“Island Zero” screens at the Boston International Film Festival


The horror film I wrote and produced, “Island Zero,” will be screened at the Boston International Film Festival on Saturday April 15 at the Paramount Theater.  If you’re in the Boston area, here’s your first chance to get a look at a movie inspired by those fun old-fashioned creature features that I grew up with!


“ISLAND ZERO” comes to the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

Our indie horror film ISLAND ZERO is an official selection of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.  It will be screened in Beverly Hills on February 21 at 10 PM at Laemmie’s Beverly Hills Music Hall Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills.  If you’d like to get the general public’s first peek at our monster movie, you can buy tickets here.

And to view the movie  trailer, check out the Island Zero website!

First look at the new horror film I wrote: “Island Zero”

Our film trailer is now up over at the terrific horror film site FunSizeHorror.com.  They have an exclusive on our film trailer for “Island Zero” as well as some production comments by our director and producer.  Have a look!


And visit the Island Zero website:



“Incendio” sheet music for solo piano now available

A number of musicians have written me, asking if the sheet music for my composition “Incendio” is available.  I’ve just written a solo piano arrangement, and a digital version is now available on Amazon.com.  “Incendio” is the theme music to my novel PLAYING WITH FIRE, about a Jewish violinist in WWII Venice who composes a haunting waltz that changes the life of a violinist seventy years later.

A printed version will soon be available as well.

Our performance of “Incendio” in Hannover, Germany

We played the piece in a gorgeous church — beautiful acoustics!  With violinist Joerg Widmoser, who played his own cadenza for the event.


On making our indie horror film “Island Zero”

Recently I was interviewed by radio host Bill Knapik about writing books — and making indie horror films.  For more info on our upcoming film “Island Zero,” visit the IMDB page.  “Island Zero” is now in post-production.


“PLAYING WITH FIRE” Book Club questions

Things to think about as you read PLAYING WITH FIRE:

–The pediatric neurologist believes that Lily may be suffering from “Complex Partial Seizures.” What are the symptoms? What does the patient experience?(for more information, visit: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/types-seizures/complex-partial-seizures)

— What seems to be the trigger for Lily’s apparently violent acts?

–Listen to the music “Incendio.” Can you hear the “Devil’s chords”?

For more information on this dissonant interval, also known as a tritone, visit: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2011/07/the-devils-interval/

To hear the music, performed by concert violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou, you can find it here:

US readers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016DVN3JO?ie=UTF8&keywords=incendio%20hou&qid=1445346407&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=8-1

UK readers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Incendio-Theme-Music-Playing-Fire/dp/B016ECNCMA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1469798174&sr=8-2&keywords=incendio+playing+with+fire


— Imagine yourself living as a Catholic in Nazi-occupied Italy. If a Jewish friend or neighbor turned to you for help, would you shelter them, knowing that you might be executed for your actions?

— Why did so many Jews remain in Italy until it was too late to flee? What kept them from leaving, despite the ever more onerous laws against them?

— In the Todescos’ place, knowing no more than they knew, would your family have uprooted itself and fled the country? Or would you have tried to “ride out” the war?

— Why did such a large percentage of Jews survive in Italy, unlike other parts of Nazi-occupied Europe? What made Italy different?





— When did you realize that Julia’s narration might be unreliable?

— Early in the story, did you spot the neurological clues pointing to the final revelation about Julia?

— Do you think this story has supernatural elements or is everything explained by science?


My interview on BBC Radio

Just got home from the UK.  Thought readers might like to hear my short interview on BBC Radio:


“Incendio” as I first dreamed it

I was going through my iPhone today, discarding old photo and voice memo files, and I came across a voice memo that I recorded almost two years ago.  It is, as far as I know, the very first recording of the “Incendio” melody, which I made while sitting at the piano.  I had dreamed of the melody, and when I woke up, the first thing I did that morning was sit down at my piano to play what I could remember.  I recorded it on my phone so I wouldn’t lose it.  It’s only the initial motif of the piece, which becomes far more complex in the following measures, but this is the fragment that started it all.  Weird to think how powerful dreams can be.  I’d been working on PLAYING WITH FIRE, and the descriptions of the music in the story must have inspired my brain to compose “Incendio” while I was sleeping.

Have a listen: