In this installment of my video blog I talk about the Morse Basher’s threat to burn some of my novels. Also I talk about horror remakes…..
In this installment of my video blog I talk about the Morse Basher’s threat to burn some of my novels. Also I talk about horror remakes…..
This the the second installment of my video blog, Eric Morse is Watching. In this installment I talk about the horror socials and their annoying fascination with sponsor walls….
You know what, people, I’ve been getting a lot of bullshit and ignorance from a lot of you in regard to my situation with Twisted Terror Convention. I’ve been told that I’m being unprofessional by making this public. I’ve been told I need to walk away because I have no legal or contractual standing. Also, it has been said that I was providing Twisted Terror Convention a service and it was within their rights to cancel that service. Also, people, are saying this is a social issue that is just between me and Aaron and Dorine. Finally, it has been said that I’m trying to bring down a “great convention run by wonderful and professional convention organizers. All this is incorrect and shows the general horror community’s ignorance of contract law and the situation at hand. So, let me inform you, because the law of the land does not say you are allowed your opinion. You are allowed your informed opinion. Anything less is you just pissing in the wind.
First point, in regard to this being a social issue…it is not. It is an issue between business entities. The entity named William Pattison, aka Eric Morse had a contract with a business entity called Twisted Terror Convention, aka Twisted Terror Productions. This is about business and when businesses do wrong it is both a public and business issue. It shows how a business does business and if other businesses should trust doing business with that business.
Next point, about my legal and contractual standing. Twisted Terror Convention clearly and illegally broke a legal contract with me. In contract law it is stated that if it is not stated in the contract it doesn’t exist. No where in the contract that I signed did it state that Twisted Terror Convention had the right to cancel my contract at their own will. What is written into the contract is that I had a guarantee that I would have a table and an appearance at the convention. Also, just because Aaron and Dorine returned the fee I paid to reserve my table does not in the law make us even and clear. Because of the guarantee stated in the contract and the fact that there wasn’t a clause saying they could cancel the contract they are still libel to that guarantee. So, according to the law they are legally bound to find me another table and appearance at another venue and if they can’t find it in the area they must pay the difference incurred to get me into that venue (meaning travel expenses, board, and convention fees). I’m not bullshitting you this is contract law.
Next point, it was mentioned a couple times that I was providing Twisted Terror Convention a service. No I was not. It is the reverse they were providing me a service I paid for. If it was the opposite they would be paying me and that would open up another can of worms entirely. Last point, about how this is a great convention run by wonderful and professional organizers. It is obvious that I have shown that as business people Aaron Dodge and Dorine Hartnett suck at business. They are so ignorant that they have broken a legal contract and brought a ton of liability on themselves as a result. Also, kicking me out of the convention because three (or no matter the number) people don’t personally like me is an unprofessional move in the extreme. There was no legal reason they did this. There was no court order saying I couldn’t appear with said people. There was no restraining order. And, if not liking someone personally was a valid reason for kicking someone out of a conventions conventions would fall because all their guests would be kicked out at the whims of the others. You call that professional? You call them wonderful for doing such an unprofessional and illegal thing?
I want all artist, actors, directors, vendors, and especially sponsors to look at what I’ve written here and stop acting like social teenagers dealing with horror club and act like mature business people. I have stated this unemotionally and with a professional understanding of contractual law. I say they are not good business people and shouldn’t be trusted by any professional with integrity and business smarts. Thank you for your time.
Join Eric Morse for the first installment of his new commentary video blog, Eric Morse is Watching. On this blog he talks about the horror socials and masks. He also discredits a lot of the criticisms about him.
