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8 Great Horror Movies for Writers, about Writers

I’m a woman deep in love with the horror genre—the films, the books, the art, the freaky mechanized sculptures crawling across the floor. For this Halloween, here are a few great horror movies (in no particular order) that star some unfortunate, powerful, tragic, bloodied-up writers.

  1. Hush (2016)

This movie is amazing. It takes a very classic, often problematic premise—lone woman in the woods, no cell service, a mysterious masked attacker—and makes it new again.

2. The Dark Half (1993)

A classic Stephen King story, classic movie, Timothy Hutton, yes, yes, yes. This one might not be “scary,” but it’s a horror film through-and-through, and a great watch for anyone looking to be thoroughly creeped out.

3. Secret Window (2004)

Another Stephen King story, this is one of my favorite film adaptations of his work. Writers haunted by their work … and more.

4. TWIXT (2011)

Francis Ford Coppola, Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Tom Waits, the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe for some reason … What more can I say? This is a (sort of?) comedy, (sort of?) horror movie, (sort of?) tragedy. Whatever it is, it’s awesome. An eerie surreal romp through some dark, dark woods.

5. Deathtrap (1982)

This movie may not be a “horror” movie per say, but it does have a good deal of murder, backstabbing, and writerly wickedness (not to mention some handsome young Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve).

6. A few other of Stephen King’s…Misery, Salem’s Lot, & The Shining (NOT the Kubrick version)

Because Stephen King is, first of all, amazing, and second of all, constantly writing about writers (I’m not complaining), I’ve decided to just throw in a good word for a bunch of his other adaptations. I’ll make a special note though about The Shining—forget Kubrick’s nonsense. Want an actually frightening film? Give the 1997 version a spin. It’s long—like, multiple disks long—but it’s absolutely worth it.

7. Sunset Blvd (1950)

There are few horror movies more classic or more unsettling than Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd, a movie about actors, a movie about screenwriters, a movie about artists (aka wild-eyed, lonely, self-absorbed, control freaks).

8. Capote (2005)

An eerily beautiful, deeply unsettling look at Truman Capote’s work in writing and researching his genre-bending creative nonfiction book In Cold Blood.

 

Happy Binge Watching!

10 Pencils That Disappeared and Why We Wish They Hadn’t

This post was just too random and wonderful—I had to reblog it! Though I must also add, in deference to Stephen King’s terrifying villain George Stark, Black Beauty pencils—Stark’s personal favorites—are, if not simply out of production, bizarrely difficult to get hold of nowadays.

—K.C. Mead-Brewer


We’re no strangers to out-of-print pencils.  Many pencils have come and gone over the years – many pencils disappear for good reason.  There are, however,

Source: 10 Pencils That Disappeared and Why We Wish They Hadn’t

Spring is Here! Let’s Get Inspired

At long last, Spring has officially graced our stage once more.

To celebrate, let’s spend some time getting inspired so that we can approach our art refreshed, energized, and full of thoughtfulness.

Just a few things to get you started:


From jsglogoa different Nick Cave…

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Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. He says of himself “I have found my middle and now am working toward what I am leaving behind.” Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on…


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Stephen King — ALWAYS!


Angela Davis is a woman of and for the Imagination

Powerful Activist, Scholar and Author, Dr. Angela Davis delivered the keynote address in honor of Black History Month

“We should constantly remind ourselves that another world is indeed possible.”

— Angela Davis


TWIXT by Francis Ford Coppola — this films never fails to inspire me


And last — but never least — the photography of Blue Lion Photos; it always serves to inspire me and my writing

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Some Writing Advice & Inspiration from 2003 for 2015

Stephen King, Recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN LETTERS AWARD, 2003, National Book Foundation, Presenter of National Book Awards.

In 2003, to much controversy, Stephen King was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award. Ever since, I’ve returned again and again to his acceptance speech for guidance and inspiration (much as I often turn to his book On Writing). 

I highly recommend that anyone interested in issues of genre, writing, reading, and literary politics read the entire speech (c’mon guys, it’s not that long and it’s a freakin’ fantastic speech), but I’ve highlighted here a few of my favorite parts/ideas/inspirations for your initial consideration:

  1. Don’t Give Up – Dedication to Craft is King: King begins his speech by paying tribute to his wife, Tabitha, who supported him in his writing even when it wasn’t paying. King’s circumstances early in his writing career are uniquely…sticky, difficult, trying, and a whole slew of other adjectives. But despite these, King kept writing — and when Tabitha, his Ideal Reader, told him to keep going, he listened.

  2. Tell the Truth & Get the Job Done: Don’t pussyfoot around with things that don’t hit straight to the heartwood. Even if you write about things you don’t know well or things you’re actively learning about, you can still use your instincts, your past, your fears, your loves, your you to inform and bring down the hard-hammerin’ Truth. To this end, King refers to Frank Norris: “I never truckled. I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. I told them the truth. They liked it or they didn’t like it. What had that to do with me? I told them the truth.” — McTeague

     

  3. Don’t Chicken Out: Related closely to #2, the truth isn’t easy to tell, even with the added mask of fiction. But it’s vital that — when it comes to telling the truth in fiction, in writing in general — you don’t half-ass it. Go whole-hog or don’t go at all, because if you tiptoe toward the truth only to give up on it at the last moment, then not only will you will know it, but so will your readers, and your story/writing will suffer.

  4. Keep Growing: Improve yourself and your craft with every word you write, but don’t let it become an obsession that keeps you from moving forward from one project to the next. Strive for growth, not perfection.


  5. Don’t Dismiss Possibilities Due to Genre: This is one of the largest and, arguably, most important points that King makes here. There is (and has long been) a great rift between “popular fiction” and “literary fiction,” and it often serves little purpose (at least in my humble opinion) beyond extending petty prejudices, buffering old insecurities, and drawing arbitrary lines in the sand. What value this distinction once had, it seems to me, has been greatly diminished in recent decades. (I won’t go into this point further here, as I can’t discuss it more thoughtfully than King does — definitely check it out.)