Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

March 16, 2016

Will The Real Myth Please Stand Up?

Filed under: Jeremy Nash Chronicles,SEED Novel — Frank Fiore @ 5:07 PM

Which of These Five Myths Is Real?

The 9/11 Tourist

Shortly after 9/11 a strange photo began to crop up showing a tourist standing atop one of the World Trade Centers with one of the infamous airplanes in the background of the shot about to strike the tower. The accompanying story explained how the camera was found in the wreckage but the tourist remained missing. Aside from all of the very inconsistent details in the picture the story already seemed completely improbable and several people came forward claiming to be the prankster responsible. It wasn’t until recently, however, that the real culprit was discovered in Hungary. This photo is still circulated, freaking people out around the world.

The Daddy Long Legs Killer

There has been a persistent rumor, over the last few years, circulating for some time that the common daddy long legs spider is one the most poisonous in the world, but cannot kill humans because its fangs are too small to penetrate the human skin. Where this rumor started no one knows but one thing is for sure, the daddy long legs is certainly not the most poisonous spider in the world.

Gators In Your Sewer

This strange story tells of how several alligators were brought up from Florida to be kept as pets in New York City. After they got too big and violent they escaped into the sewers where they now live freely. This story originally dates back to the 1930s and spread by newspapers of the time. The story is completely untrue yet continues to be circulated to this day, and people still hunt the sewers of NYC trying to find these mysterious gators.

The Body Under The Mattress

This legend tells the story of a couple spending the night in a motel room that was filled with a foul smell. After a while they can’t take it anymore and call the front office to get the smell dealt with. When the staff arrive they discover the smell is coming from the bed after which they remove the mattress only to find a rotting body beneath it. As crazy as this story sounds, unlike the previous legends on this list, it has actually happened. Even crazier… it’s happened more than once!

Walt Disney Will Return

This is another one of those popular stories that most of us have probably heard. It says that Disney supposedly had his dead body frozen in hopes that future technology could bring him back to life. Unfortunately for all the gossip magazines though, records show that Disney was cremated in 1966.

For more myths fictionalized in exciting action/adventure stories, check out my book series ‘The Chronicles of Jeremy Nash‘.

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March 14, 2016

COMING SOON! Audio Book for ‘Gunfight at Black Ridge’

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 3:51 PM

My best selling Western ‘Gunfight at Black Ridge’ had hit #41 in all Westerns on Kindle!

Now, the much anticipated audio book is ready for release. And it’s a doozie.

Watch this space!

March 13, 2016

“Is It African-American or Just American?”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 1:46 PM

In my newly released book – MURRAN – to be available the first week of December, black characters take on this question is a very unique way and flies in the face of the common knowledge of people like Oprah – who by the way, was pretty upset with black actress Raven-Symoné.

Actress Raven-Symoné was the subject of the Wednesday premiere of Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now?” She lit up a firestorm in the Blacksphere when she said, “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American, I’m not African-American. I’m an American.”

You could tell that Oprah really did not like Raven-Symoné saying this. She attempted to joke it off and play the objective interviewer, but she was not pleased with Raven’s emphatic statement that she defines herself as an American, not by a certain phrase. Knowing Oprah’s proclivities of late to deal the race card, this is not surprising.

What is also not surprising is the hue and cry on Twitter and in other social media.

Roxanne Jones, founding editor of ESPN The Magazine and former ESPN vice president, took to CNN to register her disagreement. “I get it. Raven-Symoné doesn’t like labels. But she is wrong to run away from her blackness, seemingly hoping that no one acknowledges her beautiful brown skin and the history written all over her face.”

