Posts Tagged ‘St. Patrick’s Day’

One of many exciting developments in the horror genre during the 2000s has been the emergence of so many films coming out of Ireland.  Rather than yet another ranking of the Leprechaun franchise (I’ll save you the trouble – ORIGINS is still the worst), this St. Patrick’s Day holiday seems like a good time to celebrate some of the really cool Irish horror films of the last 15 years.  So the feature began, “10 of the Best Irish Horror Films to Watch on St. Patrick’s Day (Or Any Other Day!)” by Patrick Bromley, on BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM with a note that it had been originally published “one week ago” on hallow-2March 14.  So two days after that it has come to my attention and, as an antidote maybe to the aforementioned “Leprechaun” films (which the SYFY channel actually had on TV on Saint Patrick’s Day itself, but then no-one’s accused them of having taste), here are some Irish films that are good, listed chronologically from 2005 and BOY EATS GIRL to 2019’s THE HOLE IN THE GROUND.

I have to admit I haven’t seen most of these myself (the one pictured is somewhat in the middle, from 2015’s THE HALLOW, picked I confess in part because it’s green) but from the descriptions Bromley offers all of them seem at least worth a look.  For more (better late than never) press here.

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Join us for this generative writing workshop.  You will be provided with prompts and have the opportunity to share your work.  This was the way it has been advertised (see, e.g., July 17 2016); the thing itself is the Bloomington Writers Guild’s “Third Sunday Write,” more recently touted:  Stretch your writing muscles with prompts, exercises, and activities.  Open to all Writers Guild members, this drop-in, generative workshop is led by local writers on the third Sunday of every month. So it’s been a while, but this afternoon, on St. Patrick’s Day, feeling an urge to kickstart my imagination a trifle, I packed a small notebook and gave it a shot.  The result, three mini pieces, the challenge being to write about (1) Solids, then (2) Liquids, and (3) Gases, all in my case being thoughts of a person buried before his time.  Ick!  Except, with some editing, I think I may have the makings of a flash story, or at least mood piece, that I might try sending out to a few places.

Next month, we are told, because of Easter (and hence the Monroe County Public Library with its meeting room being closed) “Third Sunday” for April will be on the second Sunday — not that stranger things haven’t happened!  I think, perhaps, I may plan to be there.

Then in other news, Barnes and Noble is having a new sale (cf. March 16, below) with discounts of up to seventeen percent, but like yesterday’s it’s for one day only.  Like yesterday also for info press here, then scroll in this case to the second row down for details.  But again one must hurry — the discount will be in effect for only a few hours more.

As it happens this month, my writers’ critique group meeting fell today on St. Patrick’s Day.  I brought a flash science fiction story, “When the Internet Monster Gobbled the Web” (which is snarky satire and may never actually see print), and wore my “Night Visitors” T-shirt with the picture of a landed flying saucer and little green men. Then on the real Internet there was a new email from Post Mortem Press announcing that TORN REALITIES with my story “The Calm” (see Mar. 15, et al.) now has an official release date set for April 10, thus missing its hoped for World Horror Convention debut.  But lose one, win two.  With the announcement came a useable depiction of the cover and, not only that, that it will include a reprint of the novella RAWHEAD REX by horror icon Clive Barker.

TORN REALITIES will showcase “storiesabout the places where reality is thin and easily torn, where things we accept as part of everyday life (science, religion, What Lies Beyond) become myths, and where the world is not the most important thing going . . . what happens to the people who find these places, for pure and impure reasons, and discover whatever lies on the other side” —  like maybe a primitive god resurrected in an English village?  TORN REALITIES is available now for pre-order with a special offer of free shipping in the US and Canada, with ordering info available bere.




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