Well, I got notice from the BBB (Better Business Bureau) today saying Aaron Dodge write a rebuttal to my complaint against Twisted Terror Convention. It was exactly what I expected. He called me a bully and a harasser and said I was threatening him and his convention, which is a lie. Complaining about a wrong to the proper agency and in public is not threatening or harassing. He tried to make it out that I was somehow a threat to his guests and they didn’t feel safe with me taking part. Excuse me? I have never threatened anyone with physical harm, through a number of Aaron’s buddies have in emails. No one has any court orders against me and I don’t have any restraining orders against me. My record is clear. If people don’t like the fact I think they are ego case assholes that is not bullying or harassing that is telling the truth. In fact it is more a case of the people Aaron is making out as victims who are guilty of bullying and harassing and what they hate is the fact I got proof to back my statements up. Aaron even tried to say my being a part of the convention cost them a sponsor. Give me a break. I, one single writer, is such a huge nasty evil threat that a sponsor is going to bow out simply because of my participation. That is unprofessional in the extreme and childish. It just amazed me how full of bullshit Aaron Dodge was. Instead of focusing on the central issue, like I did all he did is try to character assassinate me. It was a joke. He even tried to say that Women in Horror Month were the ones who pushed him to get rid of me. I don’t think even they would be that big of asses. That would royally blow that fake image of theirs of being the benevolent non-profit trying to right wrongs and make poor unappreciated women get the appreciation they deserve…Nope that would make them look like a bunch of female gangsters and bullies. So, they would never do something like that.
Anyway, I’ve further rebutted his statements and hit him with a bit of contract law. The fun is just beginning….
Contact Person : Derek Young
The cult filmmaker that brought you Family Property and Midnight Matinee Psycho faces personal demons and creates the next great horror film with Psychotic State.
The filmmaker that brought you Family Property: Backwoods Killing Spree and Midnight Matinee Psycho, Derek Young, is back! But this time he is facing personal demons and taking on the subject of bullying in his epic slasher film, PsychoticState.
The plot of PsychoticState tells the story of David Coleman, a bipolar twenty-six year old man who is one of those people that the world likes to pick on. David is bullied and abused by everyone around him, including his adopted father. When David gets fired from his job after a run in with a couple bullies he loses his medical and stops taking his medication. This causes David to go into a psychotic state and in a twisted idea of justice he decides that it is time for him to take out all his bullies and abusers. The result is a killing spree and ends with a bloodbath that will be a must see for horror fans.
An Asphyxiated Films Production
In Association with
Derek Young, Adam Ginsburg, and John Rutland
John R Price II, Myron Smith, Denise GreenField, Conrad Brooks, John Angel, Greg Russell Tiderington, Bjarni Gautur, Amanda Childers, Mike Christopher, and William Pattison aka Eric Morse.
Lloyd Kaufman (Team Troma)
Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave)
George Kosana (Night of the Living Dead)
Sal Lizard (Hillbilly Bob Zombie)
R.A. Mihailoff (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III)
David Naughton (American Werewolf in London)
PJ Soles (Halloween)
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (Beyond the Mat)
Jim Krut (Dawn of the Dead)
Aleister Price (The Name of God)
Marc Sheffler (Last House on the Left)
Josh Stewart (The Collection)
Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons)
Nurse “Mixtress Demonatrix” Hatchet
Wayne “Count6String” Goulden
William Pattison aka Eric Morse
John R Price II
John R Price II
George W Richardson
Michael Slaughter West
Author William Pattison, aka Eric Morse (The Camp Crystal Lake novels, The Traveler: A Conflict of Interest, The Horror Seasons) is also writing the novelization of the film. That book will be released in the later part of 2014.
“This production has been an amazing experience for me. I feel blessed to be working with such talented people. My co-writer, Eric (William Pattison aka Eric Morse) has been a great source of inspiration and creativity on this project, much like my mentor, the late David Hess.” Director Derek Young said. “Together we all make a powerhouse of a team.”
“Working on this film and has brought up a lot of demons for me.” William Pattison aka Eric Morse admitted. “When I was young I was bullied constantly by my peers. It was incessant and I have to admit that it hasn’t changed that much in my adult years. After returning to the horror community after I found that my books have found an after life with fans I have seen and been treated to brutality by a large number of my peers in this community. We call them internet trolls, but they are the same bullies I grew up with, just now older and using the computer and other technology to tear people down to make themselves feel superior. It is honestly one of the things that is bringing our horror community down and causing people to turn their backs on it.
Even though PsychoticState is written as a gory slasher flick I hope people can see the anti-bullying message that this morality tale presents, that the cycle of pain and abuse needs to end and that we as humans need to stop trying to feel superior through brutality and show our fellow humans respect and honor. The thing is that even a person who is good at heart can be pushed into doing horrid things if society takes things too far and tries to knock them down. Sometimes nice guys don’t finish last. Sometimes they get even.”
The film will be released in 2014.
My name is not Jason! It’s David Coleman.
Meet David Coleman. If you’re a bully he’s looking for you to kill.
