calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Gatekeeper Dana)
2017-03-20 12:28 pm

Rest In Peace, Bernie Wrightson

Bernie Wrightson has passed away at the age of 68, following a battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace. His work looked familiar to me; I eventually realized that he did the illustration/concept design for the original Ghostbusters (1984). It was featured in the book Making Ghostbusters.

And if anyone out there desires to get a look at Making Ghostbusters, and can’t locate a physical copy, (it tends to be rare, or ridiculously expensive) you can download a pdf copy over at Spook Central. It’s the third book featured on the page—right click and download the full book pdf.

After a quick perusal of his Wikipedia page, I see that I’ve also seen his work in Batman: The Cult, Batman/Aliens, and Heroes For Hope: Starring The X-Men #1 (he worked on three pages). I never knew about his comic book adaptation of Frankenstein until now.
calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Kurt walk with me)
2017-03-06 02:21 pm

Rest In Peace, Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. He was the host of TCM, and provided commentary and trivia both before and after films.

Comcast doesn’t provide Turner Classic Movies where I am aside from the occasional fluke where I'm able to get it via On Demand, which is unfortunate. However, I caught quite a few segments Osborne hosted regarding classic horror films when someone uploaded them to Youtube at one point, and loved them. He will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (widowshillicons Angelique spell)
2017-02-28 05:35 pm


Taken from several people:

If you could remix any of my stories, what would you pick and what would you do with it?
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh puzzle to solve Doctor)
2017-02-26 10:26 am

Rest In Peace, Bill Paxton And Neil Fingleton

Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61, due to complications from heart surgery. May he rest in peace. I liked him as John Garrett on Agents of SHIELD, when I still sporadically watched the series. Until I checked his IMDB page, I never realized he played Chet in Weird Science (1985); I always preferred the 90’s series over the movie, so never really saw it more than a handful of times. He was also Severen in Near Dark (1987) and Simon in True Lies (1994).

Others will remember him from Twister and Titanic.

The Terminator (1984) gets rerun a lot on Comet TV and This TV; he’s a punk leader there. Someday I’ll get around to watching Aliens (1986).

Neil Fingleton has passed away at the age of 36, following a heart attack. May he rest in peace. On Doctor Who he played the Fisher King in the episodes Under The Lake and Before The Flood. Apparently, he was also known for being the tallest man in the UK.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille's ring)
2017-02-25 10:17 am

Rest In Peace, Chris Wiggins

Chris Wiggins has passed away at the age of 87, following a struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. May he rest in peace. He played Jack Marshak on Friday The 13th: The Series. I never caught very many episodes in reruns on Syfy, although I did like his character from what I saw; I recently purchased season 1 from a library book sale. I’ll finally watch the first few episodes of that this afternoon.

A quick check of IMDB tells me he played Dr. Hardy in Murder By Decree (1979), and apparently was the Great Wishing Star in Care Bears II: A New Generation (1986) addition to a large amount of other voicework. I’ll eventually get around to a rewatch of Murder By Decree.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Dracula's brides)
2017-02-24 09:11 am

PSA: It Is Time To Change Your Passwords Again

Sites that use Cloudflare have been leaking https information. Dreamwidth and Livejournal appear to be unaffected by this as of when I last checked, along with Amazon, Reddit, Yahoo, and Gmail. Quite a few of the sites that used Cloudflare, and that are affected by this, have been listed by a user on Github. Some technical discussion (particularly in the second link) on Reddit can be found here and here. You can find a bit on the mobile iOS apps that were affected here. From everything I have read, if you need to change your passwords, it should be safe to do so.

Edit: Just found a good tool: Does It Use Cloudflare? Just type in a site address, and it will let you know if the site does/did on the date the problem was traced back to; at that point, you'll know if you must change your password at the site with the problem.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Lucy's throat Dracula's ring)
2017-02-20 08:06 am

Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula

So as promised, I read Powers of Darkness, by Valdimar Ásmundsson, and translated by Hans De Roos (which he accomplished with the help of many, many others, based on the credited people in the end of the book) and basically catalogued all the differences I could catch between what was formerly known as Makt Myrkranna, and the Stoker version.

Beneath the cut, you will find the long list of differences, and little things I noticed. )

calliopes_pen: (alterian Kitty Kurt walk with me)
2017-02-19 11:26 am

Inactive Account Purge

It appears that Insanejournal is purging journals that have been inactive for 2 years or more. Some of these I haven't even looked at in so long. A couple were made for a game that started on Greatestjournal--or at least, I think so--which never made it over to Insanejournal after all. Just going by the fact there's a now long dead link to an RPG application, which was somewhere on Greatestjournal and is now lost in the void.

