(A little rebranding for September & October.)
Peril the First
After working to finish two ARCs in the last half of August, I’ve been taking it easy, reading-wise. I’m keeping up with read-alongs of Moby-Dick and George McDonald’s eccentric Lilith. I’m about 30% done with The Other. I’ll probably step it up this week. I also picked up Susan Hill’s The Small Hand and Dolly from the library which will make good autumnal reading.
Peril of the Short Story
Most of my short story reading this week wasn’t too perilous. My Poe story was on the not-creepy fable end of the spectrum. It’s my habit, lately, when at the library to pluck down an anthology and read a short story with my coffee and lemon cake from the library cafe. But the story was “Schmendrick Alone” by Peter S. Beagle. And for Deal Me In, I picked an SF story! I might have to take matters into my own hands.
Peril on the Screen
I had planned to do some horror movie double features, but then I didn’t. But I did watch two horror movies.
The first was Mandy (2018), directed and written by Panos Cosmatos, starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough. I didn’t quite get this movie. It was beautiful, Andrea Riseborough was wonderful, and I can see the potential of Nicolas Cage’s signature craziness, but it didn’t all work together. When Cage finally goes on his revenge rampage, I was just tired of this movie.
The other was Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995). Candyman (1992) is one of my favorite horror movies, but I’d never seen any of the sequels. I like the original for a couple of reasons. One is the setting of Cabrini-Green, a real, solid, and very troubled place. It is gives visual concreteness to any notions of class in the movie. Secondly, I like that the story behind the character of Candyman is somewhat nebulous. It feels like urban legend: maybe a kernel of history, maybe it only exists due to belief. Farewell to the Flesh switches location New Orleans during Mardi Gras, which is almost too much of a clichéd shorthand for excess and weirdness. It also gives the titular villain more of a background history with a curse and a solution to the curse. The movie is…fine. But it’s not great.
Oh Perilous World*
Double digit temps cannot come quickly enough.
Writing: Work on The Horrid Haunting is going pretty well. I rewrote the chapter I needed to and finished up the edits on ch. 6 – end. This week, I want to rewrite the first part of ch. 5, adding David Abbott doing a magic trick.
Ultimate: First game of fall league went pretty well. We didn’t win, but we have some potential. The only frustrating part has been getting information posted for league. I’m the end of the getting-things-done chain. Any lag upstream causes more stress for me.
* I’m borrowing the heading for this section from the title of a Rasputina album. This is track 1 from Oh Perilous World (2007).