Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Why Halloween is the happiest day of the year

Well, one of the reasons. This video is only a little less terrifying than yesterday's cat video, if only because there's no cat in it. Far as I can tell, it's an amateur animation based on the Silent Hill video game series. But that doesn't do it justice. It's a nasty piece of business, in fact - and if you watch it, the terrifying cat video and (scrolling back a bit) The Devil's Chair trailer, then go check out one or two of the Free Lies on the website, you should be as primed as I can get you for the big night tonight...

(With thanks to Madeline Ashby for the heads-up)

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Important addendum: For those of you who can't get enough screaming horror, turns out that little film is a trailer for this big one. Haven't watched it yet, but for those of you with some time and bandwidth on your hands, here are links to the other youTube fragments...

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part Va

Part Vb

Part VIa

Part VIb


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

There's nowhere to go but up when...

... a blog starts posting cat videos.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Do Americans really say bathroom?

I don't ask this question idly, but in response to this very kind (and kindly appreciated) blog-review of The Claus Effect, which I came across - erm, idly typing my name into Ice Rocket for no particularly good reason again and again while I should have been revising Mister Juke.

The blogger (who frustratingly, does not identify herself by name) liked the book fine, but pointed this out:

"... in one scene, Neil (American) and Emily (Canadian) are sneaking around the old military installation and looking for a place to hide when Neil says in frustration that a place like that has GOT to have washrooms.


Americans don’t say “washroom.” Americans say “bathroom.”"

So I put this out to the World Squid Jamboree (what we Canadians call the Internet): Do Americans not say washroom? Is this an idiom unique to Canadians, and possibly the Welsh?

Speaking of squid... witness, if you will, this photograph from my link buddy Peter Watts' Rifters blog - because it's freaky horrific, and as far as I can tell an entirely real manifestation of every nightmare every boy ever had:


So boo. And if I don't post again 'til then, Happy Halloween.

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It turns out that yes, Americans really do say bathroom, and never (or so very seldom as to amount to never) washroom. This according to my clever expat pal Madeline Ashby. Her theory has something to do with the enduring influence of the French -- who use the term salle de bain (room of bath) not salle de lave, (room of washing) -- on American culture. I will leave it to the reader to try and square this with the phenomenon of Freedom Fries.

Oh yes. And here are some more factoids on the man-squid -- as if mere science will drive the horror of the grinning Promachoteuthis sulcus from your dreams...

(Halloween: two days and counting)

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Mention - Honourable

Just got my copy of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror - Twentieth Annual Collection, an anthology series that's had a warm place in my heart since the eighth one, which contained my story "The Sloan Men." No stories by me in this one, but I note that one was noted, by long-time YBFH co-editor Ellen Datlow: "The Delilah Party," which appeared in Cemetery Dance #56.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Cosmetic changes count!

... particularly when they're also content. I've put up a couple more Lawrence Nickle paintings in the body of the Devil's Exercise Yard, illustrating "The Pit Heads" and "The Sloan Men." These are cosmetic changes, I guess, for those of you stopping by for the fiction; more content, for those of you art-fanciers who come to the Yard by typing "Lawrence Nickle" into Google, hoping to see paintings like this one here: