Thursday, December 29, 2011

Locating TERMS


Here is the first look at the location that will be the Miller Hill Medical Facility, in the movie TERMS.

I named this facility Miller Hill after Victor Miller (writer of the original Friday the 13th) and Debra Hill(co-writer of John Carpenter's Halloween.) I gave it this name as a nod to the slasher genre. There is your worthless trivia for the day.

I have seen more pictures of the inside of this location and it is going to be practically perfect. It's not the place I imagined when I was writing it, but it works out great. I actually imagined a place I use to work in Vincennes, Indiana, but this might even be better.

I'm still very excited about this project and I look forward to seeing the developments with cast, crew and production unfold.

You can stay up to date on all of this information by "Liking" the
TERMSmovie
Facebook page.

- Travis

Monday, December 19, 2011

Yule Blog



Happy Holidays!!!

This has not been a productive week for writing. I've been doing a lot of cooking, spending time with my daughter, and getting ready for the holidays.

I had a nice big blog ready for this week. I opted not to post it because it wasn't anything worth posting. I don't have any big news to report yet, but I will very soon.

I really just want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

I also want to wish a big congratulations to TERMS director Joshua Hull for winning best Director-Feature Film in the Nerdremix best of 2011.

Nerdremix Best of 2011

-Travis

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DARKRIDER STUDIOS PROUDLY PRESENTS...

SLASHER
The First Installment of the Dark Worlds horror anthology.


For Immediate Release – Darkrider Studios (Lethal Obsession, Mother’s Blood) is breathing life into Zack Daggy & Allen Sales’s Dark Worlds, a horror anthology of interconnecting short tales in the vein of Trick r Treat, Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie. Based on Daggy’s original novel, Dark Worlds: Project 31, Dark Worlds is ready to remind you why you should fear the dark!

The first short in the series, SLASHER, is directed by Chris Jay (Lethal Obsession) and stars Beau Yotty  (Unlikely Prophets) and Michelle Shields (Frankenstein: Day of the Beast). The film has entered post-production, and now the first behind-the-scenes videos and images are hitting the Web!

Description

William Rosum is a bit of a celebrity. He's in the papers all the time. He's the talk of the town. Everyone is dying to know where he'll be, what he'll do and most of all WHO HE’LL KILL! After 55 slayings in 5 years William has earned himself a reputation as ”The Careview Slasher,” but as he will soon learn, sometimes the price of fame can be deadly.

About Darkrider Studios

Darkrider Studios is a full service media production and marketing company based in Bloomington, IN. They’re well known for producing such critically acclaimed films as Lethal Obsession, A Christmas Scream, Fear Fair: The Movie and Meateater. Darkrider’s experience includes but is not limited to; Television Commercials, Video Production, Still Imaging (Photography), Graphic Design, Logo Design, Internet Marketing, Social Network Marketing, Web site Design and Content Creation. Darkrider is headed up by Chris Jay, Kitsie Duncan, and Lawrence McAtee.

About Zack Daggy

Zack “The Mothman” Daggy is an Internet DJ and new media entrepreneur of wide acclaim and a cult fan base. A self-professed workaholic, Zack is the host and creator of a number of original programs including The Mothpod and Midnight Spookshow.
 
Born in 1985 with a rare genetic disorder, Zack’s boundless energy and irrepressible imagination led him to create fantastic worlds of suspense and horror, always shot through with humor. He wrote his first story at age seven, was nominated for a People’s Choice Podcast Award in 2008 and published his first novel Dark Worlds: Project 31 in 2009. Zack lives in Indianapolis, IN, where he dreams up twisted things for a living.

About Allen Sale

Allen Sale is the voice and creator behind Astral Audio Productions, a volunteer-based audio drama group and podcast creation engine. Entertaining people through engaging story lines, insightful interviews with many of today's creative artists, and an eclectic mix of music; he has been behind the mic since 2007.





Contacts:
Darkrider Studios - Kitsie@DarkRiderFilmworks.com
Zack Daggy - Zack@Mothpod.com
Allen Sale - Allen@AstralAudio.net

(The proceeding is a press release from my friends at Darkrider Studios. This is not a project I am attached to.)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Blind Update






When I first got into writing I was stupid enough to think I could make a living at it from the beginning. I let my first publishing success go to my head and I made a lot of bad choices, but it didn't take long to be humbled.

To put it simply, I started drinking my coffee black because I couldn't afford sugar and I stopped smoking because I couldn't afford it.

Things have changed a lot from those days. I'm still not making a solid living on writing alone, but things have turned around and I'm building a body of work I'm proud of. I look forward to writing more books, and I actually want to write more movies.

The full first draft for TERMS is finished and approved. Director Joshua Hull loved it, and the buzz sounding this movie is growing at a fever pitch. I think people are really going to like this. I can also say that we have officially enter pre-production and casting should start around the first of the year, but I can say that Noah East (Beverly Lane) & Raymond Kester (Scalene) have already joined the cast!

Finishing NaNoWriMo is 20 days and finishing the script for TERMS in a week and a half, I have shown that I have a commitment to writing and that I can do anything I set my mind to.

My next project is rakishly clever zombie film for Well Hung Pictures, the production copy I co-founded with Brandon S. Bennett. We started brain storming movie ideas about two years ago, but this is the third thing I have written for WHP. Due to budget, equipment and casting problems, neither of those other projects made it off of the ground.

This time is already different. This time is also the first feature film. I am already1/4 of the way finished with this script.

Currently, this film will be directed Brandon S. Bennett, of Indie Film Revue fame. Bennett has worked on Steve Balderson's STUCK! He also worked on The 100 Years of Monster Movie production, in addition to his cameo role in Darkrider Studios contribution to The Collective, Meateater.

Meateater was based on my short story Contravention, from Eclectic Collection. I was lucky enough to write the first treatment of the script. That was my first dip into writing for film since my work on the movie/ TV series scripts I did for Evil Waise, in 2007/2008.

I am really enjoying working on these films. I have said before that I was ready to get out of horror and that I didn't have an interest in working in film again, but I have learned to shut up and just see what happens. I'm looking forward to a lot happening in the very near future. 2011 was productive, but I think 2012 is going to be an even better and more productive year.

Stay tuned!

-Travis

Monday, December 5, 2011

Who The #@*%! is Joshua Hull?


This is Joshua Hull.

If you don't know who Joshua Hull is, you don't know how to use Google. There are countless links and websites for this guy. He's on Twitter (@JoshuaHull), Facebook, IMDB, YouTube and all over the world wide web.

Joshua is more than a white guy from Indiana. He's a loving husband and father, but if you're still not impressed, he's also a filmmaker. Hull is best known for being the brrraaaaiinsss behind the critically acclaimed, zombie comedy, Beverly Lane.

I have included the trailer at the bottom of this post.

Recently, Hull was faced with getting his next film Idiot Gore into production, but due to a series of mishaps and badness this film has been shelved for now. It was a decision he made with a heavy heart. You can read all about that misfortune on his blog posted below.

http://developmenthellmakinganindiefilmmaker.blogspot.com/2011/11/coming-to-terms-with-things.html


Don't think for a minute that he was to distraught to continue making films. In fact, He had already started talking to me about another great idea that I've blogged about previously, call TERMS.

At this time I'm over half finished with this script and planning to have it finished by the end of the week. The buzz surrounding this movie is already pretty big, and I'm personally VERY excited about it.

