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The Collective Eye - December 2021 ~ Maniacs and Monsters

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  The Collective Eye is on...  WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT YOU?  We have been friends since middle school and fans of horror and B-movies since the invention of the video rental store. In the eighties, we watched the original Halloween about two dozen times over a two year span. With a group of friends, we even filmed our own version of numerous scenes from the movie including wandering the grounds of the local psychiatric hospital in the middle of the night in bathrobes. …If we reveal anything more, we would have to kill you. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BLOG?  It’s all about horror: good and bad. We don’t discriminate. WHO/WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?  Andrew :  Fame (definitely not fortune). Michael :  I ’m a fan of author John Joseph Miller (probably best known as a contributor to George R. R. Martin’s Wild Card series). He used to write for a blog called Cheese-Magnet (all hail the Cheese-Magnet) and after conversing with him and some of the other bloggers on the site,

The Collective Eye - November 2021 - JP Cline-Márquez

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  The Collective Eye is on...  WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT YOU?  Although I have had my struggles in life, I don't give up. For example, i've a learning disability but I don't let it define me or bring me down. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOKS & ART?  I want the world to be a happier place. I am a very creative person & I want people to smile when they see my art & when they read my books. WHO/WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN WRITING & CREATING ART?   The art, clearly visiting museums when I was younger.     Being taken to art museums in my youth has impacted me enormously. As for my writing. I am very much inspired by the classics, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Elliot, the Brontë sisters, etc. WHAT ARE 5 OF YOUR FAVORITE ART STYLES?   I am obsessed with the art of the 19th century and early 20th century. I love the impressionists, the post impressionists, the pre-raphaelites, the arts & crafts movement & art nouveau. IF YOU WERE A DESSERT,   

The Collective Eye - October 2021 - Doug Ward

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  The Collective Eye is on...  WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT YOU?    I have dyslexia.    It was discovered when I was quite young, but I never let it hold me back.    Some people have said my books could use one last edit, and they are probably right, but at least I am out there doing it.    I’m writing books.    (I have a wonderful editor now, JD Reed.)   To have a full and rich life, I believe people should do extraordinary things.    Don’t play video games, make them.    Don’t read books, write them.   I know, I just told everyone not to read my books, but this is what I told my students.    I tried to inspire them to go outside their comfort zone and try to do something they only dare to dream of.    A few of my students wrote and published novels of their own before they graduated.   HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOKS ?   My zombie apocalypse series is not your garden variety undead tale.    I chose a scientist and a Radio Shack manager as my heroes.    They are joined by a grou

The Collective Eye - September 2021 - Cinematic Catharsis

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The Collective Eye is on...  WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT YOU? I get bored easily, so the fact that I’ve continuously run a blog for nearly 11 years never ceases to surprise me. In addition to my blog, I’m a contributor to The Dark Pages, a film noir newsletter (watch for my latest article in the upcoming Annual GIANT Dark Pages issue). On a side note, when I’m not writing I love to take my camera everywhere (much to my family’s chagrin), and photograph the Pacific Northwest. Okay, there’s one more thing… For a while, I’ve been working on a secret writing project, an as-yet-untitled book, taking a deep dive into cinematic depictions of sideshows from the beginning of film to the present. I plan to hopefully complete it within the next couple of years. Yes, folks, you’ve heard it here first! HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BLOG? Cinematic Catharsis describes my sometimes contentious, ultimately cleansing relationship with film. While I wouldn’t necessarily describe all movies as “cathar

The Collective Eye - August 2021 - NickNackPaddyWhack-ed

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  The Collective Eye is on...  WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT YOU?  I am afraid, with my tendency to write about my personal life pretty regularly, the world already knows too much!  As people go, I’m pretty boring.  I am a peace-loving optimist and skeptic (but like, in an optimistic way).    Whenever I have to take part in teambuilding type activities where you’re supposed to reveal something about yourself no one knows there are usually a few things I fall back on: I play the violin, I am writing a novel, and I can touch my nose with my tongue.  That last one gets mixed reactions.    HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BLOG?  My blog probably should be named “Dear Diary” because it is me writing about my life, my experiences, my memories, my frustration and sadness and happiness and joy.  Occasionally I throw a fiction story out there but doing that makes me want to throw up so it’s mostly The Life and Times of Nichole.  It is often the experiences in my life with the most emotions connec