Why is Raven-Symoné’s refusal to use the African-American label equivalent to turning her back on her race? As if a label is anything but a form of categorization. Raven herself said this about her initial discovery of her sexuality: “I don’t need a categorizing statement for this.” From reading the Twitter feeds, very few people are getting up-in-arms about her unwillingness to check the “gay” sexuality box, but plenty of people are highly upset at her unwillingness to check the “African-American” box, and are inferring all types of negative baggage from it.
Back in 1997, Tiger Woods, another supposed “Black” role model (he didn’t volunteer for the role) that the Blacksphere embraced as one of their own (also something he didn’t seek out), pretty much said a similar thing. When Oprah ruled the airwaves on network television, he said in an interview on her ABC show, “Growing up, I came up with this name: I’m a `Cablinasian’. He felt the name best captures his racial makeup: a blend of Caucasian, black, Indian and Asian. Black people got up in arms and called him a denier, a self-hater, and a sell out too.
Dr. Martin Luther King said “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” From the N-word, to Colored, to Negro, to Afro-American, to Black, to African-American, the label has been molded to reflect the times and the generation; and each generation has a right to say that the label no longer fits, or that it does not adequately define me.
It is refreshing that Raven-Symoné wishes to lead, and I applaud her right to do so.
I totally agree. I hope someday, as Martin Luther King once said, people will be judged solely on the content of their character and not the color of their skin. And I might add, not by a ‘hyphen’.
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March 12, 2016

Western Readers React To Fiore The Western Writer!

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 8:23 AM

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March 11, 2016

Ghosts of the West: 5 Western Towns You May Not Know

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 11:55 AM

During the boom years of the Old West it was hard to believe that there would ever be such a thing as ghost towns in America. Yet, today, you can see them dotted across the western frontier. From Bodie through to St. Elmo.

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Here are five of the most famous ghost towns of the West.

  1. Bodie, Calif. High in the Sierra Nevada, Bodie’s 100 original buildings are slowly being worn down by wind and weather. Gold was discovered here in 1859, and by 1880, Bodie had more than 10,000 inhabitants, though residents eventually abandoned their homes and stores to chase rumors of more promising mines. Now managed as a state park, visitors can enter for a modest fee and explore the town and cemetery.
  2. Virginia City, Mont. In 1863, Bill Fairweather and Henry Edgar chanced upon the largest gold strike in Montana, and hundreds of prospectors descended on the camp. For a short while, raucous Virginia City served as the capital of Montana Territory. (Calamity Jane was even a resident.) Today, there are less than 200 residents, and more than half of the city’s 300 structures were built prior to 1900.
  3. St. Elmo, Colo. Allegedly named after a popular 19th-century novel, St. Elmo is one of Colorado’s best-preserved ghost towns. Founded in 1880 during gold and silver booms, the town had hotels, saloons, a post office, and a railway station during its heyday. Summertime visitors can rent fishing and ATV equipment at the General Store.
  4. Elk Falls, Kans. Self-proclaimed “The World’s Largest Living Ghost Town,” Elk Falls declined in the late 1800s after a neighboring community was named the county seat. Today, Elk Falls is home to approximately 200 year-round residents who take pride in the town’s 40 outhouses, which are decorated and featured in an annual tour held the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving.

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  1. Vulture Mine, Ariz. The claims at Vulture Mine, on the outskirts of Wickenburg, Ariz., were once the highest yielding in the state, producing millions of dollars in gold between 1863 and 1942, when the mine was shuttered. Now privately owned, the area is open to the public on Saturdays and visitors can pay a fee to visit the mine.

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March 4, 2016

Gunfight at Black Ridge Teaser Trailer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 1:50 PM

Check this out.

My new trailer for my new Western – in the top 100 of all Westerns on Amazon.

 

The Whispering Sands of the Old West: Five Myths You May Never Know The Truth About.

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 1:45 PM

In the western world there are many myths, and legends. To name all of the biggest myths would take a long, long time—but here are a snapshot selection of a few you may, or may not have heard of.

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Elmer McCurdy’s Corpse Myth

In 1911, Elmer McCurdy mistakenly robbed a passenger train he thought contained thousands of dollars. The disappointed outlaw made off with just $46 and was shot by lawmen shortly thereafter. McCurdy’s unclaimed corpse was then embalmed with an arsenic preparation, sold by the undertaker to a traveling carnival and exhibited as a sideshow curiosity. For about 60 years, McCurdy’s body was bought and sold by various haunted houses and wax museums for use as a prop or attraction. His corpse finally wound up in a Long Beach, California, amusement park fun house. During filming there in 1976 for the television show “The Six Million Dollar Man,” the prop’s finger broke off, revealing human tissue. Subsequent testing by the Los Angeles coroner’s office revealed the prop was actually McCurdy. He was buried at the famous Boot Hill cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas, 66 years after his death.