Hull was also recently a guest on Brandon Bennett's mini-view blog, The Indie Film Revue. Check it out below to learn a little more about Hull.

http://indiefilmrevue.blogspot.com/2011/11/mini-view-featuring-joshua-hull.html

Now for a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT of my own related to Joshua Hull and TERMS:

Hull has given me permission to transform the script I'm writing for TERMS into a novel, giving me full book rights. I have already spoken with one publisher other that Glorious Bastards Press about the book vaguely, and I look forward to having that book out in time to coincide with the release of the film, but this only adds to my excitement about this project.

Stay tuned for more details on the book and movie a lot of people are going to be talking about, TERMS!


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3852825/

http://beverlylanemovie.com/






-Travis

Friday, December 2, 2011

My Top 35 Albums of 2011



Tom Waits get decked out for the holidays!

This top 35 list is based on the ones I made the effort to purchase and which ones I listened to the most. I'm sure I missed a few good ones though. This was a damn good year for music!

Paste Magazine posted a Top 50 I like, but I didn't agree with it completely. They excluded the new Death Cab For Cutie, Tori Amos and others I loved. Even if you don't agree, maybe there is something awesome on this list you might have overlooked.

Enjoy!

35 Face to Face - Laugh Now, Laugh Later
34 The Strokes - Angles
33 Noah and the Whales – Life is Life
32 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
31 Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest
30 Flogging Molly – Speed of Darkness
29 Feist – Metals
28 The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
27 J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
26 Bright Eyes – The People's Key
25 The Horrible Crowes – Elsie
24 TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
23 The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
22 Devotchka – 100 Lovers
21 Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
20 If Birds Could Fly – No Place to Roam
19 City and Colour – Little Hell
18 Wye Oak – Civilian
17 Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
16 Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys
15 Deer Tick – Divine Providence
14 Adele – 21
13 My Morning Jacket – Circuital
12 Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
11 Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
10 James Vincent Morrow – Early in the Morning
09 Amos Lee – Mission Bell
08 Man Man – Life Fantastic
07 Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
06 Tori Amos – Night of Hunters
05 The Black Key – El Camino
04 Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
03 The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
02 Tom Waits – Bad As Me
01 The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

-Travis

Next time: I will shine some spotlight on just who the hell Joshua Hull is!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

a vague attempt at an update


With 2011 coming close to an end, I would say I had a pretty good year, but it's not finished yet. I still have a lot going on and a lot of new things in my life to be excited about. I have a new relationship, that I'm very excited about. I have several books finished, or near finished, that I look forward to releasing, and I have a chance to write a very interesting movie.

The table of contents is finalized for the currently untitled next book, and I'll be posting it soon. As planned it will be my favorite stories from Cloud 8 and Other Stories and Guy Drinking Coffee # 3. I have cut three stories and the novella, Cloud 8. I will be replacing them with seven stories I like better from Guy Drinking Coffee # 3. The seven new stories have been sent off for edits.

I am excluding Cloud 8 from any collections to release it as a stand alone novella. I will also be reworking the stories I cut and they will go with some new stuff and a few other stories to make up Guy Drinking Coffee # 3, some time in 2012.

While This 2nd book is going through the editing process and layout, I will be deciding on a new title, planning clever marketing ideas and working on the movie script. I stay busy.

The movie I keep mentioning is called TERMS and I'm really excited about this project! I will be announcing more details as soon as I can, but for now I can say that the whole thing came about when I got a Facebook message from Joshua Hull, director of Beverly Lane. He pitched me a very cool idea for a movie, that he thought might make a swell short. He said he thought I'd be the perfect guy to write it and after talking more it has been determined that it will be a feature length film. I can't say much more without giving too much away, but I can say that it will a dark, friendship slasher style film that will combine elements of The Breakfast Club, Girl Interrupted, Flatliners, and Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Stay tuned!

- Travis

Next time: I'll post my top 35 albums of 2011. I love my music and I think it was a great year for music. You'll want to check that out!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

NaNoWriMo Victory Blog


I have officially hit 50,012 words on my NaNoWriMo project for this year, and I finished their goal with 10 days to spare. I still have work outlined I want to finish on this book, but for now I'm going to enjoy my victory with a cup of coffee.

I would like to thank my sister, Stacy, James M. Bowers, Benjamin Martinson, the Terre Haute, Indiana NaNoWriMo group, many of my Facebook friends, for their support, and Author Anya Breton, for keeping me on my toes!

This year, I didn't follow the Nation Novel Writers Month rules. I wrote a third collection of short stories, instead of a novel. This means I will not qualify for validation on my NaNo book, but I participated this year to prove to myself I could do it, and I did it.

Previously, I had made it to 30,000 words on a novel, but then life got in the way. I have finished that novel and sent it out a few times. I even had it in the hands of an agent that turned out to be a piece of crap, but now my focus in on getting my second collection out.

At this time I'm still waiting on the final cover art for Cloud 8 and Other Stories, and I'm really liking many of the stories I turned out for the new book. I'm thinking about just releasing Cloud 8 as a separate novella, like I originally planned.

If I do that I will take the best stories from my unpublished 2nd and 3rd collections and make one great book. This will give me time to polish the stories that are not as strong and get a 2nd collection out much faster. It will also give me a book that is exactly what I want to produce that I can be 100% proud of.

I love Eclectic Collection, but a few of those stories feel gimmicky to me. They were my first stories, and a couple of them were just written as experiments and writing exercises in horror. I'd rather write my thriller or transgressive fiction. I don't think I (or many people) can offer much to tradition horror that hasn't already been done and re-imagined. The world doesn't need me to rewrite the original Halloween, The Walking Dead, Session 9, Silence of the Lambs, or American Psycho. They are already awesome. I have my stories to tell. I just hope people find them as disturbing and interesting.

Stay tuned for more details on what I actually release and details on the movie I've been asked to write a script for!

-Travis

Tuesday, November 8, 2011




“I never wrote so much as a line worth a nickel when I was under the influence of alcohol” - Raymond Carver

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

30 Days To Write: Redemption












After much deliberation, I have decided to give National Novel Writers Month one more chance. I have decided that since I have never finished a NaNoWriMo book in 30 days, I have something to prove to myself, but I plan to do it my way.

I've asked several of my nearest and dearest, and it seems like the majority of them would like to see another collection of short stories, instead of a full novel. I have people asking for a novel also, but to those people I say "just wait."

I have finished my first NaNoWriMo book and it only took two years of the event. The problem is that it was being handled by a horrible agent and I would like to change a few more things before I release it.

The new NaNoWriMo project will be called: Guy Drinking Coffee #3, and it will be another short story collection.

This new book takes its title from my aspiring role in films, as a credited "Guy Drinking Coffee #3," in as many movies as possible. I have worked on and appeared in a few independent films, but I have yet to be cast in his dream role. Guy Drinking Coffee #3 will be my third collection of short stories, and I plan to do something with it I haven't done with the other two collections.Most if not all of the stories might just tie together somehow.

This title also ties the "3" from this role to the fact that this is my "3rd" collection of stories.

I hope by the time Guy Drinking Coffee #3 is finished, we will be moving forward and releasing my second collection, Cloud 8 and Other Stories. I don't like to make projections of what will happen, but the plan is to have #2 out by Christmas or New Years and have the 3rd ready by spring.

Fingers crossed people, and best of luck to my fellow NaNoWriMo authors!

