New creepiness for the Halloween season

New creepiness for the Halloween season

Maybe you guys have heard about The Dionaea House? It’s a story (or is it real?) told through emails, texts and blog posts, a modern epistolary novel.

And it’s spooky as hell.

Not gross, not horrible, or filled with monsters tearing people apart, or demon children, or whatever bullshit modern horror is about. It’s a smart, subtle (except where it shouldn’t be) scary story, and I highly…

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Randomness for 9/26

1) The 50 Dorkiest Songs You Love. NB: you don’t have to tell me you personally don’t love some or all of them. I know.

2) Edgar Wright – How to do visual comedy. Video. This is excellent and shows why I find modern comedy so incredibly boring.

3) Joaquin Phoenix’s Forehead (Rotated). Video. So weird and funny.

4) Anonymous Gods. The computers at Google automatically blur the faces of famous…

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theguestneversleeps:


The fine print: We love our movie and we love our soundtrack and we love our audience. That’s why this weekend we’re giving away digital downloads of the movie’s official soundtrack album to anyone who sees The Guest and Tweets about it.
If you’re asking yourself, “Self, what is The Guest?” then please check out this trailer and our reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s how you get your free soundtrack album…
Go see THE GUEST in a theater near you on September 26, 27, or 28.
Send a tweet with the hashtag #TheGuest and a picture of your ticket stub. It’d also be cool if you said something nice about the film.
Follow @TheGuestUSA on Twitter so we can DM you the download code.
Go to http://www.dropcards.com/theguest/ and enter your download code.
Please let your friends and family and enemies know about this opportunity to listen to the album that we’re calling the best soundtrack of the year.
Love and synthesizers, Adam, Simon, Keith and Jess
Oh yeah, here’s the tracklisting for the best soundtrack of the year…
Haunted When The Minutes Drag by Love and Rockets
Hourglass by Survive
Anthonio (Berlin Breakdown Version) by Annie
The Magician by Mike Simonetti
Masquerade by Clan of Xymox
Omniverse by Survive
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) by Stevie B
Storm Column by Gatekeeper
A Day by Clan of Xymox
Emma by Sisters of Mercy
Obsidian by Gatekeeper
Cry In The Wind by Clan of Xymox






This, my friends, is a terrific movie.

theguestneversleeps:

The fine print: We love our movie and we love our soundtrack and we love our audience. That’s why this weekend we’re giving away digital downloads of the movie’s official soundtrack album to anyone who sees The Guest and Tweets about it.

If you’re asking yourself, “Self, what is The Guest?” then please check out this trailer and our reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here’s how you get your free soundtrack album…

  1. Go see THE GUEST in a theater near you on September 26, 27, or 28.
  2. Send a tweet with the hashtag #TheGuest and a picture of your ticket stub. It’d also be cool if you said something nice about the film.
  3. Follow @TheGuestUSA on Twitter so we can DM you the download code.
  4. Go to http://www.dropcards.com/theguest/ and enter your download code.

Please let your friends and family and enemies know about this opportunity to listen to the album that we’re calling the best soundtrack of the year.

Love and synthesizers,
Adam, Simon, Keith and Jess

Oh yeah, here’s the tracklisting for the best soundtrack of the year…

  • Haunted When The Minutes Drag by Love and Rockets
  • Hourglass by Survive
  • Anthonio (Berlin Breakdown Version) by Annie
  • The Magician by Mike Simonetti
  • Masquerade by Clan of Xymox
  • Omniverse by Survive
  • Because I Love You (The Postman Song) by Stevie B
  • Storm Column by Gatekeeper
  • A Day by Clan of Xymox
  • Emma by Sisters of Mercy
  • Obsidian by Gatekeeper
  • Cry In The Wind by Clan of Xymox

This, my friends, is a terrific movie.

