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Christmas Movies – Krampus vs Gremlins by H. D.

I just saw the preview for Krampus. I’m not sure what to think of it. When I was watching the preview though, I thought of Gremlins. I loved the first and second in the Gremlin series. I actually think of it as a bit of a classic. Both humor and scares mixed into the film. I don’t think there had been anything done as successfully as Gremlins since. There’s of course Scream, but that’s a full-blown horror movie.

krampusFrom what I can see, Krampus looks like a nail bitter. Toni Collette is one of the main actors, and I love anything by her. She was great in Sixth Sense, and I think she really added a wonderful dimension to that movie.

Krampus is quoted as being an American black comedy horror. Below is the movie’s summary.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

I actually didn’t realize Krampus was from Alpine folklore. Who would have thought? 🙂 The figure has horns and is shaped like a human but at the same time, doesn’t look human. According to folklore,  Krampus punishes children gremlinsduring the Christmas season who have misbehaved.

Like Krampus, Gremlins is also a dark comedy. If you missed Gremlins, I think it’s well worth the time to watch.  It’s about a young man who received a very strange creature known as a mogwai. He’s told not to do certain things, particularly feed the animal after a certain time. Of course everything he’s not supposed to do, he does.

Gremlins was made in 1984 and directed by Steven Spielberg. I had no idea Howie Mandel was the voice of Gizmo. I actually might have to watch the movie again. Not sure if it will get through the test of time intact. Not sure it will get me in the Christmas spirit either, but it’s worth a shot!

Sunday Snippet from Deadly Shades by H. D. Thomson

Deadly Shades CoverThis Sunday I thought I’d share a snippet of the first book in my Shades series. Each story is very much a stand alone. Deadly Shades is a quick read for when you don’t have time to get your teeth into a longer book.

“I thought we went through this already.” Vaguely aware of the movement of people walking around her, Kennedy sat on a bench in the mall with potted plants on either side of her. She shouldn’t have answered her cell, but then when it came to Luke, she always seemed to cave. Plus, she could only ignore his calls for so long.

“You could have at least given me the respect to break up in person.” Anger laced Luke’s voice. “Shit, Kennedy. We just passed the one year mark.”

She closed her eyes and struggled to bank the emotion wrapped around her throat. What could she say? He was right.

“We both know why you ran.” His husky voice washed over her senses. “I scare you. I make you feel. And you just can’t stand that.”

A baby started bawling ten feet away. “Luke, right now isn’t the time. There are crowds everywhere.”

“We’ll talk later.”

Luke didn’t give her a chance to argue. He’d hung up. She disconnected the phone and sat on the bench. She didn’t like hurting like this. That’s why she’d broken up. If she’d stayed any longer, the hurt would have just gotten worse, and she couldn’t handle that. She blinked back tears but they spilled over her lashes.

Where was her self-control? For God’s sake she was in a public place with people everywhere. She stuffed her phone into her purse, pulled the straps over her shoulder and wiped impatiently at her cheeks with the back of her hands.

She rose on unsteady legs and started for the exit. The idea of seeing Luke again in person made her stomach flop and her chest tighten. And her body… Her body was reacting in a very needy way. The idea of being in his arms again, to feel the weight of his body against her, to—

Enough! Luke was just a man. A man that was screwing with her head. Mentally shaking herself, Kennedy moved toward the main doors that lead to the south parking lot. She didn’t want to buy presents right now, she didn’t want to deal with all the people milling around, shopping, eating, talking.

A woman stepped in front of her. Kennedy stumbled to a stop and almost collided with her.

“Take these.” The woman with a halo of blond, chin-length hair and dressed in a black and white pant suit shoved something at her. In reflex, Kennedy caught the item in both hands.

“What’s this?” Kennedy stared down at her hands. A pair of sunglasses of all things. She glanced up.

“Just take them,” the blond insisted. A strange light—fear, maybe anger, Kennedy didn’t quite know—flared in the woman’s brown eyes.

“I don’t need sunglasses.”

“Hah, they’re not sunglasses. At least not any I’ve ever worn!” The woman backed away. “Just take them. Maybe they’ll work better for you than they did for me.”

Before Kennedy had a chance to protest further, the blond pivoted and lurched into the crowd toward the food court.

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Hope you enjoyed it! I’m currently working on the third book in the series, Killer Shades. Nothing beats getting inside a killer’s head and having them do something diabolical! 🙂

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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction #Truestory

lisa pietsch, task force 125Why do people always call “Shenanigans!” on my books for the things that really happened?  #Truestory  I guess I need to work on making the truth more believable.

I was browsing through some reviews of my books the other day and was pleasantly surprised to see that all the bad ones were readers who couldn’t believe a part in the story that was based on a real life experience.  It made my day!

OK, well, it didn’t make my day to read bad reviews, but the fact they’d give me a bad review because they couldn’t believe something real in my story – yeah, that was something I could live with.  Here are just a few incidents where readers called bullshit:

lisa pietsch, task force 125How could a woman spend three books falling in love with someone only to fall in love with someone else in the fourth book? 

#Truestory People change.  Sometimes the man you meet in a whirlwind isn’t looking for the same thing – and I call it a happily ever after if you manage to part amicably and both find your true loves.

How can people who’s lives depend on their level of fitness and stamina smoke like chimneys and drink (alcohol) like fish?

#Truestory I spent years on active duty in the USAF Security Forces.  We had to run faster, jump higher, and shoot straighter than anyone else in the Air Force and we were on call 24/7/365.  lisa pietsch, task force 125We’d work fourteen-hour days (3 out of 4 of us smoking a pack of cigarettes a day) and then hit the gym after work.  After working six days, we’d get three days off and two of them involved drinking (the third day off was usually a training day or at the firing range).  Not to nitpick, but what this gentle reader didn’t understand is that my characters aren’t drinking so much they get drunk.  James Bond drank and smoked too.

Hot people want for nothing. They don’t have to engage in the social niceties that non-hot people must endure. They don’t have to wait in lines or pay their own way. 

I loved this comment for its snarkiness.  I’ve been fat and I’ve been hot.  Guess what, Kindle Reader?  #Truestory Free drinks, free meals, free clothes…there are Sugar Babies and Social Media Influencers all over the world who will back me up on this.

lisa pietsch, task force 125Las Vegas loves hot people! If you’re hot, you can call the front desk and ask for a dress to be delivered. They will sense your hotness over the phone and deliver a Versace dress!  

Again, same guy as above.  I wish he’d left his name because I’d love to have him tear apart all my books with snark like this.  It smacks of Mystery Science Theater and I get a kick out of it!  Unfortunately, #Truestory again.  Not so much the hotness thing, but Vegas is very customer centric and if you check into Caesar’s Palace and call the concierge, he’ll send up what you need and charge it to your room.  You still have to pay the bill when you check out.

That particular reader listed eight points where he called “Bullshit” on my story.  Five of them were based on real-life incidents.  That makes me smile.

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Some of my favorite characters are anti-heroes

Long story short, my books aren’t for everyone.  They aren’t formulaic romance and I write fights better than I do sex (so I don’t write a whole lot of sex).  My characters are flawed.  They aren’t perfect.  They drink, smoke, swear and kill people.  But if you’re looking for some pulp fiction loaded with anti-heroes and action, you’ll probably find something to like about Task Force 125.

If you’d like a FREE copy of The Path to Freedom, the first book in the series, send me an email HERE and I’ll send it to you!

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