Archive for October, 2006

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Ah, I’ve missed Aaron Sorkin and in that spirit, I have really looked forward to the premiere of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It’s directed by Thomas Schlamme and written by Aaron Sorkin, a master of the “at work” genre. He made the mundane aspects of work interesting, giving us Sports Night and The West Wing. That is the reservation I have about the show, it has that great Sorkin dialogue, but it also has the “been there” familiarity of the Sorkin touch.

Sorkin kept a lot of his tricks and rhythms that he picked up on The West Wing, from the winding camera-work, to the dialogue on the move, down to the W.G. Snuffy Walden original music. The show is populated by rich characters played by terrific actors, including some The West Wing alum: Bradley Whitford and Timothy Busfield.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip follows the behind the scenes workplace of a once cutting edge and relevant sketch comedy show. After a live, Network-like rant from the show’s founder, Wes Mendell (Judd Hirsch) – a meta moment, as NBC is realizing the place it is in with its shows – the new president of “NBS” entertainment, Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet), makes some changes. Facing down the network head, Jack Rudolph (Stephen King’s Desperation’s Steven Weber), she decides to bring back the brilliant writer/director team Jack forced out, Danny Tripp (Whitford) and Matt Albie (Friends’ Matthew Perry).

“Not everyone of whom is necessarily the grotesque stereotype you’d like them to be. Most of these people have nothing except their faith and that moves me.” –Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson)

The show has a potential for interesting dialogue between the red and blue states … that is, when it isn’t sharpening its ax to grind against the 700 Club/Pat Robertson. The show within the show features such sketches as “Crazy Christians” and “Science Shmience.” It attempts to balance the out the edge of satire toward religion by also having a fully rounded Southern Baptist character, Harriet Hayes who believes that “He who sits high in heaven laughs”.

The fact is that we are to be a joyous people, to laugh, to sing, to dance, all to express the joy within us. We are wired to worship. And while the history of the church is an often troubling one, with plenty to apologize for, Jesus instituted the church. Jesus participated in congregational worship. Put another way, Miroslav Volf, in a moment of personal reflection, communicated the paradox of a broken church. He said, “I am not a Christian because of the church, but because of the gospel. However, it was only through the broken church that I received the gospel. Because of the gospel, I participate in the church.”

“You gotta ask yourself ‘is she for real?’” –Danny Tripp

It’s hard to make smart television. We dumb down everything, from our newspapers to the text messaging culture and movies that point this out in satire, we sweep under the rug (look for Idiocracy to become the next Office Space). To fight for quality and intelligence automatically means a smaller audience and moves against the grain of our cultural mindset and this show will more than likely serve as Exhibit A. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is not without its flaws. The experience is like approaching Saturday Night Live with a The West Wing style gravitas. It is sometimes a little too self-important and self-referential. However, its characters are real, flawed, and smart spouting dialogue that is witty, intelligent, and funny. Sure the show was heavily-hyped, but the question remains, will anyone care?

Prison Break

“I guess in a place like this, you never know which day is going to be your last.” –Michael Scoffield

One of the most spiritual shows on television, along with Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 (not including those set up to specifically explore those themes, like Joan of Arcadia), was the show Oz. Why? Because do you know when many of us think about God and life? When we’re desperate. When we’ve reached the end of our rope and hope. When we’ve seen where life has gotten us under our own efforts. When we see the bars/cages of our life for what they are. Prison Break has more in common with 24 than the harsh depictions of prison life found in Oz.

Make no mistake: Prison Break isn’t trying to be a documentary on prison life. In fact, the set up is fairly ludicrous. Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is on Death Row, framed for the murder of the U.S. Vice President. His brother, Michael Scofield (The Human Stain‘s Wentworth Miller), was one of the structural engineers that designed the prison. So concocts an elaborate plan to escape, tattoos the schematic of the prison on his body, then robs a bank to land in the same prison as his brother. If you can get past the set up, then sit back and enjoy the ride, because it’s a roller coaster of a show.

