The cast of Firefly paid tribute to him here.
(I still have this one Book icon left, so it's only fitting that I use it here. Also, that makes it two from Barney Miller that have died this year, unless I missed someone. Ron Glass and Abe Vigoda.)
I will be rewatching the Spanish version of Dracula (1931) tonight in her honor. I had planned to watch it anyway, so this is a good excuse for it. The DVD has a quick bit with her in The Road To Dracula, too.
Tony Neyman has also passed away, at the age of 80. May he rest in peace. MST3K fans and bad movie fans will remember him as the Master in Manos: The Hands of Fate. It’s the 50th anniversary of Manos this year, and Neyman reprised his role for the upcoming follow-up film Manos Returns prior to his death.
(Mom and I had the same reaction, it would appear, once I called her--word for word, a quick moment of “No, not him, too! Not this week*!”)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I shall go off and watch Transylvania Twist (1989) in his honor, since it looks like that’s the only DVD I have where he appears. It was one of my favorites as a kid. They'll probably rerun one of his episodes of Columbo on Me-TV.
50 of those trick-or-treaters came within a ten-minute span of time. We had one quite disturbing little boy who had a real machete. He was angry with his little sister, and slammed the machete into our yard about half up the blade. He tore it back out and screamed to the heavens, while she laughed at him. And then, he stalked over, put on a smile, and very politely requested candy.
I gave him the most (five pieces) of all. Costumes of note (well, the first 15 kids weren’t dressed up in anything but normal clothing.) include a boy that dressed as what looked like a giant blueberry. It was almost Willy Wonka style. He walked up and down the street, but never came by my house, so I couldn’t ask what he was.
1 little boy had been dressed as Trump Taco, minus the Trump mask. Sweet kid; terrible costume choice from his family. The more interesting thing that I spotted would be the two people dressed in T-Rex costumes. Fully done with long tail, teeny arms, tiny cut-out in the throat to see, large head with fangs, etc… Their parents carried the bag for candy, because they couldn’t.
There was one child I didn’t see at first, as he came after dark, and was dressed head to toe in black, and a black mask. When he touched a button, you could then see two glowing red eyes in the dark. So I saw that “floating” up the ramp. And either he came by again, or someone else had the same costume with another group, for I spotted two more glowing red eyes later.
ETA, 15 minutes later: And done. Everything should go to the proper site now.
I always have the Disable Auto-Formatting checkbox ticked, so I might have to turn that off to figure it out. I don't know yet.
I’m going to go through the Dreamwidth FAQ, and see about trying to have something vaguely similar worked out by the time sign-ups close, so that my poor writer doesn’t end up being forced to scroll forever. I want them to be able to just hop on down to the correct section.
I have also officially completed the sign-up portion, and submitted it, so there’s that done aside from last minute edits. I’ll go through the tag set again later and see if I missed something I would love to write--and I will continue glancing through each Dear Yuletide letter that gets posted for the same ends. Currently, it’s five fandoms with three in the Bucket List for a total of eight that I've signed up as willing to do.
ETA: Mystery solved! Thank you, alexseanchai. I have the first one jumping down to Dracula--Bram Stoker in my letter, and now I'm off to work on the rest.
ETA 2: And there we go. Everything jumps straight to that particular section of the letter on Dreamwidth now.
So that's Dracula—Bram Stoker, Dracula (ITV 1968), and possibly Horror of Dracula (1958) unless Penny Dreadful wins out in the end for that space. Either way, there's Dracula in that slot, because he was in both. I couldn't think of anything for Dracula (1931)*, or that would have probably ended up there, too.
I swear this was an accident. I didn't think this would be the year of Dracula in Yuletide. (Anno Dracula was also nominated--it's just seemingly one of the later books, or I would request it. The 2013 Dracula tv series was nominated, too, but I haven't watched it.)
Also in the letter unless something changes: Crimson Peak (2015), Turn of the Screw, and Dark Shadows (1991).
*Just watch me change my mind on this, as I'm about to give Dracula (1931) another viewing.
I’m surprised someone out there nominated Exit Sherlock Holmes, by Robert Lee Hall. I’m delighted that someone else out there actually read it. I still have a copy. I read it again for the first time in 20 years a couple months ago, so I’m amused. That book was insane.
