Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Links: Matthew Mungle, The Violet Crow, and Amorphous Horrors

As you slouch toward the weekend, rough beast that you are, take a look at what's happened in the strange and horrific this past week:
  • At Jim Mcleod's Ginger Nuts of HorrorIshbelle Bee talked about her newly-published novel The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath: "The plot, in a nutshell: a little girl is locked inside a grandfather clock. She is rescued by a policeman who becomes her supernatural guardian. The Lord of the Underworld orders his assassin son, Mr Loveheart, to hunt her down because he wants to eat her and absorb her powers. The book is played out in Victorian England, Egypt and the Underworld and reveals a variety of unusual and colourful characters, including fraudulent psychics, mesmerists, Jack the Ripper and bewildered Scotland Yard detectives."
  • The Lovecraft eZine brought us exciting news about Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu: "In 1975 Chaosium started out as a quirky boutique game company. We were all about creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. With every game we provided you with new realms of imagination and entertainment. Over the last few years we forgot that, and lost our way."
  • Michael Sheldon's novel The Violet Crow was published through Amazon.
  • Sean Eaton took on the amorphous in his disturbingly delightful R'lyeh Tribune: "Amoebic monsters are not always indiscriminate and insatiable predators, though.  In some horror fiction, they act in the service of an oppressed or beleaguered child.  Perhaps they are a manifestation of repressed rage and hurt, and transform these energies into a shifting, shadowy form that acts much as the microorganism does."
  • Cool Ass Cinema interviewed special effects makeup artist Matthew Mungle: "Joe Blasco was my greatest influence when I started attending his school in 1978 but before I met him it was Dick Smith and John Chambers for their amazing body of work and dedication to the craft."
  • Nev Murray reviewed Keith Deininger's Within at Confessions of a Reviewer!!: "I have only ever read Ghosts of Eden by Keith Deininger before. Although I enjoyed it, I struggled with it a bit. Felt like I had been on a weird “trip” when I had read it. Due to this experience I went at Within a little bit on the cautious side. I knew I liked his writing. I was just a bit freaked out with the previous one. I needn’t have worried."
  • A noted Jamaican pastor warned of the perils of Charlie Charlie: "Errol Rattray told OBSERVER ONLINE Friday that the game should be taken very seriously, as it may release demonic elements causing the individuals who play the game to become possessed."
  • John Kenneth Muir deconstructed the 2008 film Doomsday for our edification: "An extremely gory and violent film, Doomsday proves impressive in terms of its stunts and action sequences, but it also features some narrative blind alleys. The result is movie of intermittent success, of some highs and a few lows.  It’s fun recognizing all the influences and ingredients when they appear on screen, and Doomsday never fails to rivet the attention."
  • Here, I pointed you to a review of The Blessed Man and the Witch by the inestimable Nev Murray and a review I wrote for Mark All's novel Death Metal.
Illustration by Tom Sullivan from Call of Cthulhu's supplement S. Petersen's Field Guide to Creatures from the Dreamlands.

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