August 25th, 2006


Birthday: Tim Burton!

Tim Burton

His de-facto presentations are continually appreciated in virtually all aesthetics, and most characterizations.

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Hellstrom Reborn In Satan


Hellstrom Reborn In Satan
by John Joseph Adams

SF/fantasy author Alexander Irvine (The Narrows) told SCI FI Wire that when Marvel Comics expressed an interest in hiring him to write for them, several different characters were batted around before they collectively settled on Daimon Hellstrom. Irvine scripted a Hellstrom miniseries, Son of Satan, which is due to be published in October.

"For my story, Marvel decided they wanted to partially reboot the character—in other words, get a fresh look at who he is and why he does what he does," Irvine said in an interview. "I've borrowed elements from the existing continuity, but my series isn't a direct continuation of anything that's come before. It's a noirish story of demonic possession in post-Katrina New Orleans, and Daimon comes to the city because, in this vision of the character, he's a kind of itinerant seeker, trying to understand what he's been put on Earth to do."

Irvine added: "What he discovers when he gets to New Orleans is that his father is at war with a couple of other divinities, trying to control the resurrection of Osiris. Also, like most noir stories, Son of Satan is a tale of a fundamentally decent guy at war with his own darker impulses and with the forces of corruption and evil in the world."

The character of Daimon Hellstrom has been around for a while in the Marvel Universe, Irvine said. "He is the child of a mortal woman and a demon who may or may not have been the actual Satan, but was definitely acting on Satan's orders," he said. "In the character's history, he has often been at war with his father, and he's also been a part of Avengers and Doctor Strange storylines."

In preparation for writing the script, Irvine said that he did a little reading to refresh his memories of Egyptian mythology and Judeo-Christian demonology. "In a prose piece, I would have done all kinds of reading about New Orleans, too, but in this case all of that fell to [penciler] Russ [Braun], since he was the one who had to create a faithful visual representation of the New Orleans locales," he said.

Irvine greatly enjoyed working with Braun, but at the beginning of the process, he wasn't sure how much art direction to give in the script, he said. "I didn't know how collaborative the process was supposed to be, and I didn't want to step on anyone's toes," he said. "As it turned out, Russ and [Marvel editor] Axel [Alonso] have been very rigorous in pointing out when something I've written isn't clear so we can put our heads together and figure out how to get it looking right."

Meanwhile, Irvine continues to work on prose projects. A short story collection, Pictures From an Expedition, was just published by Night Shade Books. Due out soon is a Batman novel, Batman Inferno. And Irvine is working on a new original novel, a near-future noir called Buyout, which he said should be published sometime in 2007.

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Bizarre "Last" Deaths

Last Death from Smallpox

In September, 1978, Janet Parker, an English medical photographer, was exposed to smallpox as the result of a laboratory accident. She subsequently died. On May 8, 1980, the World health Organization declared smallpox eradicated.
Some samples remain in laboratories in Atlanta and Moscow. When scientists destroy the samples the smallpox virus will become the first life form intentionally eliminated from the earth.

Last Execution in Tower of London

The last execution in the Tower of London took place on Thursday, August 14, 1941, when Josef Jakobs, a German spy, was shot by an eight-man firing squad. Because he had suffered a broken ankle when he had parachuted into England on the night of January 31, 1941, he could not stand before the firing squad and he was, instead, seated in an old Windsor chair and tied up. Five of the eight shots pierced his heart.

Last Person Burned at the Stake

Phoebe Harrius was convicted of coining false money, a crime of high treason at that time, and was executed by being burned at the stake in front of Newgate Prison in England, in 1786.

Last U.S. Mutiny Hanging

The last US Navy man hanged for mutiny was Midshipman Philip Spencer in 1842. The son of Secretary of War John C. Spencer, he had schemed with 2 others to turn his ship to piracy.

Last U.S. Soldier Executed for Desertion

Private Eddie Slovik was tried by court-martial and sentenced to death for desertion during WWII. He was shot by his own unit, the 28th Infantry Division, in a small town in north-east France. There were 70 executions by firing squad during
WWII, but Slovik's was the only one for desertion. The rest
were for rape or murder.

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau
{XII A.S. Directed by Don Taylor. Starring Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera}

An Englishman named 'Montgomery' is stranded with a lost companion on a deserted tropical island where he is rescued by Dr. Moreau, a genius in genetics, pursuing altruistic medical miracles to alleviate mankind from incurable maladies, although his methods are questioned, but it is maintained that the ends justify the means. He continues to make strides to this effect until perfidiously antagonistic organisms deem to thwart his noble efforts, who eventually become subjects themselves for his experiments, thus contributing far more to his vision rather than merely complaining about it.

Down in the jungle outside of his compound reside some of his genetic creations, man-beasts, veritable 'humanimals' of various species, from a bearman, boarman, to hyenaman, lionman, tigerman, bullman, and a monkeyman who is "The Sayer of The Law"* {small portion follows}:

"Not to go on all fours: this is the law. Are we not men?"

"Not to show our fangs in anger. Are we not men?"

"Not to snarl or roar. That is the Law. Are we not men?"

"What Is The Law? Not to shed the blood of another man. That is the law."

An obvious treatise on civility to temper impulsive feral proclivities. Those beastmen who violate this law are taken to "The House of Pain" for 'correction'... for Moreau elucidates that if this discipline is not enforced, the beastmen would run wild and surely kill their human counterparts. Much like the lion who must not be allowed to overtake the master even in jest, lest he begin to dominate the trainer.

What this film demonstrates is the necessary realization and connection to one's natural animalistic state, lest imbalance tranform the denier into a broken creature. Dr. LaVey's infamous quote comes to mind:

"There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised."

One particularly notable scene depicts the stubbornly independant bullman fighting for his mental freedom, as he denies 'the law' and questions what is so wrong with realizing that one is an animal? Out in the bush, he vanquishes tiger with the obvious shedding of blood, and thereby becomes subject to the punishments of The House of Pain, but would rather run free and even die than suffer that indignity. Sadly for him, the consequence is lethal at the gunpoint of Montgomery, which then begins to raise other questions in the minds of the beastmen, as they slowly begin to realize the double-standards and hypocrisies enacted by the humans, in a likened "do as I say, not as I do" scenario, which does not sit well with them at all, and they begin to revolt. Revolution is the first step to evolution.

Beautiful resident orphan Maria {the gorgeous brunette Barbara Carrera} who was also rescued by Moreau as a child falls in lust with Montgomery, and remains with him through his transformation into manimal at the hands of Moreau, after he displays inclinations towards betrayal, and becomes an experiment, as his senses and instincts sharpen, excellerated pilose generation, legs to haunches, with an incessant desire to kill prey for food, but he remains in control of his civility nonetheless. She helps him escape the cage, the natives from thereon become restless as the mutiny scene develops, the ingrates set the compound aflame, with their maker placed in a suspended supine crucifixion.

Montgomery and Maria finally boat off to modern civilization.



* Also used as a large part of the litany comprising Dr. Anton LaVey's lycanthropic rite "Das Tierdrama" from 'The Satanic Rituals' book. The Island of Dr. Moreau is a LaVeyan recommendation.