Well, horror community, especially independent artists and potential sponsors, on January 1st, 2014 I got a lovely letter from my “friends” Aaron Dodge and Dorine Hartnett from Sacramento’s Twisted Terror Convention, the convention I was supposed to be a “Featured Artist” on March 29th and 30th. My dear buddies who I spent all 2013 promoting their convention and giving out flyers all over San Mateo County sent me a PDF message stating they were cancelling my contract with them and sending me back my table fee. Here is the fucking kicker, people, the reason I was kicked out of this convention, which I helped to get Gil Gerard for, was because Brandon Slagle and Jessica Cameron and author and publisher Nick Gabowsky don’t like me and would feel uneasy with me as a guest at this convention. Isn’t that nice, horror community? Yeah, I had been involved in this convention since last February, so for nearly a year. Aaron and Dorine assured me that this convention was not going to be based on petty politics and was going to be fair to all the people involved. Hell, they weren’t even going to have a vendors room, they were going to mix vendors, artists, and celebrities together so everyone would have exposure. Well, that was the dream. Then suddenly actress Jessica Cameron started royally kissing Aaron ass. Suddenly Jessica’s film Truth or Dare was getting a screening there. Suddenly, Jessica was all over the website. Shit in December they royally pushed Jessica to get horny male horror fans by offering them autographed skanky pictures of Jessica Cameron in a wet T-shirt if they bought their tickets by December 31.
Oh, and you didn’t like that, Eric Morse, because you were jealous of her getting all the attention, right? You say. Honesty, I could give a fuck, but I promoted this convention and helped Aaron and Dorine out a number of times. Shit, as I said I went around giving out teaser cards to every comic book store, Hot Topic, and major social place in San Mateo County. When they got Erin Gray as a guest I put out the idea of having a Buck Rogers reunion and told them I could get them contact info for Gil Gerard. So, I contacted my dear friend JA Steel and got contact info for Gil’s representative who sets up his appearances. Oh, and I also had Aaron and Dorine on my podcast, The Wolf Pack Podcast, so they could talk about the convention and plug it. So, the thing was I was fine with things then but as time went on I noticed that Twisted Terror Convention was promoting the other guests, but weren’t promoting me. I noticed that on their second poster for the convention they had all the other guests pictures but mine was not there. This was also round the time I was helping Reyna Young promote herself for Scarenormal Convention because she and a couple of other independents were being ignored by that convention’s organizer (remember the controversy with that….Sorry, no more Scarenormal because of bullshit like this). Anyway, I ended up making my own banner and posting it on Facebook and other sites. I even subtly kept trying remind Aaron and Dorine I wasn’t getting promoted. They ignored me on that. Anyway, three months ago I contacted Aaron about possibly doing a panel on writing horror. I never got an answer, he completely ignored me. It was around then he got his huge Jessica Cameron “infatuation”. I contacted him again, figuring he had just forgot to get back to me. Oh, and I also in a round about way mentioned that pesky not promoting me thing. Well, I got nothing for an answer. I knew something was off here. So, last night Aaron posted the latest poster for Twisted Terror Convention. I looked it over and noticed all the guests were on there except of course me. Also, they posted all the films that were going to be shown at the convention. Of course Jessica Cameron’s Truth or Dare got the top spot.
Now I ask you, would you be unhappy about this? So I made a comment on the Twisted Terror Convention Facebook under the above picture. I wrote “Where is my name, Aaron and Dorine? I’m a “Featured Artist” at this convention. I’ve been a part of this convention since last February. I guess I’m the “and more”. I find that very amusing.” A friend of mine actually found the post and said he wasn’t amused by it and thought it was wrong. He said I should have been listed along with the other guest. Well, I guess Aaron got on and said that none of the “vendors” were listed either, that this poster was only to promote their “Celebrity” guests and the movies that were going to be shown. He went on to say that because I paid for my table I didn’t belong with the “guests”, so basically I was a third class member of this convention and not worthy of promotion. This royally upset me. I ended up talking to my co-host on my radio show and independent filmmaker, Derek Young. Derek contacted Dorine Hartnett and told her about the situation. He made her aware that every convention on the convention scene posts the independent artists that pay for their tables on the guest page and treat them like guests including promoting their being there. He told her that other conventions do it as a courtesy because the independents are usually putting everything they have into the appearance and can’t make back their expenses if people don’t know they are there. Dorine also contacted me and I told her the same thing that Derek said. I mentioned that at the first Days of the Dead Adolfo posted both me and Derek on the guest page and promoted us the same way as the guests. We even were part of the VIP party just like all the independent artists that bought tables there. Dorine promised Derek she would talk to her associates and tell them what we said and try to get me on future posters and promoted with the other guests.
