November, 2013

Interview with Novelist Raymond Benson and his New Book Series

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

raymondbenson2013colorTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is happy to announce former ‘James Bond’ novelist Raymond Benson’s new book series, The Black Stiletto, to our thousands of readers.

We first interviewed Raymond in our March 1, 2010 issue (click on to see article). Since then he has been quite busy and the following year released the first book of his new series. The new series has quite an appeal to women.  Raymond, please tell us about The Black Stiletto and the theme behind it.

RB- Thank you and it’s nice to be back.  The project started in early 2009 when I was sitting with my literary manager, Peter Miller, and we were discussing what I should do for my next big thing.  He said, “You really need to come up with something that women will like, because book-buyers are mostly women.”  Facetiously, I said, “How about a female superhero?”  We had a good laugh, and then Peter got serious and said, “You know, that’s not a bad idea.”  Coincidentally, I already had in my head a different premise for a story about a grown man who is taking care of his elderly mother in a nursing home—she has Alzheimer’s—and he discovers some dark secret about her past.  I didn’t know what that secret was.  I’d had some experience with Alzheimer’s… my mother-in-law had it and was dying at that time…she passed away in the fall of 2009.  So, in short, I combined the two ideas.  The grown son discovers that his dying mother was the legendary Black Stiletto, a masked vigilante who was active between 1958 and 1962, became famous, and mysteriously vanished.  It became two parallel stories—one in the past, which is the Stiletto’s story told in first-person, in diary form; and one in the present, told in first person by the son. (more…)

To Mommy And Daddy With Love -by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

( from his book ‘Tales for Late at Night’ – See our BOOK STORE to get more)

Little Lisa Tomilin had an unhappy life as a child. The daughter of Frank And Pamela Tomilin, both heavy drinkers and each others adversaries on most days, had very few happy days to account for.

Her best friend, her five year old brother Daniel, was on year her senior. Because neither was permitted outside the house, they made a strong and lasting friendship, and could often be  seen playing together. They both tried to sidestep their parents onslaught’s and played quietly by themselves either in the basement or their rooms.

The mother, Pamela, was a constant screamer who could easily have gotten on anyone’s nerves. The nerves that she enjoyed fraying the most was that of Frank who eventually took it out  on the kids. Pamela would use the strap on then too, but preferred goading Frank into being “Mr.  Mean ,” as she referred him to the kids when he wasn’t around. Anyway, it was him that wanted  the kids in the first place, not her. Having kids to her meant staying home and caring for them,  and she was used to being the life of the Christmas parties at the company that she worked at for years. The home life was not for her and she had been well adjusted to playing the office tease  and enjoyed the role immensely. (more…)

TAEM News Flash! Author Charles E. Butler in the News!

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

author Chales E. ButlerThe Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST has learned that author Charles E. Butler (click on to see article) who we interviewed in our November 1, 2010 issue has been quite busy of late.

We understand that he has been writing extensively for UK magazine, Diaboligue, as well as a number of new books on the subject of Horror Movie monsters. His newest book, Vampires Everywhere: The Rise of the Movie Undead, is now on sale at Amazon and his works can be also found at Barnes & Noble Bookstores.

Not only did Mr. Butler painstakingly research and write the book, he also fully illustrated, edited and published it himself! Having been turned down by no less than (48) forty eight separate publishers, Mr. Butler then decided to publish the work on Kindle pad thus starting his own worldwide promotional campaign which was extremely successful! (more…)

Interview with Author Alistair Cross

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

309197_102607946511631_100002872777585_9887_7635963_nTAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST have a long history of interviews with excellent writers who represent every genre our readers enjoy. We are also members of Facebook where many of these authors appear. One such author that we chanced upon is Alistair Cross who dabbles in horror.

Alistair, tell us what first interested you in this subject and why you find it so fascinating.

