Early October Update

Hey there! Just thought I’d check in and let everybody know what I was up to. Long story made short, I’m still writing stuff. But if you must know the details…

A. I am currently working on a couple new projects. My first project is titled The Unaware Ones. It is, like my previous stuff, in the realm of the supernatural (in fact, I started out considering writing this as Supernatural fan fiction — the fan fiction route gets some authors noticed, but it’s no guarantee. I then decided that I didn’t want to be restricted by another creator’s universe, so I went away from fan fiction). This work focuses on angels and demons and the battle between the forces of dark and light. In this project, there are angels who walk among us in human flesh, made completely unaware that they are angels. When information is leaked to demonic forces, they begin hunting the unaware ones down. It’s got action, suspense, and some pretty creepy and horrific moments, and that’s just the first few chapters!

B. I’ve also broken ground on another supernatural/paranormal project, this one titled Buck Buchanan, Paranormal Investigator. Buck is “gifted”; i.e. he’s a medium or a sensitive (or, as one of the characters refers to him, an “insensitive”). He’s also a slob and a lout, and doesn’t win people over with his charm, because he has none. I haven’t gotten very far on this project yet, since it’s taken backseat to The Unaware Ones. However, I will eventually get back to it.

C. I have a third project in mind, but I don’t have a title or even a direction for it yet. This projects takes the creepy or evil clown trope and puts it on its head, with a creepy clown who is a vigilante and who defends the innocent. I don’t plan on this to be supernatural or paranormal, but a action/suspense/thriller sort of thing. That’s all I have on that, right now.

D. Yes, I will be resuming the Suburban Vampire series, starting with a new story arch for my next SV novel, which I tentatively call Scott Campbell and the Holy Grail. It won’t be like Monty Python’s version, but it will be fun, and hopefully a bit lighter than the last SV novel, Suburban Vampire Redemption. Just keep your eyes open for that one!

E. After-action report from the Fall Festival of the Arts: I enjoyed it! A good time was had by all. I got to hang out with other talent authors and spread the Suburban Vampire word. I autographed some books, handed out a bunch of business cards, and, best yet, I sold more books there than at any other event I’ve been to. I hope they’ll have me back next year!

That’s all I got for now… again, keep watching this space for more!!!

FP at the Fall Festival of the Arts!!!

Long story short, I have been chosen to be one of the headline authors at the Fall Festival of the Arts in Troutdale, OR! The Fall Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday, September 21 (10 AM to 6 PM) and Sunday, September 22 (10 AM to 4 PM) at Glen Otto Park in beautiful Troutdale, Oregon.  Stop by, admire the talents of several local artists in various media, have some good food and beverages, and bring the kids! I hope to see you there!

Franklin Posner/Fall Festival of the Arts

FP at the Willamette Writers Conference!!!

That’s right, yours truly will be at the Willamette Writers Conference this weekend. It will be held at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, OR. I’ll be milling around, attending workshops, attempting pitches (wish me luck!), and hopefully doing a reading. In addition, my books will be available at the Another Read Through booth, and I will be attending their autograph party between 6:30 and 7:30 PM, so if you want a specially-autographed copy of one of my novels, stop by and say hi! For more info on the conference, check this link: Willamette Writers Conference 2019

Hope to see you there!

My Turn (To Review)!

Not a book review, sadly, but TV. I mentioned in a previous post the proliferation of vampire-related shows on television these days, so I thought I’d take some time to discuss some of them. So, here are my thoughts, in case anybody cared…

The Passage — This program premiered on ABC this last Spring. It’s based on a novel (all the best stuff is, even if they change a lot of the elements from the base material) about a top-secret government research program, the goal of which is to come up with cures for various disease and prolong human life. As so often happens whenever such things come into combination, the experiment goes wrong. Enter Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) an agent of this rogue government program, and young orphan Amy Bellafonte (played brilliantly by Saniyya Sidney). It’s Brad’s job to bring Amy to the top-secret facility so that government doctors can experiment on her (she’s young, so she might react to the experiment differently than the other victims — I mean, subjects). Brad eventually balks at this scheme, thinking that it’s wrong to experiment on unwilling children, and embarks on an adventure with Amy, which doesn’t go as planned. They end up at the top-secret facility, where Amy is eventually given a dose of the experimental medicine. Does Amy turn into a vampire (oh, I’m sorry, “there are no such things as vampires”, right?), or does something else happen? The Passage is an exciting and sometimes creepy thriller that had me hooked from the first episode — it hit full throttle right off the bat. The vampires here truly are monsters, but one is reminded that they were once human, as well. If you like your vampires scary and monstrous, and plenty of action alongside some well-done character development, then on-demand this show. I hope there’s a season two…

A Discovery of Witches — Also based on a series of novels. This is a romantic supernatural thriller in the same vein as, well, pretty much every other romantic supernatural thriller ever. Beautiful heroine Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a historian and witch, stumbles across a powerful ancient manuscript that might mean doom for vampires. Vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) comes alongside to help her uncover the mysteries of the ancient book before darker competing forces force Diana to use it for their own destructive purposes. I have called this the ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ version of True Blood — pretty heroine has powers but doesn’t like them, falls in love with a handsome and brooding vampire, and complications ensue. In this series, there are three specific supernatural species (yes, they call them ‘species’): witches, vampires, and demons. When they introduce the concept of a lab run by vampires that looks into the DNA of the various species, I rolled my eyes and said to myself, ‘oh, dear God, no, not midichlorians again!’. There are good and bad witches, with varying powers. The demons don’t really seem terribly demonic, or even very interesting; one demon in particular lives in a large house in the Scottish Highlands, and that’s about it. I did like the political elements, and the fact that these vampires are not typical (they can hunt by day and have their full range of powers, and they don’t seem to have fangs, but just use their regular teeth), but other than that, I found this series to be somewhat tedious. Maybe I’m just a curmudgeon, but I like my vampires, witches, and demons to at least be interesting.

