Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween: Halloween Horror Expo This Weekend!

This weekend in Niles, OH is the Halloween Horror Expo! I'll be a guest there plus performing! :) http://halloweenhorrorexpo.com for more info:)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Look What We Were Sent!

Thanks Heather for putting the "Driving Nowhere" bumper sticker on your car! :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sears Zombie Thon!

Catch me here tomorrow from 3-6pm at the Sears Hardware and Appliance store in Allison Park, PA!

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 18-19

Hey guys,

Felt a little under the weather yesterday, but here are a couple things from some 1980s horror films!  Come on, we all love the 80s!







And if you are in the Allison Park, PA area catch me at the Sears Zombie Thon tomorrow!






And a vidcast of Castle Blood is to come soon!

Stay tuned for Day 20!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 17: Events this weekend!

This weekend: if you'll be in the Philadelphia, PA area the Silver Springs Films short "Devilution" is an official selection for screening and up for 6 Claw Awards at the Terror Film Festival. Two songs off of my album are featured in the film.
http://www.terrorfilmfestival2.com/tmart.html 


and in Allison Park, PA here is were I'll be this Saturday:






Day 16 tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 16

Hey guys!

For my 16th Day of Halloween, here are a couple more photos from conventions and festivals!





Here we are performing at the Friday Night Horror Cabaret at the 2012 Horror Realm Convention in Pittsburgh, PA




 And here is a blast from the past!  With Mike and Sherrie Hartman of Silver Bullet Pictures at Dark Xmas 2007.  I'm in their film, "Heavy Mental" distributed by Troma Entertainment.

See you for Day 17!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Days 12-15



Greetings, everyone. I'm catching up on my 31 Days of Halloween and I apologize for the slacking on it. Crazy weekend. But it this one, I catch us up with the book, "Freakshow" by Ted Parker, and the movies, "The Seduction of Dr. Fugazzi," "In the Mouth of Madness," and "The Cemetery Man." We also have a couple malfunctions including amputated batwings. Hope you enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Eerie Horror Fest

Unfortunatly, we won't be making it to Eerie Fest due to car issues. :/ But catch us at Zombie Thon and Halloween Expo!
 Also, stay tuned for Day 13 of my 31 days of Halloween and I'll be making up for yesterday too!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 11

On this day of the Halloween season, I indulge my affinity for old black and white films, particularly of the horror and sci-fi genre...well, what other genre am I going to talk about at this time of year? Romantic Comedy? My selections for this vidcast are "The Bat," "The House on Haunted Hill," "Carnival of Souls," "How to Make a Monster," and "Blood of Dracula". Check them out and see you on day twelve! This weekend, I'll be coming to you from the Eerie Horror Film Festival! 

Episode 19: Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 11

Should Pop Culture Characters REALLY Be Taken Seriously?

I'll begin this by saying that perhaps I am a little late jumping on this particular bandwagon.  But then again, I normally tend to avoid alot of today's mainstream pop culture that I usually am in the dark about new trends until they've been out for a while.  I was the one who knew zilch about Lady Gaga the first year she hit it big.  Sure I'd heard the name thrown around every so often, but beyond that?  Nothing.  Then I found out she was a popstar and then I came to hear snippets of songs little by little.  Same thing with the Twilight Series and many other things considered 'popular' by today's standards.  While I will give things a chance, most of what pop culture today has doesn't really appeal to me.  I really don't watch much TV and I don't buy pop culture magazines nor do I go to their websites.  This brings me to the phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey...

When the Fifty Shades books began to heat up, I was in the dark in the beginning (yes, a female who really didn't know or care about the Fifty Shades trilogy so many others were swooning and falling all over themselves over).  But after hearing it mentioned several times, my curiosity took over and I decided to check out what all the fuss was about.  I perused book websites, amazon, and other places like it.  I checked out excerpts online and, at the risk of sounding like a literary snob, was not impressed and did not understand why this was such a phenomenon among women.  And after reading some other reviews stating that it promotes abuse and Ana is portrayed as being whiny and wimpy in her willingness to let Christian Grey dominate her, I did find it a little disturbing especially for the supposed progressive times we are supposedly living in.  In fact, I was a little surprised that some feminist groups were even endorsing this instead of being up in arms about it.  I voiced my disgust with such things vowing never to read the books.  But I will admit to breaking down and finally reading the first book.  I figured that in the end, it's only fair to give things a chance which is what I like to do.  And I can't really have a fair assessment on something unless I give it a chance.  Don't knock it til you've tried it, right?

