An assortment of crazy images taken during the Raw Dog Screaming Press Poetry Reading at the scary Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston, WV) with Arnzen, John Edward Lawson (The Troublesome Amputee) and Stephanie Wytovich (Hysteria) on 9.14.2013:
Read [an archived version of] “Skeeter” — a short-short “clickable” story posted to [the now defunct] Tapestry. I wrote this goofy thing by messing around on an ipad.
Tapestry files were “sequential” stories. To read, click on the screen to forward page by page.
I’m a big follower of the Showtime TV series Dexter, currently airing its final season. For the past year I’ve been rescreening the entire run, posting a running series of notes to twitter under hashtag #dexternotes (see the archive in The Nest), and my next personal reading project is to catch up with Lindsay’s Dexter book series (the program is a fascinating study in adaptation, as it departs wildly from the books) in preparation for the upcoming release of a new title, ironically called Dexter’s Final Cut (releasing end of August 2013 on Kindle and in mid-Sept in hardcover). As a fan, I’ve become somewhat impatient this season with waiting each week for the next episode, so when I’m not otherwise rewatching older seasons (the one with Lithgow is my favorite) I research Dexter fan postings on the internet.
Here, without further ado, are my favorite remakes and riffs on Dexter’s now CLASSIC opening sequence. There are a lot of remakes of this out there, as students of film study and reproduce it, and fans come up with clever parodies. These are my faves:
This Really is Dexter in 60 Seconds:
Clever Approach to a School Assignment
From The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror:
Dexter Intro in Heavy Metal:
Clever Parody by Jack’s Films
Dexterized Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
And here’s just the cool re-imagining of the opening credits by poster-creator, Ty Mattson:
Imagine if Cronenberg had written
and directed The Exorcist. In it,
Father Damien Karras is not a psy-
chiatrist but a psychic, capable
of reading thoughts and moving objects
with merely his mind. This superpower, he believes,
is the Power of Christ, and it compels him
to study the art of exorcism under Father Merrin,
who trains him to become a “Scanner” — a psyche-soldier
in the Christian Army, capable
of not only sensing a sinner’s guilt
and truly knowing the nature of their crimes,
but also able to circumvent confession altogether
and directly absolve them, should they genuinely
regret their sin and seek psychic purity.
This, at first, is what exorcism means for Karras.
But then he meets Regan,
body scraped and raped from the inside out,
possessed by the demon Pazuzu,
who reflects and projects his scanning powers
right back at him:
she seems to be able to read his mind as well,
calling to him in the voice of Mother,
shaming him for abandoning her in the nursing home.
He shakes with rage, while Regan cackles quietly,
curled up in puddles on the bed,
knowing his wishes, cajoling him
to beat her to bruises
with his boxer’s fists.
And then her head pivots impossibly backward
on the child’s shoulders, puking green soup
spraying the stream like a garden sprinkler,
sloshing goop right into his face.
He blinks and screams and shudders
and as Regan’s head spins around
it progressively begins to swell with boils
and puff up like a blowfish
stretching open its scars
till it explodes in a burst of green gore
that splashes across the bedroom,
getting into his eyes,
now red demon eyes,
while Regan’s bloody, exposed spinal cord
is all that remains above her shoulders
spinning, still spinning,
like a forgotten whisk
in some sick cotton candy machine
as Damien summons the psychic power
needed to telekinetically
hurl himself toward
the bedroom’s open window.
Some visuals from Raw Dog Screaming Press’ community gathering in Columbus, OH, Aug 2-3, 2013. I did not manage to snap too many, because I was far too busy having a blast. For now, you can find things on the Raw Dog Screaming Press facebook page, and I’m sure more recordings will make their way online soon.
Thanks to everyone who entered the Play Dead “Pick a Card” Contest! The rules were simple: guess a card I randomly pulled from the deck. If you guessed the suit or the pip correct, you were entered into a random draw for a chance to win. One lucky person guessed the exact card and won the grand prize!
