February 24th, 2008


So, Who Wants to Join Me in Renting "I Know Who Killed Me"?

Oscars? What Oscars? The winners of the 28th Annual Razzie Awards were announced Saturday!

Worst Picture:
I Know Who Killed Me

Worst Actor:
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit)

Worst Actress (TIE) :
Lindsay Lohan (as Aubrey) and Lindsay Lohan (as Dakota)
I Know Who Killed Me

Worst Supporting Actress:
Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia)

Worst Supporting Actor:
Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong)

Worst Screen Couple:
Lindsay Lohan and Lindsay Lohan
I Know Who Killed Me

Worst Remake Or Rip-off:
I Know Who Killed Me
(rip-off of Hostel, Saw and The Patty Duke Show)

Worst Prequel or Sequel:
Daddy Day Camp

Worst Director:
Chris Siverston
I Know Who Killed Me

Worst Screenplay:
I Know Who Killed Me
written by Jeffrey Hammond

Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie:
(New Category!)
I Know Who Killed Me

Have any of you out there seen I Know Who Killed Me? I kind of want to now, even though I've been warned it's not fun-bad, it's just bad-bad. And yet how can I resist a horror/thriller movie so awful it won a whopping 8 Razzie Awards, a new record?

Tentative WHC Schedule

Now that the World Horror Convention is about a month away, registered attendees have been given a sneak peek at the tentative schedule. Here's what it looks like I'll be doing when not wandering the halls wearing my "Buy The Stoker Nominee A Drink" t-shirt:

Saturday Afternoon: How to Create Horror Characters Readers Love to Hate
Heather Graham (mod)
Adam Niswander
Kim Paffenroth
Mort Castle
Nicholas Kaufmann

I'm not sure what I'll say on this one (other than to insist they strike the word horror from the title -- there's no such thing as a "horror character"). As I think about it, I realize the weird thing is that I'm resistant to the idea of readers hating any of my characters. I have antagonists, sure, villains, but when I'm writing it out, I don't think about readers hating them, I just think about what those characters' goals are and what they will do to achieve them. Maybe that's what I'll talk about.

Also, I'm psyched to be on a panel with Mort Castle, who has been my role model and unofficial mentor ever since I started writing seriously back in 2000. And like Mort, I know Adam Niswander from back in my DarkTales days. Kim Paffenroth I've only met online, and Heather Graham has been successfully publishing romantic suspense novels for at least two decades now (I remember stocking her novels when I owned my own bookstore, Tell-Tale Books, back in 1997-99), so it'll be nice to finally meet both of them in person.

Then, also on Saturday I think, F. Paul Wilson will be leading a roundtable discussion with my writing group, Who Wants Cake. I don't know why he chose us, exactly, except that he knows at least half of us personally and I guess we're an inspirational story, having something like 20 books published between us. I just hope we don't bore everyone with all our jibber-jabber about workshops and critiquing methods!