Saturday, September 14, 2013

A bit of News

Firstly, apologies for not posting yesterday – I literarily forgot; I had plenty of articles to go for, including the Gabrielle Faust edited anthology High Stakes and a “Vamp or Not?” of the 1977 Toho release Hausu (House) – so look forward to them in the coming weeks – but a long week at work knocked the wind from my sails.

However, my intention today is to bring you all some news snippets – firstly my good friend David MacDowell Blue is looking to bring his script of Carmilla to the stage. David knows the LeFanu story intimately as he is the annotator of The Annotated Carmilla- a project for which I was proud to be asked to write the preface.

David is trying to crowdsource the project and so, if you feel you wish to support his project and have the spare capital then please visit its donation page. Unfortunately, due to our disparate geographic locations, I am unlikely to see the play when it is performed but if you are in the LA region keep an eye out for it and, hopefully, if David gets opportunity to film the production I’ll get to see it that way.

The other thing to mention is the release of two Dracula related books from Red Rattle Books. Telegraph for Garlic contains academic analysis of the novel. The press release for the companion fiction anthology states:

Vampires tempt and terrify and the stories contained in ‘Dracula’s Midnight Snacks’ warn about horror but promise wicked delight. ‘Dracula’s Midnight Snacks’ is half of the two-part follow up to ‘Frankenstein Galvanized’, published last year by Red Rattle Books. ‘Dracula’s Midnight Snacks’ accompanies ‘Telegraph For Garlic’ which contains academic analysis of the novel, ‘Dracula’, by Bram Stoker. Horror expert, David Saunderson of ‘Spooky Isles’, invited vampire fans to submit stories for consideration. As well as tentative young Argentinean gentlemen heroes, we have porn stars and plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, cowboys and Comanche raiders, a vampire on disability benefit, a defiant feminist, black and white silent cinema, Victorian professional wrestling, an alienated sixties rock and roller and a nightmarish New York that almost overpowers our favourite anti-hero.”

The reason for mentioning them. I am one of the contributors to Dracula’s Midnight Snacks and so, obviously, I encourage you all to go out and buy it. My intention is to review Telegraph for Garlic later in the year, though due to my association with Dracula’s Midnight Snacks, I will not be reviewing that volume.

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