Looks like my Carnegie Hall show is going to sell out! I am so excited/grateful/nervous. Still some tickets left: http://t.co/7wtqKEUg1z
Tonight was @CraigyFerg's last show. Always felt like shooting the shit with a friend. No pre-interview, no notes. Real. #ThankUCraig
"Oh no, I just realized there's gonna be #TheInterview 'truthers.'" -- @wilw, at breakfast this morning
Your gonna stop me seeing the new Hobbit movie yeah you and what five armies pow ding Twitter genius my dick fell off
Here's what happened tonight: @StephenAtHome left his brilliant show to go do more brilliant stuff. We still get to see him all the time.

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Thu, Oct 05


31 HORROR STORIES -- "Casting the Runes" (1911)

@ 12:00 PM

M.R. James, besides being even more fascinatied with the Apocalypse than I am, was one of the greatest ghost story writers who ever lived. He's also got one of the best "creepiest titles" ever for a story -- "O Whistle And I'll Come To You, My Lad" -- even though the pay off of the tale itself isn't that great. And I almost picked "A Warning to the Curious", especially for its description of a ghoul's footprints on a misty, dawn beach, and for the phrase "a lungless laugh".

But "Casting the Runes" (made into the superlative movie CURSE OF THE DEMON in 1958) is his best. It's about a spiritualist/diabolist -- Carswell -- and his knack for slyly cursing his enemies with demon attacks. Carswell himself is based on Alistair Crowley, but James makes him so much more dangerous and threatening than the Old Beast. I love the scene where he terrifies children with a VERY graphic magic lantern show. Also, the slow manfestations of the oncoming demon attack in his latest victim (what's waiting under a pillow one night is unforgettable). You'll never look at a pile of coats the same way again. Or maybe you knew all along...



 
 
   
   
   
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