It’s a Flash Sale! : Criterion Style!!!

I just got an email this afternoon from the Criterion Collection website that for the next 24 hours (October 15, 2019) they are having 50% off all blu-rays and DVD that are currently in stock on their site!

So with only 24 hours to get your Criterion Collection movie sale on it is crunch time! I will list five movies to suggest to get during this round of the sale!

I always tried to select different titles every time a 1/2 dvd/blu ray sale happens. So in no particular order here we go!:

The BRD Trilogy. Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of my favorite directors and if you haven’t been introduced to his movies. I believe that this set is a good forward step in watching his films. Three different women represent different situations in West Germany. The women in these movies are so strong in their characters it left such an impression in my mind.

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/138-the-brd-trilogy

Häxan directed by Benjamin Christensen. This movie is amazing ! This is a recent re release from the Criterion Collection and it has the feel of a real like documentary but with witches and devils! The imagery in this film alone is definitely worth a watch!

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/films/352-h-xan

The Seventh Seal directed by Ingmar Bergman. I am not the biggest Ingmar Bergman film person however I do really like this movie because I am such a fan of the lead actor in this movie. Max von Sydow plays a knight who is faced with the deadly plague! Death makes a wager with him with a game of chess and this premise has been so used in various future movies that you have watch the source so better understand why it is so iconic.

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/films/173-the-seventh-seal

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me directed by David Lynch I just recently watched this movie through the Criterion Collection streaming app and although it is consider more drama it has some super scary horror moments in it. I like David Lynch’s movies because on the surface they seem very calm with beautiful people and gorgeous people. But the longer you watch his movies you notice that the gorgeous people are just a facade of a more sinister darker horrifying people inside and sometimes out.

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/films/29237-twin-peaks-fire-walk-with-me

Cat People directed by Jacques Tourneur. RKO made a lot of horror movies. I actually purchased this movie as a blind buy because I am familiarize with Val Lewton and decided this would be the perfect month to buy it.

Link is below to buy:

https://www.criterion.com/films/28696-cat-people

What Criterion Collections are you planning to buy during the sale? Comment below with your picks.

Happy Shopping!

Until next time!

Movie of the Day: Freaks

When I was six I used to stay at a babysitter while my parents were both at work. My babysitter was a little tiny lady in her early 70’s so we spent the majority of the time in her apartment. She was not the kind of babysitter where she had a set pattern of activities except for our daily visit to the park. So I spent most of the time watching TV. She was not a stickler in what I watch so I basically watched anything I wanted.

One day while I was there I was flipping through the channels I saw something my six year old mind have never seen before:

I saw a man with no limbs and I immediately stop clicking through the channels and I settled to watch whatever this interesting man was a part of. I watched the whole entire movie with such interest. I saw many interesting people that I never saw before and was completely fascinated by it!

Freaks was made in 1932 by Tod Browning:

Yes the same person that also directed Dracula (1931):

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Tod Browning took an interesting turn in 1932 with the movie Freaks. This is also my favorite movie of his. This is also one of his shorter movies, the run time is only 64 minutes. Tod Browning originally had the movie total time to be 90 minutes however considering the plot to be too risqué at the time a lot of the scenes were removed.

Although Tod Browning directed the film it is actually based from a short story by Tod Robbins that was written in a magazine called Munsey’s in their February 1923 edition.

This movie has taught me a valuable lesson from an early age on physical appearances are nothing to be scare of. Everyone has a special quality and feature that makes them unique and special. This movie also sparked my curiosity of knowing that the world has a lot more to offer than what is on the surface on people and things.

Some fun facts about this movie. Prince Randian ( aka the “Human Caterpillar”) used to hide in dark sections of the movie production during down time and would intentionally scare people by randomly screaming at them.

This movie is still banned in some states in the United States.

Louis B. Mayer was not aware that his studio was making this movie until he saw the actors on the lot one day and he wanted to halt production.

This movie was also banned in Australia and in the UK it was banned until 1962.

Until next time!

Source: Wikipedia

My movie picks for October!

Hello Everyone! I have been asked by a lot of people to do a list of movies to watch for October. So here are my five movie I would recommend to watch in order to get into the Halloween spirit!

