Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 15 albums I enjoyed the most in 2012




                                                                   #5 The Broderick

Music is a big part of my writing and day to day life. I listen to music constantly. I also still get excited when my favorite artists come out with a new album and I love finding new music. That is why every year I post list of my favorite albums from the preceding year.

Here is my list for 2012:

15. A Fine Frenzy – Pines
14. San Cisco – Awkward E.P.
13. The Drowning Men – All Of The Unknown
12. Paper Lions- At Long Creek
11. Memory House – The Slideshow Effect
10. Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold
9. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
7. Jay Farrar – New Multitudes
6.  Murder By Death – Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon
5. The Broderick – The Broderick
4. Jack White – Blunderbuss
3. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
2. Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives
1. Bob Dylan – Tempest


Sufjan Stevens - Mr. FROSTY MAN  




My goals for 2013 is to make more time to listen to music and read. I have a lot of albums and books that I've neglected. I look forward to diving into them and finding more things I love. I think 2012 was a pretty good year but I think 2013 will be even more incredible.

Happy New Year!

- Travis

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Read A Book! Spotlight: James M. Bowers



James is a great friend of mine and I wish him all of the success in the world. I read an early version of this book and it was dark and emotional. I'm not a big fan of fantasy fiction. I would rather read something set in modern times. The fantasy fans I know have really enjoyed it.  

Not all of the reviews for The Dark Path have been good. Some people expect too much and others just want more. Everyone has an opinion but opinions are like assholes. If you are a fan of fantasy, decide for yourself.

Check out The Dark Path by James M. Bowers. Decide for yourself if this book is worth the ebook price of 99 cents. There are not many 304 page books for such a reasonable price. Take a chance and see if you get lost in it. 



James M. Bowers is a dabbler in many things. He was first published in Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction and soon followed that release book with the release of his first fantasy novel, The Dark Path. Find James on Twitter @jaities and http://flavors.me/jaities

Monday, December 17, 2012

What's Next?

UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond my control LURID ME will not be moving forward. The story must stay under wraps, until an adjoined project is finished. We will be changing the title back to the original title and there is no official word on when the book will actually be released. 



Original post:

I'm honored to be in the Word Weavers spotlight this week and I've decided that would make it the perfect week to start talking about my next book, LURID ME.

LURID ME tells the story of a group of young people living in a medical facility who make a pact to take control of their lives and deaths. This book will break away from my comfort zone of short story collections but it will keep the same unrelenting, character driven storytelling style. It is something very different.

We hope to have a release date and cover art available soon!

I'm also happy to announce that Jack Acid will be creating a score album  for LURID ME. The score will offer a haunting accompaniment  to your reading experience or just a dark, ambient soundtrack for you to listen to whenever you want. I'm excited to have a score to one of my books and I hope everyone will enjoy this collaboration.

You can check out Jack Acid's new  E.P. here.

Jack's Dead Tube Dead Kore is not the style we can expect for the LURID ME score but it is great, if you enjoy techno or electronica music. I look forward to having more details on the score album and possible samples very soon too!

- Travis

Monday, December 3, 2012

I'm A Word Weaver!


My Word Weavers trading card by Jennifer L. Miller


Learn more about Word Weavers. I'm happy to be a part of this group. It's about writers helping and encouraging other writer. Check out the other authors and don't miss my author spotlight on December 17th!


Word Weavers on Facebook

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Next Big Thing




1) What is the working title of your newest book?
Happy Hour Blues: A Collection of Short Stories.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
After I finished my first collection, Eclectic Collection, I wanted to do another short story collection. I wanted to do a book with less horror and more fiction that I enjoyed reading. I wanted to write a book I wanted to read.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
I don't limit myself to any genre. I have been told my stuff is Transgressive fiction, satire, speculative, and general fiction.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I try not to picture actors in the roles of my characters. A lot of my characters are based on people I know. I am a big fan of Ezra Miller. He just keeps getting better. I also really like. I'd be honored if she ever played a character I've written.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A fistful of unforgettable short fiction.

6) Is your book be self-published or represented by an agency? My books are published by Glorious Bastards Press. GB focuses on general and transgressive fiction. It is the home of Joe Schwartz and myself. Their sister company Insomnious Press is the home of James M. Bowers and B.C. Brown.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I did Happy Hour Blues as a part of National Novel Writers Month last year. I gave myself 30 days to write the stories that were burning inside me but I finished it in only 20 days. I didn't do much else for those 20 days.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I'm sure comparisons could be drawn but I don't want to be like anyone. I'm a big fan of Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, and Raymond Carver but I would not compare my work to theirs.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I write because if I don't my head will explode. I have to get it out and I really do write for me. It is great when people love my work but I really do write the books and stories I want to read. I just hope people keep enjoying them.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Each story in Happy Hour Blues has a drink recipe before the story. I think it is a little something extra that makes the book fun and it ties into the whole Happy Hour thing. I also included a 'Stories About Stories' at the end of every short story collection. It gives my readers an insight to what I was thinking, listening to, where I was in my life when I wrote certain pieces.

I have tagged a few authors I think everyone should know about. I've picked my fellow Glorious Bastard, Joe Schwartz. I am a big fan of Joe's work. Fans of my stuff will love it.

I have also picked two Insomnious Press authors, B.C. Brown and James M. Bowers. these two authors are very good friends of mine and have been very supportive of my work. I would like to return the favor. I hope my readers will give them a chance.

