Halloween Treat

Just a link here to a short film that doesn’t get enough love this time of year: Michael Jackson’s “Ghosts”.  Yes, that half-hour long music video in which the late, great Stan Winston turned the late, great Michael Jackson into a white bigot with no rhythm.  A parable for our times.

Happy Halloween, Blessed Samhain. Climb up the walls with your favorite dead relatives.

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Pimpin’ Books Amongst Pumpkins

This is a quick reminder, just in case you forgot, that I will be signing books at Keystone Books & Gifts this afternoon as the Circleville Pumpkin Festival happens all around us.

I will be there from 1 pm to 2 pm, signing Arcanum Faire books, especially The Ren Faire at the End of the World, and discussing my upcoming projects. Squirrel Apocalypse is already under consideration by a publisher, and the Silk Empress, a Steampunk Jonny Quest on an airship along the High Silk Road.

See you there!

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Off to Lou’ville

In a few hours, Sheldon Gleisser, my literary wing man, and I will be driving down to Kentucky. This is the weekend of the fifth annual Imaginarium Convention.

Once there, we will rub elbows with publishers, editors, writers, and filmmakers. If you are not any of those creatures, but you love good storytelling, you can come on down and rub our elbows, too.

I will be doing panels on Fairytales & Folklore, the Occult, Steampunk, and Costume & Makeup for Filmmaking.  I also hope to make contact with a publisher and get some news about the disposition of “Squirrel Apocalypse”. To top off the weekend, Sunday I will moderate the Author’s Reading panel. I will get to read my favorite sequence from the whole Arcanum Faire trilogy.

Sorry for the late notice, fans and friends, but at my age getting up and putting on pants is a noteworthy accomplishment. See you all in Lou’ville! If you make it down, I can tell you how karma is like a squirrel in a blender.

https://www.entertheimaginarium.com/

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Don’t Buy My Book, Vote For My Cover…

AllAuthor regularly has Cover of the Month competitions, and my latest book is in September’s. This is not really a reflection on me, but on the great artist Philip R. Rogers and my publisher Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press. Vote for them and vote repeatedly. You don’t have to be registered with AllAuthor to vote in the initials. Do it for the power tools, and for the anvils.

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https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/2359/

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Bexley Local Author Festival

Just a reminder: I will be at the Bexley Local Author Festival this afternoon from 2 pm to 4 pm today. I will only have my “Camp Arcanum” books with me as Gramercy Books is handling all sales and more than one book for each of the authors would be more complex than necessary for such a short event. However, for those of you that have already ready the first book of my Arcanum Faire trilogy, there is good news. Gramercy books is right across the street from the library and they are in possession of “Power Tools in the Sacred Grove”, and “The Ren Faire at the End of the World”. You can whisk across the street, acquire the not-quite-sacred texts, and be back in the auditorium for me to personalize them for you.

As always, you can still get any of my books online, or from the back of the car if you catch me in the right parking lot. Hope to see you all there!

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Once More into the Breech

Next weekend, I will have the great honor of Attending the Bexley Local Author Fest with 59 other talented local authors. We will be signing & schmoozing at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209 between 2 & 4pm Sunday August 26th. I will have all my Arcanum Faire books and fresh pens.

Saturday, September 8, 10 am to 3 pm, I will be in the Author Alley adjacent to Keystone Books & Gifts, 138 W. Main St., Circleville, Ohio 43113. I’ll be the mustachioed man with a hat under the Kermit green tent.

To top off the late fall festivities, I will be at Imaginarium in Louisville KY on the weekend of October 5-7. Further details will be posted on their website. The link is below:

https://www.entertheimaginarium.com/

#BexLocalAuthorFest

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JFF: Underappreciated Songs about Spaceflight

If you thought off the top of you head, it would be easy to come up with a fistful of songs about spaceflight in sixty seconds. This is the list after you’ve exhausted “Rocket Man,”, “Space Oddity”, “Flash Gordon”, and “Starman”.

Beep, Beep, by Louis Prima

In 1957, everyone was crazy about space, including the guy who brought you “Just a Gigolo”.

Space Truckin’, by Deep Purple

Heavy metal space excursion by the folks that brought you “Smoke on the Water.” It should be used for wake up calls on the ISS, but they don’t.

Space is the Place, by Sun Ra

The eccentric genius of the Jazz world, Sun Ra claimed to be a visitor from Saturn. Evidently the planet is very much like Ancient Egypt and filled with funk. This is a segment taken from the Sun Ra movie.