And here are the results… Many congratulations to the following winners!
As you can see above, the card drawn was the 6 of clubs.
And, amazingly, Amy Drees guessed the exact card, which won her a SIGNED HARDCOVER copy of PLAY DEAD, a signed copy of the THOU SHALT NOT anthology, a signed/lettered ARNZENSONGS & POEDOWN Double-Live CD and Instigation ebook.
All three winners also are receiving a Play Dead hat — a collectible “Ace of Spades” black ballcap!
Congratulations to all three. Runner’s up who guessed the pip or the suit will also receive a free copy of Instigation as a token of appreciation for playing along.
I also want to congratulate the following people:
Applause to Sam McCanna, who recently won the highly collectible, sculpture-bound “grim grimoire” edition of Play Dead, as part of the pre-order contest sponsored by the publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press.
Kudos to Daniel Baker and Devin Blakeney, who both won Play Dead paperbacks in the random draw hosted on goodreads.com
Even if you didn’t win one of these prizes, your fate awaits you in Play Dead available now from your favorite bookseller.
Long available only in a fine hardcover edition, my second novel, Play Dead, is now officially shipping in paperback to your favorite bookseller.
Here are some ways to get your hands on a copy hot off the press (list price, $15.95):
I’ll let the back cover of the book below describe the contents…for more information, see gorelets.com/books/
[The following contest is over — see the winning card / person here.]
I just pulled a random card from a deck of cards. Have a look:
Can you guess which card it is? Respond with a comment on this post, indicating pip (#/face) + suit. (Jokers have been removed).
Guess well. You only get one guess. But several chances to win!
On July 20th, I will reveal a photo with the card above turned-over.
If you guessed the exact card, you are entered in a random draw for a SIGNED HARDCOVER copy of PLAY DEAD, a signed copy of the THOU SHALT NOT anthology, a signed/lettered ARNZENSONGS & POEDOWN Double-Live CD and Instigation ebook. If you are the only one to guess the card, you instantly win.
All three winners will receive a Play Dead hat — a collectible “Ace of Spades” black ballcap!
Happy 4th of July to my American readers. To celebrate, I’m offering a chance to win one of two giveaway advanced paperback copies of my novel, Play Dead! These will be signed and mailed to two lucky winners. Don’t need to be American to win, but you must be a member of GoodReads.
Follow my Author Profile there to stay up to date and share your thoughts about my work. Reviews posted to goodreads are echoed on the bottom of most of the book pages here on gorelets.
And don’t forget that if you preorder the paperback directly from the publisher by Friday 7/5, you are entered into a raffle to win the rare, sculpture-bound “Grimoire” edition of the novel!
Go to the official giveaway page, if the entry form below gives you any trouble. Giveaway ends on July 8th, 2013, so act fast!
Here’s what the paperback edition being given away actually looks like:
Learn more about Play Dead.
Congrats to Daniel Baker and Devin Blakeney, drawn from 660 entrants to win the goodreads giveaway for Play Dead! This contest is now ended, but I invite you to add me as a friend on goodreads and to subscribe to the goreletter for news about future contests, discount offers and giveaways.
The Play Dead preorder contest for the Grimoire edition has ended. Raw Dog Screaming Press will announce soon!
Throughout last week, Seton Hill U hosted both our usual MFA writer’s residency and a very successful alumni workshop/gathering called “In Your Write Mind,” which featured a mass book signing and even a “Princess Bride” costume ball. Raw Dog Screaming Press attended, with pre-release copies of my novel Play Dead and plenty of Fridge of the Damned poetry magnets for sale. On top of all the academics, these folks really know how to have a good time. Here are some images I gathered during the experience.
Along with my usual courses, the alumni group also invited me to give a lecture, which I’ve uploaded to YouTube, on “Risk and Transgression in Writing Fiction”.