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2005, Dec 22; 11:56 ::: Monica Swinn
Unidentified photography of Monica Swinn.
Photography sourced here.
http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0842737/ [Dec 2005]
See also: actress - sadistic warden trope
2005, Dec 22; 11:56 ::: Four humours
In traditional medicine practiced before the advent of modern technology, the four humours were four fluids that were thought to permeate the body and influence its health. An imbalance in the distribution of these fluids was thought to affect each individual's personality. The concept was developed by ancient Greek thinkers around 400 BC and was directly linked with another popular theory of the four elements (Empedocles). Paired qualities were associated with each humour and its season. The four humours, their corresponding elements, seasons and sites of formation, and resulting temperaments alongside their modern equivalents are: yellow bile, black bile, phlegm and blood. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_humours [Dec 2005]
See also: personality - boredom - emotion - depression - humour - theory - spleen - melancholy - medicine - mood - fluid
2005, Dec 20; 11:56 ::: Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) - Ornette Coleman
Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) - Ornette Coleman [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The Archiduc is a trendy, expensive, venerable Art Nouveau bar, but it is also surprisingly often home to improvised music concerts. According to the presenter, the Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio is the longest-running currently-active free music trio (however, he also said that the AEC disbanded after Malachi Favors's death, so what does he know), 33 years and ending a 12-concert tour in this cramped Brussels bar on a sunday afternoon.
Prior to that was a duo between Guy Strale on stuff (incl. piano, clarinet, a balloon, frame drum, a wind-up Santa Claus...) and English trombonist Gail Brand. It was low-key and enjoyable: they moved easily from soothing trombone drones + background sounds to rowdy dialogue.
I'd never really heard any of the three participants in the main act. I expected really forbidding improv, what I got was not-that-difficult and fantastic free jazz. The music, at its busiest, seemed a perfectly logical descendant of the latter years of John Coltrane's career (including the Quartet post-A Love Supreme), mixed a whole lot of Monk (both avant and straight-up; they even swung once or twice) coming from Von Schlippenbach. Parker was on tenor the whole time. Though I was poorly seated (directly behind him), a major moment came when he performed one of his famed circular-breathing multiphonics solos. I know many consider them old-hat, repetitive, circus acts, even, but I'd never heard one before, so I reserve the right to be amazed: for a few minutes, it was like hearing the whole of the saxophone at once, high, low and in-between. The Euro Free Improv guys are dominating my end-of-the-year concert-going: Peter Brötzmann played a fantastic duo with his son Caspar a few weeks ago that I still haven't written about, now another concert-of-the-year level performance.
The solo piano encore
Afterwards, I chatted with Parker a bit, breaking the ice by telling him that they'd been a trio longer then I'd been alive. He replied "I'll have to start getting used to the idea." True, considering that the same could be said for roughly half the crowd. --http://be-jazz.blogspot.com/ [Dec 2005]
See also: Ornette Coleman - 1959 - free jazz - Brussels
2005, Dec 20; 09:56 ::: Black And Blue (1976) - Rolling Stones
Black And Blue (1976) - Rolling Stones [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Black And Blue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1976. Although the album would meet with commercial success, most contemporary critics still consider Black and Blue a part of The Rolling Stones' artistically-lean period, starting with 1973's Goats Head Soup.
Stylistically, Black and Blue - so named for its black music influences - embraces funk with "Hot Stuff", reggae with their cover of "Cherry Oh Baby" and jazz with "Melody", featuring the talents of Billy Preston - a heavy contributor to the album. Musical and thematic styles were merged on the seven-minute epic "Memory Motel", with both Jagger and Richard contributing lead vocals to a love song embedded within a life-on-the-road tale.
Released in April 1976 - with "Fool To Cry", a worldwide Top 10 hit, as its lead single - Black and Blue reached #2 in the UK and spent an interrupted four week spell at #1 in the US, going platinum there. Critical view was polarized, with some finding its emphasis on jamming a reflection of the perceived weak songwriting, while others consider it an undervalued gem. Nonetheless, Black and Blue - which was supported in the summer of 1976 with a European tour - remains one of The Rolling Stones most overlooked albums.
