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MØ35: Homestretch, death, & a Tom Waits cover

 
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Morning Øutput #35

Hi.

I keep thinking about death. Every time I watch an older movie or TV show, I find myself looking up the actors on IMDB, Wikipedia, etc, getting all sad at the fact that these guys had their lives and then, in most cases, simply petered out. 

I was reading about Werner Krauss, the guy who played Dr Caligari back in 1920, and how he went on to become a Nazi, had to go through a denazification process for years, and how people would boycott his plays. And then, according to Wiki: Krauss died in relative obscurity in Vienna, Austria in 1959.

And that was that.

All gone.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm turning 30 in February, or that we lost four loved ones in 2017, but I've been taking a lot more pictures recently, spending a lot more time doing simple stuff with my family.

It makes me think of that Frank Turner verse: 

Let go of the little distractions
Hold close to the ones that you love
Because we won't all be here this time next year
So while you can take a picture of us

...

For me, I'm going to make the most of it. I'm not just going to take pictures but leave all sorts of marks on the world in the things that I make, stuff that I do, relationships I build. And I'm going to damn well enjoy it too. 


The latest episode of TOS is one of mine and it was one of the rare chuckle-as-you-write stories. The type that seems to fall away from the fingertips and you just can't write it quick enough. 

Also, Joe and Karl absolutely smashed the production. Check out the episode over at iTunes or Acast.


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SOME BITS

  • It's been a busy year of writing, reading, and raising a puppy. And by raising I mean cleaning up after.
  • Five years since I got my first short story published. I'm thinking of putting together a best-of collection. Would you guys be interested in something like that? Any favourite stories?
  • Dan put together his Top Five Reads of 2017.
  • How's your year been? I've seen people are already setting their goals for 2018. I'm gonna set aside some time at the end of the month. I still feel like I've got a few goals left to tick off.

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ÎNPUT

WATCHED

Wind River

I didn't quite enjoy this as much as I was expecting to. It was solid, no doubt, and there were some really harrowing scenes. Also, there was one scene with Jeremy Renner trying to comfort a friend that was simply fantastic. Worth a rewatch. 


Ringu

One for this week's Horror Hangout.

Wolf Creek

The TV Show. It takes place after the films and is all about an American women hunting Mick down. I wasn't sure at first but I'm about halfway through now, and I'm digging the outback road trip of death.

Hammer House of Horror Ep 1

Another on Shudder (god bless Shudder). A TV show from 1980 that is surprisingly violent and erm... nude. I have no idea how they got away with airing this on TV back in the early 80s. I can only imagine the stacks of complaint letters landing in the ITV offices.

READ

The Rats by James Herbert

A little clunky and a little sophomoric but not without its charm. There are some really fun death scenes and the pace just rockets on through to the end.

In The River by Jeremy Robert Johnson

Well, I wasn't quite expecting to love this as much as I did. Tragic, bizarre, magical, and downright horrific. A mix of The Road and Apocalypto. Looking forward to reading more of this dude's stuff in the new year.

Hellboy Vol 3: Wake The Devil

An absolute blast. I loved the short story format, dipping in and out of fairy tales, legends, myths, etc. I'm really enjoying just how bonkers the stories get. Looking forward to the next volume!

LISTENED

I've been looping this cover of the Interstellar theme tune a lot. It makes for fantastic writing noise. 

Also been hammering Tom Waits as it was his birthday. Actually, I recorded myself singing Green Grass the other day. Here it is if you fancy it.

Green Grass


Okay, that's all I got for this week. Take care of yourselves and remember to take lots of photographs. 

Until next time,

Luke & Family

 

MØ32: Milly-Vanilly

 

Morning Øutput #32

Hi.

So today our podcast network hit 1 million downloads. Pretty sweet, eh? 

