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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] bass/drum duo based on The Prisoner
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie ensemble
Darling Pet Munkee [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Youtube] garage/surf songs about items sold in comics
Space Balloons [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Children's space-traveler music
The Motion Sick [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie rock with emphasis on song

Neutral Uke Hotel
[Press][Facebook][Blog][Twitter][Youtube] Uke based Neutral Milk Hotel sing-a-long


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friends of MJE/SC: Comfortably Lovely

When I was going through some health stuff recently, the very lovely Comfortably Lovely sent me the nicest care package! I can't wait to start filling up my custom journal with ideas! IDEAS! Check out her etsy store & facebook!

"No electricity needed. Comfortably Lovely creates recycled notebooks, upcycled paper accessories and customized, unique handmade goods. 99.8% of everything I make comes from second-hand/vintage paper materials such as school, business/office sheets, maps, books and beautiful, truly nostalgic ephemera." 

MJE & his Keatsy notebook

art!

to be filled with much ideas!

THERE'S A PAGE IN BRAILLE!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

TEN at Scare-A-Con Film Festival - Verona, NY 9/12-9/14 - Nominated for Best Cinematography!




TEN is screening at the Scare-A-Con Film Festival at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona New York and we're nominated for "Best Cinematography"!

We screen Saturday at 1 PM!

Screening Schedule 
(check the official site for changes and updates)

FRIDAY
Film Fest Room 1
3 Sneak peeks of “Dwelling” and “Scope of Practice”, then the Syracuse, NY produced "King Lee" feature.
5 "HI8" feature
7 "House of Forbidden Secrets" feature

Film Fest Room 2
3 "Drifter" feature
5 "Hold 'Em" feature
7 "A Batman's Tale" feature

VHS Fest Room 1
3 "China White Serpentine" feature
5 "Geek War" feature
7 "Gorotica" feature

SATURDAY

Film Fest Room 1
11 "Last Look" feature
1 "Ten" feature
3 "Empire State of Dead" Contest shorts
5 "Pieces of Talent" feature
7 "Science Team" feature

Film Fest Room 2
11 "The Complex" feature
1 "Call Girl of Cthulhu" feature
3 "Morningside Monster" feature
5 "Throwback" feature
7 "Uncut" feature

VHS Fest Room 1
11 "SOV: True Independents Web Series" videos
1 "Clay" feature
3 "House of Forbidden Secrets" feature
5 "HI8" feature
7 "Gore Whore" feature

SUNDAY

Film Fest Room 1
11 Film Fest Shorts Block in alphabetical order
Cassandra
Connie
Cover
Creed, The
Dig
Forever
Girl
Heebie-Jeebies
Hellyfish
Imprisoned Souls
Insane
Mack Blaster
Milo in the Moon
Missing
Open House
Security Guards, The
Small Talk
Strange Thing
The Seventeenth Kind
Watcher, The
Witness Monitor
Zombie Casserole
Zombies in Utica

Film Fest Room 2
11 "They Came from the Ether" feature
1 Local Filmmaker Shorts Block
Briarwood (20 mins)
Wolf Hollow (12 mins)
Keuka (7 mins)
Bloodliness (22 mins)


VHS Fest Room 1
11 "SpyFall" feature
1 "Saurians" feature
Co-Directors Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein are very excited to attend the festival!

More about TEN:
TEN is a post-exploitation exploration of identity starring ten women.
Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she's traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs.

 

The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion's wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone--or something--has arranged to get them in the house. It's not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts.

 
At least, not until the first murder.


What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.


MAGNETIC Recap: Day 9 THE PODS aka An Ode to KTRON

A very Magnetostatic Systems update! So this day has a lot of history to it, starting with our kickstarter. When we met our kickstarter goal with some time to spare we started dreaming up some stretch goals for how we could make the film even more awesome than we had already planned. The big thing we came up with was commissioning some awesome, enormous time-travel pods.

Here's my first rough concept sketch:
Sophia's KS stretch-goal concept sketch
After we reached our stretch goal (thank you!) we were able to actually think about what we needed. We approached our friend, Cameron Keiber (who works Art Dept. on many Hollywood films) about how to create such a thing. After he got through laughing at my drawing, he introduced us to KTRON.

Sophia's 'please build this' sketch
KTRON does a lot of amazing large-scale art made out of styrofoam and metals and other crazy materials often for sets. After meeting with us she sent us a real sketch of our pods, and we said, yes! please make that for us!

KTRON's mock-up of our pods 
As KTRON worked on this insane project, she sent me photo updates of the construction, to which I always responded "looks amazing!" - while my internally I was always screaming, "I can't believe these are being built! They came from my brain!"

