Extracurriculars

Everyone needs a break from politics from time-to-time. Learn more about my other projects from writing and filmmaking to performance driving. I’ve written two novels, am in the middle of a third, directed and starred in 3 independent films, written six screenplays, and competed in over 10 pro-am endurance races.

Guerilla Filmmaking

Masterpieces: An Old School Slasher

Master Pieces is an old school slasher with chills, thrills, and gore. A deranged artist goes on a killing spree while a new wife, a weird collection agency, and odd happenings around the house add to his troubles. Featured by the Independent Horror Movie Awards and nominated for Best Kill and Gore. A HorrorNews.net presentation.

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Learn more at http://www.masterpiecesthemovie.com.

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Writing Projects

Far From Home: The City Under the Sea

In the grand tradition of classic science fiction, “Far From Home” takes the reader on a journey into the past, present, and future. Mirra is a young archeologist fleeing a war-torn Earth to explore a strange new world untouched by humanity for over 25,000 years. Joined by a diverse team of scientists and other colonists, her mission is to discover the secrets of an ancient city hidden under a storm-tossed ocean; the only surviving metropolis after a massive nuclear war drove the prior inhabitants to extinction eons before.

The Earth Mirra left behind was on the brink of disaster, but, after fifty years of computer-controlled slumber ends with an unexpected kiss in orbit around her new home, she’ll soon learn that the wet, icy landscapes of Theta-3 can be equally unforgiving. On this barren, broken planet, even a decent cup of coffee is hard to come by, and all the gadgets and goodies a wealthy society takes for granted are totally out of reach.

Accompanied by a mysterious old flame and an equally inscrutable new one, Mirra must also face the timeless demons of life, love, and loss if she has any hope of understanding the forgotten legacy that lurks beneath the frigid waters. Every city hides its share of secrets, but some are more potent than others—and one could alter everything we know about humanity itself.

Laced with wry humor and timeless satire, “Far From Home” is an invitation to join Mirra and her fellow settlers on an unforgettable journey into the dark heart and bright hope of the human experience.

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The Law of the Primes: The Boy King

Fantasy novels have fascinated me since I was in third grade, or perhaps earlier. Starting my own, trilogy, however, remained daunting. First, you have need the seed of a story that can span several volumes. Then you need to convince yourself you can actually write it. To prepare, I wrote two prior novels, and then began the process six years ago. I’m still only about half way through book one, though I am making steady progress.

Given their sprawling nature, fantasy novels are notoriously difficult to summarize. The Law of the Primes tells the story of a civilization at the peak of its power, but about to collapse when magic, a magic they deny even exists, reawakens in their world.

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The Curse of La Casa Nostra: Or How I Became Teenage Vampire Mobster from Nutley, NJ

The Curse of La Casa Nostra was my second attempt at writing a novel. I will make it available on Amazon once I get around to editing it. In the meantime…

Imagine, if you will, a deliciously unique cocktail: One part True Blood and another The Soprano’s, add a splash of A Bronx Tale, shake, stir, and serve with a garnish of technothriller.

Giuseppe De Luca is just a college student from Nutley, NJ. He never planned on becoming the IT Director for the mob, nor did he imagine that mobsters are really vampires in hiding, or that real-life vampires are far more disgusting than folklore allows, but he will learn the truth of both shortly after saving his Uncle Tony’s life in a Greenwich Village alley.

Alas, Giuseppe, or Joey as he is normally called, doesn’t have much experience with women either, and he had no idea the complications that might result from getting involved with a beautiful prostitute, Candy.  Of course, her profession is suspect and her allegiances unclear, yet when has that ever mattered to a nineteen-year-old virgin pursued by the New York mob as they search for an artifact that has already poisoned his mind and body, slowing turning him into a vampire himself?

All Joey knows is that he needs to keep this shit secret from his parents and pass his finals.  To achieve those goals, he’ll need a little help from his friends, all of whom are less athletic and skilled in skullduggery than he is.  The future looks grim indeed, especially after the cops believe he’s a suspect in a murder investigation and he doesn’t even own a getaway car.

At that point, what’s a boy to do but call his mommy?

The Curse of La Cosa Nostra: Or How I Became a Teenage Mobster Vampire from Nutley, NJ is a completed manuscript of 98,000 words telling the first chapter in Joey’s story, from geek to mobster chic, Jersey to Vegas (planned for book two).  Filled with blood, guts, twists, turns, and a cynical sense of humor, the book is both completely original and wonderfully familiar, absurd and all-too-real, gross and engrossing.  In short, it’s everything astute readers could ask for in a new series of vampire novels.

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