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Katherine McNamara

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Desirée Lee, and I have been watching “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” since the pilot episode aired. We both love the show, and are always eager for the next episode. Watching the show week-to-week, season-to-season, I’ve come to the conclusion that if any film project – be it TV, or movie – is made based upon my Wendy Markland novels (once they’re re-edited, and re-released) I would love to see Katherine McNamara play the role of Wendy Markland. She looks pretty much like I’ve always envisioned the character while writing her. And, having seen Katherine McNamara in so many episodes of “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”, I have no doubt that she could handle the role of Wendy Markland with no problems.

As there has been talk of various film versions of my Wendy Markland books since “Predators or Prey?” was first released back in 2007, I wanted to throw this out there. Again, I would love to see Katherine McNamara play Wendy Markland.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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Amazon Studios – “MoonWraith”

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Yesterday evening I submitted the “MoonWraith” series pilot script to Amazon Studios. Please wish me luck!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“The Nightmare” Revisited

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It’s been nearly a year since I first posted about a documentary film project that was underway at the time called “The Nightmare”. When I first mentioned the project, the filmmakers were doing research into the subject of sleep paralysis. I had sent them information on my own experiences with it. For those of you who have never experienced sleep paralysis, consider yourselves lucky; it’s not fun. I don’t experience it often, but do so on rare occasions. My own experiences are nowhere near being on par with the people interviewed in “The Nightmare” who tell of their experiences in the film. So, my input wasn’t used in the project, alas. I just sat and watched “The Nightmare” on Netflix this morning. I must say, “m very glad my own experiences aren’t anything like those related in the film!

For anyone looking to learn more about the topic of sleep paralysis, or for anyone who experiences it themselves, I would recommend watching “The Nightmare”. I found it very interesting, and well done.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

#FridayReads

#FridayReads is currently trending on Twitter. So, since I have nothing in particular in mind to post here today, I thought I’d might as well take advantage of the trend to remind everyone of my book titles that are still currently available:

Winter’s Rite

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In a world where humans do not exist, dark magick has been used to bring an early winter down upon the land. It falls to a young Water Nix named Avari to seek out the source of this magick and put a stop to it. As his journey progresses, he encounters a myriad of other beings, some friends, some not.

Well Wishes

When the Princess of the Elven kingdom is taken by a Well Spirit, the Elven king enlists the aid of Avari, the heroic Water Nix who was instrumental in the fall of Veemox the Ur’hunglav only months before. After his attempt to free the Princess results in Fyrnn being taken by the same Spirit, along with the Princess’s best friend, Avari is off on an ocean voyage to a distant, near-mythical island with a reputation from which it earned its name – the Island of Death. Once there, he must confront the terrible creatures which haunt the island in order to bargain with the most powerful Well Spirit of them all to gain the freedom of the captive Elf women. But time is running out for the enslaved Elves. Will Avari make it in time?

Gauntlet

After stopping a robbery in progress, Elliott Cronholm is approached by someone wishing help him become a costumed vigilante crime-fighter. After refusing, his fiancée is attacked in their home by a stalker. In the wake of the attack, Elliott accepts the role he had been asked to play. While still learning the use of the costume and weapons he has been given, Elliott must track down and stop the first man put on the streets of the city by the same woman – a man with his own warped moral code who relishes killing the criminals he fights, a man who wishes to kill Elliott Cronholm as well, upon learning of Elliott’s new role.

Quintana Roo, Yucatan” (Award-winning Bestseller!)

Rikki Breitenberg is an archeologist in charge of the first team of American documenters allowed by the Mexican government to explore newly discovered Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. However, shortly after their arrival in Mexico, things go awry. Treacherous jungle, inclement weather and dangerous wildlife are only the beginning. When Rikki and her team run afoul of members of an ancient cult devoted to the worship of a bloodthirsty god, things take a terrifying turn for the worse. During their struggle for survival, the team makes a startling discovery that may rewrite the whole of human history. Will they survive to bring their amazing find back to civilization?

Quagmire Fen

Bog skulks are small, mysterious creatures with vicious teeth and claws. They turned up in Quagmire Fen some time ago. No one seems to know what they are or where they came from.

Spencer Foster is a young man who has lived his entire life in the poor backwater of Quagmire Fen. He despises the swamp, and wants only to leave and start a new life in the city with his girlfriend. But his callous drunkard of a father has other ideas.

Very soon, Spencer’s life is irrevocably changed. His destiny is now linked to the bog skulks and Quagmire Fen.

What are the bog skulks? Where did they come from? What is the connection between Spencer Foster and the odd beings he’s given so little thought to?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Patterson/Gimlin Sasquatch Footage

How many of you have seen the new stabilized analysis of the famous Patterson/Gimlin sasquatch film footage? It’s long been accepted that the creature in the film footage is a female. Some researchers have hypothesized for years that she had a young one somewhere nearby. A new stabilized analysis done on the film might have spotted the baby. It may have been recorded in the video along with its mother by Roger Patterson back in 1967, and only just spotted. See the new analysis right here.

