I’ve added the book cover to just before the deleted scenes in part 2.
To sum up, I received:
-Two beautiful banners/book covers from 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 medie, and 2 Supergirl related icons from tarlanx.
-3 Dark Shadows icons from liadtbunny.
-A great Methos centered Highlander drabble from misbegotten.
-A book recommendation (which I’ll track down soon) from john_amend_all.
-A massive helping of book recommendations from 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 valarltd
-Happy New Year from falcon_hours, knowmefirst and 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.
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
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.
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. 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.
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
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, 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.
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.
Personally, I feel that it’s quite apparent which story was written by me given what I veer towards, but I could be wrong on that count. And if you do earn a drabble for yourself? I can’t promise it will be short in the end, but it will begin its life as an intended drabble.
(As always, my beta reader is disqualified.)
First, the main story:
The Poison Tree (27259 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, John Seward, Mrs Weston, Mrs Perkins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Original Characters
Additional Tags: References to Mina Harker/Lucy Weston, Vampires, Hypnotism, Post-Canon, World War I, Victorian, Edwardian Period, Blood, Yuletide, Dark, Religious Imagery & Symbolism
Dracula may have been defeated, but the future has never been less certain for Jonathan and Mina. Everything has changed, most especially the Harkers themselves…
And the treat I received:
Influence (1368 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968), Dracula & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abraham Van Helsing & John Seward, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston, Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Mina Harker/Lucy Weston
Characters: Abraham Van Helsing, John Seward, Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Implied/Referenced Mind Control, Dark
Some personalities are magnetic, they exert an irresistible pull on others.
They are everything I wanted to see from this fandom when I posted my letter. So, again, if you happen to lurk, dear writers, and haven’t already seen the comments on the archive, thank you a million times over. It was lovely to wake up to these two wonderfully dark stories.
As I have no icons from Dracula (1968), I’ll just use one for Dracula in general.
Just know that I will read whatever story I happened to receive in the morning. I'm not ignoring it, if you're waiting for a reaction.
The mods simply extended the deadline by an hour, and I’m about to shut down the computer for the night. I’ll be able to read and comment early tomorrow morning, when I have more time to devote to the archive. So I will thank you once right now just for writing anything for me, even before I know what the story or fandom was--and I will reply later, once it's been unwrapped and fully read.
This took some serious dedication, given the length, and the fact that I may have expanded at least one scene even further--by quite a bit--after a sudden attack of inspiration.
And I just realized that I didn't update after a comment about a potential ice storm coming. We're okay; we just had a Polar Vortex for a few days; some hail was dumped on us the day after my last post. In the course of thirty minutes it went from 73 down to 43, and that night it went around on down to the teens and on down. No power outages.
I wanted to upload it before the chance of an ice storm. We're due for one--that's tomorrow night. By day, we surge to 63 degrees on Saturday. That night, we plunge to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and sleet, freezing rain, and whatever else we're due for. Just in case of a power or internet outage, the story is in the archive as of this moment. I have until Christmas Eve to do any other author's notes or edits, at least.
Now, I rest my weary brain.
In Yuletide related news, my story’s been done for a while. Given the length, my beta and I are working as much as we can. I’ll more than likely upload the story tomorrow afternoon, and edit further as need be.
ETA, 15 minutes later: And done. Everything should go to the proper site now.
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, 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.
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.
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)
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)
*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.
✔ 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.
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.)
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.
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.)
Please Select The One You Would Rather See
Dark Shadows (1991)
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
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.
Penny Dreadful (someone else will probably nominate this, but there are certain characters I want to see)
The Innocents (1961)
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.)
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.)
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.)
Fandom: Crimson Peak (2015)
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Edith Cushing/Thomas Sharpe, Edith Cushing/Alan McMichael
Characters: Edith Cushing, Thomas Sharpe, Lucille Sharpe, Alan McMichael
Additional Tags: Horror, Gothic Romance, Alan shouldn't play with ouija boards, Possession, Ghosts, Vague References of Past Canon Abuse, Friendship, Exorcisms, Supernatural Elements, Blood, Hurt/Comfort, Mind Control, When Ghost Moths Attack, extremely vague reference to canon incest, When Ghost Hunts Go A Bit Wrong, Precarious mental state eroded further in death, Mental Maze
Two years after the events of the film, Alan and Edith are married. Now that Allerdale Hall has collapsed into the clay, Lucille’s ghost is free to seek revenge against them…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.
So this was the assignment where I went above and beyond what I ever expected to write. I am just beyond thrilled that my recipient enjoyed it. The commentary post on the writing process will come later, either today or tomorrow.
Quick question for my friends list—are there any Crimson Peak groups on Livejournal or Dreamwidth? I haven’t spotted any yet. I know there are at least two on Tumblr after a Google search, but I don’t use that.
When they’re revealed, I have a very long Yuletide Notes post to add on the writing process, deleted scenes that didn’t make it in for whatever reason, and an alternate ending that struck me too late and wouldn’t have worked nearly as well. I’ll see about cross-posting the story itself, just so I can have it in more than one place.
Oh, and I should probably link to my fandom_stocking entry one last time, before reveals on January 6th. So here it is, if anyone has anything they wish to leave for me.
There's a chance it would become more than 100-200 words. Prompt of your choice.
Your only clue if you haven't read the locked posts is the icon I'm using.
And now, the Yuletide haul. This year, I received two stories--one for Crimson Peak (2015), and one for Legend (1985). I loved them both.
A Prayer to Mother Night (1271 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lily (Legend), Darkness (Legend), Jack (Legend), Oona (Legend)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Yuletide Treat
Only Darkness told the truth.
And because the Share function doesn’t appear for the Crimson Peak story I received for whatever reason, I’ll just link to it. A Funeral Pyre For Hephaestus. It’s Gen, 3504 words, rated Teen And Up. The summary: "Return to Allerdale Hall. Release us." Nine years late, Edith returns.”