From the Mind of Master Imaginationist Crystal Connor ~"A Trusted Name in Terror."

The Darkness, Artificial Light, In The Valley of Shadows

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A great read if I say so myself, and now someone else gets to read it for ya!

Do you want to double, triple your speed on the treadmill by running from Zombies in your workout?

Do you want to be so afraid of the dark that you don't even want to close your own eyes? 

Well thanks to the award-winning imagination of Wordsmith Crystal Connor and the amazing voice of K. Richardson now you can!

Now you too can be up in the middle of the night wandering the well lit corridors of your home with a flashlight and a shotgun for the low, low price of FREE!

But wait! There's more! 

Are you terrified of children? You will be after you meet Bryannah, Robby, & Kim!

Do you have an insatiable urge to explore dark, cramped places like attics and basement's? I got just the cure for that!

Download your copy today!

It's finally here! My anthology is now available as an audio book! The free version is available on podiobooks  the deluxe version is coming soon. It has bonus features that you won't hear on the free version. I'm so super excited that I have an audio book for And They All Lived Happily Ever After! because due to the lay out and because of the graphics there is no way to convert it to Kindle/Nook but the cool thing about the audio version because it doesn't have the layout and graphics that's in the book it's a completely different experience than reading the book. 

This project was just amazing all the way around, here is the link for the version. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks again for all your support

Friday, August 22, 2014

Live Action Movie Reviews! The Custom Mary

Things you never see black people doing in horror movies: Thing # 9

Lean over the body to check to see if the killer is dead.

On Aug 20th, 2014, after arriving home after celebrating her little sister's birthday Crystal Connor noticed an email with the subject line: Since you wrote The End is Now and loved I'm Not Jesus Mommy... Intrigued she opened it and found a Hulu link. Sitting at her computer wrapped in a fleece blanket, she clicked the link. For the next 81 minutes her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst...

This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, Matt Dunnerstick's 2013 The Custom Mary

Reader discretion is Advised

Entry 1: Oh my God I love the narrator's voice.

Entry 2: Ok, when a preacher says 'we alone read the exact page of His purest word' that should be the equivalent of a HUGE neon bridge out ahead sign and you need to pay more than just attn to the shit he says next.

Entry 3: OMG she is so adorable!

Entry 4: Oh hell no! The Order of the who?!

Entry 5: See! That's why you need to know your bible. 

Entry 6: Mary listen to that voice that's screaming in your head right now.

Entry 7: Which bible are you reading?!

Entry 8: What did they just do to her?

Entry 9: Spelling casting? You just fucked it up for everyone

Entry 10: He just said 'If we can clone a lamb, we can clone the Lamb of God, no problem.'™ What the fuck?

Entry 11: Ok so that whole Mark 13:32-33 thing really doesn't matter? 

Entry 12: You just gonna let them perform a medical procedure on you in a grown man's bedroom who still lives at home w/his Mamma?

Entry 13: Your going to Hell on a scholarship program

Entry 14: Right!

Entry 15: It's too late now

Entry 16: The baby is black!

Entry 17: Oh my God they just left her

Entry 18: Where's Joseph? Ok, there he is

Entry 19: omg they are the cutest parents

Entry 20: That's what you guys fucking get

Entry 21: Yeah she does

Entry 22: Oh my God

Entry 23: That's so fucked up

Entry 24: Really?!

Entry 25: You need to go find her

Entry 26: She is not about to spend 40 days/40 nights wandering around Victorville

Entry 27: She's gonna die out there

Entry 28: Did she die?!!!

Entry 29: That's a hellofa vision

Entry 30: There can only be one but you've clone 11

Entry 31: It's your own fault, if you had read the bible for yourself and not listened to some charlatan you would be in this situation. None of you would.

Entry 32 : HOLY SHIT!!!

Entry 33 : Oh my God

Entry 34 : Wow

Plotline: "The story of The Custom Mary involves two preachers and a scientist, who discover two drops of Jesus Christ's blood. They use this material to clone Christ and to impregnate the young Mary with Christ's DNA. Along the way, Mary becomes involved with a lowrider mechanic named Joe, but their relationship is tested when Mary's pregnancy does not go as planned. Mary undergoes a transformation of faith, while finding new relationships on the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles." 
- Written by Josh Taubensee for IMDb 

Scariness Factor: This is not a horror film, I would say its religious based science fiction, but if you give yourself a moment to think about the implications of what they're doing, its terrifying 

Gross-out Factor: N/A

High Points: This is an urban story, and the two main actors are speaking an urban language and its authentic! There's none the overly exaggerated stereotyping that reinforces the negative images and assumptions about people living in the inner city. I was so impressed by that, that I paused the movie to look up the writer and was surprised to see that it's a white guy. The diversity and the complexity and depths of the characters of color was welcoming & refreshing

I loved how each chapter of the movie was indicated by graffiti art that was drawn right on top of the moving picture. There's tons of symbolism which allows the movie to convey a lot of information without dialogue.

Speaking of dialogue, another thing that was masterfully done is the metaphorically use of words. The Joseph in this story is a mechanic and the way he talks about his car to explain the things in the world sounds biblical. There is another character in the movie that looks like a 'Our Lady of ...' icons, the things she says are profound, but she works on cars too so her spiritual advice is mechanical as well. Your gonna have to see it for yourself because I cant explain the awesomeness.  

