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Herbert in Italy

Herbert West is about to manifest in an Italian-made web and TV series, and eventually a feature film. Yet another incarnation of this fascinating character, in addition to H.P. Lovecraft’s original, the “Re-Animator” movies directed by Stuart Gordon and featuring Jeffrey Combs, and, of course, the series of novels by one Audrey Driscoll.

Everyone knows and loves the masterful 1985 horror comedy Re-Animator. Directed by Stuart Gordon and produced by Brian Yuzna and Charles Band, the proudly unrated sex and splatter shocker based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, won the hearts of horror fans and mainstream critics and put Gordon on the map. And now, 32 years later, an intrepid band of Italians are reviving the source story for a web and TV series.
Read more at http://www.comingsoon.net/horror/news/858595-re-animator-is-now-an-italian-series#8oLxm0Y15ivjPC9i.99

Death… is just the beginning.

How Separate Are We, Really?

Here is a different perspective on our troubled world from Barbara Backer-Gray.

Resident Alien -- Being Dutch in America

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On July 14, a man ran his truck into crowds of people enjoying the Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, killing eighty-some and wounding so many others.

Bastille Day celebrates France’s beginning of the republic, with its motto, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. fraternity means, among other things, communal support, friendship, brotherhood.

A while after the breaking news, we heard that two of the dead were Americans. Even later: they were a father and 11-year-old son from Texas. Then, Lakeway, which is pretty much a suburb of Austin, where I live. And late that evening my 16-year-old daughter R got an email from the acting studio in Austin that is her second home: the boy, Brodie Copeland, was also involved at the studio. She didn’t know him personally, but it hit really close to home for her.

T and I held her as she cried, and we cried with…

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Redating Human Civilization: Background and New Evidence

Here are some interesting thoughts about Egyptology, ancient history, Darwin and other matters. Mr. Roberts’s book River in the Desert is also worth reading, an informative, funny and vividly written account of travels in Egypt.

Paul William Roberts

I shall be talking more generally on this subject to the Laurentian Society in March 2016, but I want here to summarize the main points proving the central contentions and latest developments in scientific research that have finally shattered the old paradigm doggedly clung to by the so-called academic orthodoxy for some 100 years now, and disgracefully ignoring or even suppressing all mounting evidence to the contrary. Firstly, however, I need to address the irksome issue of calendrical dates. It will be clear that the accepted convention of delineating time in a Eurocentric milieu stems from religious rather than historical concerns. Thus Judaism gives us 3,000 years; then Christianity starts its clock at zero (although not even the Gospels can agree on a precise date for Christ’s birth); and in the Islamic sphere time rolls back to begin in the 8th century. Overlooking the fact that European calendars have…

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Happy 125th, H. P. Lovecraft!

Today, August 20th, 2015 (it’s only 7 p.m. here on the west coast of Canada, folks) is Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s 125th birthday.

HPL in what appears to be a library reminiscent of the one at Miskatonic University

HPL in what appears to be a library reminiscent of the one at Miskatonic University

It just happens that my next Local Author Book Review (#6) will be of a Lovecraft-themed book. Look for it in the next week or so.

A Language Tree

Writers are perforce interested in language — the one in which they write, naturally, but also in languages generally, their origins and how they relate to one another. Here is a beautiful graphic illustrating that. It’s the work of Finnish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg. The full version (and a lot more by Sundberg) can be found here.

language family tree_cropped

What I Read Wednesday – The Friendship of Mortals by Audrey Driscoll

I was doing one of those google yourself (and your book) checks, and was happily surprised to find this review of the first book of the Herbert West Series.

A Writer Cooks

The Friendship of Mortals

I found this as a free Nook book. I love discovering (well written) free books by unknown authors.

The Friendship of Mortals is about a librarian (instant draw for me), Charles Milburn, who becomes friends with a medical student, Herbert West, when West asks to view the famed Necronomicon. From that moment as they look at it together, their lives are linked forever.

West finds in Milburn a trusted friend and helpful assistant for his experiments: trying to revive the dead. Milburn, someone who is very predictable and stable, is drawn to West as someone who is exciting and possibly unstable. Despite their differences and arguments, West knows that Milburn will come to his aid whenever he calls.

Through experiments, lovers, careers, even war, the pair keep in touch for over ten years. When West asks for one last favor, the ultimate favor, Milburn cannot say no. The ending is somewhat…

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…a Champion Simian among Simians… Written Acts of Kindness Award… the Storyreading Ape…

2014 was a lucky year for me because I discovered the most deserving of Literary Apes. Congratulations, Chris! And good on you, Seumas, for bestowing the award.

Seumas Gallacher

ape

…many times growing up this ol’ Jurassic has been accused of indulging in ‘monkey business’… but, none of it was even within an orangutan’s reach of the type of constant positive activity indulged by today’s recipient of the Written Acts of Kindness Award

Written Acts of Kindness Award

…indeed, his outreach to others who practise our quill-scraping gig is right up there among the best supporters we Authors could ever wish for… the Storyreading Ape, whose ‘Clark-Kent-type-alter-ego’ disguises himself in human form as Chris Graham… the Ape reblogs… the Ape refers articles… the Ape prompts indies.. the Ape guides scribblers toward sensible sharing stuff from a huge range of other writers on the internet… in fact the Ape is the best kinda Guerrilla Gorilla on behalf of so many of us… yeez can follow the Ape here:

Blog              : thestoryreadingapeblog.com

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