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Joined 05-01-06, id: 1038029, Profile Updated: 02-29-12
Author has written 29 stories for Red Eye, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Inception, In Time, and Red Lights, 2012.

This is a recent update, more recent (being added in November 2010), that is, than what follows the pound signs below. A public service announcement, actually: I've only just noticed that due to something (a FanFic.net systems "upgrade," a fresh new incompatibility between my Macs and the website, the act of a less-than-beneficent deity, etc.), most of the formatting has vanished from my stories. The interstitial markings (or section dividers, or, more specifically, the rows of stars), my beloved em-dashes: gone. Right now, things look very and uncomfortably Faulknerian, especially in the first-person environment of Mad Jack, Madder Rose. I'll be doing my best to get things re-formatted (as I found with Dream Girl, the system seems okay with pound signs and with dashes copied and pasted from OS X's Special Characters Finder window). (Or not, as I just discovered. Look for bolded uppercase Xs for dividers for now.) Until then, apologies, thanks for your patience, and feel free to complain when things get too psychadelic in the style department.

More recent than the recent update above, it now being the end of February 2012: I think I owe some of you an apology. My account settings got kerfluffled in a site update... and, as a result, I haven't been receiving e-mail notifications for story reviews for about two months. If you've reviewed any of my stuff since the start of 2012 or thereabouts and I haven't responded (or not-responded even more than I usually do), my apologies... and my thanks. I do appreciate your comments!

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(Is this thing on...?) Shy about revealing personal details online. Here, instead, is a partial list of sources for the latest disaster-in-the-making, Red Eye: Underground:

Books:

David Brandon and Alan Brooke, Haunted London Underground

J.E. Connor, London's Disused Underground Stations

Andrew Emmerson and Tony Beard, London's Secret Tubes

Douglas Rose, A Diagrammatic History: The London Underground

Steven Smith, Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets

Richard Trench, London Under London: A Subterranean Guide

London A-Z

Websites:

Subterranea Britannica

Videos:

Creep (2005) (very frightening and atmospheric; excellent use of Aldwych Station and the closed platform at Charing Cross)

Ghosts on the Tube (Indigo Film & Television) (extremely subtle and creepy documentary)

The Tower (PBS Home Video, 2001)

Tunes:

Crooked Fingers (with Neko Case), "Your Control"

Rob Dickinson, "The End of the World" (because, under all the weirdness, there's a romance here)

Fever Ray, "Keep the Streets Empty for Me"

Gary Numan, "Hybrid" (opening or closing credits. The father of industrial synth. And his original band was Tubeway Army.)

Woven, "My Conditioning" (Rippner's theme. Includes the showstopper line "I'll always remember when you didn't see me watching." Quiet and insidious.)

Bonus: "Lightning Blue Eyes," by Secret Machines. Completely to blame for "Red Eyes."

And since it all seems to come down to music: "Great Divide," by VNV Nation, is the song behind "Lux."

More music! What else? "Mad Jack, Madder Rose": The Soundtrack would go kinda like this:

Goldrush, “Dead”

Ladytron, “Deep Blue”

A Place to Bury Strangers, "Everything Always Goes Wrong

The Raveonettes, “Breaking into Cars”

Scanners, “Raw”

The Handsome Furs, "I'm Confused"

Wolf & Cub, “Rozalia Bizarre”

Blue Sky, Black Death, "Stillness"

School of Seven Bells, “Chain”

Devics, “Birdback”

Of Montreal, "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal"

The Twilight Sad, "I Became a Prostitute"

Apse, "All Mine"

Better Than Ezra, "So Alive"

The Bravery, “Above and Below” and "Hatefk"

Crooked Fingers, “Sleep All Summer”

(I know it sounds silly, but this time the tunes and the tale just clicked. Been listening to this playlist practically nonstop while writing "Mad Jack.")

That's all for now. Thanks for tagging along...

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... and we're back, much later, with more for the List of Things to Which I Listened Incessantly While Writing [Insert Name of Story Here]. This time, they're tunes I associate with "Dream Girl," and they are...

Katy Carr, "Sparkle"

Crocodiles, "Hearts of Love"

Blonde Redhead, "Black Guitar"

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Oh, and this might be helpful: I'm a Cillian Murphy fan. Simply: that's it. What got me over here in the first place. Might clarify what would otherwise seem a weird grouping of story focal-points. My number-one "undocumented" guest-star (and there are plenty, especially from the Golden Age of Hollywood) is Emily Blunt. Spot her if you can...

One more thing: the story-order for "The Outside of Your Skin" (the big Sunshine arc): "Pod," "Flare," and "Split." "Heretic" is a followup to the arc. "Binary" is a slight shift over from "The Outside..." Yeah, yeah, I know...

