Andy Griffith

Yep, I know, this is an odd post for a science fiction author in 2019. I also know that I’m running behind on blogging (trust me, I read the emails). Still, for those of you who don’t know, Mayberry actually exists. It’s called Mount Airy, folks, and it’s about 1 hour from my house! A few days ago we drove down to visit the town itself, which still includes a lot of things you remember seeing on the classic TV show.

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Yep, these are the actual doors and placards used on the Andy Griffith Show, and they now sit in the Andy Griffith Museum which is not only a fantastic place to visit, but sits on the same real estate that Griffith’s high school once stood. I even had the chance to sit in THE barber’s chair from the show – Floyd’s City Barber Shop is still there! Yea, I get it, most of the show was filmed in California and not in North Carolina, but Griffith and friends secured a lot of the film’s props when the show ended, and they are now located throughout the town in which Griffith based the show.

Mount Airy has reconstructed the actual sheriff’s office (I got to touch Andy’s desk!), the shop Helen worked at is still in operation, as is Griffith’s favorite place to eat (Snappy’s), and you actually see the real police squad cars carrying tourists around.

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Why am I telling you this? Because I’m an old-school guy. I’m not into Jersey Shore or Game of Thrones. I’m into the classics – shows like Andy Griffith. I believe that this Golden Age of Hollywood delivered a product that will never be bested. They didn’t rely on remake after remake, and they typically didn’t sell a product based on sex appeal. They didn’t have to. The writing was that good.

I encourage all of you to make your way to Mount Airy, N.C., if the opportunity ever presents itself. The town is divided by train tracks and on one side you have your chain restaurants, your strip malls (complete with Wal-Mart), and your cell phone zombies who could care less about the history of good entertainment. But once you cross those tracks you’re in for a treat. You’ll find yourself back in the 1940s which, compared to 2019, must have been one incredible time period to live in.

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GUNSHIP:

 Gunship I – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS II: The Glimmerian War – SW – Amazon – B&N –D2D

GS III: Reflections – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS IV: Gears and Spears – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

G5 V: Legendary – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS VI: Space Rebels – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS VII: Bone Harvest – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS VIII: Ghost Planet – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS IX: Skyfall – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS X: Lagoon – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XI: Cloak of War – SW –  Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XII: The Fleet – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XIII: The Blood War – SW – Amazon – B&N –D2D

GS XIV: Chaotic Worlds – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XV: The Afterworlds – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XVI: The Run – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XVII: The Great War – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XVIII: Vampire Hunters – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XIX: Return of the Fear – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

GS XX: The Colony – SW – Amazon – D2D

GS XXI: Graveyard – SW – Amazon – B&N – D2D

SINGLES:

R.E.D.D. (The Official Movie Novelization) Amazon B&N  D2D

Hollow Earth  Amazon B&N – D2D

Wicked (A Zombie Story)  Amazon B&N  D2D

Nocturne – Amazon B&N  D2D

Atlantis  Amazon B&N  D2D

Brookhaven  Amazon B&N  D2D

Man Against Machine  Amazon B&N D2D

Terminus: Ghost Planet  Amazon B&N

Tempest (A Prologue)  Amazon B&N  D2D

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The Book Commander Brand

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I know, folks, it’s been a while. To be completely honest, I’ve been busy podcasting while also attending college and fighting off some health issues. Even so, I haven’t stopped writing. I’m in this really strange place where I’m questioning the genre I write in, a lot of the content I’ve written, while also trying to build the Book Commander Brand.

What is the brand? We’re doing our very best to strengthen the platform, so to speak. Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, Patreon, PayPal, Instagram, iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play – you name it, we’re building it. Other than iHeartRadio, of course. If you follow the podcast then you know the deal: the Book Commander Podcast has basically been blacklisted from iHeart due to (we believe) the fact that we’re making noise as the only anti-traditional publishing broadcast out there.

I’m doing everything I can to help new and struggling authors, period. That’s what the Book Commander Brand is all about. As emails and tweets come in, and as I see social media posts abroad, I act accordingly. The “Ratpack” as I’ve come to know it is a group of young authors who I stared out with. I suppose you could call us the “Class of 2011”. I’m sad to report that as of four hours ago there are only 2 of us left (we once stood two dozen strong). Most of the Ratpack have now shuttered their social accounts and abandoned writing, and they’ve done so because of the publishing industry and its evil underbelly.

I’m on a mission to expose that evil underbelly.

I have watched my friends be systematically destroyed, one by one, by the vampires of the publishing world. I’ve seen hopes and dreams shattered and as the trend of self-publishing grows, these vampires become more and more desperate, doing anything they can to hold what real estate they can, even if it means ruining the careers of many aspiring authors. I’m fighting this “machine” and, as I said on one of my podcasts, I am the “rage against the machine”. I need your help. If you can afford to help fund this effort please do, and if you can’t help financially then I’m asking you to support me by liking and following our platforms. The Big Six publishers and their lit agents have massive war chests of resources in which to pull from. We don’t – the Book Commander Brand consists of a handful of people, a shoestring budget, and the truth. Join us!

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Amanda’s (Sarah/Gunship) Phone Interview

My Interview with ML Moos

A Fair Review, Considering Gunship Was My 1st Publish

Book Commander Podcasts 2018

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All is Well

Love Exists

Leaders Eat Last

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