calliopes_pen: (lost_spook will serve for lives)
I am compiling a list of things I would want to see nominated (or might nominate on my own) when Yuletide nominations do open in September. These are what I am currently taking into consideration:

-Makt Myrkranna | Powers of Darkness - Valdimar Ásmundsson
-The Haunting (1963)
-The Innocents (1961)
-The Uninvited (1944)
-Dark Shadows (1991)
-Dracula - Bram Stoker
-Dracula (TV 1968)
-Count Dracula (1977)
-Nosferatu (the 1979 remake) -Hammer Horror Films
-Universal Monster Movies
-Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fright Night (1985)
-Ghostbusters (Movies 1984-1989)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)

At the moment, I suspect that I’ll be nominating Makt Myrkranna (the Icelandic version of Stoker's Dracula that I discussed a while back) in that first slot. Either Dracula (TV 1968) or Dracula - Bram Stoker would go in the second slot unless someone else eventually nominated either one of those.

If it were going to be being released sooner than December, I would be able to add Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water to my list of potential things to throw in there.

Oh, and on a note that doesn’t involve Yuletide: I finally watched Jack The Ripper (1988), and I loved it.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
John Heard has passed away at the age of 72. May he rest in peace. He was found dead in his hotel room yesterday, two days after having minor back surgery. He might be most well known for the role of Peter McAllister (Kevin’s father) in the first two Home Alone films. I also vaguely remember him from Cat People (1982).
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
Trevor Baxter has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. For Doctor Who fans, he played Professor George Litefoot in the episode The Talons of Weng-Chiang. He reprised the role for Big Finish Productions, in Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers, and a series called Jago & Litefoot.

Having looked through his filmography, I see that he was in two episodes of Mystery And Imagination*--The Body Snatcher and Feet Foremost; I believe those are in the portion that are sadly lost. He was also in Jack The Ripper (1988) in the role of Lanyon--that one also starred Michael Caine, Lysette Anthony (Angelique from Dark Shadows 1991), and Susan George (Lucy in Dracula 1968). I have always meant to watch that one, so I’ll track it down. I think I spotted it at DailyMotion earlier, divided into parts.

*Come to think of it, that's two from Mystery And Imagination that have died in the last two months. Peter Sallis was the other one.
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I am in the process of importing my older fanfic to Ao3. A large portion of it is probably Doctor Who, from the Tenth Doctor days. So if you suddenly notice a new story* from me, it's not new. It's so very, very old and fluff more than anything in most cases. Looking back now, quite a few are not that great, but they're going up for the sake of completion.

*There were two occasions as I started the import where it accidentally made it post to today's date, but it was eventually fixed. I learned that trying to import from Teaspoon does that for whatever reason, while importing from Dreamwidth does not, and gives the original date without me needing to change it.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
I suddenly remembered that long ago, for whatever reason, I had made two other Photobucket accounts (one in 2004 and one in 2005, according to the registration dating; they looked to be empty, so I had deleted stuff years ago in there). I vaguely remembered the ancient e-mail addresses for them, but not the usernames. Using the former, I was able to get the latter. So now, they are deleted, too.

And with that, I have cut ties with Photobucket completely.
calliopes_pen: (cruelest_month Dani valkyrie)
Since I’m certain I have the two images for my fanfic backed up elsewhere, and that I have things settled in that location to my satisfaction, I have deleted my Photobucket account. It should be completely gone in two days, according to the little message.

I had apparently originally registered December 25th, 2003. So 13 1/2 years before I felt the need to leave.
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Martin Landau has passed away at the age of 89, after “suffering complications during a brief hospitalization.” May he rest in peace.

I remember him mostly for how great he was as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood (1994). He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor the role. I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen the original Mission: Impossible series, or Space: 1999. He was in an episode of Columbo where he played twins—I’ve seen that episode once, a while back on Me-TV. After going through IMDB, I also learned that he was the voice of Mac Gargan/The Scorpion, in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

I spotted North By Northwest via Comcast On Demand’s Turner Classic Movies section (can’t get the channel, but I can get the On Demand version of it) just the other day, and wondered if I should give it a watch. So now I will. I may also track down Strange Shadows In An Empty Room (1976) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1979), since he plays Roderick Usher.

Thomas E. Sanders has passed away, at the age of 63, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. He was the production designer for Crimson Peak (2015), and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). For Star Trek fans, he did production design for Star Trek Beyond. I’ll be watching Crimson Peak again this evening.

(And apparently, linking to Deadline is considered spam. Therefore, it cannot accept the crosspost with that link. So on the LJ side, the only link is the Star Trek.com article.)
calliopes_pen: (rose_in_shadow sherlock holmes profile)
George A. Romero has passed away at the age of 77, following a “brief but aggressive” battle with lung cancer. May he rest in peace. He will best be remembered as the man who reinvented zombies, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968).

