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.)
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith candles hall investigate)
2016-07-07 08:53 am

Is It All Clear? Mostly

Around 1 PM yesterday, it became apparent that a storm was coming, and if I needed to get to the other house, that time was right then. Which was a good idea, because at 1:45 PM a microburst struck. One second, calm. The next, while I was at the door, it was basically a white out from all the rain. The storm door tried to blow away as I tried to hold it shut, before it finally locked. It went from 0-70 mph instantly. The tornado sirens started because of it. There was 2 inches of rain in 15 minutes.

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.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2016-06-20 09:18 am

Rest In Peace, Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin died yesterday in a freak accident involving his car. He was found by friends “pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar” after it seemingly rolled down a hill while in neutral. Police do not suspect foul play. He was 27 years old. May he rest in peace. He did a great job with the character of Charlie in Fright Night (2011). For Star Trek fans, he was Chekov in the Star Trek reboot.

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.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2016-05-14 10:54 am

Rest In Peace, Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke passed away early this morning at the age of 54. He had been fighting an agressive cancer, and just entered palliative care. May he rest in peace. He was best known for his artwork for DC: The New Frontier, and for redesigning Catwoman’s costume in 2001. I found that to be one of her better costumes. I loved his style, and he will be missed.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith doors)
2016-05-06 10:38 am

The Choice Is Made

I chose to default on the Bar ficathon story, since there was no way it would be entirely finished by tomorrow night. However, since amnesty begins for them one week after the due date and continues through when sign-ups end for the next round in 2017, I should be okay.

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.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
2016-05-03 12:55 pm

We’ll See If I Can Finish This By The Deadline

So yesterday, I was diagnosed with a ear infection in my left ear*. I have been prescribed antibiotics. Due to all the issues with the ear infection, we’ll see if I’m able to piece together** my Into A Bar story by the 7th. If I’m still not great day after tomorrow, then I’ll see about getting a message to the mods before the deadline and then posting it at AO3 when I’m better. Wish me luck.

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.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
2016-04-21 12:49 pm

Rest In Peace Prince

Prince has passed away at the age of 57. May he rest in peace. As of when I post this, the cause of death is not yet clear, and it just says he was found dead in his home. The only reason I have even heard his music is because of how they featured it in Batman (1989). I have never seen Purple Rain.

So that's David Bowie and Prince in the same year.
calliopes_pen: (negiramenofdoom Dark Shadows cliffs)
2016-04-20 02:09 pm

The Plot Thickens--Just A Bit

Well, that certainly took a dramatic turn. I was trying to write the Bar Ficathon story, and seem to have fallen over an actual plot, instead of just Edith and Victoria sitting in a bar talking about ghosts, with Alan wedged in there for his continued support. The Dark Shadows portion seems to be overwhelming the Crimson Peak part and traumatizing those characters, but that’s okay. They fit together nicely.

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?
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
2016-04-08 10:10 am

My Assignment

While it was Ray Stantz who won the poll, I realized something about the fandom offering section. If I signed up for all of Dark Shadows (1991), then I would likely get someone I couldn’t write for—since after some thought, the only ones I could do were outnumbered by the ones I couldn’t.

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.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille Peeks)
2016-03-23 02:24 pm

Ficathon Related Poll

It’s been a long time since I last signed up for the Ficathon Goes Into A Bar. The last time I did was 2010, and it ended up with the Tenth Doctor (before season 4 ended, I think) and Winston Zeddemore.

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.

Poll #17381 Which Character Should Walk Into That Bar?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10

Please Pick One Or More

View Answers

Alan McMichael (Crimson Peak)
1 (10.0%)

Ray Stantz (Ghostbusters)
6 (60.0%)

Peter Vincent (Fright Night 1985)
0 (0.0%)

Victoria Winters (Dark Shadows 1991)
4 (40.0%)

calliopes_pen: (oraclegreen Drummond Dark Shadows)
2016-02-28 01:15 pm

Rest In Peace, Humbert Allen Astredo

Humbert Allen Astredo passed away on February 19th, at the age of 86. May he rest in peace. To fans of the original version of Dark Shadows, he will be best remembered as Nicholas Blair. That warlock was one of my favorite characters on the show; Astredo also played Charles Dawson, as well as Evan Hanley during his time on the series. He appeared in House of Dark Shadows as Dr. Forbes.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2016-01-27 11:48 am

Rest In Peace, Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda has passed away at the age of 94. He died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. I have never seen The Godfather due to a lack of interest, so I mainly know him from Barney Miller. I only got around to watching that show in the last year or so--it’s on Antenna TV and FamilyNet almost every day.

I didn’t realize it when I first watched the original 60’s Dark Shadows when it aired on The Sci-Fi Channel in the 90’s, but he also appeared (in two different roles) there, too: He was Ezra Braithwaite and Otis Greene.
calliopes_pen: (iconzicons darker Lily peers shadow)
2016-01-22 05:56 pm

The Fifteen Character Meme

1. Ichabod Crane
2. Alan McMichael (Crimson Peak)
3. Honeythorn Gump (from Legend)
4. Peter Vincent (Fright Night 1985)
5. Charley Brewster (Fright Night 1985)
6. Sherlock Holmes
7. The Doctor (Capaldi version)
8. Lucille Sharpe (Crimson Peak)
9. Victoria Winters (90’s version)
10. Edith Cushing (Crimson Peak)
11.Barnabas Collins (60’s version)
12. Schmendrick
13. Lili (Legend)
14. Doc Brown
15 Methos

Beneath the cut, the questions and answers for schneefink and mithen. )

calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith doors)
2016-01-17 10:34 am

Two Old Memes

A couple of older memes are making the rounds again. So because we all need a break from the week, I'm posting them. First:

1) Make a list of 10-15 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.

