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Sep 1, 2015

Now is as good a time as any...

...to make a wee bit of an announcement-thing, sort of a "Hey, this is happening so your eyes–keep them peeled!" Although honestly, now that I've started typing this, I am worried this is like a "save the date" email, or maybe when someone releases a trailer teasing the release of a trailer and you think, "Why not just wait for the thing itself and tell me about it, you assholes!"

So basically, maybe saying this now makes me a bit of an asshole? And maybe my penchant for calling people who invite me to things "assholes" is the reason why I don't get invited places? Or do you think that's because they're jealous of me? They're probably jealous.

Anyway, it was mentioned in the comments a few days ago, so I figured I'd might as well mention it on the "front page", as it were. Extry, extry, read all about it: I've been commissioned to write a book–well, a monograph, really, you know, like those things published by the BFI? About movies? They're these cool pocket-size works, running, oh, about 125 pages or so. I've got a few, like one about Night of the Living Dead, and one about The Birds (written by Camille Paglia! Can you believe that shit), and–about Martyrs. Yes! I've been telling you for years that I'm going to write about it, and now here we are. And instead of a blog post, I am writing a shit ton about it! It's super exciting. Super. I am so excited. Martyrs. Fuck yeah!

That's the opening of the book: "Martyrs. Fuck yeah!" Pretty good, right? *brushes off shoulders like a cool person*

Just kidding, that's not how it starts. But Martyrs, though. Fuck yeah!


It'll be published through Electric Dreamhouse Press, a new cinema imprint from PS Publishing. The lineup is killer, I have to say, and I'm proud to be a part of it and I want to dig in to all of these, because would you just look at the movies and the writers? WOULD YOU JUST LOOK?

EYES WITHOUT A FACE – Michael Brooke
THEATRE OF BLOOD - John Llewellyn Probert
CARNIVAL OF SOULS – Stephen Bissette
MARTYRS – Stacie Ponder
DEATHLINE – Sean Hogan
DRESSED TO KILL – Mike Sutton
THE KARNSTEIN TRILOGY – Angela Slatter
THE TENANT – Kevin Jackson
SINISTER – Mark Morris
FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED – Dennis Cozzalio
LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH – Lynda E. Rucker
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS – Jonathan Rigby
THE UNHOLY THREE – Johnny Mains
THE FURY – Howard S. Berger & Kevin Marr
MARTIN – Jez Winship
TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME – Maura McHugh
BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW – Kimberly Lindbergs
ERASERHEAD – Anton Bitel
THE BRIDES OF DRACULA – Richard Harland Smith
SPIDER BABY – Stephen R. Bissette
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE – Stacie Ponder
BLACK SUNDAY – Angela Slatter
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT – Maura McHugh
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA – Mike Sutton
FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE – John Llewellyn Probert
THE HILLS HAVE EYES – Richard Harland Smith
VALERIE & HER WEEK OF WONDERS – Jez Winship

Kimberly Lindbergs on Blood on Satan's Claw? Gimme gimme! Richard Harland Smith on The Hills Have Eyes? Is this a dream? A whole volume dedicated to Let's Scare Jessica to Death? Did I die and go to the afterlife or what. And yes! I am also writing about Slumber Party Massacre down the line. I'm so psyched. 95 pages will be dedicated to the pizza scene, I promise.

So the imprint is in its infancy, but here is the gist. You can email and, like, get emails and interact with the Facebook page if Facebook is something you do.

ELECTRIC DREAMHOUSE PRESS, a new cinema imprint from PS Publishing and Editor Neil Snowdon (We Are The Martians: The Legacy Of Nigel Kneale), specialising in Cult and Genre Cinema. 
Kicking off with MIDNIGHT MOVIE MONOGRAPHS, an ongoing series of in-depth writings about the less reputable side of the cinephile universe, and bringing together genre authors, film-makers and some of the most interesting critical voices in the field, this is passionate, incisive, entertaining film writing of the highest order. If you have a taste for Cult and Genre movies, this is for YOU. 
Pre-Orders are not yet available (release dates TBA), but you can register your interest by emailing: editor@electricdreamhouse.co.uk or Liking the Facebook Page and leaving a comment.

This is exciting, right? You guys. You guys. YOU GUYS.

17 comments:

Diandra said...

Great news! Sounds like an awesome project for everyone involved!

Four things that struck me about Martyrs that I don't know if you want to mention in your piece: (spoilers ahead)
1) the actual "skinning" is offscreen, but given everything else we had seen, people talk about it like they actually witnessed it.
2) the two main ladies are played by Morjana Alaoui, a Moroccan actress, and Mylène Jampanoï, a half-Chinese French actress. The group that tortures them seems to consist of rich white people. Interesting, especially given racial tensions in France today.
3) the first kid who gets a shotgun blast to the chest is director Xavier Dolan, which makes me laugh because he has a bratty prodigy persona. He later cast the shooter, Mylène Jampanoï, in a small role in his film Laurence Anyways.
4) I wonder how the ending would seem if we didn't get the end shot of the galaxies and whatnot. Just the young woman whispering into the ear of the older woman, and the older woman shooting herself because of it. It could be ambiguous, like, "we did all this for nothing!" or "woah the afterlife is so gr8 bies."

Rose Heredia said...

This sounds amazing! A million congratulations to you! Much excitement for you! Cheers!

Michelle said...

Well done, you!

Stacie Ponder said...

Hey thanks, y'all! I'm beyond super excited about it. Anyone who's been around these parts for a bit knows how long I've been waiting to dig into that movie...now I don't have any excuses! :)

Nicholas Kaufmann said...

This is amazing news! Congratulations!

Stacie Ponder said...

Thank you!

Tim_W_Burke said...

WHEN? WANT!

Neil Snowdon said...

We don't have a final date just yet, Tim. But the book will come out some time in 2016. Trust me, I'm as excited as any of you to have Stacie writing for this! :-)

originalslugboy said...

Hooray! All the internet high fives to you!

And, fine, I'll save the date.

eightieshair said...

Congratulations! The whole series sounds awesome.

I confess, though, that I've never been able to bring myself to see Martyrs. Everything I've read about leads me to believe that I'd end up regretting it.

I see that you're down for The Slumber Party Massacre as well, though.

John LaTour said...

So cool. That movie broke my brain for about a week. Can't wait to read your thoughts on it, Stacie. :)

JA said...

HOLY EFFING SHITBALLS YES

Stacie Ponder said...

I KNOW RIGHT

Thanks guys...in case I haven't made it clear yet, I'M VERY EXCITED

CashBailey said...

That is the most bad-ass thing I've heard in a long time.

Congratulations.

Chris Otto said...

Congratulations, Stacie! This is a spiffy looking series!

vava said...

This is such exciting news! I just checked out the Facebook page. ALL GOOD STUFF!

Marc said...

I'M ALL OVER THIS AMAZING NEWS SO MUCH THAT NOTHING BUT ALL CAPS WILL SUFFICE!