Halloween is celebrated daily in the town of Thrillville. The last couple of days were a prime example. On Monday November 15, I hosted my Forbidden Thrills Tribute to the immortal Ed Wood at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, with screenings of two of his all-time masterpieces, Glen or Glenda (1953) and Bride of the Monster, along with an angora sweater contest, cocktail specials ("Pink Angora'), and Ernie "Hardware Wars" Fosselius' most recent classic parody, the hilarious Plan 9.1 From Outer Space - with puppets! I was also selling copies of my novel Chumpy Walnut - the "second edition," with some typos I missed twice, hand-corrected by yours truly (the "cleaner" third edition is now on sale.) Chumpy is my "Glen or Glenda" - a story of a misfit that had to be told, and one only I could tell.
The next day, Tuesday November 16 (naturally), I returned to the Balboa Theater in San Francisco for the first time since one of my final Thrillville road shows, Valentine's Day with Donna Loren, to meet Stuart Gordon, whom I interviewed in conjunction with Thrillville's 12th Anniversary show last year. He was appearing with screenings of his classics Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1987), two of my all-time favorite flicks. I took the opportunity to hand him a copy of my recent pulp-horror-exploitation novel A Mermaid Drowns in the Midnight Lounge, along with its original "soundtrack" by Actual Rafiq, Music For a Drowning Mermaid. Long shot he'll consider optioning it for a film, but my aim was to share some of my work with someone whose work I have appreciated for many, many years. It's also a book I think he'll enjoy, full of zombies, sex and lurid action. I gotta keep the dice rollin'...cheers.
Feeling up Molokai Mike's angora at Forbidden Island
|Getting "Re-Animated" by Stuart Gordon, Balboa Theater|
Artwork by Aaron Farmer