- Travis

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Devil Is In The Rejection



I only really started writing and trying to be an author in 2005. In the past six years I've had several published articles, interviews, and short stories. I have also been the driving force behind two very well received anthologies and had my first collection of short fiction published. I have also been fortunate enough to travel all over the United States and do several signings. I've been able to sell my books and see amazing places. These signings have also allowed me to meet some great people and make wonderful friends, I will have for the rest of my life. Over all I would say I've been pretty lucky.

Over the years I've also dealt with backstabbers, plagiarist, liars and bullshit publishers, but none of that pulls on my heart strings like a good old fashion rejection letter.

Almost every writer or author gets rejections. I've received my share of rejection letters in the last few years. I've been told that rejections make us better at what we do. I've also been told it's not always because the story is bad. It's sometimes because it just isn't what the publisher or publication is looking for, but it could be that it's just not good enough.

After some rejection letters I stopped submitting stories for a while. I even took a year off from submitting things. It was a combination of working on Fracas and frustration with rejection. I'm not afraid of the rejection. If I was I'd never send anything out in the first place. I just take every rejection hard and tend to spend a little time feeling like I'm wasting my time and maybe I'd be better served spending my time cross stitching or watching sports, but that's just not who I am. I have to eventually remind myself, or have a friend remind me, that I write because I have to. I write because the stories come to me. I write the stories I want to read and I don't write to be published or for any publication.

Sometimes bringing myself out of this rejection funk is easier than other.

In recent history I have had stories accepted into books I'm really excited about. I've also have stories rejected by a nifty online lit journal, an interesting online magazine, and the Esquire Short Fiction Contest. I didn't get upset about being rejected by the online magazine or the lit journal, but not making the cut on the short fiction contest stings a bunch.

I went into the contest with a great deal of confidence. I thought I had submitted a very strong story. I'm even sure I will find a publishing outlet for the story I submitted to Esquire, but it doesn't change the fact that something I thought was good wasn't good enough. That is a hard pill to swallow.

People who know me know that I admire Chuck Palahniuk and Charles Bukowski. Both of these guys have seen their share of rejections. They have been criticized and rejected, but they have also developed a ravenous fan base of people that devour everything published by them.

Palahniuk even had Fight Club rejected by a publisher and we all know the success that book has seen now. I try to keep this in mind every time I get a rejection letter. I'll keep writing but tonight I'll pour a glass of wine and decide if and where I will submit next.

Cheers!

- Travis

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Neon Sign Of Things To Come



Here is a sneak peek at cover art for my next book,by Mr. Alexander Hamilton.

The new book is coming together well. I won't say too much about it. I will only say that is will be another collection. It may include a novella focusing on a heavy drinker who aspires to be an author.

The collection will not have any traditional horror stories, but it will have a couple very personal pieces, and one of my stories that can be found in Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction.

I'm not going to announce the official title yet. I also don't want to mention a release date until the book is ready and the proof has been approved. I'm very proud of the stories in this book and I want it to be the very best that it can be out of the gate.

I hope you like the sneak preview and you all pick up Fracas and Eclectic Collection to wet your appetite.

- Travis

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Update on a Fuck-bag




A while back I posted about some jerk, David Boyer, stealing stories from myself and several friends for a book that has since been pulled from Amazon. I was professional and handle it like an adult, as much as I didn't want to.

The jerk has struck again and again and it doesn't look like he plans on stopping soon.

I would like to direct everyone to the page of one Brian Keene, Boyer's latest victim. While Boyer not only stole Keene's story, but he blatantly plagiarized it.Plagiary is Boyer's usual game, but Mr. Keene puts it all out there on his website in a piece called David Boyer is a Bag of Fuck.

http://www.briankeene.com/?p=9232

For more on David "I'm the biggest dumb-ass to ever claim to have written a book" Boyer check out the link below.

http://b-thoughtful.blogspot.com/

It really makes me sick.



-Travis

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chuck Talks Workshop

Chuck Palahniuk talks to us about the power a writer’s workshop has on the writer and the craft: support, accountability, community, growth.



Reposted from http://litreactor.tumblr.com/

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Pretty Scary!!!




With Samhain/Halloween just around the corner I decided to talk a little about what it means to me and a few of things associated with one of my favorite holidays.

Surprisingly, Samhain/ Halloween is not my favorite holiday. My favorite is actually Yule. I think both holidays are fun, but to me Samhain is about remembering lost loved ones. Halloween to me is a commercial holiday, much like Valentines Day. Modern Halloween is more about kids in costumes begging for candy, or women in bars dressed like slutty versions of popular character begging for drinks.

Now I get to enjoy Halloween as a dad. I get to see my daughter dress up and have fun. That is good enough for me. I still get the candy she doesn't like and I'll still light my candles for lost loved ones.

It may also be surprising to some people that I am not a fan of haunted houses. I remember going to a few when I was a small child and being ejected from the attraction for kicking one of the characters in the head, because he slid across the floor toward me brandishing a chainsaw. The kick was a product of built up anxiety that started from the first scare. I had asked to leave several times, but my grandmother insisted that we go all the way through, since she had already paid for it.

I didn't go back into a haunted house until I was 15. That time I pushed my way through it as fast as I could. This is twice as funny since I knew 99% of the people in the costumes. It still make me incredibly uncomfortable.
The only time since then I tried to do a haunted house was at Universal Studios Hollywood. I wasn't that bad, but I was warned several times to put my hands down. I finally hide behind two girls and my friend Jason. I didn't enjoy it and I'm sadly not going to try it again.

I've come to terms with the fact that haunted house, and other haunted attractions are not for me. As a general rule I don't like the feeling of being scared. That is why I don't watch movies that are actually scary and I don't go to haunted house. I prefer to stay calm, cool, and in control. That is hard to do when you have people yelling and threatening you, even if they are just actors.

To take it one step further, I am also not a fan of “real haunted” stuff either. I'm not a ghost hunter and I don't feel the need to check out “haunted” or “paranormal” places. It's also just not for me.

I write a lot of weird and crazy stuff, but I don't consider anything I write scary. I think scary changed a lot for me when my little girl came into the world. Haunted houses, paranormal stuff, and other things make me uncomfortable, but nothing terrifies a parent more than the idea of someone invading their home or something happening to their child. I have written about these things, because they freak me out, but when I write it I have control of the situation and I know it's just fiction. I think scary things need to stay in fiction and I'll just avoid the ones that make me uncomfortable.

With all of this in mind I hope everyone has a happy Halloween and blessed Samhain. May we put on our mask, party to remember the ones we've lost, and gorge ourselves on candy and drink!!!

-Travis

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Let's Not Be Idiots

A few people have asked me what I think of Soulja Boy saying "F*** the troops." Honestly, I don't think of Soulja Boy...ever.

To clue a few in: Soulja Boy "wrote" and rap "song," where he rambles on for a very long time, in a mumbled, tone-def fashion about all sorts of shit. In this "song" he uses the line, "F*** the FBI and F*** all the troops." It's so stupid I won't even post it here, and I don't want this mental midget getting anymore hits on Youtube, but what do I think?

I'm not sure why people would ask me. I'm not a big rap guy. I'm not a Soulja Boy fan. I'm not even Justin Bieber,who collaborated with Soulja. I hope the Bieber is taking this controversy well...no, wait I don't give a shit about him either!

Some people asked me because I love music and I am a huge freedom of speech guy. I don't have a big boner for the government or any war, but what I do have is a blog, the ability to convey my opinions and respect for the men and women, who serve our country.

