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By lydia in Dead Air, horror, music, podcast

image Last night and this week has held some of the most fun halloweek shenanigans. After winning an amazing prize pack at the Wonder Geeks Activate! Treehouse of Terror burlesque night for my Wednesday Addams costume, I ended up at Swizzles where they were spinning some industrial tunes once again. Quel suprise!

[Note: last day to get a free copy of Pray Lied Eve!]

Last night was Zombie Strippers at Babylon, with maniacal musical guests Patron Saint of Plagues. Rubber Steve was there in his darlingly deviant Stabby the Clown gear you may recall from zombie walk (check Ottawa Horror for photos)  where we did the time warp again and he won a super prize for his costume too! Award winning costumes, right here, baby. Eat your heart out. At the WGA show, I won eyeball salt and pepper shakers, a massive zombie shirt that I will be sewing into a cute dress and bottle opener from Ottawa Horror and Zombieinfo.com with a load of  Hello Horror art by my favourite artist Adam Tupper. So, as Halloween proper begins, I’m  enjoying the hell out of my cheap-ass kitty ears over breakfast.Yup. That’s a no make-up selfie taken moments ago. We wake up early here at typicallydia.com… then it’s  Nightmare Before Christmas until the sun sets. Can’t  wait to creep on all the photos that will be posted over the next week, as this is truly ghouly the most wonderful time of the year :) For now, I am pleased to urge you to check out today’s episode of Dead Air, where Wes tells the tale of how the show came to be. Happy Halloween, everybloody!

 

 

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Ten Albums

October 25, 2014
By lydia in music

I was nominated on facebook to post ten albums that shaped me in some way. As I thought on it, I figured i would post it here as well. Music is woven so deep into my life, daily activities and childhood, it is hard to pick ten since albums released this year continue to shape me. So, here are ten that I have bought and re-bought or at least know every note of.

1.  killer – alice cooper

My parents had this on vinyl. It was already worn to hell by the time I got to it, and I am lucky they weren’t sick of it by then. Even my grandmother liked this one, but her favorite was ‘The Ballad of Dwight Frye” off Love It To Death while i was a “Dead Babies” fan.

2. the wall – pink floyd

When my uncle saw I was enthralled with this pick from his vinyl collection, he had me read all the lyrics. Then, he made it clear that if i had any questions that I should ask. The subject matter wasn’t something that should fester in a ten year old girls mind, so he made himself available as a sounding board. This was the first album he acted as mentor with, for which I am eternally grateful. I only wish more kids had gatekeepers like this. The kind that leave the gates wide open.

3. The land of rape and honey – ministry

This was the first CD I bought. My father had picked up an amp, speakers, a cassette component and CD player so I would leave his stereo alone and keep my noise in my room. My mom took us out, and bought me a few CDs. After getting a few things I had on cassette and vinyl, I bought this–my first industrial band–which i still love.

4. vital idol – billy idol

This would likely rank as my parent’s guilty pleasure. They have really great taste in music, and this somehow felt like bubble gum pop in our house. Pretty damn good selection for pop! The video for White Wedding was played over and over, and this cassette found a home in the family car as a perfect ‘best of’ album.

5. bad habits – the monks

This was the first album of my parents I wanted to have as my own. I asked for it but was denied. It featured the most interesting cover and ridiculous lyrics, and in hindsight was just ridiculous music. I was singing ‘Drugs in my Pocket’ in grade four and a teacher heard. He got a real big kick out of me that day.

6. master of puppets – metallica

This was the first album pushed on me by a boy. I became an instant fan and bought a copy for myself. This also was the beginning of music being pushed on me by boys. Why do they do that? No idea, but i suppose it is nice to have something in common, something to share. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) still runs through my head as often as Battery.

7. feed us a fetus – dayglo abortions

I heard this through my friend Kim who in turn had heard it through her older brother. It made me wish I had an older brother, since they never pushed music on you but just had it around for the taking. My parents hated it, hell, everyone’s parents hated it I guess. Years later, I find out one of my uncles is a big fan when he expressed slight jealousy that i finally got to see them play.