The last time I made a post under my own username over there looks to have been in August of 2010. Since I basically remain logged in with that one via Firefox and take a peek around every few months, it comes through without an inactivity notice.

In another one, I spotted that I had uploaded some user icons others had made from the first issue of the original team of Excalibur. So prior to the permanent deletion of that journal, I saved the icons, and uploaded them Dreamwidth. Nothing was there to be saved in the rest, and it's fine for them to join the list of the deleted.

If you're on the Dreamwidth side of the fence, you can see one of the icons I spared is being used for this post.
calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons coffin Dracula fire)
2017-02-16 09:45 am

Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula

The book arrived from Amazon a day early--yesterday afternoon, and I’m in the process of reading it. For those that may be interested, I’m making a list of differences between the Stoker novel and this. The introduction listed several of them, which helped. The large quantity of footnotes point out the smaller bits that I’ve already spotted anyway.

Like how Jonathan stays at a hotel called The Golden Krone on the way to the castle, whereas Thomas stays at The Golden Crown. And the three vampire ladies are just one named The Countess.

(They even have a floor plan for the castle, in the midst of all the extra things they discuss.)
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles corridors)
2017-02-15 10:12 am


Taken from [ profile] lost_spook:

Comment to this post with a fic title (a word, phrase or quotation), a fandom and, if desired, a character or pairing. I'll reply with a summary of the fic I won't write for that title, in this way generating plot-bunnies, gaiety of nations and perhaps even actual fic by other people.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook will serve for lives)
2017-02-12 12:46 pm

Meant To Recommend This Earlier

I thought I had linked to this already, but apparently I hadn’t. For Yuletide Madness, [ profile] lost_spook wrote the fantastic Night Falls for me, for Dracula (1968). I recommend reading it.

Night Falls (8535 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Dracula, John Seward, Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Weston, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing
Additional Tags: Mental Institutions, Mental Disintegration, Victorian, Victorian Attitudes, Pre-Canon, Period Typical Attitudes to Mental Illness, Mind Control, Vampires

Something unknown and sinister is coming for them all…

In other Dracula related news, I just now ordered Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula. It’s the Icelandic version, which was originally published/translated into that in 1900, and now finally translated into English--with extra characters and a few other differences in the plot from the original novel, from all I’ve heard. I’ll finally get to see how different it is.

calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
2017-01-28 12:12 pm

Rest In Peace, Sir John Hurt

Sir John Hurt has passed away, at the age of 77, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. May he rest in peace; he died five days after his birthday. I mostly recognized him from his role as The War Doctor on Doctor Who, but apparently he was also the voice of the dragon on Merlin (which I watched for a couple seasons, and then jumped ship).

He is perhaps most famous for his role as Gilbert Kane in Alien (1979). His death scene is one that I unfortunately watched first at the age of 5, when it was suddenly shown in the middle of Terror In The Aisles (suspense films, stuff from the 40’s in black and white, sudden unexpected--well, to me--chestburster scene followed as the show talked about bloodier horror; I think that is how that went, and then gory then on out). I didn’t know that was him when I watched Spaceballs many years later.

He was The Horned King in The Black Cauldron (1985), and Aragorn in Lord of the Rings (the Ralph Bakshi version from 1978).

And when it comes to horror films, I remember him from Frankenstein Unbound (1990), and The Skeleton Key (2005). I haven’t seen The Ghoul (1975), so I need to watch that at some point, along with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (it also stars the late Alan Rickman) and Whistle And I’ll Come To You (2010).

(I don't have an icon of The War Doctor, so here's one of the Brigadier.)
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
2017-01-19 05:52 pm

Rest In Peace, Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer has passed away at the age of 61, following a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I thought I only knew him as the voice of J’onn J’onnz in Justice League: The New Frontier (2008), and as The Weather Man in the infamously bad Justice League of America (1997).

Apparently, he also played a First Officer in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984). According to IMDB, I might have seen him in passing in I Love The 90’s: Part Deux as a commentator, and I Love The 70’s, along with the E! True Hollywood Story: The Curse of Poltergeist, from 2002.

He had also just been revealed as the voice for Deathstroke in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, which was due to be released later in the year.
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Jonathan cape possessed)
2017-01-18 09:07 am

The Banner And Cover Have Been Added

I have now successfully updated Wrap The Cloak of Night Around His Shoulders, so that the banner [ profile] lost_spook made for [community profile] fandom_stocking is included just before the story starts. At 100% zoom level in IE, it’s a bit cut off. However, at 75%, it looks perfect. If anyone is having any issues seeing it in their browser, if they're using something else, just let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

I’ve added the book cover to just before the deleted scenes in part 2.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2017-01-17 12:20 pm

Here, Have A Meme

Taken from several people:

Which fictional setting would you put me in, and what sort of role would I play there?
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Dracula's brides)
2017-01-16 10:01 am

Fandom Stocking Is Live, And I Love My Gifts

I am truly beyond thrilled with all that I received for [community profile] fandom_stocking this year.

