Saturday, April 30, 2011

Two great actors, one dark movie: Into the Basement

Lynn Lowry joined the cast for “Into the Basement,” about two weeks ago. See the Sunday April 17th post. She has done some classic horror movies. Two of my favorites are; Cat People and Shivers (one of my all time favorite movies). After that, she introduced us to Janet Tracy Keijser. Janet read the script and has agreed to play the role of Kim Bennett, how cool is that?

Janet Tracy Keijser is a Canadian actress known for her comedy and horror films. She is a native of Vernon, a very small town in rural Canada, just west of the Canadian Rockies.
Keijser has appeared in such films as Zombie Chronicles filmed in 3D, Dead Seven and Killer Story. She has three feature films scheduled for release in 2010: Cold Ones, aka Dead Letters Schism, and Parasomnia.
Keijser penned the tongue and cheek column for the Independent Film Quarterly magazine titled Blood Babe - My adventures in the trenches of low budget film making
Keijser is a regular in the improvisation shows scheduled at the LA Connection Comedy Theatre in Hollywood.
Selected filmography
                Dust to Dust (1988)
                Tales From The Crypt: Only Skin Deep (1994)
                House on Haunted Hill (1999)
                Zombie Chronicles (1999)
                Dead Seven (2000)
                The Halfway House (2004)
                Grave Tales (2004)
                Cold Ones" (2006)
                Parasomnia (2008)
                Schism (2008 film) (2008)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My book stats! If you have an ebook & you're not on Amazon you're missing it!

Amazon 94%
Smashwords 5%
Createspace 1%

That’s the breakdown of where my books are selling. The Amazon percentage is combining the USA and UK numbers. If I break them apart:
Amazon USA 78%
Amazon UK   16%

Another interesting statistics is:
ebooks = 99%
Paperback = 1%

It jumps out at you, direct your marketing at Amazon ebooks!

As much as I like Smashwords, I wrote about them April 9th, titled: Why isn’t Smashwords popular? The numbers don’t lie. Amazon is the place to sell your ebook.

More interesting facts. My novel, Into the Basement, drives my sales. As of April 26 at 8:10pm Eastern, Basement was ranked.

Amazon USA:
#1 Kindle Store> Graphic Novels> Horror
#17 Books> Graphic Horror> Horror
Amazon Bestseller Rank  #5,724

#1 Kindle Store> Graphic Novels> Horror
#18 Books> Serial Killers
Amazon Bestseller Rank  #3,564

What I can’t explain is sometime around February this book took off. It has been in the #1 range almost every day since then. I published it November 22, 2006. It took five years to reach number 1. The reality is the ebook market has exploded.

It will be interesting to see the path my latest novel, First to Die, takes. Just released it in March. How long will it take to catch on? As a writer I’ve improved a bunch since 2006.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Triad TV April 30, 11:00 Eastern

            Doing another show on Triad TV with John Botelho and Happy Grey. April 30, 11:00 eastern. We’ll be discussing the making of my upcoming book trailer for “First to Die.” We’ll be shooting at night, hot, sticky Texas weather, May 21.
            I’ll be in Austin for the week. Saturday drive to San Antonio. Do a little sight seeing, the Alamo and the Riverwalk. Then drive north to Kerrville where we’ll have a barbeque, Texas style. Already warned them I don’t eat beef. Use to be a vegetarian in my twenties, introduced fish and chicken back into the diet after a few years and have never gone back to the dead carcass.  Staying overnight in Kerrville and Sunday drive back to Austin.
            If you’ve seen John Botelho’s other two trailers: “Into the Basement,” and “Blood Bar,” you know his style. If not, go to my web page:
I’ve got them posted there. He does terrific soundtracks. For “Basement,” he uses a slashing ripping sound, kind of like a razor. It’s 1:26 minutes in length and black & white, with a swinging light very creepy. Blood Bar is in color. Has a great moment where the actress Lynn, who’s naked, wet and bloody, attempts to open a car door. The music is in sync with her jerking the door handle, love that part. It’s :53 seconds long and the soundtrack is like a hammer striking an anvil, a disturbing metal sound.

Link to Triad TV:

Come joins us…April 30, 11:00 eastern.

