On The Keysmith cover

As promised, cover art as soon as I got it. Take a look:


The Keysmith is my upcoming short gay horror story from JMS books. Confession: I am horrible with dates. Not the dinner and a movie kind, but the calendar variety. I think this is due out in February. I’ll post more info when it become available.

And for those of you still searching for a kickass cover to Tom Petty’s Freefalling, I recently found The Almost doing just that on Youtube. Enjoy.

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross. Keep on reading.


On Occupant

Thank God for Netflix. Where else can you randomly browse horror movies you’ve never heard of before for free (if your parents have a subscription) and find some real gems?

Last night, I watched Occupant, a 2011 movie I’d never come across before. It stars Van Hansis, who apparently is a former soap actor but he’s actually pretty good here. Not too bad on the eyes, either. He plays Danny, a young man whose grandmother recently died. Danny wasn’t close to the old woman, and has little family, so he’s the one who has to deal with her belongings and whatnot. He learns that her NYC apartment was rent controlled, so instead of paying thousands a month for it, she only paid $500.

Danny talks to the creepy doorman and a skeezy lawyer and finds out if he stays in the apartment, the landlord can’t kick him out, and he can get a court order to put his name on his grandmother’s lease.

The only problem? The apartment is haunted.

In most ghost movies, I feel like the protagonists should just leave, but this actually gives a reason why Danny must stay cooped up in the beautiful haunted home.

The movie is quite affective. Good acting, good thrills, and it doesn’t shy away at the end. It’s a slow burn kind of a deal, where the creepy factor slowly rises the entire film.

Cons: Can’t think of much. The lawyer tells him it will take about 12 days, and then they number each day, but I wasn’t sure the 12 was a hard number so it felt like we weren’t counting up to anything in particular. I would have liked more of an explanation about the paranormal goings on. I’m not going to lose sleep over the mysterious aspects, though. How much does the creepy doorman know? What’s the origin of the ghost activity? More clues would have been nice. One can read into it that Danny is just crazy; Wikipedia even calls him a sleepwalker, but I don’t buy it.

Pros: Everything else. Cody Horn who I discovered a little while back on the Office has a few good scenes. The film is well shot. It captures the paranoia and despair of cabin fever. It draws you into this large apartment and then makes you feel claustrophobic. Well done.

This is exactly the type of movie that had a big name star like a John Cusack or Zac Efron been involved in, then it would have been a blockbuster hit that everyone heard about.

In closing, I give this a solid 4.1 out of 5 stars. From the glowing review, I feel like it deserves more, but ultimately it is a simple movie.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross signing off. Keep warm, New Englanders, and anyone else looking out their window at the snow covered streets.

On Tanglewood Road contract

For those of you following my progress on my young adult novel, I’m proud to announce that it was recently accepted by an e-publisher and will be available in a few months electronically and in paperback!

The book, entitled Tanglewood Road, is about a high school student who moves to a new house after surviving a gay bashing. He starts to suspect that something strange is going on in the new street when a week goes by without seeing a single sign of life from any of the neighbors.

I’ll share more like cover art and whatnot when it’s available.

In other writing news, I’ve started revising Ask Me No Questions, my erotic murder mystery, with my editor, so good progress on that front. That one is scheduled around May. And I’m hoping to get the cover for The Keysmith, my horror story, relatively soon to post.

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross reminding you that good things come in threes.

On reviewing Les Miserables

I went to Les Miserables the other night and loved it, so I tried reviewing it today, but I came off sounding like Saturday Night Live’s version of James Lipton. “Les Miserables is not just a film, but an experience.” So I’ll just say 4 out of 4 stars.

Note that this is from someone who adores the musical, has read the book, and listens to the original concept recording in French.

This has been Elliot Arthur Cross pointing out that Hugh Jackman needs to star in a film adaptation of The Boy From Oz.