Life & Death of Lily Drake

October 9th, 2012

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“Fans of Charlaine Harris and TRUE BLOOD will find much to enjoy in Michelle Nelson’s cracking, sanguine debut. Dark, funny, audacious and written with a confidence that belies this as her first effort, LIFE AND DEATH OF LILY DRAKE dispenses with the idea that vampires are pasty, maudlin, emo-types and restores them to all their brutal bloodthirsty glory. And in terms of heroines to root for, I daresay Lily Drake gives poor ‘ol Sookie a run for her money.”
- Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of THE TURTLE BOY and KIN.

For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy…
Dating them is the hard part.
Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom…until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being prophesied as the savior of the entire undead race.  
Deciding between pizza and Chinese take-out will no longer be one of the hard decisions facing Lily Drake once she is immersed into vampire society. Humanity or immortality? That doesn’t hold a candle against this question – which of the two handsome vampire cousins?
 
The Life and Death of Lily Drake is not your typical vampire love story. It’s a tale about the humorous mistakes a woman makes simply trying to survive not only life, but the dating scene.  How will Lily manage working full-time, taking care of her young son and fighting the undead at every turn?
Lily will have to figure it out, but who better to save the world than a mom?

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As his mouth covered her neck, she noticed one of those sharp canines brush against her flesh, making her jump. Mathias immediately stopped, realizing what had spooked her.

“I’m sorry. Don’t be scared.”

Reaching her hand toward his mouth, she asked, “Can I touch them?”

He opened his mouth and Lily tapped her index finger on one of the elongated teeth. It felt so real. She rubbed her finger up and down it to try to find a fissure between his real tooth and the cap. The edges of his mouth were twisted up in a smile. Mathias realized she had been checking the authenticity of his fang, and he quickly bit down over the tip of her finger, lightly sucking it.

Lily giggled at his playfulness and the rush she got from the unexpected action. Damn her luck. She’d finally found a handsome, rich man, a great kisser, and she’d maced him, kneed him in the groin, stabbed him, and then found out he was either certifiably insane—or not human.

Lily was amazed the thought even went through her head. Not human? She must have lost her mind. Not only had she been sitting around with a group of insane people, she had also goaded them into acting as though she believed they were vampires. Instead of politely leaving and refusing their “offer,” Lily had made out with the crazy, hunky one. Maybe if she got out more she might not be tempted to hook up with fruitcakes.

The irrational side of Lily wanted to believe them. She couldn’t explain everything she had seen. They knew about her family, things you couldn’t just look up. If everything she had seen was illusion, Mathias had to be the world’s best magician. It seemed impossible for that many people to be afflicted with the same delusion, yet somehow they were. Science had never been Lily’s strongest subject, but her rational mind took over, telling her all she’d experienced had been a lovely but deranged fantasy. Before she could fall back under Mathias’s spell and risk believing in these beautiful delusions, she asked to go back inside. The mental instabilities seemed to be contagious around the mansion, and left alone with Mathias she’d probably never care if she became infected.

 

Blood spill belt

September 4th, 2012

For once, I am not using my blog to talk about a t-shirt I want. This time, it’s a belt!!

 

I already have a skull belt… but who wouldn’t want one that has ZOMBIES!!

 

Due to my fast paced retail job, I have dropped some weight. These days, I look more and more like a sexy skeletal zombie, and I need something to hold up my pants. Being such a fashion plate, this is a must have item. Don’t get me wrong, I am no fan of Hot Topic. In fact, I feel like doing this whenever I see one in the mall:

 

 

However, I will refrain from any pyrotechnic displays until I have the belt in my possession.

 

Netflix screaming II… the Revenge

September 1st, 2012

Two movies enter… one movie leaves!!!

Today’s challengers:

 

VS.

Which one shall I watch first??

 

Netflix screaming… err…. streaming

August 29th, 2012

 

I have a day off to relax and unwind. So, what should I watch? Maybe this:

 

 

Or maybe this:

 

 

Currently, I am working my way through all the episodes on the Monster Talk podcast that my friend introduced me to. The Cthulhu one is great!

 

Looking at this makes me realize that I need to come up with a cool logo for my site.

 

 

 

Spare some change?

