Happy Halloween! If you're in NYC and your evening is looking, well, dead, then consider yourself invited to the frightfully entertaining book release party for Otto Penzler's Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, a vast compilation of stories about our undead (former) friends. The party will be at DUMBO's Powerhouse Arena from 7PM to 9PM. Drinks will be served, as well as funereal perfume samples from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Yours truly will be on hand to interview Penzler about his interest in all things ghoulish. It's highbrow meets brainstem!
Speaking of unhealthy appetites, a GQ article entitled "The Movie Set That Ate Itself" may turn out to be the creepiest story you hear all day. Apparently a young Russian filmmaker has created a totalitarian encampment in which a cast of thousands are filmed 24/7 as they go about their daily "lives." It's making us wonder whether Charlie Kaufman's 2008 surrealist fantasy "Synecdoche, New York" accidentally kindled some sort of cinematic arms-race between the U.S. and Russia. (In which case, we surrender!)
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales has finally been adapted in a way that presents brand-new challenges to the reader. Introducing The Road to Canterbury, a new board game in which players "set out to corrupt the travelers making a pilgrimage to Canterbury so that indulgences can be sold to 'pardon' their sins, thus adding to the growing collection of coins in each player’s fattening purse." This is truly the best idea for a board game since Arkham Horror brought the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft to horrible, squamous life.
One final thing: "Beetlejuice" sequel. "Beetlejuice" sequel. "Beetlejuice" sequel!
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