A bit of news first: my story that asks the question “what if Christopher Marlowe wrote like an Elizabethan Hunter S. Thompson?”AKA “Fear and Loathing in Deptford,” is featured at the World SF Blog. World SF is dedicated to posting links, news and original content related to science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics from around the world, so check them out for a wide variety of tales you won’t see elsewhere.
THIRST: I’m slowly catching up on my Korean horror films. I am fond of Park’s films and glad to have finally seen this one. It was part of the vampire run on Film 4 this past week. I’d seen just about everything else, so this was a nice surprise. In Thirst Kang-ho Song plays a priest who inadvertently becomes a vampire in his attempt to try to heal. He’s driven to try to rescue the beaten-down Tae-ju, but saving the damsel in distress turns out to be a lot more complicated than he anticipates. Ok-bin Kim gives the orphaned outsider bride a mercurial character that reflects the deprivations of her marginalised life and her greed for excess that cannot be quenched. A very entertaining take on the vampire mythos.
LINEAR OBSESSIONAL RECORDINGS: Social networking brings you into contact with unexpected delights. Facebook connections brought me to Linear Obsessional Recordings and their coalition of experimental musicians. You’ll find everything from a deconstruction of J. G Ballard’s “The Atrocity Exhibit” to music for barges to found sounds as well as collages of loops and various improvisations. If you enjoy experimental work and ambient sounds, you’ll find plenty to interest you there. You can stream all the music and download many for free (donations also accepted) — some you can even remix as they’re under a Creative Commons license. I spent all day yesterday listening to their recordings while writing. Good stuff. A lot to enjoy here.
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