Thursday, December 29, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
|The old homestead:|
42 Norwood Ave. (2011)
|Fall 1977 SRA test results: 98th percentile in science. |
Yeah, that's right. Suck it Mrs. Stahlman.
|Christmas Break, 1977. This is the picture that inspired me to start jogging.|
|My jogging route in the Summer of 1978|
|My father and myself in Lake George, NY, circa August 1978.|
Just eight months since that picture from Christmas 1977, my body radically changed.
Even when I moved away, if I found myself driving anywhere remotely near the street, I would divert my journey to go down it.
|Over four decades later, despite the sidewalks on Norwood Avenue having been replaced, a careful eye can still find Billy Dober’s initials elsewhere in the neighborhood. Here, on nearby Grove Avenue.|
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Arthur John Shawcross: The Monster on Alexander Street: Some horror stories are very real, and sometimes they’re your next-door neighbor.
Halloween Howls: 45 Minutes of Fear: No Halloween would be complete without creepy music. Usually these soundtracks are fairly forgettable, but this one is a masterpiece of spooky ambience.
House of Dark Shadows (1970): This extended trailer for the film based on the TV series Dark Shadows hits all the right notes for classic horror film buffs. Essentially a gothic horror tale, House of Dark Shadows lures us in by showing the anti-hero vampire Barnabas Collins sympathetically then hits us with outbursts of violence that remind us who he really is — a vicious, predatory monster who leaves dead bodies in his wake. While the trailer has some tongue-in-cheek humor, the film is deadly serious.
Medieval Death Poem: The Middle Ages were obsessed by death. I wrote this poem emulating the meter and structure of Medieval death poetry. Check out the ethereal, spooky spoken word version – positively perilous poetry perfect for Halloween:
Medieval Meditations on Death (poetry): Fragments of original Medieval verse written in the wake of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague).
Night of the Living Dead (1968): George Romero's classic character study in terror.
Nosferatu, aka Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922): The classic German horror film based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula with only a few changes to names and places. Directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. In the opinion of many, this version of Dracula has yet to be surpassed in nearly 100 years of filmmaking.
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960): Directed by Roger Corman. The love story between a boy, a girl, and plant with the taste for blood — human blood!
Friday, September 30, 2016
|Fig. 1: Kodak Brownie 8 mm Movie Camera II (author's collection).|
The venerable Kodak Brownie 8 mm Movie Camera II, produced in the 1950s and 1960s, cataloged American life. The jumpy, faded, color-saturated footage produced by the camera has become the quintessential iconic imagery of the post-World War II era.
|Fig 3: The full list.|
|Fig. 4: Here's|
looking at you!
Fig. 5: The original 8 mm reel I
Saturday, August 20, 2016
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