8. the downward spiral – nine inch nails

is this not on nearly every list? it had a profound effect on how i thought about music, and how quickly the underground could rise up and consume the thoughts of even the most staunch jock. after seeing a black tape ribbon encased trent do “Wish” on muchmusic, i was intrigued, but i had no idea how attached i would get to his music with TDS. broken and fixed were already in heavy rotation and, well, the downward spiral matched my personality better by the time it came out.

9. eliminator – zz top

yup. billy gibbons. i heard this album so many times, i think every note was etched on my brain. close friends covered nearly every song to near perfection and it was pretty much on the radio non stop. still is, if you listen to that kind of radio still.

10. who made who – ac/dc

stephen king and hard rock? yes please! by the time this album came out i was already well on my way to being some kind of deviant, so watching Maximum Overdrive with this as the soundtrack was some kind of dark heaven for me. Still is, really, thought it’s not an album I own anymore. DT is my favourite song, mostly because of the images from the film.

 


 

By lydia in Dead Air, horror, podcast, ReAnimeTion, writing

PrayLiedEve-FrontCover-200Every day may be Halloween, but when it comes to horror art, every Halloween is so very different.

Sure, I am giving away Pray Lied Eve again this year. Seeing as so many downloaded the three-story collection and raved about it, just as many missed out. So, my stories will be free on Kindle from October 27 to midnight on All Hallows Eve. Of course, if you want them now there are e-books and paperback on Amazon.

There is a Halloween themed story too!

“Kaia is haunted by fingerprints marring the basement door. No matter how hard she scrubs, they return day after day. The only things in the cellar are old Halloween decorations, and she double checks, everyday.” – of ‘Everyday’ featured in Pray Lied Eve.

Now we get to the different part. Last year I was featured on The Wicked Library and again this year, but as a standalone story. As mentioned in the previous post, ‘Tapestry’ will be read by the extra wicked Nelson Pyles. The show was pushed back a week, but that is okay by me, wanna know why?

Triple Shot! Not only will I be on The Wicked Library, there will be a new Dead As Hell Horror Podcast coming, and from what I gather, the episode after that is a special for the season. I pre-taped a nice little extra for that show about a topic and author very dear to me, so wait and listen for that. Also, Wes and I have shows in the can, and as part of the regular Dead Air horror podcast weekly special right now, one of those sexy beasts is being unleashed.  Rawr.

Three podcasts. All Lydia. Can you dig it like a deep, deep grave?!  I can. Check out Dead Air. In the most recent issue, we talk about ‘Macabre’ which I suspect only half of you have seen. It was spotted on the Netflix, so add it to your 30 Days Of Horror viewing ~

By lydia in horror, podcast, writing
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Tapestry – Rob Thompson

This coming Friday, I will have a story featured on the creepy cool podcast The Wicked Library! It will mark the fourth appearance of my work, and third season I’ve been included on. Pretty Exciting if you ask me. The last few stories have been exceptional. Not that every story that makes the cut there isn’t, just lately the picks have had my rapt attention and actually creeped me out. Notably, the sci-fi-horror “Cutting the Cord” by Joseph Williams and “Dog Days” by Mae March. Really solid scares there.

The Librarian will be reading “Tapestry” which was published last year in Postscripts To Darkness 4. It was paired with artwork by Rob Thompson, which I am still insanely flattered over.

Anyhow, until the episode artwork is unveiled and the show on the road, here are some of the previous seasons I’ve been on. Follow them on twitter @WickedLibrary, facebook or check their website for more linkage. Thank you, Nelson (and hey, buy his book of which I am a superfan) and Maddie Von Stark. You two do a stellar job bringing the fear for everyone to hear ~

Thicker Than – Episode 401 – originally published in For When The Veil Drops

Bad Shepherd – Special Episode and Episode 206 – originally published in Pray Lied Eve

Someday – Halloween Special – web exclusive story!

 

Once the episode is up I will update here. So excited to hear Nelson’s voice over new equipment reading my stuff again, and ever so grateful I can be part of your Wicked Library experience.

 

Dead Air Podcast ~ Episode 1

September 28, 2014
By lydia in Dead Air, horror, podcast

The idea for the Dead Air Podcast has been cooking well before I’d been on any other podcast to date. Since I had helped as teaching assistant after graduating journalism for many classes including broadcast journalism for three years, and had a placement at CBC Radio, it seems natural. The first time the idea of being part of a horror podcast came about  I was opposed. I knew the technicality behind production. I could write a script maybe. I sounded okay. Yet, I felt I had nothing to say. Also, I figured podcasts involved having a brand to attach a good show to and had to be hours long since that is what it seemed the hardcore horror fans wanted.

