Welcome, fellow Web Traveler. I'm happy you found my little rest spot. I hope you can relax here and enjoy some informative posts and positive musings. I talk about my delights, which are diverse, in as upbeat a manner as I can muster. Wander through my pages to, hopefully, enjoy some of the things I get pumped up about. Stay a while, and take a load off. And if you are a kindred spirit aiming to lose weight watch my progress as I try to lose one hundred pounds -- maybe we can inspire one another.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Bite of Cambridge

Greetings 'Filmed In Canada' or 'Filmed in Cambridge, Ontario' web searchers. The Bell Media Space Channel syfy/thriller tv show, BITTEN, is filmed in Hespeler, Ontario the part of Cambridge, Ontario that overlooks the Speed River. The television howler is also filmed in Blair, Ontario, a small town that's nestled between Kitchener, Ontario and Galt, the largest portion of Cambridge, and another favorite filming location for a plethora of movies and television shows.

BITTEN is  about a pack of werewolves but especially the only female werewolf on Earth, Elena Michaels, played by the mesmerizing Laura Vandervoort who is most famous for being Supergirl on the long-running Smallville. The show is based on a 2001 novel and the Otherworld series by Canadian author, Kelly Armstrong.

Hespeler is doubling as Bear Valley, a fictional town in the state of New York. And in Blair, filming is at the mansion that is almost ubiquitous in thrillers these days, Cruickston Manor which stands in for Stonehaven, home of the patriarch or alpha of the wolf pack. If you look at my 'Filmed in Canada' page you can't help but notice the foreboding and somewhat creepy-looking Cruickston Manor looming a few times in other movies and television shows.

The cast and crew and the Hespeler locals built some mutual affection during filming. The quaint little town, home of the Shamrocks hockey team, was found to be warm and inviting by the cast and crew of Bitten and the residents and business owners found them likewise, to be kind and accessible.

Here's to hoping the relationship continues more than one season.

Enjoy the few pics I have on offer.





Sunday, August 18, 2013

Newcastle Diet Update

I'm blogging today to keep you posted about my progress on the New Castle Diet. That's the diet that Dr Roy Taylor of Newcastle, England asserts can reverse type 2 diabetes. You have to eat 800 calories a day on a low-carb diet for 8 weeks. There are many testimonials of ordinary people not pushing a product or book claiming to have done just that.

This is Day 6 of my diet. I have lost 10 lbs. If I don't plateau for a long period I may lose a significant amount of weight by 8 weeks end. My blood sugars are starting to get much closer to the normal range without meds or insulin.

I am excited but also worry that I will cheat. Sometimes it is easy to eat only 800 calories and sometimes it isn't. Temptation often surrounds me with my kids and their eating choices. It's a good test to improve my self-discipline. But it would be nice if my kids would cut me a little slack and eat in their bedrooms or take their 'take-out' outside.

Interestingly, this program meshes quite well with Intermittent Fasting. It's quite easy to stick to 800 calories if I only eat in a short window of 5 to 8 hours. If I fast from 7PM I can eat in windows of 11-7, 12-7, 1-7, or 2-7. That's even better for my blood sugars. I've discovered in the past that IF works well with blood sugar control -- when I've stayed on it. Life would intrude (because I would let it of course) and I would go back to a normal eating schedule. But now these 2 programs: the Newcastle Diet, and Intermittent Fasting work together as a tag team. It's working for me at the moment anyway. I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

Diabetes type 2 is an awful disease. It's a death sentence with a countdown that could be years or decades long depending on how well it is managed coupled with dumb luck like genetics or environment. Some die of a heart attack too young. Others live longer but deal with worsening eyesight, amputations or dialysis. It's not easy to control through diet and exercise only and most end up on insulin.

It's considered incurable but some claim to have the answer. A 30 day raw veggie diet has been tooted as the cure for type 2 diabetes and I've looked at it. It may work for some but it's not for me. I just can't digest raw vegetables very well. The RAW method gives me the RUNS.

Then I came across what some are calling the Newcastle Diet. It's a diet being promoted by a Dr Roy Taylor in England. The diet involves eating only 800 calories a day for eight weeks. Seven of eleven subjects who participated in the Newcastle study reversed their type 2 diabetes by the end.