Friday, April 22, 2011

What Does The Moon Smell Like

Eva Everything is a friend. We played in a band together in Toronto. I was the drummer she the singer. We used to practice in a warehouse north of the city called the Stage Door. Later on she did some terrific stuff, music, soundtracks, videos, well read her Bio, interesting life. 

One of her video's, my favorite is on Youtube. It's called "Painless," go to my site, you can watch it there:

Her second novel comes out May 1st. Love the titles.
First novel: What Does The Moon Smell Like.
Second: What Does The Earth Sound Like.

Available on Amazon, here's the link:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Twitter has Daily Limits...I didn't know that!

About Twitter Limits (Update, API, DM, and Following)

Limits alleviate some of the strain on the behind-the-scenes part of Twitter, and reduce downtime and error pages. For the sake of reliability, we've placed some limits on account actions like following, API requests, direct messages, and updates.

Current Twitter Limits

The current technical limits for accounts are:
  • Direct Messages: 250 per day.
  • Updates: 1,000 per day. The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Retweets are counted as updates.
  • Changes to Account Email: 4 per hour.
  • Following (daily): Please note that this is a technical account limit only, and there are additional rules prohibiting aggressive following behavior. You can find detailed page describing following limits and prohibited behavior on the Follow Limits and Best Practices Page. The technical follow limit is 1,000 per day.
  • Following (account-based): Once an account is following 2,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios. The Follow Limits and Best Practices Page has more information.
These limits include actions from all devices including web, mobile, phone, API, etc. API requests from all third-party applications are tracked against the hourly API limit. People who use multiple third-party applications with their account will therefore reach the API limit more quickly. For more information on this topic, please see our API Rate Limiting Page.
These limits may be temporarily reduced during periods of heavy site usage. In such cases, we will post an update at the Twitter Status blog.

What happens if I hit a limit?

If you do reach a limit, we'll let you know with an error message telling you which limit you've hit. For limits that are time-based (like the DM Messages, Update, Changes to Account Email, and API Requests Limits), you'll be able to try again after the time has elapsed.
The Update Limit of 1,000 updates per day is further broken down into semi-hourly intervals. If you hit your account update limit, please try again in a few hours after the limit-period has elapsed.

Grow your network, sell more books

This is cool. A friend turned me on to this the other night. There's no point in me writing about it, I'm going to copy and paste from their web page. Just started using it and it works.
Summary: It's a software program to add friends on Twitter.
There is even a free demo to try out. That's what I did then I bought it.

Here's the link:

Powerful Automated Tweet Posting and Direct Messaging

Automate Twitter Posts, Automatic Tweet helps you to keep your twitter profiles active, engaging, and interesting to keep your followers from leaving you. You can set up a multitude of tweets in the software, and allow the software to spread them out through out the day to keep you actively involved on twitter while you enjoy yourself with your free time.

Automate Direct Messages

Good for informing your followers of upcoming events, conferences, or any items you need to keep your followers informed about. Communicate with your followers automatically. No problem! Set your pre set messages to tweet, and your auto dm’s to send messages to new followers welcoming them and go on your way!
  • Thank you Direct Messaging – sends messages to your new followers
  • Standard Direct Messaging – Sends messages to your followers

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Big Announcement, Lynn Lowry cult horror actress

Big announcement! Lynn Lowry to play the role of Detective Karen Charwinsky for the film, Into the Basement.

This is based on my first novel written a few years ago. I wrote the screen play with Nick Grabowsky. It’s been an up and down ride as we had financing, lost it and here we are on the up swing again. I’ve taken bits of information from Lynn’s web page to share with everyone. She has done some classic horror movies. Two are my favorites, Cat People and Shivers (one of my all time favorite movies).

