Can you imagine? Can you believe?
The Tree is a series of 4 stories (a Tetralogy), each taking place in a different season of a single year. The first story, Faith & Fairies, takes place in the Summer. The second story, Maps & Mermaids, takes place in the Fall. The third story, Rats & Riddles, takes place in the Winter. and the fourth story, Dryads & Dinosaurs, takes place in the Spring.
The Tree is also a screenplay (equates to the Faith & Fairies storyline), and actually predates the novel. It was written while I was working at SHO Entertainment at Universal Studios Florida around 1991-1992. It fared very well at many major writing contests over the years. I adapted it into a novel in 2003, self-published as Faith & Fairies in 2004 by my company LegendMaker Scriptoria, and my initial run ran out too fast. So I fixed a few issues and published a better version in 2005. Its sequels, however, still only exist in outline form, and I will not send them in for publication until I revisit my publishing strategy with these books. See FaithAndFairies.com.
Lost in the woods, three orphan boys with troubled pasts come upon an incredible secret: A giant tree guarded by five beautiful winged girls who call themselves Woodkeepers. They are dryads...tree fairies, and their kind is dying.
They are all linked to the health of their mother empress, who has been taken captive by King Stag, leader of a race of satyrs in a parallel world. She has been drugged, and will die if they do not rescue her in time.
The kiss of a human boy will heal a dryad, and so they propose an idea to the boys: Join them on a perilous mission to infiltrate Ram Towers, and sneak under the nose of a great black dragon and past an army of satyrs and minotaurs, to find and heal the empress mother before it's too late!
DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that I cannot tell you which part of this novel is based on family legend. I am a Haviland, I am therefore not allowed. There are consequences, you see...
I cannot stop you from looking up Haviland Hollow on a map of New York. If you find it (and you may not), I can't stop you from going there.
And if you see something strange there, something you didn't think could possibly exist, don't say I invited you--because I didn't.
But if I don't invite you, you shouldn't see anything there anyway.
At least...you're not supposed to.
"Our mundane world seems to have a number of gates to strange places and adventures to suit every occasion and purpose. FAITH & FAIRIES, with exciting encounters between young humans strong in disbelief, and magic as old as the first tree, has opened another such to entice the explorer. As one can truly say--a good read!" —Andre Norton, The late Grand Master author of Witch World, The Beast Master, Catfantastic, The Solar Queen, and more than 200 other science fiction and fantasy novels since 1938.
"An enchanting tale full of humor and whimsy, reminiscent of such young adult classics as THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA...full of wonder and imagination, yet feels familiar and real. There is much to like..." —Eldon Thompson, Author of The Legend of Asahiel series.
"...a finely crafted, haunting tale of adventure, sacrifice and love that fondly recalls the young adult fantasy novels of C.S. Lewis, Andre Norton and Madeleine L'Engle." —The St. Augustine Record, St. Augustine, Florida
"Author C.S. Haviland has composed a mythical and magical turn of events in FAITH & FAIRIES. Some compare the story to C.S. Lewis' THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE." —The Ames Tribune, Ames, Iowa
"Rarely do I read, nor enjoy fantasy novels but I am very happy to say this is one I like very much. I think its because I can relate to the characters, unlike other fantasy novels that are about long ago societies, or worlds very different from our own. It's the story of several teenage boys who enter a magical world that becomes more interesting page after page. Haviland is in the class of L. Frank Baum, Terry Brooks, or Stephen Donaldson who are some of the authors I have enjoyed." —MidWest Book Review
"FAITH & FAIRIES is a sweet fantasy story filled with wonder, magic, and fairies. There is also a good deal of action and adventure. Kissing as a healing method for fairies, quite an interesting concept." —TCM Reviews
"All I can say is, when is the next one coming out? Very enjoyable and original. ... There was nothing in this book that set off echoes of anything else I ever read, and that is a very hard thing to accomplish." —Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Author of Yesterday's Dreams
Some families are chosen
The First of May is a G-rated family film I co-produced in 1997 (released in 1999 in limited foreign theatrical, and later on HBO and TBN, and several variations on DVD). Based on the novel The Golden Days by Gail Radley, it starred Julie Harris, Charles Nelson Reilly, Robin O'Dell, Tom Nowicky, Dan Byrd, Mickey Rooney, Gerard Christopher, Mikki Scanlon, and Joe DiMaggio (yes, THAT Joe DiMaggio, of Yankees fame). It was directed by my first cousin once removed, Paul Sirmons, with whom I co-founded SHO Entertainment (which produced the movie). It was financed by John B. Goodman (not to be confused with the actor John Goodman who had nothing to do with this), with a screenplay by Gary Rogers who had discovered the book in a book fair in the same town where we would later film the movie (Lake Helen, Florida). It was also executive produced by Reza Badiyi, one of the most accomplished producers and directors in television.
As a co-producer my only real role was secondary financing in the area of goods and services. For that effort I earned a "front porch" credit (at the start of the movie). However my active role was as a Location Manager, the first and last time I ever filled that position on any movie. For that, I also got a "back porch" credit (in the rolling credits at the end of the movie). The actual production of this movie was almost entirely the effort of Paul Sirmons, Gary Rogers and Reza Badiyi.
The late Julie Harris (The Haunting, East of Eden) plays Carlotta, a former circus fortune teller who doesn't fit in to the nursing home where she's been confined. Dan Byrd (Cougar Town, Any Day Now) in his debut feature film role plays Cory, a foster kid who doesn't fit in with any family who tries to adopt him. Fate brings the two together as they share a vision: to escape the establishment that confines them. So they run away together and attempt to make a living on the streets. Their adventures lead them to the very circus where Carlotta used to perform.