KTRON's workshop - very early in pod development


painted!

upright pods!

Finally, we went to visit the pods. It was glorious. I really felt as if I was about to be whisked into an alternate reality:

take me away, magic pod!
Now the pods were done, and we still hadn't found a good shoot location. KTRON came to our rescue and sorted out a really awesome art studio for us to shoot at. And, totally walked (and lifted!) us through the process of getting a uhaul to move the pods from her work space to the location! Basically, she saved the whole movie.

base waiting to be moved into the uhaul

uhaul loading was no small feat!

KTRON applying last minute paint touch ups at the location
All of this finally brings us to our shoot day, which is perhaps best told in photos!

Allix suiting up - Photo by Kelly Davidson

PODS! Photo by Kelly Davidson

awesome space - Photo by Kelly Davidson

vampire blood! Photo by Kelly Davidson

our PA for the day, Patrick Burke Photo by Kelly Davidson

lights and pods Photo by Kelly Davidson

filling them up Photo by Kelly Davidson

airing out the pod

Kelly shooting Allix through the pod window


See the pods in action in this lipsync (a kickstarter reward done from set!):


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TEN: Imaginarium Film Festival - Louisville Kentucky 9/19/14



TEN is playing Friday September 19th at 10:45 PM at the Imaginarium Film Festival!

Co-directors, Michael and Sophia are very excited to attend the fest! We're especially excited, in addition to our screening, to attend many of the film-writing panels offered.

We are also speaking on the following panels:

Marketing Roundtable:
 
Our super-panel of artists and industry professional discuss the ins and outs of successful multi-media marketing and answer the audience’s questions. Moderator: Katina French Panelists: Jerry Benns, Sophia Cacciola, J.M. Madden, Kathryn Sullivan

From Page to Stage: Screenwriters and directors speak about writing good dialogue that sounds natural on stage or in front of a camera. Moderator: Scott Sullivan Panelists: Sophia Cacciola, Michael Epstein, Anthony Taylor

Documentary 101: From choosing a subject to finalizing the credits, our panelists will take you on a step by step walkthrough of the documentary process.Moderator: Melissa Goodman Panelists: Michael Epstein, Amy McCorkle

Poetry in Motion: Poetry and song can serve as beautiful outlets for creative and emotional expression. But it isn’t as easy as you’d think. Our panelists will discuss the best practices for capturing your emotions in lyrical prose. Moderator: Iscah Panelists: Michael Epstein, J.L. Mulvihill


More about TEN:
TEN is a post-exploitation exploration of identity starring ten women.
Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she's traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs.

 

The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion's wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone--or something--has arranged to get them in the house. It's not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts.

At least, not until the first murder.





What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.


TEN directors part of the Boston Indie Mafia Hobnob & Social 9/6 (screening trailer and doing Q&A)



A social for filmmakers! The inaugural event was attended by 80 filmmakers, producers, writers, actors and production professionals who said, and we quote: "it was fun", " I had a wicked good time", "when's the next one?" and "lets do this again"

Sophia and Michael will be there to show the TEN trailer and answer questions in a brief Q&A!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sophia plays an NSA agent in Earth Heart music video for "NSA Song"

Sophia donned her aviators and played a tough government agent for Earth Heart


from the band:

"In this video, (Earth Heart) are caught on security camera breaking the rules like a couple of badass
you'd run too...
rock stars. The NSA was watching us though, and sent their most dangerous agents to capture us dead or alive. We know what happens to people arrested by these creeps, so we run like hell to get away. Unfortunately we are caught, and like so many other faceless victims we meet a most humiliating and torturous end."

I always try to be available to be in other musician's videos (here's a link to all of the ones I've been in), so hit me up!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Music Video for Anda Volley (shot and edited by Michael and Sophia) "If I Turn into a Black Rose"

Out today, a music video that we shot and edited for Anda Volley! We shot this in a few hours in the wilds of Cambridge one August afternoon:



Read Anda's blog about the video, excerpt:

"Porcelain Dalya dances, making wavelets with her arms in the sun-dappled, glowing background. She is the red rose; the purity and force of new love. Nefertara Hotep is the mischievous and magical black rose faerie, appearing and disappearing suddenly behind and between dark trees, antagonizing love; the undercurrent of transformation, how love changes. Will my lover accept me when I become, at times, a black rose? The sincerity and anxiety of unfolding ourselves and revealing our imperfections, adulterating the idealism and magnetic force lovers first hold toward each other."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

We are stealing energy from the sun! One year of data from our solar-panel system.