I bitch about politics and war. I don't agree with it, but I don't say a cross word about the troops, who are doing what they (and our government)think is right. I'm not an idiot.

In his "song" Solja Bitch questions what the troops are fighting for. This is a serious topic, and a question I'm personally perplexed about, but at least these troops, that Soulja is insulting, are not shooting each other in the streets of our own country, over drugs, women, or wearing the wrong color. Yet Soulja is mentally inept enough to use the line "fighting for what," in his verbal diarrhea he calls Let's Be Real. The real soldiers are also not bragging about paying people to kill for them or shooting up funerals, like Soulless Boy raps about also.

The real issue is the line "F*** the Troops," a line so stupid I won't even type it, and I love the word fuck.

Soulja Boy,

I say, your opinion is shit. Your frustration is misguided, but you live in a country where you have freedom of speech. In America, even stupidity is protected, unfortunately. You can spout off about whatever you want, even if it makes you look like an ignorant thug.

Congratulations, on getting people to talk about you, trending on Twitter, and getting hits on YouTube. Stupid impressionable 14 year old boys everywhere, who might be able to understand your mumbling ass, must love you. I guess if you are into little boys, that's another dumb judgment issue I have with you.

Way to commit career suicide, you fucking know-nothing skid mark.

This is all of my time and thought I'm putting into this. The moral of the story is "Don't be a fucking idiot, and even if you can say whatever you want, it's not always the best idea. Oh, and you should probably educate yourself and direct you inner-city angst in the right direction." Lesson over.

Peace out, yo!

- Travis

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Talk of Transgression




Garrett Calcaterra has a great new article up on his website about transgressive fiction and Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction.

The article clues people in on a genre of fiction we all love, but don't all admit we love. It also goes on to talk about what the authors of Fracas recommend. I really enjoyed reading it and you can check it out here.

I look forward to trading guest blog spots with Garrett very soon!!!

http://www.garrettcalcaterra.com/
http://garrettcalcaterra.blogspot.com/


- Travis

Sunday, August 28, 2011

WTFracas!!!


The early (book)worm gets the book...or something like that.

Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction is already available on Amazon.

After we announced that Fracas would be out on September 1st, several authors posted links to the book on Facebook, bringing to my attention that it is already available. It's not the way I had it planned, but it works. I'm very excited about this book and I hope everyone loves it!

I will admit this book is smaller than I anticipated, for the amount of stories in it, but every story is great.i think the cover is very eye catching (for various reasons,) and even the fact that the book is white, with such dirty stories inside makes it very different, but another thing that stands out is the blank spine.

The printer was unable to print all of the information on the spine, but I think it works. It adds to the literary journal or pulp digest style of the book.

The $8 price tag is nice and these unforgettable stories and captivating cover make it worth every penny!

Don't miss this bad-ass book!!!

- Travis

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We have a date!!!



On Thursday, September 1st a new collection of transgressive short stories will be unleashed on the world. We want everyone to order a copy and see what all the fracas is about. It's going to be awesome!

The book is only$8 and it includes a very talented roster of authors like:
Joe Schwartz
Garrette Calcaterra
J. Travis Grundon
Chance Chambers
Todd Theroff
Leslee Marie Schaffer
B.C. Brown
James M. Bowers
John F.D. Taff
Scott Lefebvre
Edited by Stacy Bowers and J. Travis Grundon

These are some of the authors people are buzzing about, and will be talking about in the very near future. The buzz is huge and we want everyone to check out this book. We know you won't be able to forget it!!!!

Brought to you by Glorious Bastards Press & Create Space.

- Travis

Friday, August 12, 2011

Email from the wasteland



Here is another email from David Boyer, and the last thing I plan to ever post about this guy. I'm not even responding to this. Some people are just ridiculous!


You are just as unprofessional as the rest of these assholes, and then some. Mister "visionary" and "an unstoppable force." You are an unstoppable asshole.
No wonder you had to close down the book store; your partner had an idiot for a partner.

--
David B. Boyer
http://authordavidboyer.webs.com
Contact hours:
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 2 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 2 pm



I'm exhausted and exasperated with this dramatic garbage.

- Travis

Thursday, August 11, 2011

An email response from David Boyer...

An email response from David Boyer, about the book of stolen stories. This was a mass email to all of the authors in this book.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


I have been getting a lot of bullshit over this book being on Amazon, and NONE of you have any reason to be harrassing me, because I have full permissions from you in my email archives to use these stories, and the email attachment versions of the stories as well. I am sick of all of this harassment and defmatory comments and lies being spread about me, and if you don't want your story in there, you should have not sent it to begin with.
But since you are going to be assholes about this, I will gladly contact Amazon to have them take it down.

Want some friendly advice? Next time you call yourselves "professional writers," take a better look in the mirror first, okay?

--
David Boyer
http://forrybook.webs.com
http://bearmanormedia.bizland.com/id402.html
On line hours: 8 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday
Saturday - 9 am to 2 pm

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My reponse...



David,

I find your response to be insulting, since I told you in person that I did not want my story in this book. I gave you the benefit of the doubt, and you told me the book wasn't coming out and that you were getting out of Scit-Fi/Horror. I had zero reason to think this book would still be released, but upon it's release the thing to do would have been to contact the authors and inform us, or maybe even offer some form of contract, compensation or payment for the use of these stories. Doing this might have seemed less sneaky and I would have let it go.

Without informing the authors or having a contract, these are not your stories to publish. At least I know mine isn't. We talked about this.

I don't want to be a part of any project you are doing. Yout can say there is a conspiracy against you, but I never done anything to you. It is not my concern how your reputation looks, I just don't want to be a part of it, or any book you do. I would like my story out of this book. That is all I"m asking, in the most professional way possible.

Please do not contact me further. I have been advised to not have any contact with you, other than the possible removal of my story.

J. Travis Grundon

j.travisgrundon@gmail.com
http://jtravisgrundon.blogspot.com/


Sometimes it's hard to be professional.

This book is now currently listed as temporarily unavailable on Amazon.


- Travis

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Don't buy this book of stolen stories!!!



Please don't buy this book. David Boyer (also known as many other fake names) has printed and published these stories including ones from John F.D. Taff, myself and others, without legal rights or permission. These stories are stolen!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1463649436/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

David Boyer has a serious history of stealing other authors work. Google his name and see what I mean. It's awful!

Here is a link that really points it all out...here.

What a piece of shit!!!

Furiously yours,

- Travis

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

All Things Considered...



This also applies to writers. I strongly feel writers are artist.

- Travis

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fracas is covered!!!




I give you the official cover and final table of contents for Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction!!!

Table of Contents:
Joe Schwartz - The Champion
Garrette Calcaterra - Mr. Silverman
J. Travis Grundon - Hell Worthy Trespass
Chance Chambers - Cowboy Masquerade
Todd Theroff - Jelly Doughnut
Leslee Marie Schaffer - The Walker
B.C. Brown - Killing Innocents
James M. Bowers - Dental Work
J. Travis Grundon - Revisited
John F.D. Taff - The Forgetting
Scott Lefebvre - Where werewolves Come From

Edited by Stacy Bowers and J. Travis Grundon

We will announce the release date as soon as the final edits are complete. I honestly can't wait. I just keep getting more and more excited about this book!!!

- Travis

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Word with J. Travis Grundon...



There is a new interview with J. Travis Grundon posted on A Word Please.

Check it out to get the scoop on Glorious Bastards Press and future projects.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quick & Dirty Updates!!!


