Richard Matheson's apocalyptic vampire tale I AM LEGEND is one of my favorite books. And though we don't think of it as one of the most oft-adapted pieces of fiction, every couple decades somebody gets the idea to try another swing at adapting the book to screen. This has resulted in The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price, The Omega Man with Charlton Heston, and 2007's I Am Legend starring Will Smith. At Scriptophobic, I wrote a new piece examining all the adaptations and how they differ from the source material. Check it out!
I love Steven Spielberg's Jaws. It's infinitely rewatchable and, I think, one of the best films of all time. And though I enjoy the Peter Benchley book which inspired it, I do not think of it as a personal favorite novel. Jaws, perhaps more than any adaption, is the one story that is most often cited as the example where sometimes the movie was better than the book. I wrote a piece at Scriptophobic recently hoping to examine why that is. Check it out!
Today I’m happy to announce the launch of a new website I will be writing for, Scriptophobic.ca. The aim of the site is to assist genre writers with articles, round table discussions, podcasts, and special 1-on-1 services.
We have a pretty badass writing team on board for Day 1 and are still looking to expand the team or feature guest posts. While most the rest of the gang is focused on film and TV, I’m writing two columns which are to be more focused on books. My column Telling Lies hopes to lend some advice and general observations for the genre novelist. For my first post, I’m talking about reclaiming the age-old advice ‘Write What You Know’ so that it feels less restrictive.
In my second column, Adaptations, I will be talking about the translation of source material to screen, the changes that were made (for better or worse) and how writers can learn how to alter ideas for new mediums and audiences. My first Adaptations talks about the difference in the original Tomb Raider how they went from male fantasy to female empowerment. In the coming weeks, Telling Lies will talk about first chapters and Adaptations will focus on the adaptation of Jaws, so check back on Wednesdays for my news posts.
Every Monday, author Chris Vander Kaay (co-author of The Anatomy of Fear) will have a new podcast episode of Screenification for your listening pleasure. In Screenification, Chris will examine themes in genre film. One of his first episodes talks about John Carpenter’s They Live. Chris also has a mini-feature on the weekends called Thank Horror which seeks to shine a spotlight on underappreciated genre gems.
Poet and writer Alyssa Miller is writing about mental health conditions and how they are depicted in film. Her first article talks about the patient who suffered from split personality in Session 9 and how the film could’ve handled this subplot a little better. Look for her articles every other Monday.
Writer and all around happy-go-lucky guy C.H. Newell will be writing about true crime killers depicted in movies with his column Serial Killer Celluloid. His first piece is on Ted Bundy. Look for future stuff by Newell every other Monday.
Writer and essayist Rachel Bolton will be writing Everything But Bone, which talks about visual storytelling through the use of music, imagery, and set design. Her first piece is on It Follows and will continue bi-weekly on Tuesdays after that.
Film Twitter’s friendliest horror fiend Paul Farrell is writing a bi-weekly column titled Written in Blood. In it, he will be looking at famous horror scenes and practical effects from script-to-screen. His first piece focuses on scene from Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and it’s really fantastic. Paul’s column will be posted bi-weekly on Tuesdays.
Eric Eghigian of FSD Productions is writing a bi-weekly Thursday column titled Tooth & Claw. Eric will be writing about the deeper meanings of film’s monsters. His first piece is about Gollum.
On Fridays, Chris will be joined in the podcast booth with filmmaker Zack Long (our fearless leader) for Script Keeping, a series about genre storytelling and the creative process. Keep an eye out for special guests, too! I might even join in on a future episode.
In addition to all of this, we will also have the occasional round table discussion (our first talks about what got us into horror and what the genre means to us), special features, and maybe a few guest posts.
And if you’re a screenwriter in need of need editing, consulting, or whatever, head over to Services where Zack has some nicely priced options for you to consider. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF.
I’m excited about the site. It’s small now but we have a tight schedule to keep us busy and keep you reading nearly every day of the week. It’s gonna get big. I hope you check it out!
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of fiction and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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