The album was promoted with a controversial billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood that depicted a bruised, bound woman under the phrase "I'm Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones — and I love it!" The billboard was removed after mass protests, although it earned the band widespread press coverage. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_Blue [Dec 2005]
Final ad for the album Black 'n Blue, after the first one, which had the text on top that read: "I Got Black And Blue From The Rolling Stones And I Love It!" was banned.
Image sourced here.
See also: British music - rock - black music - Rolling Stones - 1976
2005, Dec 20; 09:56 ::: Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life (1983) - Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life (1983) - Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The philosophical question "What is the meaning of life?" means different things to different people. The vagueness of the query is inherent in the word "meaning", which opens the question to many interpretations, such as: "What is the origin of life?", "What is the nature of life (and of the universe in which we live)?", "What is the significance of life?", "What is valuable in life?", and "What is the purpose of, or in, (one's) life?". These questions have resulted in a wide range of competing answers and arguments, from scientific theories, to philosophical, theological, and spiritual explanations. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_of_life [Dec 2005]
See also: British cinema - comedy - meaning - life - 1983
2005, Dec 19; 17:56 ::: The Experiment (2001) - Oliver Hirschbiegel
The Experiment (2001) - Oliver Hirschbiegel [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Inspired by a famous 1971 psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel's German-language movie The Experiment finds a group of 20 volunteers randomly divided into 12 prisoners and eight guards and asked to play out their roles for a fortnight while scientists study their reactions. A conflict arises between undercover reporter Fahd (Moritz Bleibtreu), a con with a hidden agenda, and the apparently mild-mannered Berus (Justus von Dohnanyi), a guard with a megalomaniac streak. The film begins as a psychological drama as ordinary people settle into the game, with joking displays of resistance by the "prisoners" greeted with increasing brutality from the "guards," but detours into suspense and horror as Fahd, who needs the experiment to get out of hand in order to make his story more saleable, deliberately ratchets up the tension between the factions only to see the situation spiral nightmarishly out of control as various test subjects in both camps edge closer to snapping.
With a terrific display of ensemble acting and unforced use of the popular claustrophobic semi-documentary look, Hirschbiegel's movie takes its time to get underway, with apparently irrelevant cutaways to Fahd's outside girlfriend (Maren Eggert), but works up to a powerful second half that delivers a sustained symphony of psychological and physical anguish. --Kim Newman for Amazon.com
Das Experiment ("The Experiment" in the US) is a 2001 German movie inspired by the events of the Stanford prison experiment in the United States. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Experiment [Dec 2005]
See also: German cinema - Stanford prison experiment - 2001
2005, Dec 19; 15:56 ::: The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962) - Jess Franco
The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962) - Jess Franco [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The Italian poster for The Sadistic Baron Von Klaus (1962)
See also: sadism in cinema - Jess Franco - exploitation film - 1962
2005, Dec 19; 11:56 ::: The Miracle (1948) and Siamo Donne (1953) by Roberto Rossellini
See also: Roberto Rossellini - Italian cinema - American censorship
2005, Dec 18; 23:56 ::: Fetishism and Curiosity (1996) - Laura Mulvey
Fetishism and Curiosity (1996) - Laura Mulvey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The cover is a rendition of the Feuillade fictional characters Les Vampires
Les Vampires (1915) - Louis Feuillade [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
See also: Louis Feuillade - curiosity - fetishism - Laura Mulvey - feminist film theory
2005, Dec 18; 21:56 ::: The theory-death of the avant-garde (1991) - Paul Mann
The theory-death of the avant-garde (1991) - Paul Mann [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
See also: death - avant-garde
2005, Dec 18; 21:56 ::: Masocriticism (1999) - Paul Mann
Masocriticism (1999) - Paul Mann [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
