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Mimas

No, I'm not awake. But that's never stopped me before. Yesterday, I spent an hour and a half transcribing all the corrections for "Houses Under the Sea" and "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles," then e-mailed them to Robert Morrish. So, the stories should be in decent shape when they appear in Thrillers II (as far as I can tell, Cemetery Dance is not yet taking preorders on this book). These are two of the very best short stories/novellas I've written to date, and I do hope that people will seek out the anthology. Afterwards, I tried to start work on the story for John Pelan's The Cthulian Singularity, only to realize that I had no idea what I wanted to write. See, I get in this frelling, idiotic mindset that fools me into believing that good fiction can be produced on an assembly line, that it can be pooped out, workman-like, on demand, quickly, without mess or bother or lengthy contemplation. It comes from having worked for DC Comics for so long, I think, and from a number of other places, including my waning love affair with the Puritan work ethic. It was a short love affair. I really wasn't infected until about 1994. Anyway, I spent most of the afternoon researching one of Saturn's moons, Mimas, which I believe will be the focus of the new story, which I'm call "Zero Summer" (from T. S. Eliot's "Little Gidding"). But I do hope to write the opening scene today. Late yesterday, Spooky and I got back to proofreading To Charles Fort, With Love; we made it through "Apokatastasis" and "La Peau Verte," pp. 143-184. It was a long day.

For Kid Night, we rented John Polson's Hide and Seek and John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. Polson's film was a disappointment, though I really can't say I had any expectations (well, then you shouldn't say you were disappointed, Kiernan). Sort of a Made-for-TVish, Shiningesque thing that managed little sense and came with five alternate and almost equally unsatisfying endings (four alternates, five endings counting the original theatrical one). I still admire Dakota Fanning, and she's still my pick for Dancy, but I do hope she gets better roles in the future; she was just about the only thing that halfway worked in this film. As for In the Mouth of Madness, a film whose charm has always eluded me, we rented it because neither of us had seen it in a while. It seemed longer and more fleshed out than I remembered, though I can no find evidence that the DVD included material omitted from the theatrical or VHS releases. Regardless, I was still soundly unimpressed. It's a film that plays more like half-assed camp, more a parody of Lovecraft than a Lovecraftian film. It's more often funny than creepy, never actually frightening, and lacks even an ounce of dread. The makeup and creature effects are shoddy and unconvincing, the story's muddled and absurd, and Sam Neil spends the whole film looking sleepy and vaguely bemused to be stuck in such a mess. So, I still don't see why anyone admires this film.

Right now, I wish someone would ask me to do a convention in Greece. Or maybe southern France. Somewhere warm and dry and Mediterranean and at least seemingly far away from American politics. And Spooky gets to come, too. I'd take them up on it, deadlines or no deadlines.

Comments

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robyn_ma
Jul. 9th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
You'd think Carpenter and a Lovecraftian theme would add up to more than In the Mouth of Madness.

Actually, it did.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, it did.

Indeed. I've often said that The Thing is one of the few truly Lovecraftian films, and I also consider it far and away Carpenter's best.

Nice site, too. Thanks for the link.
robyn_ma
Jul. 9th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
I've often said that The Thing is one of the few truly Lovecraftian films

You probably do often say this. Randomly at the supermarket, or at funerals, or in the shower, or at breakfast:

You, randomly while making toast: 'You know, The Thing...'

Spooky: '...is one of the few truly Lovecraftian films. Yes.'

'Oh. I've said that already?'

'I know. Jennifer knows. Even Sophie knows: The Thing is one of the few truly Lovecraftian films.'

'...but...but it is.'

Nice site, too. Thanks for the link.

You're welcome, but I half expect to see part of the dedication on Daughter of Hounds: 'And no thanks at all to Robyn, who sent me a link to a drad The Thing fanpage, on which I whiled away untold hours better spent writing this book. So if you had to wait that much longer for the book, blame her. In fact, here's her phone number...'
greygirlbeast
Jul. 10th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
In fact, here's her phone number...

You bet.
robyn_ma
Jul. 10th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
And hey, stay safe from Dennis. We do worry.
algernon33
Jul. 9th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank You for the Heads Up about "Hide and Seek", I was tempted to rent it as well, but I'll go with your opinion on that film.

Toronto, I think we should all invade Toronto.

-A33
styggian
Jul. 9th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
"In the Mouth of Madness" was decent as pulp horror but not much else.
girfan
Jul. 9th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
I've been watching the Tour de France live every day and now have a desire to see the Black Forest (part of stage 6 and 7 were in Germany). I'll keep an eye open for a convention in France-I'd love an excuse to go to Brittany right now.
mellawyrden
Jul. 10th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
I was impressed because of the film's trailer, as shown in theatre previews when it was first released.

The ominous voiceover at the end said: "Coming. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS."

greygirlbeast
Jul. 10th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
"Coming. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS."

snork
frankiemouse
Jul. 10th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
i don't mean this as a criticism but, do you sometimes watch a film just for the story? granted if you rent something wanting to be frightened to some extent and then the sfx suck that makes it kinda hard to enjoy. i sometimes will rent or watch a movie on the sci-fi channel and the production quality just isn't there
(that's kinda expected where the sci-fi channel is concerned) but, i still get drawn into the story. i have to admit that i'm not usually looking for the scare either which i think you enjoy, at least sometimes. and if it's an adaptation of a book then it better give you the same feel or you'll be dissappointed. vampire's kiss was a movie that i never could decide if it was trying to be horror-ish or, a comedy. i saw a copy in a used cd store and it didn't hint that it was intended to be comedic. i bought it anyway. it was five bucks. haven't watched it since.

this comment has gotten out of hand and i probably shouldn't post it but, i think i'd like to see your reaction to it so i'm hitting the post button.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 10th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
do you sometimes watch a film just for the story?

Nope. I only watch movies for the hot nixars.

vampire's kiss was a movie that i never could decide if it was trying to be horror-ish or, a comedy.

Vampire's Kiss is, in my opinion, a wonderful dark comedy. It's unsettling (I wouldn't say frightening) and ultimately a study in pathos and insanity, but it's also very frelling funny. So, you don't have to decide. It was meant to be both.

i think i'd like to see your reaction

I'll be here all week...

...month...

...year...oh, whatever.
frankiemouse
Jul. 10th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
well, you can't be blamed for that. i've fallen behind my Boschen and Nesuko reading and Nar'eth. i think i'll catch up a bit now.

thanks for clearing that up about Vampire's Kiss. i'll go with that. i found it to be more funny the second and third time i watch it. the first time i saw it it seemed like it was going to be a "serious" movie. then cage's accent seemed way horrible and over the top and the stuff he did was a bit outrageous. your assessment fits well so, like i said i'll go with that.
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