What We Do In The Shadows — This series is both based on and made by the same people who made the brilliant 2014 New Zealand mockumentary of the same name. The series moves the action from Wellington to Staten Island where three vampires (Nandor, played by Kayvan Novak; Laszlo, played by Matt Berry, and Nadja, played by Natasia Demetriou) live with Nandor’s familiar, Guillermo (played by Harvey Guillen) and a fourth room mate, the psychic vampire Colin Robinson (played wonderfully deadpan by Mark Proksch). The three more traditional vampires seek to get along in 21-century New York, while Guillermo pines to be turned into a vampire himself, but is ignored (humorously) by Nandor. Naturally, hilarious misadventures ensue. This series plays on all the traditional vampire tropes — they can only go out by night, they sleep in coffins, they can turn into bats, et cetera — and, in doing so, often places the three vampires in awkward situations. The one atypical vampire, Colin Robinson, is not well liked by his housemates, and is one of the only beings that has power over other vampires by being able to suck their energy, which is another source of hilarity. All together, they make What We Do In The Shadows a hilariously bloody treat and one of my personal favorite vampire shows of all time.

That’s all I have time for, right now. In a future post, I’ll discuss a couple other shows, including AMC’s NOS4A2 (spoiler: it’s good!).


It is Finished!

No, really, it is.

The massive project I’ve been working on for over two years is now complete. It has been a long, sometimes arduous journey, but I made it. This is my seventh novel, the fifth installment in the Suburban Vampire series (I didn’t include the Book of Origins, which would have made this the sixth in the series), titled Suburban Vampire Redemption. This is the project I quit early on, only to complete two other novel-length projects (the aforementioned Book of Origins and Thorn) before resuming. It was, at times, hard for me to write; I’ve mentioned previously in this blog that I had to tap some darker, more unpleasant parts of my memory in order to give this project life. In doing so, I created a beast of a story — Redemption is epic in scale, and the sheer length of this project supports that claim. It is a heavyweight, coming in at over 193,000 words (!), making it easily the largest and most ambitious writing project I’ve tackled to date. The real shocker is that it could have been longer — there were ideas I had for this novel that I decided to leave on the cutting room floor. Even so, Redemption ties up several plot lines that extended through the series, while leaving the story of Scott Campbell open to future development. I’m pretty proud of this project, and of the blood, sweat, and tears I put into it.

The question is, what now? Well, I don’t plan on resting on my laurels for long. I have plans for the future development of the Suburban Vampire series, including a few spin-offs. I also have plans for projects not related to Suburban Vampire, and, in fact, not even in the paranormal/supernatural/urban fantasy genre. There’s still a lot left to do, both for Scott Campbell and for yours truly.

I hope I’ll eventually get to publish this one, and that you will eventually read it. It’s pretty epic. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll thrill, you’ll geek out. Trust me on this; it was worth the effort for me to write, it’ll be worth the wait to read.

H-Hour, D-Day

I have a friend who is very familiar with the horror genre. He’s familiar with several different subgenres of horror (psychological thrillers, spiritual horror, monster horror, survival horror, ‘slasher’ horror, and probably more that I don’t even know about), from the written word to the screen, both large and small. He’s read everything from Poe to Lovecraft to King, and seen everything from Hitchcock to Romero to Raimi. He once told me what he thought was the most horrifying scene he’d ever seen in a motion picture. Hint, it wasn’t from a ‘horror’ movie.

It was the first twenty minutes of the movie Saving Private Ryan.

When asked why, he said it was because it actually happened, and there were men still alive who endured it and could confirm the accuracy of the reenactment of the action of the movie. When you consider that the action at Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6th, 1944, actually occurred over several hours, and was not limited just to that particular beach, and that thousands of young men (American, British, Canadian, and free French) died that day, the scale becomes even more tragic and horrifying.

People who are familiar with me, and are familiar with my writing (especially Ragnarok) know that I have a soft spot for “the greatest generation” and the Second World War. It comes from my father, who, as a tanker in the 3rd Army, saw combat in France, Belgium, and Germany. He did not go ashore that day in June; he landed well after the beachhead was secured (I don’t remember if he’d just arrived in England at the time, or if he was still en route). Yet, he too confirmed the reality he saw on that screen, with the comment to me that it was indeed realistic, but it was not like being there. Being there was far worse, he said.

I’ve heard criticisms of Saving Private Ryan as being too jingoistic, or too “pro-America”. I don’t know about that; maybe they saw a different movie than I. I’ve found that the most effective anti-war movies are those that simply show what happened, that show the reality of war. That way, you don’t need to rely on hamfisted preaching. The point of the movie was to show what these men (and women) went through in order to liberate Europe, and the world, from the clutches of evil men. It demonstrated the sacrifices they made, and that it is nothing to take for granted. It showed that liberty was bought and paid for with blood, the blood of young men whose lives were cut tragically short.

The point is to honor these men and the sacrifices they made. They were called by their county, their republic, their king (in the case of the UK, Canada, and commonwealth nations), to put their lives on the line, and they did. Today, June 5th, 2019, I want to honor the heroes of D-Day. May their memory live forever in the hearts of free men.

First in Category!!!

Okay, I told you guys that my novel Suburban Vampire Ragnarok won First in Category for the CIBA Paranormal/Supernatural fiction awards,right? Well, here it is, on the Chanticleer website, along with my fellow category winners! I’d like to thank Kiffer Brown and the wonderful folks at Chanticleer, and congratulate my fellow category winners!  PARANORMAL Book Awards 2019