Showing posts from June, 2021

‘Trese’: Action-Packed Series Rife With Filipino Folklore Monsters

Image: Trese , a brand-new Netflix animated series from the Philippines, has fast-paced action, good animation, a strong female lead, and interesting monsters. I binge-watched all six episodes in one sitting. There are a few plot holes, but I enjoyed Season 1 and I can’t wait for Season 2. There is a lot of bloodshed and gore, so you may not want your young children watching this. Netflix released the series June 10 in the United States. It is based on popular Filipino comic books featuring Alexandra Trese, a detective who investigates supernatural crimes. In the Netflix series, Trese is a lakan, an enforcer of peace accords between supernatural beings and humans. The police consult her on crimes that have a paranormal angle. Image: The series starts with her being called in on a case where a subway car is found blood-splattered and its passengers missing. She also looks into the murder of a ghost who was the one-time mistress of the mayor of Manila. During

10 Horror Movies for the Writing Community

I’m part of the wonderful writing and horror communities on Twitter and Facebook, and I thought I’d do something to give back. You’re going to love this. I have compiled a list of 10 movies—not just movies but horror movies—featuring writers! YES! On a side note, Stephen King has written numerous books with an author as the main character, of which many been made into movies. These include The Shining , Misery , Salem’s Lot , It and The Dark Half . In case you’re wondering, this is not a list consisting mostly of movies based on King’s books. King gets only one slot. I decided on The Shining , just because it’s one of my personal favorites. My list, in no particular order: 1. Hush (2016) Maddie Young is an author who’s deaf. She is home alone at her isolated house in the woods when she is targeted by a sadistic masked serial killer. What I especially like about the movie is how Maddie, when trying to outwit the killer, plays out different scenarios in her head in the same way t

What is a Feng Shui Geomancer? I’ll Explain

This is the first in a series of posts in which I’ll explore the ideas and concepts behind my novel The Geomancer’s Apprentice. The book is an urban fantasy that is loosely based on Chinese culture and mythology. It revolves around superheroes known as Dragon warriors who can manipulate qi, the vital energy that underpins the universe. Junie Soong, my main character, is in her early 20s and stuck in a series of dead-end jobs. Her mother talks Joe Tham, a relative who runs a struggling feng shui business in Washington, D.C.,’s Chinatown, into hiring Junie. She discovers her Dragon powers after she and Joe investigate an eerie incident at a client’s cellar. A reader told me the other day that she didn’t know what a “geomancer” was. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to explain certain terms as they appear in the book. I've also added a pronunciation guide. I’ve taken artistic license with these notions, so my explanations may not be what is popularly understood. Fe

10 Horror Movies to Gear You Up for Summer Vacation

Photo: It’s June. Memorial Day is over, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently eased up on pandemic restrictions. There is pent-up demand for travel. Americans are raring to go. Can’t wait to dip your toes in the water, to bury your feet in the sand?  While you’re waiting for your vacation to start, I’ve compiled a list of 10 horror movies or horror movie franchises to get you in the holiday mood. How is being scared comparable to rest and relaxation, you ask? Horror fans will understand. Horror, especially vicarious horror, is fun. The movies are listed in no particular order. Comment below if I’ve omitted any of your favorites.  1. Friday the 13 th  (1980) A franchise comprising 12 movies altogether, with the first released in 1980. Teenage counselors are preparing to reopen Camp Crystal Lake. Someone stalks and eliminates them one by one. A franchise so popular Jason Voorhees practically is a household name. 2. Cabin Fever   (2002) A franchise o