Joe Schwartz is a St. Louis native, he writes exclusively about the Gateway City. He prefers the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction. His protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either illicit or illegal means. He also prefers stories told through a criminal's point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates Joe so much as the motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such actions. 

"Just as I have an expectation of writing to be read I believe that it is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a disappointment." - Joe Schwartz 

You can read Joe's work for FREE on Smashwords!  You can also follow him on Twitter @JoesBlackTShirt

B.C. Brown was born with six fingers on each hand endowing her with super powers, thus enabling her to fight crime.  When a freak Cuisinart accident severed the additional digits and her powers, B.C. was forced to fall back on her secondary talent -writing.  Now she lives between the pages of a book - whether she has written it or not.  Since she has not found the surgeon to restore her fingers and powers, she has published three novels to date and contributed to one anthology.  She enjoys writing mystery, paranormal romance, science fiction and fantasy but is always in the mood for a challenge to branch out.  You can follow her crime fighting or writing.

Find B.C. Brown online at http://bcbrownbooks.blogspot.com/ and on Twitter @BCBrownBooks

James M. Bowers is a dabbler in many things. He was first published in Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction and soon followed that release book with the release of his first fantasy novel, The Dark Path. Find James on Twitter @jaities and http://flavors.me/jaities



A special thanks to John F.D. Taff for tagging me and making me a part of this series of questioning.

John F.D. Taff  is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 60 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in Missouri on the banks of a flowing river that, every now and again, loves to come inside the house. He has a tremendous girlfriend named Debbie, two dogs, Sylvia & Sadie, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. 

Find John online http://johnfdtaff.com/ and on Twitter @johnfdtaff


You can find all four of these authors and two stories from me in our book Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction. You can also find links to all of our Amazon author pages from this book listing. Check it out if you are a fan of unforgettable short fiction!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Read A Book! Spotlight: Justin Brock-Jones



I want to call attention to a book I liked so much, that I wrote the introduction for it. 

This book is great for fans of all types of vampire stories. It has elements of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Blade, True Blood, and even John Carpenter's Vampires. It really is cool for people who like any horror or just good character driven fiction.

Valley Falls is a bloodsucking good book!

"I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next to the characters. I'm looking forward to another one, and I'm not even a vampire fan, but I think I'm fast becoming one after reading this book! I hope there is a series!"  - Amazon customer review

Buy it for the Twilight fan in your life, and show them what real vampires are like!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012




See you in December!

- Travis

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Free Creepy Story For October

 

Contravention
By J. Travis Grundon
Taken from Eclectic Collection
This story is also the basis for the Darkrider Studios short film, Meat Eater. This short film was a part of the the very first JABB Pictures Collective DVD.





They grabbed every weapon they could get their hands on.  Some folks packed shotguns; others brandished pitchforks or other stereotypical lynch mob weapons. I opted for a baseball bat and my 1938 Walther P-38. The gun was old but accurate, like me.

Some stupid kids were playing in the woods near Greene Cavern, where they ought not have been playing. The little bastards were busting beer bottles and blasting their music, when they claimed something jumped out of the trees.

"I saw it with my own eyes. It was monster with huge teeth and claws!" Bobby Derris told everyone who'd listen.

"It's true," Heather Hanson confirmed. "It was all covered with hair and it tried to kill us!"
Sheriff Durham and the local authorities ordered everyone into their homes and told us all to lock the doors and windows. Of course trying to organize and protect a clan of gun toting rednecks was impossible. Nearly every boy and man in town loaded their trucks to hunt this beast, all on the word of some teenagers.
Even if the kids had been drinking, it didn’t take much to incite folks in Greene County. About the only thing we had was a little diner, a barber shop, a supermarket and a bar. We didn’t even have a Wal-Mart store, so everyone was ready for some excitement at any minute.
I tried to stay out of folks way as best as I could. I was content back up in the woods, in my own house. I just live a couple miles from the cave and almost every bit of land surrounding it belonged to either my family or the state. I don’t like trespassers and I sure as shit didn’t take too kindly to folks traipsing around that area.
  “Jed, you know that area pretty good. When we get out there can you show us where the cave is?” I heard a man holler.
It took me a moment to realize he was talking to me. It took another minute to decide if I wanted to go. I just wanted to buy supplies and go back home. I just wanted to be left alone, but at least if I was a guide for the crazy expedition I could have some hope of steering people from where they ought not be.
 “Yep, just have them kids show us where they’s attacked and I’ll get ya to the cave from there.”
When we got to the spot where the teenagers said they were attacked everyone gathered in a big circle in the middle of the road. There were a lot people interested in finding whatever had spooked these kids. Most of them were armed to the teeth.
I was stunned by the turnout and the ridiculousness of the whole situation, but what freaked me out the most was that Sheriff Durham had brought his 12 or 13-year-old son. It was crazy to assume these assholes would actually find anything, but if they did it sure as hell wouldn’t be a place to have little kids.
 If shit hit the fan, I was the only one who knew what was going to have to be done.
“I’m not right sure a monster hunt is the best place for a boy his age, sheriff,” I suggested.
“Bullshit, he goes hunting with me all the time, don’t ya boy?” The sheriff laughed, rustling the boy’s shaggy hair. “Besides, unless I miss my guess, this’ll be more like snipe huntin’.”
  “This is different. I’m just not sure it’s safe,” I tried to protest again.
  “I’ll tell you what. You let me worry about my son and I’ll let you worry about being a crazy ole hermit.”
Kids compliment things.
All I could do was shake my head in disappointment, as the mob began to split into two groups, like picking teams to play basketball. Once we were divided, it was decided that one team would check the woods around my house and the other would check the cave.
One group consisted of two of the boys who filed the report, Kevin Dunn and Bobby Darris, Bobby’s dad Rick, Michael Goldman, Mike Morrison, Tom Peters, Colby Erwin, and Deputy Willie Harris.
The other group was Sheriff Durham, his son Kaleb, Deputy Rick Hanson, and Rick’s sister Heather, Butch Walker, Jesse and Robert Jones. I wanted to go with the team that was going to be poking around my home, but I knew the sheriff knew this area pretty well, so I went with him. Besides I knew there weren’t any monsters in my backyard.
We marched into the trees like zealots. It reminded me of when I was a younger man, sneaking through the slip in Vietnam. I tried to shake a jumble of bitter memories from that time. I just keep moving, using my baseball bat as a walking stick.
Hunting monsters made just as much sense and I felt like we had an equal lack of business doing what we were doing. I didn’t feel threatened. It made sense that if you wondered into the wild that you be reminded of your place. Instead humans were afraid of what they didn’t understand or control. If a shark attacks a person in the ocean, they kill the shark. I think: kill the human or keep them out of the damn water. But I kept my thoughts to myself.
Things were quiet, except for the shuffling of our steps. We were able to move peacefully through the trees without incident and pointless conversation until Deputy Dumb-ass decided that a hunting party was a perfect time to chit chat.
“People sure have seen a lot of crazy shit out in these woods right, Jed?” Deputy Hanson asked.
“I don’t catch what you’re tryin’ to say, Rick.”
“Well, I’m just saying this is the third or fourth time someone has reported seeing a big, hairy monster out here.”
  “They were all bat-shit crazy,” Sheriff Durham interjected.
“Mrs. Wilkerson may have been crazy, but Jeff Morrison swore he saw Bigfoot out here and Rodney Davis saw it, too.”
Deputy Hanson continued rambling on about the people who reported seeing monsters in Greene County. Some got so terrified they moved away. Others were considered crazy. The only reliable people who had reported sightings had been the victims of accidents.