From Library Journal
This new collection of seven essays, most previously published, simultaneously explores and performs what Mann calls the impossibility and "abject necessity" of critical theory and cultural criticism. The title concept and unifying theme, a neologism formed from "masochism" and "criticism," is the subject of one essay. The others extend his thinking about the avant-garde, offer readings of Bataille and Nietzsche, take provocative looks at critical discourses of warfare and the critical fascination with "stupid" underground movements in popular culture, and wrestle with the problem of ethics in current cultural thought. Mann's analyses are self-conscious, well informed, and cogently written, though his ideas and arguments are likely to be accessible and interesting mostly to theoretically sophisticated students and scholars.?Julia Burch, MIT Media Lab., Cambridge, MA Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
See also: criticism - masochism
2005, Dec 18; 20:56 ::: The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography (2003) - Virginia Burrus
The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography (2003) - Virginia Burrus [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
See also: saint - erotica
2005, Dec 18; 20:56 ::: The Masochistic Pleasures of Sentimental Literature (2000) - Marianne Noble
The Masochistic Pleasures of Sentimental Literature (2000) - Marianne Noble [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Suzanne Juhasz, University of Colorado
"A well-written and sophisticated study of nineteenth-century female masochism and its expression in the writing of middle-class American women of the period. Marianne Noble's plan is impressive: she is at once a thoughtful theorist and an admirable close reader of texts. The result is a work that engages in an illuminating and thought-provoking manner with extremely complex issues."
[A] complex, nuanced volume. . . .
[T]he author abundantly documents the oppressive aspects of fantasies of masochistic desire. . . .
[Jammer's] contributions to the conceptual foundations of physics have been, and continue to be, both fruitful and enlightening.
Noble's flexible and dazzling close reading of Stowe, Warner, and Dickinson are artful.
See also: sentimental novel - masochism
2005, Dec 18; 20:56 ::: The Perverse Gaze of Sympathy: Sadomasochistic Sentiments from Clarissa to Rescue 911 (1999) - Laura Hinton
The Perverse Gaze of Sympathy: Sadomasochistic Sentiments from Clarissa to Rescue 911 (1999) - Laura Hinton [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Laura Hinton is the author of The Perverse Gaze of Sympathy: Sadomasochistic Sentiments from Clarissa to Rescue 911 (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999), and co-editor of We Who Love to Be Astonished: Experimental Women´s Writing and Performance Poetics (U Alabama Press). She has published essays, reviews, and interviews on experimental women´s writing, feminist theory, and film, in periodicals including Women´s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Contemporary Literature, Film Criticism, Jacket, Rain Taxi, and The Journal of the Academy of American Poets. She recently edited an extended How2 section on the writings of Leslie Scalapino. Her cross-genre poetry work appears in journals including Feminist Studies, How2, NthPosition, and the anthology Poetic Voices without Borders (ed. Robert Giron, Gival Press). She teaches as an Associate Professor of English at The City College of New York, where she also organizes the experimental poetry series InterRUPTions. Currently, she is working on a study of contemporary women´s cross-genre writing, the visual arts and spectator practices, and completing two poetry manuscripts, The Right Place in the Middle and Sisyphus My Love, from which the excerpt "Ask Any Mermaid" is taken. --http://www.sonaweb.net/laurahintonbio.htm [Dec 2005]
See also: sadomasochism - perversion - gaze
2005, Dec 18; 19:56 ::: Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992) - Mary Louise Pratt
Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992) - Mary Louise Pratt [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
See also: trans- - tourism - culture
2005, Dec 18; 19:56 ::: Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (1995) - Anne McClintock
Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest (1995) - Anne McClintock [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
I found somewhere that the cover painting of this book is by Egon Schiele. I find that hard to believe, can anyone please confirm/deny and mail me at jwgeerinck at hotmail dot com?
