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October 4th, 2009


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01:44 am - Fun Day + Interesting Observation
Today, amberite and I went to the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, which was quite good, and also useful, in that I've recently written one mythos related project, and am lined up to write two or three more (for three separate games and companies no less). In any case, we saw several truly excellent short films, and only one truly dreadful one (34 minutes of electronically read Lovecraft, with an accompanying series of allegedly interesting stills was approximately as interesting as watching paint dry, but I only stayed for 10 minutes, so perhaps it improved). We also saw the old Roger Corman, Vincent Price film The Haunted Palace, which was gloriously campy, with Vincent Price in perfect form.

Also, from the panel talking about the future of mythos and mythos-derviced fiction, various comments made moe more certain that in my two most ambitious and interesting upcoming projects, I definitely want to go beyond Lovecraft's mythos and blend in more of my own ideas, much like Caitlín Kiernan does in her brilliant novel, Daughter of Hounds . As Eclipse Phase proves, SF, and specifically transhumanist SF goes well with mythos-derived fiction, and so, I'll see what I can do with that (all of the three projects I mentioned are separate from Eclipse Phase). I'll see what I can do.

In any case, I also came away with one unique, if second-hand inspired observation. While I was at another panel, amberite listened to one on humor and horror, and one of the panelist mentioned that in many slasher films, the focus was far more on the killers than the victims, and how much of the humor resided in the little tag-lines and other bits the killers quipped while killing their victims – Freddy Krueger is perhaps the most obvious example of this sort of thing. This instantly reminded me of Buffy, and how one of her most obvious qualities was exactly the same sort of quips while killing vampires and other monsters. I suspect that this resemblance was quite deliberate, and in several episodes we see Buffy regarded as the serial killer of monsters.
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From:cericonversion
Date:October 4th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Glad it was a good festival year.

It occurs to me that at this point the Mythos and cyberpunk occupy similar places in the intellectual landscape of our genre family - resources you can draw on without having to go entirely with.
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From:maxomai
Date:October 4th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
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I have avoided the first short film set precisely because of that awful 34-minute piece of junk.

Pickman's Muse and The Statement of Randolph Carter are worth watching. The former ran a little long IMO, and could have been trimmed down to 30 minutes, but was also quite gripping.
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From:onyxrising
Date:October 5th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Drat. Let me know next time it happens again! Marie and I were running around that end of town, and forgot all about the festival going on. Sadness.

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