Monday, April 16, 2012

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS: Hellbender by Jason Jack Miller

CAST YOUR CHARACTERS


For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy.


HELLBENDER

AUTHOR: JASON JACK MILLER

PUBLISHER: RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS 2012

DESCRIPTION: There are some strange things happening at the edge of reality. Let Raw Dog Screaming Press author Jason Jack Miller take you to a place where love is forever even when death isn’t, where magic doesn’t have to be seen to be believed, where a song might be the only thing that saves your soul.

Jason Jack Miller’s MURDER BALLADS AND WHISKEY series is a unique blend of dark fiction, urban fantasy and horror. It’s Appalachian Gothic, Alt.Magical.Realism, Hillbilly Horror. It’s AMERICAN GODS meets JUSTIFIED. TRUE BLOOD with witches. It’s Johnny Cash with a fistful of copperheads singing the devil right back to hell.

Henry Collins is a simple young man with a kind heart who's just trying to find his way in the world. His quiet life is changed forever the day he buries his little sister. This single event forces him to enter a strange world whose very existence he spent his whole life denying--a dark wilderness where the old magic thrives--a place far darker and deadlier than the Appalachia he grew up in. To avenge his sister Henry must slip past the boundaries of logic and reason to a place where the only reality is survival. He won't be able to come home until his life is no longer simple, his heart no longer kind.

This is a tale of star-crossed lovers and civil revenge by uncivil hands, written in blood that is barely thicker than water.

CHARACTERS:




Jake Gyllenhaal as HENRY COLLINS

Henry doesn't believe in the old time magic that his family lives by, but he does believe in old fashioned revenge for his sister's murder.








Miley Cyrus as ALEX RAMSEY

Alex may be a Lewis, but she chooses the Collins' side of the feud between the families when she falls in love with Henry.







Paul Walker as BEN COLLINS

Ben Collins is loyal to a fault, and that's what makes him dangerous. The kind of guy who likes to shoot first. .






David Strathairn as JAMIE COLLINS

Ben's dad. Preston's father. The voice of reason in an unreasonable conflict.



Katie Holmes as KATY STEFANIC

There's something a little magical about the way Katy keeps the players in motion. She's not sitting on top of the world just yet, but she knows it's coming. As long as everybody sticks to her plan.







Patrick Fugit as BILLY LEWIS

Evil, or just a bad apple? That's a little like asking which is more dangerous—the finger that pulls the trigger, or the smoking gun?








Charles Durning as CHARLIE LEWIS

Charlie's dangerous because he has the law and God on his side. His law. His God.







Joseph Gordon-Levitt as PRESTON BLACK

Preston Black is an outsider with a secret of his own. Katy saved him from too many lonely nights and empty whiskey bottles, and he's going to prove his love to her every chance he gets.









Jeremy Davies as DARREN LEWIS

Darren doesn't fight to win, he fights because it's fun.










Jason Jack Miller hails from Fayette County, Pennsylvania, as in, "Circus freaks, temptation and the Fayette County Fair," made famous by The Clarks in the song, "Cigarette." He is a writer, photographer and musician whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones, and in a regular column for Inveterate Media Junkies called JASON JACK MILLER'S SOUNDCHECK. He wrote the novels Hellbender and All Saints during his graduate studies at Seton Hill University, where he is now adjunct creative writing faculty. When he isn't writing he's on his mountain bike or looking for his next favorite guitar. He is currently writing and recording the soundtracks to his novels, The Devil and Preston Black. His blog is http://jasonjackmiller.blogspot.com.


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13 comments:

  1. Loving Jake as Henry, Paul as Ben, and Joseph as Preston!!

    Thanks for casting your characters, Jason!!

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  2. Looks awesome! I love it. It was a lot of fun and it looks really good. (And looking for pics of Zooey Deschanel and Miley Cyrus is a great way to spend an afternoon.)

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  3. Jeremy Davies as *anybody* is always awesome. Then again, awesomeness is expected because Hellbender is, well, awesome. And to go for the awesome fourfecta Jason Jack is such a great author! Can't wait to help spread this to readers and see if they picture...Miley Cyrus? For some reason that caught me off guard!

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  4. Thanks, John!

    The Miley thing caught me off guard too. Alex first showed up in 2000 and I never had a clear picture of her as a character. For a while it was Fiona Apple, then this snowboarder named Gretchen Blieler.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qUmXLcau4eU/TaKXo0DWD_I/AAAAAAAADaU/CrvsPGsTY1U/s400/1001-gretchen-bleiler.preview.jpg

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  5. Lots of surprise choices here. I'm not really familiar with the actor you chose for Preston but the pic is perfect. Also, I'm going to pretend it said Fiona Apple and not Miley Cyrus because I just don't like that chick!

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  6. Jennifer said, "Also, I'm going to pretend it said Fiona Apple..."

    Ha ha ha!

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  7. Hi, well cast members for this fantastic read, just couple of thoughts really. Preston: how about Jared Leto, I know he's a singer but he is also an actor. Henry: I liked the thought of River Pheonix or Heath Ledger, but Jake Gyllenhaal is also a good choice. Ben: Maybe Nicholas Cage. I'm still thinking of others Jason, and I'll keep you posted.

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  8. I like how poor little Miley is the most controversial choice so far...

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  9. Hi, well cast members for this fantastic read, just couple of thoughts really. Preston: how about Jared Leto, I know he's a singer but he is also an actor. Henry: I liked the thought of River Pheonix or Heath Ledger, but Jake Gyllenhaal is also a good choice. Ben: Maybe Nicholas Cage. I'm still thinking of others Jason, and I'll keep you posted.

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  10. Bigg's picks:
    Alex: Deborah Ann Woll
    Ben: Ryan Hurst
    or
    Michael Raymond-James
    Jamie: Lenny Clarke
    Charlie: Charles Durning (Good!)
    Darren: Walton Goggins
    or
    Joe Manganiello
    Preston: Jason Jack Miller
    Katy: Heidi Ruby Miller

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  11. ^ Best Mehalek ever!

    Deborah Ann Woll is one of the bright spots in True Blood. She's great.

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  12. Chrissy, thank you so much!

    Had a lot of fun doing it.

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