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

Meme

Taken from [livejournal.com 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, [livejournal.com 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
Summary:

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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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.
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles corridors)
2017-01-09 12:09 pm

Two Older Memes

Two older memes are making the rounds again, so here you go. First up, it’s the Fifteen Characters Meme. It seems to be becoming a yearly thing.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

And the Time Stamp Meme is going around again, too:

Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll try to write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
2017-01-06 01:29 pm

Resurrecting The Yuletide Meme Yet Again

Because I keep meaning to post this after each Yuletide, and I keep forgetting to do it again for a couple years at a stretch. First time, did it in 2012. Second time, 2014. 2006-2013 is copy/pasted (or at least small bits of it are) from the other ones, with accompanying notes. If you don’t count 2007, when I had to bow out early on lest it count against me, it’s just one story for each Yuletide.

Yuletide 2006: Fools In Love
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

It’s not that great of a story, because I was still relatively new at fanfic. There’s a chance I only had access to a small number of episodes, because I think the characterization was off. This could be the one story that if given a choice, I might advise people to avoid because it’s my least favorite.

The plot was just what Ares and Aphrodite went through trying to get Cupid and Strife together even though they already were together.

Yuletide 2008: Because We’re Addamses
The Addams Family (the movies).

This one was fun to write at the time, as it was the POV of Wednesday Addams. I think it’s also the one where I had the most number of comments for any story, so I was quite pleased by that. I was stunned to receive any at the time.

Yuletide 2009: Paranormal Pressures
Being Human (The UK Version)

It was just some regular domestic oddness for George, Annie and Mitchell. This would have been written shortly before I ended up falling out of love with the series as a whole and jumping ship. I agree with the bookmark on Ao3, where someone noted that due to its age, there are inaccuracies with the story in regards to being in canon for the series. So if anyone out there chooses to read it, just know it was right as of when it was written (which they pointed out, too).

Yuletide 2010: If You Could Read My Mind
Back To The Future

It’s just set shortly after a time stream collision with the phone booth that Bill and Ted used to travel through time. It was all Doc’s point of view as he worked on his mind reading device, and went off on stream of consciousness mental tangents.

Yuletide 2011: The Nosferatu Effect
My Best Friend Is A Vampire

This was written for someone on my friends list. Therefore, it was interesting trying to keep posts as vague as possible, due to how small the fandom was.* However, I enjoyed writing it. It’s twenty-five years after the film, catching up with two vampires in the graveyard, and seeing how everyone involved has fared in the ensuing time.

*As we now know, this would happen again with a fandom that is, perhaps, tinier. Maybe.

Yuletide 2012: Santacide Is Coming To Town
Pushing Daisies

All my recipient really wanted to see was Santa die, and the gang from the Pie Hole investigate the crime. This, coupled with my own warped desire to kill Santa in some twisted way, meant I had an inordinate amount of fun writing the story. I was pleased to see that a few people thought I had nailed the Narrator’s voice.

This would be the final year that I offered a longer (well, a full season and change) series, because during the writing process I try to rewatch things quite a bit. 22 episodes over and over again can burn you out, and could be why I haven’t had the desire to revisit it since. It will continue to sit on my external hard drive, should I ever feel the need to rewatch.

2013 to the present are stories that have taken a bit of a darker turn, and which I have felt far more comfortable with. Weird, but I’m better with horror, it seems.

The rest is beneath the cut, for it was getting a bit long. )

calliopes_pen: (wolfbane_icons coffin Dracula fire)
2017-01-03 01:23 pm

Friend Meme And Dracula (1968)

For those interested [personal profile] st_aurafina is hosting Let’s Stick Together: A Friending Meme For 2017.

I created a second part of this year’s Yuletide story, but it’s just for storing a few deleted scenes that people may be interested in for curiosity’s sake. They are scenes that would have gone in, but couldn’t for various reasons. I wanted to keep them somewhere safe other than a comments thread. [personal profile] lost_spook gave me the go ahead after I asked if it was okay.

So if someone actually notices the word count jump upwards from the already ridiculous number of 58,042 words to 59,747 words, therein lies the cause. Through this change, all the end notes have automatically been bumped ahead to the end of that second chapter, and will be found there.