 

House (Hausu) 1977 directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi

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So the first time I heard about this movie was when it was being re-released by the Criterion Collection a couple of years ago.  I knew nothing about it but the Criterion Collection cover seemed interesting enough for me to blind buy it.

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I remember the day when it arrived in the mail I had gotten off a late shift at night and was pretty tired but I decided to delay my normal nighttime routine and watch it.

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This was truly a unique movie experience! It was weird, funny and awesome! If you want to watch a movie that is out of your normal movie watching routine then this is the movie for you! It has a haunted house, cats and a great soundtrack!

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Link to buy is below:

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The Holy Mountain (1973) directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. This movie has been the only time where I watched a movie and had no clue what I watch after finishing it. To be honest I dislike it with a passion however the movie ended up staying on my mind for a month. I just couldn’t get it out of my head so I decided to give it another chance and watch it. I learned to appreciate it the second time viewing it. I was able to view it with a much more open mind and it quickly became one of my favorite movies and Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of my favorite directors.

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Jodorowsky is a very unique person with a colorful personal history and his movies clearly reflect that.

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Link to rent is below:

The Holy Mountain 

Scalpel (1977)

Directed by John Grissmer. This southern Gothic movie part soap opera plot twists and horror mixed into one crazy movie! Would you ever recreate someone that went missing? This guy did:

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But you can never recreate someone’s personality 100%. No one is replaceable and this movie teaches you that.

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Link is below to rent is below:

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City of the Living Dead (1980):

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Directed by Lucio Fulci. What happens when you accidentally open the portal to hell? Well this movie shows the total chaos when it happens! Director Lucio Fulci is no stranger when it comes to horror and gore and this movie is not for the faint of heart. Italian horror movies is one of my favorite genres of movies and if you are a horror fan this deserves at one viewing!

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The worst Witch (1986)

Directed by Robert Young. So it is no surprise that I added this movie to the list. Mainly because of my Tim Curry obsession! Plus it is nice to show that Halloween does not have been about super scary things a hundred percent of the time!

Link to buy is below:

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Happy viewing!!!

Music Video of the day: The Perfect Drug

A Visually stunning music video. Nine Inch Nail’s video of “The Perfect Drug” is one of my favorite videos ever! When I was in middle school I used to go home to watch MTV  2 (what ever happen to that channel??) after school and this was one of the videos that they always showed. It first debut on January 18, 1997. I have always been attracted to certain decades of time. So anything involving the Victorian and the Edwardian period gets my full attention!

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The music video is directed by Mark Romanek. The director drew inspiration for  the video came from a couple of dark and interesting themes. Such as Gustav Klimt’s painting of “The Kiss.”

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The art of Edward Gorey:

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And artist Francois Willeme:

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The story line of the music video is that Trent Razor is a man who is in mourning of the loss of his only child. He takes the loss extremely hard and turns to drinking instead. His beverage of choice is absinthe so he can escape the reality of his pain and venture into a dream like fast crazy dark world instead.

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Absinthe is a high alcohol content drink that has a flavor of anise in it. Most of the time the drink is a  green color due to it mixture of flowers and leaves. This drink also has other qualities such as being an “addictive psychoactive drug and a hallucinogen.” (Source: Wikipedia)

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The whole entire video is shot in a dark blue, and gray environment.

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We see how barren and dark the father life’s has become because of the loss of his son.

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There is no color or light left in his life.

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I noticed that after Trent Razor takes the drink of absinthe the color of the video turns green.  When he hallucinates he takes the viewer along with him to experience the sadness and craziness that he feels.

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The pace of the video slows down at the end and we see Trent Razor is in a pool of water. He is slowly stinking because there is no bright horizon nor happy ending for him the pain of losing his son will never leave him.

The reason why I enjoyed the visual of this video is because how well I felt it interpret Trent Razor’s lyrics of this song. The slow madding effect of the perfect drug. Trent Razor wrote this song for a movie called “The Lost Highway”  which is directed  by David Lynch.

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Which is one of my favorite movie soundtracks! The full video of the Perfect Drug is linked below:

Fun Fact: Mark Romanek also directed another music video for Nine Inch Nails: Closer. Another favorite music video of mine !

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Until Next time!

 

Source:

Wikipedia

Banned Book Week!