To be continued...

If you want the rest of this story and more from Eclectic Collection, you can get your copy here.

Check out my newest book Happy Hour Blues too.


- Travis

Saturday, September 29, 2012

31 Days of Horror Movies



We all know Halloween/ Samhain last all October long and I've made a list of my favorite 31 horror films. With this list we can watch a different horror flick every day in October, or maybe it will inspire your own 31 day monster movie marathon!
31. Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
30. found. (2012)
29. The Birds (1963)
28. The Tripper (2006)
27. Signs (2002)
26. Wolfman (1941)
25. Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
24. The Hitcher (2007)
23. Friday the 13th (1980)
22. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
21. Psycho (1960)
20. The Descent (2005)
19. The Strangers (2008)
18. Spider Baby (1968)
17. Return of the Living Dead (1985)
16. Zombieland (2009)
15. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
14. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
13. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (1994)
12. Lake Placid (1999)
11. trick r treat (2007)
10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
9. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
8. Monster Squad (1987)
7. Dog Soldiers (2002)
6. Frankenstein (1931)
5. 28 Days Later (2002)
4. American Psycho (2000)
3. Session 9 (2001)
2. Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
1. HALLOWEEN (1978)


This is my Top 31 Horror Film for October 2012. I'd like to watch at least one for every day in October, ending with Carpenter's classic Halloween on the 31st. I doubt this happens but I'll be watching most of them.

I hope you enjoy the list an check out the movies you haven't seen!

Be back here October 5th for a FREE creepy story by me, as seen in Eclectic Collection!

-Travis

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Are you ready?



A list of the filmmakers will be coming soon...

Read Happy Hour Blues before you see it on the screen!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

UNANSWERED Casting Call

We are officially moving forward on UNANSWERED!

Unanswered is a short story previously published in Twisted Dreams Magazine and my book, Eclectic Collection.

UNANSWERED a transgressive film directed by Brandon Bennett, is shooting in (or around) Vincennes, Indiana, as soon as everything is in order.
This is a non-union short film.
Director: Brandon Bennett
Producers: Brandon Bennett, J. Travis Grundon
Story/ Screenplay: J. Travis Grundon,
Casting: Well Hung Pictures


CASTING
Leads:
Woman - 21-30 year old female, Realistic - Pretty but not fake looking. Must be able to convey serous emotions.
Man - 21-30 year old male, Must be able to play dead well and possibly play happy for flashback scenes.

STORYLINE
A woman who gets off work and goes through her routine. While she is doing this she is trying to call a friend/ boyfriend/ ex boyfriend. He won't answer his phone so she goes to his house to find him dead.


Contact Well Hung Pictures at wellhungemail@gmail.com or 812 890-5021


Additional notes:
We are looking a for a woman that can really show heartbreak and emotionally falling apart. The actress selling us on the fact that a man she loved is dead will make the film or break it. We're not looking for over the top, just serious falling a part on screen.

The role does not call for any nude or sex scenes. The only thing close would be where she changes her shirt in the parking lot of her job. In the story the character has a bra on.

This should be a one to two day shoot and it is a nonpaying role. If it is a two day shoot we will buy one meal per day and provide a place to stay.

