Mish Mash

Nov. 24th, 2016 01:09 pm
angelicmobster8: black and white photo of katharine hepburn, text says i'm still here (Katharine Hepburn)
A bunch of links I've been saving for the past few months. Maybe I should do this monthly, they do pile up.

Articles
Short Films
Short Stories
Random:

  • They used "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen in Donnie Darkos theatrical cut, but "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS in the directors one. They are both georgous songs, but I think "TKM" works better. Also, I probably wouldn't have heard any Echo songs for years if it hadn't been for that movie. Whereas, my mom and sister are big INXS fans, so I would have heard "NTUA" at some point.

  • An Antiques Roadshow appraisal of Ray Bradbury books.

  • Another one for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I didn't like that book too much, but this was sweet.

angelicmobster8: a well manicured hand with a large ring tightening a lace on the green shoe (Shoe)
I was behind on books, but October really pushed me foreward. Tried to only read things that were spooky and what not. Not listed are short stories I may have read.

Finished in October

  1. The Witching Hour (1990) by Anne Rice *

  2. Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. I've been thinking of the 1992 movie. I have always loved it, but I can still think it's ugh in places. Like Mina falls in love with Dracula after walking in on him literally raping (vampires are sometimes metaphors for rape) Lucy. And we're supposed to feel sorry for him because she's his "reincarnated love" and Lucy is a "whore". In the book, Dracula mostly uses Mina to infiltrate the group that is trying to stop him. So in a way, the Penny Dreadful (tv show, spoilers sort of) version of him is closer than most of the movies. He uses Mina to lure Eva Greens character to him. I don't like who they cast as Dorian Gray though. Off topic. Also, I now realize I was imagining Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing while reading the book.

Started and Finished in October

  1. The Wide Window (2000) by Lemony Snicket

  2. Pretty Deadly Vol. I (2014) by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios *. Loved it. It has inspired some scents.

  3. The Book of Lost Things (2006) by John Connolly *. Had that great creepy old fairy tale thing going on, Maria Tatar would approve. Loved it.

  4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) by Shirley Jackson *. I think I liked loved it better than The Haunting of Hill House.

  5. Carmilla (1871) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Really good, really getting into the movies and web-series based on it. Listened to it on Librivox.

  6. The Night Circus (2011) by Erin Morgenstern *. Loved it. Amazing dreamy feel to it. This helped me understand the tarot.

  7. The Lonesome Night in the October (1993) by Roger Zelazny *


Started in October

  1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (2009) by Carrie Ryan *. It has a sort of detached feeling to it, but that's okay. I mostly like it, reminds me of The Village and 28 Days Later.

* means it was a library book. I was inspired to read some of them by this list.

I doubt I'll start any other books before the end of the month. JK Rowling is releasing an Umbridge short on Halloween.

Drac

Oct. 9th, 2014 08:12 pm
angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Schmee)
"Later he would also claim that he had a nightmare about a "vampire king" rising from his grave, caused by eating too much crab meat covered with mayonnaise sauce." - About Bram Stoker on Wiki

My edition (the cover art) looks like it is based on the first American edition.
angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Ghost)
A couple of days ago. Read the introduction by Brooke Allen as well and have some thoughts on that:

  1. Van Helsing made a reference to the Ugly Duckling...

  2. "...calls some of my sex to love..." misread that and thought he meant he had a bit of a boner

  3. Henry Irving seems like an asshole

  4. It sounds like Bram Stoker may have been asexual, with crushes on men like Walt Whitman and Henry Irving.

  5. Brooke Allen says that Lucy didn't survive, because she was too innocent and virginal. It's funny, because most movies today portray her as a slut, because horror movies like to kill off sexual women. I'm glad that the words virgin and slut no longer have any meaning to me. They are just words used to demean women and put them into categories.

  6. This

Overall, I liked it, but it's not my favourite old-timey horror. Though there were some really good parts that Brooke Allen pointed out. I'm more partial to The Picture of Dorian Gray, Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Maybe in that order. I still want to read Carmilla.

Read a comic book called Pretty Deadly, written by Kelly Sue Deconnick and illustrated by Emma Rios:

  1. I really liked it

  2. A lot of cool female characters

  3. At first I found it chaotic, but that happens a lot when I read comics/graphic novels/whatnot

  4. I was thinking a male character (Mutt, I think), looked a lot like Lee Van Cleef. Or reminded me of him. In the back of the book, there were conceptual drawings. Ginnys hat was called the "Lee Van Cleef" hat.

