In summer, 2014, I published Cataclysm, a novel which tracks documented UFO allegations taking place on planet Earth. Although many still deny these intelligent beings are visiting the planet, it remains my belief the end is near.
“What’s it like to destroy the world?”
That’s the question my literary agent, Joyce Keating, asked earlier this year when I flew
“Destroying the world is a nasty business,” I replied. “For one, you have to find a reason to end everything man has worked so hard to build, and second… I have to leave some people behind or else nobody will read the book.”
She laughed, and then. “Mankind is doing a pretty good job of ending life on its own.”
It was a joke, of course.
Or was it?
I still question this.
Sitting in the elegance of Faces and Names on West 54th Street, I wondered if Joyce wasn’t far of the mark. With all the talk of global warming and polar ice melting… I knew storms were getting worse, earthquakes we more frequent and floods would eventually submerge Manhattan, Kill Devil Hills and eventually, all of Florida.
Everything was going to hell in a hand-basket.
What might the end of the world look like?
How would humanity behave during the finality of it all?
I’d just spent the last twelve months pounding out Cataclysm and knew the nuts and bolts of evacuation procedures. There was a mountain of natural disaster research crammed into my head.
I knew U.N. code-words, understood the science behind societal collapse, and yet, the end of the world seemed something out of a Hollywood Production.
But it’s not just talk anymore.
There is something happening.
Last year the National Weather Service met to discuss one of the catastrophe’s facing the East Coast of the United States, and some scientists now believe the CATACLYSM I describe in my book is sure to happen at some point.
The end of the world may not happen tomorrow, next week or a year from now.
But it will end, and the question I pose is this… are you ready?
RJ SMITH is a Hollywood Screenwriter and the Author of three novels
Hello friends and fans! Welcome to FALL!
It’s been a LONG FALL.I have suffered an accident in June 2013 and writing has been extremely difficult, as sitting at my desk for any period of time is painful. Deadlines were pushed back to allow rehabilitation and an upcoming back and neck surgery, but soon I should be able to get back to the business of creating entertainment.
Soon, the leaves will change color, TWISTING themselves from branches, they’ll tumble to the chilled ground welcoming spooky teenage kids ringing doorbells for TRICKS OR TREATS.
I recall growing up AND feeling that hallow chill as nightfall crashed and ghosts lurked along the shadowy streets.
But like all sadistic holidays of history, the horror ends, fright wanes and we return to a false sense of security ..
And, the terror of Halloween gives way to the chill of Thanksgiving.
The poor fat bird is slaughtered and thrown into double racked ovens across our ravenous country —– nice, huh?
A bunch of barbarians is what we are — hungry, feasting, slaughtering humans — oh, well, one day the aliens will come and maybe… we’ll be dinner.
Until then, winter will continue to blow in, tossing an occasional horrendous blizzard across the northeast … but, lets not get ahead of ourselves.
First, there is a long transition to cold
I’ve been on holiday for much of the year, cruising the Atlantic, touring the country and promoting the release of The Santa Claus Killer.
First, I laid back for a five-day get away, spent hot days lounging in the Bahamas and cool Caribbean nights writing next summer’s blockbuster – Cataclysm. Then, after drinking myself into a stupor with cruise ship Margaritas, I hopped back on a plane to New York for a meeting with my literary agent, Joyce — yes — again!
Three visits in one year… and boy, was it hot!
After New York, I was off to Los Angeles for a two day event promoting The Santa Claus Killer — the book was a 2013 Emmy Award Swag Bag novel pre-loaded onto Kindle Fire HDs awarded to celebrities.
Of course, being a screenwriter as well as an author, the interest for me is adapting the book for film and getting the SPEC SCREENPLAY to studio execs — but that has to wait for the novel to hit the bestseller list this winter. YOU WILL MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
That’s where you come in… once you read it, love it and are craving for more… leave a review on your retailer’s website…
And — that brings me to this…
Getting the book to you, the public!
It’s been a LONG 18-month project, working with agents, in London, Hollywood and New York.
We’ve been busy promoting, advertising and gathering the necessary reviews.
Now, it’s time to sit back and watch reactions from you. This year, if you’re seeking something different, yearning for an edgy, clutching read… one of those rare, dramatic, thrilling, scare-fests … then this is the big adventurous novel you’ve been craving.
The Santa Claus Killer is the whole package, detectives, crime, murder, twists and turns… plot shifts, and the ultimate surprise on Christmas day in Times Square.
This is a mind-movie that springs to life in your grey matter.
It’s a SLAYRIDE!
And, will keep you awake!
Cringing at every sound in the dark house!
After all, you never know what lurks in the closet…
– OR –
Down in the basement behind the water heater.
So, this holiday, as a blizzard blows through town and the bitter wind bites into your tender flesh, throw kindling into the fireplace, heat up hot chocolate and curl up with The King Of Christmas.
He’s waiting, just inside the pages of this new thriller.
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS
I’ve just returned home from my first signing for this season’s new mega international Christmas tale:
The Santa Claus Killer
It was the last weekend in August, and there I was at ComiCon at the Tampa Convention Center, just one isle over from Hugh Howey.