This of course piqued my interest. I did further research and discovered there are many testimonials of people claiming their type 2 diabetes has been cured or at least driven into remission after completing diets similar to this.

The premise is that this very restrictive eating program forces the body to consume all the fat clogging up the pancreas and liver which restores proper insulin production and sensitivity. Afterwards you eat normally but intelligently to stave off the lifestyle that brought the disease in the first place. Eight weeks is not forever. It's worth investigating. But remember before embarking on such a program to consult your doctor.

I am willing to try it. I will keep you all posted.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Tastes Like Sugar

Xylitol is an all natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar. I kid you not. Xylitol really does taste like sugar. There is no bitter or licorice after taste like there are in other sugar substitutes. My tea and coffee tastes just the same as if I'd put regular sugar in it. And it does look like sugar -- except the granules are a tad larger.

It is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline granule that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. The xylitolcanada website claims that xylitol is good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners.

It contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate. Xylitol is a natural insulin stabilizer, therefore it doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar and actually helps reduce sugar and carbohydrate cravings.

Xylitol has no known toxic levels, though excessive use might cause a mild laxative effect which resolves as the body’s enzymatic activity adjusts. A large percentage passes through the body before the carbohydrates are absorbed, thereby making it safe for diabetics or anyone pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I would still caution that you should consult your doctor about using xylitol if you are a diabetic. But I will say that I have used it with no coinciding sugar spike. I love it in my tea, coffee, and cocoa and I use it for low glycemic dessert recipes.

I'm ecstatic to finally find a way to safely feed my occasional sweet tooth craving. Quality of life over austere diet restriction is for happy-making.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Reverse Diabetes

Proponents of the following system claim that diabetes can be reversed in 8 weeks with many diabetic characteristics dropping in one week:

1. Eat a low glycemic load, high fiber, plant-based diet of vegetables, beans, nuts, limited whole grains, fruit and lean animal protein

2. Vigorous exercise (fast walking, running, biking, etc.) 30 minutes 4-5 times a week and strength training 20 minutes 3 times a week

3. Take a good multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D and blood sugar and insulin balancing nutrients (including chromium and alpha lipoic acid)

I've incorporated most of this in my own routine with some modification. I don't eat any grains and my workout diverges from this prescription in the follow way:

I do high intensity bursts of 1 min with a skipping rope with 1 min rest in between every other day for about 10 minutes. The alternate days I walk a brisk mile with my dog. Just 10 minutes of H.I.I.T. will work. Later, as I get more fit, I may increase to 2 min high intensity with 1 min of rest in between up to a maximum of 20 min.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Intermittent Fasting

I have returned to I.F.ing (Intermittent Fasting), the only method of diabetes control that I've had consistent success with in the past. Combined with low-carbing, my NutriBullet, and exercise of course. Go here to read about a recent scientific study extolling the virtues of Intermittent Fasting.

It's been 2 years since I've tried Intermittent Fasting. A lot has happened in the mean time: my mom passed away; my wife and I split up. But amazingly, my health has improved. My weight which consistently stayed in the 267 lb range dropped to the 250s in the last 18 months. I slowly became stronger in my core and in the last 3 to 4 months the agonizing muscle spasms that would strike seemingly out of nowhere and at any time I exerted myself finally stopped. As a result, I've been able to work out more regularly and more physical tasks have become possible.

On top of all this, though, two recent developments have prompted an awareness that I need to take my diabetes much more seriously and embark on a full-throttle lifestyle change.

About 3 weeks ago I discovered that I was much more sensitive to wheat than I had previously known but also I learned that wheat spikes my blood sugar more than actual sugar does. Also, I lost my glucometer so I wasn't checking my blood sugar over many weeks. That always tempts me to over-indulge in higher glycemic foods because I'm pretending my blood sugar is fine. It wasn't. I had all the symptoms of high blood sugar: more frequent urination; grumpiness; over-sleeping; low-energy; and blurred vision. Finally, I decided to purchase a new glucometer and discovered my blood sugar was out of control.

Around the same time I read about the addictive nature of wheat and how it can increase appetite and that it raised blood glucose more than a candy bar. That was enough! I knew I had to return to a low-carb lifestyle and avoid wheat or I was going to develop nasty diabetic complications like blindness, kidney damage, liver damage, gangrene, and heart problems. So, I have been wheat-free and low-carbing for 3 weeks.

