Hi! My name's Chris. I've lived in Los Angeles since 1995, when I came out here for grad school. I 'm originally from the north side of Columbus, OH.

I'm a creative writer and artist and have shown my work in galleries in Los Angeles. Check out my art here.

I've also written a graphic novel! You can check out some sample pages here.

I like graphic novels, Christmas, tide pools, grilled cheese sandwiches, reading, biker moustaches, dudes, football (Ohio State and the New Orleans Saints), sea monsters, painting, pine trees, bookstores, tennis, going to the gym, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cricket Magazine, gloves with the fingers torn off, illustration, rugby players, Trina Schart Hyman, Stephen King, horror films, Hillary Clinton, film history and unexplained phenomena.

I blog about illustration, painting, Atari, films, Christmas, books...and things from my favorite era: the late 1970s/early 80s. As well as assorted other stuff!

Email: Cobbler3@yahoo.com

CURRENTLY READING: Dirty Work by Larry Brown


Movies for Halloween #13: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Directed by Robert Fuest
The grandaddy of modern horror like Final Destination where characters are killed one by one, in gruesome ways, this blends dark humor, gross out moments and a bit of pathos in a very satisfying way. The sequel is a disappointment.

Movies for Halloween #12: Chosen Survivors (1974)
Directed by Sutton Roley
Vampire bats get loose in a huge underground end-of-the-world survival bunker! What more could you ask for?

Movies for Halloween #11: Anguish (1987)
Directed by Bigas Luna
One of those movies where it’s best not to know anything about it before you watch it. Just trust me. :0)

Movies for Halloween #10: Quarantine (2008)
Directed by John Erick Dowdle
It’s hard to pick between this remake and the original [REC], but Quarantine effectively captures the immediacy of a true nightmare as it unfolds, leaving you powerless. Carpenter goes a little over the top at the end, but you can’t blame her.

Movies for Halloween #9: Dagon (2001)
Directed by Stuart Gordon
Far and away Gordon’s best film and the most effective cinematic treatment of HP Lovecraft I’ve seen, this is creepy, gooey horror at its finest.

Movies for Halloween #7: The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Directed by Alexandre Aja
My favorite horror remake by far, this improves on the so-so Wes Craven original with aggressively visceral direction by Aja and take-no-prisoners intensity. By the end, you feel like you’ve been through a war.

Movies for Halloween #7: Hellbent (2004)
Directed by Paul Etheredge
The only slasher film I know of with primarily gay characters, this is set on the night of the chaotic and drunken West Hollywood Halloween Parade. The script takes its time really developing the characters, so you feel more of a sense of loss when they’re hacked to death. (Heh.) Definitely effective and memorable.

Movies for Halloween #6: The Ruins (2008)
Directed by Carter Smith
A solid attempt at bringing to life an absolutely brilliant novel (by Scott Smith), this one will truly make you squirm. Be sure to read the book too!!

Movies for Halloween #5: Day of the Animals (1976)
Directed by William Girdler
I adore the legion of ripoffs (homages?) that came in the wake of the box office bonanza that was Jaws. Depletion of the ozone layer causes various mountain animals to tear a group of backpackers apart! And Leslie Nielsen wrestles a grizzly bear, to boot.

Movies for Halloween #4: Hell Night (1981)
Directed by Tom De Simone
A welcome emphasis on likeable characters (especially Vincent Van Patten) and classic haunted house-style atmosphere, this one takes its time and offers plenty to enjoy for horror fans.

Movies for Halloween #3: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Directed by Wes Craven
It’s tough for me to choose a favorite Elm Street film (I also like 1 and 3), but this is up at the top. The first half features Craven’s best work as a director — everything is on edge, like calamity can happen at any moment. The line between fantasy and reality is constantly shifting — and is there anything scarier than that?

Movies for Halloween #2: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
Directed by Scott Glosserman
This postmodern horror/comedy tracks a news intern making a documentary about infamous slasher Leslie Vernon — played by Nathan Baesel in a hilarious performance. The film breaks through all kinds of walls and makes you look at the horror film genre in a whole new way.

Movies for Halloween #1: Slashers (2001)
Directed by Maurice Devereaux
New series I’ll be doing this month, spotlighting some lesser-known (and some classic) horror films from my collection.
Slashers is a fictional reality show in which contestants have to survive the night in a huge warehouse. They’re pursued by three slashers who try to kill them — for real. This interesting postmodern effort features awful acting (except for Neil Napier, who’s incredible) but is so unusual that you can’t stop watching. Plenty of good story twists, too!
(Note: violent video)

Just found this program from a 24-hour Horror Movie Marathon I went to back in my hometown of Columbus - twenty years ago!