…that’s how long I’ve been blogging here about film, television, toys, and nostalgia.
I’m at just approaching the 2,000th post now, which is hard to believe. It’s funny to think about, but this blog has taken me through the birth and ending of my own independent web-series (The House Between
[2007-2009]) and other career and personal milestones as well. In fact, the blog is older even than my four-year old son, Joel.
The template here has changed a couple of times over the years, but even with small cosmetic alterations, the blog has been a constant part of my daily life for a long time. I like it that way. My blog gets me up in the morning and gets me writing.
Most of all, I’m thankful for all the professional and personal friendships I’ve made through this writing venue…something that doesn’t necessarily happen through solitary book writing, or occasional media appearances.
And I remain committed to writing here. You’ll probably have to drag me away from the keyboard when I’m 103, I wager.
Hello everybody, welcome to my blog. And to start us off, I quote the illustrious Admiral James Stockdale: “Who am I? Why am I here?”
My name is John Muir. and I’m a published author who writes under the name John Kenneth Muir, not because I’m pretentious or anything (though I am…) but because – for some reason – there are a lot of writers out there named John Muir.
Specifically, there’s the great American naturalist from the last century, and also a fellow who writes about fixing Volkswagens. Others too, I think. In the age of the Internet, I realized I had to distinguish myself a little for Google, Yahoo, Lycos, Ask Jeeves and other search engines, so for the record, I’m the John Muir (the John Kenneth Muir…) who writes about film and television for a living.
And I know nothing about Volkswagens, so don’t ask…
To let you know a little bit about my work, I’m the author of fifteen published books and several articles and short stories. I live in Monroe, North Carolina and work out of my home office penning books on film and television.
You may (or may not…) know some of my titles. From Applause Theatre and Cinema Books I’ve written: An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith (2002), The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi (2004), and Best in Show: the Films of Christopher Guest and Company (2004).
McFarland, a publisher here in North Carolina, has published eleven of my books, including award winners Terror Television (A Booklist Editor’s Choice, 2001), Horror Films of the 1970s (A Booklist Editor’s Choice, 2002 and ALA “Best of the Best” Reference Book ’03), and 2004’s The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television.
I’ve written about prominent horror directors (Wes Craven: The Art of Horror , The Films of John Carpenter , Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper ) and several TV series studies, including Exploring Space:1999 (1997), An Analytical Guide to TV’s Battlestar Galactica (1998), A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television (1999), A History an Analysis of Blake’s 7 (2000), and An Analytical Guide to TV’s One Step Beyond (2001).
I’ve also written an original (licensed novel) based on the TV series Space:1999 called The Forsaken, from Powys Media, and freelanced for magazines including Cinescape, Filmfax, Rerun, Collectors News, and The Official Farscape Magazine. On the web, my home page is here, and I’m the regular media columnist for the web-zine Far Sector, which features original fiction and great editorials and opinion columns. My column this month “It Boldly Went,” discusses the need in our society for a show like Star Trek, and the cancellation of Enterprise. So that’s my cv, and that’s the experience I bring to the table.
That answers the first question, who am I?. The second question, why am I here? involves pop culture, film and TV. I hope I can utilize this space to discuss, debate and ponder trends in movies and TV programs. I’m open to all subjects – fantasy, horror, science fiction, Bollywood, musicals, you name it. Basically, I just hope to create an ongoing journal about contemporary and classic entertainment…