a zoo in hell


On a Roll: 4.3.2011

From NYTimes:

Shepard has already written a novel about F. W. Murnau, the director of “Nosferatu,” the 1922 German film adaptation of “Dracula,” and a short story narrated by the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The longest story in this collection, “Gojira, King of the Monsters,” explores the career and private life of Eiji Tsuburaya, the special-effects creator of “Godzilla.” 

The filmmakers that made that awesome Call of Cthulu movie are back with another Lovecraft adaptation. The Whisperer in the Darkness is emerging.

Hellnotes has a nice commentary about the pitfalls and challenges of self-publishing. The advertising budget is my own concern with self-publishing, but the need of a good solid editor or second set of eyes is another one. I know a few folks that are open to being hired as an editor. Here is the Brian Keene blog this essay mentions, and it is worth checking out. This is what happens when a traditional publisher self-destructs and tries to pretend nothing happened.

Clive Barker is actually writing the new Hellraiser prequel comic series. There's a free download. I'm pretty Hellraiser-ed out, but if anyone can give the project a nice "reboot", I'd expect it would be Mr. Barker himself.

Some pretty cool art by Aeron Alfrey. Io9 calls it Ligottian, (a piece is named after a story of his) but I think that the art might be a bit too illustrative to really live up to that description. It's plenty cool and plenty dark, though.

The occult background of Black Swan. This is kind of a no-brainer but it's interesting to read someone actually breakdown the motifs, regardless of how much you chose to read into it.

Yes, some credit card companies are actually out to kill you.

Somewhere out there in the interwebs I have a piece similar to this one. Gone with the Wind is an excellent apocalyptic film.

Local author Aaron Wilson has a piece in the local Cifiscape anthology. It's gotten some good reviews going ahead of the publication.


Finally got another rejection letter from an agent. I trust this one actually read the manuscript.