Posts by BJ Burrow

The Ten Most Unappreciated Villains of All Time

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 6 comments

Well, I say the ‘ten most’ and ‘all time’ but there is a caveat: I ain’t seen everything yet, so… there’s that. God knows there are a lot of lists out there, but I think this is a good one because, usually, one’s writing is only as strong as their villain, and every villain on this list makes the work they are in stronger and more enjoyable. So, some instructions: Start with number 10 and go in order all the way down to number 1.  Close your eyes before reading each entry and create drum rolls by repeatedly slapping either a table or your belly before popping open your eyes. Begin drum rolls now… 10. Scottie (Jimmy...

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The Promise of What Is Not

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 3 comments

Dare I say, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover?’ Oh my God, I can’t believe I’ve started out this way. Let me start over. Tis the season in which expectations don’t always align with the promises made. Holy Moly, isn’t there some kind of way into this blog that will make me happy? Let’s try this on for size: “Tell me something to amuse me, smut or a bloody good-ghoststory or a line of poetry, quick, quick, quick!”            Ulysses, James Joyce Hell yeah, that’s the high-brow bar I’m trying to hit. It’s a particularly powerful line—bear with me, I can make this work—because I believe it equates entertainment to that quick rush from a hit of cocaine. We want that fast...

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Halloween Shutdown

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 3 comments

Walk into your favorite, or least hated, retail-chain-super-store and you’ll find Halloween decorations and costumes ready for consumption, purchase your plastic skulls here, two for one! You’ll also find Christmas Decorations, out for display, and ready for consumption. I wasn’t watching (I signed up for watching the watchers, and whew boy, what a boring job that is, I tell you what) but as I was saying, I wasn’t watching, but I bet you a Jack’o’lantern that the Christmas decorations were put out before the Halloween ones. I adore Halloween, and if you’re reading this, odds are you love it too (or have confused my Apex blog with the other blog I write called The Apex...

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WEIRD FICTION: The Machen Truth

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

A man walks into a bar carrying a shoggoth under one arm and a Nyarlathotep in the other. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. So, the bartender—the bartender, he says, “Hey, buddy! You’re machen me crazy here!” Holy shit, that is the worst thing I’ve ever written. It’s horrible. Alien. Obscene. I can’t read it again, edit it, or look at it. I’m afraid I might lose my mind. “Weird Fiction” is not a broad genre for me. It is very specific, and while the quantity of work is limited, it is still producible today, if one so chooses to take the risk. (For a differing, and interesting, perspective on “Weird Fiction,” check out Douglas F. Warrick’s blog. ) In the 1920’s...

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Home Movies

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 2 comments

Would Star Trek: The Motion Picture have been more successful as a television series if the 1979 movie had come out first? (For one thing, they probably would have changed the title.) Could Star Trek have transitioned to the bright colors and innovative plots of the series after the Robert Wise film? I have my doubts. I believe the box office failure of the first Star Trek movie would have killed any interest in doing a television series. We would have missed out on genre history, and the franchise saving Wrath of Kahn. How rare is it for movie characters to boldly go into television? And how rare is it for the television series to be successful? Steel Magnolias,...

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