Fiction Friday: Ghost Island

My first novel, City of Kaiju, is available for pre-order. Available through Amazon and Books2Read. You can see a preview of the very first chapter here. Releasing on February 12th, 2019.

Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Ghost Island by E. E. King.

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Today’s short story is Ghost Island by E.E. King. You can find it here. This is a tale of mystery and apocalypse as our story takes us to an Island off the coast of Japan. I’m up for a Japanese story as much as anyone, so let’s get to it. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Ghost Island”

Cinemagic: FLCL Progressive Review

Cinemagic is a series where I talk about live action or animated Movies and TV Shows. Many of them are Science Fiction and Fantasy films that are anticipated enough to give them a watch. Today, I review FLCL Progressive.

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Cinemagic: FLCL Progressive Review

 

Way back in the early 2000s, a little-known anime series came out that changed how we looked at how a series is made. Relying less on plot and more on the art and animation. I’m talking about FLCL, one of my favorite anime series of all time.

FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly) is an original anime by Gainax (meaning it wasn’t adapted from a manga) that aired on Adult Swim way back when about a young boy named Naota who encounters a mysterious woman on a Vespa who curses him with a mysterious power that summons monsters and robots from his forehead. The whole series revolves around a mysterious, steam iron-like structure known as Medical Mechanica, the source of a dark power that could bring about the end of the world.

I’ll admit as much, the plot is confusing and it can be hard to follow, but the series doesn’t pride itself on story. It’s the cast and the animation is what makes it iconic. A story about a young boy living a normal life in Japan and his world becomes such a bizarre mess that he must go about his world despite these strange nuances. It’s also very short, only six episodes long. It wasn’t canceled, just structured that way.

In 2016, we learn of a follow up to the series, FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative, that Adult Swim and animation studio Production I.G. Since the original series ended on a decent note, I wondered what a sequel would do. Having finished the series on Toonami, I enjoyed the ride and felt that it did some things to feel similar to its predecessor and added it’s own flair. So here’s my take on it.

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Coming Attractions: A Preview Of “Do Not Stare Into The Eyes of a Kitsune”

It’s time again. Time to keep the momentum going and introduce a brand new short story coming soon or most ebook platforms. This is also a learning process for me, so forgive me if there are a few bumps along the way.

So this short story takes place in late 1800s Japan at the height of Commodore Perry’s famous voyage. Our hero, Shiro Kawamoto, is living life as a hunter, getting fox meat for his boss. However, Americans are hunting as well, and their recklessness causes them to taint the forest with dead animals they’ve killed and skinned needlessly. This attracts a kitsune who tells our hero to get rid of them or suffer her wrath.

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, it’s a love letter to my love for anime. I’ve been a huge fan of anime and Japanese culture. So I wanted to showcase my love with this short story. It’s also to show that I can write about all types of characters and worlds and that nothing is off limits. This is the beginning of a new moment for me as my author career truly begins. I’m still hard at work on my first novel, but it’ll still be a while before I can get it out there.

So for now, here’s a preview of my paid short story, Do Not Stare Into The Eyes Of A Kitsune. Take care, and remember, the inn is always open.

NOTE: The below excerpt might be a little graphic, but this is as gruesome as it gets in the entire story. Just a heads up.

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Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Black Clover

Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about the recent anime series, Black Clover. Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Black Clover   I love anime. It’s been a huge part of my life for a long time. From the big names such as … Continue reading Fantastic Wonder: Thoughts on Black Clover