I love to read and I love to read books that have been on the banned book list. What is the banned book list? It is a list of books that have once or frequently challenged to be removed from public libraries and/or school libraries due to questionable content.

Every September the ALA (American Library  Association) dedicates a week of celebrating these books that have been or are currently challenged. Because I as an avid reader I do not like having what I read controlled. Books are meant to broaden your horizon, challenged your mind and imagine.

So here are ten books from the lists of the Classic Challenged Books list and why:

 

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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis- published in 1991. Reason why it is on the list: Overt sexual tones and violence towards women.

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Scary Stories (all volumes) by Alvin Schwartz- published 1981-1991. Reason why it is on the list: Not appropriate for children and countless examples of violence in the stories.

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Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford published in 1987 Reason why it is on the list: Nudity is depicted in the illustrations.

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My Brother Same is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier published in 1974. Reason why it is on this list: Offensive language and violence.

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Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam published in 1987. Reason why it is on the list: Violence and stories about cults and Satan.

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Christine by Stephen King published in 1983. Reason why it is on the list: Sexual content and offensive language.

 

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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser published in 1925. Reason it is on the list: various examples of sexual content, murder and abortion.

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Deenie by Judy Blume published in 1973. Reason why it is on the list: examples of mastrubation.

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Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds published in 1993. Reason it is on the list: overt examples of sex and teen pregnancy.

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On my Honor by Marion Dane Bauer published in 1986. Reason why it is on the list: examples of divorce, death and suicide.

 

 

To see the full list the link is below:

List of most commonly challenged books in the United States

What books have you read from the list? Comment below!

 

Until next time!

 

Source: Wikipedia and ALA website

 

Welcome to the Insta-Hood: @scentofdust!

Hello welcome to this week’s installment of “Welcome to the Insta-Hood!” where I interview interesting and fascinating accounts people and there IG accounts! This week interviewed IG account: @thescentofdust

