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Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Going on Public Display

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One of the most famous horror writers of all time has been immortalized in a very cool way. Edgar Allan Poe has received his very own bronze bust, which was unveiled in 2014 and will be on public display at the Boston Public Library after its grand reopening today, July 9th!

From the Press Release:
The Edgar Allan Poe bronze bust will soon be on display for public viewing in the newly renovated Johnson building at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square, following the building’s grand reopening ceremony on July 9th.

The bust was formally unveiled and donated to the library on October 30, 2014, the plan being that its final placement would indeed be alongside many other fine busts in the library’s vast art collection in the Johnson building. Supporters of the project included literary and film heavyweights Guillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, George R.R. Martin, Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, and Jen and Sylvia Soska.

While the initial presentation was on the traditional black alder pedestal with a bronze donor plaque as with Bryan Moore’s busts of H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker, the library has elected to create a new plaque in a prime location for an updated presentation consistent with the design motif of the other displayed busts.

“Moore’s bust of Edgar Allan Poe is in good company in the Central Library’s fiction area, alongside other notable literary influencers – Maya Angelou, Henry James, and Mark Twain,” reports Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services, Michael Colford.

Sculptor Bryan Moore adds, “When the project team and I donated the Poe bust to the library, it’s exact display location was unknown so we provided a bust pedestal and donor plaque so that it could be placed anywhere in the fair and pillared halls of the Boston Public Library. Seeing these new photos of the bust in the Johnson building, I think the staff of the Boston Public Library has made a wonderful decision that I believe truly elevates the display status of the Poe bust, ensuring that all the project donors are honored and making the bust much more accessible for readers and visitors to the library. I applaud the Boston Public Library and wholeheartedly support their decision for allowing Edgar Allan Poe fans from across the globe to pay tribute to its native son in the city of his birth in one of Boston’s finest institutions.”

As part of the fundraising campaign, Moore will be making a financial donation of $1,000.00 on behalf of the project donors to Boston’s children’s literacy program “Read Boston” concurrent with the new Johnson Wing opening. “Now that the bust of Poe is finally available for public viewing, it’s my pleasure to put the finishing touch on the project by presenting a donation to ‘Read Boston’ in the middle of August,” says Moore. “Part of the joy of doing these bust projects of famous authors of the macabre is being able to give back something to future generations of readers.”

Moore’s bust of H.P. Lovecraft is on public view at the Providence Athenaeum Library in Providence, Rhode Island, and his bust of Bram Stoker will be unveiled in Ireland at the Dublin Writers Museum on November 8, 2016.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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