Annabelle: one creepy looking fu**ing doll!

Seeing as the leafs are turning and the darkness of winter is approaching, that means one thing! Halloween and horror movies. We in the UK don’t treat Halloween as big as the US but that doesn’t stop us from getting their movies. So the next few weeks shall be dedicated to all things horror, including an account of my up and coming trip to to UK theme park Alton Towers and their seasonal scare fest!

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The current state of Horror Films

In this age we are exposed to more gruesome and more ‘real’ style horror flicks, Notably the Saw series and of course the many ‘Blair witch’ style found footage films. But for some reason so many films of this genre fail to pack the final punch in their presentation. It gets to the last half hour and there’s nothing more to show, the creature/ghost/murderer/thing has been revealed and the ideas are wearing thin. There are no more shock moments or the shocks are so over the top they seem desperate.

A struggle is apparent in the world of telling scary stories and the cinema is the perfect setting for such things. It’s dark and theres an unavoidable screen in front of you, plus your surrounded by complete strangers. Cinemas can be eerie sometimes, playing into the hands of the genre. But the films themselves do lack in somewhat scary quality. Now I like a good scare, makes the heart beat faster, gives you a cold sweat and all that but these days that’s a rare thing.

Creepy Doll 

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Told ya it was creepy

This past weekend I went to see a new release about a possessed doll. Now many of you will think about that small red haired thing running around with a knife. But I am talking about Anabelle, a doll that comes to be possessed and causes all kinds of hell for the viewer and owner. To me this film simply delivered in all tick boxes available for the genre. It was jumpy, dark, not too gruesome and somewhat original. Creepy is a massive understatement in terms of this doll, they certainly designed this thing well. And they used it well, there are many instances when the camera is focused on the vacant yet transfixed eyes of the doll Annabelle with the viewer expecting them to move at any moment.

We have seen on many occasions an unbalance in a film whereas the killer is way to scary for the film or the concept is just too cool for the environment. But in this film they got it all right, the balance from a small cast worked wonderfully well with scary possessive concepts that coincided with the all-important matter that this could be a true story.

 

If you like your horror good and somewhat original then go and see Annabelle. Especially if you have seen the conjuring, they are kind of related in sideways kind of way.

Having purchased a ticket and being sat in the cinema I had no choice but to be exposed to some up and coming trailers and Halloween is looking good this year, with Ghostbusters being re released and Alien/Aliens in some cinemas.The Pyramid with Jay from the inbetweeners is looking good and that’s what we want to see, some choice in our modern scare films!

 

Next week I look at the potential of another Harry Potter book, stay tuned!

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The Simpsons Guy, a Review and I changed my name, sort of

Hello and welcome back to Lee’s Hall of information. I spent much time this week pondering as to what I was going to put into my blog this week. A wet, rainy and wild Monday morning hit me with a cold slap in the face with the realisation that winter was on the doorstep. But something else hit me.

When I first opened the Hall, back when the temperatures were hotter and the sky was somewhat brighter, so were my prospects of becoming self-published.  But Monday something hit me, with reference to the whole L A Hall author thing. Who the fu** is L A Hall? My name is Lee Hall and I don’t really give a flying frig who else is named the same, that’s me and that’s who I am. (I then marched upon Facebook, twitter and wordpress and changed my name accordingly to what it’s supposed to be!)

Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project is written by Lee Hall and Lee Hall only! Ah Lee Hall, nice guy (likes the sound of his own name and voice though)

Since coming back from my holiday and the start of this series I haven’t been involved in any writing. One of the key ways of surviving as a writer is to take a step back every now and then. The brain is also a muscle and many of us like to go to the gym and work on our muscles. But in order for them to grow a little rest is needed.

Soon it will be time to shortlist a group of agencies for submission. Of course a brand new synopisis will feature and I shall share that with you good people.

As I do send off my work, a week to week report will feature on the blog, tracking my progress, if any.

Please check out my resources section.

 

The Simpsons Guy

Television crossovers are a very rare and fragile thing. When I heard the news that Family Guy would cross with the Simpsons I was immediately intrigued as to how they would achieve such a thing.

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For 24 years Matt Groening has delivered an animated television show that in my terms can only be described as undisputed. From politically loaded satire, to guest voices all the way to spoofing everything including itself. The Simpsons has achieved everything, even managing a box office smash film and then proceeding to recover and carry on.

How in the world is anything supposed to stand next to what the show has achieved? That’s what I asked myself, then an already cancelled once animation show came along. In many ways it echoed the Simpsons but Family guy is somewhat different. The themes are consistently adult and yes the spoofing and political satire is there. Throughout the late 00’s family guy began to snowball into something of a large following.

So I looked for what would make such a TV event work. To me it was what the two shows shared and what they had in differences ultimately made this wonderful viewing.

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Both families differ in so many ways, that when their scenes together were happening it was simply magic to me. It slotted together ever so well. I found myself enjoying what was unfolding on screen. A longer than usual running time, but this was needed because both families to me are larger than life. This was the moment when Family guy finally stood shoulder to shoulder with the Simpsons. And what I like the most about it is, the Simpsons can live with that.

I think only a certain age demographic will appreciate the Simpsons guy, but I recommend it to all that have seen either shows, just for the fact that it’s a massive writing undertaking and a great achievement by all involved. I look forward to the Simpsons Futurama crossover.

 

 

 

Pilot

It’s that moment, much like when you watch the first ever episode of a TV show you come to love years later.

