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1  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Norman Spinrad's He Walked Among Us on: September 20, 2014, 10:00:43 AM

Bug Jack Barron. A 1969 novel that predicted the popularity of reality TV. It is outrageous, courageous, and boldly original. Ellison write an unproduced screenplay for it. Damn it.

I just bought the book version of Ellison's unproduced screenplay for Bug Jack Barron, titled NONE OF THE ABOVE. I picked it up on sale recently at HarlanEllisonBooks.com. It has an introduction by Leonard Maltin.  http://www.harlanellisonbooks.com/project/none-of-the-above/


2  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Devastating News on: September 19, 2014, 01:49:39 PM

Awesome news, Mark! Congrats! I'm sure you'll be able to adjust to the circumstances at the new job, but it sounds like it'll be a tough transition. Like you said, you're smart and you'll catch on. Best of luck my friend.


3  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Cool, new acquisitions -- brag about them here! on: September 19, 2014, 11:48:30 AM

I got a nice haul at a library sale last weekend. The two Arkham house books were only $2.00 each! I showed up to the sale after it had been going on for a few hours, and no one had grabbed those two Arkhams. I just wonder if I missed out on some other AH editions by arriving so late. Oh well.


4  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Devastating News on: September 11, 2014, 11:10:14 AM

YES! Congrats, Mark! I'm so happy for you!


5  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Books you've reread on: September 11, 2014, 11:00:39 AM

I like this quote from C.S. Lewis on rereading, and the fruits thereof.

ďThe re-reader is looking not for actual surprises (which can come only once) but for a certain surprisingness... It is the quality of unexpectedness, not the fact that delights us. It is even better the second time...in literature. we do not enjoy a story fully at the first reading. Not till the curiosity, the sheer narrative lust, has been given its sop and laid asleep, are we at leisure to savour the real beauties. Til then, it is like wasting great wine on a ravenous natural thirst which merely wants cold wetness. The children understand this well when they ask for the same story over and over again, and in the same words. They want to have again the "surprise" of discovering that what seemed Little-Red-Riding-Hood's grandmother is really the wolf. It is better when you know it is coming: free from the shock of actual surprise you can attend better to the intrinsic surprisingness of the peripeteia.Ē

~C.S. Lewis, Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories, "On Stories" (1947)


6  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Jaws has died. RIP Richard Kiel... on: September 11, 2014, 09:11:29 AM

JAWS, A.K.A. Richard Kiel, the iconic villain from the James Bond franchise, not Bruce, the animatronic shark, has died. Of course he also had a lot of guest spots in TV including shows like the WILD WILD WEST and the TWILIGHT ZONE. He had a bit of a comeback in the 1990ís playing Mr. Larson in the Adam Sandler movie, HAPPY GILMORE.

I was not the biggest fan of the Roger Moore era of Bond films, but Kiel was an entertaining bad guy. I was more of a fan of Sean Connery, and love what Daniel Craig has brought to the character. Though, itís the TV work of Kiel that I will most remember him for. Rest well, big guy. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=122824


7  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Devastating News on: September 11, 2014, 08:55:42 AM

Sounds promising. Here's hoping for good news to come soon!


8  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Books you've reread on: September 11, 2014, 08:53:05 AM
I love to reread favorite books. Itís like visiting an old friend that you didnít realize you missed as much as you did, until you see them again. I think itís also a touchstone back to the place, time, and person you were the first time you read that book. Itís really one of the few true forms of time travel. I find it comforting and a sanity stabilizer to reread certain books every so often.

Two books that I reread fairly regularly are Stephen Kingís IT, and Tim Powersí LAST CALL ( a book which I think everyone who loves fantastic fiction should read). They both have that ethereal ability to take me out of the current time and place and transport me to a time filled with much nostalgia.

I also reread certain books in a series when I know a new book in that series will be coming out. For example, once a publication date is announced for George R. R. Martin's WINDS OF WINTER,  I will reread all the previous volumes in A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series.


9  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: To Kill a Mockingbird on: September 10, 2014, 07:34:21 AM

Good luck, Mark! Fingers crossed. I hope hell you are in at The American Theater seeing To Kill A Mockingbird tomorrow night.

10  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Graham Joyce on: September 09, 2014, 10:58:23 AM

Yea it was also confirmed on his Twitter account:https://twitter.com/GrahamJoycebook

Another great writer taken way too soon. R.I.P.


11  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: I'm Back! on: September 06, 2014, 11:48:46 AM

Glad to see you back, Mark! Also glad to hear that opportunities seem to be on the horizon for you. Onward and upward!

12  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / R.I.P. Kirby McCauley. on: September 03, 2014, 07:43:16 AM

I just found out that Kirby McCauley passed away last weekend from complications of diabetes. McCauley was an agent to many writers back in the day, including Stephen King and George R.R. Martin. He was also an editor and anthologist. He edited such anthologies as FRIGHTS and NIGHT CHILLS,  and the seminal DARK FORCES.

George R.R. Martin wrote a nice remembrance of McCauley on his blog: http://grrm.livejournal.com/382006.html

R.I.P. Mr. McCauley. Thanks for the great anthologies!


13  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Devastating News on: August 28, 2014, 02:55:27 AM

I'm adding my good thoughts to the mix. Let's hope you get some awesome news today, Mark!


14  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: R.I.P. Richard Attenborough on: August 25, 2014, 12:55:23 PM

He was also in THE GREAT ESCAPE! And he directed Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in Shadowlands. A great little movie about C.S. Lewis falling in love late in his life.

15  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on: August 24, 2014, 06:33:47 PM

I saw it. Aaaand...

I thought the movie was pretty badass. It walked a precarious line between parody and straight up superhero action. MUCH better than any damned Star Wars.

I can't call Guardians a favorite, and I doubt that I need to see it again, but I had a great time. For its intentions, Guardians of the Galaxy is almost shockingly good. Almost certainly the best movie of its kind I have seen.

Well, I'll be damned. Will wonders never cease. I really thought you were going to hate it with a passion, Mark. I'm really glad you enjoyed it! It looks like GOTG will be the top grossing movie of the summer. I'm so glad it has surpassed the latest Transformers abomination, and that lame excuse for a TMNT movie.


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