Then I had a few pints with Wes ‘Dead Air’ Knipe.

We didn’t even need an audience.

Wes also has a background in broadcast that morphed somehow into horror journalism. So it was all horror talk, all the time. We veritably needle one another along with filmmakers, then lead one another into laughing so hard we may choke on our drinks. In between, somehow, lies very serious horror discussion. All we needed do is hit record. Honestly. The most fun part is the lack of hard research and us relying solely on our adoration of this vast genre we have immersed ourselves in since elementary school.

The story of how we came to have six episodes in the can is long-ish and maybe we will tell you sometime. For now, here is a fresh pot with another served up each week this October. More will come as we never stop watching movies and talking about them. Let us know what you think on the soundcloud or wherever you hang out online.

By lydia in random, technology

… but we don’t know that yet.

We don’t know a lot of things. What she might have said or done or how she may have looked at him – and perhaps these are things the alleged vicitm can’t recall or would deem irrelevant.  We don’t know what was in the bag. We don’t know his mental state, his physical state, his spiritual state, where his pot of gold is or even if that is indeed an actual bowler.

We don’t know if maybe he knew her.

We don’t know if this is staged.

We don’t know that even if I’m wrong and she’s right that she has or does not have any right to post him all over the web, call him names,  and incite others to do the same.

A good person I know just suggested breaking his finger. That seems no better to me. In fact, it’s worse.

See, I can fully understand having nearly been in his exact position in public many many many times.  Dealing with humans is hard and some days are worse than others. Once in a while I really want to scream “Fuck you and your stroller/groceries/purse/guitar. Fuck you right in your mouth! I am not a second-rate citizen you self-entitled shit, so stand. Stand, suffer and shove that shitty look you just gave me right up your super tight A-type personality ass!”  But, I don’t.  Usually I screw those headphones in tight and ignore you so hard it nearly hurts.

He hit somewhere in between those two extremes. That’s all.

I’m kind of shocked to see this all over my various interfeeds and surprised it hit the news. That not only the alleged victim of a snarky word and a shove felt the need to freak out online is one thing, but that so many people are ganging up on a complete stranger Scares The Fuck Out Of Me.

Consider that within minutes of this altercation, if she really didn’t do anything to provoke him, he probably felt kind of badly.

Just thinking that is good enough for me.

So yeah.

Don’t you have something better to do?

By lydia in anime, horror, podcast, ReAnimeTion

Catch me on the latest Dead As Hell Horror Podcast Where I go on about a favourite horror anime, Another.

 

Join the conversation by leaving a note on facebook, twitter or call the voicemail at 513-580- HELL and leave your thoughts. As always, iTunes reviews are more than welcome~ email the show at deadashellhp@gmail.com

Listen to this segment on the Dead As Hell Horror Podcast

 

 

 

Today we are going to talk about the 2012 horror anime entitled “Another”. This is a take on a haunted high school ghost story with really devastating consequences. That is one thing I have to say about this anime right off, is that after a slow build up, the devastation and violence is really quite surprising. You may find that there are a lot of horror anime that take place in schools. I’d have to speculate it is because our Eastern counterparts spend more time there than we do in the West? Also, there are many ghost myths and demonic beings within Japan and China that do reside in schools. If you have more to add, let me know, but rest assured I don’t go seeking this theme. There are many more high school anime to come on ReAnimeTion, and for each one I feel like I pass on ten others. There just happen to be a lot of horror anime that take place in schools. There is a lot of mainstream anime that takes place in schools too.

