THE NIGHTLY CHILL
By Steve Arviso
It’s Only 15 Minutes Away.
FIGHT THE DAWN!
As the sunlit sanity of the waking world burns the night to ash,
embrace the unbound madness of your wildest dreams,
laugh into the endless abyss of your darkest fantasies,
and rage against the coming dawn.
The Nightly Chill is the unstable experience of the mind and madness of Steve Arviso (@AmoralCrackpot). Mon-Fri. Ish.
- WE ARE THE LOST
- THE NIGHTLY CHILL PRESENTS
- IT’S ONLY 15 MINUTES AWAY
- TONIGHT’S TALE…
- THE MIXTAPE
Far from the comforting warmth of daylight,
in a world cloaked in shadow,
our darkest and most primal fears fester,
waiting for the chance to consume us whole
as we lay awake, forever unable to sleep,
in The Midnight Hour
I wrote that several years ago. And for just as many years, I have been itching, scratching, and dying to do something, anything at all with the numerous ideas I’ve had in my head for my own anthology series. I love classics like The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt. But I also love the lesser-loved series like Monsters and Freddy’s Nightmares. And with the creative changes I’ve made lately, mixed with some personal reflection, I think I finally have the material and the platforms to do something with it all.
The Midnight Hour is a collection of retro-style, two-act morality short plays that take a surreal look into the perils and pratfalls of man’s hubris, selfishness, and cruelty.
In the coming days, I have tentatively scheduled the writing and releasing of the opening teasers of three original plays. The story with the most interest will be the next big project I tackle, with new scenes/acts published here in The Nightly Chill, and hopefully performed live on our Mixer channel (and republished on YouTube and the podcast feeds). And with the long-term goal of performing these live, on-stage with the wonderfully talented friends I’m blessed to know and work with.
The titles and taglines are as follows:
- “Family Portrait”
- When a writer uncovers long-buried memories, he discovers that sometimes the worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves.
- “Beneath a Dark Star”
- After a robbery gone wrong, a pair of criminals soon discover truth in the old adage, “Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.”
- “Winning Hand”
- A winning hand turns a desperate man’s luck around. But when he doubles-down on his own greed, he loses more than he wagered.
There should be teasers available this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. And hopefully before the holidays, or right after, we’ll kick-off the rest.
WE ARE THE LOST
The Nightly Chill wants to show some love to a variety of cool shit from local and other independent artists, performers, and assorted creative types!
Hit us up if you make:
- Music, audio dramas
- Genre fiction, poetry, films, etc!
The weirder, the better!
We are The Lost. And together, we’ll make sure the world sees and hears us.
VIRAL LOAD PODCAST
THE NIGHTLY CHILL PRESENTS:
Original genre-fiction audio projects, such as “Where Stars Collide,” in which a man awaits rescue in the void of space with only an AI for companionship! Watch it now on YouTube, or listen at the links below.
IT’S ONLY 15 MINUTES AWAY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
I spied a producer on Twitter fishing for spec scripts and writers open to development opportunities for yet-another typical crime drama along the lines of “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
Yet nobody seems interested in “CHOLO,” my original, west-coast crime drama about multi-generational families in the same home/garage/unpermitted additions, violence, and driving grandma to her doctor appointments.
Half the main cast speaks no Spanish. A few only speak Spanish, but understand everything. Grandma can’t understand shit. And then a buncha foos who only speak English, but with a fuckin’ accent for some reason.
And it’ll be the most diverse crime drama on TV:
- the white wife and brother-in-law
- the Vietnamese family with the dead lawn on the next street over who run various side-hustles out of their garage
- the other, inexplicably well-off Vietnamese family who still live there, but in the only two-story house in the neighborhood
- the Korean owners of the local taco/burger joint
- the one quiet black family who put up with everyone’s bullshit and loud-ass parties every other weekend but never talk or start shit
- that one Armenian dude who everyone just assumes is a weird kinda Mexican
- and a rotating selection of guest stars of all backgrounds to portray the constantly changing owners of the local liquor store
Alternatively: I am open to retooling the show.
For broadcast TV: I’ve got “THE CHOLOS,” a mockumentary-style series that follows the day-to-day antics of the exact same cast mentioned above.
For cable/streaming: “It’s Only Fifteen Minutes Away in Southern California,” a single-camera sitcom following the absurd, amoral antics and schemes…of the exact same cast mentioned above.
Let’s talk… FXX? UPN?
Tonight, CHILL with an absurd twisted romance between a photographer, a housewife, and her husband–a surgeon who enjoys getting a little blood on his hands! READ “Pale Horse,” a pulp-inspired play of tragedy and supernatural justice!
Tracks I’m currently chillin’ with. Tonight, other nights. Follow the Playlist on YouTube to keep up with all the changes.
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YOU ARE NOT ALONE
THE NIGHTLY CHILL