(This is not my main reason for writing this, but first of all, if you're interested in looking at the possibility of adding leased solar panels to your home and wish to check out Sungevity, the company we went with, please use this referral link, as it gets both of us some money: http://www.sungevity.com/get-your-iquote?referral-code=387839 - There are also other great companies, so definitely look around!)

My reason for writing this is to encourage people to look into getting solar-panel installations to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase our use of renewable energy, which is just waiting to be taken!


The numbers:
Our no-money-down lease costs $2.40 per day
NStar average price over this time: $0.18797 per kWh 
Our average generation for the first year: 14.3672 kWh / day
Solar value / day: $2.69
Current net: +$0.29 / day
Total Generation: 5244.028 kWh (72.17% of our total energy for the year) - $985.72 worth of energy


Analysis: Our plan with leasing was that we would likely lose small amounts of money on the lease for up to 5 years. The lease stays fixed, but energy costs are guaranteed (I would argue anyway) to go up. Inflation alone is guaranteed to raise costs. Our generation efficiency is also expected to decline a little, but not as much as costs are projected to go up. This is really surprising that we've done this well in the first year.

Example of a pretty good month (March 2014)





Solar System Details*
System Size (STC-DC)4.9 kW
System Size (CEC-AC)4.168 kW
Number of Solar Panels20 modules
Panel Dimensions39.1" x 65.0"
Estimated First Year Production4,724 kWh
Roof Details
Roof Pitch42°
Roof Azimuth149°
Annual Shading74%
Sungevity also currently has a generous referral program. If we get people to sign up, we get money. So far, we've already earned $2500 ($2000 cash + $500 Lowes gift card) via this program. By those numbers, if we continue to generate exactly as above, we've already ended up in the positive on the lease (and as I said, I expect we will do much better as years go on - this is actually much better than I would have originally projected). I'm not going door-to-door asking people to sign up or anything, but it's frankly a good, very-low-risk deal I think - why we signed up! So, I certainly would encourage people to check it out. Our link: http://www.sungevity.com/get-your-iquote?referral-code=387839


WHY SOLAR?

In 6th grade, we had a class project that required us to make solar collectors that could store as much heat as possible. We would measure the temperature inside our collectors before and after they spent an hour outside in the sun. We all devised various crazy schemes ranging from painting the cases black to building giant tinfoil reflector dishes to filling our collectors with water or other high-specific-heat materials. It got me really interested in the whole science of using the energy that already surrounds us instead of burning fossil fuels. I waited patiently for 20+ years before home solar collection started to really become financially viable. With state rebates and federal rebates, I got excited to make it happen at our house and we started saving money. Just when we had about enough money to get panels installed, we hit an artistic crossroads. We decided we wanted to make our first feature film, TEN, and we needed to use the money we had saved to make it possible. So, we gave up our solar dream (TEMPORARILY!) and spent all our money making a movie.

A few months pass and I hear about a wave of opportunities to lease solar panels instead of buying them. It turns out that it does reduce your savings/earnings from solar significantly, but it allows the installtion of solar panels with no money down and a fixed-cost monthly lease. We talked to Sungevity, and I worked through the numbers and they looked pretty good for us. We probably wouldn't make a financial killing on the whole thing, but we looked to make a little bit of money over the course of the 20-year lease and their minimum-production guarantees were good enough that even if we somehow never produced any energy, we wouldn't lose very much money.

Here's the timeline of the whole installation, which was a relatively painless process:

I put in for a quote on May 9th. I had a phone consultation on May 15th. After speaking with some people and exploring some other numbers, I signed on May 17th. On May 29th, Boston Solar (contracted by Sungevity) made a first home visit to take photos of our roof, the interior, the electric system, etc. On June 17th, the design plan was complete and ready to submit for permitting. July 9th, I was notified that the City of Somerville provided a permit for the installation. July 15th, the workers came and spent all day installing all the panels (I think it was about 95 degrees that day - ouch!). July 30th, the first inspector came (I think maybe a building inspector?) and then the installers returned to finish something related to electric sometime in there (I can't recall the date). August 5th, the electrical inspector came. I was notified that the installation passed inspection on August 7th. The utility came and upgraded their meters to fit with the system sometime in the next few weeks. They didn't tell us, they just did it. On August 24th, I was given permission to flip the system on, which I did myself. It was kind of fun to get to actually turn the thing on, even if it was just moving two clearly labeled switches from off to on.

I was pretty happy with the ease of the experience. I know there are now multiple companies doing this same thing and I certainly can't give you comparison info, but I encourage everyone to look into solar leasing. It would be great to get our energy generation up and with no-money-down options, it's definitely worth exploring, even if you don't have any money to invest into such a project!

