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Friday, October 30, 8-10pm: Wayward Coffeehouse presents their annual Halloween horror reading, this time with two authors, to lead you twice as far into the dark.

ANGEL LEIGH McCOY (http://www.angelleigh.com/) is a game reviewer, game designer, and the head editor for the Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Downloads site. Her fiction has appeared in the anthologies "Ravens in the Library" and "Vile Things."

MICHAEL MONTOURE (http://www.bloodletters.com/) is the author of "Counting from Ten and Other Stories," available from Stone Pine Press. His fiction has also appeared in "Doctor Who: How the Doctor Changed My Life." "Montoure's spare, striking prose outlines characters in deliciously twisted predicaments ..." -- Seattle Weekly

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Saturday, October 31, 8-10pm: Come enjoy terrifying stories about everyone's most basic need, at the grand opening of THE NIGHT KITCHEN, the restaurant that's finally bringing high quality late night food to downtown Seattle. (http://www.nightkitchenseattle.com/)

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Crypticon.

Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:06 am
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And now for another installment of Short Notice Theater:

Going to be at Crypticon this weekend?

I'm going to be doing a reading on Saturday at 10:30pm in the Olympic Room.

If you like horror, you should really come, and not just for my reading -- the con was a lot of fun last year, and I got to meet a lot of familiar faces from horror movies I know and love. Hope to see your smiling and/or terrified faces as well. Cheers!

Lovecraft.

Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:09 pm
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For years I've been wanting to go see the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival down in Portland, but I never had the money or the time. But this year, it actually came to me! A special "best-of" compilation of their short films is now running at the The Grand Illusion Cinema, a lovely little theater in the U-District.

It's playing every night until this Thursday, the 26th. If you have any appreciation for Lovecraft's unique brand of science-horror, you owe it to yourself to go to this.

Here's what I thought of each short:

Casting Call of Cthulhu was a nice cute little bit of fluff to start off with, and does exactly what it says on the tin.

Late Bloomer was the tale of a 7th-grader discovering the true horrors of reality in Ms. Lovecraft's sex-ed class, and it was -- pretty amusing, but I think ultimately wore on for too long.

The Book Dealers was a nifty little piece of animated steampunk unpleasantness with interesting characters. Felt like something I would have seen on Liquid Television back in the '90s. Check out the link -- you can watch the whole thing on-line.

Eel Girl was the first piece that really made me sit up and take notice. It looked great -- the makeup effects were by Weta, if that tells you anything. The acting was a little bit stiff, but otherwise, a nice short sharp shock -- unearthly, beautiful, sexy, disgusting, disturbing, all at once.

Legend of the Seven Bloody Torturers reminded me of Monty Python, and I mean that in the best possible way.

The Canal is the one I felt the most lukewarm about. It's a dramatic reading of a Lovecraft poem with some interesting and kind of experimental animation. There's nothing wrong with it, really, it was just not nearly as interesting as the other shorts on offer. (You can watch that one online, too, at the link provided, if you feel the need.)

Maxwell's Mind was pretty decent. It was slightly let down by some mediocre acting, but that kind of enhanced the 1940s feel they were going for here. Great sound design here -- the distorted electronic voice from the dead brain being kept "alive" scared the hell out of me.

Experiment 18 -- "As the Third Reich crumbled, a Nazi Occultist performed one last, desperate, ritual. This is his story. These are his words." This had a great documentary feel to it, which was helped by having the narration in German. (It's subtitled, natch.) The combination of black magic, the undead, and Nazis put me in mind of Hellboy, I have to admit, but that didn't really hurt this film at all.

Between the Stars is based really loosely on an unfinished Lovecraft story, and really, it doesn't tell a story -- it sets a mood. But what a mood -- stark, obsessive black-and-white, it put me in mind of Pi and Eraserhead.

Call of Cthulhu was the one I really wanted to see, and it didn't disappoint. Made by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, it's a note-for-note perfect attempt to create an adaptation of his most famous story that looks and sounds like an authentic 1920's silent film. Really, really great.