The next development made a lifestyle change even more critical; I discovered my diabetic medication was causing my heart to skip beats. I have always been leery of metformin (the medicine that lowers my blood sugar by helping my cells absorb glucose) because of side-effects and so I have never been a regular user of the stuff. But because of my new commitment to get my blood sugars lower and keep them consistently low I decided to try the metformin again. About half an hour to an hour after I took my dose I felt an odd gaseous feeling in the center of my chest which I have had on occasion in the past but always chalked it off to indigestion. This time something didn't feel right. I don't know if it was because I was more mindful of my health but for whatever reason I decided to check my pulse. The rate was within the range of normal but it skipped a beat every ten. I wasn't sure if I was right about that but I tried my pulse on my wrist, my neck and at various times over the next few minutes. But sure enough, like clock-work, every ten beats it was skipping one. Over the next 2 hours I checked dozens of times. My heart would skip a beat at either 10, 20, or 30 beats. This scared the crap out of me as I'm sure it would anyone. I tried to think if I had done anything different that day. I hadn't eaten anything unusual. I didn't have any symptoms of flu or fever. Then I remembered the metformin that I hadn't taken in weeks.

I googled 'metformin side-effects+skipped heart beats' and got a number of hits mentioning skipped beats as a side-effect of taking metformin. I had never seen that listed before, not with the more known side-effects. I was relieved. Since quiting metformin I haven't had a recurrence. It makes me wonder if the other times I had that odd full-ness feeling or gaseous sensation in my chest had been when I took metformin. I was relieved my heart wasn't going to suddenly burst but now I was left with the realization that I had to get serious about blood sugar control or I will be on insulin. So now I'm low-carbing, going wheat and grain free, fasting until my blood sugars lower before I eat and I'm doing H.I.I.T workouts with a skipping rope and isometric body-weight exercise every other day. Praise God that my improved health and cessation of spasms has made working out possible.

I will keep you all posted.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wheat-Free?

I am 'gob-smacked' (Brit for 'Amazed') after reading dozens of testimonials of people who have completely given up wheat and grains. These are people who are not pushing any product or book.

A fire was lit when a journalist ripped the wheat-free diet and literally hundreds of people responded with comments asserting life-changing benefits reaped from going wheat-free.

It definitely encourages me to stick with my own wheat-free journey. I'm one week in, and already my appetite for food has decreased. Wheat in our frankenfood society, acts like opium in the brain making us addicted and actually increasing appetite not only for wheat but food in general. No wonder people lose weight when they eliminate it from their diet.

But judging by the mountain of positive testimonials weight loss is not the most trumped benefit; people are claiming their blood sugars are at or near normal without meds; asthma has stopped; psoriasis; no more seasonal allergies; acid reflux gone; no more migraines; more mental acuity; less unexplained exhaustion; better sleep; more energy; increased strength and endurance. The list goes on and on. Some of these benefits could be yours. Consult a doctor about quitting medication of course. But once they see your improved lab work ...

Maybe not everyone gets the same results but the consensus seems to be that going wheat-free maybe just what the doctor should have ordered. I'm going to try it for 30 days.

Anyway, here is the link with the negative article slamming the wheat-free way followed by hundreds of positive testimonials extolling the wheat-free way.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Why I Love Tomatoes

Tomatoes are delicious and actually a fruit not a vegetable by virtue of growing above the ground and having seeds on the inside. I love their sweetness and have always been a fan of tomato paste, tomato sauce, salsa, and ketchup. They're a great source of immunity boosting vitamin C. But, there is another reason why I eat a boat load of them: tomatoes are very low in carbs. I am a diabetic, so watching sugar intake is a full-time job. One large tomato has only 5 net carbs. That's just awesome for me. So many of the foods I love are high in carbs. As a transplanted Brit, I love my fish and chips. Sadly, potato is banned from my diet since it is 100% starch which turns to sugar quickly in the blood stream. I can still eat the fish, but steamed or grilled rather than battered and fried. Still love fish though. Another staple of the those from the Uk is bread. They say we'll eat anything on a sandwich. I used to eat crisps (potato chips) on bread ... with butter ... yum!. Now bread is off limits. I really hate diabetes.