Wonderfully shot, the show itself is a technical beauty. Despite the show being chock full of action, we wouldn’t watch if we didn’t care about the characters. And the show is full of brilliantly acted characters: John Abruzzi, an incarcerated mob boss (Constantine’s Peter Stormare); the legendary D.B. Cooper (Muse Watson); Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell (Robert Knepper), the white supremacist with the survival capabilities of a cockroach; and dishonorably discharged Benjamin Miles ‘C-Note’ Franklin (Rockmond Dunbar) among others. Criminals, but none seemingly too unsympathetic or beyond redemption (except maybe T-Bag). And that’s what the show is, a journey of redemption.

“Preparation can only take you so far. After that you have to take a few leaps of faith.” –Michael

During the “secret origin” episode of Prison Break, we find that Scofield has been diagnosed with low latent inhibition. People like Scofield see everyday things like we do, but they process everything – their brains are more open to incoming stimuli. Coupled with a high IQ, makes him a creative genius, one that is attuned to all the suffering around him. Scofield became a rescuer, concerned with other people’s welfare more than his own, in short, he became a kinsmen-redeemer.

Originally, the brother or kinsman of a deceased husband was to marry his widow, and if she were childless, provide offspring. The kinsmen-redeemer had a three fold function: he was a redeemer of person (from slavery), of property (an inheritance), and of blood (an avenger). Christ is a kinsmen-redeemer, whose demonstrated grace and mercy by shedding his blood to purchase liberty for us from the prison of sin.

The tattoos on his body are a map to freedom.

“Often the Lord appears when you are in particular need of forgiveness.” –Reverend Mailor

The thing about prison is that it is the ultimate end of self moment. Why people so often find themselves on a spiritual path once they find themselves in prison is because they look around and see the consequences of living life their way on their terms. We are trapped, sometimes by our selves, sometimes by the Law, and sometimes by the circumstance of life.

Michael: Why are you so cynical?
Dr. Tancredi: Michael, I think there’s cynicism and there’s realism.
Michael: And there’s optimism. Hope. Faith.

Faith is the central theme of the show. We see all manner of faith being examined and lived out: faith in their efforts, faith in each other, faith in God (which John Abruzzi finds). Each type of faith is an attempt to escape the desperation of being trapped, of being caught up in a web of conspiracies and forces beyond our control. In Christ there is freedom, a liberation and reconciliation where we are declared blameless and which only puts us on the path to become holy.

“It’s never too late. If you agree to accept Christ into your heart and turn from your sin, he will forgive you. And save you in eternity.” –Reverend Mailor (Thomas Edson McElroy)

Serialized shows are all the hip rage this season (and watch as many of the freshman serialized shows crash and burn before mid season). I’m hoping that Prison Break won’t try to overstay its welcome by stretching out a story that by all rights should wrap up in the third season. Much like The Fugitive, chase shows should know when to end. In season two, our “heroes” find themselves still seeking freedom by their own means. One of the keys to the show is to not get too attached to anyone because, like 24, anyone can go at anytime. On its face, Prison Break is completely ridiculous, but it is quite entertaining.

Justice – Shark

“A Tale of Two Law Shows”

While David Caruso is doing his best Batman impersonation on CSI: Miami (and the show becoming increasingly ridiculous the more they play into it – With his black jacket as a cape and his sunglasses as his mask, I seriously expect him to do his best Michael Keaton saying “I’m Batman” at the end of every scene), the other branches of our legal system are getting quite the work out. This season, in addition to Boston Legal, we have the freshmen shows Justice and Shark. Let’s see how the freshman class stacks up to one another.

“If you keep digging holes for yourself, people are going to get tired of throwing you down a rope.” –Tom (Kerr Smith)

Executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer (C.S.I.), brings us Justice which follows the Los Angeles law firm of TNT&G.; A forensic look at legal defense strategy, the show is as slick as the lead attorney Victor Garber’s Ron Trott (Alias) smarmy, cocky lawyer. At once the voice of veteran leadership yet nicely greased and unlikeable, he would be a one-note character except that Garber’s charisma shines through despite his character. He heads a team of high stakes and highly paid (are there any other television kind) defense attorneys, the most notable being Eamonn Walker (Oz) who brings a captivating gravitas to his role as former prosecutor, Luther Graves.

At the end of each episode we get to see a flashback of what really happened. The show doesn’t exactly break new ground, trying to be a hybrid of C.S.I. and The Practice, but it is quite watchable.