This is a closed set with a lot of the shooting being done in a car or a tight spot we will not have an interest or the space for extra people standing around. Actors would be welcomed to bring a guest but we can not offer them food or allow them to be there for shooting.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Another Top 10 Movie List

This is my Top 10 list of movie you should track down. Some people might have seen some of these movies and others may have watched them all. I dig all of these films and I think they are all worth watching. If you've seen them all (and enjoyed them) that's cool. I'm just trying to spark interest in movies that don't get the attention they deserve.


10. Red Velvet - Directed by Bruce Dickson, Starring Henry Thomas and Kelli Garner
9. Dead Hooker In A Trunk - Written, starring and directed my the Twisted Twins, Jen & Sylvia Soska
8. Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon - Co-written and directed by Scott Glosserman
7. Spiral - Co-directed by Adam Green (Hatchet)& starring, written, and co-directed by Joel David Moore (Grandma's Boy, Avatar)
6. A Perfect Place - A short film written and directed by Derrick Scocchera, starring Bill Moseley (Devil's Rejects) and Mark Boone Jr. (30 Days of Night) with original music by Mike Patton of Faith No More
5. Shade of Grey - Written and directed by Jakob Bilinski (Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh)
4. Spider Baby - Written and directed by Jack Hill, Starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Sid Haig
3. Vulgar - Written and directed by Bryan Johnson (Comic Book Men), Starring Brian O'Halloran (Clerks)and it's produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Red State)
2. Firecracker - Starring Mike Patton (singer Faith No More), written and directed by Steve Balderson (STUCK, Pep Squad)
1. Wristcutters: A Love Story - Based on a story by Etgar Keret, written for screen and directed by Goran Dukic

I hope people will look up these movies. They are not for everyone but fans of my work will love them all. Check'em out!
I'll have more to say about movies on my next blog and maybe even some good news on TERMS or the Happy Hour Blues project!

- Travis

Sunday, August 5, 2012

This & That


I have a few things I want to blog about but I can't talk about most of it yet. I plan to update the ole blog soon. Until then I give you...Writers Do It Alone!

Did you notice Marilyn Ghigliotti?
Marilyn is best known for her role in Kevin Smith's Clerks. Marilyn and I will be be joining Ernie Hudson(Ghostbuster, The Crow), Jason Craig (Evil Ernie, Wolverine, Jason vs. Freddy vs. Ash), James O'Barr (The Crow graphic novel)and many more, as guest at the Nashville Comic & Horror Fest.
This convention will also have the largest collection of Walking Dead cast member in attendance
http://www.comiccitytn.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nashville-comic-and-horror-festival/205071619515715

Nashville Comic & Horror Fest will be Oct. 6th & 7th. My birthday is the 7th and this is how I plan to celebrate. I hope to see everyone in Nashville!

- Travis

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Cinephreakin' Birthday Jakob Bilinski!


Today is Director Jakob Bilinski's birthday. I thought this would be the perfect time to post a little bit about the guy and get a few more people interested in what he's doing. I have been a fan of Bilinski's work since my friend, Brandon Bennett, told me about the movie FOXXY MADONNA vs. THE BLACK DEATH. Since then I have followed his work and found a serious love for his film, Shade of Grey. I'm very proud to own a signed copy of Shade of Grey. I would encourage anyone who enjoys plot and character development to check out this movie.

Bilinski's style is a gritty blend of great story telling and interesting characters. It is also easy to see that he puts part of himself into everything he produces. I know I am always looking forward to his next project.

I am lucky to be able to call this guy a friend and someone I look forward to working with in the near future.

Check out more about Jakob Bilinski on his website:
Cinephreak Pictures
Here is the trailer for Jakob Bilinski's next film, THREE TEARS ON BLOODSTAINED FLESH

Enjoy!

- Travis

Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Post by B.C. Brown - Shades of B.C. Brown



"As an indie author, it's hard to get people to review your book." This is one of the most reiterated statements I hear from other authors. And it Simply. Isn't. True.

The self-pubbed world of literature has literally EXPLODED in the last one- to two-years thanks to success stories like Amanda Hocking. What used to be a phrase ("self-pubbed") that was more whispered than spoken, being an indie author has put the power of the written word back into the hands of those who count - we who hold the pens/laptops!

But, despite this shift of power, there are still daunting tasks for any author going the self-pub route. If writing, editing, formatting, cover art, promotion and sales weren't enough to make most people want to run for the hills. As authors, we also have the overwhelming tasks of garnering -yipes!- REVIEWS for our books.

What used to be a difficult thing to do without the backing of a powerful agent or publishing house, indie reviews have gotten so easy to come by it's almost too easy. The big thing is getting your new writing out there for book bloggers, voracious readers, and sometimes-only readers.

Um, how? Well, you utilize every tool you have in your arsenal. Book blogging sites are numerous; almost everywhere you look online, there is a link to this book blogger's site or that one's. We simply have to do the small amount of research required by clicking over to their blog, actually reading it (highly suggested if you don't want to just be a "solicitor"), and finding out what their submission requirements are. Then you email, DM, submit the form, do whatever is required of you to submit to this book blogger and, well, wait. Most book bloggers do what they do for the love of reading; and in part, I'm sure, for free reading material. What do you have to lose by it? Nothing.

"But I've lost a sale." Whenever I mention this to people, this is what I hear. And the truth of the matter is that this statement couldn't be less true than someone saying the world is flat. This book blogger you've given a free PDF to wasn't in your fan base and probably didn't even know you existed. If they never knew you existed, then they were never a potential sale, were they? So we haven't lost a sale; we've gained a review, a (hopefully) fan, and the notice of that particular blogger's following. Think we might get at least one sale out of that free read? You bet your sweet tuckus!