1. Tell me a little about yourself:

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“I was born in Orange County, CA and then my family moved to Hawaii where I grew up during the 80s and 90s. We lived in a very small rural town on the outskirts of the city where I went to school. There weren’t a lot of kids in my neighborhood (maybe two?), so my free time was spent “pretending,” drawing, making up stories, talking to imaginary friends, acting out scenes from cartoons/movie trailers or Saturday afternoon movies I saw on TV.
My dad was a horror movie fan and monster fanatic so I was exposed to a little bit of that over time. He had a Twilight Zone collection that had a fantastic psychedelic cover and a novelization of John Carpenter’s Halloween (which my mom eventually threw out into the garbage after she caught my dad and I watching James Cameron’s ALIENS on TV).
He also brought home from the library a copy of Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King with the Bernie Wrightson illustrations and it completely cracked my skull wide open. That was most likely  in 1986.
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That was around the same time that I become completely obsessed with Ghostbusters. We were at my parents friends for a party, and I was chasing someone through the house. I ran through some adults legs to get to someone or away from someone and as I came through I was staring at the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man destroying New York City. I remember sitting down and watching the rest of the movie. I think the hosts put it on again right after it ended and I watched it all the way through. After that every weekend I begged my parents to rent it over and over again. Back then we didn’t have a VCR or cable, so we rented a VCR from the local video store. Once the cartoon The Real Ghostbusters came out I was a fanatic and luckily for my sake, since this was during all that Satanic Panic nonsense and toys were getting banned, and a lot of what I “consumed,” He-Man, Thundercats, GI Joe, was being monitored and forbidden (Dungeons and Dragons), Ghostbusters was always permitted.
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So my childhood was spent being really fascinated by and studying the artwork on books, comics, role playing game boxes/manuals, movie poster art and VHS cover art. It was an amazing time. The Safeway and 7-11 rented movies, so while my parents shopped for groceries, I’d just stare at movie boxes. And if Fangoria was set low enough on the rack, I’d flip through that.
Since most of these books that I saw in stores or the library were above my reading level, and I couldn’t see the horror movies that were everywhere, I’d just ask my dad what they were about.
My dad can tell a really good story, so he’d tell me what Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street was. He told me about HP Lovecraft, and at the time and in Hawaii, he was not available everywhere (unlike now), so it was years later when I finally found a Lovecraft book at a used bookstore and become totally enthralled by him.
I also had a babysitter who was cool and who’d watch gorier things, so she’d explain Hellraiser to me and other gnarlier things (zombie movies, death metal). I found it all very fascinating, especially growing up in a Christian household because it was the complete antithesis to what we were being exposed to each Sunday.
Even though Hawaii is beautiful and most people think of it as only a vacation destination, it also has a very rich tradition of folklore and tales of the supernatural permeate the culture. So it was not unusual to hear legends or stories about haunted houses, local woods, mountain ranges, roads to avoid at night; all the time. Every one had a story; kids, parents, teachers, I was enthralled it seemed around every corner the paranormal lurked.
So over time my curiosity became an interest, and I began collecting books based on cover art with the intention to eventually read them. I started collecting Stephen King paperbacks because you could always get them for really cheap at the Salvation Army. When we’d be buying clothes for the school year, I’d throw in a copy of Cujo or some classic horror anthology into the pile because it was a quarter. And then through the Scholastic Book fairs, I stocked up on GoosebumpsFear Street, Christopher Pike, the Scary Stories collections, and then finally in fifth or sixth grade, I bought Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always. It felt like after reading that book I had graduated to more serious horror fiction.
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Right around that time (7th/8th grade) all I cared about was hardcore punk and skateboarding and all I really did through high school was play music or skate.
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If I did read it was Stephen King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Paul M. Sammon’s Splatterpunks collections, John McCarty’s splatter movie guides, Clive Barker’s A-Z of Horror, The A-Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers and EC horror/suspense comics.
This was all pre-internet, no tumblr, so a lot of stuff I exposed myself to was from reading interviews, suggestions in books or magazines, suggestions from friends or the people at indie record stores or the local pirate radio station. So getting into this stuff was really a lot of work, it wasn’t just handed to you.
Right before I left Hawaii, I got a job working at a book store where I was in charge of the Horror and SciFi/Fantasy sections, so around then I started collecting again and I worked with some cool people who exposed me to other things I just wouldn’t find at Blockbuster or the library. Soon after that, I moved back to Orange County, CA and instead of college, I got a job at a record store and was exposed to a lot more weird music, films and art. Since Hawaii didn’t have anything at the time to offer in terms of arthouse, underground or psychotronic culture, I had a pretty quick education once I came back to California. I’ve lived in the South Bay for the last 15 or so years and have been making art, music, writing and collecting books and records the entire time. “
2. How did you come up with your Instagram account name?
“I came up with it one day after seeing another terrible photoshopped book cover or movie poster and was nostalgic for the time where everything was a painting. I realized it was a lost artform, and I had an idea for an Instagram that would be old ads from comics, book covers, album covers, the stuff that really got me excited when I was a kid. I tried to track down this ad for something called Blood Brothers for years, which was a Lovecraftian role playing game that had a chainsaw wielding Cthulu on it.
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I finally found it on Google images and was like, “Okay, I’ve got it! This will be the first image on my ‘mind of Evan Instagram,'” but I realized it wouldn’t mean the same thing to anyone but me. So, I settled on making it all cool book covers. When I was thinking of a name I remembered this Ray Bradbury quote from an interview he did about ebooks, “It’s important to read a book, but also to hold the book, to smell the book…it’s perfume, it’s incense, it’s the dust of Egypt…” So I called the account “the scent of dust.”
3. What are your top three books to recommended for fall reading and why?
“I can tell you what I plan on reading for sure this fall:
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Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
A lot of Bradbury fans prefer The October Country or The Halloween Tree for Halloween reading, but I always go back to Something Wicked This Way Comes once a year when fall rolls around. I fell in love with Bradbury in the pages of EC Horror comics, the story that left the biggest impression on me was The Black Ferris, which was a precursor of Something Wicked… part of The Dark Carnival collection. I mean the first line in the book is, “It was October, a rare month for boys.”  Immediately  when I read those few words I am transported to balmy Halloween nights, completely unsupervised, running through the streets of various neighborhoods with friends like a pack of feral dogs sweating behind a latex werewolf mask and homemade costumes. The sense of danger and endless possibilities of mischief, all mixed into a dizzying pheromone of fear. It’s a personal favorite.
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Witches Wraiths and Warlocks – Ronald Curran
I love reading a short story collection between novels. Witches Wraiths and Warlocks is great because it is full of colonial folklore and classic tales of terror. The book is broken into three sections: Folk Tales, Popular Literature and The Literary Tradition. A few of the tales included are the original versions of stories that appear in the Alvin Schwartz Scary Stories collections; The Haunted House by Richard Chase and The Cat-Witch by Richard M. Dorson. There’s also a healthy dose of Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne among others. There’s about 40 stories included.