I have never watched Dawn of the Dead (1978), because there apparently are so many versions (I know of at least four) floating around out there that I didn't know which to track down. I did spot Day of the Dead (1985) on Comcast On Demand earlier, so I’ll give it a watch this evening.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn you stole me I stole you)
The Thirteenth Doctor has been announced, and it is…Jodie Whittaker. I honestly didn’t think it would be a woman, but I don’t mind it. I have no idea who Jodie Whittaker is, but from what I’ve read so far, she can apparently act. Here’s the promo revealing the casting.

The first time I ever heard her name was this morning, in this Doctor Who TV post, where they were giving the odds of who it would be. Since she was one of several people from Broadchurch listed, I was guessing it was just because of either the Tennant or Chibnall connections, and not likely to happen.

Congratulations and good on her for getting cast in the role!
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
[personal profile] balsamandash is doing tarot card readings for those out there that may be interested. One card is free. Longer readings than that will help raise money. See the post for more details on the types of readings/spreads that are being offered.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook borrowing Dracula's shadow)
Tomorrow, following the Men's Final of Wimbledon, the Thirteenth Doctor will be announced. So I just need to remember to stream BBC One tomorrow, and probably sit through part of that until the announcement begins. Here’s the promo for it.

Oh, and I also created a new account with PostImage. I then transferred the banner and book cover for Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders from Photobucket to there. Let me know if anyone has any issues with seeing either, since it currently looks fine on my end.
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For those that might be interested for curiosity’s sake, [personal profile] rootsofthestories is doing a one card draw from a particular selection of either tarot or oracle cards.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
For those that haven’t already spotted it as I just did, here’s the adjusted schedule for this year’s Yuletide. Nominations begin on September 8th this year. So, yes. I will see about making a list of what I’m considering nominating at some point, or just what I hope will be nominated. I also need to eventually get myself time to watch several things on my To Watch Before Yuletide list.
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
Joan Lee, wife of Stan Lee for 69 years, passed away on Thursday at the age of 93. May she rest in peace. She had suffered a stroke earlier this week, and was in the hospital to recover.

Until I read her IMDB page, I never realized she played Madame Web on the 90’s version of Spider-Man: The Animated Series. She also had a cameo with her husband in X-Men: Apocalypse--that cameo is the only bit of the film I’ve seen.
calliopes_pen: (weasleyqueen  Janine and Egon)
Hank Deutschendorf passed away on June 14th, at the age of 28, after losing his battle with schizoaffective disorder. May he rest in peace. Condolences go out to his twin brother Will (and the rest of his family); together, the twins played little Oscar in Ghostbusters II.

I was on the way to Nashville when this would have been posted, on June 21st. I only found this out because I happened to suddenly have a desire to read through the TV Tropes page for Ghostbusters II earlier this morning. I spotted a link to the first article on his death that I linked to, which was situated on the YMMV page for the film.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Howard Witt passed away on June 21st, at the age of 85. May he rest in peace.

He will always be most famous to me as the title character of Mr. Boogedy (aka William Hanover, prior to becoming a ghost in the film) from Mr. Boogedy (1986) and its sequel Bride of Boogedy (1987).

That first film caused me weeks of nightmares at the age of 4, but I was over that by the time of the sequel...which I had my grandmother record on her VCR, along with a family friend, and the one at this house at the time. So in case one failed, the other could get it. (While I watched it as it aired in a hotel, in Nashville, on the way back from a shopping trip in case everyone else messed up; power went out on the first two VCR's, but the family friend got it from what I recall.)

Those two movies could be part of why I fell in love with the horror genre.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith doors)
Taken from [personal profile] lost_spook:

Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

And if I’ve already written up a notes post as I’ve done for several Yuletide stories, then I’ll just expand upon something—whatever someone may wish to know about that particular section, if there’s a particular area they’re curious about. Fanfic may be found over on Ao3, and here.
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So…Photobucket has changed so that now you must enable 3rd party hosting in order to see embedded images that you have uploaded. And the only way to do that is to select the plan that costs $399.99 a year, which there is no chance on this planet that I would ever want to do.

So far as I can tell, it hasn’t bothered the banner for Wrap The Cloak of Night Around His Shoulders over on Ao3, but for all I know it may have for others. Is anyone having issues with seeing it (or the book cover if you go to just before the deleted scenes)? If they are replaced with that image for anybody, then I’ll come up with somewhere else to move them faster.
calliopes_pen: (devildoll  Bruce Diana hold hands)
Adam West has passed away at the age of 88, following a battle with leukemia. May he rest in peace. He will be deeply missed. I absolutely loved the 60’s version of Batman so much when I was little and it was in reruns on The Family Channel. It should be on Me-TV sometime tonight. It was always great to see him pop up on other shows or films.