August 21st, 2012

I just haven’t had time to update my blog lately. When I have a day off I am trying to chat with some friends about filming a trailer for my horror movie script. Or discussing a Horror Host show with another friend. Working on my some story ideas I have floating around. Hammering out the plot points for a weird little comic I want to do. I just have to find the time, energy and discipline to keep going on all the projects I have on deck. Of course, it might help to concentrate on just one for now! For now, I really want to get my script finished. Then get some of it down on tape or film, edit it and then find someone to back us. Easy enough, right?!?! If we get it done, I am thinking of putting the trailer up on idiegogo or kickstarter for completion funds.

 

I want your skulls

August 16th, 2012

It is so nice to share your life with a crafty person. I am always finding cool things online that I would most likely just throw my money at. Lucky for me, Leah says we can do it at home for much cheaper.

The latest project we tackled is so simple and easy, even I couldn’t screw it up! I came across some skull shaped sugar cubes that would look great in my coffee mug, which is shaped like… you guessed it… a SKULL. Leah said that we could easily make those ourselves. Amazon had a good selection of candy molds, so we had no problem finding something to suit our needs.

Leah had the great idea of adding some vanilla extract for added flavor, and it gave the skulls some neat weathered effect as well. And let me tell you, they taste great in my morning cup a’ joe. Head on over to her blog for the very easy recipe and details.

 

 

Leah take some pretty pictures!

 

 

On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood!

July 18th, 2012

 

Just realized today, I used to work a block away from the storefront that doubled for Ray’s Occult Books in GB2.

 

Open until 7:00 P.M. on weekdays, midnight on Saturdays

 

Back in 2004 when I moved to NYC, the first job I had was working for a coffee shop on St. Mark’s Place. That area of the city became my main stomping ground for the next two years. I ate, drank, sang karaoke, got discount tattoos, and bought my comics on that street. Every day, I would walk by this little shop called Rockit Scientist Records, but never found a reason to peruse their musical selections. Who knew that it was once the facade for Ray Stantz’s business venture after the Ghostbusters were served with a restraining order banning them from their primary vocation?!?!

 

 

In the film, the address is shown as 201 St. Mark’s Place. But, if you look closely at the awning next door, it clearly has the number 31 on the front, making the Address for Ray’s 33. I know, my detective skills are mind-blowing!

 

Wonder who would answer if I dialed that phone number?

 

The area has definitely changed in the intervening years. St. Mark’s has been cleaned up, rents have gotten higher. hipsters have moved in. Rockit Scientist Records has recently closed its doors due to another rent hike. No one yet knows who or what is going to take over the storefront, but if it is a creepy supernatural bookstore, you will find me wandering the aisles. And if you happen to shop there and come across “Magical Paths to Fortune and Power”… hands off:  that book is mine!

 

 

 

My addiction…

July 17th, 2012

UPDATE: I have the best lady ever! She bought the zombie shirt for me and even hid from me for over a month. I am a truly spoiled and lucky boy.

In other shirt news… I picked this up from teefury the other day.

 

 

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I have a confession. It is hard for me to admit my weakness. I try to keep it private and hidden to lessen my shame. Unfortunately, anyone who is close to me is privy to my addiction, and I fear that they may plan an intervention for me one day. BUT I CAN QUIT ANYTIME… err… really… I can.

Anyway, I can not resist a cool t-shirt design. Every day I gleefully check all the websites that sell those 24 t-shirt deals. And if they happen to have a shirt that revolves around Cthulhu or zombies, it takes all my will not to press that big shiny BUY NOW button.

Like today, for instance. Theyetee.com site has a pretty sweet design today.

 

Too bad I just bought a shirt last week from teefury.com. Yes, look on this shirt and weep with jealousy…

Ah, if I only had unlimited funds and closet space. I would own all the shirts!!

 

NYC Zombie Prom 2012

June 22nd, 2012

 

 

It was a night to remember. Shambling, rotting ghouls dressed in their finery. Oozing, dripping and strutting their stuff on the dance floor. Decaying hearts aflutter with the prospect of possibly being crowned king or queen of the prom. Every zombie anticipating the time when GWAR will take the stage to rock their ears off.

The NYC Zombie Prom was a roaring success, and honestly, the best zombie prom I have been to. Granted, it is only my second one, but it will be hard to top this! I was lucky enough to have a fantastic prom date who was as psyched as I was to go all out for this shindig. We started the planning quite some time before the big event itself. Brainstorming makeup ideas, working out recipes for the pre-party, ripping and shredding our outfits.

