New Mass Hysteria Trailer!

Countless hours, tears, money and lost hair and I have actually achieved a major professional goal. Mass Hysteria the movie I wrote, has a distributor and a release date. Please watch the new trailer below and mark your calendars for October first!

Big shout out to our distributor The Horror Collective for picking up our labor of love. Here is their official description of the film:

When a tourist dies on Halloween night in Salem, the crowd seeks justice by mounting a modern-day witch hunt. With the low-key charm of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and the sophisticated sarcasm of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, MASS HYSTERIA is a dark comedy that conquers the horror of the Salem Witch Trials by juxtaposing it with the 2020 Covid pandemic and a funny, satirical story.

If you love indie film, please give our movie a watch. And review it as well! Most small projects live and die on word of mouth. And of course, Happy Spooky Season!

-Chris

Mass Hysteria Reviews

I’ve been so busy doing nothing I completely forgot to post about our latest (and probably final) film festival! Directors Arielle and Jeff were invited down to Atlanta for the Women in Horror festival where Mass Hysteria was the closing night film. I’ve rounded up a couple of reviews to get you excited!

 

https://www.ghastlygrinning.com/home/2020/3/4/women-in-horror-film-festival-review-black-lake-takes-a-cerebral-horror-path-while-mass-hysteria-goes-for-side-splitting-at-women-in-horror-film-festival

 

https://screenrex.com/wihff-20-mass-hysteria-takes-a-clever-halloween-idea-and-runs-with-it/?fbclid=IwAR3g_FVituk8gsVCs0iN0y01Y1uZ-lgQiukjkkiCOFG-Gr84Wq0P3PjogEY

 

https://www.vanessasnonspoilers.com/archives/15860/mass-hysteria-movie-witches-of-salem-review/

 

 

The Best Novels I Read in 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I hope you assume that means I’m hard at work on novels and screenplays and not faffing about. I am a slow writer, a fact that saddens me immensely. But I am not a slow reader. Whenever I am without a book to read, I feel incomplete. So I thought it’d be nice to go over the top books that inspired me in 2019 to keep on writing. Note: this doesn’t mean these books came out in 2019, just that I read them in 2019.

I read 39 books this past year. Which means I spent an average of 9 days reading a new book. If I wrote as much as I read, you’d definitely have heard of me by now.

 

#5 Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

old mans war

A remarkably awesome book about the future of humanity. Would you take the chance of immortality in return for your service in horrible wars against a myriad of alien species? A great look at the nature of dying, being reborn, and the mental strain of endless carnage in an endless life. Science fiction at its best.

 

#4 Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

beneath a scarlet sky

Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be another World War Two story to tell, along comes Beneath a Scarlet Sky. A remarkable story about a remarkable (and apparently real) Italian teenager, Sky plumbs new depths of what is possible in a nonfiction narrative. Equal parts romance, spy novel, war novel, and horror, this book will rip your guts out and leave them on the floor.

 

#3 Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

ancillary justice

Another science fiction novel but this one follows no rules but its own. Ultimately, this is an in-depth character study of an AI forced to make an impossible decision. A unique universe, the likes of which I haven’t seen before, and I doubt I will again, Ancillary Justice is the smart person’s sci-fi. Less about the fighting and the technology, more about the moral questions posed by them.

 

#2 The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam

The Coldest Winter

The bible for a non historian who wants to learn about the Korean War. This nonfiction novel grounds towering figures of history into relatable narratives, and teaches you about the global significance of America’s Forgotten War. Rarely does a non fiction history book that isn’t about a single character, but all of them, feel like a dramatic fiction. But here it is, staying with me long after I put it down.

 

 

#1 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

six of crows

If you have had the pleasure of reading Bardugo’s young adult masterpiece, you know why this is at number one. This is the kind of novel that brings you back to when you were twelve, discovering the fantastical for the first time. An expert blending of magic, mystery, intrigue, and romance, Six of Crows is all of these and none of them. It is inspired by the many that came before, yet entirely unique. This is the kind of novel that makes you want to quit writing because you’ll never write anything as good. But it also makes you want to try because maybe you can make someone feel like Bardugo made YOU feel. Run, don’t walk, to read this book before the inevitable Netflix adaptation messes it up.

 

What do you think? Am I wrong liking these books? Did you enjoy them as well? Let me know!

 

-Chris

New Review for The Afters!

My Labor Day present came early yesterday! What, you don’t give presents out to people on Labor Day? That’s weird.

C.E. Clayton over at her amazing blog gave The Afters an awesome 5 star review. It is incredibly humbling when authors, especially one with a large following and multiple books (The Monster of Selkirk series) provides such a nice shout out.

Check her out, check out the review, and if you haven’t review or rated The Afters on Amazon or Goodreads, you should totally do it. ESPECIALLY if it’s for small time authors. It literally keeps us going.

-Chris

Mass Hysteria Teaser and Fragrance Posters

Big content drop today! We’ve finally got a teaser trailer to get you jazzed about the film. We are still hitting the festival circuit hard, so hopefully it will be in an area near you soon.

AND the talented graphic design folks made some awesome character posters featuring our totally real fragrance line. Take a look!

 

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For more updates make sure to follow our Mass Hysteria facebook page.

-C

 

 

Mass Hysteria: Screenings Update

Not only did we get into IFFB, they gave us TWO SCREENINGS! Our last film had to sell out our first screening before we secured a second one. This is a huge vote of confidence in our direction for the film and we are so excited for the public to see it.

Our screening dates are:

Thursday April 25th @ 9:45 PM at the Somerville Theater

Monday April 29th @ 9:30 PM at the Brattle Theater

Tickets will go on sale April 10th at https://iffboston.org/ 

We expect the first screening to sell out and possibly the second so get your tickets sooner rather than later!

 

-Chris