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April 17th, 2008

Hangin' with the Soviets [Apr. 17th, 2008|01:01 am]
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Fun night tonight (or, I guess, last night, now that I see the time) at the KGB Bar hearing Jack Ketchum and P.D. Cacek read. Two horror writers -- and it's not even October! (I realized tonight that I don't see Trish Cacek as often as I thought. Maybe twice a year. One being Necon, the other being when she comes to read at the KGB Bar. I think the Ketchum-Cacek double play has become an annual event!)

The crowd was great, as usual, and this time there were two surprise guests: suricattus and my old college friend lupa, who, it turns out, has been a big Jack Ketchum fan all this time. I never knew! As someone who has known him for a long time, I was happy to introduce her to her literary idol.

I'm starting to think the Fantastic Fiction Reading Series needs a new home, though. The KGB Bar is wonderful in so many ways, but it's just not big enough anymore. For at least a year now, maybe longer, every month's event has been standing room only. And when the readers have really big followings? Hooo boy, you can't even get in the door! I don't know what hosts ellen_datlow and Matt Kressel can do about it, other than find another venue to fit everyone more comfortably, but there's such a sense of history and tradition to having the readings at the KGB Bar that the mere thought of relocating makes me inexplicably sad.

Still, it was a fun night, and I was very happy to run into lupa and catch up with her.

Then I came home, discovered they'd recasted the role of Gracie on Back to You for no good reason and felt like abandoning the show forever in a fit of apoplexy. But then the show made me laugh, so I stopped with the hate. Still, why recast? The original Gracie was just fine. This new one looks younger and, in a weird way I can't quite define, less intelligent.
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R.I.P. Hazel Court [Apr. 17th, 2008|10:33 am]
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Hazel Court passed away Tuesday at the age of 82. Ms. Court made a lot of classic (and not-so-classic) horror movies in the '50s and '60s. The picture above is of her and Boris Karloff in Roger Corman's 1963 Edgar Allan Poe spoof The Raven, but I think my favorite role of hers was as Juliana, the wife of Vincent Price's Prince Prospero in Corman's 1964 adaptation of The Masque of the Red Death.
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Get To Know Me! [Apr. 17th, 2008|04:53 pm]
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An awesome article about my friend Victor LaValle, an amazing writer and member of the Who Wants Cake writing group, has appeared online at United States Artists. Check it out.

Yay Victor! Yay Who Wants Cake!
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