Tomatoes are great in salad, but also as a topping, or in a sauce. I'm actually making my own ketchup out of them today. They're good raw, and cooked. I like to grill slices of them and put them on my bunless burger or steak with a little cayenne or chili pepper.

So, that's why I love them. Delicious, healthy, low-carb, and inexpensive.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Weight Loss Without Even Noticing

I have some happy news to report. In the last month, I have lost fifteen pounds! Using the NutriBullet to drink my vegetables, and fruit along side a protein proved a winning combination. Eating protein with your carbs reduces sugar spikes and helps to keep blood sugar even, important for limiting fat production. Examples of meals I eat, would be a spinache/carrot/strawberry drink and a small piece of fish, or one slice of toast with cheese and a kale/orange/pineapple drink, or 2 eggs beside a drink of broccoli/apple/carrot/sunflower seeds. Yes, the NutriBullet pulverizes seeds and nuts. Whatever you want from the fruit/vegetable/nut/seed categories becomes a thin drink that is easy to down. If you need ideas, or have specific health goals in mind, there's a book chock full of recipes focused on nutrition laser-targeted at the various systems of the human body.

The NutriBullet has been great for me, because I hate most vegetables. I find them tedious to eat--hard to chew and time-consuming--so, the concept of drinking them with water from my water cooler fills me with joy. But, conversely, it's a great time-saver for the vegetarian and vegan life style too

Another unplanned benefit of the NutriBullet is hydration. I am drinking much more water than I normally do. You have to add a certain amount of water to the vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds--whatever you want to pulverize--when using the Nutribullet.

I will keep you posted on my weight-loss success as I follow this diet plan.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oblivion

Never used to be a Tom Cruise fan. I liked him, but I could never picture him as the powerful, resourceful action hero type. Maybe I was prejudiced because I know he's very short and not particularly ripped, which is silly, I know. But I read recently that he does all his own stunts, and even scaled that super-tall building in Dubai featured in MI Ghost Protocol. That really impressed me; have you seen some of the action scenes in his movies? The fact he could do the stunts himself, and just his whole work ethic and dedication to his craft has transformed me into a fan. Oblivion, his latest, is awesome by the way.

Friday, April 12, 2013

I am dabbling in marketing lately. The learning curve was daunting at first. There is an overwhelming amount of information on how to make money on the internet. I'm a complete newbie but learning more and more all the time. There are so many people, beginners and gurus, trying to attract/lure a potential customer using social media like Facebook and Twitter,Youtube videos, e-mail lists, google ads, ebooks, website stores, even free stuff... the ways and means used are numerous.

The last thing on the list I just recounted, free stuff, is the most surprising one of all, and interesting to me. The reason it is interesting is that I just took advantage of 2 free offers and found there to be no obligation, and most important to me, no required sharing of my credit or debit card information. The two offers I chose (there are various ones) were a dating service, and an online storage site for your computer files. Neither one asked for my banking details and when I received the confirming e-mails that I'd signed up, I was allowed to take advantage of free rewards. In my case, I chose 100 dollars in free gasoline and 100 dollars in free groceries.

All I have to do is mail in receipts adding up to 100 bucks each of five months and I get 20 dollars cash back each month. That's 100 bucks over 5 months, but it's still free money with no financial investment.

Go to this link if you want to take advantage of it.

Get your ... free gas and free food

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I have obtained a lengthy list of movies and tv shows filmed in Canada, specifically in the Maritimes, the provinces on Canada's east coast.

Many film buffs may not know this, including Canadian aficionados, but the very first feature-length film made in Canada was the 1913 production of Evangeline filmed in Nova Scotia. Pretty cool, eh?

Pick the appropriate heading in the side bar at the right and you will find, organized by province, then in alphabetical order, an exhaustive list of the many movies and tv shows filmed in the Canadian maritimes. Added for posterity's sake are shorts dating as far back as 1900.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

NutriBullet

I've been watching infomercials about the NutriBullet, the next generation of the MagicBullet, the convenient high-powered mini blender.

But, the NutriBullet promises to do much more than finely blend fruits and veggies. The NutriBullet promises to provide much more bang from nutrient absorption and save you money at the same time. How does it do this? It pulverizes even the thick pulpy mess left behind after juicing, so that all the ingredients thrown into the NutriBullet are drinkable. The entire mix passes through a strainer leaving nothing behind. It's amazing to watch in the video.

