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Masters of Horror

It's official : horror auteur LARRY COHEN has signed on to direct the DJS adaptation of the DJS short story, "Pick Me Up," as Show #7 of the first lucky 13 episodes of the Masters of Horror series, which has begun shooting in Vancouver. Larry is the impeccably-credentialed writer director of the It's Alive films, the immortal Q (aka The Winged Serpent), The Stuff, the still-chilling God Told Me To, and screenwriter of the good version of I, The Jury and more recently, Phone Booth and Cellular.


Zombie Jam

ZOMBIE JAM has finally crawled from the mouldering, clotted mulch of snakebit delays and multiple postponements, to void its horror all over you in a big icky mess. Despite the long wait, there are currently very few copies left at Subterranean Press … or here, for that matter.

Bullets of Rain

Brand new from William Morrow (street date: 23 September 2003). Read reviews here, here and here. Read a short interview with DJS re: BoR at Publisher's Weekly.

Read The Chiaroscuro's review here.

Rock Breaks Scissors Cut

Out now from Subterranean Press. Read a review of it here.

Waste your spare time!  Play Virtual Rock-Paper-Scissors !

Crypt Orchids

(a new edition of the out-of-print DJS collection from 1997).


Elvisland

From Babbage Press: Elvisland (John Farris' ultimate short story collection, edited by DJS).


RANDOM BITS

When the single-disc I, Robot DVD was released in 2004, DJS was beleaguered with questions like "Where's all that behind-the-scenes shit you shot in Vancouver in 2003? Where are all those supplements you supposedly co-produced?" Savvy 20th Century-Fox marketing wizards had decided to double-dip the release, you see. In general, double-dipping works like this: the studio releases a bare-bones version of the film on disc as soon as feasible after its theatrical release, then within the following year releases it again, this time with supplements and extras. Some of the most notorious "dippers" in DVD-land have got to be Terminator 2 and Stargate (nobody seems to know exactly how many different releases of those films are on DVD, but there are multiple variants).

To get to the point: The supplements incorporating all the footage DJS spent nine weeks shooting during principal photography in British Columbia in 2003 are on this 2-disc set. Finally. It's nowhere near all the footage he actually shot … but it streets on 24 May 2005, so maybe people will stop asking him now whether he shot that ultra-lame EPK "behind the scenes" crapola on the original 1-disc.

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NOT THIS

Easy to miss : This is the Dark Delicacies anthology, edited by Del Howison (proprietor of the eponymous bookstore) and Jeff Gelb (of Hot Blood fame) for Carroll & Graf softcover publication September 2005. Of the 14 out of 20 total contributors enumerated on the cover, DJS is not one of them, having been consigned once again to the ignominy of "and many more." Since the "many" is only about a third of the people listed upfront, it doesn't constitute as "many" as are already on the cover. (Message to Lisa Morton: Where did we go wrong?! Who have we offended NOW?!) The inference lent by the sell text is that Richard Matheson has contributed "an original tale of terror and the macabre," when in fact he only wrote the introduction. All this smoke and white noise makes it easy to miss the fact that this book contains a new DJS story (ironically titled) "The Pyre and Others," to which you are heartily recommended.

 

Awaiting you in the new Video Watchdog (#120, on sale early June) is a comprehensive DJS article on every incarnation of John Wyndham's classic The Day of the Triffids. And if you missed the epic, Rondo-nominated DJS piece on Jonny Quest, it's still available in VW #113.


 

The latest volume of monster caricatures and illos by the incomparable Frank Dietz, Sketchy Things Must Be Destroyed! features an introduction by DJS, and it's on sale right this very minute.


 

Click HERE to see a certain writer mentioned in Kaz's nationally syndicated strip, Underworld,  sometime in mid-September, 2003.

The Outer Limits: Season Two. DJS' comprehensive writeup on the newly-released Season Two DVD set will appear in the Rondo Award-winning Video Watchdog before the end of the year.

Read Part One right here!

Dangerous Red by Mehitobel Wilson. Probably the only Introduction DJS will ever write for another author's short story collection. Out now from Necro Press.

Cemetery Dance Magazine #47 leads off with a new DJS interview (8000 words), and an excerpt from Bullets of Rain .  Also: reviews of Rock Breaks Scissors Cut, Bullets, and the much-recommended Dangerous Red. Even the interview got a good review!

"The Content of Our Winter's Diss"
Appreciation of Douglas E. Winter, available in the World Fantasy Convention 2003 Program Book.

"The Thing Too Hideous to Describe" appears in From the Borderlands (paperback version of Borderlands 5)

"Water Music" appears in Hellboy: Odder Jobs

"Wake-Up Call" appears in The Mammoth Book of New Terror

"Red Light" and "Where the Heart Was" appear in two brand-new paperback editions of Hot Blood and Hottest Blood, respectively.