Below is the report from our first week (a little more than a week for the non-graph reports). It's quite interesting to see how big the difference is between a sunny day and a bleak, cloud-covered rainy day.





My hopes with this, regardless of how much it benefits us financially, is that we can work toward generating as much electricity as we use. This also means thinking of ways to cut usage!

We've already switched all of our household lights to ThetaLux LED lights and I hope we take opportunities to further reduce our consumption. Now, if only we could find a way to make our own natural gas (not like that)!



Friday, August 22, 2014

TEN featured in Fangoria magazine issue #335

TEN is up to something a little different, looking to subvert audience expectations...and while TEN contains the scenario’s requisite blood and nudity, it veers off in directions you likely won’t see coming, both in narrative terms and in the way it explores questions of female identity.” - Michael GingoldFangoria, Issue #335


As a young child in the 80s, I was pretty obsessed with horror, sci-fi, and just plain strange films. At first, it was the Universal Monsters, then it was A Nightmare on Elm Street and House, my first R-rated movies, viewed nervously from the corner of the room through my fingers at retrospectively surreal 5th grade spin-the-bottle parties. By junior high and early high school, I was tearing through every strange title I could find at one of my local video-rental stores with my friend Josh for our frequent four-movie-day marathons or thumbing through the TV guide listings for Cinemax and Showtime's overnight slots. Long story short, I loved movies that took a chance. I loved movies that told a unique, strange, personal story to a niche audience. Whether it was compelling, surrealist horror like Phantasm or ridiculous tongue-in-cheek gibberish like Blood Diner, I consumed and loved it all. And when I wanted to learn more about my favorite popular (or obscure films), Fangoria was the top choice on the magazine rack, with everything from previews of upcoming weirdness to behind-the-scenes looks at the practical effects creating the wonderful gross-out momennts in my favorite movies. Undoubtedly, Fangoria fed my curiosity about how these movies got made and sparked an interest in making them myself! My love of genre film has continued (though I favor the classics of my youth over more modern fare) and when it became feasible to create something of my own, I went back to everything I had learned from my study of not only film itself, but the commentary and insights of Fangoria and its cousins.

Then the most amazing thing happened...


Michael Gingold of the very magazine that had such an impact on me as a film lover and a filmmaker, was on the jury at the Boston Underground Film Festival, and was very kind in asking to interview Sophia and me about TEN, which was screening at the fest. We had a lot of fun going on and on about all of the things we intended with the movie, and all of the themes we tried to jam into 82 minutes. And now...

Issue 335 of Fangoria is out! It includes our full-page feature interview about TEN, with a focus on the underlying themes and the film's exploration of female identity. We are deeply honored to be included in the magazine, and to have something in life come full circle in this way is a wonderful and rare moment that I will appreciate and cherish.

Buy a copy in the Fangoria store and help keep Fangoria telling the stories of people like us, and putting those stories in print right next to the big guys.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein host On the Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO 08/20/2014

Go "like" the On The Town with Mikey Dee facebook pageOTTwMD plays local Boston music and is on every Wednesday from 9pm-Midnight and almost always features a live band around 10:30 - it's on 91.5 WMFO - http://wmfo.org.

Send your CDs to the station SO THAT WE CAN PLAY YOU! and if you're extra nice - denote which tracks have swears (and likewise if all tracks are clean, please!)

WMFO
attn: Joel Simches
PO Box 65
Medford, MA 02155

 if you are interested in playing live on the air, contact Joel Simches 

 Here's our playlist from 08/20/14! Archive is up for a week - which includes a live performance and interview with 33 Leaves!

