For those of you who write to me and those whom I haven’t spoken to in a while, my Brooklyn address is not going to be good anymore. I’m in limbo in September. I will get my new address out as soon as I get settled. I did a mail forward to my parents P.O Box, but best to wait if you need to send me anything. Also my stuff is in storage, so if you do a mail order, it could be delayed. Drop me an email if you want to see if I’m coming through your town. We’ll party.
Here is a short review I sent out to a horror mag I hope to do some writing for in the future. For those horror fans who haven’t seen the Death Waltz releases, they are primo classy.
The House by the Cemetery
Prog rock-inspired scores brought a new twist to the tone of horror movies in the seventies. Influential films like Dawn of the Dead helped marry the prog-style soundtrack with the new wave of gory horror creating a new standard for neo-gothic narratives. For fans of Lucio Fulci’s unique brand of non-linear storytelling, Walter Rizzati’s score for the third installment of the unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy is a solid listen. Now available on LP through Death Waltz Records, a label dedicated to reissuing seminal and somewhat lost horror soundtracks, Rizzati’s music adds considerable atmosphere to the experience of The House by the Cemetery. The synth heavy score compliments the eerie and gory elements of the film and solidifies Fulci’s vision. Death Waltz celebrates long out of print horror scores like with high-end vinyl releases. The album as a product harkens back the old philosophy of vinyl releasing by including treats like album art posters and record flats. The art comes from veteran movie poster artist Graham Humphreys; it’s a wonderfully gory reimagining of images from the film. Humphreys’ credits include posters for The Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street along with loads of cult and horror DVD covers. For fans of Italian horror, House by the Cemetery is essential listening.
I sent out a bunch of reviews recently that of course were all rejected. Here is a short one about the recent Resonars album. Looking back at my reviews, I realize I may have written about them too many times. But I can’t help it; I think they are sorely underrated. In a recent set of submissions, I mentioned to the editor of a large magazine he should be listening to the Resonars. I bet he went right out and checked them out.
The Resonars- Crummy Desert Sound
I ‘m home after a little over a week in the hospital. The surgery was a success. I kept my kidney and it seems the tumor is gone. After a couple of months of recovery, I hope to pull the year together and get some things accomplished. I never know how much medical stuff to share here. Many people have heard about my recent struggles with cancer have contacted me. I’m touched so many people take time to wish me well. I’m glad to say I’m feeling better, well enough to write, and hope to keep up at least with some regular reviews and things until I’m 100%.
Also, It’s pretty obvious that writing on the site has fallen off a bit. But I hope to rectify that and I’m still sending around The League a bit in hopes of getting it published. If that doesn’t work, I’m determined to do it myself and keep working forward. I’ve been working on writing some blurbs and new submissions for magazines. I’ve got some boss new albums recently and, of course, I’m watching way to many movies. Also been doing some new fiction, so look back for that. Rejected reviews will end up here and I’m working to at least polish a few new short stories. Below are some words on two time travel films I watched recently and thought were pretty good.
How far could you go back in time and not affect events in your life? Not far according to Nacho Vigalondo’s clever time travel film Timecrimes. Hector (Karra Elejalde) travels back in time only long enough to observe himself on a casual afternoon. But the chain of events that leads to his trying to fix simple mistakes causes major mishaps. This is a low budget film with a sense of urgency created by Vigalondo’s tight shooting style. It’s a clever script with the tone of a dark comedy. The small world of Hector’s afternoon removes the need for excessive special effects and long explanations. If the plot was entirely dissected, the story might not entirely make sense, but that can almost be said about any time travel film. Hector’s desperation to put things right creates the plausible doubt needed to enjoy a time travel film.
Primer’s plot also involves protagonists traveling backwards to fix problems set in motion during experiments with time travel. Abe (David Sulivan) and Aaron (Shane Carruth) discover a way to turn back the clock while studying gravity. Abe builds a prototype of a machine that enables them to go back and play the stock market. Primer is best enjoyed if you just let it be. It’s a brilliant movie that’s occasionally too smart for it’s own good. Too much time spent contemplating the minutia of the story ruins the fun. The film is a real triumph if you consider it was made for around $7000. It’s a low budget home run with an obligatory cult following.
Giuda: Racey Roller: LP
Cancer really sucks.
I haven’t been posting much lately. I’ve been in a bit of a slump since January. I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time last December and have been going through chemotherapy since then. I’ve been keeping up with my writing as much as I can and staying positive, but I’ve been uninspired to post as I haven’t been doing much. Things going on outside of my apartment have been off my radar. I’m starting to feel much better. Sometime at the beginning of May I’ll get a new set of tests that will determine where we are with the diagnosis, but the regular blood work indicates that chemotherapy is working and things are going well. Chemotherapy has sucked much more than I thought it would, but I’m done with the harder drugs and have been getting out a bit. I’m ready to rejoin society a little.
Since January I got my Razorcake reviews out, I’ve been working on new short stories, and I have been sending out The League to some small presses. I’m determined to put the book out myself this year if nothing happens with it, so I’m excited about the progress either way.
I was also interviewed by Fangoria about the Corn on Macabre record re-issue. Here is a link to that: Fangoria.
For my birthday this year, Amy bought a painting of Nosferatu by an artist I have admired for some time. Here is a link to the piece on her website: Bombshelter Art.
Other than that, it’s just been movies and reading. I got out and shopped this weekend, so I’ll have some new records to write about and I’m going to be editing and posting some new stories in the coming weeks. It’s sort of shocking writing this, putting into perspective the fact that nothing too interesting has happened to me over the past four months. I spend most of my time going to the doctor. But I’m not complaining. I’m happy to be feeling better. I feel guilty complaining when I know I’ve encountered so many people who will deal with worse and go through chemotherapy for a lot longer than I have. I also believe I can now officially say I have seen every King of the Hill episode. I was going to watch every Hellraiser movie, but there were too many. That whole thing wore thin fast. I found out that there are eight Children of the Corn films not including a remake of the first one. I only got as far as the first one.
Anyway, that’s where I am.
For the next 2-4 months, I’m going to be on limited duty at my job. I know this is a long shot, but if anyone has or hears of anyone who has grunt work that can be done from home, I’m available and willing to work cheap. My degree is in English. I have extensive writing experience and I have taught a film class for high schoolers. Work may include line editing, paper grading, research, transcriptions, product assembly, envelope stuffing, data entry work, or anything clerical-like that you don’t want to do. I’ll be available for meet ups, but not regular office appearances.
Resume available. Thanks.
I got to cover a recent Mike Watt performance at The Bell House last month. Here’s a link to the review in The Brooklyn Rail.
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