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This Hotel Transylvania Special Feature is presented in collaboration between The Rock Father™ Magazine, Pollinate Media Group® and Snyder’s-Lance Inc.

With summer in full swing, we've entered the big summer movie season both in theaters and at home. For regular readers, it should be no secret that we're big movie fans, and while the traditional cinema experience can be a cool break from the hot summer temperatures, our family loves going to the drive-in, and we also love showing movies in our backyard theater right here at home. Backyard movies are a great way to bring the neighborhood together, and depending on what you're showing, it can also lend itself to some fun themes. Since Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is arriving in theaters on July 13, here's five essentials for throwing a Hotel Transylvania double-feature to get re-acquainted with how the story of Dracula and Mavis began. You'll be all caught up before Drac's pack sets sail on a monster cruise ship helmed by a Captain who holds a mysterious secret that could threaten them all!

Published in Food and Drink

If you think you've heard about this one before, you're correct. Way back in 2004 - years before becoming "The Rock Father," I was working regularly in television and film, and pretty much dropped everything to focus on bringing one of my own visions to the big screen - a genre-bending crime/horror hybrid called DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). The tagline was a big hook - "Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob." - and what followed was a few years of absolute craziness that saw the in-development film and its two planned sequels (one was written) get coverage in major media, get nominated for a Spike Scream Award for "Most Anticipated Film" (a category sponsored by Hot Topic) and the ahead-of-their-time video "making-of" video podcasts get nominated for an Emmy, all while casting was tackled, set/costume/prop design was completed, and special FX tests were underway. Sadly, the project fell apart due to a massive storm of "circumstances beyond our control" for my co-writer and I, but the plus side is that a prequel comic book series took shape in the years that followed. 

13 years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the eight years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #0 and DWTS #1 (the Halloween issue!) via Noisetrade Books!

Published in DWTS

If you think you've heard about this one before, you're correct. Way back in 2004 - years before becoming "The Rock Father," I was working regularly in television and film, and pretty much dropped everything to focus on bringing one of my own visions to the big screen - a genre-bending crime/horror hybrid called DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). The tagline was a big hook - "Vampires. Demons. Zombies. Werewolves. The Mob." - and what followed was a few years of absolute craziness that saw the in-development film and its two planned sequels (one was written) get coverage in major media, get nominated for a Spike Scream Award for "Most Anticipated Film" (a category sponsored by Hot Topic) and the ahead-of-their-time video "making-of" video podcasts get nominated for an Emmy, all while casting was tackled, set/costume/prop design was completed, and special FX tests were underway. Sadly, the project fell apart due to a massive storm of "circumstances beyond our control" for my co-writer and I, but the plus side is that a prequel comic book series took shape in the years that followed. 

12 years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the eight years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #0 and DWTS #1 (the Halloween issue!) via Noisetrade Books!

Published in DWTS

Detroit's ELECTRIC SIX have been around for ages, constantly reinventing themselves, which is something that you have to do on occasion... especially when you're a vampire. Their own bio notes that "eternal life can seem like an eternity," but that longevity means more music, and that's a good thing for fans of the band as their 12th album, FRESH BLOOD FOR TIRED VAMPYRES just hit the streets via Metropolis Records. It's a fine new offering for any ghoulish groove fest this fall, and a perfect entry for 31 Days of Halloween. Check it out streaming in the Spotify player below, and if you dig it - buy it. 

Published in Music News

There was a time when the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) comic books were available for free on a few major platforms prior to being reissued at digital cover price. Ten years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the five years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween 2014, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #1 - the Halloween issue!

Published in DWTS

Oh, the oddities of the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS project...

Indeed, there were many, and in a lot of ways we were ahead of the curve in terms "transmedia" marketing and how different pieces would fit into the bigger puzzle. At one point, at least a half-dozen characters from the DWTS world had dedicated MySpace pages where they were blogging regularly (stories penned by me) with tales that would directly plug into the larger DWTS storyline with seamless continuity. By the time the comics came along, we took things to the next level, calling into action the actress that was set to be our live-action Danielle in the planned films - our Australian friend, Efisia Fele. Her screen test for the first DWTS film was KILLER (I hope I still have a copy somewhere), but what we did for the comics were video blogs that led directly into each issue. Take a look...

Published in DWTS
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