Placing a bag over the boy‘s head, Dr. Silkini proceeded to cut if off with a knife. The girls in the audience squealed and screamed as blood dripped over the white tablecloth. Just after this decapitation, the Frankenstein monster seized the newly-severed head and started down the steps into the audience. At that precise moment, the house lights went off. Enthralled onlookers thought the rampaging creature was loose in the dark.
During the blackout, girls shrieked and boys shouted as ghosts, bats, and eerie faces zoomed about overhead and up and down the aisles. On the stage a chorus line of glowing skeletons danced in front of tombstones and vanished as they floated skyward. After three minutes of special effects and imaginative terror, there was a flash explosion and then the lights came on.
The above description of a sequence from "Dr. Silkini‘s Asylum of Horrors
" conveys what an audience might have experienced at a typical midnight ghost show around 1941, as excerpted from Beth A. Kattelman's paper from 2010, Magic, Monsters, and Movies: America’s Midnight Ghost Shows
(PDF), and covered in additional detail on the Paleofuture blog post The Rise and Fall of the Midnight Ghost Shows
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 30, 2013 -
, inspired by Lord Dunsany (Wikipedia; Project Gutenberg; UPenn online library)
and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom (annotated stories online)
, created the Dreamlands
, in which he set the 20+ stories of the Dream Cycle
. The longest story was The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
), completed in 1927, but unpublished in his lifetime. Comic artist, Jason Thompson, started illustrating the story in high school, then re-drew the story after college
, and that comic was semi-animated as a feature-length film
. He wrote up his influences for a hidden commentary on the DVD, and expanded it online as The Annotated Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
. More Lovecraft sketches and comics online in Thompson's Mockman archive
. [Previously: Lovecraft comic adaptations
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 1, 2013 -
If you're a fan of William Burroughs' work, a complete reading of Junkie, by William Burroughs himself
, has recently appeared online, for free. Junkie (alternately titled Junky) is a 1953 semi-autobiographical novel by William S. Burroughs, published initially under the pseudonym "William Lee". It was his first published novel and has come to be considered a seminal text on the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early 1950s.
Also some Burroughs movies
, which include The Cut-Up Films, interviews, Burroughs The Movie and Shotgun Paintings.
posted by nickyskye
on Aug 7, 2012 -
Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts
was a literary magazine founded in 1962 by Ed Sanders, a poet later co-founded The Fugs
. Its credo was "I'll print anything", and Sanders produced thirteen issues on a mimeograph machine from 1962 to 1965. Issues included works by Tuli Kupferberg, Charles Olson, Peter Orlovsky, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara, Julian Beck, Herbert Huncke, Norman Mailer, Gary Snyder, Diane DiPrima, William S. Burroughs, Leroi Jones, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Michael McClure, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, and Andy Warhol. - wikipedia.
With a helpful index
. [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Apr 12, 2012 -
A 1983 documentary by Howard Brookner on William S. Burroughs. 89 mins, G-vid, a bit more inside...
posted by carsonb
on Jul 10, 2007 -
A video broadcast of György Ligeti's Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
(AVI, French), with helpful background on the controversial piece located here
. For those who know French, you may also be interested in 1993's György Ligeti: Portrait, A Documentary by Michel Follin
, showing Ligeti as "the displaced cosmopolitan", through the metaphor of train ride through the European countryside. These and many other avant-garde films can be found at Ubuweb
, including features with William Burroughs
, a recent "performance
" of Cage's 4'33", and Varése and Le Corbusier's 1958 World Fair collaboration Poême électronique
, a 400-speaker soundspace installation predating later, more experimental feedback pieces
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jul 2, 2006 -
of Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth
fame. Semicoherent Bob Dylan review, a paean to Kerouac, and an entertaining interview with William Burroughs. Pretentious, but, uh, you know, if you're into that sort of thing...
There's some more stuff of his around his
posted by ITheCosmos
on Apr 10, 2005 -