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Monday, Monday, aka The Day After SofaCON

Wow. Wow. Tremendous thanks to everyone who made SofaCON such a brilliant success yesterday. What a day! I had a fantastic time, and I hope all of the other participants did, as well.

A few quick items worth mention:

Burlington bar sur l'Ohio entre Pittsburg et Wheeling

Last of all, happy birthday, Alexis de Tocqueville (29 July, 1805 – 16 April, 1859).

“It is above all in the present democratic age that the true friends of liberty and human grandeur must remain constantly vigilant and ready to prevent the social power from lightly sacrificing the particular rights of a few individuals to the general execution of its designs. In such times there is no citizen so obscure that it is not very dangerous to allow him to be oppressed, and there are no individual rights so unimportant that they can be sacrificed to arbitrariness with impunity.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


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Jul. 29th, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
Do you know Arthur Machen's work?
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Two thumbs up for Machen! I don't know him nearly as well as Lovecraft, but I've read him (and Lovecraft's writing about him).
Jul. 29th, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
We went to his birthplace of Caerleon a few weeks ago :-)
Jul. 31st, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
How AWESOME is that? I hope it was appropriately spooky!?!
Aug. 1st, 2013 09:51 am (UTC)
Maybe not spooky, exactly, but certainly atmospheric. ETA: Although what we were chiefly doing was squeeing over the Roman museum. And the Roman baths. And the Roman ditch and wall. And the Roman barrack blocks. And the Roman amphitheatre, which is incredibly well-preserved.

Edited at 2013-08-01 09:52 am (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Maybe not spooky, exactly, but certainly atmospheric.

That's perfect!

Although what we were chiefly doing was squeeing over the Roman museum. And the Roman baths. And the Roman ditch and wall. And the Roman barrack blocks. And the Roman amphitheatre, which is incredibly well-preserved.

Oh wow, that sounds absolutely amazing!!!
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Jul. 31st, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
I've had it recommended to me by oodles of people, and I'm just dying to see it! It definitely sounds like "they don't make 'em like that anymore" goodness.
Jul. 29th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Uninvited is so creepy, very much like the 1963 Haunting. Agree with Morfin above: it's not what you see but what you don't see that is the scariest.
Jul. 31st, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see it! You and sittingduck1313 and several others have all recommended it to me, and I've been so frustrated to be unable to find it, even on TV around Halloween time. Now at last, it can be mine! I do love the suggested/psychological horror, implied but never seen.
Aug. 1st, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
Admittedly you do get to see the ghost toward the end, but by that time the tension is so high it's terrifying! At least I thought so; had trouble sleeping for a week. I think you'll like it. ;~)
Jul. 30th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Love that concluding quote. But then, I'm rereading 1984 just now . . .
Jul. 31st, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
*nods vigorously* I'm just finishing up my summer graduate course on dystopias this week (including, of course, 1984), and it did seem uncannily relevant.
Jul. 30th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
How does one do The Colour of of Space in colour?
The preview looks pretty good, but I'm not sure you can pull off a plot based on a new and scary colour using only the extant colours which can be put on film.
Jul. 30th, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)
It might almost do better in b&w, with the color out of space being just—color. Kind of like a creepy variation on Pleasantville.
Jul. 30th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that could work really well.
Another variation I thought of would be to have the whole thing saturated with vivid colour, and the the colour out of space can be a deed, dead black, so dark it reduces things to featureless shapes. That might make parts of the movie difficult to see and understand, though.
Jul. 31st, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
You put your finger on a very key and worrisome issue... *frets*
Jul. 30th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
Speaking of Lovecraft, it looks like one of my favorite stories of his is about to get the adaptation treatment: "Hardware Director to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s 'The Colour out of Space.'"

Yea! I love that story. I just hope they do it justice.
Jul. 31st, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Me, too!
Jul. 30th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm skeptical that The Colour Out of Space can be successfully adapted to a visual medium (though the suggestion made by whswhs is certainly viable). There are two previous adaptations I'm aware of (Die Monster Die and The Curse), and they are widely regarded as Gawdawful.

On the subject of The Shadow Over Innsmouth, this thought has been rattling around in my head. In The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Deep One Hybrids are produced by human males voluntarily inseminating female Deep Ones. In more modern takes of the concept, male Deep Ones inseminate female humans, typically through rape. Make of that what you will.

Edited at 2013-07-30 03:50 pm (UTC)
Jul. 31st, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
and they are widely regarded as Gawdawful.

Very true. It does make one wary. *wrings hands nervously*

That is a very disconcerting and accurate point re: The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Wow. I hadn't really thought of that before. Um, ick. There's a paper in that somewhere, surely...
Aug. 1st, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
There's something interesting going on that you might be interested in. A group of girls who regularly make funny videos reviewing movies, have decided to ironically write a YA romance in the Twilight style, and in this case, the supernatural love interest is Cthulhu. If this doesn't make you scream and run in horror, I can scare up the link and share.
Aug. 1st, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I ain't no academic. So if such a paper is written, it's not likely to come from me. Of course, I imagine you could crank out something, so knock yourself out. I'm guessing part of it is Lovecraft's indifference to towards sex which is completely at odds with the attitudes of more modern writers.
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