monster awareness month

Yesterday kicked off Monster Awareness Month. I didn’t post anything up here to celebrate, because I was busy being snowed in by the Snowpocalypse or whatever you want to call it. But I plan to drop in every few days and at least talk about the movies that’ve gone by on the list, breaking it down day by day.

Day 1: Frankenstein (1931)
What is there left to say about Frankenstein? There are no shortages of reasons why it’s a classic, and maybe the most famous and respected movie of the whole month. That said, it still doesn’t manage to top any of my favorites lists. It’s not my favorite Boris Karloff movie, it’s not my favorite James Whale movie, it’s not my favorite of the Universal monster films, it’s not even my favorite Frankenstein movie. But it’s still pretty great, if you somehow haven’t seen it already.

Day 2: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
The first movie on the list that I hadn’t seen before. It was definitely interesting, and surprisingly frank in its sexuality at times, but I can see why it never quite attained the fame of its Universal counterparts. It’s still got the feel of a silent movie more than most of the Universal ones, in spite of all the talking that goes on. There’s a lot of well-handled scenes and suitably epic laboratory sets and nice shots of gaslight London, though, and that definitely counts for something.

Tomorrow is the first day of Monster Awareness Month. That’s a link to the website, where all the posts will be happening. There’s also a forum here. The list of movies is still here and there’s a place where we’ll all be rating them here, and I think you can join in and rate them too, but don’t quote me on that.

We’re apparently going to be hit with the mother of all blizzards in the next couple of days, so who knows whether I’m going to survive or not (I’d better, I still haven’t seen Jason and the Argonauts), but if I do I’ll be posting here every few days with thoughts on the movies, as well as anything else monster-related I manage to turn out.

If anyone else is doing anything special to celebrate monsters this month, feel free to tell me about it here or wherever you can, and I’ll do my best to draw attention to it. Cheers!

This is just a reminder that Monster Awareness Month is starting in just a few days. This coming Tuesday, specifically, though related content is likely to start as early as this weekend or Monday right here. The official content will be showing up there, but I’ll try and talk about it and the movies we’re watching for it and other monster-related topics all month long.

Here’s a list of the movies, if you want to follow along at home. There’s a few on there that I’ve never seen (more than I would have expected, in fact) and some that I haven’t seen in awhile, and some others I just love, and a couple I hate, and maybe one or two that I’m indifferent about! So it’ll be an adventure. Stay tuned!

So, it’s been 2011 for, what, eleven days? What do you know?

Basically, I’ve not posted anything here because I’ve had more-or-less nothing to report. I had a good New Years with friends, my parents came to visit, etc. And then Grace got sick. And then I got sick. I was off work for a couple of days. And then yesterday I felt better enough to go to work, except we had a snowstorm, so I spent four hours on the bus and only about four hours at work. And then today it was icy in my townhouses, and I didn’t feel 100% anyway, so here I am, home again, not getting as much done as I probably should, considering how much time I’ve spent not at work so far in the new year.

Still, while 2011 is maybe off to a somewhat ignominious start, it could certainly be worse. I’ve gotten some writing done that I’m fairly happy with, and I’m making some changes to my record-keeping processes that’ll hopefully be beneficial. I’m hoping to make some more changes, too, ones that you might see around here, but things have been going a little slower than I’d hoped.

In the meantime, I am gearing up for Monster Awareness Month in February. I’m looking for people to write pieces for that, too. I’m especially eager to see stuff on Ray Harryhausen and Jack Kirby’s monster comics, but anyone who’s got anything to say about monsters I’d be interested in hearing from.

Hopefully more soon…

First, I’m very pleased to announce that my story “Black Hill” will be appearing in the forthcoming Historical Lovecraft anthology from Innsmouth Free Press, alongside stories by folks like Jesse Bullington and Molly Tanzer, among others. I’m looking forward to it, and I have a feeling it’s going to be one hell of an anthology. More on it as the release approaches.

In other news, I’ve been invited by Mark Deniz from Beyond Fiction to be a part of the team for their Monster Awareness Month in February. I previously contributed pieces for Vampire Awareness Month and a couple for Ghost Appreciation Month, but this will be the first time that I’ll actually be a member of the team. I’ll still be contributing pieces, but I’ll also be on the lookout for other contributors and good ideas of what we can do to celebrate monsters all month long.

It’s obviously still a ways off, but I’m very excited about it. There’s pretty much nothing I love more than monsters, and getting to watch movies about them, read about them, and talk about them for a whole month sounds like heaven. February is usually a pretty crappy month, too, so this should boost it up quite a bit.

I’ll be posting more about Monster Awareness Month as the date draws nearer, but if anyone has any ideas for it, or is interested in contributing, don’t hesitate to let me know.