like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His father never told him about dying.

The blast was sudden, surprising, even for a battlefield. For a moment he seemed suspended in mid-air, blood streaming from the stumps that used to be his legs, the world around him frozen in a soundless time and space. And then he was falling, nothing left between him and the ground, slamming into earth that should have been much softer, not as hard as a cement sidewalk in a city.

He went straight down, and he had no choice but to scream in agony. He no longer had that luxury, as his body took control of his reactions. His eardrums had been dampened by the blast of the mine, and now all around him were the muffled shouts and curses, gunfire everywhere, the agonizing of those who were like him, those who were dying. (more…)

Pass the Remote by Guest Author Glenn James

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Matricia Regina: The Matriarch of the Gosmangers and her inner court

Matricia Regina: The Matriarch of the Gosmangers and her inner court

Thomas didn’t realize he was doing anything irritating, until a shrill voice barked at him from across the room. “Tom! Pack that in, can’t you? You’ve already ruined one arm of the chair! Look at the size of that hole, anyone will would think we have mice. Now pass the remote.”

Her voice was like a sergeant major with particularly bad PMT.  Haughty, with a trace of well hidden insecurity, somewhere deep down under all the projected superiority. It was a tone most of them tried to avoid at all costs, and he pulled his twitching fingertips away from that fiddly rim of raised braid around the trim of the armchair, and sucked them back up his sleeve like a retreating tortoise.  But unconsciously, his busy fingers probed the huge hole he had picked in the other arm, too, nosing thoughtlessly through the foam rubber stuffing, until she shouted at him again

“Tom!  Bloody well cut that out, or you can sling your hook! I’m not kidding, you’re out if you don’t leave that chair alone.  That’s the third one you’ve ruined in six years.  Now collect all the mugs up, and make us all a drink.  It’s your turn. And pretty please with sugar on, pass the damn remote!”

Guilty fingers fumbled over the device, almost a foot long and surprisingly heavy, as he passed it to Mary without meeting her eyes.  She was the custodian and keeper of the holy hoofer doofer, and he passed it like a religious relic. (more…)

J&J Movie Review- Green Lantern

Friday, July 1st, 2011

 

The Green Lantern Movie Review

The Green Lantern Movie Review

Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

Joseph J. O'Donnell

The Eerie Digest has decided to see the Green Lantern movie on opening day, and report our findings to all our readers. The movie was not spectacular, but it was not a great disappointment either. This is from our own personal perspective and others may feel differently. We are not fans of the Green Lantern comics, as others would be, and their take on the film may offer a more accurate critique between the film and the comic book series. (more…)

ED Goes to the Biltmore

Friday, July 1st, 2011


This past week proved exciting as my family was invited as guests to the Biltmore Estate by a good friend and gracious lady, Susan Holder.

Susan invited us to celebrate her retirement. Our daughter, Jennifer, will be marrying her son Brian, so it was a chance to meet the entire Holder family as well. We were also celebrating the graduation of her niece, Lauren McDonnell, from nursing school. It was a large get-together, and Susan rented a number of rooms at The Inn at Biltmore to accommodate all of her guests. My daughter is blessed to be welcomed by such a lovely family, and a wonderfully great time was had by all. My little granddaughter, Haven, proved to be the life of the party at all the events that we attended together. (more…)

Coming Soon…

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The Eerie Digest reaches into its Past

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The Eerie Digest publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, and his family have joined the Fauquier County Heritage Society. He is a first generation American, and his father was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Now he intends to search for his roots.

On May 13th, 2001 he attended the Society’s meeting that was held in the Christ Church on Green Street, in Warrenton, Virginia. Our hosts were Jim and Sharon Breeden, and aside from the usual fanfare of meeting business we enjoyed traditional Scottish food and the sound of bagpipes.

Accompanying this news article you will see an attached photo of the members along with Mr. O’Donnell’s family. We have not received the list of attending members as of this news article, but hope to do so in the future.

 

Author Dianah Brock: Fictional Horror and Suspense Novelist

Friday, July 1st, 2011
The Story of Michelle Brown Vandivere

Book Cover

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