  5. Anyway, I want to continue with this series.

I have wonderful memories of reading Bunnicula when I was 10. It was a class novel. I read it at home, at this lovely blue desk we used to have, bu candlelight. We had a shallow stone bowl that I would burn stuff in, and pretend I was a witch. I like to play with hot wax when I was little...
angelicmobster8: a well manicured hand with a large ring tightening a lace on the green shoe (Shoe)
The Witching Hour

  1. She wrote that Stuart grew up in a small Texan town, in a lovely house with a widows walk. I don't know how big Galveston was in the early 20th century, but this house is perfect.

  2. This is the plantation where Aaron takes Michael to waste time. I guess it was also mentioned in Interview with the Vampire, but I don't remember. It just showed up on my dash all timely and what not.

  3. Carlotta reminds me of Harpy.

  4. I keep imagining Lee Pace as Lasher. I don't know why. I need to watch "Pushing Daisies".

  5. Deirdre like to play a Gershwin song, sung by Nina Simone, on a jukebox. This one?

  6. This is a library book. Since it's a beat up paperback, I kept forgetting it wasn't mine and wrote in it a bit. In pen! I never do that. Ugh. I don't think what I wrote would bother anyone though.

Dracula

  1. I've been falling behind on Dracula. Mostly because I want to finish TWH. As far as these old-timey horror books go, I think I prefer Phantom of the Opera. I'm going to try to read Carmilla in October.

angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Ghost)
The Witching Hour:

  1. I'm agnostic, but thank gosh Anne Rice found Jesus. There's so much fucking incest in this book. Julian alone screwed at least four family members. This isn't really a spoiler, the plot summary on the book says it's filled with incest.

  2. I kind of like that Lasher copied his outfit on how Julien dressed. I hope my demons dress like me.

  3. Had to make a family tree for the book so I could keep the Mayfairs straight.

  4. There's a character called Stuart Townsend. I had a major crush on Stuart Townsend the actor when he was in Queen of the Damned. Yes it's a bad movie, but I was 11 and it was a fun bad.

Dracula:

  1. Viley

  2. The Brides from the 1931 movie

  3. Someone wrote this about the Brides

  4. This whole tag looks like it's full of Dracula goodies

And last of all, some more of this.
angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Schmee)
Van Helsing wards the Count off with an envelope of Holy Wafer. Why have they never used that in a movie? OMG, hilarious.

Dracula quotes the Bible, 'cuz he's kinky like that.

Jonathon is still a moron.

I don't know if I wrote this before or not. My sister and I went to see a double feature of Dracula and Frankenstein last October. The ones from the 30's. Dracula was a lot more boring than I remember. Renfield was great in the pre-Code lunatic sort of way. Frankenstein was still pretty good, they should have showed it with Bride of Frankenstein instead.
angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (AM inc)
One thing I love about old-timey books, is that certain words had different meanings back then. You know this, yet still giggle like a child a bit when you see them. Except for "faggot". I know it meant a bunch of sticks for a fire, but it still takes me off guard. But when you come across things like "He licked him violently" meaning punched, you're like "bahahahaha". This happened in Vanity Fair. HG Wells used "ejaculated" a lot.

Another thing is, when there's a character with a heavy accent and their dialogue is written in the accent. It doesn't always make sense if the book is in the form of letters or diaries (like Dracula). Would a 19th century person really bother to write down the words the way they are accented? Dr. Seward in Dracula recites his diary on a phonograph, does he actually speak in the accent? I noticed this in Wuthering Heights as well. Did Nelly Dean really speak in Josephs accent while telling the story to Lockwood? It seems kind of unnecessary. But funny.

For some reason, Jonathan is very Keanu Reeves in my head, even though Keanu was horrible in that movie. It's not happening with the other characters.

Am listening to a playlist inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Dracula

Sep. 13th, 2014 05:38 pm
angelicmobster8: a heart shaped candy saying a.m. inc. (Ghost)
It's a much quicker read than I thought it was going to be. Most of the time, 19th century (or before) lit takes me a little longer to read. Am surprised by how little of him there is in the book.
angelicmobster8: a well manicured hand with a large ring tightening a lace on the green shoe (Shoe)
Am finally reading Dracula. Jonathan is such a moron, but we'll let it slide, since he doesn't know which book he's in. I also love the image of old man Dracula making a bed and doing other household chores.

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