True or False:
David C. Hayes is a horror novelist.
David C. Hayes is a college instructor.
David C. Hayes is a film actor.
David C. Hayes is a playwright.
David C. Hayes was a professional wrestler.
David C. Hayes was a stand-up comedian.
David C. Hayes was a paranormal investigator.
David C. Hayes only fear is boredom.
Which of these are true? If you answered all of the above, you get a gold star. Born in Garden City, Michigan and now a Livingston County resident, David C. Hayes describes his passion for creating new works as "mayhem in multiple mediums." Prolific and darkly gifted, the man behind all of these roles has one foot planted in the here and now and the other up ahead, in his next project.
Hayes’ films, like A Man Called Nereus, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, Dark Places and The Frankenstein Syndrome, Vampeggedon, Machined, Reborn, Back Woods (and approximately 60 more) can be seen worldwide. He is the author of several novels, collections and graphic novels including The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show, Cherub, Cannibal Fat Camp, Pegged, American Guignol, Scorn and Muddled Mind: The Complete Works of Ed Wood, Jr. As a playwright, David's full-length and one-act plays have been produced from coast to coast with a run Off-Broadway for the comedy Swamp Ho and sell-out performances in Phoenix for Dial P for Peanuts.
David C. Hayes is a voting member of The Horror Writers Association, The Dramatist's Guild and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. When not creating, David teaches film production, creative writing and communications as an adjunct instructor at Siena Heights University, Kaplan University and Grand Canyon University. He holds bachelors degrees in psychology and English as well as a master of science in forensic psychology and a master of fine arts in creative writing. Locally, David is a frequent contributor to WHMI 93.5FM, the Livingston County radio station, and speaks frequently at book signings, comic conventions and gatherings of geek-culture. He can be found recording a weekly political podcast at Howell, Michigan's Blue Frog Books along with professional journalist Jon Arking and book seller Rob Vedro. Can’t stop by the Blue Frog? Check out David C. Hayes below, along with several film trailers:
Click on David's Official Website!
David on the IMDb!
Visit Cinema Head Cheese for film-type goodness!
Go shopping for Hayes-merch at Amazon.com!
My review of Keeping Molly by David C. Hayes and Kevin Moyers:
Keeping Molly is a compelling story. Hayes and Moyers create sympathetic characters that I rooted for and cringed for as things went south fast. The writing is perfectly paced and kept me turning pages. Not just another zombie story, but thought provoking, intense commentary on some of the big issues in today's world too. I will definitely be reading more of these authors works! MORE REVIEWS
Laura Lee, Author
Metro Detroit native Laura Lee is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Running Press, Broadway Books, Lyons Press and Black Dog and Leventhal. Her Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation has sold more than 85,000 copies. She has also written two collections of poetry, a children’s book (A Child’s Introduction to Ballet) and two novels, Angel (which will be released in a second edition in November) and Identity Theft. She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work, “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion…. She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”
When not writing, Lee produces educational ballet tours with her partner, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation. The project has taken them to all but 7 of the continental United States (Lee notes that Edinburgh, Scotland is her favorite place to have lived). The entertainment industry is a natural fit for the author, who attended the Specs Howard School of Broadcasting after receiving an independent major in theater studies at Oakland University. Though Lee’s first paid gig as a writer was when she was 12, for a piece titled “My First Day of Junior High School,” she’s built quite an interesting resume of work experience along the way to the above noted published books.
Laura Lee began her radio career as an intern at the alternative music station 89X in Detroit, cuing vinyl records. She went on to become a radio announcer, but notes she received “way more comp tickets and opportunities to do cool rock n’ roll type things as an intern than I ever did as a radio announcer in my own right.” She recalls a highlight of her radio career as the time she was a "celebrity judge" for country Karaoke and got yelled at by a guy she didn't pick as a winner. Radio and communications are in Lee’s blood. Her great uncle, James Jewell, oversaw the writing staff that created the Lone Ranger for radio station WXYZ in Detroit and her grandmother was the radio actress who played Miss Case in The Green Hornet.