Watcher of the Skies, by Genesis

WTF, Peter Gabriel?

Mr. Spaceman, by The Byrds

Doubling down on the classic rock space shenanigans, this is a cover of a Dylan song. Big fun as TV producers first discover blue-screen sets.

Mothership Connection, Parliament

The inventors of Cosmic Funk and frequent starship landings at concerts and Muppet movies, Parliament made it fun to be alienated.

Calling Occupants of Interstellar Craft, by Klaatu

At first believed to be the Beatles incognito, Klaatu was a bunch of Canadians that named their band after a robot space cop. This song can stick in your head for weeks.

Across the Universe, by The Beatles

A psychedelic voyage through the Cosmos with the originals.

39, by Queen

A tale of space exploration and time dilation, the lead on this track is taken by Brian May who eventually became a scientist on the Pluto probe project. Double spacey.

Humans from Earth, by T-bone Burnett

If you had enough of cosmic optimism, “Humans from Earth” is perfect as the cynical sales pitch of Terran colonists bringing progress and Manifest Destiny whether the natives want it or not.

Major Tom, by Peter Schiller

The unofficial sequel to Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, Schilling’s cosmic synthpop single captures the tension of the countdown and the spacey dilemma of the marooned astronaut. The chorus is a dangerous earworm.

 

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Readings & Royal Weddings

I’m afraid this is short notice, and it will be a short notice of it. This weekend we have two big events. Saturday, we are throwing a Royal Wedding party at the Alley. attendees are encouraged to wear their tiaras and ambassadorial sashes, fancy frocks and frock coats. I will be providing cupcakes and various liquid refreshments (cough, champagne) will be served. Once again, a proof that you’re never too old to play dress up. For details you can check out the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/415971332184869/

On Sunday, we’re having a little launch event for my third novel “The Ren Faire at the End of the World” at the Book Loft. I’ll be reading ,signing, and offering up chocolate undead bunnies. I’m doing a traumatic reading of my second favorite sequence in the book, with Landsknecht reenactors and Scadians squaring off against the Forces of Evil. My favorite sequence would be entirely too spoilery.

The link to that event is here, if you’re interested. It remains here if you’re disinterested:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/josef-matulich-the-ren-faire-at-the-end-of-the-world-the-time-of-sex-magik-and-power-tools-is-tickets-45455222795

Now, I’ve got to be preparing. Where is my clear vanilla extract and meringue powder?

 

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Sex, Magick & … WTF CBS?

Good thing I started doubling up on my antidepressants this week.

I was on Twitter, as I am often wont to do when there are more productive things to do in the morning, when I came across an advert for the latest project appearing on CBS All Access. It was “Strange Angel”, the partially true story of the founder of JPL and follower of Aleister Crowley (just as Jeremiah Stone is in Arcanum Faire). Okay, sounds frothy and fun and things will most likely blow up good in the end.

But the tag line they used in the trailer…

“Sex, Magick, and Rocket Science”?

For my dozens of fans out there, this is a recognizable phrase. I have been describing the Arcanum Faire books as “A comedy of Sex, Magick, and Power Tools” for five years, now. And it’s not like it is only written on the underside of a rock in a sugar beet field in Elk Grove CA. You can find it here:

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/122949

and here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25217904-power-tools-in-the-sacred-grove

and even here:

It’s quite possible that the bright young person responsible, because they’re all bright and young in Hollywood PR, came across my tagline and said “Hey, what a great idea! I’m sure that Matlick guy will be flattered if we copy it!” Consider the ten-thousand variations of “Where’s the Beef?”

Well, I’m irritated, but realistic about it. You can’t really copyright a tagline, though with some effort and cash you can trademark it. And even if there was legal recourse, CBS has enough lawyers to beat a Mastadon to death with teaspoons. There’s not much I can do but fill the cybersphere with my own hashtags to slipstream the wake of this well-funded vessel. So here we go:

#SexMagick&PowerTools

#ArcanumFaire

Care to join me?

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Books Among the Vikings

This weekend is the Ashville Viking Fest, a celebration of living history and re-enactors. Everything from Vikings to medieval jousters and Landsknechts will be represented. I will be there selling books, especially The Ren Faire at the End of the World. Many of the real (?) characters that inspired characters in my books will be there.

And they’ll have weapons.

This should be fun

 

http://www.ashvillevikingfest.com/enter.htm

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