18 months after launching The Other Stories and here we are with a big number to show for it. I think it’s about time we celebrate. Here are some interesting stats:

  • Most downloads by city — Chicago US, London UK.
  • Most downloaded episode — 21.3 Psychomanteum
  • Our listeners also listen to — Alice Isn’t Dead

***

Man, I’d love a beer. But I can’t. Not yet. Not until the end of the month. It’s NaNoBoozeMo remember. Speaking of which.

NaNoBoozeMo Stats:

  • 34410 out of 50000 words written
  • 43750 out of 50000 metres ran
  • No booze.

ÎNPUT

WATCHED

Psycho - see above

The Ruins - After enjoying the book so much. Well, enjoyment might not be the right word, but it was definitely an experience. I thought I'd check out the film. And it's okay. Good, not great. The book is better, more visceral.

[REC] 2 - The first one holds a special place in my heart. I remember watching it with a few uni friends, drinking, smoking, the usual, and being absolutely terrified. This one was okay. I liked dipping back into the world but it got a little too video game for me in places.

Big Bad Wolves - Quentin's favourite film of 2013. A pitch-black comedy of horrific errors with a seriously nasty bite in the end.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - Stone cold classic. I haven't seen this in years and I forgot how ludicrous Jim plays the character. There's one bit where he bites a guys hand like a dog that had me in stitches. Weird to see the transphobic twist, though. Felt a little out of time

LISTENED

Brace for the Turing - My NaNo Playlist

This Bon Iver live performance


That's all for this week, folks. Back to the office.

Until next time,

Luke & Family

 

MØ30: NaNoBoozeMo is on!

Hi.

NaNoBoozeMo is in play.

We’re six days in and here are my stats:

  • 11510 out of 50000 words written
  • 12870 out of 50000 metres ran
  • No booze. 

I’ve been waking up at around 4:30am every single morning (3am on one day) and getting to work right away. There was a weird point on Saturday when I was done with everything, assumed how it must be getting late on in the day, better wind down, get ready for bed, and then saw that it was only 3pm. 3pm!? I still had a whole day left to do nothing but chill, watch films, read, play with the dog.

This getting up early thing.

It’s my jam.

Bits of Interest

- Cypher - A Dark Audio Sci-Fi Adventure is currently on Kickstarter. If you’re a fan of The Other Stories podcast, then go check it out. It’ll be right up your alley.

- Speaking of The Other Stories. This past week it was featured on the UK iTunes homepage and the downloads went off the charts. Over 100,000 downloads, number 1 in the Arts and Literature categories, and number 4 of all podcasts… everywhere! And there's bloody loads of them.

- I watched Brawl in Cell Block 99 the other day. After that and Bone Tomahawk, S. Craig Zahler is right up there amongst my favourite genre filmmakers working today. The grindhouse brutality and the genuine character work really hit the right note for me. It was the kind of film I was desperate for but didn't know until afterwards.

It got me thinking about a recent interview with John Carpenter where he said that if he were getting started today, he wouldn’t have made it. The idea being that there is no room for a pulpy genre director in today’s world. 

So then that got me pondering my favourite directors working today - Ben Wheatley, Edgar Wright, Mike Flanagan, Jordan Peele, Guillermo Del Toro, Charlie Brooker (he counts!), Denis Villeneuve, and the list went on for a good while, and then I got to thinking, wow… I love JC but he’s dead wrong. We’re living in a fucking golden age of genre filmmaking. There’s just a lot more of it and it’s a little more varied. I’m so utterly excited by what these filmmakers are going to be putting out next. Especially Zahler. Like I said, I really liked Brawl.

- I'm about to go in for an x-ray for two hernias. Seems now that I’m about to hit thirty, my body has decided to begin its shutdown process. I’m kinda hoping I’ll come out on the other side with superpowers. Will report back.

- Two friends with new horror short films - Liam Banks' It Followed Me Here and Edward Harvey's The Sitter.