AC- Horror has fascinated me since I was very young. I suspect it interested me because, at that age, I had a very short attention span and required a lot of stimulation. Horror scared me and fear was one emotion that never got boring.

These days, my appreciation for the genre goes deeper than the fear factor. I think horror, when done well, is one of the most direct and honest ways to get to the core of the human experience because terror reduces all of us to our most authentic forms. (more…)

Interview with Comic Strip Creator Richard C. White

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

TRichard C. WhiteAEM- After our tour of The Baltimore Comic-Con The Arts and Entertainment Magazine & THE EERIE DIGEST began to focus on graphic novel writers and illustrators so that we can introduce them to our readers. One of newest finds to interview is comic strip creator Richard C. White.

Richard, we understand that you first got started when you wrote a sports article for a local paper. Please tell us about this and the career in writing that it generated.

RCW- I had met Don Diehl, the owner/editor of the Hallsville Top, back in Hallsville, Missouri, since we both went to the same church. Even though it was a small weekly paper, I noted there wasn’t a lot of coverage of school events—probably because there were only two other people who worked for the paper. Since I played on most of the school’s sports teams back then, I offered to cover the games for him and he took me up on the offer. The first few articles I submitted were closely scrutinized before he ran them and he was a pretty thorough editor. After a few submissions, I had an idea of what he was looking for and approximately how long they needed to be and so on. (more…)

‘The Game Set Two – Tiger Lily’ by Guest Author RC Hutchins

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

RC-Hutchins“When you enter the Sultan’s presence, remember not to speak unless spoken to, do not look him directly in the eyes, and never, ever mention his father,” the chamberlain says to me as I’m rushed from the carriage, through the palace halls, pushing onwards to the throne room.

I’m scared; no denying the shaking of my heart as the chamberlain spoke in a rushed tone.

“Once you have been introduced to the Sultan, you can take meals with the servants and no one will question it. The director of your sector will give you jobs relating to your abilities. If you are unable to complete any job, you director will be responsible for you punishment. Right now, your director is Sayf al-Dawla Fahd Bin Kadir. It would be wise not to anger him, as his temper is rather legendary.”

Yes, I know of him. The ‘Sword of the State’ Fahd Bin Kadir. He’s scary, or so I heard from my brother; Fatin used to work for him.

Until Fahd broke my brother’s arm. (more…)

Interview with Cookbook Author Lee Truslow

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

interview-pics-002TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has decided to do something a little different to whet the appetite (no pun intended) of our readers. Simply put, we are going to do something out of the ordinary. With the holidays close at hand we are going to introduce all of you to a new type of author.

Lee Truslow writes cookbook recipes and is selling them like hotcakes (pun intended) on Amazon. Lee, what first started you on this new venture?

LT-I don’t have a job, and I came up with an easy, stir-up recipe. Because I have done disability-related stuff for about 40 years, I rolled it around and came up with the idea of a book series with easy recipes and easy language, combined with photographs and a regular recipe for parents or caregivers. In addition, Text-to-Speech, an Amazon offering with most of its e-books which reads text aloud in a robotic voice, is also activated for those machines that can use it (such as Fire second generation). If somebody has a problem with a word, or if somebody is non-verbal, he or she can have the tablet read it aloud with the touch of an on-screen button. (more…)

J&J Movie Review – Thor: The Dark World

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Thor The Dark WorldOur J&J Movie Review has recently taken us to view Thor: The Dark World at our local cinema. We decided to go to Centreville Virginia’s Rave Theater on the opening day. It was mid-afternoon when we attended the event, and being a Friday there were very few people in the theater at that time. This gave us time to relax and enjoy the film and its content.

The first segment of the film moved slowly and was shot in a semi-noire atmosphere. The landscape in the opening battle between good and evil was a desolate scene as the film’s director, Alan Taylor, thought it wiser to concentrate on the characters. This is not to say that the vast proportion of the film was un-colorful, just the opposite is true. (more…)