It has been brought to my attention that my last blog was condescending and unfair. I agree and I am sorry, to anyone trying to work with me, or anyone who has delivered a story. I'm also sorry if I am not always the easiest person to get a hold of.
Having three email addresses, a Twitter and Facebook accounts make it easy to network, but I have forgotten to get back to some people, and I'm really sorry.
In a way I am really not much better than the people who are not coming through for me. That realization is humbling and disappointing. I need to remember not everyone talks to me in person or reads this blog every time I post something. I will try harder to be easier to communicate with.

There is news on 1000 Words, Fracas and Call of Lovecraft though...

1000 Words is not dead. It's just in a coma until I get enough stories.

The word is out and the buzz is growing about Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction.
Replacing certain authors was not a problem, when I had a lot of friends come out of left field, with some great stories. Since my last blog we have added B.C. Brown (author of Touch of Darkness and Sister Light, Todd Theroff, as seen in the Christina Ricci film, Pumpkin (& Nashville Roller Derby's The Bishop), and Leslee Marie Schaffer, as seen on Facebook. All three of these people are good friends and have contributed incredible stories that fit the book. I think fans of my work will enjoy their pieces too.
Fracas is shaping up to be a project I am already very proud of. I thinks it's great to be able to collaborate with so many friend, in a book full of so many cool stories. I have enjoyed reading everything we have so far and I can't wait for everyone to have a chance to get their hands on this one!

Call of Lovecraft is ALIVE! Despite any efforts I made to find a new home, I have come up short, but Author Greg L. Norris didn't. Norris has found a publisher of Call of Lovecraft and has been named the new editor. I can't name the publisher until they make their official announcement. What happens from here is a mystery. I have been asked to still be a part of this reincarnated creation, and I'm reworking one of my stories I wrote for this project.
I will keep everyone posted on developments on this as I get them.

I promised this was my year and it looks like things are looking up!

That's all for now. Until next time don't forget to check out Eclectic Collection in print and on the Kindle.


- Travis

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Calling Bullshit


I get a little tired of posting about projects that are moving forward, or that have all of the potential in the world. It seems like I have spent more time trying to build anthologies, than I have focusing on my own work. It also seems like of all the people I try to include in these projects, only about half of them care enough to follow through on what they say they'll deliver.

When things don't work out, it looks like I can't do what I say I'm trying to do. The problem with collections and anthologies is that they only work if everyone comes through. I can't do it by myself and I'm getting sick of trying. It hurts me and and it's unfair to the other authors in the books who can have a story or multiple stories submitted by the deadline, or a short extension.

This leads me to my biggest annoyance, people who talk and talk and never produce anything. I know a lot of talented individuals doing some really great thing, and I know some really talented people who talk about what they are going to do and all of these fantastic ideas, that will most likely never see the light of day.
I am one of those people who produce things. I am sitting on three finished novel and laptop full of unpublished short stories,that will be published. I guess I would rather try and maybe fail, than never take a chance and fail anyway. I wanted to produce a collection a year to collaborate with my friends, but I'm sick of people I want to work with becoming stumbling blocks or dead weight.

It's unfair for “friends” or more “established authors” to assume they can hold production.

I can't finish the 1,000 Words anthology without enough quality stories that fit the concept the book was based on. I have the cover and the layout set, but I only have 4 stories that fit the picture, and that are exactly 1,000 words. It will take a lot more stories to fill a book.

I can't pay the money out of my pocket to produce Call of Lovecraft. The cost of the anchor story, cover artist, production cost and individual author payment is too much. This book was designed to be a team effort, from Papercut Books. That company is dead and that book will not happen.

Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction will ready soon. The deadline has already come and gone, but I am already working on replacing the people who have not submitted their piece yet. I'm not waiting anymore.

The stories I have for Fracas already are phenomenal, and this is going to be a great collection. I will not be posting anything else about this anthology, until all submissions are in and the author list is final.
It gets old changing it all the time.

As far as future collections go...we will see. I sort of doubt it.If a horror anthology just happens to fall together I'll let everyone know. It could happen, right?

That's all for now. Until next time don't forget to check out Eclectic Collection in print and on the Kindle.


- Travis

Monday, June 13, 2011

J. Trav and friends on Amazon!!!




Valley Falls by Justin Brock- Jones

Valley Falls was once a proud mining town, but journalism student Keira Schere finds one thing odd with this claim: there is no mine. As part of her thesis research she sets out to locate the old mine and discover why it's been hidden. The reason is something that neither she nor anyone else at the college is prepared for: vampires. For the past century they have been using the old mine as a home - one they viciously protect. After she is attacked and nearly killed, her life, and that of the three passersby who came to her aid, spirals down a dark road the leads to the supernatural.

Justin was previously featured in Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead and will also be a part of my next horror collection, to be named later.

Also available on Amazon...



A Touch of Darkness: An Abigail St. Michael Novel by B.C. Brown

Abigail St. Michael, a former cop, has joined the recently growing ranks of metaphysicals, individuals with abilities outside that of normal human nature. When a murderer stalks her town killing children, Abbey uses her ability of touch clairvoyancy to hunt him down. Her only roadblock is that her murderer seems to have his own unique talent, the ability to 'wipe' his victims and their surroundings of any metaphysical energy. With little physical evidence and no supernatural evidence, Abbey is forced to rely on instinct and luck to solve the case. However both Abbey's luck and instinct seem to have taken a permanent vacation as the victims keep piling up with the killer's escalating bloodlust.

B.C. Brown lives and works on the southern Indiana/Illinois border. She divides her time between writing and running her bookstore. Her first novel, Sister Light, Book One: Of Shadows, a fantasy adventure and published under the pen name B.B. Walter, is available online and in brick and mortar stores. Her non-fiction work can be found online and in various magazines. Look for B.C. online at her blog: www.bcbrownbooks.blogspot.com.



And don't forget my book, Eclectic Collection

Log on to Amazon and start reading the books and authors people will be talking about!!!

- Travis

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Con-tamination 2011 The Sequel



Attention St. Louis: Come get contaminated with J. Travis Grundon, and get your copy of Eclectic Collection at Contamination 2011

St. Louis' only Horror, Sci-Fi & Pop-culture convention under one roof! June 24-26 at the Sheraton Chalet in Westport Plaza.


Eric Roberts & The Boondock Saints are headlining. Other celebrities listed on the website & more announcements yet to come!

Join us for celebs, movies, concerts, parties & more!

Discounted tickets now available online as well as special Contamination room rates at the Sheraton Chalet.

Visit our website for more information: http://www.con-tamination.com/

Check out the author's page here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"electric" Collection



The cover of the Kindle version of Eclectic Collection

That's right after over a year of people mispronouncing the name of this book, I'm going to screw everyone up again. The new Glorious Bastards Press edition of Eclectic Collection has gone electric, in ebook form. Now you can get my first collection of short stories, including my story from Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead, for only $5.00 on Kindle.

Get it here

If you don't have a Kindle, don't worry. You can also get his version of the book on your smart phone, using the Kindle app.

If you don't have a Kindle or a smart phone, be patient. The new Eclectic Collection will be available on Amazon and other retailers very soon!

This small victory is brought to you in part by the letters E and C, the number 3 and readers like you!!!

- Travis

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eclectic Conundrum???



Those Glorious Bastards

The Papercut Books version of my book, Eclectic Collection, is no longer available for sale. A new version will be released soon, with much needed changes and an additional story.

