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Without further ado (my comments follow), here is the first look at Star Trek Into Darkness:

Quick Take: Hmmmm. This doesn’t look or sound much like Trek as I know and love it.

It’s dark. It’s ominous. It looks like the world may be ending. All things I should like…and do, elsewhere. Nor do I mind it if the traditionally optimistic Star Trek dons dark clothes from time to time. But it needs to still be Star Trek and this looks and sounds like any number of other effects laden action/disaster films. It lacks distinctiveness, cleverness, wit…. We don’t get any sense of the familiar characters and Benedict Cumberbatch’s new villain is still anonymous and offering a cliche laden monologue over the visuals.

Taking a breath, I remind myself it’s a teaser. The first glimpse. Trek fans (hand raised) know there’s a new film coming in May. We don’t need to be told or encouraged to attend. So, this teaser is aimed at the mass audience that only might go see the movie. They want those folks to sit up and take notice and maybe, if they are someone who historically rolls their eyes at Star Trek, second guess their assumptions about what a Trek movie delivers.

Bottom Line: This teaser isn’t really aimed at me and so it’s alright if I’m underwhelmed by it. I’ll get a much better sense of the film next week after I see the 9-minute preview that is playing before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in IMAX.

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twitter iconBefore I forget to mention it here again, I’m now on Twitter. Have been for a few weeks or so. Like so many others, I’m finding it great fun and also dangerously addictive. It also became very clear, very quickly that it is a different lens through which to view the world and a different channel to receive information. Things happen and content is available there that I haven’t run across on Facebook or blogs or web pages or discussion forums. So, while it’s yet one more thing to do each day, one more plate to keep spinning, it’s worth it.

I also find it fun learning a new format. What works and what doesn’t as a tweet, etc.

If you want to follow me, you can find me at #craigdbpatton.

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NEHW (New England Horror Writers) members Jason Harris and Stacey Longo Harris are embarking on a bold new adventure. At a time when Borders is gone and untold numbers of smaller chains and independent stores are shuttered, they are opening a bookshop in central Connecticut on Tuesday, November 20th.

Not just any bookshop, either. Books & Boos is a celebration of, “their passion for all things dark and dreary with the world.” The store will carry new dark fiction by New England authors, used books from a range of genres, and “novelty items from the sick to the sublime.”

I just sent them 10 copies of Lifted Veils: Three Tales of the Extraordinary to add to their inventory.

Author events featuring NEHW members Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Jan Kozlowski, and Rob Watts are already on the schedule.

If you live in the area, or are passing through, check them out. Books & Boos is located at 514 Westchester Road in Colchester, CT.

Tell ’em Craig sent you.

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I’m just about headed out the door to attend AnthoCon in Portsmouth, NH. Stealing the copy from the show site, AnthoCon “…showcases the imagination and unique talent in fiction, film, games and art — with a particular focus on the convergence of images and literature.”

Very excited for many reasons. The buzz after last year’s event was extremely positive. If you happen to be in the geographic area, drop by. Portions of the show, including the Dealer Room and Author Alley(I believe), are open to the public even without a paid registration.  For more info:

AnthoCon Home
AnthoCon Schedule
Special Guests (Gary A. Braunbeck, Lucy SnyderRick Hautala, Holly Newstein….)
Art Show & Film Festival

Buy some art. Buy some books. Say “Hi” if I happen to be at the New England Horror Writers table. Copies of Lifted Veils will be there…until they’re not.

I may also be doing a reading…or appearing on a panel…possibly both.

Stay tuned….

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I’m pleased to announce that Lifted Veils – Three Tales of the Extraordinary is now not only available for purchase here on this site, but also actually exists in the physical world. Here is what the full run of 100 copies looks like after printing, folding, saddle stitching, kettle stamping, steam inking, and hand numbering have been completed.

This is the first, last, and only whole family portrait that will be taken. Some copies are already spoken for. Others will be sold this weekend at AnthoCon in Portsmouth, NH at the New England Horror Writers table.

Here’s a closer look at the back cover.

I bought the kettle stamp on Etsy and drew in the steam. (Couldn’t find a stamp I liked that had both a kettle and steam.) The QR code was generated online and links to this site.

Here’s the title page.

 

Truth be told, it doesn’t look quite like this. It looks like a white piece of paper with black ink on it. But I wound up with a strange lighting effect when I took this shot…and kinda like it. I have hand numbered each copy of the chapbook, setting aside this one for myself. (I used to request 13 on my uniforms in school.)

I had a lot of fun putting this together and am quite pleased with the results. The stories fit nicely together, for a start. But, just as importantly, I’ve enjoyed putting the chapbook itself together. It is an artistic expression in its own right and strikes the balance I wanted between handmade and computer generated.

It’s also great to just have something with my name on it that’s available for those who are interested in purchasing my work. Up until now, I’ve had to point people to individual magazines and books. Someday, I hope, I’ll have a full blown collection to offer readers. But this makes a nice start.

And now I can focus all of my attention on finishing the novel.

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This Halloween, I’m pleased to announce the imminent publication of Lifted Veils: Three Tales of the Extraordinary, a limited edition chapbook containing three of my stories. The chapbook is the first title scheduled for release under my new venture, Whistling Kettle Press.

For the moment, Whistling Kettle Press will be a very small scale operation. It exists to provide a channel for me to release small batches of my work. Home brew collections, if you will. Or indie rock EPs, if you prefer. It will allow me to keep the hard-to-find stuff available. It will also allow me to release works that have had trouble finding a home. Lifted Veils is a good example.

As the marketing department promo copy states, Lifted Veils contains three stories, “…featuring moments when the boundary between the explicable and the fantastic vanishes. Moments that invoke awe or terror and sometimes both. Moments that change people forever.”

The collection begins with “Aftershocks”, which is easy enough to find, but which sets the mood. The second story is “Soul Collector”, which has previously only appeared in an out-of-print anthology from a now-defunct publisher. Last comes “Thief in the Night”, which has been read at open mics and taken through workshop groups and run through the esteemed Borderlands Boot Camp and has many, many fans out there but just never found a fit with a magazine or book project. I’m pleased to give it one in Lifted Veils.

I’m almost ready to print Lifted Veils. Ready enough that I have added a Whistling Kettle Press page to Flawed Creations. There will only ever be 100 signed, numbered copies of this chapbook. I’ll be selling them at Anthocon on November 9-11 in Portsmouth, NH and elsewhere. So, if you think you want one….

Happy Halloween!

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Because we all need them eventually.

On a related note, as a member of New England Horror Writers, let me draw your attention to Epitaphs: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers, edited by Tracy L. Carbone. It is the first anthology published by the organization and was released as a trade paperback at Anthocon last year.  Stuffed with over two dozen stories and poems representing a broad range of what appears under the “Horror” big top, the volume recently became one of six anthology finalists for the Bram Stoker Award.

Pretty darned impressive for a first effort.

Intrigued? Want to check out some writers you haven’t read yet? Love the idea of supporting a regional writers organization? All stellar reasons for wrangling yourself a copy.

Epitaphs is available in print and for the Kindle.

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