We were there to sign our newest books, him, the latest in his WOOL series and I, The Santa Claus Killer.
I hadn’t met Hugh yet, we merely chatted on Facebook a few times, and I was a follower of his extraordinary accomplishments connecting with fans via the internet. Now, of course, he’s a phenomenon and case study in how to make it in this modern day era of selling books.
As for me, this was supposed to be stop number one on a ten city tour that would skyrocket Santa to the rainbow of bestseller status. It would have been a busy year, but the bike accident I wrote about in June has caused me to cancel planned events.
But, the time has come – September 1st 2013, the book will release to the global market supported by an national advertising campaign in November.
It doesn’t take much to get my attention, especially when quality people surface to broaden my appeal and market-share of the reading consumer.
One thing I learned, people are placed in your path for a reason, nothing happens by chance, and when opportunity knocks, you better answer that door, because as Eminem will tell you, OPPORTUNITY NEVER KNOCKS TWICE.
It barely knocks once.
So let me review: It’s been more than a year since I wrote “The End” on page 400 of The Santa Claus Killer, and I never imagined that 12-months later I’d still be awaiting the release. What I did learn…. things take time in the publishing industry — just like Hollywood Studios or Production Companies, its all about who you know and who holds the keys. My time had finally come and I was on my way to the top of the list.
So, here I am at ComiCon – selling books, meeting new fans and old, just getting out the word that the book is almost ready for release.
The distributor informed me we’re set, the advertising is ready, art work done. it’s 90-days until the ads begin to appear and the orders commence.
But I can’t make appearances because of my injury, too much pain. Making connections is key — this is a team effort, a community of fans, publicity, image and hard work.
It also has to do with having a commercial product that appeals to everyone. The Number ONE commercial appeal?
SANTA CLAUS and Christmas
Nice fat bulls-eye on that one!
So now… with the help of Christmas, My agent Joyce Keating and a big chunk of advertising, it’s all up to the book buying community since I wont be doing events.
I can honestly look at my reflection in the mirror and say, I went all out, gave it everything I had, and didn’t turn a blind eye to detail.
For now… I rely on the fat man and his naughty list to carry the day.
Him, and all those five star reviews on Barnes & Noble should bring the film deal — and damn, isn’t that why I do this?
NEXT UP – SPOOKY EMPIRES in Orlando, outside the gates of Universal Studios. How fitting! Come on out and say hello! (UPDATE: this was cancelled due to my injures)
COMING NEXT SUMMER, author RJ Smith, an investigative journalist, screenwriter and author of horror, suspense and action will release his new mega-thriller based on science. In October 2000, the BBC transmitted “Mega-tsunami; Wave of Destruction”, suggesting a future failure of the western flank of Cumbre Vieja would cause a mega-tsunami. Its hypothesized that during an eruption the western half of the Cumbre Vieja will catastrophically fail in a massive gravitational landslide and collapse into the Atlantic Ocean, generating a mega-tsunami.
Computer modeling indicates the initial wave will attain HEIGHTS in excess of 2,000 FEET and peak to 1-MILE traveling at 620 mph — approximately the speed of a jet aircraft. This will inundate the African coast in an hour, the southern coast of England in 3.5 hours, and the eastern seaboard of North America in 6 hours.
The initial wave will subside into a succession of smaller waves, each about 100-200 feet high.
This is the author’s fictional account of what might happen should that cataclysmic day occur.
In his second uber-commercial, INTERNATIONAL thriller, RJ Smith takes his audience on a whirlwind ride of seat gripping terror during what might be the end of life for many.
Rooted in reality, the story follows SAMUEL MAY as he strikes an alliance with the international community to try and save as many people as possible.
Releasing November 15th 2013 to the world.
It is January 2013, and this month has been busy. It started out with a trip to Arizona where I met with some of the best UFO researchers the world over.
Then, on to Los Angeles where I met my friend, Carol, a film producer and writer.
We had drinks in Marina Del Rey. It was there, sometime during my third margarita, where were spoke of future movie projects.
The next day, I stalked the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the pulse of the crowd sent electricity through the air.
If you’ve never been to L.A., I highly recommend you add the experience to your personal bucket-list.
It is there, along the storied sidewalks, where I found myself at home.
I love Hollywood Boulevard. There’s something magical about it.
That sense which courses through the veins that whisper anything might happen.
Up in the hills, surrounding the Walk of Fame, that’s where the stars reside, and I could imagine them peering down the ridge where we ordinary folks get caught up in the celebrity of it all.
Hollywood, its a place where dreams are envisioned and then sometimes find themselves shattered along the path you traveled. Thousands come here to find stardom, but unfortunately, most return to their hometowns with their tail between their legs and failure in the heart.
It’s all about who you know, and then, you must have a bit of talent.
You must have a strong will within your soul to succeed, a desire to never to give up.
YOU HAVE TO WANT IT!
The doors to the kingdom are locked tight, but there are keys to the locks… hidden throughout the valley – in the deep pockets of power-people who seek out new special projects.
Big shots are looking, seeking the next big thing. Yet, what that next thing is… well, nobody knows what lingers in the minds of those with the power to expand the dream.
