SLC Comic Con Names Me to FIVE Panel Discussions…

I woke up this morning to an amazing email from Salt Lake City Comic Con. My publishing company (Open Road Media) submitted my name for panel discussions as they ramp up their marketing for 3 Gates of the Dead, and the sequel, Dark Bride (March 2015).  According to the email, they had over five hundred panel  submissions and hundreds of willing participants.Salt Lake City Comic Con has exploded on the scene as a major player in the geek world. This is pretty amazing when you realize this is o … [Read more...]

Eve Ain’t What She Used to Be…..Shattering the Hollywood Woman

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In the beginning, Hollywood created women… as the fainting ingénue in the arms of a mustache twirling villain or the Mata Hari seductress using sexuality as a way to exploit men and gain power. Women were the love interest, the comic relief, the damsel in distress to make the hero look good.Then came the Mrs. Cleaver/ Donna Reed phase of shiny coiffed women in pearls and heels bustling about their perfect homes, cooking dinner and hanging on every word pouring from their all-knowing hu … [Read more...]

way way WAY behind the scenes of an indie sci-fi

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So, you like behind-the-scenes special features?  Well, here are some you might find interesting...  A lot of folks are drawn to the mysterious and magical world of movies...  How they're made...  How illusions are created...  What stars are really like...  The intrigues of the biz... … [Read more...]

Dark Bride Release Date News (And 3 Gates movie news)

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 Hey Everyone,Many of you have been asking about the release date for Dark Bride, book two of the 3 Gates of the Dead series. Here is what is going on...As you know, Open Road Media (Michael Chabon, Walker Percy, Dorothy Sayers) bought the series from my previous publisher, Premier Digital. Premier set the release date at November 1st. However, when Legendary Editor (Betsy Mitchell) got a hold of it, she decided that we needed a full on marketing push. As any publisher will tell … [Read more...]

Trailer for The Remaining

Here you go, folks, the trailer for the Rapture/Zombie/Demon flick to be released September 5th by Affirm/Sony Pictures. … [Read more...]

Left Behind is Stupid…(And That’s Why it’s Fun)

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Nicolas Cage is at it again! The guy who rescued us from chemical terrorism at Alcatraz and found national treasure in New York's Trinity Church is now working to ensure we're not left behind. If you're anything like me - which I don't necessarily recommend - you've probably seen the first full trailer of the new upcoming Left Behind film, based on the best selling series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.When I was in college, I devoured the book series because, well, it was … [Read more...]

Sci-Fi Gospel: Pope Francis, Aliens and Jesus.

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The media world exploded yesterday when Pope Francis announced the Catholic Church would baptize aliens, if any ever asked.  Reaction ranged from the amused detachment of the Daily Mail to subtle mockery from the Internet news site, The Daily Beast.It is important to note that Pope Francis used aliens as a funny illustration. He wanted to demonstrate the complete openness of the church to all seekers. The media took the sound bite out of context and ran with it.  While the media doing this k … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con 2014: ASH!!!! DOC BROWN!!! WESLEY!!!

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I'm beyond excited because I'm going to my first Comic Con in Salt Lake City on September 4-6.  It's the largest per captia in the nation, and ranked in the top four cons in attendance. There is a major international buzz developing over this event.I'm going as official Press for the event, as well as hanging out with the ladies at Teen Author Boot Camp at their booth. Word is, I might have book marks with the cover of Revolution of the Wolf and Ghost Bear there. Maybe. Possibly.We here … [Read more...]

Wanna Sneak a peak at the new Batmobile? Sure you do…

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Zack Snyder released this tease on his Twitter account. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Radio Free Geek: Interview with Dungeon Crawler Radio

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 (I  (Jo Schaffer) met Daniel Swenson(aka Revan)at the LTUE writing conference in Provo, Utah. He sat at a table with a bunch of microphones interviewing authors and attendees at the event. Curious, I stopped to chat with him. Turns out he runs the fabulously geeky, Dungeon Crawler Radio. I later had the opportunity to be interviewed on the show along with Jonathan Ryan. We talked a little bit about Teen Author Boot Camp, comic books and movies. (The Man of Steel debate got a bit dicey. … [Read more...]


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