But book bloggers aren't the only place to seek reviews for indie authors. There are thousands of full time book review sites embracing their love of indie skill and creativity. And, yet, there are still old standbys like your friends, family, and acquaintances on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Make an event and send it out to select individuals you think would like a free copy of one of your books; you can even make this fun and maybe toss in a contest. Who wouldn't want a free PDF of a book and the possibility to win an autographed print copy? Sure, they may already have it but an autograph is an autograph (they'll want it when one of us becomes the next J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyers). Plus, they don't necessarily have to get it signed to them; maybe they liked it and want to give it as a gift? Who knows!

Does all of this take a little time out of our day to accomplish? Sure. An author might have to send out 200 review events to get even 5 back. But who cares? That's 5 more reviews we didn't have before. Does it take time to read and research book bloggers and review sites out there? Yep, sure does. But would any one of us want to pass up the chance a book blogger with 10k followers loves our book and suggests it as a 'Must Read' to their fans? Um, probably not.

Remember: yes, you are giving away free copies of your book, but you can't look at it like that. You have to think of it as part of your marketing strategy, part of generating BUZZ. As people we look at the reviews an item has to determine if it is "worth" the money or time we'll be spending. It would be just plain silly to let the idea of a loss that was never a loss in the first place keep us from gaining more than we ever could have thought possible. It's one thing to think outside the box, but sometimes you also have to think outside the straight jacket. ;)

Any other indie or traditional house authors out there want to chime in? Did I forget to mention something here - another circle or type of review-getter?

BC Brown ~ Paranormal, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy

"Because Weird is Good."

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Coming To TERMS With A New Director


A lot of people have been asking me about what is going on with the movie TERMS. To be honest I have more questions than I have answers. I know the movie is moving forward with a new director, Mike Dorbzelecki, and that he is working on a rewrite of the script.

Dorbrzelecki is also very busy with his short film, DIE DEVELKOK DIE!

Here is the teaser for DIE DEVELKOK DIE!


I never expected the script I sent to Joshua Hull to be the final script that would be shot. I expected Hull to make a few changes. Dorbzelecki is working over the script to fit his vision of the film. I don't know what his vision is. Dobrzelecki is still working on his rewrite and we have not had the chance to talk much. He has told me that he is ready to collaborate fully on this. That works for me.

I can promise that the original story will be preserved in the novelization of TERMS. I am still planning to release this book around the time of the TERMS movie. I still have not landed on a publisher for this book. I have a couple to pick from and it will be easier once I can talk about the plot more.

One of my friends has suggested that TERMS will be a lot like Fight Club or American Psycho. The book will be a different creature from the movie but both will be excellent. Another friend agrees and added that in most cases the book is better. I think both will be awesome in their own way. The book will no doubt be different from the movie and it will have an original cover by my friend, Diane Irby. I'm honestly excited as hell about the book.

Check out Diane Irby here: http://www.facebook.com/TheArtofDianeIrby
&
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dianeirbyart

Until next time I will stay focused and look forward to all of the new developments on TERMS. I will also be keeping everyone posted on the Happy Hour Blues Collective film project and other kick-ass things in development. I've been talking to a lot of directors that I admire and there are some cool things on the horizon. I also hope to be able to announce a publisher for the TERMS book and details on my next short story collection in the very near future.

Find TERMS on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/termsmovie
&
Twitter: @TERMSmovie


- Travis

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Happy Hour Blues Collective



JABB Pictures and J. Travis Grundon are joining forces to bring you the Happy Hour Blues Collective!

This collaboration will be a series of short films based on stories from Grundon's book Happy Hour Blues. The films will be directed by the hottest up and coming indie filmmakers and they will be presented in the same style as previous JABB Picture Collective DVDs. J. Travis Grundon and JABB have cross paths before. Darkrider Studios used a story written by Grundon as a part of the very first Collective DVD. Since then JABB has become THE force in anthology movie making.

The Happy Hour Blues Collective promises to deliver the same grit and graphic story telling fans would expect from JABB Pictures and J. Travis Grundon!

http://www.jabbpictures.com/

http://www.facebook.com/JABBpicturesthecollective

@JABBpictures

http://jtravisgrundon.blogspot.com/

@jtravisgrundon

Stay tuned for more details as directors are announced and this project moves forward!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Update with an angel



Pam Grier and I

It has been too long since I have updated this blog. I have been focused on my personal life again. This page has been almost as neglectied as my Google+ account, but I have been micro-blogging/ Tweeting with Twitter. You can see those posts and keep up with the Twitter log on the right.

A lot has happened since my last blog.

The Happy Hour Tour is off to a slow start. I have already hit HorrorHound in Ohio and Boxcar Book in Bloomington, Indiana. I still have a lot more dates ahead. I haven't sold many books, but I had a great time at both of these events.

In Ohio, I was lucky enough to meet Pam Grier. I bought her book and gave her a copy of Happy Hour Blues. She seemed really happy. That may change when she reads it, but she loves gifts and she really loves books. She was incredibly lovable and it was awesome to meet her. I have been a fan for years and I hope you likes my work at least 13% as much as I like hers. That would be amazing.

The next event I packed my wares to was a solo signing, at Boxcar. I love the store and the people responsible for making it the cool place it is. As usual everyone was very nice and I was able to enjoy a day walking around Bloomington, Indiana. I didn't have many people show up for the reading or sell many books, but any time I get to be in Bloomington is worth it to me. I'll always welcome a chance to get a cup of coffee at SOMA, do some record shopping and eat irresistible food in my favorite Indiana city.