“And my problem is that I don’t believe in God … and he hates me for it.” –Sebastian Stark

In Shark, James Woods plays Sebastian Stark (a.k.a. Shark) who has something approaching a crisis of faith when a client he gets free on a technicality goes off to murder. His brand of penance involves switching sides as he ends up working along side the L.A. district attorney, Jessica Devlin (Jeri Ryan). Would now be a bad time to point out that Jeri Ryan can’t actually act? Yes, when Star Trek: Voyager became Star Trek: Seven of Nine, it became more … interesting is too strong a word, but you know what I meane. However, we weren’t watching because of her acting chops. Luckily, she never has enough screen time to actually say or do much. In fact, she barely has enough screen time to justify her name being in the credits, much less have anything approaching chemistry with Woods. They talk fast and by that I guess we’re supposed to be caught up in their witty repartee.

Did I mention that the acting is thin?

Even Woods seems to not quite get his own character as he stumbles through the scenes. Alternately doing poor versions of arrogant, condescending House-lite when he isn’t doing a watered down James Spader (of the aforementioned Boston Legal). The set ups and characters border on the cliched. This show doesn’t even attempt to break new ground.

“Your job is to win. Justice is God’s problem.” –Sebastian Stark

What is it within us that gives rise to this need for justice? C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, makes an argument for a Law of Human Nature, those laws of right and wrong written onto men’s hearts. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) After all, ethical disputes presuppose some common standard of human decency.

However, as we look around at the people around us, we’re disturbed by how men actually behave versus how they ought to behave. Even at our best, we struggle with the already/not yet tension: that we are already redeemed, though not yet fully redeemed. Already holy, not yet fully holy. Something in us tells us that there is a standard of behavior that we ought to adhere or at least aspire to. And if there is some kind of code written into each of us, the fact that we don’t live in a state of lawlessness still points to a Lawgiver. Jesus is our Advocate (1 John 2:1), pleading our case before the Father like a defense attorney.

“Do you miss it? Doing God’s work?” –Betsy (Erin Daniels)

We work in a fallen world, a world rife with injustice, yet we’re God’s co-workers in bringing about justice. Our mission defines our vocation. At least between bouts of watching Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) attempting to do his own variation of the Dark Knight Detective.

Fear of Freedom

You’ve got to have people who will speak truth into your life, but those people need to understand that making mistakes is part of what learning is about. The goal is not to make someone mistake free, but provide cues and guidelines to help them think for themselves.

I imagine it will be tough to let go of my kids (my countdown clock aside). To get to that stage where I stop worrying, to stop thinking of them as my kid and let them be the adults they are one day supposed to be. Even adopted parents, spiritual mentors, or what have you – they pour themselves into their mentorees, investing in them, and then have trouble accepting you and your ideas once you begin to go your own way. It is rare that people will find themselves in the same place in their spiritual journeys, even moreso with parental figures/mentors. While you won’t always be a child, to them, you will always be that child wholly dependent on them and their guidance.

The journey inward is part of the progress. You have to stick to it. Some people compare this time to God actually “giving” you more responsibility by not guiding you by the hand any more. Kind of like a parent with a teenager, how dealing with them is akin to handling a wet bar of soap: you want to keep them in your hand, but the best way to do so is in a loose grip because the harder you hold onto them the more likely they will just squeeze out.

In Christ we have freedom, yet we keep choking it off with our own brands of legalism. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) We don’t trust freedom and we certainly aren’t comfortable with this whole idea of liberation. Most people want to be told, they want the black and white picture and hate (or at least distrust) anything that smacks of gray. That’s why there is such a comfort to rules and why fundamentalism has its draw. We have this fear of ourselves, of others, of community and church, and of the unknown. We definitely have this fear of taking chances and making mistakes.

Freedom goes against our sense of control, and ultimately, that’s what the extra rules that make up our walk boil down to. It’s the tension that parents have to walk with their children. Letting our children escape our firm, controlled grips and allow them to go their own way. By holding on to them too tight, we don’t allow them to grow. You can’t teach your children from a place of fear. It only teaches them to be in a safe box, unprepared for the world. We grow through paradoxes, through butting heads, in wrestling for answers we may never receive or understand.