For the first time, Leah and I decided to work on producing our own nasty prosthetic pieces. She went with some large latex pustules that would squirt green ooze when they were squeezed.

 

 

For myself, I opted to make some fake teeth out of sculpey, which I then embedded in liquid latex and cotton wool to make it appear as if my lip and lower jaw were skinned and raw.

 

 

It started off with a little shopping spree at Abracadabra NYC, who were co-sponsoring the Prom. Kenneth, one of the employees, was super excited to hear we were going, and helped us pick out the very best in grotesque makeup and appliances. We went pretty wild with liquid latex, fake blood, zombie rot, spirit gum, makeup wheels and the like. I picked up a nice little skull bone piece. Thankfully, the store was offering a discount for those attending the party, so we saved a few dollars that way. Purchases in hand, we rushed home to fill up the makeup case we had just procured solely for our effects and makeup. It was kinda silly how excited the two of us were to own an actual case full of disgusting cosmetics. We festooned it with some stickers I have been collecting and hoarding for years. Some skulls from Jinx, a few that my buddy Voltaire gave me a while ago, and cool looking Lunchmeat VHS ones.

 

 

Like kids waiting for Christmas, it was hard to contain our excitement waiting for the big day. Leah was very busy in the kitchen creating spooky snacks. I won’t steal her blog thunder, so you should check out her post and get a look at her creations!

On the big day, I was in charge of other entertainment while we all zombied up. It seemed right to view some bloody cinema. ‘Night of the Creeps’ set up the mood and ‘Slither’ only heightened it. Our guests, Blythe and TJay had never seen either movie, so I felt proud to introduce them to two movies that both involves space slugs and zombie-like creatures. Hmm… someday I should do a review of the both of them back to back. A pair of great flicks with so many similarities!

 

                                  

 

Food, beer, movies and makeup… we were ready to get down to it. A plastic tarp was laid down, transforming our kitchen into a staging area, making it look like a scene from ‘American Psycho’. All we were missing were plastic raincoats and an axe…

 

 

It took some time, but we all came up with some very cool effects to turn ourselves into the walking dead. Pustules, jaw pieces, head wounds and the like, all adding to the overall look.

 

 

Much hassle was had trying to go the one block from the apartment to the subway. We didn’t realize there was a festival going on in our ‘hood on this particular weekend. The attention was nice, but we couldn’t stop for pictures with everyone. A lot of bath salt jokes were shouted at us on our travels.

 

 

How to even describe the amazing times at the actual prom? It is all a rush of drinks, dancing and fun.  They had giveaways, raffles, a DJ spinning creepy tunes, professional prom photos, a beauty pageant (our buddy Kenneth from Abracadabra deservedly won it dressed in zombie drag). Leah and I were lucky enough to get up on stage and be voted in as runner up Prom Queen and King! TJay won 5th place, and a pretty spiffy sash. What an unexpected honor for our gang. Last, but not least, GWAR took the stage to rock while showering us in blood and slime. Those crazy guys can still bring the house down! I haven’t seen them since I was a still a pimply teenager, and they haven’t lost their edge.

Thanks again to Abracadabra and Zombies Can’t Love for organizing the whole party. All the rotters there had the time of their after life!

P.S. – There was a ridiculous amount of press coverage that night. From personal blogs all the way up to national press coverage. Check out some of the links and pics below!

 

http://www.babetted.com/Events/zombie/NYC-Zombie-Prom-2012/23493152_JccQ8J#!i=1898903502&k=nDZDMSc

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/06/gwar_played_the.html

http://nextmosh.com/2012/06/11/photos-gwar-crashed-the-nyc-zombie-prom-at-irving-plaza/

http://www.frank151.com/blog/2012/06/11/the_new_york_city_zombie_prom_recap

www.villagevoice.com/slideshow/gwar-zombie-prom-at-irving-plaza-37010320/

Barnabus rises from his grave

June 22nd, 2012

Even after counting all my pennies and vacuuming out the couch for loose change, my wallet is still coming up a little bit empty… so anyone wanna buy me the Dark Shadows Box Set?? I mean, look at it… it comes  in a coffin… and it has Barnabus on the DVDs themselves.

 

 

I haven’t seen such cool packaging since the Misfits box set that I still regret never picking up.