The other one is the time stamp meme:

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: (kcscribbler men of note Holmes)
2016-01-14 09:40 am

Rest In Peace To: Bowie, Libertini, Margulies, And Rickman

This is such a rotten week for celebrities. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Richard Libertini, Angus Scrimm, and David Margulies all died. I thought I posted about David Bowie, but apparently I didn’t (just Angus Scrimm). So in alphabetical order at this point:

David Bowie passed away on January 10th, age the age of 69, following an 18 month battle with liver cancer. May he rest in peace. I had never even heard of him until around 2006 due to having no interest in music. I heard of him for the first time as a result of seeing him in The Prestige as Nikola Tesla. I loved the certain scenes in the first and last episodes of Life On Mars (British version, not the American remake) that made a lovely use of his music at pivotal moments. I have no nostalgic feelings for Labyrinth, but I did find it enjoyably weird and fun when I saw it for the first time (and Encore played it a lot) about 3 years ago. I avoided it until then, due to a general dislike of muppets and a loathing for musicals. I’ll probably rewatch it soon. I liked his role in The Hunger (1983). I need to watch The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976), as I have never seen that.

Shock Till You Drop has An Appreciation of David Bowie’s Performance In 1983’s The Hunger. Birth Movies Death has Labyrinth: Long Live The Goblin King.

As a sidenote: the weird upside down staircase in Labyrinth almost made it into my Crimson Peak Yuletide story as an homage, as another way of Lucille screwing with Edith’s mind. (Which would have been right after a deleted scene with a tombstone and gargoyle in a room) I scrapped it before anything was written of it, because seriously—it was long enough by that point. I almost wish I had done it now.

Richard Libertini has passed away, at the age of 82, after a two year battle with cancer. I knew him from House of Frankenstein (1997). I may have been one of the few that liked that film.

David Margulies has passed away at the age of 78, after a long illness. He will be best known to Ghostbusters fans as Mayor Lenny.

Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I loved him whenever I spotted him in a film. Or, in the case of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005), heard his voice. I loved him as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, even if I didn’t care for the rest of the film. I always meant to watch Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)—maybe now I will. I have never seen Die Hard or the Harry Potter films, because I’m not interested in action movies or Harry Potter.
calliopes_pen: (vxangelkissxv Holmes in fog)
2016-01-10 11:19 am

Rest In Peace, Angus Scrimm

Angus Scrimm has passed away at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He will be best known for horror movie fans as The Tall Man from the Phantasm franchise. I loved the first film, but I have yet to watch the rest. The fifth Phantasm film—Phantasm: Ravager—is due to be released sometime this year.

I also remember him being in Transylvania Twist (1989) and Subspecies (1991).
calliopes_pen: (kathyh Doctor nobody knows what he's see)
2016-01-09 08:37 am

Fandom Stocking Is Live

This year, I received the following in my Fandom Stocking:

-Seven Happy Holiday Wishes/Holiday Cards
-A double drabble involving Sleeping Beauty in the Doctor Who universe (which I love)
-Another drabble from Doctor Who (a rather lovely one).
-A Doctor Who icon, of angry Capaldi (which I love)
-Six icons of John Watson from Sherlock (a wonderful surprise)

So thank you to everyone on my friends list that left something for me! It was greatly appreciated.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille's ring)
2016-01-05 01:15 pm
Entry tags:

Fic: Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud (R)

Title: Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud
Author: calliopes_pen
Written For: Valkyrierising
Rating: R
Fandom: Crimson Peak (2015)
Characters: Sir Thomas Sharpe, Lady Lucille Sharpe, Edith Cushing, Alan McMichael.
Word Count: 33,101
Author’s Notes: My recipient wanted a ghost hunt; so did Alan, even if things went a bit wrong for everyone. This is the end result of that, when Lucille wants revenge and Thomas just wants to keep everyone safe. For Lucille’s thoughts projected into a person during or prior to possession, it’s bold and italics. Regular thoughts are just italics. As this is too huge for Livejournal according to the error message, I'm only putting it on Dreamwidth, in addition to where it was on AO3.
Beta Readers: A huge thank you goes out to SeanDC and Calime.
Summary: Now that Allerdale Hall has collapsed into ruins, Lucille’s ghost is spurred into seeking revenge against Edith and Alan…but Thomas knows what his sister is planning and will provide them with aid no matter how dangerous things become. No matter how terrifying it becomes for the living, as souls are imperiled by the grasp of the dead.

The darkness seeped through his clothes, his hair, his eyes, his pores, and would not be dissuaded. He couldn’t scream unless she wished it, and right now, she didn’t. He thrashed and rolled over, clawing at something that was no longer there. It was spreading out slowly inside him, surging and submerging him in increments beneath the force. He wondered how much time he had left. He wondered if he could warn Edith. As Lucille oozed over his consciousness, he knew he couldn’t. )