Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

July 21, 2016

Another Encounter with the Black Eyed People

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 8:40 AM

It seems the story we ran a few weeks ago about “The Black Eyed Kids Who Stole Christmas” touched many people. Some of whom have been submitting their stories to us about these kids. You can check out that previous story here.

This story was submitted by Eddie V in Nebraska. It’s about a black-eyed salesman that he encountered a few years ago. From just an isolated incident the Black Eyed Kid epidemic seems to be bigger than any of us could have imagined.

It was an ordinary day. My mom, father, one of my brothers, and I were in the living room watching TV.

All of a sudden we heard a knock on the door, which is strange because we had a fully functioning doorbell. I walked to the door and looked in the peep hole and saw a black man, probably in his forties, with a black suit on and a long black trench coat over that.

He creeped me out because I kept asking who it was, but he never responded. I could just see him trying to look into the peep hole from outside. So I told my father to come to the door. My father opened the door and I immediately felt fear for some reason. The man was not saying or doing anything in particular to make me feel this way, but it’s just the feeling I got.

My father asked what he wanted and he said he had some kitchen ware for sale and would like to know if we wanted to purchase some.

My father signalling for the guy to come in, but he just kept peeking around the corner as if he was checking it out before he entered. My father looked at him and said, “Aren’t you going to show us what you’ve got?”

The guy kept saying, still looking around, “Only if you invite me in.”

“I opened the door,” my father said.

“I know, but you have to invite me in,” the man replied.

Looking baffled, my father said, “Come in.”

As the guy entered, he kept staring at me, and I noticed that he had no whites in his eyes. They were totally black! No life in them at all. My father never brought anything from him and he never took anything out of his bag. He just kept telling my father that if he bought from him he would be eternally grateful for his purchase. My father asked him to leave because he never showed him what he would be purchasing.

The creepy part is when I opened my eyes as he was leaving, he was still staring at me, and my mom said he stared at me the entire time he talked. No one knew I was praying, but I felt that this guy could sense it. It was as if he was bothered by it.

After he left, we started smelling the scent of fresh roses and flowers. The guy had never even taken anything out of his bag, so that was strange. We immediately looked out the window to see if he was there, he should have just been leaving our porch at this time. But no one was there. I went outside to see if maybe he went to a neighbor’s house, but he was nowhere to be found.

He came back about a month or two later when I was home alone. He had on the same outfit, all black eyes, and same bag. This time I never opened the door or let him in. I peeked through the peep hole only to find him peeking back, smiling sinisterly.

And once again he just disappeared. I’m happy to say that I have never seen him again.

If you have a story about these strange people with black eyes you can submit it here.

For more Tales of the Paranormal, check out my series of ghost books – From Beyond The Grave: True, Terrifying Tales of the Paranormal by B. Perry E. Scarze

July 15, 2016

The 8 Rules for Writing Screen-to-Print

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 1:44 PM

You read that title right. It means screenplay writing rules for writing a book.

We live a new literary world of 140 character Twitter, personal Facebook dispatches and USA Today snappy prose. The reading audiences of the New York Times who enjoyed reading ‘literature’ has rapidly declined with their subscribers. Or to paraphrase Elmore Leonard, “Literary fiction is when they leave in the boring parts that everybody skips.”

Or to put it another way:

Literary fiction is the fiction of ideas. Its primary purpose is to evoke thought. The writer’s goal is self-expression. Any consideration of the reader—if one exists at all—is purely secondary.

Popular fiction is the fiction of emotion. Its primary purpose is to evoke feelings. The writer’s goal is to entertain the reader. Any consideration of self-expression—if one exists at all—is purely secondary.

One can still hope to write the Great American Novel but if you want to make writing your career – you have to make money. Many experts on writing agree that if revenue is what you seek, then you must write for markets – not for prosperity. Pursue a writing career not so much for fame but for fortune.

I suggest writing stories that are screen-to-print.

So how is that done? What RULES apply?

 To do that we need to talk Hemingway.

After he finished “The Old Man and the Sea,” Hemingway wrote his brother, Leichester, telling him that he did not think there was single wasted word in the book. He may be right. The story is a lean, powerful tale. So lean that it may well be the only book ever written to have very nearly every scene transposed into the film version.

So here is rule NUMBER ONE – Think movie scenes and not chapters.  Write the story in such a way as how it would look on the big screen. What I am saying is that we can all learn something from Hemingway.

He had some tips for writing well. Use short sentences, use short first paragraphs, (I would add all your paragraphs should be short, sweet and to the point), use vigorous language, say what something is rather than what it isn’t. He learned this style when working as a newspaper reporter.

If you’ve spent any time on the writing discussion boards, you’ll see that the majority of comments about writing style seem to fall into two groups. Those that believe the flowery prose of the literati is real writing and those that feel authors should write to be marketable and choose to eschew obfuscation. Now there are those who believe that paragraphs and even pages of narrative are necessary for successful story telling.

I don’t.

Which brings us to the next set of rules writing Screen-to-Print.

Rule NUMBER TWO. Show. Don’t Tell. Telling is abstract, passive and less involving of the reader. It slows down your pacing, takes away your action and pulls your reader out of your story.

Showing, however, is active and concrete – creating mental images that brings your story and your characters — to life. When you hear about writing that is vivid, evocative and strong, chances are there’s plenty of showing in it. Showing is interactive and encourages the reader to participate in the reading experience by drawing her own conclusions.

Dan Brown’s ‘The Symbol’ suffers from the fate of telling not showing. One critic said he could have cut out 20% of the narrative or chapters and it wouldn’t hurt the story.

So, why is’ showing’ so important to Screen-to-Print?

90% of a screenplay is ‘showing’ – that is, dialogue. There is very little narrative in a screenplay. Very little telling. Except for a few short paragraphs before certain scenes to paint the environment and the mood of the characters, the vast majority of a screenplay is dialogue.  The dialogue tells the story.

You have to tell the story through dialogue.

Rule NUMBER THREE. Start your scene in the MIDDLE of the action or start with a dialogue as frequently as you can. A novel should start off by drawing the reader into it right away and give them a hint of mystery of what is to come.  I use the device of Prologue in my novels to do this.  This breaks another cardinal rule. Editors and publishers claim they don’t like Prologues. I think they can be used to grab the reader’s attention before the actual story starts.

‘Show-Don’t Tell’ types of stories are looked down upon by the literati but I believe that today’s reader – the USA Today and Twitter generation – is not looking for tombs of literature but a quick and entertaining read. Even Michael Crichton honed this down in his later novels. His books were written is such a way that they could easily be turned into screenplays.

There are times where several paragraphs of narrative are necessary to get the story out but always ask yourself first, “Can I SHOW this information instead of TELLING it – and WHEN can I do it?”

Rule NUMBER FOUR. Try to create friction, tension or conflict in every scene – good movies do that. One of the most important elements is the use of conflict and tension.

To quote Tina Morgan:

“Inserting conflict into your novel is not quite as simple as inserting a fist-fight into the storyline. Conflict in fiction can be as diverse and as individual as you are. It can also be used effectively to heightened tension and increase suspense.”

Is your character in enough danger from one chapter to the next? Danger can take many different forms. The easiest and most obvious is the physical danger. Don’t forget to use emotional danger. You as the writer have a moral responsibility to torture these characters as much as you can. Pile on the emotional danger along with the physical.

Analyze a movie – any movie. The best ones that hold your attention are those that know how to put conflict and tension into EVERY scene – even those used for exposition. You know — those boring scenes necessary to get information out.

Don’t leave a finished chapter – or what I call scenes – without re-reading it looking for the inclusion of conflict or tension.

Rule NUMBER FIVE. Write conversationally and kill the semi-colon. Write like you speak – ‘style’ be damned! Or in the words of Dorothy Parker:

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”

Rule NUMBER SIX. Plot of course drives the story. But what drives the plot? Characters do. In general, you come up with a story idea. Then outline the major plot points that unfold your story idea. This is called a wireframe of your story.

Character behavior drives plot, which drives character behavior. So your next step is to hang the character experiences and behavior on the wire frame of the plot aiming for the sequencing of their experiences to match up with the overall scenes of the plot. If you’re able to do this, then you have a story. All you need to do is fill in the details of each scene.

Rule NUMBER SEVEN. The reversal or the All-Is-Lost-Moment.

Watch movies as they moves along. There is a point where the story is working fine for the hero or heroine – then BAM!!  Everything goes to hell for the main character! Two-thirds through the movie there’s this reversal. You can see reversals in romantic comedies too. In fact they are almost always there.