So I read the book.  It took me nearly a month to finish it.  Now mind you, I read Stephen King's "It", a 1000+ page book, cover to cover within a week.  So that should speak volumes about what I thought of Fifty Shades.  As many critics of the book have said, yes the writing was below the satisfactory level.  Excerpts such as the 'inner goddess doing the salsa merengue' actually had me at a loss for words.  Someone actually put that in a story...?  As for the story itself, it wasn't as Godawful as I anticipated.  Ana, the female lead, did get on my nerves and Christian was too 'beautiful' and perfect despite is hinted at past.  Whether or not certain parts of the book promotes abuse or not is debatable as I do want to give the author a pass saying that doing so very likely wasn't her intention (but I will say that if a guy I was dating kept stating how he 'wanted to hurt me' I highly doubt I'd be sticking around...but that's just me).  Some aspects of their relationship did cause me to "raise and eyebrow" more than a few times.  I also still didn't get why people were finding it so revolutionary and shocking.  I didn't really think the sex scenes where that far 'out there' and people were really talking those up like they were the greatest things since sliced cheese.  Now, I'm not an expert on the BDSM lifetsyle, though I have known people who are into it.  And perhaps my being in the entertainment industry and underground subcultures?  To be fair, it really does take alot to shock me anymore.  But in a way, I can understand how some may view the sexual content in the book as something new and exciting.  

Now with that said, I will continue to why I still don't think very highly of the book.  I will start that by saying that I don't have issues with the author having success with it.  If she was able to create a product and have massive sales with it, good for her.  And I really do mean that.  It does bother me, though, how it is becoming such a huge part of our culture.  Oh, but it's just fluff and entertainment I hear so many say.  But is it really? 

One of my favorite shows from the 1990s is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."  Buffy has always been one of my favorite female characters.  She was tough, strong, could kick anyone's ass but she also had a vulnerable and feminine side too.  The characters from the show were quirky enough and had flaws as well as attributes.  Moments of prejudice and moments of being openminded.  They were HUMAN.  Well, most of them at least.  Then there was her relationship with Angel.  Even when they were at odds with one another (when Angel reverted to his former evil ways for a while), they had that deep rooted, emotional and intellectual connection.  It was this connection that made their inablility to be together all the more heartbreaking (yes I actually cried during a couple of the episodes).  Now if you got a group of 100 women between the ages of 18 and 45 together and asked them who would they rather be...Ana Steele or Buffy Summers...how many do you think would say Ana and how many would say Buffy (or even know who Buffy is)?

The thing I found horribly lacking in the relationship between Ana and Christian was the lack of emotional and intellectual connection.  Ok, we got that Ana was a literary major, but other than a few references to British classics?  Well, there really wasn't much there.  Nothing, at least, that really made me care about her.  In fact, half the time I wanted her to shut up.  It got me thinking though that have we as a society, lost the value of an emotional and intellectual connection in our relationships?  Has having strong and independent female role models gone down the drain?  I've read online about how women are crying because they want that type of a relationship (Christian and Ana).  Yes, it's to be entertainment.  But is it really when women everywhere seem to be taking it seriously and are claiming to be looking for their own 'Christian Grey'?  I mean, I thought it was just a book.  And it isn't like a little girl watching a Disney movie wishing she were Sleeping Beauty.  These are grown women.  Throughout time, entertainment (movies, books, music, television shows, theater) has been known to either be a mirror of the society of it's time, influence it, or both.  Hell, look at the Vietnam era of the 1960s.  When women everywhere are claiming that a book saved their marriage, it stops being just a book.  And while that isn't a bad thing, I'm not sure if it's a good thing, either.  I find much entertainment today to be rather materialistic and Fifty Shades is no exception.  While I know every era has had it's materialism, it seems to be more prevalent today.

