Michael P. Naughton's Blog (10)

L.A. Crime - An Evening with Gregg Hurwitz, Miles Corwin and More at Muse on Rodeo - Jan. 30, 2014

Muse on Rodeo will explore the world or L.A. crime, mystery, noir and pulp in our next series and are honored to announce and welcome bestselling author Miles Corwinas our guest.

Miles Corwin spent the first years of his life…

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Added by Michael P. Naughton on December 19, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

HOW TO SAY “NO” IN THE NEW YEAR USING DON LOGAN’S (SEXY BEAST) TECHNIQUE

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.’ – Dalai Lama

HOW TO SAY NO – TO NO ME IS TO LOVE ME

Recently, I tuned into an excellent podcast produced by Amy Porterfield called, “How to Set Goals and Create a Plan for the New Year.”

In the podcast, she…

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Added by Michael P. Naughton on December 19, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments

Michael Naughton Signs Deathryde at LA Times Festival of Books, April 24th from 4-6 pm

I will be signing copies of my mystery/Satire Deathryde: Rebel Without a Corpse at the LA Times Festival of Books on Sat. April 24th, 2010 from 4-6 pm.
http://www.latimes.com/extras/festivalofbooks/
Look forward to seeing everyone there.

Added by Michael P. Naughton on February 7, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

If You Get Shorty, You'll Get Me... Hollywood and Satire.... Pick up a copy of Mystery Readers International

I have an article featured in this month's issue of Mystery Readers International:

Added by Michael P. Naughton on July 23, 2009 at 3:47am — No Comments

ACTOR MICHAEL MADSEN SIGNS ON TO DEATHRYDE: REBEL WITHOUT A CORPSE

I am pleased to announce that actor Michael Madsen, of Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Donnie Brasco fame has agreed to play the lead character of James DeRossa in Deathryde: Rebel Without a Corpse. Madsen has always been a first choice for this role, but I was not sure he would would accept.

On to pre-production....

Added by Michael P. Naughton on September 28, 2008 at 4:42am — 1 Comment

BURIED LOOT... IT'S STILL A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

Remember the Stanley Kramer classic: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World with Spencer Tracy and all those crazy motorist chasing the Smiler's money buried under the "Big W?" Well, it's still a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World... I came across a recent article by the Associated Press that read: Buried Loot, A Mystery for Authorities. The article centered around a suspect, Franz Felhaber, who strolled into the Treasury Department with $5.2 million stuffed into a briefcase -- technically… Continue

Added by Michael P. Naughton on August 25, 2008 at 6:43am — No Comments

Deathryde Digs Up Another Good Review...

An excellent mystery novel for fans of the genre, August 6, 2008



The natural jump from undertaking to crime? "Deathryde: Rebel without a Corpse" is a gripping mystery about James DeRossa, who leaves his father's funeral home business to embark on a scam that could net him upwards of twenty-five million. Detective Hank Gladwin is on DeRossa's tail about his unsavory endeavors, and their cat-and-mouse chase has twists and turns throughout. An excellent mystery novel for fans of… Continue

Added by Michael P. Naughton on August 14, 2008 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Deathryde: Rebel Without A Corpse Digs Up A Good Review in The Washington Times

If you have a taste for slambang satire that plays games with the names of dead celebrities from James Dean to Barbara Stanwyck and a hearse driver with the marvelous name of Coffin Joe, Michael P. Naughton's Deathryde: Rebel without a Corpse (Gilded Hearse Press, $12.95, 183 pages), is your kind of book. It's the story of a gang of criminal undertakers engaged in a caper known as "Harold and Maude" involving a group of Hollywood funeral homes and an ancient but unforgotten mafia… Continue

Added by Michael P. Naughton on July 11, 2008 at 1:14pm — No Comments

What I Write to While I'm Writing and How Today's Detectives of the Silver Screen Have Lost Their Jazz

In Stephen King’s book, On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft, he talks about filtering out distractions and creating your own universe while writing. King said he likes to work to loud music -- hard-rock stuff like AC/DC, Guns ‘n Roses and Metallica and how music is another way of “shutting the door.” Quentin Tarantino also spoke about creating the atmosphere – how he’ll write for a while and then find the appropriate song to keep him in the mood. For me, music has always been part… Continue

Added by Michael P. Naughton on July 7, 2008 at 6:42am — No Comments

Before There Was Six Feet Under, There Was Deathryde: Rebel Without A Corpse

Question: You said you wrote this story originally as a script before HBO’s Six Feet Under and pitched the idea around Hollywood. Explain what happened and why you shelved the story?



Michael P. Naughton: Call it Jungian synchronicity, collective unconsciousness or just plain old coincidence— or maybe not. I was working on the general story and wrote up a treatment for Deathryde and also read Jessica Mitford’s classic The American Way of Death Revisited. I was working with Jorge… Continue

Added by Michael P. Naughton on July 2, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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