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I Want My Mummy

June 28th, 2017 No comments

A mummy is a deceased human or an animal whose skin5de7f59a0f7a34ad16be69ef5a270e48--monster-movie-monster-mash and organs have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold, very low humidity, or lack of air, so that the recovered body does not decay further if kept in cool and dry conditions. Wow, that’s not very scary. If that was the only description someone had given me as a child, I would have picked up my GI-Joes and headed outside.

Now if you tell someone – who like me has macabre tastes – that a mummy is a dead person who has been cursed to rise from the grave and wander around the countryside trailing grave dirt and bandages in search of human prey – sign me up!

I thrilled as a kid to the thought of the shambling mummy wandering the night in search of its missing canopic jars or its long lost love who just happens to have been reincarnated into the body of the heroine.

If you think about it mummies are the original zombie but without the infectious bite. It’s dead, moving around,  usually on a mission of death and destruction.  Unlike a zombie though, you’ll never mistake a mummy for a person – unless they have a very strange idea of wardrobe (cloth wrappings are soooo last year).

The trappings of mummy lore are also great for cinema. There’s the pyramid or buried tomb, ornate sarcophagus, statues, jewelry; all the things needed to draw in the greedy treasure hunter who will then be stalked for revenge.

There haven’t been a lot of great mummy movies in recent years. Face it the hey day of mummy cinema was before the 50s. The mysteries of ancient Egypt couldn’t hold their own in the movies when stacked against atomic monsters. The recent movie The Mummy with Brendan Fraser was a pretty good homage to the genre although I felt the sequels could have been avoided. I have not seen the latest Tom Cruise vehicle so don’t know if it’s any good or just another to miss.

I always wanted to be a mummy for Halloween but couldn’t really figure out how to get the wrappings right and done in a way that wouldn’t take 2 days getting in and out of costume.

Man, now I want to go watch Boris Karloff.
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Until next time, watch this and see if you can find one you might be interested in.

 

 

 

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Everything you wanted to know about the Necronomicon

June 20th, 2017 Comments off

Have you heard the good news friend? Have you read the good book? No, no, not THAT book, this book – the Necronomicon.

If you’ve heard of it, read about it, always wondered about it but honestly don’t know anything about the most dangerous book in the universe except its name – have I got something for you.

This is a good video about the Necronomicon, the dread book spoken of only in hushed whispers in Lovecraft fiction.

What? You don’t know what the Necronomicon is? For shame.

I assume if you’ve found my blog or read my books, you’re a fan of horror and already know about the Necronomicon. If you really don’t know much about it, this is a great video that explains what the book is supposed to be. It approaches it in a way that explains what characters in Lovecraft stories should know. The images in the video are good and really give a good feel for the mythos.

It’s a fun video with a lot of information – enjoy.

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Writing Horror Novels by Joe Hill

May 29th, 2017 Comments off

I stumbled across a Joe Hill book (NOS4A2)  not that long ago and had no clue who the man was but the description of the story hooked me and I had to give it a try. About a third of the way through the story I turned to my wife and said “Boy this guy sounds like Stephen King based on his style. I wonder if it’s a pseudonym for King?”

Boy did I have egg on my face when after a few minutes on Google (and really if you want to find out facts doesn’t the big G provide data within seconds? Why are people still sharing patently false things? But that’s another post) I found out that Joe is actually the son of Mr. King. His birth name is Joseph Hillstrom King . Cool beans, now the similarity of writing styles makes sense. If you grow up around someone you’re going to internalize some of they style in speech, writing and other style.

Joe is no way a carbon copy of his dad, he has his own voice but the influence is there. And boy howdy is he good.

Everyone can learn something new no matter what their level of knowledge. I’m always learning even about the things I’m already rather expert in (not writing yet, I’m still working on that).

I saw this video on YouTube by Joe talking about writing a horror novel and it was a really enjoyable video. Very good insights from him. Give it a view if you have interest in writing horror or really anything that can draw from some of the lessons of horror regarding building dread, tension etc.

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