Movie posters with the titles of the books they were based on: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep / Blade Runner, Oil! / There Will Be Blood, The Short-Timers / Full Metal Jacket, Heart of Darkness / Apocalypse Now!, Monkey Planet / Planet of the Apes, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale / Total Recall

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Have you read the book?

"That book will change your life. I found it in a Maserati in Beverly Hills."

Dioretix: The Science of Matter over Mind by X Rum Bubb—

It’s a throwaway joke (and book), but it has a few layers to it. Obviously, the title is a reference to Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard. The inferrence is that because it was found in a Maserati in Beverly Hills — therefore a wealthy person’s book — there must be something to it. Of course, it’s a deadbeat wealthy person’s book.

Also, those shades are not doing Otto any favors.


Repo Man (1984) directed by Alex Cox, starring Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. Also starring Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Sy Richardson, Susan Barnes, Fox Harris, Tom Finnegan,  Del Zamora, Eddie Velez, Zander Schloss, Jennifer Balgobin, Dick Rude, Miguel Sandoval, Vonetta McGee, Richard Foronjy, the Circle Jerks and Samuel T. Cohen, inventor of the neutron bomb

Silent Hill … books?

Years ago I pitched the idea of a Silent Hill book to Smart Pop, a publishing house that produces books about movies, books and TV shows that have a strong fan following. They are series of essays, often written by fans as well as known authors, about the inner workings and cultural influences of things like Lost, Buffy the Vampire Killer, Star Trek, Hunger Games, etc etc etc.

The books are reasonably popular. When I made the pitch, the editor I spoke to said they had never considered doing a book about a video game (they have since done a World of Warcraft book), but would consider it once the movie came out. Then they said, “maybe if there’s a sequel.” And eventually they just stopped responding. The immense body of Silent Hill fandom and critique and analysis was either not enough or too much — or, I hypothesize, no one who worked there was into “that sort of thing” and so couldn’t imagine how to market a book on Silent Hill. Besides, it’s not like they don’t have enough material to work with. I think they even made a Glee book.

So, is the idea not a good one after all? I don’t think so. I think it could be a great idea. So maybe it needs to be a fan-collaboration. After all, in this day and age, self-publishing is easy, and PoD requires no out-of-pocket funding. Get an ISBN and it can be sold on Amazon, B&N, and any major retailer. The fandom itself can do most of the necessary marketing — word-of-mouth is strong.

Do you think there is interest? Do any of you know of any particularly good writers among the fandom that have produced some good stuff? Writers who might be interested in collaborating on a SH book?

Or maybe such a thing already exists?

About me: currently I run a tumblr blog of movie critique. I have ghost-written a self-help book, self-published a novel of my own, and am working on two more. I was a military journalist for four years, and briefly edited a small niche magazine out of San Diego.

Thoughts?

Orson Scott card, not satisfied with being an asshat, rewrites Hamlet into an asshat.

Hamlet’s Father

 Orson Scott Card

 Subterranean ($35) 

Orson Scott Card has rewritten Hamlet. The back of this slim novella boasts that once we have read this “revelatory version of the Hamlet story, Shakespeare’s play will be much more fun to watch—because now you’ll know what’s really going on.”
betterbooktitles:

William Golding: Lord of the Flies

betterbooktitles:

William Golding: Lord of the Flies

Sciences Occultes

The Mother of Tears (Italian title: La Terza  Madre, The Third Mother) (2007) Written and directed by Dario Argento  and starring Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Moran Atias, Udo Kier, and  Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni. The Mother of Tears is the third and final of the trilogy Argento refers to as “The Three Mothers”, preceded by Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980). Mother of Tears features the third “mother,” Mater Lachrymarum, Mother of Tears.

Sciences Occultes

The Mother of Tears (Italian title: La Terza Madre, The Third Mother) (2007) Written and directed by Dario Argento and starring Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Moran Atias, Udo Kier, and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni.

The Mother of Tears is the third and final of the trilogy Argento refers to as “The Three Mothers”, preceded by Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980). Mother of Tears features the third “mother,” Mater Lachrymarum, Mother of Tears.

Chunnel Surfer II — plug
Because I needed yet another place to get it, I guess.


A town mysteriously empty except for silent, lumbering horrors and a  teenager with a secret; a coven of witches trying to survive on a  battleship; a dragon in the grass; a house with a few extra rooms; a  game of zombie that gets a little out of hand; a man who keeps his town  whole by walking; a haunted library; a world shattered by a cosmic  accident; fairies, ogres, grandmothers, cats, hustlers, vampires,  detectives, queens, murderers, time travelers; poetry, drama, comedy,  mystery, biography, video game, horror! Life happens as a series of  seemingly unconnected events. Fiction however has to make sense. Until  now. Chunnel Surf the realities of a cast of thousands in this novel  that dares to tamper with the rules — or reality itself. Take care, one  of the cast just might be YOU. ——— This book is not for children. It  might even be dangerous. This book is not a sequel.

Chunnel Surfer II — plug

Because I needed yet another place to get it, I guess.

A town mysteriously empty except for silent, lumbering horrors and a teenager with a secret; a coven of witches trying to survive on a battleship; a dragon in the grass; a house with a few extra rooms; a game of zombie that gets a little out of hand; a man who keeps his town whole by walking; a haunted library; a world shattered by a cosmic accident; fairies, ogres, grandmothers, cats, hustlers, vampires, detectives, queens, murderers, time travelers; poetry, drama, comedy, mystery, biography, video game, horror! Life happens as a series of seemingly unconnected events. Fiction however has to make sense. Until now. Chunnel Surf the realities of a cast of thousands in this novel that dares to tamper with the rules — or reality itself. Take care, one of the cast just might be YOU. ——— This book is not for children. It might even be dangerous. This book is not a sequel.