That Feeling When it is 7pm EST on a Black Monday and She is Grateful for Your Attentions

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Photo credit TK.

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Vinyl Nerds of the world, unite & take over!

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Shoplifters of the world, hand it over.

via Libby Cudmore w/ many thanks.

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VideoScope #102 Is In The House!

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What a great cover, eh? Hats off to Cover Designer Kevin Hein. I see he’s sliiiiiiiightly played w/ the logo. Bevel and emboss, baby! I think it looks nice. Anyway, just look at those highlighted stories! The “B” Awards! Joe R. fucking Lansdale! Good shit can be found within this issue, available at better bookstores EVERYWHERE. Or better yet, subscribe! Or die! Somewhere, a demon with a clock laughs and laughs.

The Phantom had a fucking brutal obit column to pen…

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And that’s not even a quarter of the deathtoll. But as Joe Kane says, “Fortunately for us, we can continue to access and enjoy their work via physical media and online sources.”

Go here. Subscribe or die, puny humans: videoscopemag.com

Okay, a bit of self-promotion: I am in the new ish of VS #102. I slammed PHANTASM: RAVAGER. It was one of the hardest pieces I’ve ever written.

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Because I was in the hospital and my fucking computer’s keyboard was busted and I had to write the review longhand even though my wrist was killing me, every sentence I scrawled was like D-Day Plus Ten, man, and I didn’t want to write a negative review of a new entry in a film series from a director (Don Coscarelli) and story and cast of actors I loved—Scrimm, Reggie, Baldwin…

But I wrote it anyway. My favorite nurse procured paper and pen for me. I had to fucking write it, man.

Ravager is a crass and soulless enterprise in exploiting a built-in audience... ” Oh, god. And it gets worse from there. I watched Ravager six times in the hospital and I hated it more each time. Wincing through the physical pain of writing of my very negative review, I felt that each jerky slash of my pen was stabbing a friend in the back, or killing my own brother.* I snapped my handwritten scrawl into its envelope and sent it off. (Actually, my friends Matthew and Loreen sent it off. I still wasn’t walking, then.)

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Reggie Bannister is still my hero.

Up the Irons, you lovable fools. Go buy the new ish of VideoScope. Or else.

* “Killing my own brother…” from Phantasm, OBLIVION

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Now, THIS is More My Idea of a Christmas Morning

Music by Nox Arcana. It’s very VIY. But I think this little film freaking rules.

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THE GIRL RULES THE JUNGLE!

Yeah I know this is kind of bizarre, but I’m still dragging my heels against Hexmas.

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“The Black Terror.” Jesus

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Illustration by Nicola Scott. Oh my fucking god.

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Favorite Images, Tuesday 12/20/16

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Swarm of bats flying at sunset.

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Bound babe beautifully photographed. ’nuff said.

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Illustration by Goñi Montes

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For The Men: Featuring “The Binding of the Babe in the Backseat”

Dolly bound and gagged in her sexy lingerie- barefoot!

Model: Dolly / Photography: Restrained Elegance

YES, it’s ink. And I am very very pleased. I really wanted to be included in this anthology, and I am so grateful to Rose Caraway and all her hard work.

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Kindle, audio, and paperback available HERE.

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The amazing animated video to The Jezabels’ “Come Alive”

This is truly fucking amazing.

Via BoingBoing:

The amazing animated video to The Jezabels’ “Come Alive” features a swirly, timeless impasto style. All smoke and fire and light, every frame’s literally a stark, beautiful painting.

It was directed by Darcy Prendergast & Xin Li from Oh Yeah Wow, using oil paint on glass. It might seem grim for a monday morning, but stick with it! The Jezebels are on tour in early 2016 and their second album, The Brink, is out now.

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In Time for Halloween! VideoScope #96 is in the House!

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Do we like the above illustration for House of the Long Shadows? We emphatically do not! But who cares, it makes for a killer cover and the insides of VS#96 are even better! This issue is dedicated to the memories of Christopher Lee and Wes Craven, and includes a moving tribute to the latter by The Phantom himself, who beat the dark mean streets on both sides of the continent in Mister Craven’s company. All parties would be pleased to learn that son Damien has discovered the Nightmare on Elm Street series and intends to beat his own mean streets (on Halloween in search of candy) as none other than Freddy Krueger, so there you go. Some nightmares never end.

VideoScope #96 is now available at better bookstores and newstands everywhere! As ever, tell ’em Drax sent ya!

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Pluto Update

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Pluto in Enhanced Color
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

Explanation: Pluto is more colorful than we can see. Color data and images of our Solar System’s most famous dwarf planet, taken by the robotic New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby in July, have been digitally combined to give an enhanced view of this ancient world sporting an unexpectedly young surface. The featured enhanced color image is not only esthetically prettybut scientifically useful, making surface regions of differing chemical composition visually distinct. For example, the light-colored heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio on the lower right is clearly shown here to be divisible into two regions that are geologically different, with the leftmost lobe Sputnik Planum also appearing unusually smooth. New Horizons now continues on beyond Pluto, will continue to beam back more images and data, and will soon be directed to change course so that it can fly past asteroid 2014 MU69 in 2019 January.

On Thursday, September 10 2015, NASA released a batch of newly downlinked hi-res Pluto images:

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They’re all here.

And, why am I only seeing this now? Stephen Colbert vs Neil deGrasse Tyson on the merits, wonders, and status of the NINTH PLANET IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, dammit. Which places me firmly in the camp of the sentimental vs the scientific but however you cut it this clip is wicked fucking funny.

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