I'm planning to keep up with this blog a little better. My lack of updates is just a small example of how little I have been writing lately. I won't get into detail. It seems like every time I mention something about working on a project life gets in the way or the project falls short for another reason.

I'll just stick to posting about finished books and scripts.

TERMS is still in pre-production. Director Joshua Hull contacted me about registering the film with the SAG. I agreed that it seemed like the best way to get the best movie possible, the movie he and I both want. After talking to other people involved with the film it was decided to go ahead and register. I hope to have more details on TERMS and WOTLD soon.

I also hope to have details on another film project very soon.

That is all for now. Look for more updates in the near future, and make sure to follow me on Twitter and re-post links to Happy Hour blues on Amazon, for a chance to win a copy.

Cheers!

- Travis

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reanimating a Monster Kid!



J. Travis Grundon and Horror Icon, Clive Barker


I was starting to lose my love of horror. Horror and I had talked about seeing other people. After a slew of crap released and called horror films I just lost interest and hope in the genre. Only a few folks helped keep that love alive and I want to thank them for reminding me why I am a Monster Kid!

I took a year off from horror cons and only stayed on the outer rim of being a horror fan by watching The Walking Dead. To me, The Walking Dead is horror and zombie fiction done right. I was hooked for the first episode, but between seasons and mid-season breaks I was out. I considered myself a zombie fan. I wasn't sure I could still call myself a horror fan, because I skipped my old favorites and everything else that came out.

Special thanks go to Director Joshua Hull. When Josh approached me about writing TERMS I hadn't even watched a horror movie in nearly a year, not even on Halloween. I wanted to write TERMS and I loved the idea enough to dive back into horror, but I needed to get myself in the right mindset. I watched a lot of crappy horror movies and I was getting more inspiration out of things like Bellflower and Girl, Interrupted.

It wasn't until I watched the Scott Glosserman film Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon that I got my head right. I owe Mr. Glosserman a big thank you for making that movie and for just being the right movie at the right time. I really hope things work out for this movie to see a sequel.

You can check out more on this and help out here: http://www.freddyinspace.com/2012/03/without-our-help-leslie-vernon-will-be.html

Once I got my head right I finally watched Battle Royale, a movie I had only seen parts of. I could kick my own ass for not seeing it sooner, but it is not an easy movie to find in the area I live in. It also was never cheap when I found it at conventions, but now that I've seen it, it is already in my top 10 favorite films and I will be watching it again and again. I love it.

Now my love for horror is rejuvenated and I'm back to my old self.

Thanks also go to Brandon Bennett for feeding me movie after movie to keep me interested. He has turned me onto a lot of lower budget movies like Incest Death Squad I would have otherwise avoided, but now I love them. IDS is a must see for fans of strange horror.

I owe Brandon also because he and I also started talking about WOTLD. That made me revisit my old zombie love and charged me to go back to old favorites like 28 Days Later, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead and both versions of Night of the Living Dead.

Reconnecting with these favorites brought back my love for other greats like Lake Placid, Repo: The Genetic Opera, They Live, Monster Squad, 30 Days of Night and the original Halloween.

I'm happy to have a healthy relationship with horror again. I can enjoy newer films like Super 8, The Dead, Doghouse and other horror flicks I've missed. I'm doing a lot of catch up. I only recently watched Beverly Lane, and loved it.

The rejuvenated love timing is perfect because El Monstro Del Mar, a movie I loved over a year ago at The Dark Carnival Film Fest, is now available on DVD in the US. The timing also works well because Dead Hooker in a Trunk is also finally available in the US. I haven't seen it, but I can't wait.

So...Thanks to Joshua Hull, Brandon Bennett, Scott Glosserman and everyone who brought me back to horror, but beware: I have a few more horror stories of my own. I can't wait to get back out in the horror convention circuit and I look forward to what horrors are ahead.

Maybe one day TERMS or WOTLD will be on someones list of favorite horror films.



-Travis

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Get the Happy Hour Blues!

Just in case you don't follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Goodreads...Happy Hour Blues is now available from Amazon and other fine retailers!

Check out the link below or click on the picture of the cover to the right!

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Hour-Blues-Travis-Grundon/dp/1469901846/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_t_4

I'm very excited about the release of this book. I think that it is a collection of my best work so far and I am also happy about the release party.

The release party will be Saturday, Feb. 25th @ 7pm, at Governor's Hall, located on the Vincennes University campus.

Guest authors will include B.C. Brown and John F. D. Taff. Brown and Taff will be talking about their stories in Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction and their new books, due out later this year.

It's going to be a good time, but if you can't make it to the release party, I hope you will order a copy from the comfort of your own home!

- Travis

Monday, February 13, 2012

Release delay and party news

Due to a series of last minute edits, Happy Hour Blues will not be available by Feb. 14th. The fine folks at Glorious Bastards Press are working hard to have it available as soon as possible. I will make an announcement, as soon as the book is available. This is not the first time I've had a release date pushed back. I'm sad, but I should have books in time for the release party.

The Happy Hour BLues Release Party will be on Feb. 25th, at Governor's Hall, located on the Vincennes University campus.

I will have copies of the new book, in addition to copies of Eclectic Collection, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, and possibly even more previously published work.

There will also be a few other authors at this event with their books. Those authors will be announced as they RSVP. At this time B.C. Brown and James M. Bowers will be in attendance. They will both b signing copes of Fracas, and Brown will have copies of her book, A Touch of Darkness: An Abigail St. Michael Novel.

