Archive for June, 2009

Beneath The Sun

Posted in Rumination with tags on June 25, 2009 by scottsplatter

I interrupted him while he was counting his fingers. He was visibly perturbed that he would need to start over. It couldn’t be helped, I needed the room key.

The sun is a menace here, an adversary with more experience and a better map. I can’t get away from it. If I were to succeed in cursing it from the sky, it would pop up behind me with a magnifying glass as soon as I relaxed.

I lived here for 6 years. It has only gotten worse. To use the vernacular, it is a two piece bikini of Mike Judge’s brilliant film Idiocracy and this.

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I just spent a few days in San Diego, I wrote this stuff on my phone while I was down there…

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various and sundry

Posted in Rumination with tags , , , on June 17, 2009 by scottsplatter

I’ve been busy working on a couple different short story ideas, and the folks were in town, which is always great.  Thus the lack of posts recently.

Also been going through my notebook of free writing and transferring some of that into the computer. There are several chunks of things I want to beat into something presentable. Some of it is not worth pursuing, but there are a few possibilities in there that I am getting anxious to try and flesh out. I’m at the point right now where  I need to grit my teeth and get into the work of it for awhile and actually write them to their conclusions. Too many idea chunks, not enough stories.

 I recently joined The Dark Fiction Guild, it’s still early days, but hopefully it will evolve into a valuable asset for those involved. I go back and forth on how present I want to be in the “writing community.” I’m not a community person honestly. Things like MySpace and most message boards make my skin crawl. This venture is for people who are actually doing the work, whether it be writing, music, art or film that explores dark themes. So my hope is that the interactions will reflect something loftier than attention whoring and pettiness.

Anyway, while you are here, make a point to check out Surreal Horror Shorts week, over at Colors Of The Dark.

Stump

Posted in Video with tags , , , on June 10, 2009 by scottsplatter

My Story On Colors Of The Dark

Posted in Recommendation, Writings with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2009 by scottsplatter

Jonathan  Canady (DEATHPILE, ANGEL OF DECAY as well as a great painter) recently started a new “Negative Culture” Journal called Colors Of The Dark. It’s only a couple weeks old at this point, but he’s already establishing a valuable home for “Art, Cinema, Music, Video, and the Written word on the dark side of culture. For negative creatives to show their work.”

If you feel like you are one of those kind of people I would encourage you to get in touch with him through the site.

A flash fiction piece I wrote called “Drinks With Karl” was published on the site today, and you can read it here. I really appreciate being included in the site, and Jon has been very encouraging as I try and find my legs with this writing thing.

I have a few other stories in various stages of completion that I will be trying to place before too long.

Pin

Posted in Recommendation, Video with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by scottsplatter

Pin is another of those movies that not enough people are aware of. The trailer below really doesn’t do the movie justice. It was directed by Sandor Stern, who primarily did  TV work from the 70’s to the mid 90’s and even stars some folks who went on to actually have careers… like Terry O’Quinn and David Hewlett.

Released in 1988, the story revolves around two kids who got their moral compass and advice from a life size anatomical  dummy. Their father, a doctor, used ventriloquism to speak to them through the dummy to answer questions and give punishments etc. This makes a deep impression on one of the kids and as they grow up and the parents die he becomes a bit of a nutter that continues to seek advice and counsel from the dummy. Despite how that might sound, it’s definitely worth a look.

We Are Connected

Posted in Rumination, Video with tags , , , on June 3, 2009 by scottsplatter

I stumbled across this today, the blurb from the YouTube site explains it all…

Voivod tribute video directed by Syl Disjonk for the induction of Denis “Piggy” D’Amour into the Quebec Metal Hall of Fame at the 25th years anniversary of the Quebec Metal scene festival in Montreal. The video focus only on the 80s Voivod with the original line up since it was screened at the Quebec 80s Metal night.

Here is a higher quality version from the directors site that was not able to be embedded.

Voivod has influenced my perception of music and its potential more than any other. It was Voivod and Black Flag that introduced me to dissonance and abstraction in the mid 80’s when it came to writing music. As I discovered bands like Neubauten and Controlled Bleeding  in the late 80’s I think my path was more or less set. Those aren’t the only bands that made an impression on me, but I think those are probably the bands that showed me the path through the weeds toward the kind of music I ended up doing.  

I got to see Voivod on the Nothingface tour with the original line up at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. They were headlining over Faith No More and Soundgarden. Blacky broke his E-String during the set, and I remember being in awe of their road cases with the Korgull skull on them. It was a fantastic show. I got smashed in the nose by a girl standing in front of me that decided to start pogoing out of the blue. She jumped up and hit me square, but it didn’t matter just then.

I saw them again at their first public show with Snake back in the band, and Jason Newstead’s debut on bass in San Francisco years later. I went by myself, and just absorbed it all. They were clearly having a blast up there, and everyone could feel it coming off the stage. When they finished the set I saw Snake walking through the hall and it was an odd moment where there really wasn’t anyone else around.

I’m not someone that particularly cares about meeting famous people, and I don’t think I have ever asked for an autograph. This seemed like an opportunity though to say thanks, so I did. I stuck out my hand and  thanked him. He seemed a little surprised. He shook my hand and thanked me and that’s all that was said. I decided at that point the night wasn’t getting any better and left three songs into the headliner’s set.

Voivod’s music tamed a bit from the three essential albums of Killing Technology, Dimension Hatross and Nothingface,the weird chords and changes have had some of their sharp corners rounded off, but the creativity of Piggy’s playing remained evident. Piggy died in 2005. Voivod released two albums, Katorz, and Infinisince his death using his original demo recordings of new material as their basis. Infini comes out June 16th I believe. I’m looking forward to what will likely be the last album from a band that changed everything for me.