Lee notes that her best brush-with-fame story was when she was working in a hippie tye-dye shop and Harrison Ford walked in. Unless, she says, you count the fact that she had the same high school theater teacher as Madonna did (different years), and her brother babysat for a family who were Madonna’s dog-sitters.
Despite an illustrious radio career and ill-timed, intersecting paths with the Queen of Pop, Laura Lee is meant to be a writer. Once, while in London, a stranger approached her on the street and told Lee that he could see her aura. He insisted that “they” were telling him that Lee was supposed to be writing and she wasn't and that this was very important. No surprise there; the proof is in the pages of Angel, Identity Theft, and each of the author’s other published works.
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Rachelle Marie Willnus, Designer
You’ve been invited to an event - maybe a charity benefit or a fashion show with girlfriends. Wouldn’t it be nice to add a little oomph to your standard go-to look? Something that brightens the mood, an accessory that infuses more flair than a new bracelet or earrings.
Or what if you’re getting married? Imagine your bridal party dressed to complement you and your groom, the overall effect beautiful and artistic, as much a part of the desired ambience as every other painstakingly chosen detail.
Rachelle Marie Willnus is a magician. Her magic wand is a deft artist’s touch backed with engineering technique and a creative streak a mile long. Derby Hats by Rachelle offers hats, fascinators and clothing with pleasing aesthetic flair to add style and beauty to any event. The master's prepared manufacturing designer morphed her skills at Ford Motor Company into a career as a clothing and fascinator designer as a way to spend more time with her two daughters. Designing hats since 2009, Rachelle finds the endeavor provides her a fulfilling creative outlet, and the fashion world is benefitting.
Derby Hats by Rachelle is widely recognized in the Metro Detroit area and beyond, with her work appearing on ABC television, Fox 2 News, WDIV local 4, in the Detroit News, Modern Model Magazine, The Metro You, SOLIS New York and more. Her hats have been featured as StyleLine Magazine Editor’s choice for headwear three years in a row and her bridal line, Marie Rachelle, has been featured as trendsetter three years running as well. Rachelle’s work is soon to be seen in the September 2015 issue of KEEL fashion magazine in a several page layout. Derby Hats by Rachelle was the winner of the Head-to-Head Hat Competition at Michigan Fash Fest 2012 and named Best of the Best for 2012.
In an exciting recent development, Derby Hats by Rachelle is the selected designer to create crowns for the upcoming Lucas Miles film, CROWNING JULES (by a Disney writer). The film stars local actresses Elizabeth and Jacqueline Labadie.
Each creation in Derby Hats by Rachelle is designed, sewn and hand-crafted by the artist. The fascinators are gorgeous, unique, whimsical … and as individual as the vast variety of wearers. The photos below provide a much better vision of the work than any words ever could.
Rachelle Marie Willnus believes in good design – whether it is for an engineer training program or to look great during a special event. Her chapeaus require a strong knowledge of design, shape and form. “As with engineering design, hat designers must be able to assess fit of product, such as a client’s face and head shape in relation to hat size and function,” Willnus says. “It’s about finding the best design to compliment the shape of the face and head size of the wearer. Any woman can wear a hat or fascinator.” Check her out below and prove her right!
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Photo credits (1): Attire: Rachelle Marie Willnus. Photographer: Jennifer Alder. Model: Lia Morse. Makeup: Stacey Manuel. Hair: Jennifer Nelson. Styling: Hoda Salameh.
Photo credits (2): Headwear: Rachelle Marie Willnus. Photography, skirt, and jewelry: Janna Coumoundouros. Styling: Marv Neal. Makeup: Stacey Manuel. Model: Joan Lutz.
Photo credits (3): URBAN DECAY Series, Detroit; Headwear: Rachelle Marie Willnus. Photographer: Janna Coumoundouros.