On Backwatch Lane release

Backwatch_Lane_400x600 (3)Hi, all. Happy to announced my paranormal YA book Backwatch Lane (Demonic Survivors Book Three) was released today.

Blurb: Cody Langdon has survived a lot since moving to Florida to start his life over. After his new neighbors were killed by a demon named Tanglewood, Cody joined a secret support group for people who had been through similar ordeals against ghosts, monsters, and demons. While on a trip to a mysterious island, Cody was thrown back in time to the 1850s in the body of a closeted aristocrat.

Not only must Cody quickly readjust to the jarring social and technological differences of the 1850s, but he soon finds a mysterious adversary stalking him. When his unofficial boyfriend and his best friend arrive at the plantation, the three confused teens discover their trip through time may hold valuable information about Tanglewood.

With their lives in constant danger and no one to help them, Cody must find a way to survive the 1800s and return to his normal life dealing with parents who want him to see a psychiatrist, a rocky romance, and a murderous demon.

The ebook is now available at JMS Books and Queerteen Press, with major retailers coming in about a week or so (but check it out now because it’s cheaper this week, just sayin’).

And if you’re interested in this creepy/fun series, you can check out the first in the series, Tanglewood Road, at Amazon.

This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you happy reading.

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On Oculus film review

I recently caught Oculus, a spooky film about traumatized siblings dealing with a haunted mirror.

Cons: I would have loved more backstory. There’s plenty of ‘scary things happened to owners of the mirror’ but nothing about why or how this started. If they’re planning a sequel or prequel, cool, if not, it feels a little incomplete. I love ambiguity and all, but there’s perhaps a little too much. I’m sure if you show this to three people, you’re going to get three different explanations, and they’re probably equally valid.

Pros: The lightbulb scene. You’ll know it when you see it. This movie is a prime example of mining independent filmmakers for big budget productions. This was a short film shot in one room with one actor, then writer/director Mike Flanagan was given a bigger playground to explore and he turned out a wonderful film. And how about that Karen Gillan? Dr. Who fans already know her as Amy Pond, and Marvel fans will soon see her in Guardians of the Galaxy, and she absolutely killed it in this movie. The whole concept in itself is awesome – we finally have someone completely prepared to take on a haunting. Gillan sets up cameras, thermostats, plants, alarms to change batteries/eat/drink, a kill switch, and an outsider to check in periodically. As much fun as cheesy slashers with stupid characters are, I really appreciate intelligent protagonists.

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Great pacing, acting, and scares. Recommended to any horror fan.