(via keithcalder)

Rolling my eyes at THE BLACKLIST

Rolling my eyes at THE BLACKLIST

Probably the least effective promotional tool (for me, personally) is an image of James Spader in a fedora, but that’s all over the ads for the second season of THE BLACKLIST, his latest TV show. I had little interest when the first season aired (I watched two shows last year, both derived from comic books) but when S1 appeared on Netflix Streaming I felt a little poke in my curiosity bone, and I…

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Tags: TV

Movie Review: THE GUEST (tl;dr: See It)

Movie Review: THE GUEST (tl;dr: See It)

I don’t usually review movies because most of what I see at this point is Corporate Hollywood Entertainment [1] (case in point: My kid is dragging me to THE MAZE RUNNER next week) and I’m not part of anyone’s marketing team. If there’s something worth saying, sure, but I only write “SEE IN THE THEATER/RENT IT AT HOME, MAYBE/ONLY IF YOU WANT TO PUNISH YOURSELF” for smaller movies folks might miss.

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Tags: film

Playing Football and Erasing The Self

Playing Football and Erasing The Self

Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing about his decision to stop watching football games because of his concern about head injuries.

Part of this is my own mix of spirituality and atheism. I generally think of the ghost not in the machine, but as the machine. My body is me, and while my brain is particularly important, when I dislocate an ankle I have injured part of myself. Anyone who is being honest…

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Tags: moi? people

The Health Benefits of Reading

The Health Benefits of Reading

The WSJ has an interesting article on “reading parties,” (skip the comments). People are getting together to read in silence, which is fine, I guess?

The really interesting thing is the list of health benefits to reading, which is included in this handy graphic.

Hot-linked Pseudo-Venn Diagram of the Benefits of Reading

“Reduces stress” is vital, and “Improves listening” makes me think I should have my son read three or four times a day.

But I’m…

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Time is running out on Dark Fantasy StoryBundle

Time is running out on Dark Fantasy StoryBundle

Mind if I show some covers?

All 9 StoryBundle Covers

The countdown for the dark fantasy StoryBundle is about to run out. If you want to do a little early Giftmas shopping, now is the time.

Some points:

    Pay $3 or more, get five books.
    Pay $12 or more, get all nine.
    You get to choose how much goes to the author and how much to StoryBundle.
    You get to choose which charity, if any, your purchase will benefit.
    You can buy…

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My Wonder Woman Pitch

My Wonder Woman Pitch

[I started this post way back when Gal Godot was first cast and I’m blowing the dust off it because what the hell.]

So we’re getting Wonder Woman in a movie, but not a Wonder Woman movie.

Christopher Bird has an interesting postabout the difficulties the character faces. I’m not sure I agree that Wonder Woman has never had a “definitive” run: while I’m not a WW expert by any means, William…

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Tags: film

ythelastfan said: I'm worried this is too personal to ask and I hope it doesn't come across as invasive. What led you and your wife to adoption? It's a noble thing that not enough people take part in. Again, I'm sorry if that's weird to ask. Thank you for your awesome comics.

brianmichaelbendis:

I’ve discussed this in the past. it’s not too personal.  I think it is one of those subjects that needs to be talked about more so people have a better understanding of it.

 the short version is my wife, before I had met her, was a world traveler and even while we were dating had this vision of a multicultural family. just a pure and beautiful vision of building a loving family out of the pieces of the world that needed it most. 

 obviously it was one of the many things that made me fall in love with her.  adoption, and we have done international and domestic, is very complicated and you have to have the right partnership and organization behind you. we were very lucky and we did.

 as I said here in the past our house is now so filled with love that it  is sometimes overwhelming.  if you’re considering it I cannot recommend it more.

 one of the biggest things that people worry about is the connection.  I have two biological children and two adopted children and I can tell you there is absolutely no difference in the profound love and connection between us.

I can say that I was adopted in the late sixties and it was the same for me. Four kids, two adopted, two not. My parents loved us all and we never thought about the adoption part of it.

In fact, one time my mother was sort of freaked out because her friends were talking about giving birth and she suddenly couldn’t remember going to the hospital and having me.

It’s not a big deal to be an adopted kid. At least, it shouldn’t be.