Well, at 10:45 on January 1st I got the following PDF letter:
Twisted Terror Productions Email: email@example.com
P.O. Box 785. Lathrop CA 95330
Dear William Pattison, aka Eric Morse,
We regret to inform you that we will be cancelling your Artist contract with us. Unfortunately, your attendance conflicts with some of our current Celebrity guests.
Be on the lookout for you $50.00 deposit. We will make it out to Jeanette L. Thompson, unless you need it made out to someone else.
This was a Team decision, so please stop all emails to Dorine. We have made this decision and we are not turning back. Our number one priority is our Celebrity guests and making sure that their comfort level is at 100%.
We will be removing you from our website this week.
This is complete and utter bullshit and it is in violation in contract law. In the contract I signed there was no clause in the contract saying they could cancel my contract at will. Also they even guaranteed that I would have a table, artist passes for me and my crew and even a place at the VIP party. This was a guarantee and even sending me back my table fee doesn’t make us even or invalidate the liability they have brought on themselves due to that guarantee.
The truth is I did nothing to be kicked out of this convention. I never threatened any of their “guests”. There weren’t any legal reason to kick me out like a restraining order of a court order. The only reason was Jessica Cameron just doesn’t like me because I blocked Jen and Sylvia Soska on Facebook. Also, Brandon Slagle doesn’t like me because I didn’t appreciate him not showing up for two interviews on my podcast and then saying I quote, “I just didn’t feel like being interviewed tonight and who gives a fuck because all it is is some piece of shit podcast.” I’m sorry you wouldn’t like it if someone said that to you. The most I’ve said about Brandon, besides the fact I didn’t like The Black Dahlia Haunting was that he is a hypocrite for saying he is one hundred percent professional after what he did to my podcast and what he said. And, finally Nick Gabowsky has even less reason to pull any shit. The only reason he doesn’t like me is because of stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with him. He doesn’t like me because of the misunderstanding I had with Reyna Young in 2012. Also he doesn’t like me because my co-host on The Wolf Pack Podcast asked me to call into his girlfriend Francy Weatherman’s podcast to help promote PsychoticState.. After I said hello to the audience Francy acted like a complete ass and muted me. So, he got butt hurt because I complained about it. All these “reasons” are petty in the extreme. None of this even remotely gives reason for me to be ejected from this convention. If people not liking you was a legitimate excuse for kicking someone out ninety-eight percent of convention gets would get kicked out too.
So, independent filmmakers, artists in horror, and especially potential sponsors, take a good look at how Aaron Dodge, Dorine Hartnett, and Twisted Terror Convention has treated me and how they do business. They have stated right on their Facebook, but I need to note that Aaron has pulled all the comments, that independent artists that pay for their tables will not be mentioned or promoted by Twisted Terror Convention. Also, it has been made perfectly clear that if you comment about this state of affairs they will find a bullshit excuse and kick you out. I ask you, horror community, are these the type of convention organizers you want to support. Honestly, after this I have a new respect for Adolfo at Days of the Dead. Atleast he is honest with his bias and at least he does show independent artists some courtesy. I started out joining this convention with a lot of respect for its organizers and what it stood for. Now I walk away with disgust. It turns out they are even more biased and politically motivated than Adolfo and a number of other convention organizers. That is saying a lot. All I can say is good luck Twisted Terror Convention. If that is what your convention represents I don’t see a bright future ahead for you. Don’t be fooled and don’t drink their bullshit and don’t support such unprofessional and biased convention organizers.
I’ve currently made complaints with The Better Business Bureau, The Federal Trade Commission and other thirty-five consumer complaint sites. Aaron and Dorine have sent out their buddies to attack my complaints, but all these have been is libelous attacks against me and in no way rebuts my complaints. This also puts a spotlight on these convention organizers and the unprofessional way they have handled this situation. Now honestly after what you’ve seen above would you want to do business with these people? If you truly are professionals the answer is obvious.