See also: Orientalism
2005, Dec 18; 15:56 ::: Masochism in Sex and Society (1941) Theodor Reik
Masochism in Sex and Society (1941) Theodor Reik [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
1962 Black Cat edition
From the Back: Man is the animal which seeks pleasure and avoids pain-and yet there are men and women who take pleasure in pain. Some cannot find sexual pleasure without pain. Others find the pain martydom indispensabe in their relations to society.
Mass Market Paperback
See also: Grove Press - 1962 - 1941 - masochism - Theodor Reik - society - sex
2005, Dec 18; 15:56 ::: Action/Spectacle Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader (2000) - Jose Arroyo (Editor)
Action/Spectacle Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader (2000) - Jose Arroyo (Editor) [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Popular cinema’s most consistently violent film metacategory, the contemporary Hollywood action film/thriller/blockbuster.
See also: violent film - spectacle - action film
2005, Dec 18; 15:56 ::: Savage Cinema : Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies (1998) - Stephen Prince
Savage Cinema : Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies (1998) - Stephen Prince [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
See also: Sam Peckinpah - violent film - American cinema
2005, Dec 18; 14:56 ::: Transgendered movies
Before 1960 film commedies that present men dressed as women fall into two broad categories: the open treatment that expands our sense of possibilities, creating more questions than answers; and the closed vehicle that establishes identifiable boundaries and resolves ambiguity.
A Woman (1915) dir: Charlie Chaplin.
The Masquerader (1914) dir: Charlie Chaplin.
Our Hospitality (1923) dir: Jack Blystone, Buster Keaton.
The Unholy Three (1925, 1930) dir: Tod Browning
Morocco (1930) dir: Josef von Sternberg.
Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich
This is one of films in which Dietrich wears a man's suit during a musical number.
Christopher Strong (1933) dir: Dorothy Arzner.
Devil Doll (1936) dir: Tod Browning Charlie's Aunt (1941) dir: Archie Mayo.
A Song to Remember (1945) dir: Charles Vidor.
Oberon plays a glamorous, wicked George Sand.
Joan of Arc (1948) dir: ?? I Was a Male War Bride (1949) dir: Howard Hawks.
Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan
Calamity Jane (1953) dir: ??. Glen or Glenda (1953) dir: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Bela Lugosi, Dolores Fuller, Edward D. Wood Jr. (as Danial Davis)
--http://www.bcholmes.org/tg/tgmovies.html [Dec 2005]
See also: drag
2005, Dec 18; 14:56 ::: Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1994) - Rudolph Grey
Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1994) - Rudolph Grey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Published to coincide with Tim Burton's film starring Johnny Depp, the story of cult director Edward D. Wood, Jr. as told by those who lived and worked with him.
See also: Ed Wood - perversion in cinema - American cinema - exploitation film
2005, Dec 18; 13:56 ::: Swedish erotica
Swedish erotica, click the image to read about the history of Scandinavian erotica, Caballero productions, John Holmes, Ed Wood and "Swedish Erotica".
2005, Dec 18; 12:56 ::: The Decline Of Western Civilization (1981 film soundtrack)
The Decline Of Western Civilization (1981 Film) [SOUNDTRACK] - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
See also: civilization - West - Penelope Spheeris - soundtrack - punk - punk films
2005, Dec 17; 10:56 ::: Cathartic effect of mediated violenceThere are two critical approaches towards violence in the media. The cathartic effect theory states that viewing violence alleviates anxieties, the second theory states that viewing violence incites violence. On the catharsis page, you will find a round-up of documentation found on Jahsonic.com, the internet, Wikipedia and books.google.com.
