Time to float… again. Are you ready? IT Chapter 2 is almost here! Doll House goes on sale for U.S and U.K friends, Off The Grid’s first pre-release review, and you guessed it… Ancient Rome!

That is a long title to this blog. But at least it is accurate.

Here are some pics to get you pumped for the September 6th, 2019 release!! Ya-ya!

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The Losers Club all grown up…
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Pennywise and Paul Bunyan… oh yeah!

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Be sure to use the washroom just before you go in and sit down. The movie has a reported running time of 2 hours and 49 minutes. Close to 3 hours of awesomeness! You don’t want to miss anything because of a whining bladder, right?

I can’t wait to see what they do this time. I was a huge fan of the first film. I thought they did a great job of fitting into the film the essence of the 1200 page novel by Stephen King. So, yeah. I’ll be there. And you should be, too.

Doll House of sale for $1.99 on Amazon (U.S.) and Amazon (U.K.)

From August 29th, 2019 until September 5th, 2019, Doll House, my first book and Amazon bestseller (420 reviews on Amazon and still 4.4 stars out of 5) will be on sale. A cup of coffee at Starbucks costs more (that being said, I do love Starbucks coffee).

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Off The Grid’s first pre-release review: Goodreads Review

Ancient Rome

The Emperor Nero became the emperor of Rome in the year 54 A.D. He was seventeen years old.

Do you remember when you were seventeen? I barely managed high school. I thought nobody understood me, and that my parents and teachers were out to get me (not really, but you get my meaning).

 

This is an interesting piece of history though. So, the story goes that Emperor Claudius, for political reasons, married Agrippina the younger who happened to be his niece. Even by Ancient Rome standards, this was frowned upon. Upon marrying Claudius, Agrippina had her son, Nero adopted by Claudius so he would be heir to the Imperial throne. Claudius did so, and put his own son, Brittanicus, behind Nero for the throne.

Once Nero was named heir, someone poisoned Claudius (even though Ancient Rome was a misogynistic society and blamed most untimely deaths upon an ambitious woman without proof, even modern historians believe Agrippina had poisoned Claudius).

Agrippina wanted to rule the Empire through her son. What she seemed to have forgotten was that no teenager likes being told what to do; especially by their mother. This teenager happened to be the ruler of most of the Western World. So, after some time and two bungled attempts, he had his mother murdered.

And that, my friends, is only a small portion of the Emperor Nero saga. Ancient Rome. Awesome.

Have a great week! Be kind to everyone!

Weird Science… is 34 years old! What?! And… Ancient Rome.

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Anyone remember this John Hughes gem? The same guy that brought us, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Sixteen Candles and countless other fun films?

This film was… different. Two unpopular, lonely, high school boys create what they think is the ideal woman using a computer program, a Barbie Doll, some Frankenstein-esque lightning sequences and, of course, while wearing bras on their heads. She shows them the error of their ways using ‘teaching moments’.

Weird right? An accurate title for sure. I liked this movie. I don’t know how it would hold up to today’s standards, but I thought it was a fun film infused with imagination. Like when the older brother Chet (Bill Paxton as below) is turned into a giant turd by the Uber Woman, Kelly Brock.

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Bill Paxton as Chet

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Chet as Chet Turd

And then there are the high school cool kids coercing our lovable nerds into making them an ideal woman… one of them played by a young Robert Downey Jr.!

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Look at how young he is!

Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, give it a try. There are some really great scenes. Like the one where they have this big party and it is crashed by…wait, you should check it out yourself. If you’re an 80’s film fan, you’ll really enjoy it.

And now:

Ancient Rome!!!

Bathhouses were a popular place for any citizen, poor or rich, of Rome to spend the afternoon. Adopted from the Greek practice, the Romans once again took an idea and expanded upon it. They built lavish bathhouses where men, women, and slaves would go to once the workday finished.

The bathhouses had warm heated pools and cool ones to dip into. They had gyms for exercise, booths that sold food and other products as well as reading rooms with books. The Ancient Roman bathhouses were the community centers of the ancient world. They were very popular and as such, they were built lavishly. Below is an example of a bathhouse. This one had been built in England and can still be visited today.

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Excellent, isn’t it?

These places got filthy though. It wasn’t recommended to visit a bathhouse if one had an open wound. Gangrene was a very real probability. Ouch.

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The Killing Death! Yeah, I know, it’s redundant… and Ancient Rome!!!!!!

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This movie has an interesting premise; to create the ultimate pizza topped with human body parts! A meat lover’s delight! So yeah, it’s a comedy horror and did the fine people pull it off? Listen in (with guest host, the boy!) and find out:

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And now, more;

Ancient Rome!

The Roman legionaries carried a javelin (Pilum). As they were closing with the enemy, they’d hurl the javelin at the enemy. Now, you’re probably thinking, well, why didn’t the enemy just throw them back? If it didn’t get anyone, why wouldn’t they pick up the javelin and use it against the Romans?

Well, because the Romans made the head of the javelin out of soft metal. If it went into a person, it would be tough to pull out and the head would be damaged and blunted. It would diminish its use. If it went through a shield, the metal would bend and the shaft would drag on the ground. The enemy wouldn’t be able to remove it and it would render their shield useless.

Damn! Clever Romans!

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Support my horror/thriller writing here:

The Bestselling Doll House  and;

Horror Talks top ten horror books of 2018, The Tracker and;

End of the world novella titled, Balance and;

The newest book is now available for preorder, Off the Grid!

Have a great week! Be kind to everyone!