MORNING ØUTPUT #23
I'll be honest. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the minute.
There are three big projects I'm working on -- Keith, They Ruin, and El Marvo #2.
I feel like I'm lagging behind on all three and I really need to get a move on. I need to let some other stuff fade away and just get down to business. Sometimes the only way to get over that drowning feeling is to start paddling.
It's go time...
Last night Cat asked me why I like horror movies so much.
I said I don't really know. Maybe it has something to do with those first horror films I watched as a kid. The ones that had such a visceral impact on me that I couldn't sleep -- couldn't stop thinking about the thing in the shadows.
I like stories that are so powerful they move you physically and emotionally.
A good example is Chuck Palahniuk's short story, Guts. That was maybe the first short story I read that I had to stop because I was about to faint. The story, and the way Chuck writes it is so powerful that it nearly had me dropping like a gassed fly.
I've never felt that way before.
What does that say to the power of the mind that with a little suggestion you can alter the physical world so radically?
And so I've always been a horror fan. Definitely. But since we started the Horror Hangout podcast and I've been delving deeper and deeper into the world of horror cinema, watching classics, learning the timeline of influence, and who the key people were in the medium. I think I'm turning from a simple horror fan, to ... an enthusiast.
Seriously. I find myself watching horror documentaries, listening to horror podcasts, making lists of horror films to watch all the time. It's become a bit of a passion.
My latest episode of The Other Stories is OUT!
- Our interview with growth hacking storyteller, Monica Leonelle, is up on The Story Studio podcast.
- Our Horror Hangout all about It is here.
- As mentioned above, here's a great Youtube video on the history of horror cinema.
- Have you seen my new short story project? #PROJECT12. (new short story going up soon.)
- My running has taken a nice leap forward. I don't what it was but last week I was running stronger and faster than I have in months. I'm on Strava, if you're into that kind of thing.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman -
I f*cking loved this book.
It was the kind of book I didn't know that I desperately needed to read.
How would I even describe it? A dark, children's fantasy, told for adults. Made me think of a mix between Nanny McPhee and Spirited Away with some Grimm Fairy Tale stuff sprinkled in there. It's very odd, and very lovely, and the prose work is something of an ocean in itself.
I will definitely read this book again
mother! - It's pretty much Aronofky's "Synechdoche, New York".
A director's absolutely mad swing for the fences, leaning into every quirk, interest, habit, etc, and taking it as far as it will go. More here.
The Beyond - Gooey, funky, eyeball horror. I don't even know where to hang my hat on this one. There were some genuinely creepy moments but then I couldn't help but chuckle at the funk music. The final act is bonkers in a fun way.
That piano riff when they're walking through the hotel.
The dog attack.
The acid blood puddle.
Spider funky bite time.
American Gods - Lovely visual stuff. A really nice translation of the book. Only a little way in so far.
Arrested Development - Rewatching with Cat. This show is one of the greats.
John Carpenter's Lost Themes, Synecdoche, New York OST, & Regina Specktor.
Like I said, I'm drowning, man, I'm flippin' drowning. I need to get to the paddling, yeah?
Until next time,
Luke & Family.