I juiced for a while, and all that mush left behind drove me nuts. What goodness was being wasted, I wondered. Plus, without the bulk to fill you, you needed to make extra juice, which is an added cost. I own the MagicBullet, and while convenient, it couldn't pulverize as thoroughly as this machine promises, and seems to demonstrate in the video.

Out of curiosity, I went to Youtube to see if there was any video feedback from recent customers. I found a number of videos posted by ordinary people not affiliated with the NutriBullet(unprofessional lighting and delivery proves this) proclaiming that the machine did exactly as promised.

So, today I purchased my own. I am quite health conscious, as a casual perusal of my posts on this site will bear out. Drinking the whole fruit or vegetable just has to be more beneficial to your health-- more nutrients being absorbed more quickly, and it's more cost-effective with less items required.

Anyone interested in this product can return and see if my experience lines up with the manufacturer's claims. I am not getting a commission.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

No Startup Fees--Really.


I was looking for a way to make money from home on my computer that didn't involve paying money up front ... zero start up fees. Though hopeful, I wasn't expecting to find anything. Then I came across a business that provides you with a website at no cost to you. They ask for no fees .. not a single penny! You make money when people buy things from your site, when you buy things you would normally buy anyway(but you don't have to buy anything--it's still a viable business if you don't), and when people obtain their own business with you as their sponsor. Then when they sell anything you get paid again. But you get paid when the guys above you make money too. And all at zero cost. Really! If you need some extra cash, and who doesn't in this depressed economy, or if you want to build a lucrative business, then look no further. I'm giving it a try ... why don't you? It's costs you nothing, nada, zilch, zero money. Click on this awesome link. NO Startup Fees!!




Saturday, February 9, 2013

Honest People Can Spread Lies

An honest person can innocently spread a lie. It's possible because of something called 'Sophistry'. Let me explain. Sophistry: the art of sounding good while providing nothing of substance, nothing that increases the hearers' knowledge of the topic, with the intended result of misleading the hearer/reader. It is what most journalists, and all politicians are schooled in. It is how they influence public opinion, hoping all the while the listener is not politically engaged, widely read, or understands the need to research the veracity of the statements. Sometimes it is unintentional like when a person repeats someone else's narrative, believing it to be gospel truth. But journalists (and teachers) are supposed to be objective and neutral which, almost without exception, they are not.

Always question everything. Don't help propagandists spread untruths or half-truths. Some school textbooks still teach that the human tailbone is a vestigial tail from a former evolutionary ancestor when that was debunked many years ago. Whether you believe in Evolution or Creation, it doesn't really matter. The tailbone is not left over from an ancestor; it serves a purpose. It is there for balance.

 Furthermore, scientists and professors are not always speaking the truth; sometimes they are afraid of being refused funding or tenure if they don't re-iterate the world-view of the powers that be. Politicians of every political stripe, journalists, pundits, talks show hosts, scientists, professors, teachers, priests, pastors, rabbis, imams should always be questioned and never blindly followed. Be a critical thinker, question everything. Otherwise, you may be an honest individual spreading the lies of others and who wants to do that?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Filmed In Canada: Eureka

Eureka, my new favorite TV show, is filmed in Canada. The quirky, science-fiction show is filmed at a number of locations in staggeringly beautiful British Columbia.

 One of the lead stars, Erica Cerra who plays tough as nails, trigger-happy, Deputy Jo Lupo (who wants the Sheriff's job), was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 The show has managed to make 'quirky' work for 5 seasons now. Eureka is a small town set in Oregon populated completely by geniuses and situated near an uber-secret government facility for the best minds on the planet.

 The stories are uniquely original each week, usually involving some futuristic invention gone haywire creating a crisis for the town of Eureka or the world that super scientists must work feverishly to solve with the amazingly resourceful Sheriff Jack Carter, of barely-above average intelligence (he bragged about having scored 111 on an IQ test thinking he had gotten 11 bonus marks).

 But, the down-to-earth Sheriff, who doesn't always understand the technical jargon of Eureka's inhabitants or their quirky antics, still somehow manages to help save the day week after week and along the way mediate some kooky disputes, juggle issues with a delinquent teenaged daughter, and wrestle with romantic feelings for the beautiful director of operations at the facility.