Some of these changes include a tighter editing job, reformatting and an updated Stories of Stories. The new version will also have my story, Committed. This story was previously published in Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead, from Black Bed Sheet Books.

The new version will be released through Create Space,under the imprint Glorious Bastards Press.

Who are these Bastards?


Glorious Bastards Press, is a transgressive fiction imprint, designed and fitted for Joe Schwartz and myself. This is not a publishing company, or a vanity press, this is putting control back in the hands of the artist. This is making our work available to the public. This is what happens when two very motivated and talented people combine their efforts.

Joe will also be releasing his first book, Joe's Black T-Shirt, under this imprint, but that is just the beginning. There will be more books and more Bastards soon.

Another book on the menu, from us Bastards is Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, featuring new stories from Joe Schwartz, John F.D. Taff, Brandon S. Bennett, Jade Haggard, plus another Dominick Mason mystery collectively by Scott Lefebvre and myself. I will have at least one other story story in Fracas, in addition to my editorial tasks, that I will be sharing with my sister, Stacy Bowers.

So far this book is looking pretty damn awesome.

I hope to have more details and a release date for everything soon!!!

- Travis

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Write Stuff


A little over a year ago I came up with the idea to build an anthology where every story is based on the same picture, and the idea that a picture is worth 1000 words. The collection was going to be cleverly titled 1000 Words. I eventually included my 1000 word story, Topless, in my book Eclectic Collection.

Sadly, Papercut Books went out of business, and the book was not released last spring. Since the death of Papercut, I have received a lot of messages and emails about this book. Apparently there is still an interest in the project and that makes me pretty happy.

I am willing to take on this project by myself. I really enjoyed the challenge of creating an unforgettable story from Michael Mullen's interesting photo. The down side to it all was that I only received 10 submissions for this collection that are really good and demonstrate the feel and quality I want this book to have. The other problem is that only one of the 10 stories is exactly 1000 Words.

Mr. Mullen's photo provides a great cover for an interesting and challenging project, I invite anyone who thinks that they are up to the challenge, to write an exactly 1000 word story based on the featured picture and email it to me at j.travisgrundon@gmail.com. I would also invite everyone who has already submitted stories to revisit their work and bring them up to where they need to be, for this book.

Speaking of anthologies, after the before mentioned death of Papercut, Call of Lovecraft also stopped moving in the the direction of being published. I was sad that this book didn't make it to print, but when it was canceled, it left a void in my existence. In typical “me” fashion, I need to fill my plate with a lot of projects. I love to stay busy, work with fellow artist and authors and keep creating.

It was this frustration and drive that lead to a conversation with a friend, and the idea for a new anthology. The idea was to collect all of my author friends into one book and to give them the chance to take the gloves off and write some real, raw stories. The idea is to build an anthology of transgressive fiction.

I plan to call this new book Fracas: A Collection Of Short Friction

I also plan to have it available to order on Amazon or to buy directly from me at Contamination 2011, in June. This plan hinges a lot on if everyone gets their stories in by the end of April.

At this time Fracas is scheduled to include:
Joe Schwartz
Scott Lefebvre
John F.D. Taff
Jade Haggard
Sean Douglas
&
more authors to be named later.

Fracas will also include 2 news stories from me and a collaboration story by Scott Lefebvre and myself.

I'm really excited! This thing is going to be pretty awesome!!!

- Travis

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

An Unpublished Interview



J. Travis Grundon with Joe Schwartz at the 4th Annual Author Shout Out, in St. Louis

An Interview w/ Author J. Travis Grundon

First of all, let me say that I am in total agreement with you as far as the ebook format is concerned. Do you think the ebook format is one of the main reasons that print book sales have dropped?

I wish ebooks were the main reason, but I can’t even tell you how many people I meet who don’t read. It breaks my heart. It seems like you’re not cool if you read. I may be resistant to the electronic books trend, but at least if people are reading ebooks they are still reading.


I, myself, believe that print media is in big trouble. I mean, why would anyone want to read a novel on a tiny little screen, when they could have a brand new hard copy in their hands?

I think people have to always be on the go. The biggest argument I hear for ereaders, is that it is about accessibility and discover-ability. It might be cool to carry around every book I own and show people my work with the click of a button.


Speaking of print media, what was the inspiration for the book Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead?

The idea came from being a member of zombiefriends.com. I noticed that there were a lot of authors and writers on there, and we all loved zombies. I thought it would be a cool idea to collect all of those storytellers into one book and use the book to promote zombiefriends.com, but that never happened.

I had my first zombie story War and Pieces ready to go, several authors lined up, a great Daniel Serra cover and a publisher ready to go with the title The Anthology of the Living Dead. Sadly nothing happened with the idea for a long time. The publisher went out of business and never contacted anyone. Some authors dropped out. The book was dead.

It wasn’t until Joe Moe called and said Uncle Forry wanted to be a part of it, that is was reanimated to spread a collection of infectious fiction. We picked up new authors like Robert Freese, Del Howison and Axelle Carolyn. We also had a better book and an new publisher.


Did Uncle Forry ever get a chance to see it before his untimely passing?

Joe read Forry most of the final selected stories including Joe’s, Cassandra’s and mine, but he unfortunately did not get to see the finished book.


Did you ever get a chance to meet him in person?

I never got to meet Forry in person or see the fabulous Akermansion. Living in Indiana, with a fear of flying, it was hard to get to Horrorwood, Karloffornia. I didn’t make it to the West coast until I attended Forry’s Memorial Tribute at the Egyptian Theatre.

It was a sad, but incredible event. I was given a chance to really get to know him though the people who knew him best. It was a real honor to be there.


You strike me as a big fan of pop culture. Does it seem to you that pop culture changes with each new decade, and mainstream literature and film right along with it?

I like pop culture in the same way I like watching people at Wal-Mart or the mall. I think it’s funny. It may not be a popular opinion, but I think pop culture is degenerating with each generation. I think books like I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, movies like Not Another Teen Movie and TV like Jersey Shore, Sponge Bob Squarepants and Bad Girl’s Club are distracting people from quality entertainment.

At some point stupid became funny, “reality” drama took over and movies with big stars, product placement and explosions replaced movies with a plot. I don’t really see a lot out here that make me want to watch TV, read a new book or watch new movies.

I like to be challenged to think. I’ll stick to reading Kerouac, Vonnegut and Palahniuk. I’ll be watching Castle and Californication and save my big screen dollars for the type of movie with a limited release.



What decade was your favorite as far as film and fiction are concerned? 70s? 80s?

My favorite films are from every decade. I really like Guy Richie and the Cohen Brothers, but I have the biggest crush on Lauren Bacall. I also think that as cool as Johnny Depp is nobody will ever be as cool as Humphrey Bogart.

I am a fan of classic horror like Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I don’t really get into reading or watching much modern horror. I have enjoyed films like trick R treat, or Red Velvet, but I think Hollywood had it right when it was black and white.

What do you see for the future of horror fiction or film? Some critics say it is in a slump.

I think “in a slump” puts it mildly. I see a whole generation of horror authors that want to be the next Stephen King, instead of trying to be the first at anything. I see Stephen King selling a ton of books, but I haven’t read a good King story since the late 80’s or early 90’s.

I see the same thing in film. The creative well is tapped and we are reduced to bloody stool samples and the few good, original horror films out there are being over looked.


Any new books on the horizon?

I found out I was included in Toe Tags 2, the sequel to the book that went head to head with Forrest J Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead in the Preditors and Editors Reader Poll. I’m really excited about that.