 

The Lost Bloch Volume 3: Crimes & Punishments
Called "essential" by Library Journal, The Lost Bloch, Volume 3: Crimes & Punishments is selling out fast from Subterranean Press.

Three new DVDs the world doesn't need, but which are available anyway:


COMING SOON

  • Issue #3 of SUBTERRANEAN Magazine will feature a brand-new, 11,000-word novelette from DJS, "Obsequy," illustrated by – who else? – Bernie Wrightson.


COMING LATER

  • Havoc Swims Jaded. Just you wait. (2004)

The Outer Limits Companion Companion

To Celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of BLR, we're pleased to announce our latest sponsored site: THE OUTER LIMITS Companion Companion!


"RAVING & DROOLING"

Fangoria fans — READ THIS!

The world-famous "Raving & Drooling" column, written by DJS for Fangoria Magazine (1992-96), acknowledged by fans as one of the most popular features of the magazine ever, CAN BE YOURS … although, weirdly, a lot of people haven't realized it yet.

All 41 of the original columns have been buffed to a high gloss, annotated, updated, and collected into a book called Wild Hairs, which won the 2001 International Horror Guild Award for Best Nonfiction. You can own this comprehensive book right now, no kidding!

FLASH! CORPORATE AMERICA HAS DECLARED THIS SITE "PORNOGRAPHIC!"

Read the juicy details by clicking HERE.

This really bizarre double exposure is what happens when DJS loans his camera to a guy shooting foxy pix for a wrestling magazine. The PowerBooks are not doubled; there really are two of them on the desk in this failed bio shot (which means the first exposure was probably snapped during rewrites on THE OUTER LIMITS COMPANION). The wrestling mag in question is From Parts Unknown, and the mummy pictured left is international fetish model Dita, who you can see much more of atwww.dita.net. (Photo by and Copyright El Murcielago Sangriento, ©1998. All Rights Reserved. Used by special arrangement with El Murcielago Sangriento and Unknown Publications. We all thank the Bat.)

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Those Infamous Parties at Ravenseye.

 

GRATUITOUS LORD OF THE RINGS REFERENCE ALERT!
DJS hasn't seen hide nor hair of Peter Jackson since he started working on his epic fantasy trilogy, but he's known him since he came to America looking for distribution on MEET THE FEEBLES. Which makes this picture at least a decade and a half old (because it was shot in DJS' old apartment on Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood). The time, it flies.

 

Can you stand one more name-dropping picture of DJS with some famous guys?

(L-R) Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, and the guy whose website you're looking at right now. (1993, courtesy Lawrence Rapchak)

 

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It is a remarkable development in my lifetime that people have come to expect and want to be entertained for more and more of their lives. Previously, entertainment had clear limits. You went to a sports game, or to a movie, or a theatrical event, and there you were briefly entertained. Afterward you returned to your regular life, which was not expected to be entertaining. Your life might be passionate, it might be committed, it might be compelling and engaging, exciting and arousing, but it was not imagined to be "entertaining." Because entertainment is something that is done to you, or for you, by another. Now, entertainment has become a defining metaphor for all kinds of activities. Restaurants are supposed to be entertaining, and often have "themes." Schools are supposed to be entertaining. Media is supposed to entertain, more than to inform. Even self-improvement courses and therapies are supposed to entertain. Nearly everything in society is judged by whether or not it is entertaining. Of course, all this entertaining creates anxiety. How fragile we are, that we cannot be alone, that we must have the tube on for company, that music must play in our rooms and earphones, that when we turn to TV we flick aimlessly from one channel to the next, "looking for something good." You'd think this endless flicking would tell us something, but it never seems to. As we accelerate the pace of our lives, we no longer have time to experience our own lives, so that entertainment becomes a numbing relief. But as the acceleration continues further, we no longer have time to experience our entertainment either. Two hours in a movie theatre is too long; we don't need to see the movie, we can just talk about it. Its stars, its reviews, its grosses. There was a time, not so long ago, when audiences focused on the work, putting the artist (and his/her faults) in the background. Now, everything is inverted. Reared on a steady diet of media gossip, we have come to think it is a normal focus of attention; we are desperate to know gossip about an artist's life, or about the behind-the-scenes making of a film. We want to know escapades and lovers and lawsuits and fighting and drinking, and we can hardly be bothered with the work itself. The only value to the work is that it generates the gossip, which is what we now find "entertaining." My own view is that we do a disservice to ourselves to imagine that we cannot survive without the constant flow of distractions. In fact, children enjoy learning and the acquisition of knowledge is its own reward. It does not have to be hip and fun. Kids mistrust hip and fun teaching, as they should. I think adults do, too. Sooner or later, all this entertainment will, in its franticness, melt away, like the witch in The Wizard of Oz.
— MICHAEL CRICHTON.