To sum up, I received:

-Two beautiful banners/book covers from [ profile] lost_spook, for the Yuletide story I wrote for her, as well as two icons (and two others to share because they’re fantastic) for Dracula (1968). I’ll see if I can put the second banner in without wrecking anything on Ao3 once I figure out the coding and upload it elsewhere. I'm not sure about creating a third chapter over there just to show them off, but it's an option.

-17 Supergirl icons from [personal profile] medie, and 2 Supergirl related icons from [personal profile] tarlanx.
-3 Dark Shadows icons from [personal profile] liadtbunny.
-A great Methos centered Highlander drabble from [personal profile] misbegotten.
-A book recommendation (which I’ll track down soon) from [personal profile] john_amend_all.
-A massive helping of book recommendations from [personal profile] rebecca_selene. I will be tracking down a large amount of them, if not all of them, in all likelihood.
-Links to Halloween focused stuff from [personal profile] valarltd
-Happy New Year from [profile] falcon_hours, [personal profile] knowmefirst and [personal profile] twinsarein.

I’m uploading as many icons as I can to Dreamwidth, and saving others so I can switch them out at another date if I want. To all that are on my circle/friends list and provided something, thank you again.

I’ll look through the collection further on Ao3 in a little while.
calliopes_pen: (blairprovence goodbye Sarah Jane)
2017-01-13 11:51 am

Rest In Peace, William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty passed away last night at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He is likely most famous for being the author of The Exorcist. He wrote and directed The Exorcist III (1990), and worked on the scripts for comedies like A Shot In The Dark (1964).

While I have never truly had a desire to read that particular novel, or watch the adaptation of it, I am interested in The Exorcist III. Perhaps eventually, I’ll give it a watch.

There was a brief period in 2013 when I desperately needed some older style humor in my life. I developed an oddly short-lived fondness for The Pink Panther films, and enjoyed A Shot In The Dark in particular.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh puzzle to solve Doctor)
2017-01-12 08:07 am

Fandom Stocking Extension

For those working on [community profile] fandom_stocking things, there’s been an extension—apparently, for either Saturday or Sunday for reveals this time. If anyone wants to volunteer to help them out further, their post for doing that is here.

Might as well also link to my own stocking for (hopefully) one final time while I’m doing this.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
2017-01-11 12:19 pm

The Fifteen Characters Meme: The Answers

1. Jonathan Harker (Dracula 1968)
2. Methos (Highlander: The Series)
3. Edith Cushing (Crimson Peak)
4. Jack Harkness (Torchwood)
5. Peter Vincent (Fright Night 1985)
6. Vanessa Ives (Penny Dreadful)
7. Sherlock Holmes (the Conan Doyle version)
8. Endora (Bewitched)
9. Angelique (original Dark Shadows)
10. Dr. John Seward (Dracula 1968)
11. Lili (Legend 1985)
12. Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula 1968)
13. Barry Allen (The current Flash tv series)
14. Lucille Sharpe (Crimson Peak)
15. Alan McMichael (Crimson Peak)

Beneath the cut, I answer the questions from the following: lost_spook, schneefink, sallymn, lynndyre, graycardinal, dolimir_k, highlander_ii, and SeanDC. )

calliopes_pen: (famira Doc has a plan)
2017-01-10 08:46 am

The Book Page Meme

Grab the nearest book, flip to page 117, the second sentence is your life in 2017.

"Our bird when he found the cage open would not fly, so all our subtle arrangements were for nought."

The nearest book was Dracula, by Bram Stoker, thanks to the fanfic I'm working on for Dracula (1968). A Bantam Classic edition from 2004. That was from Dr. Seward's diary entry, when they were just trying to see what Renfield would do with an unlocked cell, and where he might go. At least, in that copy it's page 117. Naturally, I have another copy, so I went to check on that edition.

So two for the price of one. In that Signet Classics edition, from 2007, it's from a letter from Seward to Arthur about how Lucy was doing. "As I tell you, he would not say a word more, even when we were alone." Seward was talking about Van Helsing being cryptic, as was standard protocol for him.

My reading of that based on those two quotes is that 2017 will be cryptic and refuse to do what it's meant to do. Heh.

Note: Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, I'll gather all the prompts for the Fifteen Characters Meme, and post the results.