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It Grows on You/Needful Things – Stephen King

I saw the movie Needful Things well before I read the novel, which I always enjoyed, and I read It Grows on You long after reading Needful Things. So I’m excited to return to these two stories.
When reading Needful Things for the first time I remember thinking to myself, “this is Stephen King’s version of Something Wicked This Way Comes” and since I love that story, Needful Things took on a new life for me. Plus King’s novel always reminds me of grey autumn days.
At its core Needful Things is a Faustian tale, but so is Bradbury’s; you get your wish but like with a djinn it turns dark quickly, and in the end you become part of the dark carnival, forever an Autumn person, your soul is lost to Mr. Dark. In King’s novel you receive your darkest desire in the form of a gift and which is given only after you perform a twisted favor for the proprietor of the antique shop Needful Things, and once done the punishment is that Leland Gaunt owns your soul. It is pure Halloween fare.

Recently, I read that the character of Leland Gaunt was supposed to be a Nyarlathotep-type character, which is again King playing with the Lovecraft mythos. He does this a lot in his universe, the events of Jerusalem’s Lot have a Lovecraft connection to explain why the evil in ‘Salem’s Lot exists. Revival and Jerusalem’s Lot both mention De Vermis Mysteriis a Necronomicon-like tome created by Robert Bloch in the Cthulu Mythos.
It Grows on You, according to King is supposed to serve as an epilogue to Needful Things. It’s about a house that grows new staircases, halls, rooms, and other additions to itself, all appearing directly after evil events that take place in the house or near its grounds.

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Communion/Transformation/Breakthrough – Whitley Strieber

Whitley Strieber’s Communion series is fantastic. Great debate still ensues about the validity of his claims in these books. When published it was categorized as non-fiction but as controversy grew as to if the work was indeed factual it was moved to the fiction section of bookstores. The Communion series contains over seven books but the first three and most notably Communion and Transformation are fascinating, intriguing and terrifying. The books all describe Strieber’s repeated abductions and interactions with what he calls “the visitors”. The visitors are neither supernatural or extraterrestrial in our general sense of the word. But then again they are, it’s all very interesting.
As the nights grow longer in Los Angeles the skies are filled with the lights of aircraft earlier and earlier. It’s fun to look into the skies with a head full of these books and hope that you’ll see something other than a jet.
Fun fact: Strieber claims all his horror fiction is directly related to the subconscious memory of these visitations. Highly recommended reading, don’t just Wikipedia this!!”
4. What book are you reading right now? What is it about?
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 – T.E.D. Klein
I’m about 100 pages into this book and it’s right up my alley. There is the resurrection of an Old One in the form of an elderly man who may or may not be the only survivor of a tragic fire that killed an entire family in the mid-1800s. A strange religious order worship in solitude on the outskirts of rural New Jersey. An outsider who decides to rent a summer house from a couple from this order is unwittingly lured into their rituals. This all feels like a set-up for some Lovecraftian-esque sacrificial folk horror. Something like The Wicker Man meets The Dunwich Horror. I’m very excited to see where it goes.

Afternoons

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion – Tracy Daugherty
Joan Didion is the master of making apathy beautiful. Her journalistic writing, Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album, and her novel Play It As It Lays are flawless and serve as a scathing critique of pop culture, Americana and life in Los Angeles. There is a fantastic documentary called The Center Will Not Hold on Netflix by her nephew Griffin Dunne (Jack Goodman of An American Werewolf in London fame), which is very informative and I enjoyed very much, I’ve watched it three times. So when I saw this at my local library I decided to pick it up to gleam more insight.