Everything seems to going the hero’s way when all of a sudden, a sub plot appears that threatens to send the hero and his objective into the crap can.

Another example of this is the All-Is-Lost-Moment where it looks like everything is lost. Then the hero resurrects himself. This challenge if faced and the movie then hurtle to its climax. This is important in a novel, too. This challenge if faced and the movie then hurtle to its climax.

Rule NUMBER EIGHT. The Dismissal. Have you ever read a story, following a character through the pages then – they disappear! The reader asks,” What happened to that guy or girl?” Except for the characters that are used one time in a story, your other characters need to be dismissed – that is – have their activities come to a satisfying end. You can’t leave them hanging out there. You need to end their lives or finish their relationships. If you thought out each of you continuing character’s role in moving the plot forward, you will ensure that you have a logical plot structure.

So there you go. Follow these EIGHT rules of screen-to-print and you will have a very readable and enjoyable story where the reader will feel his or her investment in time and money were worth it.

And if you’re up for it – you have a ready made screenplay from your book.

 

 

July 14, 2016

The Black-Eyed Kid Who Stole Christmas

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 10:58 AM

Recently there has been a lot of talk about “BEK’s” or “Black-Eyed Kids.” People who have experienced this strange phenomenon have reported these kids to be creepy beyond relief. I have been reading a lot of these stories and would like to share some with you. These kids may be “myth,” or real—what do you think?

This story comes from a young guy who experienced these “Black-Eyed Kids.” Let’s relive his terror…

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In my family, I’m the youngest, being sixteen. I have four older brothers, but they’re all married and living away from home. For some reason, I am the earliest person to wake up in our house, sometimes at around four in the morning. A few months ago, just after Christmas, I got up as usual and the whole house was dark and quiet, save the monotonous hum of the refrigerator. I walked into the family room to turn on our Christmas tree. I turned it on and the room glowed.

Right after I turned the lights on, I felt this horrible feeling in my stomach that someone was watching me. I didn’t even want to turn around for fear of seeing someone standing there. I did anyway. I decided to let some light into the room—so I turned on the lights and opened the curtains. What I saw took me by surprise. Outside of the window was this person staring at me. He looked as though he were my age, and he was as solid as I am. I stood there in terror watching him staring at me. its eyes were totally black. He mouthed something at me. I didn’t hear it through my ears—but in my head. He wanted me to let him in.

The Christmas tree lights suddenly flickered and buzzed strangely and the smoke detectors all went off, letting out an ear-splitting screech through the house, and the “thing” was gone. My dad woke up from the beeping and suddenly all the smoke detectors simultaneously turned off. I haven’t told anyone what I saw—but after reading all the accounts on the internet I wanted to share this story. It seems different to the other stories that have been told. I do think this “person” was a “Black-Eyed Kid,” and I do believe it meant me harm.

July 8, 2016

Korean Urban Myths

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 9:56 AM

Are you looking to vacation in Korea? You may be excited… but there are a number of urban myths you should be aware of. Some may say that you would be taking your life in your hands to step into a taxi in Seoul… others may say that these myths are completely fake… but I couldn’t possibly comment. Take a look for yourself…

Slit-Mouthed Woman

The story goes that children walking alone late at night will be stopped by this mysterious woman with a red surgical face mask on. She will stop the child and ask “Am I pretty?”. If the child responds no, she will kill him with a pair of scissors. If he response yes, she will remove her mask and reveal that her face has been slit from ear to ear. After prompting again, if the child responds no, she will cut him in half; if he responds yes, she will cut his mouth open just like hers.

Two Down

At the scene of a serious car accident, a man found a photograph of a beautiful girl with her hands in a peace sign. He decided that the picture was lovely and kept it with him in his car. A few days later, he had a fatal car accident.

The Organ Harvesting Taxis

This urban legend gained immense popularity that warned of taxi cabs that harvested customer’s organs. As retold in the conversation, a drunk man who took a cab around the City Hall was stabbed in the neck with a needle. Next thing he knew, he was abandoned in a farm field and bleeding from his stomach. It does not end there however, as a visit to the doctor revealed one of his kidneys had been taken.