With the writing that I do with my production company and screenplays, my goal is to create both male and female characters who are both tough yet vulnerable.  My goal is to create a tension, yet a form of equality between them.  This brings me back to Buffy.  Buffy and Angel fought each other equally and they loved equally.  There were times when Buffy put Angel in his place and vice versa.  Because that's how people are supposed to be.  We all have our strengths and our weaknesses, our prejudices, our vices, our moments of being thoughtful, our moments of being uppity.  In my own novel, I'm creating my two main characters in that fashion.  It may not be a popular approach, but it is an approach I feel strongly about and should be taken.  Everett (my male lead) is not a wealthy 27 year old billionaire who's too perfect for words save for a hinted at troubled past.  He is a 22 year old guy who shares an apartment with his fraternal twin brother, Ron and he's living in 1959.  Joanna (my female lead) is a 22 year old from the 21st century who pretty much has her shit together and a sense of direction.  As much as a 22 year old can, at least.  Both of them have their issues when they meet that are dealt with Joanna having a dark past (among all the other supernatural events occurring in the novel).  No one dominates the other and they develop an emotional and intellectual connection and mutual respect for each other.  I guess you can say that Everett does sort of follow Joanna for a little bit, but not in a creepy 'I want to hurt you' way.  I was a little influenced by Buffy and Angel (light influence) when writing them, I'll admit.  There are some sensitive issues that are touched on along with the supernatural elements.  My goal is to make my characters, whether a screenplay or in a novel, as human as possible.  No one is perfect, everyone has their faults and virtues.  It may not be a popular approach, but it's an approach I want to take.

Hey, I've read my share of 'smut' (VC Andrews, bring it on) and yes there will be sexual content in my novel.  But that will only be a small ingredient of the book.  And I'm not saying my writing will be perfect, but I want to tell a story as opposed to just shock people.  Plus, Everett isn't a billionaire and he can't get Joanna a mac and blackberry, since he's also from the year 1959 and has no idea what those things are anyway (black rotary phone, boys and girls).  And Joanna actually isn't worried about those things anyway.  She has her own cell phone and laptop.  She pays for her own cell phone and her laptop was given to her by her mom and stepdad when she went to college.  In other words, no one has it easy.

Sure it's supposed to be entertainment.  But what do they say?  Art imitates life...

PSA: My Merchandise

Hi everyone,

My ebay store and my regular store are temporarily closed until the end of Halloween.  I am a little bummed about doing this because I would have loved to have had some cool deals for the Halloween season.  But, with a hectic schedule between filming, events, among other things, I cannot guarantee getting to the post office on a regular basis to ship things in a timely fashion. 

Also, I'm DANGEROUSLY low on copies of my album, "Poet" and I need to stretch what I have as much as possible to get me through these last few October events.  I have to get a new pressing company because the one I was using was bought out and they don't seem to be pressing CDs anymore.  And that is something I'd rather do over the holidays/winter when I'm taking a break from events and shows.  You can still download the album at iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers.  You can also get physical copies at distributors: CDBaby, Nimbit Music, and Amazon.

After Halloween, I'll have a Holiday/End of year 'cleaning out the closet' sale going on at both my ebay store and regular store.  Meaning all the merch I still have left after the Halloween events will be available at a marked down price as I'm planning for a new store in the new year.

Welp, that's all on that end.  Check out my October dates and stay tuned for my eleventh day of Halloween! :)

Tiff

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 10: October Events

On my 10th day of Halloween, I'll be filling you all in on what we have going on over here this Halloween season:

-This weekend from Oct 12-14 we will be in Erie, PA at the Eerie Horror Film Festival.  We will be representing the production company (Poets Labyrinth Productions) and promoting the music, some films we've been involved with, and of course the film, "Driving Nowhere."  If you will be in the Erie, PA area this weekend, stop by and say hi!

Eerie Horror Film Festival for more info.