~ intermission ~

The Outsider was another dramatic-reading-plus-some-animation piece, but the crucial difference is that this one featured the distinctive voice talents of Doug Bradley, best known to horror fans as Hellraiser's Pinhead. Getting to hear that great rich voice read my absolute favorite Lovecraft story was a real pleasure.

Cool Air I have mixed feelings about. In the end, I have to say it was an incredibly well-acted adaptation of a story in which not much really happens. I was simultaneously riveted and wondering how much longer it was going to be, which was a weird combination.

AM1200 was great, and my only complaint about it is that I wish it had been longer. There's enough set-up here just begging to be further explored at feature-length. This was easily the slickest, most professional production of the whole evening, and a hell of a strength to go out on.
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Okay, so, since my previous post, I've seen exactly one person post the link graphic for my reading.  I had to resort to begging last year, too.  It's a week away and I only know of literally half-a-dozen people who've said that they're coming.  I swear this is getting harder every year and I'm not entirely sure why that is.

Anyway.  Begging doesn't work?  That's fine.  I'm not above resorting to bribery.

*ahem*

If you post about my reading and encourage your friends to come, I'll have a present waiting for you when you show up.

If you tell me ahead of time, "Hey, I'm coming and I'm bringing someone who hasn't been to one of your readings," I'll have a present waiting for both of you.

You don't have to use the graphic if you don't want -- a textual invite is fine.  Be sure you mention the date, time, and address, obviously.  A link to my website would be nice, too.

It doesn't have to be on LiveJournal -- if you post about it on your weblog, or Twitter, or anywhere that people will see it, the offer stands.  Just mail me and let me know. 

Promote.

Oct. 21st, 2008 10:02 am
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Well, people seemed to like the flyer graphic from my last post, so it's time to start getting the word out. (It's a little *past* time, actually, but I've been sick.)

American Nightmare: A Halloween Horror Reading, with Michael Montoure.  Wayward Coffeehouse, October 31, 7pm.

Here's the code for the link graphic -- please repost this in your journal, weblog, message boards, wherever:

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(Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wendolen , who already posted it!)

Please do help me get the word out about this, tell your friends -- bring a friend who hasn't been to one of these.  I do rely on your word of mouth, and I appreciate all you guys have done for previous readings.  Let's scare some new people.
I've been doing this for *ten years* now. Can you believe that?

Poster.

Oct. 15th, 2008 01:58 pm
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..... How does this look?



Smaller.

Oct. 22nd, 2007 12:27 pm
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Halloween is banging down the door, and I've only seen one or two people post the link graphic for my reading, so my theories are a.) It was just too big to be spamming your friends pages with with, b.) I posted it too long before Halloween and now you all need this ever-so-lovingly gentle reminder, c.) Nobody wants to come to Greenwood, or d.) No one loves me any more. Assuming it's a., I therefore have thoughtfully provided you with this new, smaller, practically dainty link graphic to use instead. You're welcome.



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I do hope you're going to come -- I've got not one, not two, but three brand new stories for you all this year, and I think they're gonna knock your socks off. So bring some friends, and bring extra socks.

Viral.

Oct. 13th, 2007 07:39 pm
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As you can see from the flyer, we're in a new location this year: the Wayward Coffeehouse in Greenwood is our replacement for the late, lamented Aurafice. It's a really nice space -- it's much bigger, it's laid out better as a performance venue, and they have really rather excellent coffee. The owner is super-excited to have us there, so that's nice, too.

Of course, since it is in a new location, I'm worried people aren't going to show up. (Or at least, that we're not going to do much to fill the space.) Prove me wrong!

Help me promote the event -- put the link graphic above on your LiveJournal or blog, post about it to message boards, RSVP for it on Facebook, and if you want to print up any of the flyers to distribute them yourself, let me know, and I will totally hook you up with a PDF.

Above all, please bring your friends, your co-workers, your mom. (Okay, maybe not your mom.)

Besides the new short piece I mentioned, I've also finished a much longer brand-new piece that I'm really pleased with, and I'm going to see if I can't knock out something else new in time for the reading, as well. Of course, if there's any of my older stories you're dying to hear again, just let me know in the comments, and I'll see what I can do.

