News about Jack Wallen
The Beastie Boys said in the song ‘Pass the Mic’, “Be true to yourself and you will never fall.” Never were wiser words said by three Jewish rappers from New York City. For me, that kind of mantra has been crucial in the discovery and acceptance of me. I am Jack Wallen and I not only accept myself, I love myself.
As this Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, I wanted to share my thanks to those that have come on board the dark hayride along with me. I originally posted these on my Facebook page, and thought it would be good to collect them all in one easy to digest, tryptophan-laced meal. NOM!
As most of you know, I have a vested interest in this subject. Why? First and foremost, I placed the survival of mankind on the shoulders of one Bethany Nitshimi. I did this knowing I might lose the attention of some fans of the genre — a fact I am perfectly fine with. Why? For so long, women in post-apocalyptic literature have been relegated to eye candy, relationship fodder, damsels in distress, or (on occasion) a ripped-dress wearing clone with unrealistic fighting abilities (played to the nines by Milla Jovavitch). Some may call “bias” on this; but, to me, the continued portrayal of women as a weakness in the apocalypse, is an insufferable insult.
Have you ever been involved in an emergency situation or a natural disaster? Maybe you’ve just heard of them on the news or from a friend or relative; whatever the case, most of us don’t understand the importance of preparing until it’s too late. Don’t be a victim! Learn from history and understand that anything is possible and we must be prepared to handle the situation(s) accordingly.
Have you ever had those moments where the lights are on, but everything is as dark as pitch? If you know of which I speak, then these lullabies for the damned should ring a bell so true you might wonder if you can trust yourself with the lights out. Come into my vicious parlor and see if you can escape the snapping of your own sanity.
As I type, the 2013 Coffin Hop is undead and kicking! If you’re unaware of this wondrous time of year, it is a celebration of authors of the dark fantastic. Horror authors of every bent collect together on one site so you, the reader, can enjoy works sure to get your skin to shrivel on its meat.
The Coffin Hop is the web’s most awesome literary haunted house. 70+ bloggers, artists, writers, and Halloween freaks sharing horror tales and spirited fun. It’s so amahz frightening, even Pinhead and Freddy Kruger are afraid to peek their heads in.
And what’s on the slab for this year? Read on MacDuff!
This is Halloween, this is Halloween Pumpkins scream in the dead of night.
Ah the lyrics to one of my favorite animated films — Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s that time of year and everyone needs to have their horror films queued up and ready to go. What’s that you say? You have no idea where to begin? Well, we can’t have that. October is the time in which we should all be enjoying a good horror movie marathon. Even better — Halloween-themed movie marathons. It’s a pseudo-recursive theme and I’m going to arm you with a few outstanding films to get you moving in the right direction.
That’s right, ladies and gentlefreaks of the Jackverse, even the Zombie King can be sent shivering under his blankets. No! You say? Yes…I retort. But what in the world could frighten someone who spends his days and nights thinking of ways to set his readers skin crawling with undead and other frightening delights? Well, I’m going to play a rousing game of ‘fess up’, so you can know what haunts my nightmares.
There are but two things I go fanboy over — Clive Barker and Rush. And today, something special came in the mail. No it’s not a Geddy Lee autographed “Slappin’ da bass mahn” Rickenbacher bass — it was the newly released remastered version of Rush’s Vapor Trails album. This was something very special. Let me tell you why.
In every generation a slayer is born.
Oh wait…wrong opening line. In every generation, a plague of writers is visited upon…
Most people assume the act of writing is as simple as sitting in front of a computer and ralphing out page after page of coherent words. If it were that easy, there’d not only be millions of books adorning the virtual shelves of the likes of Amazon (which there are), but those millions of books would all be best sellers (which they are not). The truth of the matter is, writing a novel takes a lot of hard work. And once you’ve sacrificed sweat and soul for your work, you’ll find yourself up against a giant monster called marketing. Thankfully, countless others have gone through this process so we can pass on our worldly advice to those just now stepping their feet onto a very tall and precarious ladder.
If you’re into sci-fi, then you’ve probably heard about The Singularity. The gist of this is when technology advances far enough that it becomes sentient and takes over. Effectively, the human being would become obsolete. Sounds crazy right? But think about it — we’re already very close. Let me explain.
The world is slowly tearing itself apart. From the inside out, hate is ripping the human creature to shreds and showing no signs of letting up. We have forgotten the one thing that offers the strength and unifying nature to heal and right the sinking ship.
I know, it sounds hokey in a John Lennon kind of way … but it’s true. Hate has had its day, now it’s time to dismantle the engine of hatred and find our humanity again. This giant leap forward begins with one simple step: Leaving ignorance behind.
Ladies and gentle lads of the Jackverse, it is my very special honor to have the Lady of Time herself here in the Jackverse. She’s the face of Klockwerk Kabaret, a cosplay model extraordinaire, and a gem of a human being. Curtsy and bow to the lady of the hour, Maria Urban.
Book covers should be looked at as a piece of art. When I was looking to cover my up-coming novel, Klockwerk Kabaret, I knew I needed to find the perfect image to represent Olivia Nightingale. I found her, thanks to Pinterest and Michael Kügler. Ladies and gents of the Jackverse, I want to introduce to you the man behind the camera. Le’ts Get Jack’d!
Today I had a great lunch meeting with a fellow writer buddy of mine. While he and I spouted off our various projects it came to light how many side projects I had that related to my written works. A number of those side projects are videos. That’s right, I’m breaking into video production. This will start in the form of promo videos for various books, but will eventually lead to a short tie-in film for my novel Hell’s Muse and then a full-length feature.
The gist of that meeting? “You never know!”