As a writer of screenplays and novels, I stalk the shadows. I lurk back behind the curtain where plots are birthed. I pen the tales, and then savor twisting the knife deep in the muscle of my story. I give life to my characters and set them free to roam the streets in search of their destiny.
That is what placed me aboard a Boeing-757 for the six hour plane ride across the country to New York City. I had come here to sign an OPTION CONTRACT for my 2012 screenplay, DESTINY/HARD KNOCKS. It was the first piece of literature I ever wrote.
The script follows my life growing up on the streets of Manhattan and explains how I found redemption and success in writing.
My manager, Julie Stern, was the first person who discovered my talent and prodded me to continue along this path.
It’s a path littered with broken dreams…..
So, there I was last week, two days after my visit to L.A., walking down Broadway in the heart of Times Square, ready to sign the deal which may one day become a motion picture.
Feelings of excitement filled my soul. I was home, I’d come full circle in a life torn by demons and monsters of every imaginable form.
I had vanquished the things which sought to slaughter me. I had made it, there was purpose in life, a reason to place one foot before the other and walk on… my head held high, a bounce to my step.
Ah, before me lay New York City in March. Behind me, Los Angeles, and my prospects seem great,
And then, at 3:30 p.m., I hailed a taxi (and grabbed by balls in fear of certain death) as the cab swerved and honked its horn. My body shook with the knowledge that at any moment the cabbie would crash into something.
But the disaster never came and I found myself at Paddy Riley’s for a meeting with my Literary Agent, Joyce.
I was a bundle of nerves, she had just read my new book, THE SANTA CLAUS KILLER, and we were scheduled to discuss the agency’s plan going forward to find a publisher.
We talked for hours, caught in the grasp of the story. And I found something out that day, I had a fan in addition to an agent.
And damn, what else could a guy ask for?
It is early March 2013, and I have just returned home from the 22nd Annual Convention & Film Festival at the International UFO Congress. It was held February 27th through March 3rd within the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona. http://ufocongress.com. There, nestled among the rolling, jagged mountainous terrain I discovered the best of the best the world has to offer in reference to UFOLOGY. I discussed the Ancient Astronaut theory, watched video evidence and read multiple texts – these, they were the tireless men and women who research the topic seeking disclosure.
It was a privilege to spend time with Mr. Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist and world-renowned UFO expert. He explained to me how close we are to achieving interstellar travel. We talked of the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and his belief that this case was one of the most telling of all MISSING TIME accounts backed up by evidence. The couple’s story, called the Hill Abduction, and, occasionally, the Zeta Reticuli Incident, was that they had been kidnapped for a short time by a UFO. Theirs was the first widely-publicized claim of alien abduction, adapted into the best-selling 1966 book The Interrupted Journey and the 1975 television movie The UFO Incident.
Then, I met with longtime Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope who used to run the British Government’s UFO project at the Ministry of Defense. Initially skeptical, his research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon and access to classified government files on the subject soon convinced him that the phenomenon raised important defense and national security issues, especially when the witnesses were military pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar.
While working on the MoD’s UFO project Nick Pope also looked into alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, remote viewing and ghosts. He is now recognized as a leading authority on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. He does extensive media work, lectures all around the world and has acted as presenter, consultant or contributor on numerous TV and radio shows.
Nick is an amazing person to speak with, listen to and from whom to soak up information. His words are like daggers which slice into the meat and bones of the matter leaving no doubt of his beliefs.
I left Nick with a sense that I had not seen the last of him, and my friend, Philip Mantle, thought as much as well. All these guys can be seen on the History Channel’s ANCIENT ALIENS program.
After Nick, I wandered into the hall to track down my favorite of all active UFO HUNTERS and all things mystical. Many of you know him as the REAL LIFE INDIANA JONES, Mr. David Hatcher Childress. He is personable and telling, he has a way of getting under the skin… of pulling the attention from the core and stabbing his love of discovery into the soul.
David is an American author on topics on alternative history and historical revisionism. His works cover such subjects as pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, Atlantis, Lemuria, Ancient Astronauts, UFOs, Nikola Tesla, the Knights Templar, lost cities and vimana aircraft.
Childress claims no academic credentials as a professional archaeologist nor in any other scientific field of study, having left the University of Montana after one year to travel and research subjects about which he would later write.
He was amazing and offered to work together in the future on a possible movie script and I came away feeling renewed in my belief in the subject.
Then, it was over to Author and historian Richard Dolan who has firmly established himself as a leading contemporary UFO scholar.
In 2000, Dolan published UFOs and the National Security State: An Unclassified History, Volume 1: 1941-1973, a book that Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell called, “a thorough and monumental undertaking.” Dolan followed up in 2009 with a second installment titled, UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991.
In 2010, Dolan co-authored the book A.D. After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life After Contact with Hollywood producer and screenwriter Bryce Zabel.
You can find out more about Richard at Keyholepublishing.com
Overall, the conference was incredible, yet believable in its subject matter. I enjoyed the exhibition halls, the crystal skulls, the films and speakers.
I will be back again, when I am ready to write INTERVENTION, to gain the knowledge I need to create a telling tale of ALIENS.
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