 Eureka: filmed in Canada, and awesome.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fat Head

I watched a documentary called 'Fat Head' last night. I was amazed and a little shocked. This movie will challenge everything you think you know about eating healthy. Some people will be happy to have their paradigm shaken while others may gnash their teeth, still others will feel vindicated after years of arguing against conventional thinking on the subject. I don't want to give any spoilers, but it's about fast food. Filmed with humor and heavy on science to back up it's declarations, I found it interesting and entertaining. Intriguing you yet? Give it a look and let me know what you think about it in the comments.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Filmed In Canada: The Amazing Race Canada

My son defies gravity in this picture. His bold physicality and go-getter attitude would serve him well on The Amazing Race. I'm trying to persuade him and his twin brother, another force of nature, to make an audition tape for the Canadian version of the CBS Hit show. I think they would be entertaining and have a good shot at winning the thing. Canada's version is unique in that the producers will have the contestants racing to destinations within Canada only. Our country, the second largest nation (geographically)in the world, has a multiplicity of natural wonders, regional flavors and diversity of cultures that make an exclusively Canadian Amazing Race possible. It will be awe-inspiring, and is bound to be a boon for tourism both from within the Canadian population, many of whom have never left their own province, and from international viewers. It will air in Summer of 2013. Can't wait.

Monday, December 3, 2012

How To Write Great Spine-Tinglers


I wrote this article a number of years ago and thought I'd share it here for my visitors who are thinking of diving in to uncharted waters and want to tackle writing a scary short story

Everyone likes a good spine-tingler. Even the squeamish who shy away from the horror genre, still like to read or watch the occasional thriller. The technique for writing fiction that best whips up the adrenalin in your reader is the same whether the story is characterized as horror, thriller or action/adventure.

The first thing you need to know before you can be effective at evoking fear in your reader or film viewer is this: You must know yourself. Specifically, you must know how you respond to fear. Think about the last time you felt terror or fearful anticipation of some impending doom.
It could have been something as mundane as an exam you didn't cram hard enough for. Or that time you thought you heard someone moving around in your living room while you were alone in your house and in bed. Maybe you were unfortunate enough to be in the path of a tornado or hurricane.

You know how you felt. Your heart palpitates. Your breath catches. You begin to shake. Your thoughts become confused. Maybe you become dizzy or your knees knock. I literally hear and feel my heart pumping and vibrating in my rib cage. My vision begins to swim and my hands shake.
But then after you realize the danger is over or was only a figment of your imagination the deep breaths of relief and the rush that ensues is something you never forget. Now have your character go through this process. Build it slowly as he or she responds to various stimuli.

That brings us to the next vital ingredient. You must create circumstances, stimuli, that will tantalize and tease the adrenal gland into pumping out the survival booster juice, adrenalin, that has people jumping up trees to escape the snapping jaws of a wolf or has even been known to give a mother super human strength to lift a car off her child.

There are three ways of doing this.

The first method is to introduce an element of the unknown. People are afraid of the dark because they don't know what is lurking there. A sudden noise in the dark evokes myriad of images in our minds as to the cause. Therefore keep your reader, along with the character, guessing as to the source of the imminent danger until the monster (whether it be man, beast or force of nature) is revealed moments before the fateful attack.

The second method involves introducing the source of terror right from the beginning, but only to the reader. The character is kept ignorant about what might be waiting in the dark or around the corner but is terrified by circumstances like unexplained creepy sounds, or the discovery of recently murdered or mutilated bodies, or the sight of vague silhouettes and blurs flitting by in the distance.

The third method is to have the character and the reader know from the first page or if it's a script, the first scene sequence, what form the monster takes. But you have to make sure it is sufficiently horrific and powerful that it will engender fear in the most stalwart or skilled of human characters. Even here there are unknown quantities. Where will the enemy strike next? Will the tornado shift direction as you try to drive out of its path. The monster must be near invincible; the serial killer should easily out-smart the detectives.

The common thread in these methods is the element of the unknown and the awful power for death or destruction the antagonist can bring; the possibility that you can lose everything that matters to you. Remember, build the tension and terror slowly and if you can be creative enough to include a twist at the end, all the better.

Good luck and happy writing.