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Two things, and both of them lists.  The first, “25 Reasons That Writers Are Bug-Fuck Nuts” (WARNING:  may contain adult language) by Chuck Wendig on TERRIBLEMINDS.COM (courtesy of Scott M. Goriscak via THE HORROR SOCIETY), is sort of self-explanatory — and fun!  It can be checked out here and, yes, Number 14 does involve a $7.53 royalty (for which I would be jealous, but the one I got from Elder Signs Press just the other week, cf. July 23, landscape-1501510359-scifi-comics-leadwas actually for more than that).

But then the other, more serious maybe but also fun in its own different way, is “The 25 Best Sci-Fi Comics” on POPULARMECHANICS.COM, by Tiffany Kelly and Darren Orf.  From ASTRO BOY (#12) to PUNK ROCK JESUS (#21), this one covers a fair bit of ground with stops in between, e.g. for movie buffs like me, #24 TANK GIRL, #6 VALERIAN AND LAURELINE, #14 THE GHOST IN THE SHELL, and others as well.  And potentially perhaps the most interesting of all, #3 INCAL by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius (Jean Giraud).  Or make your own choices by pressing here.


How about we get in the mood with a horror poem by Rick Powell, then I’ll share a SUPER EASY pumpkin cookie recipe you can make last minute to enjoy this evening, and to top it off… How about sex in a haunted house? Haha. That is, how about we watch the short horror film ‘Sex in a Haunted House’?😛

We are screening 3 films at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Exorcist and The Wailing.  Frank Capra’s Halloween comedy Arsenic and Old Lace stars Cary Grant as a man learns that his eccentric but sweet aunts have been seeking out lonely, elderly men, poisoning them, and burying them in the basement.  Controversial from the day it opened in 1973, The Exorcist is now recognized as a defining classic of the genre.  Our third film, The Wailing, is a 2016 release.  A foreigner’s mysterious appwebart-bct-oct23earance in a quiet, rural village causes suspicion among the locals in The Wailing.  Released in June of this year, The Wailing  has garnered enthusiastic reviews  on the film festival circuit and is currently the highest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes.  You can read more detailed descriptions of these below.

The Halloween Fest will also include spine-tingling live performances in between films by James Dorr and by Cricket’s Bone Caravan, so come early and stay late.

So begins Bloomington’s local Ryder Film Series announcement of the coming weekend’s special showing, from 2:15 p.m. to 10:45 p.m., “Halloween Fest:  Sunday, Oct 23 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.”  That’s right here, downtown on Kirkwood Avenue for those unfamiliar with the venue, with my part scheduled for the intermission between THE EXORCIST and THE WAILING.  And for what I’ll read (hint:  it’s the same tale I read for the 4th Street Arts Festival in September, cf. September 4), let us let the Ryder explain:  [DorTombs Final copyr] will be reading a selection from his newest book, TOMBS:  A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, a novel-in-stories scheduled for release by Elder Signs Press in spring-summer 2017.  Set on a far-future dying Earth in and around a vast necropolis known as the “Tombs,” “Raising the Dead” is about a young woman who seeks to restore the soul of her newly deceased husband to his body; a tale of necromancy, dark fantasy, airships, and doomed love.  “Raising the Dead,” I should add, has also been published in White Cat Publications’s 2015 steampunk anthology AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS (cf. May 27, April 7 2015, et al.).

Schedules, ticket prices.and more can be found on the Ryder’s own site by pressing here.  And, if all the above weren’t enough, they also add:  Wait, there’s a fourth film.  On Sunday, October 30th we will screen the 1958 classic, Horror of Dracula, at Bear’s Place.  If you purchase a movie pass for the films at the BCT on Oct 23rd, you can use it for Horror of Dracula as well.

Remember REEL DARK (cf. November 15, May 4 2015, et al.)?  The book of “twisted tales projected not on a movie screen but on the page,” that premiered at World Horror Convention 2015 (cf. May 10, 11, 12), edited by L. Andrew Cooper and Pamela Turner.  Take a moment.  The one with my story “Marcie and Her Sisters,” about the love between sisters . . . and zombies?

Well, as they say, it’s ba-a-a-ack, and not only that but with a new dress and a few extra stories!  Let’s let Editor Cooper tell us in his words:  “Get ready to be shocked out of your seat.  After a limited release in 2015, Reel Dark is back in 2016 with this stunning new cover by Aaron Drown Design and two new tales, Michael West’s sojourn into apocalyptic soundscapes ‘Ave Satani’ and Alexander S. Brown’s love-song to ReelDarkFront800X1200late-night horror-hosts ‘Grotessa.’  In all, it’s a collection of twenty authors who in prose and poetry combine elements from across genres — horror, sci-fi, and noir, of course, but also the western, comedy, and others — in order to show us the mayhem the movies might work on the world.”