Freedom means challenging yourself and exploring new ideas, not sealing yourself away from “the world” and its evil influences. With such separation you lose your sense of mission. On the flip side, freedom does not mean indulge your sinful nature.

So go easy on parents/mentors. Parents will always be parents and as you grow and go your own way, they won’t always trust you to not stumble until you don’t stumble. It’s tough being a parent. You see your kids growing up, making mistakes (that you’re powerless to prevent them from making). The best parents are doing their best to keep their hands at your side, ready to catch you when you fall; while some, well, they are busy wrapping their house in bubble pack so that there are no hard corners for you land on. You want to seal them up in a cocoon of your making, or maybe in a “safe” Christian ghetto. However, we don’t live in a safe world nor has God called us to stay in safe places. We are to go into the world and in so doing, we have to trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us and for Christ to help us back up when we fall. We have to trust the Bible in what it says and (just as importantly, but more scary) what it does not say. If you are strong, carry the load of the weak; and if you have to wave your freedoms in the face of the “weak,” you’ve probably just revealed yourself to be one of the weak.

Blogging In Black – Racism in Publishing II

Yeah, I’m also now blogging for Blogging In Black (you might have noticed the button for it on the side of my blog). Blogging in Black is a collective of literary professionals sharing their views on the writing life, publishing, and anything else on their minds. Think of if as Murderati with black writers. I’ll be writing over there once a month, usually on the 27th of the month. Anyway, this month’s column is a follow up to my blog, Racism in Publishing. Now there’s a court case involved and I think there is an issue that is of interests to all writers about what we’d be willing to do in the name of getting published.

Racism in Publishing II

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Friday Night Date Place – Treasuring Friendships*

We are relational being, created to form relationships with one another. Intimacy with others is a need hard-wired into us. Because friendship is a beautiful and unique form of love, it truly provides a genuine opportunity for our need for intimacy to be met apart from family and romance. One protection against isolation and loneliness is to create and sustain solid friendships. Their benefits range from emotional encouragement to spiritual support and stability.

Granted, we are quick to call some people friends. We’ll call casual acquaintances (from work associates to people whose faces we recognize at a party to people we interact with on messageboards – people we see during the normal course of our lives) friends. Which makes it tough to distinguish who we are talking about when we talk about our closer circle of people that we call friends. We even distinguish that circle of friends from those we call our “best”/closest friends, those people we trust intimately. Then, in the final circle, is our spousal friends (certainly leading to an interesting Dante-esque image regarding final circles). Regardless, we need friends at each of these levels for an emotionally healthy life (though I wouldn’t suggest having more that one friend at the spousal level).

We must live in the midst of a caring community. Love must be shared. Life must be shared. There’s no such thing as instant intimacy. Friendships are a blessing from God, opportunities to both share and receive His love through another. Like any relationship, you have to be willing to risk being vulnerable to establish a friendship. All relationships have a measure of inherent risk to them. Sometimes it can be tough to maintain friendships with the opposite sex. Difficult but not impossible, you just have to be clear because, like any relationship, friendship affords the chance to develop intimacy.

Good friendships have several characteristics:
Loyalty. Relationships are built on trust. Defending your friend. Supporting your friend in good times and in bad.
Communication. Listening. Speaking. Accepting. Understanding. Forbearing.
Challenging and stimulating. You ever hear the phrase “iron sharpens iron” (actually, it’s a proverb: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17)?
Fun. What’s the point of spending time with people whose company you don’t enjoy?
Self-sacrificing. Putting your needs above their own.
Loving. All of our relationships should be characterized by love.

Lastly, we want to be careful about who we choose to be our friends and which voices we let speak into our lives. They should be formed around the right kind of things, with us choosing our friends because of their character. I can’t emphasize character-based friendships enough. Not because of what they can do for us, or what kind of status they bring to us, or just because they are cute. Like any relationship, we can’t be too needy, draining the friendship. Just like you can’t rush intimacy, you can’t be desperate about forming a relationship.

We need to be present in the lives of those closest to us. Touching their lives, pouring ourselves into each other’s lives. People aren’t an interruption of our lives, they are the reason for our living. While you can’t be everyone’s best friend, you can significantly impact one person. Good friends are worth their weight in gold. Treasure them when you have them and don’t take them for granted. Let them know how much you appreciate them.

