HEXES the sunday spectra 10/16/11

Cover image FromSleepyHollow

ARE YOU ODD?!

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“Each volume of ODD? will contain surreal, weird, fantastical, strange reprints (some of them not available otherwise except in expensive limited editions), previously unpublished stories, and new translations of classic and hard-to-find stories. This first volume features, among others, Amos Tutuola, Nalo Hopkinson, Jeffrey Ford, Rikki Ducornet, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Hiromi Goto, Stacey Levine, and Jeffrey Thomas—with new translations by Gio Clairval, Larry Nolen, and Brian Evenson of such classic writers as Gustave Le Rouge, Leopoldo Lugones, and Karl Hans Strobl as well as a brand-new story by Leena Krohn! (Full table of contents here.)”

“Thus far, the response to our call for subscribers, Oddkins, and Super Oddkins for our new ODD? anthology series has been great! In fact, it’s been good enough that we’re extending our special discounts through October 21. We have a real chance to provide stability for this series now, at its inception—thanks so much for your support of unique and exciting fiction.”

“You can also help us by embedded or linking to the video above and to this post so others can take advantage of this offer.”

— Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

Much more here.

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TROLLHUNTER

poster by Gary Pullin

“I’m not sure if I was early or late to the party, but I became aware of Troll Hunter about a year ago. It’s still not easy to get a copy, but well worth the effort. Made in Norway, Troll Hunter is a “found footage” flick: you know, a group of intrepid filmmaker head into the wilderness, meet horrible fates, and only their film canisters are left to tell the tale. Most of the reviews I read online referenced 1999’s The Blair Witch Project as the genre’s groundzero. Which is blatantly false, since Italian goremeister Ruggero Deodato started it all nearly 20 years earlier with his notorious Cannibal Holocaust. But perhaps Deodato’s use of actual animal slaughter in scenes has clouded some memories. Regardless, what separates Troll Hunter from those two early movies is a sense of humor. The character of Hans, Norway’s unofficial official trolljegeren, agrees to let a group of college students film his nocturnal hunts simply because he is completely frustrated by the bureaucracy and paperwork involved in his job. And whenever a troll makes a snack of a German tourist, the Norwegian Wildlife Board blames the death on a reneged bear. The Polish contractor hired to supply the bear carcasses usually shows up with an Eastern European breed that would never stray so far from its natural habitat. Haugen, the harried head of the NWB, uses a pair of fake bear paws to fake the tracks around the kill site — but he does it so haphazardly that it looks like the bear walked cross-legged. Sure, there are plenty of shocks and scares to be found in Troll Hunter, but the humor comes clearly across in the translation.”

— Mary Davis

Excellent screencaps by S

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HAUNTED TRILOGY

The horror of life and the ecstasy of life

A quake that rips the soul asunder; 16 tracks of heartbreaking, horrifying beauty, including music by Claudio Ianni, Coil , and Danny Elfman. Image by Ian Francis

The silence after the screams

Twelve tracks including music by Franz Schubert, Goblin, and King Black Acid

Until we ourselves are ghosts

Twelve tracks including music by Fabio Frizzi, Angelo Badalamenti, and Asei Kobayashi & Mickey Yoshino

An ambitious and dizzying tripartite of scare-laced sounds. Surrender.

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Fab Ciraolo’s OLD SCHOOL HEROES

Fab Ciraolo is an illustrator based out of Santiago, Chile. In his “Old School Heroes” series, Ciraolo takes some of our beloved superheroes (obviously way before the 90′s when some of the best cartoons were aired!) and presents them outside of their everyday Hero-garb for a little R & R. Hate it or love it, I can’t help but to get all nostalgic seeing some of my favorite childhood characters.” — 

http://fabianciraolo.blogspot.com
http://behance.net/FabCiraolo

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A DARKER SHADE OF PAGAN 10/16/11

Image: Charles James couture, 1936 by Cecil Beaton

Playlist for 10/16/11

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Dead Can Dance – Compassion (live)
Hekate – Sanctus
The Changelings – Never Look Down
Soriah with Ashkelon Sain – Omeyocan
Peter Murphy – Rose Hunter
Gazelle Twin – Concrete Mother
Zola Jesus – In Your Nature
Faun – Pearl
The Moon and The Nightspirit – Holdvarazsoft
Seventh Harmonic – Valensanimi

You can also listen to this show on the Pagan Radio Network!

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AN INTERVIEW with ELLEN ROGERS

In an age rife with digital technology, what attracts you to using film cameras?

I think part comfort, part love, part chaos. It’s always been about organized chaos for me, in love, in life, in cameras. I always thought too that on a primitive level, grains are prettier than pixels. I could spend hours in my darkroom and that I do. But it seems somewhat removed from catharsis when I see people editing in Photoshop. Sometimes I think, this image is real, if you were here with your camera too you would see this happen also. It adds power to the image (for me at least), when I look at a very well executed digital photograph I think ah, this never happened. When one of the strengths of photography is that you are documenting something real. Perhaps I think that some modern ‘photographers’ fall under the category of ‘photomontage’ opposed to photographer but that is just my opinion.

experiment 333, from Ellen’s blog, Aberrant Necropolis

Faith 5

The landscapes act as secondary characters to your work. How do you choose locations? What speaks to you about them ?

That is such a nice question. For me it is now and perhaps forever, my love of the British countryside that draws me to certain places. I often read English ghost stories as a child and I love the romance of them. Some of them are positively Brontësque in pace and always beautifully dark and full of trauma. It seems to me that what I have been trying to do with many of my outdoor images is capture my heritage and my blood and collect it in silver gelatin. I am very proud of my country and how beautiful it is, I feel a deep sense of connectivity to it.

Read the entire interview at HI-FRUCTOSE Magazine

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4 Comments

  1. Much as I preferred BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 to the original (an iconoclastic choice, even by my standards), there is something uniquely effective about “found footage” films such as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and THE LAST BROADCAST. Not sure where Deodato’s film falls chronologically with regard to the infamous SNUFF, which also purported to be genuine footage.

  2. That Cecil Beaton photo is fantastic. And here’s your cover artist: http://fromsleepyhollow.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3evea8

  3. Lovely, I just watched Troll Hunter a few days ago. I liked the humor/fear balance. The last ‘found footage’ film I recall watching was Diary of the Dead, which wasn’t bad. Oddly enough, I still have never seen Blair Witch. Need to do that someday.


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