Exploring the dark terror of “Bloody Rabbit”

"Bloody Rabbit" follows one man's terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start -- in a world spinning out of control.

“Bloody Rabbit” follows one man’s terrifying journey from hopelessness to a new start — in a world spinning out of control.

“It was pouring out when R.T. Robeson jumped on the bus that would carry him from downtown Orlando to the building in an older, somewhat less fashionable section of the city. He had never visited the building before, but a Miss Gardenia was expecting him …”

ORLANDO — So begins author Michael W. Freeman’s disturbing novel “Bloody Rabbit,” which is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.
In his book “Horror: A Connoisseur’s Guide to Literature and Film,” author Leonard Wolf writes that “Horror literature can do more than frighten us in a safe place. At its best, it provides us with images that speak to our subconscious because they resonate with myth …. horror literature touches the nerve of paranoia that many of us cherish by confirming our suspicion that there is a ‘they’ or an ‘it’ or a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ that is out to get us.”
Welcome to the world of “Bloody Rabbit,” a novel that takes readers on a brooding, dark — and darkly comic — journey into a long nightmare for R.T. Robeson — right up to the blood-freezing ending.
It starts in a world familiar to us all: the struggle to cope during an economic downturn. The book slow builds to an even more terrifying situation: the vicious persecution of those who become an angry society’s scapegoats. Read more »

Audition Notice for Fringe Festival Play

Freeline Productions is holding auditions for its upcoming production, "Murder Sleep."

Freeline Productions is holding auditions on Sunday for its upcoming production, “Murder Sleep.”


ORLANDO — Freeline Productions is hosting auditions on Sunday for “Murder Sleep,” an original play that will make its premiere at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival in May.
The production is casting three roles, for two men and one woman. These are paid positions.
“Murder Sleep” is an original thriller written for the stage by Michael Freeman, and it will be presented at the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, performing May 18-30, specific dates and times to be determined.
ALL ROLES ARE PAID (A set $200.00 stipend will be paid to each performer following the final performance).
Auditions will be held at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater, 8267 International Drive, Orlando, on Sunday, Jan 24 from 4-7 p.m. by appointment only. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. Call Director Laurel Clark at 407-924-8792 to schedule your audition time. Please bring one copy of your current headshot with attached resume. Read more »

FDLE urging public to “Say something”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is relaunching a major public safety campaign to combat terrorism.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is relaunching a major public safety campaign to combat terrorism.


TALLAHASSEE – If there was a generational code that kids have traditionally employed throughout elementary school, it’s not to be a snitch and tattle to the teacher against your own classmates.
But for children and adults alike, the state’s top law enforcement agency is urging quite the opposite these days. If fact, they want all Florida residents to become snitches as often as possible.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement just announced that it would relaunch the four-year-old public awareness campaign known as “If You See Something, Say Something” – in response to the very high profile and brutal terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, Calif.
Originally launched in 2011, the campaign is designed to encourage residents to quickly report anything that they believe could be be suspicious or potentially dangerous behavior. Read more »

Unique calendar matches firefighters with rescued pets

The Lakeland Fire Department and the SPCA Florida teamed up for this special calendar.

The lakeland Fire Department and the SPCA Florida teamed up for this special calendar.


LAKELAND – In addition to putting out fires and responding to medical emergencies, firefighters have been known in the past to take on one extra chore.
Who hasn’t heard the urban legend of the firefighters placing a ladder against a tree, and climbing up high to rescue a cat that can’t otherwise figure out how to get down?
If it sounds like something you’re more likely to see in an old Hollywood movie than in real life, then consider this: the Lakeland Fire Department has a new product out that demonstrates that their firefighters do indeed rescue pets – and they have photos of those cats and dogs to prove it.
Lakeland Fire Department has teamed up with the SPCA Florida this holiday season for what is being billed as “the ultimate stocking stuffer,” a “Rescued Pets 2016 Calendar.” Read more »

Home for the Holidays pet adoption special is under way

In December, cats and dogs will be available for adoption at county animal shelters at a reduced price.

In December, cats and dogs will be available for adoption at county animal shelters at a reduced price.


ORLANDO – There are plenty of gift items to consider giving loved ones this holiday season, from electronics to clothing to gift cards.
If one county agency does its job well, there could be another possible option: a new cat or dog.
During the month of September the Animal Services offices in
Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, are teaming up to host a Central Florida shelter pet adoption special.
During the remainder of this month, the four shelters are reducing adoption fees for dogs and cats to $12. The program has been dubbed, appropriately enough, a “Home for the Holidays” deal to “will help spread awareness for the homeless shelter pets who are ready to find a new family,” noted Carolina Devine, the marketing and public relations coordinator for
Orange County Animal Services, in a news release about the program. Read more »

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