Chilling Ghosts’ Apparition Delayed to September; Sundance Film Fest Screening Thursday Eve
The word came today from Flame Tree Publisher Nick Wells, via Editor Gillian Whitaker, that CHILLING GHOST SHORT STORIES and its companion volumes (cf. August 7, July 31, et al.) will be delayed, in part simply due to the fact that it’s summer — and even printers can take vacations! “As any Publisher will tell you, printing is easy until it goes wrong. It’s the most expensive part of the process, and usually carried out in a remote location. Many’s the time I’ve travelled to a lonely industrial estate, far outside the beautiful city my plane flew over (Hong Kong, Madrid, Seville, Venice) soon to find myself sitting in a windowless room checking proofs as they grind off the press.
“So, we’re told that the inside book blocks have been printed, but they await the return of the specialists from their quiet contemplations on some distant beach, to finish the covers to their and our satisfaction, after which the books can be bound, boxed, and transported across Europe to the UK, then off to the US. . . .”
Thus such things happen, as indeed we’ve seen more than once on these very pages. In fact the delay here is relatively short with release now expected “in Europe on or around 10th September, with the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand following as quickly as we can despatch to the various distribution centres around the globe. Author copies come from our office, and will be despatched as soon as we receive them.”
In other news, Thursday evening marked the Indiana University Cinema’s screening of six award-winning short films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, two of which held special interest to horror/science fiction aficionados. The first, from France, and winner of the Short Film Jury Prize: Animation, was a sort of absurdist disaster movie, listed in the program as “Storm hits jacket. Written and directed by Paul Cabon. 2014, France, 13 minutes. A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, and two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension, and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.” Also included are a mad spy-master, a Vespa-riding femme fatale, a witchy mysterious elderly woman, and (to quote the subtitle as best I remember) a “tempest of cows.”
Then, last in the showing, was the Short Film Jury Award (Best of Fest) winner, “World of Tomorrow. Written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt. U.S.A., 17 minutes. A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.” In this one, also an animation (and in a charmingly primitive style), a third-generation clone visits her “original.” Too young to really comprehend, “Emily” is shown a future where human emotions are all but dead; the rich are immortal through successive cloning while those who can’t afford it are downloaded into memory cubes; robots instilled with a fear of death, which they’ve been taught to associate with darkness, endlessly march around the moon in order to always be on the sunlit side; but in which none of this really matters because the whole world is doomed anyway. And throughout it all, with a deadpan exposition style that made the film screamingly funny.
In short, a good night, and a not-too-disappointing announcement to follow on Friday.