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November 2012

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Corson

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Corson Dantecreated a myriad of images, and the actors that could easily fill pieces of them. Corson is not just any villain. He is a lost lamb, psychotic child, a manipulated son, a power hungry, damaged fool, and a pawn. He is mad; about his mother and because of her. This part required someone with model-like features who could switch emotions in an instant, and wear them proudly with every part of his body and soul.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: DavidReinhardt

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.David ReinhardtorDave, is not just a straight man to Bill. As his best friend, uncle to Eli and future chief of police, he possesses the command and strength of a wiser, older brother like Gary Cooper, with a dash of brash bravado like Errol Flynn. Without even thinking, I knew this wasHugh Jackman.
 
In the movie “Kate and Leopold” Jackman portrays a man who travels through a time loop from 1876 to now, and struggles to exist in a modern world where manner less people walk around mindlessly and toasters are a menace.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Helen

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Helen Young Dante, not only needed to have a certain look to coincide with Bill to make Eli, but she had to also posses a certain inner, quiet strength that you wouldn’t want to mess with in a dark alley.
One rainy night, based on a recommendation from a friend, I rented a movie called “Vacancy” (2007) starringKate Beckinsale.
 
“Vacancy” tells the story of a troubled couple, trying to hold their crumbling marriage together in the wake of the death of Charlie, their toddler son.

Mypersonal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Ashteroth

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Ashteroth, or Ash,youngest of the Dante brothers, is a special case unto himself. He is virtually three characters in one at the start: young Corson, maturing Corson and Ash, therefore if played out on screen, would require one adept at playing out the pervasive mental disorder of Corson’s brain washing with ease and confidence, yet still be able to convey the fire and drive of the real Ash forging through. The day I “cast” Ashteroth, I happened to catch a movie on cable called “Adam”, starring

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Vassago

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues. Vassago Dante,orSage, goes through ad rastic and unwanted emotional and mental growth, which continues throughout The Kindred, and the entire Dante Chronicles series. Forced against a wall of time to grow up and be the King he was born to be, Sage struggles and learns the hard way with every mistake he can possibly make.
 
Everytime I picked up my pen, only one face came to mind, and one particular role that actor portrayed gave me the “white board” I needed to create the comical, sad, scared, angry and ultimately heroic character.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Belial

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Belial, orBill Dante, was not one of the first characters designed, but he is one of the most important. He had to be the “cookie-cutter” image of my hero, who is also Bill’s child. I found all the visual and physical characteristics I needed in actor,Gary Oldman.
 
Visually I drew from his look in“Lost in Space,”but beyond that, characteristically I drew from his performances in several movies:“Nobody’s Baby,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” “Air Force One”

Thankful...

 
Each year at this time, I think back over my life and look at all for which I am most thankful. The obvious and constants are always my family, but there are other things in this world that sometimes prove to be almost as important as that loving and crazy group of people with which I happen to share a bloodline. Here is a small sample:
 
 
  1. Bad drivers…for if you did not exist, the rest of us wouldn’t look as good as we do!
  2. Undisciplined children…you are still the BEST birth control available.