The Currency Ghost

The story goes, a Mr. Kim of the Korean Mint was away on a business trip when his daughter was abducted, dismembered, and murdered. Unfortunately, the culprit was never caught.

To appease her ghost, it is said that the Mint placed images of her various body parts into the prints of Korean currency.

June 30, 2016

Pick Up Your Copy of “Gunfight At Black Ridge” For Free July 2nd!

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 2:23 PM

“Gunfight at Black Ridge,” is the first book in the highly anticipated new western series from acclaimed bestselling author Frank F. Fiore 

Civil War veteran Colson Rodgers leaves the Union Army in the closing days of the Civil War to return to his hometown of Black Ridge. As he battles his way home he saves the beautiful, but mysterious, Kanya from a group of carpetbagger’s intent on robbing him. 

As the two of them finally reach Black Ridge, Colson finds that the whole town has changed. The Sheriff and Judge have been killed, and a group of murderers calling themselves the “Chiffon Gang” have taken over. Colson soon learns that even those he trusts may not be the friends he once thought they were. Will Colson stand and fight the Chiffon Gang, or will he leave and give up the past he craves for? 

“Gunfight at Black Ridge” is the exciting first book from a brand new western series from bestselling author Frank F. Fiore.

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Cultural Conspiracies

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 2:19 PM

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone or something is not after you. Check out these cultural conspiracies.

McCartney Dead

Remember the classic Paul McCartney is Dead conspiracy from the late 1960’s? The story says that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident at the height of the Beatles’ fame and replaced by a lookalike? This was further fueled by the fact that Paul wore no shoes for the cover of the Abbey Road album cover. To this day people still believe that Paul McCartney died a long, long time ago.

Elvis Lives

Music legend Elvis Presley died on 16 August 1977 – or did he? If the latest conspiracy theory is to be believed, the King of Rock and Roll faked his own death and now works as a groundsman in Graceland. Grainy footage of a bearded man has been posted on YouTube, who claims the figure is an 81-year-old Elvis.

While some say the claims are “desperate” and Elvis should be left to “rest in peace”, the belief that the King is out there looks unlikely to fade away.

Obama Was Born Where?

As far back as 2008, some Americans began to claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, but in Kenya. These claims have been promoted by fringe theorists, known as ‘birthers’, some of whom have sought court rulings to prove that Obama is ineligible to be the president. None of these attempts has been successful. Obama has released the full version of his birth certificate, which shows he was born in Hawaii.

Birthers claim it is a forgery. There has been what the Daily Telegraph describes as “a persistent campaign of misinformation on the subject”, led at one stage by Donald Trump, the property mogul and current frontrunner in the race to become the Republican’s presidential nominee. According to a recent poll, 61 per cent of self-identified Trump supporters said they believed the president was not born in the US.

MH370 and MH17 are the same plane?

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014 and has yet to be found despite an extensive search operation. Just over four months later, on 17 July 2014, another Malaysia Airlines flight, MH17, crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border after apparently having been shot down by a missile. To most people the two tragedies looked like a terrible coincidence, but to conspiracy theorists there are no coincidences – and MH370 and MH17 were in fact the same plane.

Project MKUltra

Although initially seen as another fanciful conspiracy theory, this one turned out to be true. The CIA really did run secret mind-control experiments on American citizens from the 1950s until 1973, using “electronics, hypnosis, sensory deprivation and verbal and sexual abuse”. In 1995, President Bill Clinton issued a formal apology for Project MKUltra, as it was known. It is believed that ‘Unabomber’ Theodore Kaczynski was part of these experiments, although that detail has yet to be confirmed.

Reptilian Elite Rule The World

The ‘reptoid hypothesis’ is a conspiracy theory which advances the argument that reptilian humanoids live among us with the intention of enslaving the human race. It has been championed by former BBC sports presenter David Icke who believes that deceased American comedian Bob Hope, members of the Royal Family and former US Presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton are part of the “Anunnaki” race who came to earth for “monatomic gold”.

So how many do you believe?

June 16, 2016

Jonathan Smyth – Book One – Now FREE

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 7:30 AM

Get your FREE copy of Jonathan Smyth Cowboy Sleuth on Kindle.

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The first book in a new Western mystery series will put the best of the British against the American West. Filled with action, drama, twists, turns and gunfights, this series will leave you wishing for more. 

Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the citizens of London, and there is only one connection between each murder known to the police— a man called Jonathan Smyth. After a particularly grizzly murder, the fickle finger of fate points directly at Smyth, who cannot be located. When the police discover that their prime suspect has seemingly fled to the fledgling United States, they send one of their best men, Charles Abbott, after him. 

Smyth, an intrepid sleuth, is caught in a new land filled with legends, mysteries and horrors. His goal is to unmask the Ripper when he meets the seemingly harmless British journalist Charles Abbott, but soon finds himself slowly drawn into discovering the secrets behind the screaming tunnel of Arizona. Will Smyth and Abbot survive the lethal legend, unmasking the mystery—or will they die in the fiery bowels of Arizona? 

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June 15, 2016

Is it possible to slip through the time and space barrier to see the future, or the past?

Filed under: Jeremy Nash Chronicles,Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 8:02 AM

Time slips have been a myth for some time. Is it really possible for someone to slip through the time and space barrier to see the future, or the past? This is the strange tale of Victor Goddard. A man who was not prone to fits of fantasy. Read on to find out how time cheating him out of his naïve understanding of the world we live in…

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In 1935, while a Wing Commander, Goddard flew a Hawker Hart biplane to Edinburgh, Scotland, from his home base in Andover, England, for a weekend visit. On the Sunday before flying back, Goddard visited an abandoned airfield in Drem, near Edinburgh, this location being closer to his final destination than the airport at which he landed. The Drem airfield, constructed during the first World War, was a shambles. The tarmac and four hangars were in disrepair, barbed wire divided the field into numerous pastures, and cattle grazed everywhere. It was now a farm, and completely useless as an airfield.

On Monday, Goddard began the flight back to his home base. The weather was dark and ominous, with low clouds and heavy rain. Goddard was flying in an open cockpit over mountainous terrain without radio navigational aides or cloud flying instruments. Rain beating down on his forehead and onto his flying goggles badly obscured his vision. He thought he could climb above the clouds, but he was wrong. He made it to 8,000 feet, looking for a break in the clouds. There was none.

Suddenly Goddard lost control of his plane. It began to spiral downward. He struggled with the controls. He could speed up or slow down, but he could not stop the spin. He was unsure of his location, but knew he was falling rapidly and might smash into the mountains before coming out of the clouds. The sky became darker, the clouds turning a strange yellowish-brown. The rain came down even more heavily. Goddard’s altimeter showed he was only a thousand feet above the ground and dropping rapidly. At two hundred feet and still spiraling downward, he began to see a bit of daylight through the murky gloom, but his spiral toward seemingly inevitable death was far from over.

Goddard was now flying at 150 miles per hour. He emerged from the clouds over “rotating water” that he recognized as the Firth of Forth. He was still falling. Suddenly, he saw directly before him a stone sea wall with a path, a road, and railings on top of it. The road seemed to be slowly rotating from left to right. The cloud cover was down to forty feet. Goddard was now flying below twenty feet and was within an instant of tragedy. A young girl with a baby carriage ran through the pouring rain. She ducked her head just in time to avoid Hart’s wingtip. Goddard succeeded in leveling out his plane after that. He barely missed striking the water after clearing the sea wall by a few feet.

He was now flying only several feet above a stony beach. Fog and rain obscured all distant visibility, but Goddard somehow located his position. He identified the road to Edinburgh and soon was able to discern, through the gloom, the black silhouettes of the Drem Airfield hangars ahead of him, the same airfield he had visited the day before. The rain became a deluge, the sky grew even darker, and Goddard’s plane was shaken violently by the turbulent weather as it sped toward the Drem hangars-and into a different world.

Suddenly, the sky turned bright with golden sunlight. The rain and the farm had vanished. The hangars and the tarmac appeared to have somehow been rebuilt in a brand-new condition. There were four planes lined at the end of the tarmac. Three were standard Avro 504N trainer biplanes; the fourth was a monoplane of an unknown type-the RAF had no monoplanes in 1935. All four airplanes were bright yellow. No RAF airplanes were painted yellow in 1935. The airplane mechanics were wearing blue overalls. RAF mechanics never wore anything but brown overalls when working in hangars in 1935.

