calliopes_pen: (thesuthernangel  Special Hell)
2016-11-27 07:34 am

Rest In Peace, Ron Glass

Ron Glass has passed away at the age of 71. May he rest in peace. He was best known as Shepherd Book from Firefly, and Detective Ron Harris from Barney Miller. I already thought he was great in Firefly. Thanks to various marathons on Antenna TV and FamilyNet over the last year and a half or so, I grew to love him on Barney Miller as well.

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.)
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
2016-11-14 12:42 pm

Rest In Peace, Lupita Tovar And Tony Neyman

Lupita Tovar has passed away at the age of 106. May she rest in peace. If you don’t recognize the name, she played the character of Eva in Dracula (1931)’s Spanish version. It was filmed at night on the same sets as the English language version. I always preferred her version of Eva/Mina over the English version’s. She was also in the Spanish language remake of The Cat and the Canary, which I have never seen.

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.
calliopes_pen: (lady_t_220 Sherlock in shock)
2016-11-11 02:07 pm

Rest In Peace, Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn passed away early this morning, at the age of 83, following a short battle with acute leukemia. May he rest in peace. I loved watching movies whenever he popped up. I thought he was the only good thing to be found in Superman III, and I believe he was the only reason I watched Escape To Witch Mountain (1995). He will be missed. He is perhaps most famous for his role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

(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.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
2016-11-01 09:56 am

How Many Trick-Or-Treaters?

I had a grand total of 92 trick-or-treaters last night, as they all came from 5:30 PM, until 8 PM. Having only 8 or 9 pieces of candy left in the bowl, I turned out the lights.

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.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji TARDIS Yuletide snow)
2016-10-13 08:55 am

If My Writer Possibly Lurks...

To the person writing for me for Yuletide: If you are lurking in my journal, you need to know that as of today the Putlocker links in my Dear Yuletide letter no longer work. They changed hosting from .is to .today. I’m working on editing as I find the correct urls for each source. If something goes dead for you, please just wait on me to fix the links in the next couple of hours. They should be working again by noon.

ETA, 15 minutes later: And done. Everything should go to the proper site now.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
2016-10-05 12:54 pm

Completed The Sign-Up, Tiny Issue About The Letter

Okay, I’ve been reading through Dear Yuletide letters, and I realized that I really need to find a way to just make links that separately jump down to each fandom part of the letter--like this letter has at the beginning, or this one. I just have no idea how to do that outside of a simple LJ cut.

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, [personal profile] 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.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
2016-09-29 11:40 am

In The Midst Of Writing My Letter...

I am currently in the midst of writing my Dear Yuletide letter--which is getting longer and longer, as I come up with prompts for people--and I realized that as of right now, it looks like I'm requesting three Dracula related fandoms.

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.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Narnia)
2016-09-25 11:03 am

Digging Through Fandoms For Yuletide

I’m sifting through the tag set for Yuletide, now that it has been revealed.

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)
Dracula (1931)
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)
Galavant (TV)
*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.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
2016-09-19 08:29 am

The Last Fandom Nomination Has Been Approved

✔ Dracula - Bram Stoker
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Mina Harker (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Lucy Westenra (Dracula - Bram Stoker)
✔ Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula - Bram Stoker)

Hopefully any other Dracula characters people have nominated will make it through, as well.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille Peeks)
2016-09-17 09:12 am

The Approval of Yuletide Nominations

From what I've nominated, Crimson Peak and Penny Dreadful have been approved so far.

✔ 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.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Narnia)
2016-09-11 07:21 am

The Time For Nominations

On the Yuletide front, I’ve nominated these fandoms: Crimson Peak (2015) (with Alan, Lucille, Edith, and Thomas), Penny Dreadful (Bartholomew Rusk, Sembene, Hecate, and Renfield), and Dracula-Bram Stoker (Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, Van Helsing, and Lucy Westenra).

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.)
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hat smile)
2016-09-02 02:16 pm

The Results Of The Poll

My thanks to everyone who voted! Dark Shadows (1991) received 4 votes in the poll; Dracula received 6 votes, once everything was tallied up on both the LJ poll, and the Dreamwidth poll. So when nominations open for Yuletide, it will definitely be Dracula for the third fandom.

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.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles corridors)
2016-08-30 12:30 pm

Coordinating My Yuletide Nominations In Advance

For my own little reminder--when the nominations open, I will definitely be nominating Penny Dreadful. Thanks to coordinating with [personal profile] selenak and others, my character nominations for the fandom will be: Inspector Bartholomew Rusk, Sembene, Hecate Poole, and Renfield.

[personal profile] 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.)

Poll #17645 Which Would You Rather See Nominated?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3

Please Select The One You Would Rather See

View Answers

Dark Shadows (1991)
1 (33.3%)

Dracula, by Bram Stoker
2 (66.7%)

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.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2016-08-30 09:38 am

Rest In Peace, Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83, as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. May he rest in peace. He is most famous for his roles in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. I avoided the former (well, except for the “there’s no earthly way of knowing” scene) but the latter is good. For Sherlock Holmes fans, he was Sigerson Holmes in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.

When I was 6, I loved Haunted Honeymoon, even if I now realize it wasn’t that great.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Snow White)
2016-08-28 11:48 am

Narrowing It Down

It’s rather difficult to narrow down what I want to nominate for this year’s Yuletide, when they open for that on September 9th. It will be three fandoms allowed. As previously stated, Crimson Peak is a definite one for me. Dark Shadows (1991) is one I go back and forth on so it isn't a total lock for slot 2. So here’s my list without those two:

Penny Dreadful (someone else will probably nominate this, but there are certain characters I want to see)
The Innocents (1961)
Suspiria (1977)
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.)
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
2016-08-22 12:36 pm

Penny Dreadful

I finished the series finale of Penny Dreadful about 10 minutes ago, and I have to say that I love the show. I spent about 2 weeks watching it off and on. Wasn't entirely invested in it until toward the end of season 1. I definitely loved it by the premiere of season 2; after that, I inhaled it as fast as I could. (It helped that nothing else was on due to the Olympics.)

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.)
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
2016-08-17 07:38 am

A Meme

A meme, taken from [personal profile] sharpest_asp:

Five Things You'd Put in a Pentagram to Summon Me

(Since it seemed interesting.)
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
2016-07-28 10:29 am

Yuletide Is Coming

Yuletide is coming earlier than expected this year. Nominations begin on September 9th; sign-ups begin on October 1st.

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.)