For MST3K fans, he was also in Zombie Nightmare and hosted Comedy Central’s 1994 MST3K Turkey Day Marathon. I remember he was also the principal on The Adventures of Pete And Pete.

(As I don’t have any icons of the Adam West version of Batman, have an icon of Batman and Wonder Woman holding hands.)
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
Glenne Headly has passed away at the age of 63. May she rest in peace. I remember her best as Captain Stottlemeyer’s ex-wife, Karen, on Monk. After checking IMDB, I realized she was also Tess Trueheart in Dick Tracy (1990).
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
[personal profile] kaberett is hosting a love meme. My thread is here. (Comments are screened, so be sure to check back on your thread periodically.)
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Peter Sallis has passed away at the age of 96. May he rest in peace. While he was loved for being the voice of Wallace in Wallace & Gromit, I’ve barely heard of that in passing. However, after checking IMDB, I do remember him in the role of Samuel Paxton in Taste The Blood of Dracula (1970). I haven’t seen the film since I was probably 12. So at some point, I really need to rewatch that one. I recently watched The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) (he played a character named Don Enrique) for the first time, courtesy of Svengoolie airing it.

It appears Sallis was also in an episode of Mystery And Imagination in 1970, for an adaptation of Sweeney Todd, as Brogden/Mundel/Hopkins; from what I can determine, this might be one of the few episodes to have survived (along with Dracula 1968), although I haven’t been fortunate enough to locate it.

For Doctor Who fans, he played Penley in the Second Doctor era story The Ice Warriors in 1967. He was also in Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) as a priest; Tom Baker and Agnes Moorehead appear in it, too, so I need to locate and watch it. Even if is 3 hours long.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Elena Verdugo has passed away at the age of 92. May she rest in peace. She played Ilonka in House of Frankenstein (1944). I recall liking her in the role the last time I watched it, many years ago. When I have the time, I might have to give it another viewing.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Daniel Jackson knowledge)
It seems that some journals are being considered spammers for linking to any sites outside of Livejournal, and being deleted.. So if this is all true, and will become a regular thing when someone links outside of the site, then I may consider putting a halt to cross-posting to Livejournal altogether. I’ll be keeping an eye on the comments over in that entry, so that I might see what develops. Currently, it's a wait and see/learn more situation.

Given that I link to things outside of Livejournal, it’s quite likely that I would be suspended for mistakenly being a spammer if an errant spambot script got hold of my journal; each cross-post is technically a link to outside of Livejournal, even if you don’t factor in linking to fanfic posted to Ao3 or wherever else I collect links from.

Kudos to [personal profile] meridian_rose for mentioning this, as it was the first I had heard of it.

I periodically import any comments from the Livejournal side (and now that the influx of new people importing has slowed a bit, it only takes about 5-20 minutes to complete an import as of this writing) so that nothing will be lost if my Livejournal happens to fall under some vague thing that all ends with a deletion, temporary or otherwise.

To those who prefer commenting on the LJ side: Should anything happen to my journal, you can easily find me and add me on Dreamwidth if you have an account there and haven’t already. Same username, even if you don’t have access to a cross-post link.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook uncertain uncomfortable Dracu)
For those that might have used it, Imzy is shutting down. I never made a single post or comment, but I had registered at some point. I just never went back after that.

Rosario Dawson is reportedly in talks to play Cecilia Reyes in the New Mutants film; also, that film will apparently go full on horror. I'm not sure what to think about that.

Edit: Correction, it's three things of note. It turns out the Icelandic version of Dracula--Powers of Darkness--is really Swedish.

From the article: "First he assumed that Makt myrkranna would be a straight translation of the Swedish publication, but then he found out that the Swedish text is more complete and contains scenes neither described in Dracula nor in Makt myrkranna. And the madman Renfield is still in the story, among others."

So there's that! And on World Dracula Day, no less.

And here’s a meme that I thought it might be fun to try.

meme: If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do. TELL ME.

For all of my stories, it’s sort of spread out across Ao3 and the ‘fanfic I’ve written tag’.

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Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.
calliopes_pen: (fab_jupiter Never Forget Tara)
This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Beneath the cut, have the openings for five posted stories and two WIP’s. )

calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Pryde goodbye)
Powers Boothe has passed away at the age of 68; he died in his sleep from natural causes. May he rest in peace. I caught him in a couple episodes of Agents of SHIELD as Gideon Malick when I was still watching it from time to time. I think I primarily remember him as the voice of Gorilla Grodd in Justice League Unlimited.

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