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Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison is one of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy. He’s written more than 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays and essays as well as criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. He edited and anthologized two groundbreaking science fiction collections, Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). Ellison has won multiple multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgar awards.

In 1993, Ellison was tapped by the then-nascent SciFi Channel to provide commentary on the science fiction scene during its “Sci-Fi Buzz” segments. In this seventh installment, Ellison rails against internet trolls on “PC bulletin boards” three years before I had my own desktop computer. The man has always been ahead of his time…

A few weeks ago Ellison suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. According to this Los Angeles Times story, he’s already improving and complaining and ranting the way only he can.… Read the rest

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Batman at 75

Batman

While I’ve been posting all year about the William S. Burroughs centenary, I have yet to mark this illuminated text with the dark shadow of Batman who is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year. “The Caped Crusader,” “The Dark Knight,” “The World’s Greatest Detective,” first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

Batman earned his own storylines. He was unique among comic book heroes in that he never had any super powers. Batman honed his intellect and built his body into a crime fighting machine fueled by his vow to avenge the homicidal death of his parents and restore justice to Gotham City. Batman’s lone vigilante origins also contributed to recent, noir interpretations that blur the line between the good and evil in the Batman universe. Questions like “Is Batman insane?” are common to the telling of his tale in a way that they could never be in the pages of Superman or Captain America.… Read the rest

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 75

Sorry for the delay this week, kids. I (the all seeing Ken), have been stricken with evil germs. What are you going to do, huh? This week: I actually don't know...it's all in American...But I think they talk about Black Eyed kids again...or was it the Black Eyed Peas?, Something about Pigeons being terrorists?, How Twin Peaks is an all American cherry pie of a show?, Going to war again?...I dunno you listen. PersonnelJoe Nolan, and Frater Isla
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Halloween’s Origin Story

Halloween

For this latest spooky October post, I wanted to cut to the chase. I’ve grown a little bit impatient with the month. So, here’s a nice little primer on the Celtic roots of the Halloween holiday and its evolution through the ages to the seemingly silly, scary celebration we know today.

Do the souls of the dead roam free during this time of the year? Are the ghosts friendly? What should I do as someone who lives on a former plantation just off the Trail of Tears in the South?

This video illuminates the evolution of the Roman Catholic Church in its relationship to the frustrating tradition of Samhain in the weird, old magickal world.

The story ultimately comes home to America where our current holiday finds youngsters and adults embracing both the macabre and the sexy. This piece even gets into the arson-crazed Detroit “Devil’s Night” bombings that I grew up with in the Motor City.… Read the rest

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King of Horror

Stephen King

For this spooky October post I found a little gem on YouTube. It claims to be the first ever television interview with Stephen King and since I couldn’t find an earlier one on the site, I’m gonna take their word for it.

The interview takes place one decade into King’s career after he’s written horror classics like Carrie, The Shining and The Stand. It’s filmed nearly ten years after King’s graduation from the University of Maine Orono and is produced by the school’s public access channel.

I’m not a big fan of King’s books, but I’m a big fan of King and his spectral success story and his crazy work ethic. However, the scariest thing here might be the ancient computer that he was producing those early bestsellers on…shudder…

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Groening VS Kubrick

Simpsons Kubrick

Casting about for another spooky October post, this one didn’t take long.

The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” episodes have become an American Halloween television tradition given the show’s ridiculously long run and the intense creativity highlighted in these seasonal creep-fests. Often, the “Treehouse” episodes are among the best of a given season and if you’re wondering why the show is still on the air, a glance at their most recent tribute to Stanley Kubrick proves that the show continues to have relevance — and references — to spare.

Here’s the episode’s big scene courtesy of Vulture— it incorporates nearly the entirety of Kubrick’s weighty oeuvre. How many references can you catch?

I wonder what Rob Ager will have to say about this?

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Vampire’s Kiss, Uncaged!

Vampires Kiss

This scary October post recalls a subject many of you likely find terrifying: the career of Nicolas Cage. Cage has done a lot of cash cow trash since he won the Oscar for Leaving Lost Vegas. That said, he’s also brought the wild edge to films like Bad Lieutenant, reminding me of the strange brilliance that illuminated his earliest roles.

One of my early Cage faves is the fang-toothed film Vampire’s Kiss, which is celebrating a 25th anniversary this year. Here’s an outrageous collection of crazy Cage scenes from the movie…

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 74

This week: The great Idaho chicken heist of 2014, stoner mice, Boffins discuss aliens, Michael Bay’s already done it, Titantastic titillation, Dracula News: The new craze sweeping the nation, Edgar Allen Poe’s wet dream, Colombian cons his way into Isla’s heart, and much more.

PersonnelJoe Nolan, Frater Isla, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins

Links:

  • Nice job – Link
  • Marty The Marijuana Mouse Link
  • NASA gets boffins into talk Aliens Link
  • Diary date – Link
  • What is this strange object in the ocean on Titan? – Link
  • Dracula News: Vlads prison discovered Link
  • Some Lady Might Have Possibly Been Buried Alive Maybe Link
  • Colombian Con Man is Isla’s Hero Link
  • Missing the point - Link
  • Ghost News: Black Eyed Child is back! – Link

Music:

Dan the Automator - Ganges A Go-Go

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The Immortal Ed Wood

Ed WoodContinuing our string of spooky October posts, this month we celebrate the birthday of filmmaker Ed Wood who was born on October 10, 1924. Wood passed away prematurely at the age of 54 due to a heart attack. During his short life, he made a series of science fiction and monster films that weren’t so much scary as they were scary-bad.

Wood also challenged social taboos like transgenderism way back in 1953 with his first film Glen or Glenda which was based on the life Christine Jorgensen and Wood’s own predilections for transvestism — if Wood’s monster movies failed to spook his sympathetic treatment of LGBT issues at the dawn of the Eisenhower Era it would have been a true shocker.

Wood’s camp aesthetics have garnered him a cult following, but here at Insomnia we love Wood because he was a true Hollywood dreamer who imagined himself to be an immortal filmmaker before actually becoming one.… Read the rest

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Pope Lick’s Goatman

Goatman

Continuing my spooky posts for the month of October, here’s a story about a cryptid monster who’s said to inhabit a location near Pope Lick, Kentucky — it’s almost too good to be true.

Check out this take on the legend from this Impulcity post…

Okay, to be fair, this place should always be abandoned. What caught our attention here, though, is the local legend of the Goatman, who has apparently taken up residence below the train tracks. Many claim that they’ve seen this legend, but it seems to be one of those things that have just become a myth, but some people still cling to the fact that they’ve definitely seen something strange beneath there.

Whether the Goatman exists or not still remains in speculation. Either way, venturing below that trestle at night will definitely creep you out enough to not venture around and find out. Cars rarely pass through the area, and every little noise seems to be intensified.

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