This news comes as Desirée Lee and I are getting nearer to the release of our co-authored sasquatch novel “Hidden Tribe“. It’s a happy coincidence for us, but we’ll certainly take the increased interest in all things sasquatch!

“Hidden Tribe”

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Sasquatch—they live peacefully in the forests, and woodlands. They want little, or nothing, to do with humans, and our civilization. As a whole, sasquatch are tranquil, quiet beings who live harmoniously with nature, and avoid us.
 
But what happens when humans refuse to return the favor?
 
Researcher Alexia Hollander is about to find out. When she ventures into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, seeking evidence of the elusive species, things quickly get out of hand. Another researcher deliberately gets in Alexia’s way. Campers, and hunters bumble in, adding their own disruptive presence to the quiet work that Alexia wants to perform.
 
With their home territory invaded by humans, a mated pair of sasquatch keep the intruders under close surveillance. They aren’t happy about the presence of the trespassers, and want them gone. Just how far will these normally restrained beings go to protect their family, and themselves? Alexia, and her unwanted companions are about to find out!
Scott Harper

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

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You all know I’m a huge fan of DC Comics. I’ve talked about that often enough here! I’ve also mentioned a number of times how I’d love to work on a DC Comics project – especially a novel based on DC Comics characters. That still stands.

Yesterday afternoon Desirée Lee and I went to see the new movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. We saw the 3D version, which I quite enjoyed. A lot of people are complaining about the film for various reasons. Was the movie perfect? No. Did we like it? Yes; very much so. There are a few things that we hope will unfold further, with explanations for them, in “Justice League: Part 1”, which is to begin filming in a week or so. Or, maybe some of those explanations will be in the longer R-rated Director’s Cut of the film, which is to run about 3-hours-long, and be released in July of this year.

I must say, though, don’t listen to the bad-mouthing of the film. Go see it yourself. Judge for yourself. It’s dark,gritty, and powerful. Ben Affleck is my new favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman. Henry Cavill continues to be my favorite Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman. The ever-beautiful Amy Adams continues to be my favorite Lois Lane. I look forward to seeing more of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.

I’m very excited about the unfolding DC Comics cinematic universe that we’re seeing. It also makes me want, even more, to be able to take on some of these characters that I’ve grown to love to much over the years in novel format. If anyone reading this post can help to make such a book project happen for me, please get in touch with me at the “Contact” page of my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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If I’ve covered this topic/update here before, I apologize for the repeat. I truly can’t remember if I’ve given you all this update before, or not. I do know that it’s been a long time since I mentioned the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on this blog/website. So, it’s entirely possible that I have covered this before. It’s just as possible that I haven’t.

As you all know, I’m an avid comic book fan/reader. I have been for years. I’ve been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the 1980s. They debuted in 1984. I discovered them not too long after by way of a classmate in school. Being a writer, and a comic book fan, it’s only natural that I would love to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, a number of years ago, I got in touch with Mirage Studios – the publishing company that used to own/publish the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). I pitched four stand-alone comic book stories to them. I was told, in so many words, “We like the ideas, but can’t work them in right now. We’ll keep them on file for possible later use, and be in touch in the future if we decide to have you write any of these stories.”

I also had an idea for a full-length Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles novel. My idea for that would’ve taken the TMNT back to their darker, grittier roots, and been a more adult TMNT story than anything we’ve seen since the early 1990s. Mirage liked my idea enough to put me in touch with their agent about the project. Not long after, Mirage went the way of the dodo when the TMNT franchise was sold off. So, that, as they say, was that.

Now, IDW Publishing is running a reboot TMNT comic book series. They’ve tossed all the past of the proverbial window, and started fresh. It’s as if the TMNT just popped into being a few years ago, rather than having been around for 30+ years. I started reading the IDW series when it began. I dropped it only a half a dozen or so issues in. I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading it. It literary pained me to say good-bye to my beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But each issue of the IDW series only upset me more than the previous one.

I got in touch with IDW Publishing about the stand-alone TMNT ideas I had. They refused to even consider them, since they’d thrown out all the previous years’ continuity.

Nickelodeon is running a CGI TMNT series. I tried watching it, but couldn’t even sit through the entire pilot. And Michael Bay has released one TMNT film, and is preparing to release a second. The first wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected. I’m actually looking forward to watching the new one when it comes out.

Anyway, I still have my five TMNT ideas on file – the four stand-alone comic book stories, and the full-length novel. My hope is that, someday, Amazon’s Kindle Worlds will pick up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If they do, I fully plan to write all five of my ideas for publication there. Until then, I’ll just sit on these ideas, wait, and lament the tragic passing of the bygone days when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise was meant for more mature readers, with more discerning tastes. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to pen my TMNT story ideas for my fans. Many of you have asked me about them in the past, and look forward to reading them should I ever have the opportunity to write them.

And, yes, for those of you who are wondering, Leonardo still is, and always will be, my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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