It took Goddard only an instant to fly over the airfield. He was only a few feet above the ground-just high enough to clear the hangars-but apparently none of the mechanics saw him or even heard his plane. As he sped away from the airfield, he was again engulfed by the storm. He forced his plane upward, flying at 17,000 feet and then, for a time, at 21,000 feet. He managed to return to his home base safely.

Goddard felt elated when he landed. He then made the mistake of telling fellow officers about his eerie experience. They looked at him as if he were drunk or crazy. Goddard decided to keep silent about what had happened to him. He did not want a discharge from the RAF on mental grounds.

In 1939, Goddard watched as RAF trainers began to be painted yellow and the mechanics switched to blue coveralls. The RAF introduced a new training monoplane exactly like the one he had seen in his flight over Drem. It was called the Magister. He learned that the airfield at Drem had been refurbished.

Was this conclusion so unreasonable? Our senses determine our reality. Goddard was under extreme stress, and thought he might die. Perhaps the bonds controlling Goddard’s senses cracked for an instant, in the face of mortal danger, freeing him to glimpse another reality.

If you want to read more strange tales why don’t you check out my Jeremy Nash series. You can download it from Amazon today.

June 10, 2016

Time Travelers from Out of Space

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 12:48 PM

Is it actually possible for people to time travel? Have travelers from the future, and the past really visited the new? Some say they have. Below you will find FIVE of the strangest time travel stories ever recorded. From the man who was found dead in 1950—dressed like a man of the 1870’s to a clever trader who claimed to be from the future. These are five tales that will have you scratching your head with wonder…

Alexandria Alexis

Will time travel actually be invented in 2025? Apparently so, because urban legend has it that Alexandria Alexis was an alleged time traveler from said year who mysteriously disappeared on New Year’s eve 1899. If this were true, it would also dispel the myth of only being able to travel back to the point of the machine being invented. Continue reading for more pictures, stories and images.

John Titor

What will life be like in 2036? “Food and livestock is grown locally. People spend much more time reading and talking together face to face. Religion is taken seriously and everyone can multiply and divide in their heads.” That’s an entry from John Titor. Titor, a traveler from the future, first showed up on internet discussion boards in the 2000, making predictions about the years ahead. In 2001, he returned to the year 2036. Most of his predictions did not come true.

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The Mutton Chops Man

In 1950, a man with mutton chop sideburns and Victorian-era duds popped up in Times Square. Witnesses said he looked startled, and then a minute later, he was hit by a car and killed.

On his person, the police found 19th-century money, a letter dated 1876 and business cards with his name – Rudolph Fentz. None of these items showed signs of aging. A Mrs. Rudolph Fentz was tracked down. She was the widow of Rudolph Fentz, Jr., and the story went that junior’s dad disappeared mysteriously in 1876.

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Andrew Carlssin

The alarm bells went off on Wall Street and with the SEC in 2002 when unknown investor Andrew Carlssin quickly parlayed $800 into $350,000,000 via some high-risk stock trades. Carlssin was arrested. He confessed that he was from the year 2256. It turns out the story originated from that ever-sensational source of fakery, The Weekly World News. Ten years on, the story is still being reprinted and circulated.

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Circa 1928

A woman walks through a film premiere crowd in Los Angeles talking on her cell. Not so remarkable. Until you consider the year is 1928. The clip, from bonus material on a DVD of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus, hit the internet in 2010. Never mind the obvious questions about non-existent satellites and cell towers back in the jazz age. The device was most likely an early hearing aid. Still, the clip is mind-teasingly fun to watch.

 

June 8, 2016

Praise for Jonathan Smyth – Cowboy Sleuth

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 7:28 AM

First Review is In

Fiore has already scored a major hit with his “Gunfight at Black Ridge” but wasn’t content with just that. Now he has decided to turn the Western genre on its head. This is the series that will pit two British men against the worst the American West can offer. With due diligence, these two characters rise to the occasion and manage to fight with the best of them. For readers who are tired of the same Western stories over and over again, this one should offer a pleasant respite.
The writing is the usual Fiore style–a “show, not tell” action style that has served him well. He has added plenty of extra flavor into the story and gives readers a strong reason to keep turning the pages. I am almost certain that this new Fiore flip will end up being one of the most read Westerns of the year.
I am already looking forward to the second in the series–take that as a hint, Frank.
A Harris
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