Sinking

As I sank into the swamp that promises a pointless death,
My mind was so resigned to giving up my final breath
I expected to be taunted with a multitude of straws,
Or lectured on my negligence of labyrinthine laws,
 
But a rope was looped around me, and a sturdy pair of hands
Pulled me from my desperate plight up onto solid land.
My saviour did not stop when he had hauled me from my hole;
He took me to his palace, there renewed my very soul;
 
Clothed me in the purest white, cleansed my heart of sin,
Adopted me into his family, where I could begin
To walk the holy, narrow path that leads to heaven’s door,
Where I’ll join my king and friend in joy forevermore.

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Seven Deadly Tales and Planetary: Mars

There has been a slew of new releases by Superversive Press recently, and more over this Easter weekend, including a collection of short stories by Frank Luke, Entitled Seven Deadly Tales, for which I did the following trailer:

The devil knows the perfect spot to offer his Faustian bargains.
Customers drift into Lou’s Bar & Grill with the usual broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams, but Lou knows what they want and how to serve it up for them…for a price.
Seven entertaining stories from Frank Luke, brought to you this Easter by Superversive Press!

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Public domain images and videos from pixabay
Music, angelic forest by
Temptation by
ignition sound effect from zapsplat.com
flame effects from footagecrate,com
Halloween spooky choir and piano crash from soundscrate.com


Another trailer I released on my youtube channel this week was much less timely, and was two weeks after the release of the Mars Planetary Anthology.

Superversive Press’ third installment in the Planetary Anthology series, released two weeks ago, takes us to Mars.
The red planet and our closest neighbour, it has haunted our imaginations for centuries, inspiring tales of heroic deeds and courage. Mars is also the god of war and the father of fear and panic. Here are 18 tales of war and adventure set in and around the red planet.

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3d models from TurboSquid and Free3d
Music: Holst’s The Planets – Mars public domain recording by USAF Heritage of America Band
Mars surface footage and imagery courtesy of NASA
Shield, explosion, smoke, shockwave, dust, spark and laser effects from footagecrate.com
Miscellaneous images and video footage from pixabay.com
Cover artwork by Lee Madison
Animation, compositing, post production, video and audio editing by Ben Zwycky

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The delay in releasing this video was partially due to attempting to learn and make advanced use of Blender on a tight deadline, which proved to be a very bad idea, added to the fact that my laptop was not really up to the task of rendering all those 3d scenes, so I employed two other computers to share the burden and get the thing finished. Still, the need for a dedicated rendering rig became obvious, but is not something that would appear to be a viable option for quite some time. Maybe one day promo videos of this scale could become a more regular occurrence.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day, Planetary Style

Today is Valentine’s Day, and the official launch date for the second of Superversive Press’ Planetary Anthologies, this time it’s Venus—twenty captivating stories of love, romance, the planet and the goddess (in various guises). It’s well worth a look, and not just at the video above 🙂

The Broken Man, by Hawkings Austin

The latest new release from Superversive Press is the debut novel of Hawkings Austin, The Broken Man:

A young boy orphaned years ago is becoming a man and searching for his true calling. He was taken in by a mysterious giant, crippled and cast out by his own people, who is trying to make amends for his sorcerous past and prove to his new neighbors that he is not a monster. The two of them have been tasked with solving a dangerous mystery that has stumped the city philosophers:

A mysterious creature that the country folk call the Shadow Man is devouring children in the forest.

Planetary Fiction: Mercury

Planetary Fiction from Superversive Press kicks off with Mercury: tales of wonder, mystery, trickery, illusion, alchemy, couriers desperate to get through against all odds, teasing promises of power and immortality, meetings with alien intelligences and explorations of weird alternate histories of the closest planet to our Sun.

Worlds of Wonder Await at your fingertips, take the plunge and explore Planetary Fiction: Mercury from Superversive Press


The livestream to accompany the book launch can be followed here


Solar system fly-through animation obtained from videvo.com
Lightning and tracer effects, Soaring Theme and soft whoosh sound effect from footagecrate.com
Music Holst’s The Planets- Mercury Public Domain recording by US Air Force Band
Public Domain Mercury Footage from NASA JPL Messenger Mission
Cover Artwork by Lee Madison
Rotating Earth and Particle effect obtained from pixabay.com
Other animation, audio and video editing by me 🙂

Silent Night

A while back I got another use out of my Evil McPersuadey Mind-Control Ray and Ear Cleaner (Patent Pending) to convince my parents to make a large contribution towards upgrading my recording equipment for my birthday this year. It’s about time that I began providing some return on that investment, so allow me to demonstrate the full power of this primed and fully operational recording station!

If you’d like to see more of this type of thing, then please consider downloading the song from cdbaby for only 99 cents.