Looking through the characters nominated for Dracula, I see someone out there nominated Sister Agatha. (The nun that wrote to Mina about Jonathan being adored by everyone…even in the midst of his insane ravings of vampires and blood and death. Those nuns must have seen far worse.) It didn’t take too long for a prompt to be born after I spotted her. Which…I’ve come up with quite possibly more than a dozen prompts that I really need to narrow down when it comes to that novel.
Other nominations of note, which interest me, as I scroll through (and this is more so I don’t have to keep going back to look—as others have done, an asterisk is beside what I nominated):
Anno Dracula Series - Kim Newman
Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
*Dracula - Bram Stoker
Exit Sherlock Holmes - Robert Lee Hall
James Asher Vampire Series - Barbara Hambly (I read the first novel earlier this month; just located the second)
Poems - Edgar Allan Poe
A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (massive thanks for this nomination!)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë (I’m about to start reading this)
The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
American Werewolf in London (1981)
*Crimson Peak (2015)
Fright Night (1985)
The Haunting (1963)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula (TV 1968)
*Penny Dreadful (TV)
I guess the theme of this year for my interests is supernatural/ghost stories or vampire stories or just good old fashioned Victorian horror. And Sherlock Holmes. I’ll be posting my Dear Yuletide letter sometime in the next few days.
I also wonder if it’s worth watching the Dracula (2013) tv series, since it’s on Putlocker and was nominated.
✔ Crimson Peak (2015)
✔ Thomas Sharpe
✔ Edith Cushing
✔ Lucille Sharpe
✔ Alan McMichael
✔ Penny Dreadful (TV)
✔ Bartholomew Rusk
✔ Sembene (Penny Dreadful)
✔ Hecate Poole
✔ Renfield (Penny Dreadful)
?! Dracula - Bram Stoker
?! Jonathan Harker
?! Mina Harker
?! Lucy Westenra
?! Abraham Van Helsing
I'll update this post (or make another) when Dracula is either approved or rejected.
Happily, someone else agreed to nominate (and then did so, based on the nomination confirmation post) Lady Beatrice Sharpe, Pamela Upton, Margaret McDermott, and Enola Sciotti for Crimson Peak.
So if anyone out there is just drawing a blank on a third fandom to nominate, please consider nominating Dracula—Bram Stoker, just so the rest of the characters can pop up: that would be Arthur, Quincey Morris, John Seward, and Dracula. Or even Renfield.
As I had a moment where I wrestled with a choice and almost did away with my Penny Dreadful nomination, please also consider nominating The Innocents (1961) if anyone has space. I read The Turn of the Screw and followed it up with watching that prior to nominations opening, and would love to see it.
(I also see people nominating Ghostbusters (2016), but haven’t spotted anyone adding Ghostbusters (1984) as of yet.)
I’m re-reading the novel right now, actually. I know for a fact that I should definitely nominate Jonathan Harker, and Mina Harker. I'm being attacked by prompts to ask for when it comes to Jonathan anyway. I might nominate Lucy Westenra for the third character. The fourth is either going to be Dracula or Van Helsing.
ETA: And so it's settled--the fourth character nomination for the Dracula novel will be Van Helsing, and I'll cross my fingers and hope others nominate the rest of the cast.
lost_spook will hopefully be nominating Dracula (ITV 1968), which takes care of one I had an interest in seeing.
Crimson Peak (2015) will be nomination #2. The characters I plan to nominate will be: Lucille Sharpe, Thomas Sharpe, Edith Cushing, and Alan McMichael. I wanted to see Enola Sciotti or Lady Beatrice Sharpe, or another of the two other ghost wives nominated, but there wouldn’t be room. Does anyone else plan to nominate this one? If so, there's already going to be four taken care of by me.
For my third one? Does anyone on my friends list/circle desperately want to see Dark Shadows (1991) get a nomination? If not, I could easily trade it for Dracula, by Bram Stoker. (To make things quicker, have a poll.)
Please Select The One You Would Rather See
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
If you are on the Livejournal side of the poll and wish to vote, simply put your vote in the comments. The poll will remain open until Friday.
When I was 6, I loved Haunted Honeymoon, even if I now realize it wasn’t that great.