Also, because I was asked by a couple of people, I thought I might answer here, too. No. You don’t really need to have watched Dracula (1968) prior to reading the story, but it might help to understand a few alterations in regards to characters—-particularly why Jonathan Harker (played by Corin Redgrave in the film, who is having the time of his life) is the way he is. There are a few smaller differences in the story (as in the characterization of Van Helsing and Dracula) that aren’t nearly as big as his change.

The fanfic is sort of branching off at a critical moment for the characters, but enough information is given in my story that you could probably understand without having seen that part, in regards to plot.

So for the curious who haven’t already watched, here’s Dracula (1968) in its entirety on Youtube. Denholm Elliott is Dracula. It’s only an hour and twenty minutes long. I recommend giving it a watch even if you don’t want to read the story.

calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
2017-01-01 07:27 am

The Time For Reveals Has Come

Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders (58042 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mina Harker/John Seward, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker
Characters: John Seward, Mina Harker, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Weston, Count Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing
Additional Tags: When Vampires Attack, Exorcisms, Hypnotism, Possession, Bats, Temptation, Friendship, Mind Control, Jonathan runs away with Dracula, Van Helsing is clever, Mina protects Lucy, Seward needs a blood transfusion and blanket right about now, There's something in the basement, Vampire Bites, Hurt/Comfort, Character Turned Into Vampire, Elements of Lucy/Mina, staking, Vampirism Causes Irreconcilable Differences, Suspense, Nightmares, Fog, Journey to the Castle, Happy Ending, Blood Drinking, Adventure, Alternate Universe
Summary:

What if Seward and Van Helsing told Mina about the danger Lucy was in sooner? What if Lucy wasn’t bitten a final time that night, because Mina was in the house? This gives them a reprieve. Everything changes for the better and for the worse. Each takes a more active role in their fate as they fight to keep Dracula away from Lucy, and the darkness closes in around them.

Yes, [personal profile] lost_spook. I guessed you may have written at least one (The Poison Tree) of the stories I received, but I didn’t guess that it was both of them. So thank you so much.

This story clocked in at a whopping 114 pages in Microsoft Word, for a grand total (no matter what Ao3 says—it might register the scene breaks) of 57,748 words. This is, by far, the longest thing I have ever written. The outline alone was 10 pages. I printed it, so I could have access to it at all times that I was away from the computer. I did not print the story, but I’m still genuinely amused that you did.*

I should have made it into separate chapters, but I didn’t even think of it at the time after all the edits were completed. Sorry about that. I do see in retrospect where a few chapter breaks could be, as one scene in particular was nearly 10,000 words.

I really must thank you, by the way, specifically for this post. The Picspam came in handy. So did the gif set in another post where you showed Seward fainting, and these promo shots in color. I might have used the fainting gifs for reference.

I can’t post the story to Livejournal, just like I couldn’t post it there last year, since it exceeds the word count limit. This year, I’m almost certain that I cannot post it to Dreamwidth, either, for that very reason. So…if someone ever feels the desire to comment on the story, you can do so in this post, or the cross-post on LJ, or just go to Ao3 by way of the link in this post if one happens to have an account there.

*Tomorrow or the next day, I plan another post about trivia from the writing process. I’ll try to make notes of all the random references sprinkled throughout the story that I alluded to in my author’s notes. There are a couple extra deleted moments that you can decide if you do or do not wish to see after they're described.

Edit: Or I could (and did) just post it today, since I gathered everything sooner than expected.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Kermit)
2016-12-31 01:55 pm

Oh, And A Quick Reminder

The reveal day for stockings over at [community profile] fandom_stocking should be January 6th, so I felt I should give one final post about it. (Things have been hectic, so I didn’t post about it other than when it was first posted, and likely won’t post about it again until reveals) So if anyone ever feels like putting anything in my stocking, it’s located over this way.

Also, last call for guessing what story I wrote for Yuletide. Reveals are tonight. I can do a drabble (at least) in that particular fandom, with a prompt of your choosing, if you guess correctly.