*Once again, owing a debt of gratitude to Rich Vincent.

Black Passion

I am sitting in my living room and right above my television, obviously the most reverential corner of the room, are three pictures. On the left, a montage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos; in the middle is a portrait of Malcolm X; and on the right is a picture of Jesus with His disciples at the last supper. Yep, Jesus and His disciples are black in my picture. I bring this up because there is a new movie coming out.

“Color of the Cross” tells a traditional story, focusing on the last 48 hours of Christ’s life as told in the Gospels. In this version, though, race contributes to his persecution. It is the first representation in the history of American cinema of Jesus as a black man.

It is the first depiction of Jesus as black in American cinema (though Blair Underwood played a returned Christ in The Second Coming (1992)), however, in a display of irony, it was the South African film “Son of Man” that first depicted Christ as black. By portraying Jesus as a black African, Dornford-May hopes to sharpen the political context of the gospels, when Israel was under Roman occupation, and challenge Western perceptions of Christ as meek, mild and European.

“We have to accept that Christ has been hijacked a bit – he’s gone very blond haired and blue-eyed,” he said. “The important thing about the message of Christ was that it is universal. It doesn’t matter what he looked like.”

Oh, my naive friend. It does indeed matter what He looked like … at least to some. I can already hear the cries of protest now. “Jesus wasn’t black, he was Jewish.” It’s the same charge I always heard whenever someone came across my “black Jesus.” Ironically, the last person to put that to me carried around a picture of Jesus in his wallet. And he wasn’t very Semitic looking.

We live in a race conscious and race polarized society and image is important. It has shaped how we see each other. I still have a copy of Birth of a Nation on DVD, to remember how black people were depicted and thought of. People quickly become historical-cultural experts when confronted by the image of Jesus being anything other than European. Though, as I remember my Bible stories, Moses was adopted by Pharoah’s daughter as her own. Oh wait, here come the “the Egyptians weren’t black” folks.

Ultimately, you know, I have no problem with people having a version of Jesus hanging on their walls to better humanize them, a vision they can better relate to. (This is far from having an idol, all those who wish to parse my words for any violation of the second commandment). However, before the inevitable blogs start saying “he wasn’t black, he was Jewish,” be sure you check around your house and your church for all of those blonde haired, blue-eyed pictures and fight the same “he wasn’t white” battles. Then talk to me about how the image of Christ has been hi-jacked and how the mentality that led to hi-jacking that image might have been transmitted to the Gospel message that we preached.

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God Still Uses Davids

The story of David and Bathsheba is still on my mind. Even as I thought about the nature of David and Nathan’s relationship, I’m left wondering “can a ‘fallen’ leader be restored?” Reading the story of the Bible, one can’t say with any consistency that one moral failing and you’re out as a leader (memo to David, Moses, Abraham) – but we can see where their failings have cost them. Plus, you can certainly say that one moral falling with no repentance and they’re out.

Part of why I have a great deal of empathy for the fallen Davids of the world is because part of me figures it’s only a matter of time until I fall. I’m not going to live out of fear, I simply try to stay well aware of my weaknesses and because I know it could just as easily be me in that situation, I hope it keeps me from climbing into a haughty judgment seat. Also, leaders only fall so far because they’ve been placed to high in the first place. Some of this is understandable, after all, leaders are to be held to a higher standard (like it or not, the stricter standards for leaders includes no drunk, no thieves, no womanizers – did I mention my empathy?). However, leaders aren’t to be placed on a pedestal (nor altar, as some people are prone to do with some of their leaders), because leaders are still human.

So what’s a leader to do once s/he has fallen?

There is a process. Wallowing in your guilt is just as stifling as not facing your sin. Face what you’ve done and repent, then realize that at some point you’re done repenting. You bear the consequences, whatever they may be, and move on. As we study the leader, we need to be cognizant of the fact that we are on the outside. Repentance is an internal matter, between the leader and God. We aren’t in a position to judge the nature of their heart. As much as we may want to see them “act” repentant, it’s a fine line between wanting a demonstration of contrition and the appearance of people wanting to keep making the leader pay/remind them about their sin. (Thus, the inevitable defensive posture that says “I’m sorry if you don’t think I’ve repented enough.”)