See also: mass media - catharsis - aestheticization of violence - violent film - mimesis
2005, Dec 17; 10:32 ::: Joseph Losey (2004) - Colin Gardner
Joseph Losey (2004) - Colin Gardner [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The career of Wisconsin-born Joseph Losey spanned over four decades and several countries. A self-proclaimed Marxist and veteran of the 1930s Soviet agit-prop theater, he collaborated with Bertholt Brecht before directing noir B-pictures in Hollywood. A victim of McCarthyism, he later crossed the Atlantic to direct a series of seminal British films such as Time Without Pity, Eve, The Servant, and The Go-Between, which mark him as one of the cinema's greatest baroque stylists. His British films reflect on exile and the outsider's view of a class-bound society in crisis through a style rooted in the European art house tradition of Resnais and Godard. Gardner employs recent methodologies from cultural studies and poststructural theory, exploring and clarifying the films' uneasy tension between class and gender, and their explorations of fractured temporality.
About the Author
Colin Gardner is Associate Professor in Critical Theory and Interdisciplinary Media at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Joseph Losey (January 14, 1909 - June 22, 1984) was an American theater and film director.
He was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After studying in Germany with Bertolt Brecht, Losey returned to the United States, eventually making his way to Hollywood.
During the McCarthy Era, he was investigated for his supposed ties with the Communist Party and was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses. His career in shambles, he moved to London, where he continued working as a director.
His film The Go-Between won the Golden Palm Award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. Even in the UK, however, he experienced problems: his first British film, The Sleeping Tiger, a 1954 film noir crime thriller, did not bear his name originally in the credits as director, as the stars of the film, Alexis Smith and Alexander Knox, feared being blacklisted in Hollywood due to working on a film he directed. He was also originally slated to direct the 1956 Hammer Films production X the Unknown; however after a few days work on the project star Dean Jagger refused to work with a supposed Communist sympathiser and Losey was moved off the project.
Losey died in London in 1984. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Losey [Dec 2005]
See also: British cinema - American cinema - director
2005, Dec 16; 13:47 ::: Al tropico del cancro (1972) - Gian Paolo Lomi
Al tropico del cancro (1972) - Gian Paolo Lomi
Anita Strindberg (right)
image sourced here.
Also Known As:
Death in Haiti (Europe: English title)
Tropic of Cancer (International: English title)
2005, Dec 16; 13:47 ::: Pornoland (2004) - Stefano DeLuigi
Pornoland (2004) - Stefano DeLuigi [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Pornoland (2004) - Stefano DeLuigi [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
"Whatever porno is, whatever porno does, you may regret it, but you cannot reject it. To paraphrase Falstaff: banish porno, and you banish all of the world." —Martin Amis
A land where sex is simulated, evoked, glorified, supercharged in the extreme, a land where everything is about the body, in its possible and perverse sexual combinations....This is Pornoland, a strange, parallel universe where pornographic films are churned out on a daily basis. Photographs by Stefano de Luigi and a text by Martin Amis are the guides through this world, filled with actors capable of extraordinary performances (although not the kind that would ever win Oscars), directors who can make an entire film in just one day, improvised sets, almost nonexistent plots, and locations that stay exactly the same from one day to the next.
The journey encompasses Milan, Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Tokyo, Dortmund, and Los Angeles. It includes no trite moralizing, hasty judgments, or yearnings for redemption. Stefano de Luigi's images and Martin Amis's words use respect, humor, and irony to tell the story of a rarely glimpsed world full of crude colors and harsh brutality, bodily contortions and bursts of laughter, unexpected tenderness and situations on the very edge of the absurd. 54 color illustrations.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stefano De Luigi has been a photojournalist since 1988, working in his native Italy and in other parts of the world. His principal projects have included work on the world of television in six different countries and a report on the fashion business. Martin Amis is one of England's best-known contemporary novelists. His books include London Fields, Money, Success, Time's Arrow, and Yellow Dog, which has pornography as one of its central themes.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. --via Amazon.com
See also: Martin Amis - pornography - 2004
2005, Dec 16; 11:15 ::: Perversion in the cinema
Parent categories: cinema - perversion
Related: erotic movies - fetish - paraphilia - sadomasochism in cinema - SM in mainstream films
Connoisseurs: Lindsay Hallam - Patricia MacCormack - Jean Streff - George de Coulteray - William ?