I'm working with a few friends like Joe Schwatrz, Scott Lefebvre and Brandon Bennett to put together a collection of transgressive short fiction we are calling Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction. It looks like it's going to be pretty cool.

I hope to have that and another manuscript out in time for Contamination 2011: The Sequel. That should be in June, but I'd like to keep the details to myself until they are more developed.

There are also two other short story collections I’ve been asked to join, but I don’t have much information on them.

I stay busy.


Any last words for our readers?

Thanks for asking me to do this interview. I look forward meeting everyone that likes my work, and maybe even a few that don’t.

Check out my website http://jtravisgrundon.blogspot.com/ to stay posted on all things J. Travis Grundon.


This interview was conducted for a book of interviews, with “the future of books, film and music.” The author/ publisher of this book has recently been charged with plagiarism, allegedly stealing nearly his entire body of work and plagiarizing such wordsmiths as Dean Koontz, and the great William S. Burroughs.

It is the belief of this author, that the book will never see the light of day, but now my interview has been posted for my friends and fans to read.

- Travis

Monday, February 21, 2011

Muse-ic



To put it simple...I love music!

I was watching the movie Pirate Radio (for the 2nd time, in as many weeks) and it occurred to me; the reason I like the movie so much was because of the music. Not only do they play some really great music in the movie, but the movie is all about the love of Rock N Roll. The more I thought about it the more I realized how much I really love music. I wouldn't want to imagine my life without it and I think it's my love of music that helped my love for books/authors like High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho and even the Jack Kerouac classic On The Road.

I listen to music when I drive, when I sleep and most of all when I write. I listen to music all the time and I have a pretty eclectic taste in what I listen to. My music is my muse. I have playlists on my Winamp for every different project and mood in my life. These lists serve as soundtracks to my work and my life.

I like to buy movie soundtracks with bands I like on them. It's really easy to learn about other great bands that way. It's not unheard of for me to spend hours (and entirely too much money) in a record store, and if they are having any kind of sale, I could be in there all day.

My favorite places to buy music are in St. Louis. I like to shop Vintage Vinyl (on Delmar) FYE (on Hampton) and APOP Records (Cherokee St.) I also buy a lot of music from Record Cellar in Vincennes, but I won't hesitate to get used CDs from Amazon. The last three albums I picked up were Strawfoot: How We Prospered, Iron and Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean and The Decemberist: The King Is Dead. I'm enjoying all three of them and It looks like 2011 is off to a great start musically.

I know I keep using the word album to describe a new CD, to be honest, I miss the days when I had a record player. My taste in music hadn't matured enough yet and I took my turntable for granted. Some days when I'm sitting around listening to CDs or MP3s working on a new story, I wish that it had the old record sound. The only good thing about the digital music revolution is that people are ditching their CD and vinyl collections. That is great for junk store vultures like my friends and I. I've been lucky enough lately to find some really cool stuff like Bad Religion and Badly Drawn Boy in pawn shops and used racks at the record store. It doesn't matter if the album is new or used, if the music is classic or an instant favorite, as long as I have my Muse-ic I'll be just fine.

Some people say they love music, but what they really mean is they like a few bands or that they like music society feeds them. I'm not going to say that just because I call myself a music lover, I love everything. I personally can't stand Insane Clown Posse, Nickelback or Toby Kieth. Their music just seems fake or generic to me, but they are packaged and market to the masses. It's just not for me.


If I had to list my favorite bands I'll say...


Johnny Cash
Tom Waits
Elvis Costello
Bob Dylan
B.B. King
Eric Clapton
Elton John
All things Nick Cave
Leonard Cohen
The Ramones
The Velvet Underground
PJ Harvey
Tori Amos
Billie Holiday
Death Cab For Cutie
All things Mike Patton
Snow Patrol
Modest Mouse
Man Man
Murder By Death
Medeski, Martin & Wood
John Prine
John Coltrane
Joe Cocker
Amos Lee
Ben Folds
Harry Manfredini
Muddy Waters
Diana Krall
Portishead
The Modern Lover
Dum Dum Girls
Face to Face
The Violent Femmes
All things Jack White
The Rolling Stones
Patsy Cline
Hank Williams Sr.
Hank III
Zoe Bokebinder
The Decemberist
Iron and Wine
City and Colour
The Broderick
Wu Tang Clan
Run DMC
2 Pac
Drake
A Perfect Circle
Grande Ole Party
Cibo Matto
7 Shot Screamer
Mumford and Sons
Cake
Doves
The Strokes
The Devil Makes Three
The Doors
The Turtles
& The Beatles...just to name a few.

I feel bad because I'm sure I missed a band I love, but this is just the first 60 I could think of. Some of the people on this list are more well known than others, but if you have not heard of my friends The Broderick or Harry Manfredini you need to do yourself a favor and check them out.



The Broderick is a band from Bloomington, Indiana. The influnces ranging from Bob Dylan and Josh Ritter to Modest Mouse and The Whigs. They have played some pretty cool gigs like SXSW and The Forecastle Music Festival. The Broderick is a perfect example of REAL good music!

Harry Manfredini is best know for his score work on the movie Swamp Thing and Friday The 13th. Manfredini is the man responsible for the chilling theme everyone thinks of when they think of a killer stalking through the woods, but he has done some other really phenomenal music too. My person favorite album he gave me is the music from a film called A Gun, A Car, A Blonde. I listen to it a lot when I'm working on a story that involves a dark place in a city, or humanity.

I hope everyone with check these guys out and if you see me out (or at a book signing) remember I'm not interested in any drama or bullshit, but I will be very interested in what music you've been listening to and any CDs you want to burn for me!!!

- Travis

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's Kind Of A Funny Rejection Story


Once upon a time, my friend Robert Freese contacted me about a Bigfoot anthology, that was looking for stories. I wrote a story, called Contravention. Once I was finished it, I emailed it to the appropriate people and crossed my little fingers they would pick me. I really liked the story and I wanted it to have a good home. It wasn't like anything else I had done. There was just something about it. It wasn't the best thing I'd ever came up with, but I had a feeling it was a story destined for good things.

I just knew it would be picked up for the Mondo Sasquatch Anthology.

Fast forward to almost a year later, I haven't heard anything on if my story was going to be used, or even if the book was was still going to happen. I didn't even care anymore. I was busy working on my third version of Eclectic Collection, but after much editing and admitting things to myself, I was a couple stories short.

It was an easy fix. I had other stories, but when I wanted to add some newer stuff I came across the Sasquatch story. I remembered how much my editor and I liked it, but I didn't want to risk putting it out there, before the Mondo book was out. I might have had a little hope it would still happen.

I made one more attempt to contact the Bigfoot people, but I never got a response. In my experiences, that means the project is over and the publisher has fallen off of the face of the earth. I didn't really know if that was the case, but I felt a lot better about including Contravention in Eclectic Collection.

Fast forward again, to the Dark Carnival Film Festival. Eclectic Collection is already out and I have been shamelessly promoting it everywhere. Then Brandon Bennett and I were lucky enough to get to enjoy Dark Carnival and spend time with our friends from Dark Rider Studios. Actress/Model/ Producer/ My Awesome Friend Kitsie Duncan and I had already talked about a trade. She'd give me a copy of their movie Lethal Obsession and I'd give her copy of my book.

