Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bela Lugosi is saying something profound!

It looks like work is finally coming to a close on the Bela Lugosi book. While the title is still tentative, the layout and texts are now entering the final editing stages.

This book takes a close look at a specific group of Lugosi films, those that were adapted from classic works of literature. In the book, eight selected Lugosi films are examined, dissected, and compared to the short story they were adapted from (reprinted in their entirety). A closer look

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is also taken at the evolving career of Bela Lugosi, as well as how it both effected and was effected by the roles he chose.

I am really excited about this project. I think that the mix of materials presented will be enough to capture the interest of classic literature, film history, and Bela Lugosi himself.

Right now, we are aiming for a July release date. Considering the numerous printing issues that unexpectedly delayed Monster Rally, moving its Halloween release to a Christmas release, it is a very tentative release date. I will be giving sneak peeks of the cover art as it is developed and approved.

Keep checking in. I have a feeling that this is going to be a monstrous year.

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It puts the lotion on its skin, and then it sings the chorus!

This is rather amusing until you consider that with the slew of random films being turned into Broadway musicals, this could soon become a reality. As interesting as it would be to see Hannibal Lecter become the next Phantom of the Opera, I seriously doubt that a Silence of the Lambs musical would be scarier than Legally Blonde or 9 to 5.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

J.G. Ballard, Dead at 78

"Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there." - J.G. Ballard.

This past weekend witnessed the passing of another literary legend, the cult legend J.G. Ballard, who finally succumbed to
what was described by his agent, Margaret Hanbury, as a prolonged illness of several years.

J.G. Ballard is mostly recognized for the David Cronenberg film adaptation of his novel Crash, and Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of his novel Empire of The Sun. At least, that is what most news organizations will be listing in the titles of their articles about his demise. The actively reading portion of the world population is still exceedingly small ('actively reading' in this case excludes people who only read Times Bestseller List titles and Oprah's Book Club selections), and so films by famous or controversial filmmakers based on the author's works is undoubtedly a "better sell", so to speak.

While it is a shame that such a prolific author is remembered in headlines for a film he had little to do with, I'm not so sure that Ballard would have minded.

"Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it." - J.G. Ballard

Ballard knew the importance of publicity and how to sell material to a large audience. He was also fascinated by the way that the perceptions of modern people and societies have slowly evolved into something twisted and distant. In this respect, he probably would have appreciated
the irony of announcing the death of an author of fifteen novels by listing movie titles.

While I have not read all of Ballard's works, my favorite at the moment is Concrete Island, in which a wealthy architect that finds himself stranded on a highway median like a bizarre modern day Robinson Crusoe. A fantastic yet convincing allegory of humanity's isolation in the increasingly chaotic cityscape of the industrial age, Concrete Island is a great example of why Ballard's work is so highly regarded. With roots firmly planted in the sci-fi genre, his later novels have a way of presenting futuristic settings not as possibilities to come, but realities already recognized and achieved by a world quickly out-pacing its own existence.

"Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century." - J.G. Ballard

J.G. Ballard was a rare brand of visionary, the kind that exposed us to the future that had already arrived and made itself at home within the confines of our own reality. He will be dearly missed, but his literary achievements, and even the films based on them, will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Insani-Tea Party

This has to be my favorite Tea-Bagging protester sign yet.