My Horror Memories on the Bleeding Critic: Hellraiser

I was looking for new reviews of my work on the Internet when I ran across this blast from the past. This is a video of me talking about the first movie that truly terrified me: Hellraiser. I made this video in 2015 and submitted it to The Bleeding Critic. This was the first time I made a video, so I come across as somewhat stiff. You can also tell that I am reading my monologue from some cue cards that my then fiancée, now wife, was holding.

The background is an abstract expressionist painting that I created. It is entitled “De Profundis”. Here is a link to an overall view at my art website, which I have not updated in some time.

“De Profundis” is the opening line in Latin from Psalm 130 and means “out of the depths. It has been used extensively in literature and art.

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

King James Version

My painting is supposed to represent boiling magma in hell, the greatest depth to which a soul can fall. It’s a good theme for someone who like to write horror.

I will embed this soon in an appropriately prominent spot on the weblog.

Let me know your thoughts.

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The Saturday Night Special: The Animated “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft

I am trying something different for this Saturday, something that I hope will turn out to be quite enjoyable.

I linked this post to an animated version of Lovecraft’s “Dagon” on YouTube. I watch YouTube a lot and they have scads of interesting videos. If this works out, I will do this more often. Let me know what you think. To get the full effect, hit the “full screen” toggle in the lower right which looks like a box with a hole in each side. To exit this, hit your escape button. The video last 18 minutes and 55 seconds.

I apologize for any commercials. I am not certain if they will turn up when you view the film or not. Unfortunately, commercials are the sine qua non of YouTube and many other media.  But these will be either very short or you can skip them by pressing “skip ads” in the lower right after five seconds. I am sure you are used to this kind of annoying marketing. It’s a fact of 21st century life.

YouTube Video: Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stephen King in Epic Rap Battles of History

After how many years of doing this and watching YouTube, I have finally found that I can post YouTube videos here. I hope to be using them for a lot of my Saturday Night Specials. These will be a lot easier for me to post than writing an article or copying and pasting a story. It should make things more entertaining for you as well. Tomorrow’s Saturday Night Special will be an animated version of “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft. Be sure to join me for the fun. I will explore other media I can include in my posts as well and bring the blog into the 21st century. This newly recognized capability intrigues me. I may make a few videos of my own and post them here. You will finally be able to hear my voice.

So let’s start this off with a fun video.  Epic Rap Battles of History: Stephen King vs. Edgar Allan Poe.

Epic Rap Battles of History is one of my favorite YouTube channels. They square off famous figures from a wide variety of fields in rap battles like the one you are about to see.

Let me know what you think.

I apologize for any commercials, but that’s YouTube. You should be able to wait them out or skip them if they are over five seconds long.