Eating at McDonald's on a regular basis is like having unsafe sex. You know that sooner or later there will be hell to pay.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
ON ROBERT E. HOWARD, creator of Conan
Yes, it's true. We loaned out Robert E. Howard's laundry list to a bunch of writers who will produce another fifteen novels based on lines like "dirty shirt with a stain", "worn out socks", "need clean jeans" somewhere in the text--since REH wrote the lines, they're real collaborations.
And while we're at it, the holder's of copyright have merged and will produce the following company and product for SF fans to behold:
Isaac Asimov's FOUNDATION SERIES and J.R.R.Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS presents SLEEPAWAY CAMP OF THE DAMNED, which will present robots, horny teenagers, zombies, hordes of monsters, piles of dead teenagers and the book with have a unicorn, a cat and an elf on the cover.
With any luck, we can present it as "by Robert E. Howard and Isaac Asimov and Tolkien" all in one punch.
know any really hungry writers? There's a book that needs writing!
That recalls the time when Robert E. Howard's output of previously unpublished stories outpaced Alfred Bester, who was still living.
I just found a copy of THE CABINET OF CALIGARI, the really bad restructuring of the silent film. What makes this much more awful is that it was scripted by Robert Bloch, borrowing heavily from the plot structure of PSYCHO. This was "released" in 1962, and promptly ignored and shelved and rarely shown on the tube.
Some woman is driving her car in the opening shots. It is a convertible. Somewhere along the way, the car breaks down. She wanders off and looks for help. She does not bother to lock up the car and put the top up. I thought, "this woman is stupid."
And it continues in this manner. She wanders (and it looks like for hours and hours) to this large manse and goes in and never has anyone go out and help her with her car. She gets a room and a place to stay and all thoughts about where she was going and who she is are shelved.
It doesn't look as if she's being held prisoner, so her staying there makes no sense. The house is filled with other pointless, clueless guests. A mind game is being played, and one of the other "people" is also the "Caligari" guy and he tries to manipulate the situation(s) and people for whatever reasons that are never explained. properly.
Film has really nice "retro" fifties looking jazz art direction.
Film also has one horrid child star in a role that is hard to watch.The kid is related to the director.
There are these little weird touches, people seem to be furious with one another, argue, strain, move quickly, slam themselves down onto a bed and never once does the hair on their heads ever gets mussed up.
from the book EYE MIND, by Paul Drummond, which was about THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS and ROKY ERIICKSON)... page 361...my jaw dropped when I read the following..."Having joined a psychotherapy class for a few weeks Roky enrolled in the prison band. ...Roky started a rock band and called in The Missing Links. Roky was backed by truely crazed and sick individuals. Roky's new friends, Frank Walcott, second guitar, (shot and killed his mother father and sister while high on glue...), Charles Hefley, bass (raped a policeman's daughter, stabbed her with a screwdriver and killed her two infant sons by throwing them in the Trinity River; he later won the custody of his own two children and disappeared and is still at large), a deaf tambourine player (participated in the rape and murder of a twelve year old Houston boy and stuffed his body into an abandoned refrigerator) and a drummer (who shot and killed an impound clerk after his car was improperly towed)....recreation director Jack Ball and an attendant Jack Priest (on pedal steel guitar) accompanied them to shows at high school proms, festivals rodeos and three television appearances...
I wish I could see any VHS tapes of these shows....I also did a review of the book for AMAZON.COM which you can probably Google and read and look over my other reviews. This is a shameless plug.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
THE WEREWOLF VERSUS THE VAMPIRE WOMAN part II.
(initially it was my inclination to bring forth chapter by chapter quotations from the novel But my mind started to rot.)
THE WEREWOLF VS. VAMPIRE WOMAN --chapter 2.
At dawn the girls swam in the nearby lake while Waldo strengthed his grip by squeezing trees.
(there’s a longish section about Waldo not being able to have an orgasm, one woman saying she could induce one, and he kills her because she lied, and thought it was funny..and kind of bashes her head in and left blood all over the room.)
Waldo surveyed the blood bath and there was nothing on his face but nothing.
Realising he would be the object of a police search, he put on a clown’s disguise and ambled away down a hillside road.
(Waldo joins a circus and then buys it.))
Waldo’s disguise was perfect. His face was painted and he assumed a stooped over look that made him look shorter. Oh this was one werewolf who was very clever.
The doctor had a prefect prescription for the girls “Why don’t you go to the circus tomorrow?”
(maybe more later)