We were both happy with the trade, but I didn't expect an email from her less than a week later. As it turns out, Dark Rider was offered a spot in a film project called The Collective, and they were looking for a ideas, or a hairy monster story to adapt to film, for this project.

The funny thing is that Contravention was not only included in Eclectic Collection, but it was also the first story. Once Kitsie read it, she and Chris Jay agreed it was exactly what they were looking for. The rest, as they say is history.

If you follow this blog, or you have you finger on the pulse of what's cool, you know Contravention has been adapted into Dark Rider Studio's movie MEATEATER!

THE END...? NO!

After the story is published, the film is shot and there have been no Sasquatch book sightings, I get an email from the publisher of the book. The email quickly sends me into a fit a laughter, when I read that they have chosen to reject the story, making for one of the best rejection stories ever!

J. Travis Grundon's Contravention will not be in the book Mondo Sasquatch, but you can read it in Eclectic Collection (now available on Amazon and at other fine stores) and watch for a version of it this Spring, from Dark Rider Studios(as a part of The Collective), called MEATEATER!!!

- Travis

Monday, February 14, 2011

Out Of Hibernation and Into The Fire


It has been too long since my last update, but like many people, the cold weather, snow and ice has kept me tucked away in my cave. A lot has happened in that time and a few things have changed. Other changes are still on the way, but officially announcing things and adapting to them needs to happen first.

Papercuts Hurt

Due to financial restraints and creative differences, Papercut Books has shut down for good. This announcement is twice as disappointing, because of the time and work that went into Call of Lovecraft. CoL was ready to go to print, with a great collection of talent, but the inability to pay that talent has killed that project.

I spent a lot of time and energy on this book and I was really looking forward to seeing how successful if could be. As the editor and a contributor on this book, this recent fall of Papercut Books reminds me of my struggles with Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead. That book went through several vanishing publishers and a lot of misfortune before it was picked up by Black Bed Sheet Books. It was my drive to get that book published, and Forrest J Ackerman getting involved, that got it published.

If Call of Lovecraft is ever going to see a publishing day, I will have to apply that same tenacity.

It is heartbreaking that Papercut was only able to publish two titles before going the way of the dodo. Things seemed to be turning around after the stumbling block, of a founding member leaving the company. A new benefactor joined the company, but do to another series of unfortunate events, he was forced to leave as quickly as he joined.

All of this left me holding the bag and bills for the entire company. We had ttwo books out, three books ready for release, a plethora of ideas, technical/ layout support and an art team, but zero ways to pay everyone. It's not a big secret, but I'm not a publisher. My job at Papercut was author/creative director. All that means is that I got to write books and come of with crazy ideas, then see if the group could flesh them out.

Like my other experiences in the publishing world, this has been an educational experience for me. I will keep doing what I'm doing an hope my agent can land me a real deal. I am focused on being a writer and not spreading myself as thin. This has also led to other reflections and changes...

They Killed A Mockingbird

When Papercut went out of business I felt like it was kind of a waste of time and energy. That was a familiar feeling to me because the bookstore, I opened in September, was also beginning to feel like that too. After only being open 6 months, it was clear that Vincennes was not the place to own a bookstore.

The first month was great, but it only took one month for the “new” to wear off and the customers became fewer and fewer. The rent on the building was reasonable, but when you put money a business everybody says “it takes time to start making money.” That is all well and good, but when we went nearly a week without a single customer and we didn't make a months rent in 4 month, it became a labor of love.

My frustration with the Papercut situation and other personal issues, were already twisting my nerves and the bookstore became just another headache. Almost overnight I didn't like the place. I didn't want to be there. I didn't want to put more money into it and I was pissed off that a city can support 11 bars, 5 liquor stores and 4 tattoo shops, but not ONE bookstore.

So many people said “Oh we really needed a bookstore” or “This is really a great place, I'll have to come back,” but they never did. I'm not ungrateful for a few loyal regulars, the awesome events we had or to our volunteer help, but when it came time to focus on what really mattered I noticed that the store was on my list of what mattered.

My partner, B.C. Brown was feeling this same burden. She was the other Papercut author suddenly without a publisher, and the bookstore was a financial drain on her life too. On top of these pains, Brown was also trying to juggle full time school and work, plus time at the store.

To make a long story short, it just isn't worth it.

I understand there is a level or personal accountability here with the failure of Papercut and The Mockingbird. I may have been able to pour more money into both, but I'm not a publisher and I'm not stupid enough to go down a sinking ship.

I am a dad and author. That is where my focus is. I am a good dad and I'm already 117 pages into writing a new book. I've also already finished 3 short stories and outlined 4 more since the start of the new year.

These problems with Papercut and The Mockingbird could have held me down, but I'm not going to let them. I'm getting back on the road with Eclectic Collection and I'm planning to have a new publisher and at least two more books out in 2011.

The Goddamn Eclectic tour picks back up March 12th, when I join my friend Joe Schwartz for the St. Louis Public Library 4th Annual Author Shout Out!

Stay tuned there will be more dates, good news and announcements as early as next week. I'm working with a few people on some groovy projects and I have two leads on a new publisher. I still believe 2011 is my year and I plan to prove it!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Eclectic-Collection-J-Travis-Grundon/dp/1453663126/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_


- Travis

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Previously Viewed


The picture above is from the film Meateater, from Darkrider Studios, based on my shot story Contravention.

I am really excited about this project and I look forward to seeing the finished product. I wasn't able to be on set for the filming of this movie, but I have faith in my friends at Darkrider Studios. It means a lot to me to see one of my stories turned into a movie. It also means a lot to me that my good friend Brandon Bennett has a cameo role too.

Stay tuned for more details on this film and future film projects, and if you want to check out the story that inspired this movie, it can be found in my book Eclectic Collection.

http://www.amazon.com/Eclectic-Collection-J-Travis-Grundon/dp/1453663126/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2

Speaking of movies...I have seen a lot of Top 10 Movies and Worst 10 Movies of 2010 lists. I didn't really have a chance to watch very many new movies this past year, but I made my lists, from the films I did watch!

J. Travis Grundon's Top 10 movies of 2010

1. Social Network
2. Inception
3. El Monstro Del Mar
4. Stuck (Steve Balderson)
5. Edge of Darkness
6. Toy Story 3
7. Due Date
8. Iron Man 2
9. Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day
10. The Heavy

Honorable Mention:
Devil

Movies I wanted to see in 2010:
True Grit
Black Swan
The Town
Enter The Void
&
Love and Other Drugs

Worst 5 Movies of 2010
1. Survival of the Dead
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. Daybreakers
4. Predators
5. Birdemic: Shock and Terror' (I didn't actually see all of this movie, but what I have seen makes it look like a pathetic joke. The saddest part is that the guy who made Birdemic, made it as a serious film.)

Dishonorable Mention: Every movie that looked too stupid to watch.

That's all for now!!!


- Travis

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Good Riddance! Fresh Start!

This past year has personally been one of the worst, and most fucked up, years of my life. It was a year of horrible loss, bad health, pain and serious personal and professional issues. The end of this past year only means the end of some of it, but it means the start of a new positive attitude.

I am happy to see 2011 and I look forward to a much better year. I've never been one for New Years Resolutions or fresh starts, just because it's a new year, but I see this year as a great time to rid my life of excessive drinking and unwelcome chaos.

My head is clear for the first time in a long time. I have found a new focus and a determination to create change and opportunity for myself. 2011 is going to be my year!

Happy New Year to everyone and I wish you all the best!!!

- Travis