I look forward to seeing you all there!
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It's almost time for my annual Horror Fiction Reading on Tuesday, October 31st.

I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward. And you would.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It will be from 8:00pm until 10:00pm.

If you're not familiar with my original fiction, please check out my personal website at: http://bloodletters.com/

If you come, I promise I'll only keep you a little while, lead you through some very dark places, lead you safely back out, and send you on your way.

But if you don't, then all your friends will prove false, you and your true love will never meet, and you'll never achieve your heart's desire.

So come support your local arts. And please consider posting this link image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog -- I rely almost entirely on your word-of-mouth to advertise this event. Thanks!

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So my publisher is having me flown down to San Francisco for the weekend so I can attend the World Horror Convention. (There is no way I can say that and not feel like a rock star.) I leave this evening and will be back Sunday.

This is the first time I've been on a plane since I was about 12 years old. I'm a little nervous. Not about the plane falling out of the sky or being high-jacked by mad Arabs -- more along the lines of "ohmigod there's a thousand rulesandregulations and what if they send me home for having the wrong size carry-on luggage??"

*deep breaths*

Ah, well, onward and upward (literally). Things to do, people to scare.

*psssst*

Oct. 31st, 2005 01:34 pm
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(Last minute reminder: I'm reading tonight! Don't forget! Be there!)
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I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and probably something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward. Those of you who haven't bought one yet, remember, I know who you are, I know where you live. Cheers.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It's on Halloween itself this year, and will be from 8:00pm until 10:0pm.

If you're not familiar with my fiction, please check out my personal website at: http://bloodletters.com/

If you're planning on being there, then please consider posting this image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog. I look forward to seeing you all. Thanks!

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I saw a TV ad for House of Wax the other night, and it looked pleasantly scary, so I thought I'd give it a try when it opened tonight. (Even though Paris Hilton is in it.) I've never seen the original, so I wasn't worried about them ruining it for me, or anything.

Dark Castle's previous remakes, House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts, were both films I found pretty entertaining. Unfortunately, that's not who I thought made this film, when I went into it. I thought it was the same director as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and it's not.

But I was under that impression for the whole film, and it's easy to see why -- it's the same goddamn movie:
A group of kids on a road trip, trying to get to an event on time, end up getting sidetracked and stuck in a strange small town. They're attacked by a highly dysfunctional family, including a silent man-child who hides his deformity with a mask and who has a penchant for preserving the dead.
The plot doesn't have a single note of originality to it, but there are some great visuals and nice set-pieces. While the movie builds up the same feeling of nameless dread that the TCM remake did, it takes too damn long for anything scary to start happening. But it does a pretty good job once it does. This is not a horror film content with just killing its characters. It would rather hurt them, which is harder to watch. The climactic scenes of the movie are visually outstanding -- really jaw-dropping stuff. (I found out just now that they were originally planning on presenting this movie in 3-D. Now that would have been awesome.

Oh, one other minor thing -- the very ending has a tiny little twist to it that left me going, "Huh? So what?" Kind of annoying.

I'm gonna have to see the original now. There's no reason for any of you to run out and see this film -- but if you're really in the mood for a horror movie, and can sit through a slow buildup, this is fairly worthwhile.

Reading.

Oct. 18th, 2004 12:37 pm
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There's that chill in the air again, that sharp wind through leafless trees that makes you pull your coat tighter. The days are growing shorter and the dead are closer every day.

It's almost time.

Come to my seventh annual Horror Fiction Reading on Saturday, October 30th.

I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It will be from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. (Early enough, I hope, for everyone to come to the reading and still be able to go out and enjoy the rest of your Halloween weekend.)

If you're not familiar with my fiction, please check out my personal website at: http://bloodletters.com/

If you're planning on being there, then please consider posting this link image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog. I look forward to seeing you all. Thanks!

Here's the code for it:

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Over in [livejournal.com profile] horror_films, [livejournal.com profile] vegandreamboat wrote:

in your opinion what are the horror films that changed the genre..not necessarily your favorites but the ones that reinvited horror.

