Generation X-Ed

Now available for pre-order and on sale! I’ve gotten an advanced copy and read several of the stories. Quirky and fun and already has gotten some good buzz on it. Sweet! Available in paperback, hardcover and audio soon HERE.

Splitting Maul

“Dear Phil Ford, I’m thrilled to be able to inform you that “Splitting Maul” has been selected to be included in the Generation X-ed collection.”

Those are some nice words to read in an email! Dark Ink Publishing (an imprint of AM Ink) has included my story, Splitting Maul, in their upcoming Anthology titled “Generation X-ed”, a set of dark horror stories by and about that generation. My story fits perfectly, a summer tale set in the early 80s about three suburban kids going to find adult magazines in the woods, but they also discover something else. There are a lot of references from my own memories growing up as an 80s kid, from movies to toys to language, and it was a lot of fun to write. It’s a subtle slow burn type story that I hope creeps you out!

Dark Ink is also home to Kane Hodder (Jason, in the Friday the 13th movies) and Tom Savini (Special FX genius from George A. Romero movies like Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow, actor and director). Prestigious!

I’m very excited for this one and to quote Jason Williamson, of Sleaford Mods, who said to me in an IG post regarding creating stories and getting frustrated at not getting published: “Don’t stop.” True words to live by as a creative artist, no matter what your art form may be. Keep at it.

The anthology is due to be released January 2022 and available in book form, ebook, and freaking AUDIO! I think it is going to be a pretty good one considering the theme.

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Writing writing writing…

That’s all we have been able to do during these pandemic times. Which is probably a good thing. I’ve written several stories and have been submitting them everywhere for possible publication. So far no luck, but that is the game.

The worst case would be to have a collections of short stories then just publish the damn thing myself! Not a bad plan if you think about it!

Also as far as the radio shows. We haven’t been very active, for obvious reasons. The Firehouse Theatre and Death Club Live may have run it’s two year course, a beautiful ride and maybe we will pick it up with them again. The radio show version has been on hiatus as well since the beginning of all of this. Alane, however, seems renewed in spirit recently with it, so we will see where we go with it.

Of course, I am still doing my Friday Clock Out, which is awesome, gloves on and masked up at the station!

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Death Club Radio…Live!

My titan of badass wife, Alane Cameron Ford, and I have this radio show that airs every Thursday at 12:30PM (EST) on WRIR 97.3 called Death Club Radio. The show is about death, dying, grief and loss and done in an interesting and amusing way.  I play the co-host average joe, asking the questions that we may all ask about the topic. Plus, I get the honor of having my own segment called the Daily Something Weird, which is about freaky things related to death, etc. For instance, the Kentucky Meat Shower.

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The last few months we have been working with the Firehouse Theatre, taking the experience to a next level by bringing the show to the stage in front of a live audience every other month. We basically record two shows with an intermission in between, and then they get aired on the radio at a later date. We have committed to this for a year, and will hopefully get renewed for another in 2019. The show is given more OOMPH with the live audience, especially with their participation, plus we bring more guests, visual aspects and actually have to perform!  So far we have found the whole thing invigorating. It is a fantastic time and I recommend you join us!

The next Death Club Radio Live! is Wednesday, September 19th @ 7PM!

Tickets and more information available here: Death Club Radio Live!

League of Space Pirates

So I must consider Noah Scalin a pretty damn awesome and consistent creative partner. He has done a book cover for us, I have worked with his father, and I continually collaborate with him.  This time it is with his League of Space Pirates project.  They have an album out, we have several local authors that incorporated each song into a short story.  You can see it here.  (my story is “Loy on the Shore“.) And a wonderful thing that will be happening at Hardywood Brewery is a event based on the pre-sale book release on Friday, October 21st. Not only will there be readings, but the Pirates will play as well as my band Get in the Car!  Fun!

 

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The Memorial Library of Kenton J. Stanfield

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Curators Thea Duskin and Noah Scalin are pleased to present a recreation of the study of Kenton J. Stanfield (1890 – 1937?) displaying unusual artifacts from his collection, as well as the enigmatic state it was in at the time of his disappearance.

Curators Thea Duskin and Noah Scalin are pleased to present a recreation of the study of Kenton J. Stanfield (1890 – 1937?) displaying unusual artifacts from his collection, as well as the enigmatic state it was in at the time of his disappearance.

An opening reception will be held Friday, February 13 from 5:30-7:30pm.

While mostly forgotten today, the native Richmonder was known in his lifetime as an intrepid world traveler, an expert in gemology, and writer of some renown. After his unexplained disappearance in March of 1937 Stanfield’s home (at 5317 Marshall Street) was preserved intact until its destruction in the 1980s. Luckily the contents were saved by the son of a former student of Stanfield, who recently provided them to Duskin & Scalin. Thanks to the work of researchers Phil Ford & Alane Miles, the curators have managed to produce an accurate representation of what Stanfield’s study looked like at the time of his disappearance.

The exhibition, “The Memorial Library of Kenton J. Stanfield” will be on display on the second floor of Chop Suey Books from February 13 – March 31.

Art Installation project at Chop Suey Books

LettersRecently, my friend Noah Scalin asked if I would like to write some back story to a mysterious art installation he and Ghostprint Gallery‘s Thea Duskin were going to be working on in February. Without giving too much away, the installation will run about 6 weeks in the exhibit room at Chop Suey Books. My writing partner, Alane Cameron Miles, and I have had a wonderful time creating the content for this project, writing a series of letters, notes and news articles in order to bring the character featured in the installation to life. This may also lead to the possibility of some sort of publication with Noah & company.

Be on the lookout at Chop Suey in mid February for the opening. It should run through April.

New projects in the works

Several things to do!

 

First, a top secret sci-fi project with Skull-A-Day and friend Noah Scalin.  Expected to come to fruition by the end of the year.

Also, I have been co-writing lately with another good friend, Alane Miles. We have produced a zine called “The Atheist and her Spiritual Advisor”, a kind of series of dialogs that has already peaked interests in other media outlets and may lead to even bigger and better things. Fingers crossed!

Richmond Young Writers Summer Workshop

We had a teriffic time.  A group of ingeniously creative kids, Julie Geen, and myself talked about environment, and how environment can and should be treated just as a character in your horror story.  A perfect recent example is Lemony Snicket’s new childrens book called The Dark. Delightfuly illustrated by Jon Klassen of “I want my Hat back” fame.  I wrote a review here.

We took a trip to the Byrd Theatre like last year.  It was a lot of fun to see the faces light up with wonder when we went to the spooky basement to see the cold spring that was dug up when first under construction in the 1920s.  They housed it in a room called the “Pond Room” and has stayed there ever since.  That water is usually 3-4 feet deep at any given time, and is cold at around 52 degrees.  Our tour guide was the equally historic projectionist, Bill, who not only gave us great information on the Theatre but of some of the colorful employees as well, including one employee that dared to swim in the cold pond.  Fantasic story fodder for the workshop!

I also came up with a thought the other day and maybe it will help others that may feel they have a lot going on in their creative lives.  At times, I feel like my creative ideas are like buckshot from a shotgun.  I need tofocus my energy on one thing at a time and become an assassin of one project at a time.

Okay, photos!

The lobby of the Byrd.  They used to have a fish pond where the popcorn maker now stands.
The lobby of the Byrd. They used to have a fish pond where the popcorn maker now stands.

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In the basement, just outside of the Pond Room. The kids loved it.

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Marquee lettering. So awesome!