November 26th, 2015
“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 »
November 26th, 2015
The Winter Park Playhouse is now producing the musical “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.”
WINTER PARK — The four boys who make up the singing group Forever Plaid — Frankie, Smudge, Sparky and Jinx — would seem to have it all. They’re young, possess a quick wit and a great degree of charm, and best of all, they’re all superb singers.
They also happen to be dead, but then again, you can’t have everything.
Still, in the original production of Stuart Ross’ Off-Broadway
hit “Forever Plaid,” the boys get a chance to come back to earth, for just one night, and perform the concert they were intended to do on that tragic night when they were killed in a car accident en route to the show. Better late than never, it’s safe to say.
Now, in the sequel — “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” — the boys get a chance to return once more, but they’re facing a dilemma. Since it’s the holidays, should they do a holidays-themed show? After a bit of back and forth, they decide to do just that — but in their own way, of course. Read more »
October 31st, 2015
The arrest of Stephen Duxbury, a security guard at a downtown Orlando condo complex, could send a chill through those contemplating a downtown lifestyle.
ORLANDO — There could be a chill running through the minds of some residents of downtown Orlando today.
It’s not that a single high-profile criminal case — the arrest by Orlando Police homicide detectives of Stephen Michael Duxbury on Friday in the murder or Sasha Samsudean — is likely to scare people away from downtown.
There have been other crimes in downtown Orlando, some briefly high-profile, others quickly forgotten. But that’s the case with major cities across not just Florida, but the nation. Orlando does not have the same reputation for crime and violence that other major cities, including Chicago, have been struggling with this year.
And ask anyone who lives in the region, or frequently visits Orlando, and most will say they feel safe downtown, including at night. The SunRail trains bring visitors to four stops in downtown, and crowds flock to the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl without incident. They see theatrical productions at Mad Cow Theatre, and dine at the restaurants along Orange Avenue and Wall Street Plaza, check out the region’s history at the Orange County Regional History Center, and bring the nightclubs like The Social to life at night. Read more »
October 31st, 2015
On Halloween night, a lot of parents are concerned about the safety of their small children. But what about the safety of their pets?
ORLANDO — On Halloween night, as the sun is setting, expect to see plenty of children in costumes running from one door to the next, eagerly trick or treating and filling their bags with candy.
But wait — never mind the children, who are still likely to be in bed by 8 o’clock. How about all the adults who flock to downtown Orlando
at night, roaming along Church Street, many of them fully decked out in their own lavish costumes, drinks in hand, partying well into the night.
No question, Halloween is an active night in the Orlando area, with a lot of parties and spooky celebrations going on.
Before the darkness has set in, though, one county agency is issuing a cautious note — to the folks in the region who are pet owners. Read more »