- But if you won't be in the Eerie, PA area but will be in the Cleveland, OH area and want something to do, check out the world premiere/midnight screening of the film, "Dying 2 Meet U" directed by B. R. Tatalovic.  The film is premiering at the Cedar Lee Theater in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, October 13.  Two songs of mine are featured in the film:  "Lost Little Girl" and "Warrior." 

Visit the Dying 2 Meet U Event Page and the Dying 2 Meet U Movie Site.

- On October 20, I'll be a special guest along with "Dawn of the Dead"'s Nick Tallo at the Sears Zombie Thon at the Sears Appliance and Hardware store at 4706 William Flynn Highway in Allison Park, PA 15101.  There will be food and Halloween fun.  Plus, come hang out with Nick Tallo and I!

- And if you'll be in the Philadelphia, PA area from October 18-20, check out the Silver Springs Films movie, "Devilution" which is having it's world premiere at the Terror Film Festival!  Two songs of mine are featured in the movie:  "Ghost" and "Warrior."  The movie is also up for six Claw Awards at the festival!  Silver Springs films is also helping us with "Driving Nowhere." 

Visit the Terror Film Festival Website for more info.

- On October 27 and 28, we'll be in Niles, OH at the Halloween Horror Expo.  We'll be guests there as well as musical performers so don't miss it:)  

Visit Halloween Horror Expo Website for more info!

- And on Sunday evening at 9:30pm, I'll be interviewed on Fear the Dead Radio!  More info coming soon.

And instead of a photo this time, I'm doing some more shameless self promotion and posting the first theatrical teaser trailer for "Driving Nowhere."



Stay tuned for Day 11...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 9

We simply cannot do a Halloween Calendar without giving homage to one of the godfathers of horror, Edgar Allan Poe.  Poe gave inspiration to many writers, filmmakers, and other entertainers of the genre.  Many consider him to be a creative genius. 

Please visit this awesome website, Poe Forevermore and check out more info and fun things about Poe along with the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum.

And for the picture of the day,  here is a picture of me at Horror Realm in September with an awesome fan and friend, Michael.


Stay tuned for Day 10...

Tiffany's October 2012 Video Newsletter

What's coming up in October?


Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for fun stuff and video updates! :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Reel TV Network Interview

If you haven't checked it out yet, my interview with the Reel TV Network airs at 10pm at their website. Check it out here:

http://reeltvnetwork.com/

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 8

On day number 8 of the Halloween season, I talk about my experience at the haunted attraction, Demon House located in Monongahela, PA.  It includes footage from the Demon House location giving you a glimpse at the experience.  My friend, Jeff braved the attraction with me and makes a brief appearance.

To find out more visit the website, http://demonhouse.com

Episode 18: Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 8

And here is a photo taken at Horror Realm in September of 2012 with Art Ettinger, the editor-in-chief at Ultra Violent Magazine.





Stay tuned for Day 9...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 7

Here is another song I enjoy listening to at this time of year (or any time of year).  Ministry's "Everyday is Halloween":


And here is a photo of me at my table from Horror Realm Spring Break Massacre event in March 2012!  Photo courtesy of Henry Tjernlund.






Stay tuned for Day 8...

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 6

Episode 16: Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 6

On the sixth day of Halloween, I give a quick rundown on the 1987 movie "Blood Diner" as I am on my way out to a haunted attraction!

And here is a photo of me taken with the 'Trio of Terror' at Horror Hotel this passed May!  Check them out at http://trioofterror.com .


Day 7 coming soon...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Episode 15: Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 5

Episode 15: Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Day 5

On the fifth day of the Halloween season, I give a rundown on the indie film, "Indemnity: Rage of a Jealous Vampire" produced by zDiet3 Productions and currently distributed by World Wide Multi Media. For more information on the film, visit http://dietzthethird.com/ActorSite/z-Diet-3/Indemnity/id_home.html and you can also rent or buy from Amazon.

And here is a photo of me with "Dawn of the Dead"'s Ken Foree at Horror Realm in September 2012!





Stay tuned for Day 6...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 4

Episode 13: Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 4

In the fourth installment (and pod/vidcast Episode Lucky 13)of my 31 Days of Halloween Calendar, I take a walk down memory lane taking a look back at teen and young adult horror genre books popular back in the 1980s and 1990s. Books discussed are the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Trilogy, R.L. Stine's Fear Street and Horror Point books, and Christopher Pike.

