Welcome again to The Green Castle!
I always enjoy finding out about new sources of information and stories relating to Speculative Fiction, and I don’t want to always be asking the Scriptorium staff to get things for me. They’re very helpful staff, but all those manuscripts they copy in painstaking detail, plus special commissioned works, and maintenance work on existing collection materials…well, they do turn out to be very time-consuming jobs and I freely confess I don’t always have the scribes’ legendary patience. 🙂 I also don’t want to just sit in a state-room all day or make do with a stroll along the castle’s battlements for a bit of exercise. Every so often I love to get out of the castle, way past the gates and moat, and look for new things myself. 🙂
Oh yes, and another thing – I’m still looking for a new Chief Entertainer for the castle, or even a visiting town crier. So the “hear ye, hear ye!” part will be done by yours truly.
Today I’m going to say a little bit about a new source I’ve found, called Famous Monsters in Film Land. One of the guild masters in the nearest big town knows someone who knows someone in a different era a long time in the future, and has a way (which, in all fairness, he can never describe for fear of suspicion of illegal sorcery; in fact, I can’t even give the guild master’s name) of getting hold of curious printed objects called… ‘magazines’, which are full of news, stories, pictures, personal ‘tricks of the trade’ descriptions of how things are done to tell stories, etc. To an amateur collector of some independent means, like myself, these, er, magazines are absolute gems!
In Issue #254/March-April 2011 of this ‘Famous Monsters…’ magazine, major features that include:
- A tribute to an extremely significant actor in horror films/writer/story-teller/society figure/mentor/art dealer&collector, who had a 55-year career in films: Vincent Price
- Interviews with two different artist specialising in computer-based digital effects -why, it seems almost like sorcery!
- Feature article on a television (another curiosity for me to explore!) series called ‘Being Human’ – involving a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire sharing an apartment -an unlikely premise for a comedy, perhaps, but it seems to have worked very well
- An original short story called ‘Wormhole’, by a Max Claymore
- Interview-based feature about horror/science fiction graphic artist and film-maker Larry Blamire
- A droll column-style piece about the columnist intense dislike of ‘re-envisioned’ versions of classic films and in this column he focuses his dislike on the 1998 version of ‘Psycho’.
- Other assorted content/topics include: zombies, a privately-run wax museum that has been going for past 45 years, fan mail and editorial column.
Well, dear visitors and castle staff, I think I’ll stop the description there and not give away any more of the magazine staff’s efforts to offer fresh content and surprises. I can recommend the publication, and future and past issues of it, for just about anyone who is either already interested in the matter of monsters in film, horror films in general and/or would like to find out more. The guild master told me it cost AUD$27.95 – I don’t remember what that was in silver coins of my realm, but I count it money fairly spent, for the entertainment and interest value and possible pathways to a whole new interest within speculative fiction, that this issue has given me.
And yes, my own castle’s dungeons have been thoroughly cleaned out and offer no tempting hiding places for ghouls, witches etc. 🙂
Maybe I’ll go and ask the Scriptorium Assistant about our subscriptions budget for next year… 🙂