               The Crazies - remake (2010)
               George's Intervention (2009)
               Schism (2009)
               Basement Jack (2009)
               Psychosomatika (2009)
               Beyond the Dunwich Horror (2008)
               Splatter Discoe (2007)
               Night Visit (2007)
               Cat People (1982)
               Fighting Mad (1976)
               Shivers a.k.a. They Came From Within (1975)
               How To Survive A Marriage (1974)
               The Crazies a.k.a. Code Name Trixie (1973)
               Sugar Cookies (1973)
               Score (1973)
               The Battle Of Love's Return (1971)

I became a Playboy Bunny at the Atlanta Playboy Club. Because I was so thin, they called me Bunny Mia (after Mia Farrow) and had me play bumper pool. Leaning over the table gave you more cleavage.
My bunnydom didn't last very long. With only $40 in my pocket, not knowing a soul in the very Big Apple, I moved to New York City to do what I knew I was meant to do… ACT!
One day, in 1970, I was at an audition for a film entitled "Joe" (Susan Sarandon got the part). While I was waiting, I met a young man embarking on his first film project. He told me they were supposed to start filming in a couple of days and had just lost their lead actress. The director was Lloyd Kaufman, and Lloyd asked me to do the role of the "Dream Girl" in his film, "The Battle of Love's Return." I accepted. Our working relationship was so wonderful, Lloyd later asked me to star in "Sugar Cookies."
Shortly after completing this fi1m, I was called in one day to audition for David Durston who was directing "I Drink Your Blood." The movie was already cast, but David thought I was so beautiful and had such a unique look that he put me in the film anyway. A very special role was established for me, even though it was never actually written in the script… Carrie a mute hippie.
In 1973, I did "Sugar Cookies" and I'm always asked about the relationship with Mary Woronov. Mary is a delightful lady and a very interesting actress. It was a terrific experience working with her and I'm only sorry that I never had the opportunity to work with her again. The lesbian relationship we created was simply a creation and the nudity integral to the plot. This was the first time I had to do extensive nudity.
I was reading backstage, one day in 1973, and I saw that George Romero was casting his new film, "Code Name Trixie." George is, of course, famous for his classic "Night of the Living Dead." They were looking for a sweet, young girl who goes quite crazy, and the film eventually became known as "The Crazies." After several days of grueling auditions and going quite mad, I was cast as Kathy. It was a wonderful experience working for George. He is very easygoing and always interested in the actor's ideas. People have often told me that one of their favorite moments on screen is my death scene. I am shot by the soldiers and simply say "Oh!" When George first asked me to do it that way I was reluctant, because I wanted to have a long, dramatic, drawn-out death. However, I realized after seeing the film, that the simplicity and purity of that one sound was far more powerful. I loved working with George. We stay in touch and have been talking about doing another project together. Blue Underground has released a beautiful DVD of "The Crazies." There's a wonderful 15-minute interview on my career, titled "Cult Film Legacy of Lynn Lowry." I'm very proud of it and I hope you get a chance to view it.
I was a close second for the role of Allison in the daytime soap opera "Peyton Place" and, in 1974, the same producers cast me in "How To Survive A Marriage." It was exciting having Brad Davis as my boyfriend, Armand Assante as my co-worker, and F. Murray Abrahms as my boss.
In 1975, Ivan Reitman called me from Canada and told me they wanted me for David Cronenberg's "They Came From Within," aka "Shivers," to be shot in Montreal. This was a most thrilling experience, working with Cronenberg and visiting Canada. It was a hard film to make, though. Night shoots, dealing with the parasite, and working with certain actors proved to be difficult at times. But, the end result provided me with my favorite cinematic moment of all my films. I was not supposed to be in the last scene of "Shivers" that takes place in the swimming pool. But, after they had flown me home, David decided it would be a brilliant choice to have me give Paul Hampton the parasite. When I come up out of the swimming pool, I play a beautiful, sensual, very scary nurse Forsythe. That is my favorite image of myself. And, of course, I have David to thank for that. He was a magnificent director and I loved working for him. I had always hoped there might be a "Shivers 2," since no one really knows what happens to us. Any fans with ideas please e-mail me. Who knows? We could make a movie.
In the next couple of years I did two more soaps, "Lovers and Friends" and "Another World." Both were for NBC. Neither was a very exciting role or experience, but it's always great to work.
I did get an agent who called me one day with an audition for "Cat People." I only have a three-minute scene, but I was paid more for this than all my other acting jobs put together. One reason for this was that I did my own stunt work. This was my first (and last) big Hollywood movie and the brutality of shooting this scene was surprising. I had to fall on my knee so many times before they were able to get the cat paw under the bed to work correctly that I could hardly walk. The same was true of the fall down the stairs. I was cut by nails that were left in the carpet, rug burned from the fall, and bruised so I could hardly move. The indifference and insensitivity from the people in charge was amazing. But that's HOLLYWOOD!
I did a few things after that… a TV movie "Shoot First," "A Cop's Vengeance," "Disney's Wild Side," a role in "SOB" (that was mostly cut out), a lovely role in an Ivan Passeur film, "Pretty Hatties Baby" (that went into litigation and was never released), another soap opera called "Generations," a short "Mr. Man Works Out" (directed by John Pleshette.
For the past several years, I have been pursuing a career as a singer and I now have a jazz trio that works at different clubs around LA California.
Well, my friends, I am enjoying being a cult film star and having my work recognized by all of you. The new releases of "I Drink Your Blood" and "The Crazies" have brought me back into the limelight again.
Ever, Lynn