Left-handed Billy The Kid Myth

A famous tintype photograph of Billy the Kid shows him with a gun belt on his left side. For years, the portrait fueled assumptions that the outlaw, born William Bonney, was left-handed. However, most tintype cameras produced a negative image that appeared positive once it was developed, meaning the end result was the reverse of reality. There’s another reason we know the picture was a mirror image and that Billy the Kid was thus a righty: he poses with his Winchester Model 1873 lever-action rifle. The weapon appears to feature a loading gate on the left side, but Winchester only made 1873s that load on the right.

The California Gold Rush of 1849 Myth

When young Conrad Reed found a large yellow rock in his father’s field in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, in 1799, he had no idea what it was. Neither did his father, John Reed. The family reportedly used it as a doorstop for several years, until a visiting jeweler recognized it as a 17-pound gold nugget. The rush was on. Eventually, Congress built the Charlotte Mint to cope with the sheer volume of gold dug up in North Carolina. In 1828 gold was discovered in Georgia, leading to the nation’s second gold rush. Finally, in 1848, James Marshall struck it rich at Sutter’s Mill in California, and thousands of Forty-Niners moved west to seek their fortunes.

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The Long Branch Saloon of “Gunsmoke” Fame Myth

Anyone who watched the television show “Gunsmoke” growing up is well acquainted with Miss Kitty’s Long Branch Saloon of Dodge City, Kansas. What viewers may not have realized is that the Long Branch really did exist. No one knows exactly what year it was established, but the original saloon burned down in the great Front Street fire of 1885. The saloon was later resurrected and now serves as a tourist attraction featuring a reproduction bar with live entertainment. According to the Boot Hill Museum, the original Long Branch Saloon served milk, tea, lemonade, sarsaparilla, alcohol and beer. Marshal Matt Dillon and Festus sporting milk mustaches? Now there’s a story line.

Jesse James Required Two Graves Myth

Few outlaws were as notorious during their own lifetimes as Jesse James. Though he lived a quiet existence in Kearney, Missouri, after his bank robbing days were over, old friends—and enemies—never forgot him. After Jesse was murdered, he was buried in the front yard of his farm to thwart grave robbers. As the years passed and his enemies died off, he was reinterred in a Kearney cemetery by his family. So who’s that lying in the Jesse James grave in Granbury, Texas? A man named J. Frank Dalton who came forward around 1948, at age 101, claiming he was the “real” Jesse James. A court even allowed him to legally adopt the bandit’s name. No one knows why Dalton made this claim or if he ever had any link to Jesse James, although there is a very small chance he was the youngest member of the Dalton gang James rode with in the bank raid of Northfield, Minnesota. Regardless, mitochondrial DNA showed decades later that James is indeed buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney—but his legend also lives on in Granbury.

Five myths—all could be true, or false. Nobody really knows what truly happened in these cases. It is known, however, that the west is still a place of mystery, and that you, and I will never know what life was truly like in the Old West.

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February 26, 2016

My New Western Teaser

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 1:16 PM

Here’s my new teaser for my new Western ‘Gunfight at Black Ridge’.

February 20, 2016

The ORACLE Now on Paperback

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 8:29 AM

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My tribute to the Golden Age of SyFy and Television is now available in paperback.

I will be converting all my ebooks over the next few months to both paperback AND audio books.

Praise for the ORACLE:

“Frank Fiore has a keeper in this book. I had not thought about Twilight Zone in, okay let’s just say eons, and when I started Oracle,I was right back in front of the television and the unexpected staring back at me. This time from words, not a TV screen. There were no commercials and I did not have to wait for next week’s episode. Oracle will keep you up until the last page is turned. The characters are odd, compelling, and leave the reader with, are they for real? Hey, remember Twilight Zone, we never knew if this was real, planned, or unreal. Frank’s characters leave you with these same feelings. Am I really reading this and better yet, am I in this story. Most of the time I felt drawn into the depths of the unexplained. Great writing and look for more.”
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February 10, 2016

I Was Wrong

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 12:18 PM
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So, as a starving author writing serious fiction,  I took my marketing guys advice and decided to trey and make some money writing Westerns.

I scoffed at the idea writing horse operas but I was wrong.

On the market for only a couple of weeks has generated ‘Gunfight at Black Ridge’ over 500 sales!

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And you wonder why authors drink!

So my advice to authors looking for a side genre that can generate some serious dinero, I’ll paraphrase American author Horace Greeley – Go West Writers!

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