Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Links: The Yeast Men, Strange Behavior, and Mermaid in a Manhole

As you rush headlong into the weekend like a metaphorical thing doing something quite fast, look back on what you might have missed in the world of the bizarre and horrific and just plain weird:
  • 1967 proved to be a very, very strange year, and Ghost Hunting Theories details why.  There's Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts, Mothman, and more!
  • Sean Eaton baked up some analysis of Lovecraft contemporary David H. Keller at his must-read, never-miss R'lyeh Tribune: "Keller’s The Yeast Men (1928) depicts an alternative universe closely parallel to our own in the early 20th century. Superficially it appears to be science fiction because of its weird pseudo-technology.  However, the paraphernalia that appear in Keller’s fiction have a different, even playful quality when compared to the devices and extrapolations invented by other pulp science fiction writers of the time." I've already made all the yeast infection jokes in my life I care to, so don't think you've got to pick up the slack here.
  • The House of Self-Indulgence reviewed the 1981 Australian horror film Strange Behavior: "Now, I don't want to sound like a broken record. But what the fuck, guys? Strange Behavior is probably the ultimate film in the milfy lady scientists wielding syringes that contain iridescent liquid genre. Think about it. Not only is Gwen Parkinson (Fiona Lewis) a lady, she's milfy, and, judging by her lab coat, she's definitely a scientist. On top of that, it looks like she's holding a syringe in her hand, and the liquid inside said syringe has a iridescent sheen to it. So, I'll say it again, what the fuck, guys?"
  • Alex Davis brought the disgusting Guinea Pig film review series to a close with Mermaid in a Manhole at Jim Mcleod's Ginger Nuts of Horror: "Now, if you can forgive the few leaps in logic there, that leaves us an artist obsessed with his new subject, whom he paints and paints and paints as her condition continues to worsen. As time goes by, her skin begins to blister into painful sores, which in turn become infected and infested with foul worms."  Make sure you give the Film Gutter Facebook page a like!
  • Definitely check out more of the Danish pulp haul from Breakfast in the Ruins.  It's worth the clicks!
  • Nev Murray reviewed the short story The Dogmen of Cedar Park at his Confessions of a Reviewer!!: "What I got this time was the exact same style of writing, but, and this is a big but, Ricardo Bare as honed his writing skills to perfection with this one. This is a contender for short story of the year from Confessions!"  Clearly Nev seemed to enjoy this one.
  • A pressbook for Night Monster crept out of Zombo's Closet, along with many other incredible things. ZC has definitely become one of my favorite horror sites.
  • The Horror Club did a comprehensive roundup of that most disquieting of horror sub-genres: home invasion horror.
  • John Kenneth Muir's analysis of The Happening was better than the film itself: "For those seeking to take down the film and its director, M. Night Shyamalan, there is plenty of ammunition here by which to accomplish that task. Many folks have availed themselves of it.  And, I’ll confess, after watching the film for the first time again in seven years, I can see that it is a marked step down in quality for Shyamalan, after his earlier work. Some scenes just don’t come off well, and some scenes that should be powerful instead fall flat."  Read the whole thing: it might change your mind.
  • Here, I pointed you to a review I wrote of Chris James's Alchemy and wrote about the importance of properly editing and formatting your indie novel.
I'm always on the lookout for fresh material for the Friday Links, so please drop me a line if you want to be included in next week's list.  The only caveat is that it has to be fresh! Last month's blog post on using Twitter to sell your book doesn't count.

Illustration by Frank Brunner for Chaosium's Stormbringer 4th Edition Rulebook.

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