Thursday, April 14, 2011

For lovers of horror, this is a perfect book!

Had to post this. It's a book review from: Cafe of Dreams  they reviewed my latest novel, First to Die  (link to Amazon ebook $2.99). It's available at Amazon (ebook & paperback), B&N, ibooks and Smashwords. 

An intense and gut-churning ride from start to finish.  First to Die is not for the weak of heart, nor the weak of stomach.

First to Die is not your sweet "bad boy" vampire tale.  Rather, it is a down and dirty, gritty, in-your-face thrill ride of murder, sex, self-gratification, loyalty and intensity.  The main character, Kim Bennett, is one of courage and no-holds-barred attitude.  She just happens to to the great-granddaughter of Jack the Ripper, creator of The Black Testament (which is a bible for vampires, if you will) and it is her rightful place to become the head of the underground vampire society.  However, someone stands in her way, and will stop at nothing to see Kim suffer the ultimate torture and end any hope of her taking her away his reign as the all powerful leader. Kim must stop at nothing, however, to regain The Black Testament and end the current power reign, or the lives of humans and vampires will be shattered forever. 

For lovers of horror, this is a perfect book and story to delve head first into.  It sucks (no pun intended) you in from the first page and holds tight until the very end.  First to Die is a very tightly woven story that is anything but boring and will keep readers flying from page to page.  Do not be mistaken, First to Die is not all gore and graphic reading, there are sincere emotions that shine through and allow the characters to become incredibly enduring to the reader.  I often found myself locked within a character and emotionally attached to them, for a bit of time.  I enjoyed the intensity, and even found it to be a bit exhaustive (in a good way) at times.  I do want to make readers aware, however, that First to Die does contain very graphic and gory scenes of torture, murder and overt sexual situations and descriptions.  So those who are easily offended, do proceed with caution. 

Norm Applegate has a wonderful talent for bringing a story to life and captivating readers into the worlds in which he weaves.  He writes for escapism and does a great job of doing so.  For those readers who are not "into vampires", I feel that First to Die will still hold an amazing appeal, for lovers of horror and suspense.  This is definitely not your average ordinary vampire tale!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Impressive. This is the mystery suspense novel done right!

I'm posting these book reviews to give everyone time to read two novels, The Expediter and The Cabal. David Hagberg is a friend. He has written over 85 books, impressive. If you like CIA terrorist stories, he's the guy to read. You'll be hooked on the series. His next book, The Abyss is due in June 21, 2011. 

Start off by reading The Expediter then The Cabal by that time you'll be ready for The Abyss. His books are available everywhere. I've added links to the kindle versions to make it easy.

This is David and I in Sarasota tipping a few...

The Cabal
Hagberg continues to write the best techno-thriller action adventures out there. Without spoiling the story, what Hagberg did in this novel took guts. Those that have read The Cabal know what I'm talking about. 
Kirk McGarvey the ex-CIA Director faces murder, assassins and conspiracy page after page. The novel begins with Kirk's son in law and a murder and it builds from there. It's well thought out with great characters. The plot is tight, the action is fast and the villains are real making this book Hagberg's best. This is truly a great book. 

The Expediter 
North Korea, China, assassination, and world threat, Hagberg’s timing couldn’t be better with today’s fractured world of North Korea’s chessboard maneuvering of espionage and game playing. 
David writes a fast flowing, gripping adventure mystery that reads like a white-knuckle thriller should. 
Immediately, you start to wonder with a story this good, if Hagberg has an inside seat during the CIA and foreign government briefings. 
The story is set up perfect, characters flushed out, realistic, and the plot unfolds with a reading experience that moves like a bullet. The ending of this novel sets America up for a nightmare, and knowing Hagberg’s novels...we’re in for it. 
I’ve got to know where his next book takes us. Excellent read!

all the best

Monday, April 11, 2011

You wanna sell books? Try this...