This event will also be holding a half pot drawing to benefit Blessings for Bri, and a portion of the profits from this event will go to this cause as well.

http://www.facebook.com/BlessingsforBri

I will be doing at least one reading and fielding questions during a Q&A.

There will be an after party following this event. Details on the after party will be announced at the book release. You have to be there to be invited!

This book release party is free and open to the public, but it would be cool if you bought a book. All books will be $8 and signed for free. Spread the word and we hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 25, 2012
7:00pm until 10:00pm


Vincennes University Governor's Hall - Vincennes, IN.

http://www.facebook.com/events/350437018312671/

- Travis

Monday, February 6, 2012

Good News For Bad People



I have finally finished the script for my rakishly clever zombie film, Wedding of the Living Dead, for Well Hung Pictures.

As I mentioned in a previous blog, WOTLD is slated to 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 Vol. 1, Meateater.

Bennett and I started brain storming movie ideas about two years ago, and 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.

I am really excited about this script and I can't to get moving on this thing.

In other news I have seen the proof copies of Happy Hour Blues and I am really happy with them and I look forward to fans, friends and new readers enjoying this book. It is my best so far.

Happy Hour Blues will be released everywhere February 14th, and I will be posting information about the book release party as soon as everything is finalized!

Last, but not least, I am running two contest on my J. Travis Grundon – Author/Screenwriter Facebook page. All you have to do do to enter is go “Like” the page and I'm giving away a copy of Happy Hour Blues when I reach 101 “likes.”

http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Travis-Grundon-AuthorScreenwriter/208233652548159

The other contest involves leaving a comment on the page, and I'm going to pick 3 people to be characters in one of my books or stories. It's that easy. Who wouldn't want to be immortalized in a work of crazy fiction.

I will have more information very soon!

- Travis

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nowhere Man


One question I get asked the most is where I'm from. I've been told that it's hard to tell from the way I talk and I don't don't talk about where I live much either. It might be because I don't really live anywhere that cool, but it's also because I don't think everyone needs to know where I live.

I have moved around a lot in my life. I've lived in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and a couple other places. I've also traveled and been lucky enough to enjoy several places I'd like to live, like Austin, L.A., Pittsburgh, Bloomington, Illinois and Bloomington, Indiana.

The truth is that I live in the middle of nowhere and I don't claim any place as my hometown. My mailing address is a Vincennes address, but I don't call Vincennes home.

After my bookstore closed and I moved away, I decided that no city is my home. My home is truly where my heart is. As long as I have my daughter and the people I love around me, I'm happy and I'm at home.

At one stage in my life, I was proud to be called a local Vincennes author, but Vincennes has enough authors, like my friends B.C. Brown, Molly Daniels, Floyd Root, Benjamin Martinson and others. Unlike the "Author" and plagiarist, David Boyer, that Vincennes is noted for, these other authors are great people and have a fine mix of styles. They have a writing group, that I was once a member of, and they are people that the city can be proud of.

I am not someone the city can parade around and promote. We tried. It didn't work.

My style is too crass and I don't have a love for Vincennes.

Some people might think that I'm being an asshole with these statements, but if that is the case, I'm fine with that. Those people are either missing my point or only looking at the negative aspects of it. Nothing changes either way.

I'm not the best at anything. I'm not even that cool. I'm J. Travis Grundon. I'm from the middle of nowhere and I write stories full of bad words and bad people, but I love what I do and I'm happy.

I think having my heart broken, dealing with jerks and being an asshole at times has helped my writing. I am able to write from all sides of the friendship and romantic relationship spectrum with conviction. I know what it feels like to be the bad guy and the guy with a broken heart.

Not every character can be a brash bad-ass or a hopeless romantic. I have been told to write what I know, and I think it helps to write believable characters, even if the situations are unbelievable.

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~ Gloria Steinem

*NOTE: This is not an anti Vincennes blog. I don't hate any city and I don't hate anybody. It's just an answer to a question. Vincennes has just as much good as it does bad. I just have a lot of bad memories and unhappy feelings when I think about it.

- Travis

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I can't sleep...




TERMS casting is moving along. Happy Hour Blues is about ready for its Valentines Day release and I am a happy guy. I don't really know what else to say.

I hope everyone will go check out the TERMSmovie Facebook page. We are giving out a lot of prizes and the buzz surrounding this film is just getting bigger and better. I really think people are going to be talking abut this movie.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/TERMSmovie/230711477001693


I would also like to take this opportunity to suggest that all of you check out the movie Bellflower. This is the first movie to hit me with such impact since Fight Club or KIDS. It is unbelievably incredible. It has easily made my Top 10 and may break my Top 5 favorite films of all time.



Fans of my work will love this movie, and the other way around...I hope.

I should also mention that I am really enjoying this season of Californication, despite my previous trepidation about this season. It has had some really great lines and the characters are really evolving. I look for silly things like that in a television series.

One of my new favorite quotes:

"If you break my daughter's heart,being stomped on by a bunch of gangbangers is going to seem like a play-date compared to the can of rape-ass I will open up on your...ass." Hank Moody, Californication

I hope I get to announce some of the really great news I'm hording next week!