Where it all begins, a wild eye medical intern called JD passes through the walls of a daunting hospital known as sacred heart. Or that moment a cartoon layabout and accidental time traveler meets a well-known robot bending unit, unaware he has just stepped into a suicide booth.. Yes I am referencing TV pop culture because apparently it’s appealing. I pity the fool who doesn’t use pop culture to entertain, ok I’ll stop now.

Many of us have those favorite shows we watch over the years but never see the pilot. We will have that eureka moment when we realise why something is the way it is. That is of course if you are lucky enough to be around for the first episode. For you this is that moment. The few people who are reading this on release date I salute you!

This ladies and gentlemen is my pilot blog and welcome all of you. Much to my dismay it won’t be paraded in front of television networks and selected for an autumn slot on E4. But it will be exposed to the people that matter the most to me and that is you. Thank you for taking the time to look at this member of the general internet public.

Welcome to the Hall of information.

Side note: Having read a self-help book recently it did advise coming up with a pun type name for one’s blog, I hope you like it.

Condescending paragraph about your surroundings:

As you can see I have constructed this page via word press who have kindly provided setting a template with colours and all that jazz. At the top of the page you can see some categories, they can all be clicked on and take you away from this (thank god, some of you are thinking.) To the right is a Facebook thingy and below that, a sign up doohickey to receive email updates of when the next installments of this blog comes out. I will leave it up to you to decide if you would like that service (do it for me). It will make the blog seem more popular to newcomers. Finally there is some kind of twitter feed. Anyway that’s enough of the surroundings.

Introductions Part 1

Most of you will know who I am to some degree, having been spammed by me over the last few years but in case you are a viral reader (not the diseased kind) let me introduce myself.

Lee Hall is my name and I am an amateur author. Having just recently changed my pen name slightly to L A Hall, this is because there is already someone famous out there called Lee Hall. He wrote billy Elliot and that is far as I will possibly advertise him. Back on to the subject matter, I have been writing since the age of 12. Mainly focusing the genre of science fiction.

I remember that rainy Sunday afternoon spent on an old windows 98 pieceofs**t (although windows 8 isn’t much better) and pecking away at a keyboard. Hence my first character and creation was born. Jack Thorn was the name and the story. Simple at first, about a guy seemingly talented in fighting robots.

That was the whole premise of what would snowball over ten years later into the Thorn legacy. I originally envisioned 3 Jack Thorn books but quickly the back story expanded so much it became 6. Hence Clark Thorn was introduced (Father of Jack). Are you still with me? Yes complicated I know but if I pull it off and it’s successful this will be short of what I class as a small miracle.
So, what is this blog about?

My journey towards publication of Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project. The various musings, trials and tribulations of an unpublished author trying to get his name on the bookshelves. Each week he will update the world trying to earn their following/pity.

The end
No this isn’t the end or is it Monty python in which this title was inspired by. But I really don’t want to bore you all with a long winded story about how I wrote a story. Story in a story we all know what many film fans will yell next! Incep…… We get it. So a little more of the history next time and even a picture or something.

Of recent I have decided that I will travel along the route of self-publishing. Now a lot of you will think last resort. I think the opposite, I see an opportunity here to build something from the ground up. That is why this blog has been created. A platform of access to my readership, a chance for me to convince you that I am a competent writer. Because I know fighting criminal robots isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but the material here might be.

Upon my many drives to and from work I have eureka moments or things that I think are clever (tractors on the road are not). My latest one is the following concept.

I can write a book but it is up to YOU to decide whether or not it is a success.

Therefore I need to connect with people on a basis such as this to gain a following and when launch day comes my posse will be there for me. That would be to buy my book, but that’s only if you like it.

So why? I hear you ask? What makes me want to read your book?

  1. You don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Or 2. (my preferred answer) Have you ever purchased a book or a music album that you were proud of discovering yourself?

Not in the sense of ‘gathering a crew of 20 strong men and sailing into the unknown’ type of discovering. I mean perhaps you read a book you really liked then you wanted it to do well. You backed it because you liked it. Then it hit mainstream audiences and you smugly say, ‘I discovered that before it was cool’, you proceed to put your hipster glasses on and sail off into the wind. (yes there are two sailing references in this paragraph) That’s the type of loyal followers I am looking for (not sailors, well If you are, alright if you must). People who helped towards something meaningful. People like me who are just normal, but there efforts towards something are extraordinary, much like Clark Thorn (clever that). Something that started out small but became a big deal.

If I’m gonna get published I may as well try to aim high. Yes, ladies and gentlemen that what this effort is all about. The only way I’m gonna get there is with help from my contacts. It could be you!!! (absolutely no relation to the lottery adverts, if you see a large hand pointing at you from the sky then run in an orderly fashion)(UK joke only I think)

Come launch day I would like a decent group of people to help me put a dent into amazon and help put my book on the map.

But if you don’t fancy what I have to offer you are still welcome here. It won’t just be about my first book and the trials of getting it published. This is a fun informative read for anyone to enjoy or try to enjoy anyway, ok just tolerate. Easy reading we could say with a slight edge of humour.

And that was it. Thank you for reading, do tell your friends, share it on FB but pleaaaaase actually say something about it instead of just sharing. Importantly and above all tell me what you think, this blog is for the reader and that is you!!
The actual end.

(and remember this is the pilot, so you the audience member can decide what worked and what didn’t, was it too long? The power is in your hands to tell me)
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