Hey this is really cool. Black Bed Sheet Books maybe the first to do this, I’m not sure.

…and select my book cover, First To Die. You’ll see three links they look like banners.

First Link: reads, Download a free PDF sample! This is Chapter 1, the first page and a half of the novel.

Second Link: Is something different. It reads the following:
Download a FREE MP3 of the author READING the free PDF sample!
Yup, you can catch me reading the first page and a half of Chapter 1.

Third Link: Small banner and it reads:

Now you get it. You can follow along as I read the opening to Chapter 1 of First to Die. I don’t know any publisher that’s doing this, pretty cool.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Why isn’t Smashwords popular?

Thought I would post something about them. I’ve been on their site for a few years. Personally, I think it’s a great company. Kind of like iTunes. One stop shopping for books, long, short all kinds of stuff. The book industry is changing. The old guard like in the rest of the world is coming down. Paperback, hardcover book publishers are slow. Today we are impatient. We want everything as quickly as we can get it.
The ebook readers have changed how we read. I haven’t bought a paperback in over a year. I use an iPad. Most of my books are sold through Amazon, which is fine, but I think we need to be aware they are not the only player out there.
As an author, they have made publishing with them easy. They have page-by-page set up, an author page and a guide to help. They track stats and pay on time. Give them a visit!

Take a look at the stats on where my book sales are:
Amazon USA - 78.1%
Amazon UK - 14.4%
Smashwords - 7.5%

Smashwords needs more support! I’ve taken this right from their website, (see below). Next time your looking for something to read, go to Smashwords.

About Smashwords
Welcome to Smashwords! Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers. We offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.
For readers, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building, and each week we add new features based on feedback from members.
At Smashwords, our authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works.
Smashwords is ideal for publishing novels, short fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, monographs, non-fiction, research reports, essays, or other written forms that haven’t even been invented yet.
It's free to publish and distribute with Smashwords.

What is Smashwords?
Smashwords publishes and distributes ebooks. Authors and publishers retain full control over how their works are published, sampled, priced and sold. If an author wants to charge one dollar or ten thousand dollars, or give it away for free, they have that freedom.  Smashwords was launched in May 2008, and in this time we've become the leading ebook publishing platforms for indie authors and publishers, with over 40,000 ebooks published.

Who publishes on Smashwords?
Over 16,000 serious writers and hundreds of small independent publishers publish and distribute with Smashwords. Many Smashwords authors have been previously published in print through mainstream publishers, or have had their works published in well-respected literary journals.

Smashwords ebooks can be downloaded to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader and Barnes & Nobel Nook.

All my novels are on Smashwords:

First to Die

Blood Bar

Into the Spell

Into the Basement

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sexual frenzy layered on graphic violence, not for vegetarians.

My latest novel, First to Die is available as an ebook and now paperback. You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Smashwords. The ebook is only $2.99. Like I said in an earlier post. The ebook prices have dropped. 
I'm thinking this is the best novel I've written. Even the description is juicy. It will be the last horror for a while. I'm currently working on a thriller. Below is the product description. 

Link to Amazon: First to Die  

Product Description:
A vampire with a sickening fetish.
A gypsy she loves the kill.
A CEO probably insane wants revenge.
A sexually bent woman, Kim Bennett.
…and they want her dead!

First to Die by Norm Applegate
This book is not for vegetarians

A grave has been robbed. A document has been stolen. Vampires are turning on each other. The Black Testament, discloses the truth behind vampires. How to live with them, how to kill them.

A vampire has taken the document to the vaults beneath Notre Dame. Kim Bennett goes after it. It’s a trap. The CEO of the organization wants to see Kim bleed. Former dominatrix, part vampire, Kim Bennett turns it up a notch. Carve in, carve out, blood leaks…

Kim battles twisted characters, a killer with a sickening fetish and a society fueled by blood lust. This novel is as much a thriller as it is blunt force trauma. Laced with sexual frenzy layered on graphic violence, this book is not for vegetarians.