My 2017 Film Discoveries List is on Rupert Pupkin Speaks!

One of my favorite lists to compile on an annual basis is my film discoveries list. My 2017 list was posted yesterday on Rupert Pupkin Speaks. Read it here!


Shameless Self-Promotion – Teenage Death Songs: Volume 2 is now available on ebook!

My latest ebook Teenage Death Songs: Volume 2, which features three short stories (description below) is available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Nook today.

For more information on my fiction please go to my Author page.

Teenage Death Songs: Volume 2

Rhiannon of Russet

A woman’s journey from moderate conservative to political zealotry sees her run afoul of the hidden powers that govern her adopted hometown and threatens those closest to her.

Sea of Blood

Mahtantu is named after the the Lenape god of death. As Thanksgiving 2016 approaches he plots to upstage his hometown’s fictitious holiday pageant.


Rimmon was born half-human and half-demon, a self-proclaimed demidemon, he struggles with the duality of his nature, his birth, distance from his biological parents and finding acceptance in the demonic hierarchy. The only friends he’s known in the short span of his life challenge his loyalties when they ask for a dangerous favor.


Shameless Self-Promotion: Guest Blog Post on Rupert Pupkin Speaks! Underrated ’97

I love the contributor lists over at Rupert Pupkin Speaks, and I was more than glad to add another one, this time a year I remember very well (1997), which was just after I had started my own BAM Awards. More news about the 2017 edition will be coming shortly, without further adieu enjoy!


Shameless Self-Promotion: Teenage Death Songs Available on eBook Today!

The first volume of <i>Teenage Death Songs</i> is available for purchase today on the following platforms. It features four dark stories for your Halloween time enjoyment.

Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)



Future volumes to follow soon.


Shameless Self-Promotion: EBook Release Next Week

Okay, so I know that while I’ve stopped by about once a month, I’ve not gotten on back to a more consistent posting schedule. One reason is due to the upcoming release of my latest eBook.

It’s available for pre-order on Kindle, Kobo and iBooks. It will also be available on Barnes and Noble for Nook readers on release date (10/17). I’ve also been writing a new, massive novel longhand, and in the midst of edits on subsequent volumes of Teenage Death Songs.

However, as I mentioned in a previous update I do have MoviePass now and have started to hit some of my DVDs so the BAM Awards will definitely happen and regular posts may happen before then.  You can see the occasional brief review and what I’ve been watching on my Letterboxd.


Shameless Self-Promotion: Ancient Slumber Presents Guardians of the Beam

As you may know by some of my past posts, I am a bit of a Stephen King nut. Therefore, I am very excited and honored to announce that come June I will be co-hosting, along with Myron Schmidt of Ancient Slumber, a podcast entitled Guardians of the Beam, which concerns itself with Kings sprawling epic The Dark Tower that has repercussions throughout his literary universe.


With the first ever motion picture adaptation of the film coming from Warner Brothers in July, what better time to revisit this series that has fascinated Constant Readers, engendered a cult following, and of course been the writing quest of the man himself?

More information as the date approaches, but I hope you all enjoy it as much as we undoubtedly will.

Long days and pleasant nights.

Bernardo, The Tosspot of Calla Bryn Sturgis


Guest Post: Underrated ’87

I was invited to share some films of the 1987 vintage that I find to be underrated. Check it out here.


Updates: March 8th, 2017

Hey All!

Just a quick preview of what you can expect coming up on The Movie Rat in the next month or so. 

March 24th

You Can't Do That on Television (CTV)

For the second time I will be contributing to A Shroud of Thoughts’ Favorite TV Show Episode Blogathon. Last year I wrote about my favorite episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This year I will be contributing a post about an episode of You Can’t Do That on Television. My entry is already written and awaiting publication which will allow me to prepare for the following…

March 27


I joined Movie Silently’s Early Women Filmmakers blogathon writing about the career of Germaine Dulac.  Leading up to this post I will likely have three short posts about her work.



April 25-29


Lastly, (for now) I also signed up for Speakeasy’s Great Villain Blogathon 2017. I will be writing about Frailty (2001), a film I’ve long been a fan of, and deserves a little more attention turned its way due in part to the far-too-soon demise of Bill Paxton, the director and one of the stars of the film. Plenty in mind for that one, so be sure and check it out.

Other Works

I also write fiction. My February GoodReads blog entry on my works-in-progress can be found here. An update will be coming for march when there is a bit more to report. In the meantime, what I’ve written and published can be found on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Also, on my Instagram you can see some “behind-the-scenes” shots of my first painting unrelated to a film or a play in quite some time.


Shamelss Self-Promotion – St. David’s Episocopal Church: A Community of Disciples

This was a film I had prepared in January of 2016 for the Diocesan Convention of Delaware hosted by my church. It’s a documentary about some of the people and missions of the church for those who made not know. The work was made a bit easier thanks to my interview subjects and the amount of materials I had access to. Enjoy!


New Blog Post on Goodreads!

If you’re curious as to what my designs are both in terms of film writing and fiction, check out my new blog post on Goodreads.