The holiday shopping season is upon us and I have a lot of creative friends. Some are writers, while others are filmmakers or artists. They have all have special talents and their creativity results in some wonderful gift ideas. So, while you’re busy creating your own wish lists, take the time to take a look at what some of my friends are doing and be happy knowing that you’re supporting independent artists.
Please note, I know I’ve probably left someone off this list, so it is by no means complete. It’s merely intended to highlight the great work from some of my friends that will most likely connect you with other like minded creators.
Stephen D. Sullivan
Check out his newly redesigned website where adventure is guaranteed and monsters are optional. Whether it’s his ongoing Frost Harrow series or such classic titles as Daikaiju Attacks or his 2016 Scribe award-winning Manos: The Hands of Fate, you’ll find plenty to read on those cold winter nights.
Derek M. Koch
We all know that Derek is a Rondo award winning podcaster but he’s also a writer and this year he’s published the first in a new series. Check out Monster for Hire: The Marc Temple Casefiles: Volume 1 for vampires, werewolves, zombies and so much more! Volume 2 is scheduled for 2020, so now is the perfect time to dive into this new series.
Films of Christopher R. Mihm
Enter the Mihmiverse and you’ll become hooked after just one film. With 14 films and 2 more on the horizon, there’s plenty to choose from, not to mention mystery boxes, Christmas ornaments and so much more! Plus, you can also support future films by becoming a contributor like yours truly.
Photo taken by Christi Jean Williams of Grinkie Photography. Prints available for sale at the Mihmiverse website.
Jeff may be my podcaster-in-crime and my brother from another mother, but he’s also a great writer who has been published numerous times courtesy of We Belong Dead publications. Check him out in such publications as Unsung Horrors, A Century of Horror and, their latest release, Into the Velvet Darkness: A Celebration of Vincent Price. They all make great additions to any monster kid library.
Note: Unlike most of the others listed here, Jeff won’t make any money off of the purchase of these books but continued support of these publications means future releases and his continued exposure.
Fiona has written several great cook books for those interested in the culinary history of Kentucky but her collaboration with her husband Nic is a classic for every monster kid out there. The B-Movie Cookbook!: The 1950s offers up recipes inspired by such classics as The Blob and The Thing from Another World. A perfect way to enhance a Saturday night double feature.
Speaking of Nic, his Werewolf for Hire books have left monster kids everywhere patiently waiting for more. Check out his titles, such as Blood Curse and Blood Sacrifice. Go to www.authorNicBrown.com for more information on his books as well as his film projects, including Loss Prevention and Wretch.
Anthony D.P. Mann started out as a podcaster, transitioned to filmmaking and is now making his mark with his fantastical Bleak December productions. While many are released on vinyl through Cadabra Records, they usually sell out rather quickly. However, many of productions are available on MP3 CDs, such as A Christmas Carol with Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who). His latest is Return to Frightenstein, a loving homage to the classic 1970s television series, featuring Malcolm McDowell in the role previously filled by the legendary Vincent Price. It’s available on CD, so check it out!
Desmond is the master mind behind the Dread Media Podcast but he’s also a great writer. Check out his Amazon page for some great ideas, such as Mother of Abominations: A Monster Earth Novel and Dark: A Horror Anthology.
The Art of Mark Maddox
If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing his great work at a local convention, do yourself a favor and check out his website. His work covers all genres from Star Trek and Doctor Who to classic monsters and legendary actors. He’s available for commissions and comes highly recommended.
Jim and I connected on Facebook through our mutual love of monsters. He’s an amazing artist. Just check out his Etsy store, Moore Monsters, and you’ll fall in love with his fantastic creations.
Check out Matthew’s eBay store, monster-art-world, or reach out to him on Facebook. He does some awesome work that would make a great addition to anyone’s media room.
Stuffed with Character
These soft figure creations from my friend Tracey are an amazing and unique addition to any monster kid’s collection. Check out her Facebook page and contact her today. They are highly recommended!
I met Mel many years ago through a comic book shop in Wichita and through the magic of the internet, we’re still connected today. She’s doing some great work over at her Etsy shop that I’m sure some monster kids will enjoy. Check out The Mel Cave!
Did anyone say t-shirts?
Tee Public is running another one of their sales right now. Go check them out and support these great podcasts and fellow monster kids by searching for the following:
Monster Kid Radio