Directors: Michael Haneke - Erich von Stroheim - Fritz Lang - Pasolini - Luis Buñuel - David Cronenberg - Ken Russell - Roman Polanski
Selection of film titles: Un Chien Andalou (1929) - M (1931) - Open City - (1945) - Glen or Glenda? (1953) - (1953) - Peeping Tom (1960) - Psycho (1960) - Lolita (1962) - The Servant (1963) - The Whip and The Body (1963) - Repulsion (1965) - Femina Ridens (1969) - A Clockwork Orange (1971) - Maîtresse (1973) - The Night Porter (1974) - Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS (1974) - The Story of O (1975) - Salò (1975) - Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) Videodrome (1983) - Body Double (1984) - Blue Velvet (1986) - The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) - Tokyo Decadence (1992) - Bitter Moon (1992) - Romance X (1999) - Secretary (2002)
See also: perversion in cinema
2005, Dec 15; 21:47 ::: Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives (2003) - Vernon J. Geberth
Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives (2003) - Vernon J. Geberth [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Sex-related homicides claim victims from all walks of life, be they men or women, lovers or strangers, elders or children. They are some of the most horrific crimes imaginable, and unlike robbery-homicides or drug-related murders, the motives behind them are often not clear-cut.For all homicide cases, professional detectives must have practical experience in homicide investigation, but to solve sex-related murders they must also possess a keen understanding of human behavior patterns and human sexuality. With 38 years of practical and clinical experience author Vernon J. Geberth has that understanding.The renowned investigator and author of Practical Homicide Investigation, Geberth now shares his expertise related to the unique characteristics of sex-related homicides. In Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives he:.Comprehensively discusses human sexuality and sexual deviance·Analyzes the significance of fantasy·Presents the crucial dynamics involved in the search of the crime scene·Introduces the latest information on the application of DNA technology to sex crimes·Includes investigative checklists, clinical references, and case examples·Analyzes the typology of offenders and reveals how to determine the "signature aspect"·Provides an understanding of the significance of sexual offenders' behaviorsThe mission of every homicide investigator is to bring justice to the deceased and their surviving family. Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives stresses the basics, indicates the practicalities of certain investigative techniques, and provides you with patterns upon which to build a solid foundation for a prosecutable case.
Text addresses the increase of sex-related homicides and deaths that law enforcement has encountered in the new millennium. Indicates the practicalities of certain investigative techniques, and provides patterns upon which to build a foundation for a prosecutable case. Illustrated. Includes index.
See also: sex crime - psychology - forensic - serial killer - lust murder
2005, Dec 15; 21:47 ::: Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) - Phyllis Cerf Wagner
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) - Phyllis Cerf Wagner [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
This bargain of a book is a thick hardcover anthology--more than 1,000 pages long--containing stories of naturalistic and supernatural terror. First published in 1944, it has stood the test of time and become a classic in the field. Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural is rivaled only by David G. Hartwell's The Dark Descent as the essential horror anthology. Fortunately, there's little overlap: of the 52 tales in this anthology, only 5 are duplicated in The Dark Descent. Included here are such memorable stories as W.W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw"; Saki's "Sredni Vashtar" and "The Open Window"; Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game"; Conrad Aiken's "Silent Snow, Secret Snow"; Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan"; along with gems by E.F. Benson, H.G. Wells, Ambrose Bierce, Rudyard Kipling, Walter de la Mare, M.R. James, Guy de Maupassant, and O. Henry.