Weekends:

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Occultation – Laird Barron

In my library have what I call my Carcosa shelf, filled with HP Lovecraft, Thomas Ligotti, Ambrose Bierce, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Chambers, etc. Laird Barron was a large omission from that shelf and thankfully my friend at Death Wound Publishing turned me onto his writing. Over the last year or so I’ve been catching up on what I’ve been missing. There is an eerie detachment and dizzying psychedelia to Laird Barron’s writing that translates into a beautiful uncertainty from the narrator to the reader. Magnificent paranoia.
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Tales from the Underworld – Hans Fallada
I bought this book while in Scotland. I wanted to read stories of crime that weren’t your standard vintage crime; James M. Cain, Chandler, Hammett, Jim Thompson and what I received with Tales from the Underworld is the opposite. This isn’t hardboiled punchy crime fiction with no-nonsense leading men and dames in distress. These are tales of deceit by desperate uneducated  people and their transgressions. Fragile individuals pushed to criminal activities purely to survive. It is more or less, with each new story, a dark study in human weakness and failure.”
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Lunar Park – Bret Easton Ellis
I read all of Bret Easton Ellis’ work in chronological order over the last few years. Reading Less Than Zero was one of those doors being opened in my mind by an author. I remember thinking “you can write like this?”, it had the voice of a sophisticated amateur. Even though the books character’s were in college it felt like someone writing about my cynical and disinterested experience of high school in a very elegant way.
I decided to revisit his work but this time out of order. I was especially interested in starting with Lunar Park because he claimed it was his homage all of the EC/Warren horror comics he had read growing up.”
5. Is there any exciting events or news that you would like to share?
“I am excited to announce that I am finishing the final editing and artwork for my short story collection of weird fiction called Rats in the Dream House, which will be out by November 2019. Hopefully, other stories of mine will be appear through various publications throughout 2020.
I am also working on another issue of my art/essay zine Strangers Die Every Day, I have quite a few articles I’m putting the finishing touches on and it will also include an extended version of my essay from issue #1.
Also, in my book buying excursions I can never pass up a great cover in the wild (even if I own it already), so I have acquired a small collection I’d like to begin selling off online. So that may crop up sooner rather than later on my Instagram.”
Death Wound Zine (DeathWound.com ) still has copies of a horror anthology that includes my story “In the Summer You Really Know”, a psychotic paranormal murder mystery. 

Fractured Noise (Instagram: @fracturednoise) still has copies of a boxset from a noise group I was in called Moth Drakula. It includes a cassette and 7″, a reviewer described the album as “the sonic equivalent of a Hammer Horror film directed by David Lynch”.

Thank you for the interview!
If you like to know more information there are his contact information:
Until next time!

“It’s good day for an exorcism”

Back in October 2015 my friend Jane called me asking me if I was interested in meeting up with her. She told me that the Exorcist staircase was getting the VIP treatment by becoming an official Washington DC landmark and  tourist attraction that day. Also she told me that director William Friedkin who directed “The Exorcist” and the author who wrote “The Exorcist” William Peter Blatty was going to sign autographs a couple of hours before the landmark ceremony and if I was interested in going to both?

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Without any hesitation I said yes! I do not remember if I had any other plans that day but I guess they were not important enough to keep. I automatically met with her at the metro and we headed towards the top of “The Exorcist Stairs” about two hours when the signing started and we were already met with a line! Not a long one at the time but there was about ten people in front of us.

Only then I realized I tracked all this way and I had absolutely nothing for them to sign. Fortunately I was able to find a newspaper stack that had  a front page  talking about the exorcist steps.

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While Jane and I were waiting in line we met some new friends ! Like @punchbuggyblues who was the first person ahead of us in line. We also some some kids and an lady dress up in some awesome Exorcist characters!:

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Then it was time to meet William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty! There were super nice and I got an autograph from them! This is only the second and third time I got someone’s autograph in my life!

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Jane got her movie signed too:

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Later that evening everyone met by the bottom of the Exorcist Stairs

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The mayor of Washington DC and William Friedkin both did a speech about the steps and the cut some ribbon around the plaque:

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This was the nearest spot I got that evening. haha! 

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It was a pretty cool experience to see and be a part of! These set of stairs really do not look like much from afar. Before this event it took me a while to realize that this was the steps from the movie. My sister even went to college near there and I would drive or even walked down the set of stairs not realizing the significance of them.

Days after the event I decided to give my sign autograph picture of William Friedkin to Mike:

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Until next time!