The trickier question is “can a fallen leader be restored?”

This has to be done on an individual basis. The journey back to leadership has to be a careful process. I know that I would want to talk through things with that person. Know the details of how they got to where they are, how have they been changed, how long ago things happened, how long their processing time was, and if they are repentant.

I keep coming back to the processing time because there is a lot to process in terms of how they fell into sin and, ultimately, how are they not going to repeat their mistakes. They probably have many issues to deal with. They are full of self-doubt (maybe self-loathing). Most fall into sexual sin because they need someone to affirm them desperately: “You’re doing something worthwhile,” “I value you,” “You are needed.” The words are important and needed to be heard, but sometimes they can be taken too much to heart. I won’t lie, some of these “fallen” leaders could just be scumbags, but I have trouble believing that too many of them are in the ministry for that reason. The bottom line is that I’m going to want to know where their head is at in terms of how they see themselves.

Our mission as Christians means that we join in God’s work of restoration, a ministry of reconciliation. As we think through the criteria of what makes a good leader, certainly their gifts are still in place. They have certainly trained a good deal of their life for their vocation and in few other occupations can one failing cast you from your career track for good. However, again, that is the price of leadership. Trust destroyed is rarely regained. Maybe the challenge to us is in rethinking how we view and do leadership. For example, does being a good preacher make one a good leader or qualify someone for a leadership position?

Maybe we need to move to a shared leadership model, a leadership team or decentralized leadership as opposed to centralized control. With a leadership team you have differently gifted leaders that can balance each other out. Everyone has flatsides, character defects. Leadership teams lessens, hides, or minimizes the flatsides. The flat sides may even play off one another because areas where one is flat are shaped by those who are specialized in those areas, thus creating a “prism” of leadership.

A group can help hold that leader accountable, help him work through the various issues: boundaries, self-esteem, insecurities, developing discipline, what their life is like, and questions that have to be answered. No one has to or should go through these times alone. For that matter, in a leadership team, if a leader falls, the rest of the leaders can pick up the slack and continue.

Ironically, the more personality driven a ministry is, the more potentially lethal a fallen leader can be, both for the ministry and for the leader. Personality can over-ride responsibility. The leaders fall can devastate their followers and just as bad, those (remaining) followers will be more eager to put him back in the position of leadership – without that leader necessarily taking the time to work through their issues.

God can still use Davids, but there must be a slowness, restraint and caution, before they can be restored. Leaders don’t get the option of opting out of use, though, because of the nature and higher accountability of leadership, it might not necessarily be a leadership role. Yes, frankly, they may have to adjust to a new role. Either way, to paraphrase the great philosopher, Steve Harvey, don’t trip … God ain’t through with you yet.

New Icons

I’m once again looking for an image make-over. This time of my message board/LiveJournal icon. I’m still trying to make up my mind. These are my current icons (the middle one reminds me of my eldest son). I’m looking for something that conveys the joy that is me, not quite

but something close to it. Anyway, here’s where I’m at (thanks Alkilyu at The Other Dark Place):

But I just thought I’d point out that some people are just plain wrong:

My new INtake column is up. “What Happened to Halloween?

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Fright Night Jamz/Horror Lovers Chat — TONIGHT

Just a reminder! Tonight’s RAWSISTAZ chat features horror and supernatural authors, some of whom are my favorites, and probably yours too. Come on out and join us as we host our Fright Night Jamz Party. TONIGHT!

Who: Gregory Townes, Lexi Davis, TL Gardner, Maurice Braddus, Brandon Massey & L. A. Banks
What: Fright Night Jamz Party/Online chat with RAWSISTAZ Literary Group
When: Tonight (Tues/Oct 24 at 9PM EST / 8PM CST)
Why: Why not??

Fright Night Jamz Party

Featuring Horror & Supernatural Authors

Gregory Townes, Author of The Tribe,

Lexi Davis, Author of Pretty Evil and The After Wife (Mar 2007) –

TL Gardner, Author of The Demon Hunter Series –

Maurice Broaddus, Author of “Black Frontiers” in Voices from the Other Side –

Brandon Massey, Author of The Other Brother & Vicious (releases TODAY) –

L.A. Banks, Author of The Vampire Huntress Series –

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