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Update, later-later (it's now June 2011-- heavens to Murgatroid, how time flies when there's nothing done). A further confession: because these stories are based on movies, and because, consequently, they're further-movies, so to say, I cast all my original characters, and the Actors Equity of world cinema, from pretty much 1905 on, serves as the shortlist. That is, Lon Chaney, Sr., has "appeared" in a story; British character actor Mark Strong is one of my regulars. Two Russells (Brand and Crowe) have put in appearances; James Cagney, Marjory Main, and Norma Shearer occupy a story that also features John Malkovich, Nicolas Cage, and Viggo Mortensen. Emily Blunt turns up regularly, too... though I'm almost afraid to admit who she "is," since her character receives a certain amount of hate mail. Plenty of hate mail, actually. (Sometimes it gets kind of scary. Fun, but scary.)

Thus ends the confession for the-- what?-- quarter? The entire year--? In any case, thanks for checking in...

(Oh, and the tune stuck in my head for Reception is "You," by TV on the Radio. Go get it stuck in your head, too. It's very cool.)

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Update for February 2012: There's a website! The Cillian Murphy Hello! Zone is up and running. Irreverence, weirdness, sparseness... and an exclusive fic (or a draft of one, at least) based on Enda Walsh's Misterman, the one-man play that could well become Cillian's signature piece. Stop by and and set a spell. You'd be most welcome...!

Misterman: Thomas can be found right here: http://cillianmurphyhello.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=fiction&action=display&thread=14&page=1