Penny Dreadful (someone else will probably nominate this, but there are certain characters I want to see)
The Innocents (1961)
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Dracula (TV 1968) (Someone else might get that)
Ghostbusters (1984) (Someone else will probably nominate this)
Fright Night (1985)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)(someone nominated it last year)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Oh, and for those that have access to Comet TV, as of 7 PM CST next Sunday (and every Sunday night thereafter) they will begin airing Mystery Science Theater 3000. First up is Manos: The Hands of Fate, followed by Teenagers From Outer Space. Monday nights, they will begin airing Poltergeist: The Legacy instead of the 90's version of The Outer Limits.
I have 14 invites for Imzy, if anyone requires them. Anyone that’s interested, just PM your e-mail address, and I’ll send it your way.
(Edited because I misheard. It isn't tonight, it's next Sunday night when MST3K begins. So just keep in mind that it begins on Sunday, September 4th at 7 PM CST.)
I wasn't entirely pleased with the final episode of the series, but I do think it was interesting. While I won't give any spoilers here, there may be some in the comments. There were certain characters I absolutely hated at the start, but loved by the end.
If the series is still eligible for Yuletide when nominations open, I know the characters that I want to see added, if someone else doesn't nominate them. If nobody else has plans to nominate the show, then I will.
I had an odd little interest to receive a Crimson Peak/Penny Dreadful crossover, too, for Yuletide. I don't know if that could come to pass at all, but it would be interesting.
(And now, a quest to find icons for the series begins.)
I’m currently watching numerous episodes of the original Dark Shadows, after stumbling across four DVD sets purchased in 2003, but never opened. I’m filling in the gaps by watching what has been uploaded to Youtube by various people. I rewatched all of the 1991 version for the Into A Bar story. (Which is sort of still in progress, but on hold for right now as I work on a bit of a plot issue.)
I know that I will definitely nominate Crimson Peak. The story I wrote last year was so much fun for me to write, even if it grew to almost impossible lengths and became rather dark. I will likely nominate Dark Shadows (1991), and hope that someone else nominates the 60’s version of the show.
My 'Read/Watch Before Yuletide' list is rather long, but here are the highlights.
✔Penny Dreadful (found the series on Putlocker)
-The Conjuring 2 (2016)
-Kolchak: The Night Stalker (the original series; I think I spotted it on Youtube)
-Insidious (2010) (all three movies)
-The Skeleton Key (2005)
-Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974)
✔The Innocents (1961)
✔Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
✔We Are Still Here (2015)
✔The Spiral Staircase (1945)
✔The Woman In Black (2012)
-Prince of Darkness (1987)
✔The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
✔The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson
(A checkmark is for my own sake, as I get through each on the list.)
So what’s the damage, you ask? Quite a bit. Over at K-Mart, a tree fell. Power lines (live and not) are down in places. The roof blew off the American Legion building in Mayfield. Our garbage cans successfully leaped over the fence into the neighbor’s yard, and I saw another person’s fly by. While at the door, before I finally slammed the wooden one shut and went for the hall, I saw several large limbs fly by, which looked to be heading for the car. Right about then, lightning reportedly struck the tower used for keeping WPSD’s signal on the air—that’s located in Monkey’s Eyebrow. They came back on the air about 15 minutes later.
Amazingly, from what I can tell, there’s not a scratch on the car. The branches and assorted junk came to rest near the tires, partly in the ground until Dad ripped them back out. There were quite a few large shingles in our backyard. They weren’t ours, they were Elaine’s--we gave them back to her. Down the road, the tree (which turned out to have rotten roots, so it was just a matter of time) in Donna’s yard was torn out of the ground, and barely missed hitting her house; she had been to the doctor for an outpatient medical procedure yesterday morning, and was sleeping as a result. It took out her decorative wishing well, but her house seemed okay. There was a weeping willow tree somewhere in the vicinity a little further on--another tree fell and crushed it, so they’re both gone. There was also tree right across from McDonald’s, which was at a slight incline--it fell, too.
About 95 people with Paducah Power are still without power. Luckily, while the lights flickered during the worst of it, they held for us. There were bits of green fruit everywhere--finally, a guy from the end of the block came and said it was his hickory nut tree. He collected them, and wandered away.
