Just posted the above video review of a few funky science fictional things I’ve been up to lately: including a teeny tiny ebook device for microfiction, a new experimental (and free!) short-short anthology (#Citybots) and the awesome Fear the Abyss anthology from Post Mortem Press.
Here’s a typical “gorelets” poem…made with virtual refrigerator magnets on the “original” Fridge of the Damned. The fridge has been in cold storage for about a decade…but I thought you’d like to see this. Because — horror of horrors! — it’s nearly defrosted! And over the next few days you will find out about the surprising rebirth of this damned fridge in 2013!
You’ll likely be surprised. Mum’s the word for now, but for more vague teasers like this, drop by my flickr account for a growing set of photos, and do come back soon. And in the mean time, beware the Eater of Worms!
The original “Fridge of the Damned” was a virtual poetry magnet set hosted on gorelets.com, from 2001-3. Bascially, I deconstructed the poems from the original Gorelets series into tiles made up of weird and disturbing words, which visitors could slide around on the page and create their own horror poems. Nowadays, you can probably find similar games online or in phone apps, but it was pretty unique at the time, and writers of many stripes used to visit the page and leave their creations on a guestbook. In fact, at one point a number of horror poets got together and wrote a batch of poetry on the fridge that ended up published as a section of a book called Cemetery Poets!
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You already know 2012 was pretty weird. Here’s a small sampler of annual roundups that reaffirm it…
Begin with a Woman…
+ Begin with a woman…defiantly shaking a phantom (or prosthetic) arm at the heavens.
+ Begin with a woman…requesting plastic surgery to make her something LESS (beautiful, endowed, perfect, etc).
+ Begin with a woman…who reads more than she should into her ‘time of the month.’
+ Begin with a woman…discovering something alive in the meat drawer.
+ Begin with a woman…in love with a man BECAUSE he survived her murder attempt.
+ Begin with a woman…applying mascara to a corpse.
+ Begin with a woman…alienated by the newborn creature in her arms.
+ Begin with a woman…baking a dangerous cake.
+ Begin with a woman…and end with a man.
Review the entire “Instigation” department for more prompts. You can share your writing here on The Goreletter by clicking on the ‘comment’ link.
Instigation fans… stay tuned for the return of The Fridge of the Damned! And even more exciting news for writers in the year ahead. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to The Goreletter today.
Here’s a goofy Saturday morning cartoon about “Narwhals” to get your spirits up for New Years. Sure, it’s more PG than my usual choices, but its creator, Mr Weebl references Lovecraftian Horror and that deserves respect. Chances are good you’ve already seen it — it only has about 30 million views on youtube. The song will stick in your head. In fact, it just might impale itself there.
You should check out the beautiful National Geographic photogallery of Hunting Narwhals to see the real things.
A few weeks ago I guest-judged (along with Nathan Rosen and Oonah Joslin) a writing contest they held on the site for short-short horror stories related to the common theme of “art.” It generated a huge response, and I read a lot of very sick stories that made it a difficult process to select the very best. My hat’s off to the winners: Caelin Beaty (for “Chiseled”), Mara Morrigan (for “Disturbing Art”) and Angel Zapata (for “The Blood Worms”). Three very distinctive shots of terror. I sent them all a signed copy of The Gorelets Omnibus, in appreciation for their accomplishments. Start reading those three and I know you won’t be able to stop yourself from reading any of the hundreds upon hundreds of short-short stories on the site. Go to microhorror.com and enjoy.
Microhorror is spearheaded by Nathan Rosen, who you might recognize as the graphic designer behind the “100% Arnzen” meat package I shared with you back in May. Since that time, Nate has been working with me on a couple of future projects that I can’t wait to share in the year to come — from graphic design work for the upcoming re-release of my novel Play Dead in new formats, to a new chapbook to come in 2013, to a realization of my old “Refrigerator of the Damned” in a way you won’t be expecting! Keep your eyes here, or subscribe to The Goreletter for all the exciting news to come in the year ahead.
Working up a video related to “The Fridge of the Damned” (which is something exciting to announce in the New Year!). This snapshot of two overlapping fridge magnets is an outtake I kind of liked and felt compelled to share here. I posted a similar one to flickr last night. [The mouths on both are from an old "Freaky Faces" magnet set we picked up in a gift shop years ago.]
You’ll be hearing a lot more about the Fridge of the Damned soon… hope you’ll participate!
That’s just a hint at their creative genius. Dice Productions has this thing about small things in big places and vice versa. You should also take a gander at their award-winning, touchingly gross full-length feature, All Consuming-Love (Man in a Cat).
Maybe you wouldn’t call this a cartoon, but I don’t care, because you need to see this. The Cat with Hands (2001) is an awesome short film by award-winning British filmmaker Robert Morgan, mixing live action and animated wax in a very uncanny and disturbing way. Film Threat magazine called it “mandatory viewing for anyone who wants to write a horror movie. Not because of what Robert Morgan does, but because of what he doesn’t do.” True. But I’d say what he does accomplish in this film is also just as brilliant.
If you haven’t been listening to the 6’+ (‘six foot plus’) podcast, you’ve been missing out on some weird, strange and spooky music — from psychobilly to demented surf to horror spoken word. The latest episode (#45: “The Holidays are Horrible”) includes a track from my CD, Audiovile, called “Little Stocking Stuffers” — and it’s neat to hear how well it fits in with the rest of the battery of horrifying holiday beats. Stream it online, or subscribe via iTunes.