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Ghostlights reviews
Just in time for Halloween, the mashup no one requested. From the journals of Dr. Margaret Matheson: Margaret and Tom investigate a haunted movie theater with the help of a paranormal investigator of the slightly less-professional kind. Rated for bird collisions, textile destruction, and random insults. Who do you call...?
Red Lights, 2012 - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,431 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Published: 10/29/2012 - M. Matheson, T. Buckley - Complete
Over the Ocean reviews
A prequel to "Red Lights": Tom Buckley and Margaret Matheson investigate inexplicable- and potentially monstrous- goings-on in a coastal town in Maine. Mystery, mayhem, and tragedy await. How long can you hold your breath...?
Red Lights, 2012 - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Horror - Chapters: 9 - Words: 63,992 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 8/22/2012 - Published: 2/29/2012 - T. Buckley, M. Matheson - Complete
Viral reviews
Is it a crime or a disease? In a future Los Angeles where immortality is possible, something is cutting time horribly short for an increasing number of victims. Timekeeper Raymond Leon is on the case. Rated for gore and sensuality. Welcome to the Zone!
In Time - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 23,649 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 11/7/2011 - Published: 9/12/2011 - R. Leon - Complete
Rosa reviews
Written way back when, but it actually works as a gentle follow-up to "Binary." Back on Earth, Capa and Cassie adjust to married life during a visit to Capa's sister, Rosa, in Sydney. Nothing tragic: just a bit of fluff. Welcome home!
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,912 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/6/2011 - Capa, Cassie - Complete
Reception reviews
What would a pre-wedding get-together be without a certified but beautiful psychopath, a terrifying mother-in-law or two, and random embarrassing misunderstandings? A lot more dignified than what lies below. Toss one back, folks: it's party time...!
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 10,956 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 8/1/2011 - Published: 6/19/2011 - Complete
Watching the Red Eye reviews
A mashup with indie comedy "Watching the Detectives." Jackson Rippner picks the wrong time to get jealous. Between that, the terrible title, and the fact that only three people on Earth saw the crossover film, what could possibly go wrong...?
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Humor/Suspense - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,028 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/25/2011 - Published: 4/19/2011 - Jack R., Lisa R. - Complete
Grounder reviews
Post-film followup to "Dream Girl." In London, Robert Fischer struggles to find solid ground between dreams and reality, between sanity and madness. Rated M, for the first and likely only time, for explicit intimate content. Mind your surroundings...
Inception - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 44,664 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 4/5/2011 - Published: 1/18/2011 - R. Fischer Jr., Eames - Complete
Dream Girl reviews
With apologies for the title, one for the Robert Fischer fans. A semi-sinister life-lessons story set a couple of years before the movie. Rated for language, violence, and semi-adult situations. Welcome to dreams, reality, and the things in between...
Inception - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 24,044 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 9/29/2010 - Published: 8/26/2010 - R. Fischer Jr., Browning - Complete
Binary reviews
Semi-A/U, and a what-if: one captain, one ship, and one big crew, all out to reignite the sun. Action and horror, tragedy and heroics, and, of course, set-pieces as big as all outdoors. Welcome to the one and only mission of Project Icarus.
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 33,163 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 5/23/2010 - Published: 3/19/2010 - Complete
Mad Jack, Madder Rose reviews
A followup to “Lux.” A bit of backstory for our favorite dangerous field-manager and not-so-favorite villainess. Featuring a guest star from "Batman Begins," first-person narration, and at least one major life decision. Not seeing double...? You will.
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 41,184 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/20/2010 - Published: 11/9/2009 - Complete
Lux reviews
Unexpected followup to "Underground." Deadly misunderstandings, revenge, and apocalyptic weather make for a dark and stormy nightmare at the Lux Atlantic. Rated for language, violence, and adult situations. Welcome in, and enjoy your stay....
Red Eye - Rated: M - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 6 - Words: 27,754 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 9/3/2009 - Published: 7/20/2009 - Complete
Underground reviews
A romantic trip to London turns strange and dangerous when Lisa and Jackson run athwart a gang of tech thieves. Rated for violence, sensuality, naughty language, and a prologue longer than the Central Line. This is the followup to DOA. Mind the Gap.
Red Eye - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 70,882 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 4/7/2009 - Published: 2/4/2009 - Complete
DOA reviews
Admittedly a most tardy followup to "Bagels." There's got to be a morning after, and this one presents Lisa Reisert with a deadly race against time. Rated for violence, mild adult situations, and, of course, squee. Time to wake up!
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 13,456 - Reviews: 50 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/19/2008 - Published: 11/5/2008 - Complete
Heretic reviews
Eighteen months after the events in "Pod," Capa and Cassie take what should be a relaxing trip to the Capa family home in Michigan, only to find that ideas and reality can sometimes clash in deadly ways. Rated for violence, blood, and sexuality.
Sunshine - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 43,606 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 8/12/2008 - Published: 7/9/2008 - Complete
Penumbra reviews
A grim what-if. The Icarus I is calling, but our intrepid crew isn't stopping. That doesn't necessarily translate to a happy ending. Rated for language, madness, and ethically questionable decisions.
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 6 - Words: 11,032 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/17/2008 - Complete
Split reviews
The Outside of Your Skin Trilogy: Part Three. How the "Pod" people got to be the "Pod" people. Rated for cussing, gore, and half-baked psychedelia. Grab your shades, kids. It's time to SPLIT....
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,562 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/10/2008 - Complete
Flare reviews
The Outside of Your Skin Trilogy: Part Two. Just over a year into their mission, the crew of the Icarus II battens the hatches against a force deadly and invisible. Rated for salty language, a smattering of innuendo and gore, and one bad bacon joke.
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 7,191 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 5 - Published: 5/6/2008 - Complete
Pod reviews
The Outside of Your Skin Trilogy: Part One. Four survivors are homeward bound in the cramped remnants of the Icarus II. Rated, with a humble nod to the Gulag Archipelago, for violence, gore, and coarse language. Just stay sane... and keep breathing....
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 11 - Words: 20,799 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 5/3/2008 - Published: 4/30/2008 - Complete
Sleepers reviews
A little darker, a little more eerie. Before the mission, the crew participates in an experimental transit procedure, with disturbing results. Rated for language, sensuality, and violence.
Sunshine - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Suspense - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,886 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/20/2007 - Complete
Inversion reviews
Before the mission, Kaneda and Corazon encounter trouble on an icy road. A quiet, chilly, snowcovered tale of survival written in February 2007.
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Drama/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,080 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Published: 11/20/2007 - Complete
Snowball reviews
Before the mission and before the film's release: a casual group training exercise sees the crew trying their collective hand at softball. Featuring cussing, innuendo, bad sports writing, questionable gamesmanship, and beer. Batter up!
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,717 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/20/2007 - Complete
Psych reviews
Premission vignette featuring Cassie and Capa. Very short and very harmless, unless you're a mindreading psychiatrist or you fear homely outerwear. One for the coming of winter....
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 926 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/19/2007 - Complete
Teamwork reviews
Brief premission training tale featuring Mace and Capa. Written well before the film's release. Manly implications but no slash. Rated T for coarse language and random acts of indigestion. Forward!
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,820 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 14 - Published: 11/19/2007 - Complete
Icarus II: The Crew Journals reviews
Affectionate if blatantly irreverent examination of the thoughts and feelings of the brave crew of the Icarus II. Written well before the film's release. With apologies to jarheads, geeks, space botanists, and astronauts everywhere....
Sunshine - Rated: T - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,265 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/19/2007 - Complete
Bagels reviews
A followup to RED EYES. 'Cause even enemies got t' eat. One shot. Mind the squee and pass the juice!
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,555 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 5 - Published: 11/27/2006 - Complete
Jammed reviews
Being a Halloweenesque nudge at humor in the 28DL world following NORTH SEA. One shot. That should be bad enough.
28 Days Later - Rated: T - English - Humor/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,430 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/23/2006 - Complete
North Sea reviews
Sequel to 28DL, starting right where the original ends. Jim, Selena, and Hannah take a helicopter ride straight into a vortex of intrigue, fear, pursuit, and revenge, from West Yorkshire to the end of the world. Climb aboard!
28 Days Later - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 14 - Words: 69,995 - Reviews: 78 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 8/21/2006 - Published: 5/23/2006 - Complete
The L Word reviews
A standalone tale that illustrates why this place needs a Travesty category. A certain field manager learns that revenge is a dish best served with duct tape, scissors, and a cold microbrew. Welcome to poker night, Mr. Rippner!
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,743 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/26/2006 - Complete
Red Eyes reviews
Lisa and Jackson meet again. Hey, don't they always? Creepiness ensues when Mr. Rippner buys Miss Reisert a drink on yet another stormy evening flight. If it's not all about her this time, then who...?
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 5 - Words: 8,183 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 5/26/2006 - Published: 5/14/2006 - Complete