Another tree was split in half in Forest Hills, which is near here. According to the news, in Reidland a tree hit something so that it caused a gas leak—they evacuated 20 homes, lest the lightning ignite it, but it’s fixed now. Rhonda’s garbage cans blew away, and last I heard she was going on a quest to find them. The steeple of the Sunny Slope Baptist Church blew off.
And lastly, for those interested, there were reportedly 1000 lightning strikes in 5 minutes, according to the news. 16 roads in this area alone were closed, but volunteers helped get them clear of debris. Most have reopened.
ETA: Oh, and forgot to add that the mailman was coming down the street when it hit, and sought shelter in a neighbor's house. His truck survived, to everyone's surprise. And for those on the Dreamwidth side, but not the LJ side, I posted this in the comments over there: this was what everyone saw at the McCracken County Public Library downtown. It's either a tornado or a wall cloud, but there were no reports of damage to the building.
I might give Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) one last shot, as I never made it all the way through. I will also track down Odd Thomas and Burying The Ex.
Hollywood Remembers Anton Yelchin.
This truly is a rotten year for famous people. It’s at the point where I expect someone famous to have died whenever I’m about to read my friends list. I just didn’t expect that one.
This gives me time to feel completely better (the vertigo appears to be contained, the whooshing is quieter and not as constant, the ringing isn’t piercing anymore, and there has been no recurrence of fever as of yet) and finish typing bits up that I have on a notepad, polish the end results a bit, and get it a good beta reading. I will probably give myself a new date of posting for end of May or the beginning of June.
The plot also seems to have grown a bit beyond what I intended it to be, as Angelique arrived on the scene and caused the horror to escalate. Since it's the 1991 version of the character, that's pretty much a given.
I was also supposed to go to the dentist today, but given the situation, he’s (never mentioned on here, I don't think-—my old one retired at the end of March; someone else took over) rescheduled for when I’m better. Hopefully by the 12th.
*I'm getting a whooshing in that ear, ringing, pain, nausea--possibly a fever yesterday, but nobody thought to check until it broke. It was enough to recall the situation 3 years ago, and for me to know exactly what it was, and get to the doctor. I was right. They said there’s fluid, it’s very red, and it’s a definite inner ear infection. There was also a mysterious pain in my neck close to the ear a couple days before, and that seems to be where it originated.
**Before this? The story itself before I get everything fixed around it was at least at the current word count of 7525 words.
So that's David Bowie and Prince in the same year.
And there goes Angelique, still body hopping in 1991, seeking more vengeance and dropping revelations on people in an oddly disturbing moment for everyone that formed by accident. Alan and Edith just wanted a quiet night before they tried to get back to their own time. At least nobody will be falling off of Widows’ Hill? At least Edith doesn't have a Collins in her family tree?
Instead of completely throwing that fandom out, or risking someone else from the 1700’s that I couldn’t do, I switched the person walking into the bar to the extremely close second place winner of Victoria Winters. Which seems to be for the best, because I love my Ficathon Goes Into A Bar assignment.
Victoria Winters (1991 version) shall walk into a bar (The Blue Whale, of course) and meet...Edith Cushing, from Crimson Peak. Victoria’s fallen through time before, so she would be sympathetic. Both would understand seeing ghosts.
Alan McMichael may or may not trip and fall through time with Edith, just so she won't be alone in her confusion. That has yet to be decided.
Now, I’m thinking of giving it another go—fandoms would be Fright Night (1985), Ghostbusters (1984), Crimson Peak (2015), and Dark Shadows (1991)—and I just can’t decide if the person that walks into that bar should be Raymond Stantz (imagine his glee upon discussion of vampires) or Alan McMichael (imagine his horror about more ghosts or even vampires) or Peter Vincent, or a very confused Victoria Winters from the 90’s version of Dark Shadows.
So I’m tossing a poll up here to help with the choice. Those on the Livejournal side, feel free to comment with your vote. Sign-ups end April 3rd, so I’ll have this poll run until Saturday.
Please Pick One Or More
Alan McMichael (Crimson Peak)
Ray Stantz (Ghostbusters)
Peter Vincent (Fright Night 1985)
Victoria Winters (Dark Shadows 1991)