spun by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein on 2014-08-20
play archive
SongArtistAlbumTime Played
Fanfare SparkMistle ThrushDrunk With You21:04:00
Blues In D (011613)ReverseLive From Studio Dee; The Very Best Of On The Town With Mikey Dee Volume One21:06:00
RISESchoolTreeRise21:14:00
Speech of FoxesGem ClubIn Roses21:17:00
SALTAll Eyes On MeAll Eyes on Me – EP21:21:00
Sunken ShipWill DaileyNational Throat21:25:00
Can You Stand It (feat. Ad Frank)D-TensionD-Tension’s Secret Project21:28:00
Rare Earth Element (08-18-10)JaggeryLive From Studio Dee-The Very Best Of On The Town With Mikey Dee Volume One21:35:00
Helicopter Fight SongHelicopter HelicopterWild Dogs With X-Ray Eyes21:39:00
Kurt VonnegutThe Field EffectCartography21:42:00
Off & OnThe I Want YouAh Really21:45:00
Get Up GirlUranium DaughtersGet Up Girl – Single21:48:00
FilligreeCurious RitualGod Hilliard21:51:00
No one leftSoccor MomSoccor Mom21:59:00
Catch/ReleaseFull Body AnchorLive From Studio Dee: The Very Best Of On The Town With Mikey Dee22:03:00
Robot GlassesHookerClopsI No Bueno!22:06:00
RianJenny Dee and the DeelinquentsBoston Does Boston Vol. 1 & 222:09:00
Pavement ProphetGarvy J.Boston does Boston Vol. 1 & 222:13:00
You Don’t Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears YouParlour BellsThank God For The Night22:20:00
Zirconia (Radio Edit)The InterrobangThe Interrobang22:26:00
What’s Buzzin’ Cuzzin’Jittery JackGone Plum Crazy!22:30:00
Think BigDoom BuggiesLive From Studio Dee: The Very Best of On The Town with Mikey Dee22:33:00
Live from Studio Dee 2014082033 LeavesLive from Studio Dee22:36:00
MarsHo-AgEquals Go At23:20:00
All is ShakingEndationEndation23:23:00
Fan the FuryAloudFan The Fury23:25:00
(Interview)33 Leaveslive interview23:32:00
Radio ActionPetty MoralsThe Lemonade EP23:40:00
No RoomWalter Sickert & The army Of Broken ToysLive from Studio Dee Vol. 1 and 223:43:00
Weed WackaMission CreepLive from Studio Dee Vol. 1 and 223:57:00

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Color of Air podcast extensive interview with Sophia and Michael about musical and film projects

We are very pleased to announce that The Color of Air, a weekly interview podcast hosted by Greg Massi, (Baliset, ex-Kayo Dot, ex-maudlin of the Well), has released an interview with us (Sophia and Michael).

The Color of Air Facebook


The goal of TCoA is "to showcase, promote and have honest in-depth discussions with a variety of musicians and artists." And in-depth it is! This 2+ hour interview gave us a wonderful opportunity to talk about our creative histories, approaches, and goals. If ever we have revealed what makes us tick, this is it.

The running time is undoubtedly a commitment, but if you are interested in our history and process, I don't think it will let you down.

From: http://colorofair.com/episode-5-michael-j-epstein-and-sophia-cacciola

Direct download: Episode_5_Low_Res.m4a

On the first episode recorded in person, Greg welcomes Boston musicians and filmmakers Michael J Epstein and Sophia Cacciola. They discuss their work ethic which has spawned multiple bands, grass roots music promotion, music videos, and 2 feature films over the last five years. Their story should be inspirational to any musicians or other artists.
Songs Played:
Episode 1: Arrival - Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling - The New Number 2
Genuine Soil From Dracula’s Castle - Darling Pet Munkee - Glows In The Dark!
Faith In Free Part 1 - The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library - Faith In Free

This is a Ret Con Recordings production.
Color Of Air Feem Tune written and performed by Greg Massi
www.colorofair.com
www.retconrecordings.com
colorofairpodcast@gmail.com
facebook.com/colorofairpodcast
@TheColorOfAir

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TEN: Kentucky Premiere Fright Night Film Festival (Fandomfest) and Filmmaker Panel


TEN is playing Friday August 1st at 6:30 PM in room KICC218

We are also hosting a panel at Fright Night:

Make your movie: a conversation with the low-budget feature filmmakers of Fright Night / Fandomfest
Sat 12:15 PM KICC Room 211
Panelists will each briefly talk about the challenges they faced and the hurdles they overcame, from funding to final cut, to finish their feature film that is screening at Fright Night / Fandomfest. The group will field questions from aspiring filmmakers, encouraging everyone to make a movie of their own!

Panelists:
Michael J. Epstein (Somerville, MA, USA) - TEN
Johannes Grenzfurthner/monochrom (Vienna, Austria): Die Gstettensaga
Eamon Hardiman (Charleston, WV, USA) - Pig Girl
David L. Eblen (Portland, OR, USA) - Ravana's Game
Jesse Knight (Boone, NC, USA) - The Orbs
Jaysen Buterin (Greensboro, NC) - The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets & Hot Pink Jesus
Shannon Foerter (Toronto, Canada) - SCARS

More about TEN:
TEN is a post-exploitation exploration of identity starring ten women.
Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she's traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs.

 

The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion's wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone--or something--has arranged to get them in the house. It's not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts.

 
At least, not until the first murder.


What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.