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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 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.
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.
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.
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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
Watchdog before the end of the year.
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
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
Three new DVDs the world doesn't need, but which are available
Issue #3 of SUBTERRANEAN Magazine will feature a brand-new, 11,000-word novelette from DJS, "Obsequy," illustrated by – who else? – Bernie Wrightson.
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!"
GRATUITOUS LORD OF THE RINGS REFERENCE ALERT!
DJS hasn't seen hide nor hair of Peter Jackson since he started
his epic fantasy trilogy, but he's known him since he came
looking for distribution on MEET THE FEEBLES. Which makes this
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
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Born on Hallowe'en 10/31/1999 ‡ Reborn
on 02/24/03 ‡ Constantly updated
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