Archive for June 11th, 2013

Holy Crap… a new Pegg/Frost/Wright movie!

Why am I just now hearing about this? The new film, called The World’s End hits theaters this summer, August 23 here in the states. If you’ve been out of the loop for a while and the names above don’t register, this is the first film they’ve all done together since Hot Fuzz.

I followed a link from the io9 rabbit hole this morning to discover this post, which includes:

Among other samples of character-themed movie posters. Not only is Nick Frost in it, but so is Martin Freeman.

Yeap. I think I have another movie on my list of things to be on the look out for this summer.

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Hauntings… sort of

I’m not, by general nature, a horror person. Or am I?

I don’t do overt horror movies if I can at all help it.  My older sister suckered me in to watching Poltergeist (the first one) with her, so she wouldn’t have to watch it alone. I’ve seen some of the 80’s standards, of course (some of the Friday the 13ths and Nightmare on Elm Streets) and even Screams, but many of the other franchises? Not so much.

I’ve found, however, that I don’t seem to mind horror elements in my fiction. Sometimes, I even find myself thinking of those sorts of stories myself.

Which is where this is going… While I was working on the last post, I noticed another piece that tickled my fancy, especially because I sarted writing a story a few years ago that elements of the asylums mentioned could play a role in.

Wth descriptions like:

On the grounds of the hospital sat the Gaebler Children’s Center, which many of its former residents have described as being akin to a prison, with the children strictly disciplined and frequently sedated.

or

…a patient who had been strapped down for so long that his skin had begun to grow over his restraints. Other patients were chained up while naked for months at a time.

How can you not think of a horror story? Follow the link to the article to see some of the pictures and read about them for yourself. There are even some video clips (long photo slideshows). 

Really… go get your creepy on.

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Lessons from Iain Banks…

While I’ve not made much progress in Phlebas yet, one of my fellow Seton Hill folks shared an article over on Facebook. While I have gotten to the point that I get seven shades of twitchy anytime someone puts “Rules” and “Writing” in close proximity to each other (they’re more like guidelines, anyway)… There is a lot to consider in the article.

A few things that I found myself noddingg in agreement with:

3. Never give your protagonist a simple motivation

4. History will fuck you up

10. The consequences of your adventurous episode will alter somebody else’s entire world

11. There is a definition for evil, after all.

For full explanations of those, and others, follow the link above… it will be worth your time.

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