More information as it becomes known.  But for now, here’s the new, expanded, rearranged ToC:

Russ Bickerstaff, “24 per second: Persistence of Fission”
Hal Bodner, “Whatever Happened to Peggy… Who?”
Alexander S. Brown, “Grotessa”
James Chambers, “The Monster with My Fist for Its Head”
L. Andrew Cooper, “Leer Reel”
James Dorr, “Marcie and Her Sisters”
Sean Eads, “The Dreamist”
JG Faherty, “Things Forgotten”
Amy Grech, “Dead Eye”
Jude-Marie Green, “The Queen of the Death Scenes”
Karen Head, “Amnesia”
Jay Seate, “It’s a Wrap”
Caroline Shriner-Wunn, “Confessions of a Lady of a Certain Age” and more poetry throughout the book!
Rose Streif, “Caligarisme”
Sean Taylor, “And So She Asked Again,”
Pamela Turner, “Rival”
Jason S. Walters, “Low Midnight”
Mike Watt, “Copper Slips Between the Frames”
Michael West, “Ave Satani”
Jay Wilburn, “Cigarette Burns”

The message actually came Friday from Editor L. Andrew Cooper, that the anthology of stories and poems about and/or inspired by film, REEL DARK:  TWISTED PROJECTIONS ON THE FLICKERING PAGE (see MAY 19, 4, et al.), will be coming out in a new edition.  Originally published by BlackWyrm Press, it is slated to Reel Dark COVER 050415pngcome out anew from Seventh Star Press in a likely expanded edition, including (hopefully) a couple of new stories and an all-new cover.  The rest of the contents aside from one or two corrections will remain unchanged.

My story in this is “Marcie and Her Sisters,” concerning a woman (and her sisters) who seem to have made some bad decisions about love and marriage and . . . zombies.  Or have they?  Publication is likely to be in early- to mid-2016, of which more here when it becomes known.

In fact, “Godzilla vs. King Kong” is currently being looked at by another publication, but it is not known whether or not it will be accepted and, whatever the result, it is likely to be a bit longer before the results of the fight will be known.  (Thus was my entry for May 25 apologizing for my mix-up of poems bought by GRIEVOUS ANGEL [see May 11, March 30].  “On the Other Hand” was the poem I had meant.  But fast forward now to the real-time present. . . . )

Perhaps it was an omen.  Friday night I had watched the Gareth Edwards version of GODZILLA, one I had seen before in 3-D but seemed worth a revisit.  And then the word came in Saturday’s email (albeit Sunday morning already by the time I1godzilla write this) from David Kopaska-Merkel:  “Godzilla vs. King Kong” would be bought by DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES.  The fight of the century had found a home.

Not only that, but DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES would take another poem as well of the five I had sent, “Plus-Size” about the biggest Egyptian who had ever been in Pharaoh’s army and how, his still-growing mummy awakened, he was to fare in a steampunk London.  A different take, if one will, of the movie THE MUMMY (of which I will say I think the 1932 version is the better).

So for those making book, “Plus-Size” is tentatively to come out in issue 102 in September, Godzilla and Kong to duke it out in 103 for January 2016.

As a tip of the hat to the recently deceased Sir Christopher Lee (cf. below, June 11), as brought to my attention courtesy of Dotti Enderle-Dax Varley via Facebook, FLAVORWIRE.COM has posted a list of the ten best cinematic Dracula performances of all time.  virgin1Their opinion, to be sure.  Some may please, some may surprise, some you may disagree with (I myself lean more and more to the original “Count Orlok,” Max Schreck, but was also pleased by the presence of Zhang Wei-Qiang at around number 8), and some may wish the list had been expanded to the top fifteen or twenty or more.  Be that as it may, one works with what one has.

So here for one’s pleasure and illumination (as well as, as said, its own reminiscence of Christopher Lee), to peruse press here.

Born May 27 1922, Christopher Lee came into the world the year of Dracula’s first screen appearance (albeit renamed Count Orlok) in F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS.  The tribute below is from Facebook courtesy of Ken Trayling, via Dacre Stoker.


This needs little introduction, discovered on the internet via SHORTLIST.COM.  Any favorites?

(No guarantees, though, that the movies will be all that good.)

Two little oddities, the first with a touch of mystery as well.  The first an email Monday to the effect that someone had tagged me on Facebook so, as is my wont, I plunked the magic twanger and went there to find out.  Lo, it was a book cover photo from Lee Zumpe for something called DUST DEVIL which contained two poems that he’d written, but also apparently something from me too.

The trouble is, I did not remember a book or magazine called DUST DEVIL.  Could this be something I’d submitted to under some other title, that changed it to DUST DEVIL before it published?  Such things sometimes happen.  But then wouldn’t 11054452_1102277646454878_8694995565566661825_nit have said something like that in its acceptance letter?  And I did not remember an acceptance letter, not to mention receiving a copy of the book myself.

I could have messaged Lee about it, asking for details, but also I tend to keep fairly good records and, lo, there it was — but published in October 2002!  Nearly 13 years ago.  But now, with the date, I found the copy on my “trophy shelf” (a rather varied and unkempt collection spanning three bookcases — not easy to search without some kind of hint).  I had one poem in it called “Crows,” a subject I’ve written other poems on too, and, yes, there it was!  Lee’s poems were there as well, titled “Mount Moldoveanu” and “Winter Wait.”

And then for the new, this today from Sean Taylor, is actually an extended blurb from Editor L. Andrew Cooper of REEL DARK (cf May 10, 4, et al.), but it mentions my name — and anyway it has more information than I’ve given below, as well its own link to Amazon.  I’ve read most of the first part (of three) of the book myself by now and, if I may say so, I think it’s a good one, especially if you enjoy getting some of your horror at the movies.  So, if so, check here.

My tale there, by the way, is called “Marcie and Her Sisters.”

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