The term "First of May" is a reference to someone who is new to the circus, as they are typically cast at the start of May to begin rehearsing for the summer exhibitions. Dan is their First of May, and tries to make a go at this unusual life.
Famed actor Mickey Rooney (A Family Affair, Breakfast at Tiffany's) plays Boss Ed, the owner of the circus. Character actor Charles Nelson Reilly (The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Lidsville) plays Dinghy, an aging clown. Gerard Christopher (Superboy, Sunset Beach) plays Zack, a motorcycle stunt rider. And baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe DiMaggio has a cameo appearance playing himself.
How many coincidences make a miracle?
Who are you?
According to judges representing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (of Oscar / Emmy fame), this was among the 1% best unproduced scripts in the world in the biggest screenwriting competition in history.
Code & Creation (formerly entitled Code & Chemistry) is a witty allegorical low-budget science fiction movie that takes place mostly on a single set with a single actor who interacts with other characters on "cam-screens."
The story is chocked full of hidden meanings, suggesting the emergence of self-awareness while exploring social and psychological issues such as the erosion of freedoms by technological isolationism (in contrast with claustrophobia), cultural dysfunctions and crowd mentality resulting from a lack of individual conscientiousness such as the power of groupthink, the intuition and perils of true AI clashing with gender awareness and reproductive curiosity, sexual stigma, capital punishment, civil disobedience, the morality of social experiments, shame, and self delusion. It even suggests parallel reality theories of quantum physics (particularly "Schrödinger's Cat" and Quantum Superposition).
It's not a heavy-handed story. It doesn't draw conclusions or preach paradigms. It's fun, but gives the audience a lot to think about. You will find its motifs and intentions in science fiction movies like THX-1138, Moon, Cube, Brazil and Ex Machina.
Read what worked
"...groundbreaking..." — MidWest Book Review
There's no place like home.
The secret ingredient is not what you think...
Fang Hunters approaches the genre in the way as An American Werewolf in London. The idea is to be scary and funny at the same time without "going camp." Years ago I had the opportunity of working with director John Landis as his stand-in on Psycho 4 (a sequel directed by Mick Garris and the last Norman Bates movie starring Anthony Perkins, in which John Landis had a cameo as the manager of a radio station that Bates was calling into with his life story). I pitched to Landis a script I wrote called Lunatic (a story in the vein of Nightmare of Elm Street) which was my first attempt at this style of merging horror and comedy, written for SHO Entertainment which had I co-founded with Paul Sirmons at Universal Studios Florida in 1990. While that script was not picked up, I learned how to refine this style and in later years wrote Fang Hunters as a result of it. The result is familiar but original, both scary and witty, and I think will be very entertaining.
Changing your life is child's play.
I generally don't try writing straight-up comedies, but the idea for this script - while absurd - had too many opportunities for silly situations that I couldn't pass it up. Shep's poor dad has no idea why his body is doing all these strange things, and he desperately tries to explain himself to his colleagues and clients. I call it pseudo-scifi because of the machine that uses DNA from a hair sample to gain this control, but the whole idea is ridiculously impossible scientifically. It's just meant to be fun and silly, and I think I accomplished that.
The end is nigh.
Cryptic Harmony describes the universe of two series of novels: The Celestial Septology and The Symphonitron Septology. The Celestial Septology searches to uncover the dark mysteries of an ancient past, whereas The Symphonitron Septology looks for solutions to survive a catastrophic future.
It is an epic set of stories with numerous fully developed characters set against a rich worldbuild that blends classic fantasy with space opera, my two favorite genres.
Thematically you could imagine it as Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars, or Game of Thrones meets Battlestar Galactica.
But my overall story arcs are vastly different, echoing religious, philosophical and social themes, such as the consequence of exponentially advanced technology.
I will post more about this work in time. For now, the plotting must remain a secret.
• Andre Norton, Grand Master author of over 200 science fiction and fantasy novels since 1938, remarked that the character Stripe possessed abilities she had "never even seen before."
• iPublish (former arm of Time Warner Books) said that Mr. Haviland has "talent to burn" and the story "is space opera as it was meant to be."
• The editor of the online mentoring program Inside Sessions, which featured many authors including Tom Clancy, Robin Cook, Kurt Vonnegut, David McCullough, and Nora Roberts, said, "I very much enjoyed immersing myself into this world and I especially liked the characters you have created: Mayla, Stripe, Lord Adah, Drill and many more."
• Jennifer Repo, as senior editor of Penguin Putnam, wrote, "I enjoyed reading your work, particularly because the protagonist, Mayla, is such a wonderful character. ... It's obvious that you've spent a lot of time developing your plot and characters, and it's paid off well."
Canis Dirus is a major horror novel set in Yellowstone National Park's deep winter. A homicidal maniac, nicknamed the Seattle Snake Man, has entered the park's winderness with his latest captive, a girl he has kidnapped out of a laundromat in Salt Lake City. He is pursued by a detective with a background in CIA black ops, but he fails to catch up to her before she is rescued by a local Yellowstone legend: a huge wildman known simply as "Falcon," a native of Kodiak with a mysterious military past who has taken up residence in the wilderness of Yellowstone. The Seattle Snake Man has unwittingly crossed paths with Falcon and is no match for the powerful eskimo. But there is another threat in the woods, something unprecedented and much more sinister and impossible to defeat: a monster wolf that kills for the sake of killing, and when shot down will grow and come back to life.