- Ryan K. Lindsay's Spaceship Noir comic, Stain The Seas Scarlet is funding now and it looks great!


ÎNPUT

WATCHED

Society

My first time watching this insane gooey satirical horror about the rich 'shunting' the poor. Those last twenty minutes were all kinds of amazing.

The Fog

Speaking of JC. We'll be deep-diving on this one for Horror Hangout.

Brawl in Cell Block 99

See above.

READ

Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft -

It's weird, the more Lovecraft I read, the more I feel like I know how to read him.

ESSAYS

A Tale of Two Londons by Nicholas Shaxson

LISTENED

Brace for the Turing - My NaNo Playlist


So that's it for now. I've got words to write, distance to tread, and an x-ray-ted sesh with the doctor. Wish me luck.

Until next time,

Luke & Family

MØ23: DROWNING

 
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MORNING ØUTPUT #23

Hi.

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...


Horror Enthusiasm

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!


INTERESTING BITS

  • 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.

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INPUT

READ

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

WATCHED

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.

Favourite moments:

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.

LISTENED

John Carpenter's Lost Themes, Synecdoche, New York OST, & Regina Specktor.


Right then...

Like I said, I'm drowning, man, I'm flippin' drowning. I need to get to the paddling, yeah? 

Until next time,

Luke & Family.

 

MØ21: Podcasts Took Over My life

 
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MORNING ØUTPUT #21

Hi.

This week I gots to thinking about podcasting. It was somewhere along the third recording session of the week that I realised, "Damn... I do this a LOT."

I mean I'm currently doing an indie publishing show, a horror movie fun-times show, and a self-reflective personal (Patreon-exclusive) show. 

Oh, and I'm writing stories and on upload duty for The Other Stories.

And if you consider the fact that I used to produce other peoples' podcasts for money and the fact that I've been doing it for coming on four years, it's a big part of my life.

I remember the first time I spoke into the microphone and how awkward and self-conscious I felt doing it.

My god! I thought to myself. You're a real piece of shit, Luke. Nobody wants to listen to this!

And maybe that's true. 

But here's how I've benefitted from podcasting and what might make you want to give it a go.

Since podcasting...

I'm a better talker, better conversationalist, I speak clearer, can manage my pre-interview nerves a lot better, understand audio editing, can manage projects, have built a big network, talked to people who I'd never get the opportunity to talk to, have used podcasts to force myself to make stuff -- stories, films, and even a business, and have learned to go with the flow.

The go with the flow thing is super important for podcasting. Sometimes you just have to throw your pants to the wind and hit record.

So would I recommend it to someone else? 

Sure... why not?


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Speaking of podcasting, we're now 25 episodes into Horror Hangout. That weekly show where we watch the 50 greatest horror movies ever and talk about them.

Fancy a gander?


INTERESTING BITS


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INPUT

READ

Gerald's Game by Stephen King -  My god. This book took such a nauseating turn I had to stop off to top up my blood sugar. Although very little actually happens in this book, it still takes you through a whirlwind of skin-ripping tension. There was one scene that had me making actual 'ew' noises as I squirmed in my seat. There's a bit of a twist at the end that left me a little cold but definitely a great (and dark) book.

WATCHED

The Others - One for the Horror Hangout. A well-accomplished film if a little too vanilla for my tastes.

28 Days Later - Stone cold classic! That music... the empty London... the thumbs in the eyes, oh lord, the thumbs in the eyes! The only downfall to this film is the weird colour artefacts on the digital video but I suppose it gives it a certain aesthetic. 

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - This is the show me and Cat will go to as a default thing to watch. Even Guilemero Del Toro loves it (so much so he's been in it).

LISTENED

Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins, Twin Peaks OST, and this song my friend Thom made for a certain project


Right then...

Time is money and money is food and central heating is council tax and council tax is... well, I really don't know what council tax is anymore. But what I'm trying to say is... goodbye... so...

Until next time,

Luke & Family.