To which I responded:

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Oooh, what a good question. I'd go with:

The Haunting (1963) -- the haunted-house movie that all haunted-house movies pay homage to, whether they know it or not. (Stephen King especially has a thing for this story.) Pay no attention to the 90's remake. None.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) -- How many movies manage to invent a monster? Zombies as we know them come from this movie, and have been done to death a million times since. (Pun not intended.) This film has heavily influenced not just horror films, but pop culture.

The Exorcist (1973) -- Something else that filtered into pop culture, and something else that invented a genre -- the supernatural religious thriller.

Friday the 13th (1980) -- Sure, I know Black Christmas may have beaten it to the punch by years, I know Halloween may be a strong contender for the slasher-genre crown, but come on . . . this is the one that's stayed in everyone's mind. If you mention "Michael Myers" to the man on the street, he'll think you mean the comedian, but everyone knows that "Jason" means a hockey mask, a butcher knife, and an unstoppable body count.

An American Werewolf in London (1981) -- This one raised the bar on make-up/special effects technology, blurring the line between the two beautifully and creating a new look for horror. Often imitated, never equalled in terms of sheer impact.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) -- Many horror films since have used dream logic, but never with so much style. Freddy is one of the icons of the genre.

Near Dark (1987) -- This is the movie that saved vampires from being just foofy gothy ponces in velvet capes, and gave us vampires that were thoroughly modern, urban, dirty, and dangerous.

Scream (1996) -- The movie that, for good or ill, revived the horror genre by reinventing it as hip, clever, and self-aware.

This is fun. Any others?

Showing.

Aug. 23rd, 2003 12:11 am
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Yaaay! That was fun!

So, okay, the consensus is, we're going to meet up for the 5:20 showing of Freddy vs. Jason at the LCE Woodinville 12 (17640 138th Place NE, Woodinville, WA 98072).

Feel free to join us!

Friday.

Aug. 18th, 2003 07:11 pm
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Yup, there's definitely enough interest. Cool -- we're doing this.

If you want to come, be sure to post here or send me mail, so I know how many people to expect. Directions will follow in a friends-only post.

Versus.

Aug. 17th, 2003 10:00 pm
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So, Freddy Vs. Jason is out in theatres now. Laugh if you wish, but I've been looking forward to this movie for years.

I've been trying to talk people into seeing it with me, but the answer I keep getting is that people don't feel familiar enough with either series to go see it.

So! To correct this:

Movie night at my place: Come over this Friday, the 22nd, for a double feature of A Nightmare on Elm Street and one of the Friday the 13th films (TBD). We can watch them on my spiffy new DVD player. Show up around ... 7:00? Does that sound reasonable?

Then, on Saturday, we can go catch a matinee of Freddy Vs. Jason.

Who's in?

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In other news, I have a job. For a week. I'll have to be up at about 4:30 AM every day this next week, so I'm afraid I'm not going to be up to doing anything else social any evening other than Friday. Sorry!

Corpses.

Apr. 15th, 2003 12:02 am
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Saw House of 1000 Corpses today. Thought it was pretty terrible. No real characters, dialogue, plot, logic, anything. Nor was it particularly scary. It desperately wants to be Texas Chainsaw Massacre when it grows up, but it's not even in the ballpark.

I have to admit it was fun to look at -- every single frame of the film is just pure Halloween candy, really. It'd be a great film to have playing on a TV at a Halloween party, with the sound off.

*shrug* It's the sort of thing you'll like, if you like this sort of thing.

Willard.

Mar. 14th, 2003 05:16 pm
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I realize this all kinda spontaneous and last minute and stuff, but:

I'm gonna go see the 7:15 showing of Willard at the AMC Pacific Place 11. It's a remake of the 1971 cult classic horror film about a boy and his rats, and it stars the perfectly cast Crispin Glover. The movie opens today.

(IMDB, reviews, watch trailer, buy tickets)

If this sounds like your idea of a good time, come join me. I'll see you there. ([livejournal.com profile] madness237, [livejournal.com profile] lokheed -- you know you want to.)

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