And here is a photo of me with the lovely Rochelle Davis, best known for the role of Sarah in the film, "The Crow."  You can also check out her interview in the Music's Underworld Webzine !





Stay tuned for Day 5...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 3

I'm still on a bit of a music kick for this Halloween season.  I'm sure many of you who have thrown Halloween parties, hosted Halloween events or attractions have likely come in contact with the music of Midnight Syndicate.  For the passed 15 years, the compositions of Midnight Syndicate have graced many a Halloween event and CDs have turned up in Halloween stores everywhere.  Of course, I would listen at any time of the year, but if you are looking for some beautiful soundscapes inspired by the Gothic, Horror, and Fantasy genres for your Halloween party or attraction, look no further than Midnight Syndicate.

Check out more at the Midnight Syndicate Website.

And here is another photo from Horror Realm with Camden Toy of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "The Bay" fame.  You can also check out my short video interview with him at Music's Underworld Webzine Interviews .


Stay tuned for Day 4...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 2

So in addition to all the horror/sci-fi/fantasy films out there, what else can help enhance the Halloween season?  Music, of course.  And one of m favorite albums to listen to at this time of year is the 1985 debut album of the goth/darkwave/synthpop band, Clan of Xymox (also simply known as Xymox).  There is just something about this album that makes driving through a fall evening with the semi-barren trees and the moon in the night sky with this album playing on the car stereo that just really sets a mood.  Even driving it on a cloudy, autumn day sets a real tone for the season.  The album has a dark, nostalgic, other-worldly sound to it.  Some of my favorite songs on it are "7th Time", "Stranger," and "No Human Can Drown."

You can pick up the album and listen to samples at Amazon.











And here is a photo from the 2012 Indie Gathering taken with the awesome people from Ghost Walk Productions.  Not only did my "Driving Nowhere" script win Best Horror Short Script, but the first film effort from Ghost Walk won for Best Horror Short Film!  The film is a supernatural ghost story (based on actual events) titled "The Farm" and two songs off of my album "Poet" are included on the film's soundtrack.

Check out more at The Farm's Official Website





Stay tuned for Day 3 on my 31 Days of Halloween Calendar..

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween Calendar Day 1 and Intro

With October ushering in the Halloween season, I will be presenting Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween on my official blog, my webzine blog, my tumblr account, and (occasionally) my podcast!  So you will have a couple different channels to catch it on.  My 31 Days of Halloween will include photos from Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy related events, and I'll tell you what I'm watching/listening to this Halloween season.  I also may put in a review or two of a couple Halloween/Haunted attractions.

So onto Day 1.  Today as I got some work done, I watched the indie vampire flick "Tainted."  This film is part of a 'Triple B Header' DVD distributed by Troma Entertainment.  This film definitely has a charm to it.  Is it the greatest film ever made?  No, it isn't by any means.  But made in the mid/late 1990s, there is a bit of nostalgia that comes with it as it harkens back to a time where things like video rental stores were the norm when it came to entertainment instead of a more obscure oddity.  It's enough to entertain and comes with two other films on the DVD: "Sucker: The Vampire" and "Rockabilly Vampire."

You can pick up the DVD at the Troma Shop and add it to your Halloween watchlist!


And, here is a photo of me with Doug Bradley (notably of the Hellraiser films) at Horror Realm Convention.  One thing I love about being a guest at these things is getting to meet and hang with some awesome people in the industry.  A longtime fan of the Hellraiser films, it was an honor to finally meet "Pinhead."  Photo is courtesy of Henry Tjernlund.



And check out my Interview at my webzine with "The Crow" actress, Rochelle Davis, whom I also met at Horror Realm.  She was also my 'table neighbor'!
Music's Underworld Rochelle Davis Interview



Stay tuned for Day 2 on my 31 Days of Halloween Calendar!  Catch it here, at the Music's Underworld Webzine Blog, my Tumblr Page, and the Entertainment's Underworld Podcast!