Before I get into “Another”, there was a news item that caught my eye. In Quebec this week, a man was sentenced to 60 days for possession of hentai. It was viewed as animated child pornography under the Canadian law, and he was sentenced under the Canadian Criminal Code which prohibits any depiction of a minor in a sexual act. That’s fine. That makes sense. In fact, the criminal code prohibits basically everything that depicts any crime at all, when it comes to entertainment. I became familiar with the Criminal Code while writing. Someone alerted me to a short story I had written years ago that might be illegal. So I read up on it a little bit. Flash forward to a few years ago, interviewing horror filmmaker and special effects artist Remy Couture after he was charged with Corruption of Morals. He’d made a brutal and realistic horror film. He was charged under the same law. On one hand, I’d agree with anyone who says our laws governing what is moral or decent or art are outdated but on the other hand… the guy had a few hundred videos… and hundreds of links. For a moment, let us equate his fandom with any porn and I’d have to say he had quite a collection. Now, take into consideration he admitted to watching videos at work which was a Canadian Armed Forces base. Perhaps 60 days of incarceration to think this over is just what he needs. If only our Supreme Court would take that kind of time to think over our obscenity laws.

anotherAnyway, back to less rape-y anime for a moment. Another is refreshing in that it has no huge overtones of love, infatuation, dating and all that trash. The one male-female relationship is nice and innocent. Even the one really awesome and thoroughly wrong chance they had for an epic panty shot was artfully avoided when a girls skirt obeyed the laws of gravity during her death. Amazing, I know. Then again, these are 15 year olds we are talking about!

The wiki synopsis goes “In 1972, Misaki, a popular student of Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3, suddenly died partway through the school year. Devastated by the unexpected loss, the students and teachers behaved like Misaki was still alive, leading to a strange presence on the graduation photo. In Spring 1998, 15-year-old Kōichi Sakakibara transfers into Yomiyama’s class 3-3, where he meets Mei Misaki, a strange student whom their classmates and teachers seemingly ignore. The class is soon caught up in a strange phenomenon, in which students and their relatives begin to die in mysterious, gruesome ways. Realizing that these deaths are related to the “Misaki of 1972″, it is up to Kōichi and Mei to discover the cause of these mysterious deaths and figure out how to stop it before it kills them.”
Now, the similarities to Final Destination are apparent though I feel this has a far more interesting story and better character development of course because they have more time and also because none of these classmates are entirely disposable. You really do get to know each one, and each student is perfectly distinct. The deaths are a little less insane and later on there are more deaths due to desperation. More deaths than caused by the curse itself, that is, if the curse even exists. It could really be wild coincidence to a certain extent.
The story really is about Mei. Forgetfulness, ostracization, and mob rule. Saying that all her classmates ignore her is an understatement. She really doesn’t exist. Having the new kid in class (Kōichi) not understand this, and start talking to her upsets the status quo. Not only because of the curse, but this mirrors the kind of silent bullying kids are prone to when faced with someone they don’t understand. Mei is deliciously creepy and I’m glad she develops some kind of relationship if only for a moment with the main boy lest she remain a near spectre. Let’s just pretend the Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul and Mei from Another can hang out for a second… because really, they even look alike without the eye patch.

It is amazing how kids can get so overwrought with the idea of a superstition when at 15 you really should have more to worry about especially in a culture where you are more often overwhelmed with class work and extracurricular activities. Supposing it is like the recent spate of Slenderman related hysteria. The Extra One curse and Slendymania are maybe part of the same thing. No voice of reason stepping in to set these kids straight.
The teacher stabbing his throat is the most amazing and gory anime death that is not supernaturally influenced, that I have seen in a long while. That is the voice of reason in this anime. The librarian, an amazingly cool character; this teacher that stabs himself in the neck, so cool, so gory; and their homeroom teaching assistant, she’s no help either. Anyway, the throat stabbing? It puts all the Death Note deaths to shame. The reactions too… nice… there is a little puking in this series but it’s not a highlight. Now you all are gonna think I’m into puke or something at the rate I mention it, so I guess I’m now looking for an amine that features puking. Anyway, there are some lovely atmospheric talks between Mei and Kōichi if you are into the creepy. If you are a spatter fan you may fall asleep at first. In that case, I’d say watch the first few episodes then skip off to episode 8 as the action really picks up after that. The story is fairly well crafted though, so it’s much more worth it to let it build from beginning to end. Fans of quiet horror like “The Others” and “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” will enjoy the story building at work here.  Old ancient crones like me will enjoy that not only do these 21st century kids not bat an eyelash when presented with a cassette tape, they also know where to find a cassette tape player then they break the ribbon, and then they repair it!  I don’t know why I’m getting so excited about this, but you should be too. This must be fiction. So many kids wouldn’t know what to do with a cassette tape. Not only does the gore ramp up, the last two episodes are probably some of the sickest, most amazingly violent and horrifyingly brutal animation that I have seen in quite some time. Others agree though a lot of people say it is too slow of a build especially if you are going there to see this gory horror. But it’s well worth it if you are really hard pressed, maybe watch episode 9 to get a taste, then the last two episodes if you are gonna be that kid of dick. I’d really say stick around for the duration. It’s only 13 episodes long. A perfectly digestible anime to watch in like, a two-day binge.