When this longtime Modern Library favorite--filled with fifty-two stories of heart-stopping suspense--was first published in 1944, one of its biggest fans was critic Edmund Wilson, who in The New Yorker applauded what he termed a sudden revival of the appetite for tales of horror. Represented in the anthology are such distinguished spell weavers as Edgar Allen Poe ("The Black Cat"), Wilkie Collins ("A Terribly Strange Bed"), Henry James ("Sir Edmund Orme"), Guy de Maupassant ("Was It a Dream?"), O. Henry ("The Furnished Room"), Rudyard Kipling ("They"), and H.G. Wells ("Pollock and the Porroh Man"). Included as well are such modern masters as Algernon Blackwood ("Ancient Sorceries"), Walter de la Mare ("Out of the Deep"), E.M. Forster ("The Celestial Omnibus"), Isak Dinesen ("The Sailor-Boys Tale"), H.P. Lovecraft ("The Dunwich Horror"), Dorothy L. Sayers ("Suspicion"), and Ernest Hemingway ("The Killers").
"There is not a story in this collection that does not have the breath of life, achieve the full suspension of disbelief that is so particularly important in [this] type of fiction," wrote the Saturday Review. With an introduction and notes by Phyllis Cerf Wagner and Herbert Wise.
see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jahsonic#Great_Tales_of_Terror_and_the_Supernatural_.281944.29_-_Phyllis_Cerf_Wagner [Dec 2005]
See also: great - tale - supernatural - terror - horror fiction - 1944
2005, Dec 15; 20:47 ::: Homecoming (2005) - Joe Dante
Joe Dante's Homecoming (2005). --http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448190/combined [Dec 2005]
Masters of Horror (premiered October 28, 2005) is an American horror television series created by Mick Garris for Showtime. It is a weekly show which features one-hour movies by well known directors. There is no conceptual format, each episode is a self-contained one-hour story. As a cable show, it can feature more extreme levels of sex and violence than usual, and is therefore generally aimed at those who feel the current "PG-13" style of horror films is too tame. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_of_Horror [Dec 2005]
See also: Joe Dante - 2005
2005, Dec 15; 19:47 ::: The Athenaeum Club
The Athenaeum Club
The Athenaeum Club is a gentlemen's club standing at 107 Pall Mall, London, at the corner of Waterloo Place. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athenaeum_Club [Dec 2005]
See also: club - UK
2005, Dec 15; 19:47 ::: "Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it." -- Anonymous
The Monkey's Paw (1902) - W. W. Jacobs [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Inspired by The Monkey's Paw (1902) - W. W. Jacobs
The Monkey's Paw is a short story by W.W. Jacobs, written in 1902. In the story, the paw of a dead monkey is a talisman that grants the possessor three wishes, but the wishes come with an enormous price.
The story is based on traditional stories in which three wishes are granted. There are always three wishes granted.
The first wish is made carelessly; it is granted, but in a horrific manner. In the W.W. Jacobs story, the wish is for wealth, but it comes in the form of a payment for the violent death of a loved one.
The second wish is made to try to correct the damages of the first wish.
The third wish is made in despair when the darker implications of the "corrective" second wish become evident.
At the end, only the first wish stands, and the other two wishes are wasted, cancelling each other out to prevent a greater horror.
In another sense, such stories resemble Faust stories, in which there is no way to craft a wish finely enough to prevent the Devil from thwarting the wisher. However, in theory, there would be no way to corrupt a wish for happiness, since any ill side effects would make the wisher unhappy.
In popular media
--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkey's_Paw [Dec 2005]
- A one act play based on the story was first performed in 1907.
- The story's theme was one of the inspirations for Stephen King's novel, Pet Sematary. The Jacobs story had previously been mentioned in his novel The Dead Zone and the novella, Apt Pupil.
- One of the stories from The Simpsons Halloween special, Treehouse of Horror II, has the same name, and is clearly a parody of this story.
- In many rewritings of this story, the final wish typically has the person in possession of the paw wishing he had never found the paw, usually because it was unavailable or that a person they dislike had found the paw instead.
- In the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after the death of Buffy's mother due to a brain aneurysm, Dawn attempts to revive her with magic, the result being very similar to the ending of The Monkey's Paw.
- A new film will be released in 2007. The film involves a young woman who finds the Monkey's Paw. Feeling she is above the ill-fate of previous bearers, she makes selfish wishes until the paw strangles her.
See also: fiction - 1902
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