- Travis

Friday, January 20, 2012

Singing legend dies at 73




Etta James
1938 - 2012

An incredible song by an incredible woman! She will be missed. The songs will last forever.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blessings For Bri



(Taken from the Facebook page Blessings for Bri)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blessings-for-Bri/265093196890379

Nine year old Brianna (Bri) Clouse was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Diffuse Anaplastic Wilms Tumor and has began treatment at Riley Hospital. This page is to offer our love and encouragement to Bri and her family, but also to help coordinate fund raising efforts. All funds collected through this page and its administrators will go directly to Bri's mother, Amy Nichole Stantz to use as she needs it. Currently, you may also send well wishes to Bri by sending them to:
Riley Childrens Hospital
702 Barnhill Dr.
Brianna Clouse Room 5122
Indianapolis, IN 46202


We are planning a silent auction to raise funds for Bri. We have decided that the best way to do this is online through this page. We are currently seeking and collecting donations for the auction. Watch for the album to appear in the next few days. If anyone has anything or knows of a business that would like to donate an auction item, please check out the Facebook page or contact me directly at j.travisgrundon@gmail.com. You can also "Like" the page and leave a comment or message event organizers, Stacy McCandless or Trissa Clark.

I will personally be donating copies of Eclectic Collection and Happy Hour Blues.

Bidding on these items is a simple way to buy cool stuff and help a family in need!

- Travis

Monday, January 16, 2012

Title and Cover

It's officially Monday and that means it's time for a new blog and the announcement of the title for my new collection of short stories. Not everyone is going to like this title, and even I'll admit that the cover lacks that eye catching power Eclectic Collection had, but I wanted to keep it simple. I didn't want the cover to be too busy. I want this book to be about the words. I think the stories inside this book are what is important.


HAPPY HOUR BLUES



At this time Glorious Bastards Press and I are working to have this puppy ready for a Feb. 14th release date.

Stay tuned for more details and updates!

- Travis

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

TERMS Casting Call



TERMS (2012)















Actress/Model, Taylor Cauley


CASTING CALL:
Arsonist Pictures (the production company behind the award winning zom-com BEVERLY LANE) is looking to cast 4 roles for their upcoming drama/slasher TERMS.

TERMS is a twisted tale of friendship & sacrifice that can be described as "Battle Royale meets The Breakfast Club". Plot details are currently being kept under wraps.

TERMS is written by critically acclaimed novelist/screenwriter J. Travis Grundon. Award winning Director Joshua Hull will direct. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3852825/)

The film is slated to film early June in Indiana. It is a low budget, non-union feature. Food/lodging will be taken care of for the cast. A DVD copy of the finished film will also be provided. The film has a strong, early buzz building already.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION:

Production title: TERMS
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production location: Indiana
Production Company: Arsonist Pictures
Company website: Insert website here
Director: Joshua Hull
Producer: Bryan Wilson, Joshua Hull, Matt Rich
Casting Director: Camille Hull
Audition Location: online
Email: arsonistpix@gmail.com
Paid/Non-Paid: Paid, Deferred

Other/Additional Compensation: Film Credit, DVD Copy
Meals/Lodging/Transportation Provided: Meals, Snacks and Beverages

KEY DATES

*Auditions: Video Audition only!
*Submission Period: Jan 13th - Feb 16th
*Submit your headshot, resume & video audition to Camille at arsonistpix@gmail.com. We are seeking a dramatic monologue/scene that will show how well you can handle a dramatic, tense situation.

Character BIOS

NICO [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 16-18]
*Short hair is a must. Naturally pretty but damaged.

DARWIN [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 15-18]
*Aspires to be the next John Carpenter. A horror movie buff.

RACHELLE [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 16-18]
*Dreams of being an actress, long black hair.

SADIE [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 16-18]
*Former cheerleader

*For more info on TERMS:
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TERMSmovie/230711477001693?ref=ts

Recent Interview with horrorsociety.com:
http://www.horrorsociety.com/2012/01/09/exclusive-joshua-hull-and-j-travis-grundon-talk-terms/

The cast already includes: Taylor Cauley (pictured above), Noah East (Beverly Lane), Raymond Kester (Scalene), and Angela Steele (Beverly Lane)

Don't forget to follow on Twitter @TERMSmovie.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The first TERMS interview and an update just for you!




2012 is here and I have finished a couple projects already.

Edits are moving along on the next collection of short stories, and I have had to come up with a new title, since Guy Drinking Coffee #3 is still the title of the third book and because I am excluding my novella, Cloud 8, from the second collection. I've landed on a new title for the second book and I think I really like it. The new title will be revealed very soon and I'm working with Glorious Bastards Press for a possible Valentine's Day release date.

The script for WOTLD was finished, but I'm working on my first rewrite of it, because I didn't like how it jumped near the end. I think this and TERMS is some of the best writing I've produced. I can't wait for both of these movies to start filming.

Here is the recent exclusive interview Director Joshua Hull and I did with horrorsociety.com.

http://www.horrorsociety.com/2012/01/09/exclusive-joshua-hull-and-j-travis-grundon-talk-terms/

Don't forget to "like" the TERMSmovie and J. Travis Grundon - Author/Screenwriter Facebook pages for all kinds of updates, casting information, and contest. We are giving away a copy of Eclectic Collection, copies of The Collective Vol. 1 & 2, and a copy of Joshua Hull's first film Beverly Lane. Check it out and get in on the winning!

I have been asked to be a part of a couple more projects, that I'll be talking about later, but with the release of my second book, the TERMS book, Cloud 8: A Novella, the filming of TERMS, and the start of WOTLD, it's going to be a very busy year!

Stick around and check back often for updates!

- Travis