There is a live-action film I haven’t watched, but if it is done with the flair of the Wallflower live action film or “Goth” by Otsuichi, then I’ll probably enjoy it. But I can’t see it having the same impact in that short delivery. That said, this series is not without its slow parts but compressing it into a feature film length? I don’t know if it would work.

This anime is brought to us by the studio P.A. Works who also did “Angel Beats” and they seem to work to all kinds of anime in partial format and put out some really amazing work. Hence, very clean artwork really good use of sound design. All very appropriate, making the anime very easy to digest and very easy to watch.

The opening theme, “Nightmare Contagion” by the band Ali Project isn’t very memorable and doesn’t stick in my head. And the end theme, by a band named Annabelle, nothing to write home about either. You can watch Another streaming, every single episode on Crunchyroll like I have or pick up a DVD for about $30 and Blu-ray. Check Amazon as I couldn’t find an official outlet to purchase these discs. Also, you can always head to your local comic book shop and ask them to order it in for you. It’s a very popular series and it’s only like a year and a half old, so you can probably find a copy on the shelves.

Next, we are going to be talking about the sickly sweet body horror Pupa!

If there is anything you think I should be watching, let me know on twitter @typicallydia or in the comments on the Dead As Hell horror podcast website or anywhere you hang out online.

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By lydia in random

Share this link today! September is Charcot-Marie-Tooth awareness month. A little known disease with very serious effects. Click through to learn more about my friends goal.

http://www.gofundme.com/TaylorNeedsAParavan

Help Taylor purchase a ParaVan so he and his wife can get around and out as they need to. Winter in Northern Ontario (especially our home town, North Bay) can be harsh, so I hope they can be driving by the New Year ~

http://www.gofundme.com/TaylorNeedsAParavan

Every little bit helps, and that’s the Tooth!

By lydia in booktube, horror, typicalbooks, writing, YouTube

Fresh Pots!

September 9, 2014
By lydia in random

Dave Grohl made this a thing. Fresh pots. Indeed

I drink a lot of coffee too, and believe it or not I’ve cut my consumption by two thirds at least. Still, this may sound like a lot of coffee to some people…

I take my coffee hot, fresh, and with a double dose of unsweetened almond milk. no fatty cream and no sickly sugar. Tea, I drink black.

6:45 am

2 huge cups in the morning of very very inexpensive ground Colombian. I buy it at Giant Tiger or get the No Name brand. Hey, its better than most diner coffee! If you use cheap coffee within days of buying it and drink it no longer than 10 minutes after brewing, it’s pretty good.

10:00 am

Time for Starbucks. Since I don’t like Starbucks but the closest cafe is a gas station I use Starbucks VIA. It’s not as good as my morning coffee (recall, the least expensive coffee I could find?) but it is light years better than burnt and stale, weak dreck that the gas station self-serves. I cycle between Pike Place and Blonde Roast… and lately i have been sneaking a second cup because it is pretty damn delicious.
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12:45 pm

Earl Grey, hot!

2:30 pm

Earl Grey, hot!

6:30 pm

Sometime after this, I’ve come home from the gym or late from work and head to a cafe. Being surrounded by Bridgehead locations, I’m basically spoiled with the best coffee in Canada. Generally, I have one but maybe two cups if I am reading a really good book. There is also the possibility that I’ve brewed a pot and am at my computer with a bottomless cup.

9:00 to Midnight

This the dark-roast night of my coffee loving soul. I fight the urge to drink coffee and have been known to sip a cup of decaf to cope.

On weekends, the only real change is that I may grind something way too expensive, use a french press or put on coffee at 3 am.

Yes. 3 am.

So, it’s basically the equivalent of 60-80 fluid ounces of coffee a day I figure? Maybe 100?

I JUST PUT ON A HALF POT!

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