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2015 October Frights Blog Hop

Posted in art, ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Creative Writing, Halloween, horror poetry, horror stories, online serial fiction, pattern poetry, poems, poetry, shape poems, short story collection, the walking dead, typography, Uncategorized, visual poetry, zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2015 by ecko

Hello all,

As I’ve been away and busy working on my zombie book series, Don’t Feed The Dark, I was recently involved in an event that ran for the first ten days of October. I had a chance to feature many of my darker visuals just in time for Halloween. Here’s a video I made for the event:

Thanks for stopping by. Here is the link for the entire ten day event including links to the other authors who were involved in the event: 2015 October Frights Blog Hop

-ecko

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Inn Situ: Feast (Henry Smith)

Posted in ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Creative Writing, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, pattern poetry, poems, poetry, Sedona Arizona, shape poems, typography, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2013 by ecko

Feast

“Feast” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

Here is my third piece from the Inn Situ Chronicles visual series centered around an odd young man named Henry “Helium” Smith who’s first introduced in a story titled “Wind’s Child” featured in Inn Situ Volume One.

After a tragic incident involving a tornado that kills his parents, Henry, just a small boy at the time, becomes a media sensation when he is discovered roaming Oak Creek Canyon, miles away from the location of the incident. Some believe the tornado swept him clear across the wilderness while others say he was abducted and later released near Oak Creek. As he grows older, Henry is often found in areas where strange events have occurred and he is the subject of many stories told by both locals in and around Sedona as well as the local Indian tribes in the area.

As a result of his trauma, Henry develops an uncanny phobia that’s convinced him that if he’s not tethered to heavy object while outdoors, he will simply float away into the sky. His condition makes him the target of much abuse by mean-spirited locals who have dubbed him “Helium”.

At one point in his story, Henry is taken up on the back side of Cathedral Rock and chained to an old Juniper tree on the edge of a precipice overlooking a dark chasm where he’s left to confront his worst fear- the night sky. This visual poem is directly inspired by that event. Henry appears in both Inn Situ Volume One and Volume Two (already in progress).

For more information about the Inn Situ project and to preview some of the stories please visit the Inn Situ main site at:

http://innsitu.michaelraymond.me/

Your encouragement and support for these tales by way of comments over there is greatly appreciated and will help us gain ground when seeking publication.

ecko.

Java Zombie (a tribute to The Walking Dead)

Posted in ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, pattern poetry, shape poems, the walking dead, typography, visual poetry, zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by ecko

Java Zombie

“Java Zombie” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

One of my favorite shows, The Walking Dead, is back for more high-octane action and drama. I’ve been wanting to do a tribute piece for a while and this little bit of humor was all that I could come up with. I often have to stay up late on Sundays to watch Walking Dead, then the Talking Dead live show. Unfortunately, I pay the price having to get up at four am the following morning to do the dayshift thing. When the coffee bean is no more, I will know beyond a doubt that the end of the world has truly come…lol.

-ecko

Inn Situ: Let it Ride (Reflections of Eddie Crenshaw)

Posted in ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, poetry, Sedona Arizona, shape poems, typography, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by ecko

Let it Ride

“Let it Ride” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

Here is my second piece from the Inn Situ Chronicles visual series centered around a character named Eddie Crenshaw from Michael’s story, “You, Me and James Dean”. This piece takes another look at Eddie and is directly influenced by Michael’s story. Michael does a great job of describing Eddie here:

“Allow me to paint a visual picture of Eddie for you. Eddie stands about 5’5″ and is perpetually dressed in a menacing scowl framed by a black leather coat replete with zippers, straps and buckles in excess. He likes his music loud, fast and chock full of screaming guitars competing with screaming vocals. His conversation is what my grandfather might have called “colorful” and my mother… well, let’s just say that my mother never approved would have never approved of Eddie.

Eddie’s story, You, Me & James Dean, appears relatively early on in Volume I, in a section designated as L’Chayim: To Life! A character in Eddie’s story, whom I named only as Brenda, makes her own starring appearance in Scott’s two part story The Road Has Spoken featuring Brenda Alvarez, a young girl from Ohio in search of a new life. As is often the case, Brenda gets sidetracked on the road to discovering her new self. She and Eddie lived together briefly until Eddie passed on in a freak accident, forcing Brenda to move on.”

For more information about the Inn Situ project and to preview some of the stories please visit the Inn Situ main site at:

http://innsitu.michaelraymond.me/

Your encouragement and support for these tales by way of comments over there is greatly appreciated and will help us gain ground when seeking publication.

ecko.

Inn Situ: Demon on Watch (Reflections of Kenny Marano)

Posted in art, ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Creative Writing, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, pattern poetry, poems, poetry, Sedona Arizona, shape poems, short story collection, typography, Uncategorized, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by ecko

Demon on Watch

“Demon on Watch” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

Here is my first work from the Inn Situ Chronicles visual series. This piece takes a secondary look into the character of Kenny Marano, a Sedona police officer who is involved in an unfortunate incident involving the death of a kid while on patrol one night that changes his life forever. As a result of the death, Kenny becomes a regular nightly fixture in a shadowy corner of the Inn Situ. Kenny first appears in the story “Long Slow Train” written by Michael Raymond and is one of many stories slated for Inn Situ Volume One, nearing the end of the editing phase. This visual is directly inspired by Michael’s story.

For more information about the Inn Situ project and to preview some of the stories please visit the Inn Situ main site at:

http://innsitu.michaelraymond.me/

Your encouragement and support for these tales by way of comments over there is greatly appreciated and will help us gain ground when seeking publication.

ecko.

“Vivid Dreams” Visual Film by John Ecko

Posted in art, ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Creative Writing, horror poetry, pattern poetry, poems, poetry, shape poems, typography, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2012 by ecko

Vivid Dreams

I just made a visual film called “Vivid Dreams” posted on YouTube. I hope you have time to check it out.

ecko.

Obnoxious Pumpkin

Posted in art, ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Halloween, horror poetry, horror stories, pattern poetry, poems, poetry, shape poems, typography, Uncategorized, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2011 by ecko

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

“Obnoxious Pumpkin” Copyright © 2010 John Ecko.  All rights reserved.  From the new book, “Madhouse Theater” by Scott Scherr and John Ecko.

From the collaborative madness of story teller and poet, Scott Scherr, and visual poet, John Ecko, comes this twisted collection of short stories, poetry, and visual nightmares from the darkest corners of their unbalanced minds. The stage is set, our props have been sharpened and our cast of characters are ready to perform their torture on you, fair reader. Within these pages wait a vast assortment of sickos, maniacs, boogeyman, monsters, myths, ghosts and much, much more. Please, take your seats and welcome to the theater. We hope you enjoy the show…although you’ve been here all along.

Madhouse Theater now available at a 20% Halloween discount from now through the end of October:

http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=2893692