There are so many layers to this movie that I am going to watch it again, but the thing that stayed with me was how these powerful men preyed on the faith of the believers.

Complaints: None.

Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an 'interactive'€™ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I'm having. I'm a tough customer and I can be pretty unforgiving when it comes to the myopic way in which I prefer to be entertained. And OMG this movie was fucking amazing! 

Ok, let me back up a bit. Vaughn Juares 2010 I'm Not Jesus Mommy landed on my top five list and has stayed there for the last four years. It's a low budget indie that has plenty to complain about, despite this, the story is so strong it overcomes all of the things that a lot of indie films can't help. It's a testament that fans will forgive anything if the story is compelling. 

I have to say that Matt Dunnerstick's 2011 The Custom Mary has rudely rearranged my entire top 10 list

Stars: 5 solid stars!

Where I watched it : Hulu

Oh, before I forget get, The End is Now reference is for one of the books I co-wrote w/paranormal romance & dark fantasy author Lori Titus under the pen name of Connor Titus. Here is the Amazon link if you wanna check it out.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In Today's Inbox

Ok, Even though I read all of my fan-mail I usually don't respond especially when they are upset over a character or stunned to anger over an ending that they didn't see coming. The most recent question I was asked is a really good one and totally threw me for a loop so I thought I'd answer the email it here. But before I can answer it I need to share the question that was asked by a 17 year old black girl living in Denver€¦.

'You have a black woman on the cover of The Darkness, both main characters are black women but the magic in the story is European. There isn't a person on the cover of In The Valley of Shadows but there is a lot of African mythology in that book and Middle Eastern too. You tell us about legends that I had never even heard of before. Did you do this so that white readers would read the entire trilogy?'

Wow. That's a hellofa question. And the answer is no. The reason African mythology and folklore aren't mentioned that much in the 1st two book, is, like you, I had never heard these stories before.

About a third of the way through Artificial Light I became a member of the Black Science Fiction Society and through that association I met authors like Milton Davis and artist like James C. Lewis and I was shown glimmering flashes of my ancient history. Excited I dug for more, and while looking for something else I stumbled upon a site called Fuck Yeah! African Mythology and basic the flood gates opened from there.

And even then I wasn't really sure if I'd be able to incorporate any of the stuff I was learning into the trilogy, not until the very end. It was so much fun being discovering these stories and being able to retell them in my own words.  But because of the way the story of Inanna unfolds, if I had known then what I know now I still would not have been able to fold in so much African mythology and folklore until the very end.

But don't worry, as always, I have something simmering on the back burner

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Addressing the latest concern...

Hello my followers!

So And They All Lived Happily Ever After! is making the rounds again, thanks you guys I am so super stoked about that, I was even spotlighted this week, see? =D

But with a new batch of fans comes a new batch of complaints, which is fine, you can't please everyone and I don't even try, however this newest complaint has gotten to the point that it needs addressing because quite frankly I don't like the implication.

Let's take a sec to talk about diversity and what it means to be all inclusive.

The Lazarus Antidote feats a biracial couple

Best Friends Forever revolves around the madness of a woman attempting to break up w/her girlfriend

There's a story where a 15 year old boy makes a pretty drastic decision to protect his big brother who is still in the closet 

And then we have The Apple, which seems to be the source of the problem for some. Why? Apparently over the derogatory use of the word fag. I find it quite breath taking that, after reading the stories listed above that some of you have the audacity to send me emails accusing me of being homophobic. That's fucking laughable.

Diversity needs to be all inclusive, even when, especially when you don't like it. Take a look around you, there are people who are still very uncomfortable with the idea of gay people. That's just a fact of life. Deal with it.

I'm not writing to ignite social change or spark some type of awareness, I just write. If my characters are gay, they're gay. If an extra uses the term fag when talking about gay men in a story, then she uses the term fag. Simple as that. To suggest otherwise it stupid. 

Ok, so now that that's out of the way¦

DUDES! Your never gonna believe it … I now review indie horror/sci fi movies for! I know right! The one thing I know that will be challenging for Horror Addicts is that sometimes I will be reviewing films that I didn't really like. The 1st review I did for HA was for a movie that I would have never watched on my own and OMG it was so fun, here's the link. The 2nd movie looked really good, but it wasn't what I expected. I hate writing luke-warm reviews, which is why I stopped reviewing movies I didn't like here. But the guys over at HA said the 2nd review is still good so...whew! 

I'm going to be posting the links to my HA at the bottom of my DVD pick of the week reviews so from now on you will always get two reviews at once. Oh! And guess what! That's not even all! Horror Mansion started following me on Twitter¦ ME! Plus in Oct they are gonna be hosting a book giveaway contest guessed it! Me =D 

Speaking of which, Oct is going to be super busy, And They All is going back on tour, I will be speaking as a guest in Portland with the founder of Evil Girlfriend Media, and if everything works right The Darkness will also be going back on tour as well.

Well that's it for now, other than that I am working two books. Its going a bit slow but I plan to move things along starting in Sept. Ok you guys have a good one! Talk to you all soon <3 span="">