The Giant Red Leech… have grown so big that they no longer simply suck blood but now actively hunt giant blue worms and suck them down like spaghetti. The new footage shows the leech detecting a worm’s trail and following the scent like a sniffer dog. When it encounters its prey it quickly latches on and moves its lips up and down the iridescent blue body. “It was either searching for an end to grab, or was working out whether it was too big to eat” said documentary director Paul Williams. “When it found an end it started to suck. It was incredible.”
I’m not sure what freaks me out the most… the sniffing, the swiftness or the slurping. Witness the horror for yourself:
The stories in H.P. Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle are some of my favourite weird tales. I’ve just heard news that The Dreamlands film could be a reality through the wonders of crowdfunding.
According to the production team The Dreamlands will be…
… based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories “Celephaïs”, “The White Ship”, “The Strange High House in the Mist” and “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” among others. It will build upon the world created by H.P. Lovecraft but also remain faithful to his core concepts of fantastic escapism and cosmic horror.
Huan Vu (director, writer) previously worked on Die Farbe, a film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”, which renowned Lovecraftian scholar S.T. Joshi called “one of the best Lovecraft adaptations you will ever see”. Here’s a 6 minute trailer of The Dreamlands to whet your appetite for what could possibly be…
As of today (07/07/14) the project is almost 60% funded with 28 days to go before the crowdfunding deadline. Here’s a link to the project page on Indiegogo if you want to help bring The Dreamlands to life…
“Arthur Machen’s stories of the supernatural twitched the veil between our own world and an underworld populated by gods, demons and malevolent ‘little people’. His themes were visions, dreams and madness and his novel The Hill of Dreams was described on publication as “the most decadent book in the English language”. Machen was also responsible for one of the great myths of the First World War – the story of the ‘Angels of Mons’- and he has inspired generations of horror writers and film-makers, from Stephen King to Guillermo del Toro.”
“Machen spent a solitary childhood roaming the hills and woodlands of his native Monmouthshire. He became fascinated by the history and folklore of the border landscapes and the idea that this was a ‘thin place’ which touched supernatural borders too. As a writer he returned to this area again and again in stories which revealed abduction, possession and routes into dark underworlds. By contrast, his other favourite place was London and he was probably the first horror writer to set terrifying events in everyday, suburban settings.”
“Writer Horatio Clare grew up in the same Welsh landscapes which so haunted and inspired Machen. On the 150th anniversary of his literary predecessor’s birth, Horatio Clare hunts for Machen and his supernatural familiars in a North London necropolis, a fairy-haunted wood and a nightjar-haunted hill. And he meets an artist whose work was already full of malevolent Machen-esque faeries long before she discovered that Arthur Machen was actually her great-grandfather.”
“The house of horrors belonged to Major Thomas Weir, known as the Wizard of West Bow. Once a pillar of the community, he shocked the city after admitting crimes including … communicating with the dead.”
“When Weir was burned the staff he used to carry was also thrown in to the fire and it wriggled about like a snake.”
“Although no person dared live there, its windows were lit up at night, with weird shapes flitting past the dirty panes and strange music coming from inside.”
“It was presumed to have been destroyed in 1878… but … it was not razed and was in fact incorporated within a newly built chapel – today the Quaker Meeting House.”
Only 48 hours to go on Venger Satanis’ Kickstarter for his old school weird-fantasy adventure. It’s already successfully funded but if it gets some more last-minute love it’ll get an extra 16 pages of stretch goal goodness. Slurp!