Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Links: Four Poes, Evil Dolls, and Nethescurial

As we count down the days to Halloween, let's look back at what happened in the world of the strange, the unusual, the horrific.
  • In Leeds, Alabama, a man was attacked by his girlfriend's evil doll collection: "Ms Nicole-Fine has been collecting dolls since she was eight, and got her first haunted doll at aged 12. She believes the doll, Violet, was haunted by the spirit of a little girl called Angie who died in the early 1500s. 'When I first got her, I had a vision in my sleep about how she passed away,' she said."
  • An egg hatched from Shellhawk's Nest and out came a deeply disturbing Halloween photo from 1938.
  • At the invaluably incisive R'lyeh Tribune, Sean Eaton delved into the notion of Thomas Ligotti's Nethescurial as an egregore: "Have you ever had a dream or nightmare that begins with you as a spectator of some weird or frightening event?  Perhaps you are observing some violent or horrific event on a television screen or at a movie theatre—examples of how media technology structures even our contemporary dream life!—and suddenly you are actually in the dream, on stage, fleeing from whatever is lurking there."
  • Breakfast in the Ruins brought us four Poes.  
  • Nev Murray reviewed Greg Gifune's Devil's Breath at his Confessions of a Reviewer!!: "Greg Gifune is a man that has a lot of books out there. Each one is different in so many ways. The one thing that is consistent throughout is the fact that his style of writing is superb. Each and every one of these books is overflowing with a masterfully dark atmosphere that completely immerses you in the particular story you are reading. If you were handed a section of pages to read, not knowing who wrote them, you would immediately know his style if you have read him before."
  • John Kenneth Muir analyzed one of my favorite Schwarzenegger films, The Last Action Hero: "Last Action Hero possesses many good ideas, and even a compelling thematic through-line that I hope to enumerate. That through-line ties into the jokes about Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a movie version of the play starring Schwarzenegger (perhaps the best scene in the film…).  It also ties into the characters of Danny Madigan (Austin O’Brien) and Jack Slater.  All three heroes contend with the same “to be or not to be” existential dilemma."
  • The inimitable Zombos opened up his Closet to show us the 1964 game Bats in Your Belfry: "Main portion of game consists of 15" tall molded plastic castle w/spring-loaded launchpad that would toss any of the 24 included plastic "Vampire Bats" into the sky. Object of the game was to drop one of the two included heavy metal balls into castle to activate spring-loaded mechanism and catch as many bats as possible w/the two provided plastic skeleton hand scoops."
  • Deck the Holidays showed us how to make faux barbed wire.  Very cool for Halloween!
  • Steven Wetherell reviewed The Babadook at Jim Mcleod's Ginger Nuts of Horror: "Part of the cleverness of The Babadook is that the viewer spends less time wondering if the phantom is real or imagined, and realises that the differentiation really doesn’t matter— the horror is equal either way, plucking not just at our anxieties about what unknowns may lurk out in the world, but what unknowns may lurk within us." (Interested readers can check out my review of the movie here.)
  • Author William Malmborg pointed us to a pretty dumb review of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.  Kubrick used exterior shots of the hotel in his adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Shining.  I've been to the Stanley Hotel a few times, not to stay, and it's a really nice place.
  • Here, I explained why I'm supporting the Beyond Lovecraft Indiegogo campaign and talked about anti-Christianity in our common culture.
Illustration taken from the Arkham Unveiled supplement of Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu role-playing game.

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