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J.C. Wigriff is an author and guitarist from IL.

Tearjerker: New Novel Coming Soon

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on August - 17 - 2014

“In the modern age of internet dating, you can never be too careful who you meet online, and never too sure of who you’re talking to. Maybe he’s an axe murderer. Or, maybe he’s a guy who has resorted to ‘catphishing’ and sexual deviancy when the ancient evil inhabiting his house makes his dating life complicated.”

Well, I suppose it’s time to get the hype train moving. Tearjerker is my upcoming transgressive fiction novel, a twisted take on a modern day love story. I don’t have a definitive release date yet, but it should be sometime in late 2014 (probably November or December). In the following months I will be posting updates, giving access to free samples, and I will be looking for people interested in becoming beta readers.

Top 10 Shows of the 2000s

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on May - 1 - 2013

The Walking Dead, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Parks and Recreation, Justified… there is no shortage of great television shows to watch these days. With an increasing level of quality and sophistication, television has become the go-to medium for groundbreaking drama and deep, engaging serialized storytelling. It’s easy to forget that in the age of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, we are also living in the age of shows like The Shield and Battlestar Galactica. Since the dawn of the new millennium, there has been an avalanche of fantastic programming, and for every Jersey Shore there is a Downton Abbey.

Interview: Lawrence Watt-Evans

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on April - 30 - 2013

Lawrence Watt-Evans is a Massachusetts born science fiction and fantasy author. He began writing at a young age, but decided to pursue a career as a professional writer after leaving Princeton University in 1977. In 1979 he sold his first book (The Lure of the Basilisk) to Del Rey, and never looked back.

In the thirty-four years since, he has written over 40 novels, more than 100 short stories, countless essays and articles, has been nominated for a Nebula, and has won a Hugo award. He was also the president of the Horror Writers Association from 1994 to 1996, served as Eastern Regional Director and Treasurer of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and partnered with screenwriter Terry Rossio (Shrek; Pirates of the Caribbean) to create Malicious Press, which published Deathrealm magazine from 1987 to 1997.

Oz the Great and Powerful – Movie Review

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on March - 15 - 2013

When a source of entertainment has reached the level of influence, regard, and recognition as 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, it’s hard to match, let alone top. While not initially successful upon release, over time The Wizard of Oz has become a legend; a film regarded as being so masterful and perfect that the idea of its legacy being tainted by the touch of another seems abominable. Memories of being whisked off to the magical Land of Oz are a defining moment in many childhoods, and a tradition that has been passed on from parent to child for decades. The songs, sets, characters, and Technicolor magnificence evoke strong emotional reactions in millions of people, to the point where the film’s quality is elevated far above what is actually achievable.

The Impoverished Chef: Close Enough Italian Gravy Recipe

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on January - 4 - 2013

Italian Gravy. Red sauce. Spaghetti sauce. Ragú. Whatever you want to call it, tomato-based sauces are a cornerstone of American cuisine, and are used in countless tasty recipes. Besides, who doesn’t love spaghetti?

Too bad so many people are doing it wrong.

Most supermarkets have a large portion of an aisle dedicated to pre-canned red sauce, indicating a pretty high demand. I know, I know… it’s so simple to boil some noodles and dump some of this crimson stool on top of it and call it dinner, right? Well, without much more money or effort, you can create a red sauce that will make you wonder how you ever settled for anything else.

Halloween Special: Witches Aren’t What You Think

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on October - 6 - 2012

Well, it’s October again, and Halloween is quickly approaching. Before you know it, kids will be going door to door, hording candy while dressed as vampires, Dora the Explorer, and witches.

Speaking of witches: Did you ever wonder why witches are always depicted as riding on broomsticks? It’s the classic imagery; a witch, with hair and eyes gone wild, green skin, riding a broomstick across the night’s sky.

Blue Dragon: An Overlooked Remedy

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on September - 20 - 2012

          I, like many others, grew up suckling the JRPG tit. In the 1990’s, companies like Squaresoft had a near impeccable track record of releasing exceptional titles, many becoming gaming’s most cherished classics. Unfortunately, this generation of gaming has seen this once beloved genre perform a proverbial nosedive; a fiery crash to rival the Hindenburg disaster. There are still JRPGs being produced for handheld systems – the Nintendo DS in particular – but big, console JRPG releases have gone by the wayside. Square merged with Enix, and has performed a mutilation of the Final Fantasy series that makes Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull look like a respectable sequel, while Enix’s wonderful Dragon Quest series remains severely underappreciated and absent from the big box consoles. Other JRPGs have emerged here-and-there on consoles, but most implement action elements, or attempt to stray away entirely from the old formula. Many fans of the genre are simply left wondering, “What the hell happened?”

Subtext, Subterfuge, and Camel SNUS

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on April - 26 - 2012

In 1967, at the Human Be-In gathering in San Francisco, Dr. Timothy Leary delivered his now infamous proclamation to thousands of teens: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Camel is seemingly attempting to channel Leary’s well-known, counterculture adage with their new ad campaign, proclaiming people should “Tune in. Smoke Out.”  Taken literally, and in its entirety, the advertisement creates a logical appeal to smokers; displaying a smokeless alternative to cigarettes that transcends bans, and allows a nicotine fiend to nurture their addiction anywhere.

The Novel Lives On

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on April - 23 - 2012

To the casual observer, it looks as if the novel is in trouble. Outside of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, novels appear to have predominantly taken a back-seat to movies, video games, and other forms of electronic entertainment. Brick-and-mortar booksellers are closing everywhere, and some are bellowing a necrology for the written word. Sales figures tell a different tale though. The written word still provides the most versatile pallet for narrative of any medium, and offers a unique form of expression, distinguished from other forms of media. The accusation that the novel is dead is a fallacy, and the written word provides an unparalleled outlet for narrative and exposition.

“Who Would Win in a Fight?” Goomba vs Slime

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on April - 14 - 2012

Welcome to the all new weekly feature on www.JCWigriff.com called “Who Would Win in a Fight?”

In this weekly event, I will pit two contenders from the video game world against each other. I won’t decide the victor though – that is for you to do. I’m just the event promoter, outlining each warrior’s attributes and abilities. As Sgt. Friday would say on Dragnet, “Just the facts, ma’am.”

Tell me what you think. Back your contender up. Comment, argue, fight, and bicker. Nitpick over asinine discrepancies and minute details.

I will hold polls and votes on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming fights. Tell me what battles and characters you want to see.

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