Sunday, August 17, 2014

"I'm Ready for My Close-Up!" My Killer Rack Adventure

Scene from "Killer Rack." Photography by Chris Cosgrave

On August 15, I drove to Buffalo to be in the movie, Killer Rack.

A few months ago, Greg Lamberson asked me if I was interested in playing a gypsy fortune teller in the movie he was going to be directing called Killer Rack written by Paul McGinnis. He sent me the script and I laughed my ass off when I read it.

Of course I wanted to be part of this madness!

The movie has been in production for a couple of weeks now. It's a huge star-studded cast, as in, anyone who enjoys horror and B-movies is sure to spot someone they know. Debbie Rochon, Lloyd Kaufman, and Brooke Lewis, are just a few of the head-liners. There are many other repeat appearances from Slime City Massacre including myself.

My part was a gypsy tarot reader whom one of the characters consults. It was great fun to put on a crazy accent and tap my inner gypsy. Greg is a fantastic director to work with and Jessica Zwolak was the perfect actress to bounce off. There were some challenges with noise ranging from unexpected construction and traffic and me forgetting the same damn line over and over, a simple obvious line too, as it always is when actors get brain-block, but we powered through.

I had a blast. It was weird how cold it was though. This August weather is not very August-y at all. It feels more like Halloween.

Coming home, there were a lot of high winds. It reminded me of when I shot my scenes in Buffalo for Slime City Massacre. That year, a TORNADO came down the street a block over and tore up the neighbourhood at my home in Mississauga. It was a good thing I wasn't home, because I likely would have had a heart attack to be in a tornado! Luckily, no tornadoes this time and everything was fine on my arrival back to Toronto.

The movie will continue to shoot for a few more weeks. You can follow along on  Greg Lamberson's Live Journal about Day Six

IMBD listing for Sephera Giron

Sephera Giron is a professional guest at Fan Expo/Festival of Fear this year. You may find her in one of two places:

Sephera has a personal booth at Fan Expo in the SOUTH BUILDING on Level 800, just outside of Hall G. Look for a cluster of authors under one of the escalators and you'll find her!

Sephera will also be at the Horror Writers Association booth at the Festival of Fear in the NORTH BUILDING at booth 5314.

Sephera's HWA booth times:  Friday 11-1
                                                 Saturday 11 - 1
                                                 Sunday    11 - 1

Director and author Gregory Lamberson will also be attending Fan Expo/Festival of Fear. You will find him at the Medallion Publishing booth. He will also be screening movies so check your program guides.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Check Out Some of My Playlists!

Flesh Failure, Samhain Publishing July 2014

Every author uses music differently in the inspiration and creation of his or her work.

Sometimes a song gets stuck in my head and it won't go away until I write a story inspired by it. These days, we have Facebook so I'm able to multiply scream, "I can't get that damn What Does the Fox Say? out of my head" without having to actually use it in a story. I think even Baby Beluga has swum its way into my work before we had the Internet.

I grew up in a musical family, my parents are classical musicians and my dad is an award-winning composer. I played violin for about twenty years in various orchestras and travelled to festivals in Scotland and  London, England when I was fourteen. I can kind of play piano, love to sing (though am not fabulous or anything), have attempted guitar but my fingers are way too short and chubby (great for violin!), dance, and love to rock and roll.

I've spent many years in musical theatre and when I was little was really into opera and operettas such as The Medium. I loved how music told a story.

Almost everything I've ever written was inspired by a song or snatches of songs. I guess this is why we have soundtracks for movies; there's opportunity to marry story with music.

I've been working on and off creating various playlists that reflect the inspirations for various books and stories that have been published over the past twenty years. Some playlists include me reading or acting out parts of my work. Others include clips from movies, music videos, and other inspiring or relative medium.

These days, technology makes it so easy for any author to read snatches from her book on instagram or add a song to a playlist. I personally find it great fun to have an opportunity to interpret my own work, even if I don't actually look like any of my characters. Being able to point to songs and say, "Hey, I loved that "Voodoo" song and video by Godsmack and it inspired both "Sycophantic Rapture" and the new novella with the working title of A Penny Saved."

I imagine other horror fans and creators also have found inspiration in many of the same works as me which I've decided to start compiling various playlists.. I find it fascinating to see how what we experience through music impacts our work. I find it interesting too that some of my favourite songs have never inspired a story in me.

Here are some of my playlists on YouTube:

Captured Souls (Samhain Horror, 2014) Playlist

Flesh Failure (Samhain Horror) 2014

Frankenstein Compilation

A Penny Saved (Working title for Samhain Horror novella) 2015 

Assorted Author Readings