The Fantasy Super Wonder Group!

Now as most of you know, I do like music a bit … Ok, a lot! i listen to a lot of genres but Im mostly (and always have) been into Metal and most of its many, many different sub-genres. Be it Death, Black, Power, Tech Death, Prog, well you get the picture. Metal aside for the moment, I do listen to listen to a lot of other things. For those of you that know me, you will know that I am a massive fan of Rush, Toto, Steely Dan, Yes, King Crimson, Camel etc. I could go on and on and on. But I will leave that for another time.

So, with me and my tangent-like mind, I thought about this- What if the some characters from many Fantasy books came together and formed a band? Ok, so some of the characters that i have chosen dont actually play any instruments but lets just say that they do and it just was never mentioned or they were practicing their instrument of choice between the pages. STAY WITH ME PEOPLE! Ahem … Ok, heres what I came up with.

Name of Character – The Marquis de Carabas

Book – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Instrument – Vocals 

When I was reading this book, the Marquis reminded me of a vocalist I used to play music with. very self confident and arrogant, and a bit of a dandy. This does mean that his stage wear would be rather flamboyant, and Im sure he would give the audience a good show. As far as his vocal style goes, I imagine him to sound a little like Geoff Tate from the band Queensrÿche with a little bit of Jim Morrison from The Doors.

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Name of Character – Kvothe

Book – Kingkiller Chronicle series (The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear.) By Pat Rothfuss

Instrument – Guitar (7 string)

But Kvothe plays a lute! I hear you cry. Yes, I know he plays a lute but in this band I thought he could play a guitar, and seven string no less. Im sure he could handle it. Yes it might seem like an obvious choice to have Kvothe in this band but personally with a musician as talented as Temerant’s own Hendrix of the lute, It would be silly not to have his string wizardry. In the Pat Rothfuss’ Kvothe is a dedicated musician and knows a wide range of songs. I decided to give him a seven string as I reckon he could handle it. As far as style goes I see Kvothe as a sort of cross between Richie Blackmore from Deep Purple and Blackmore’s night, with a little bit of virtuosity in the style of neo-classical mega shredder, Yngwie Malmsteen.

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Name of Character – Vin Venture

Book – The Mistborn trilogy (The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages.) by Brandon Sanderson

Instrument – Drums

Lets face it doing what Vin does being an Allomancer (magic through using certain types of metals when swallowed) there is something very rhythmic about the way she fights and leaps into action. So she would be a perfect drummer and with her throwing coins about the place imagine the speeds and drum fills she could do, she wouldnt even need sticks! and belonged to Kelsier’s crew she already has experience of working within a group albeit a very different type of group. I would imagine Vin playing drums in the style of say Phil Collins and his complex drum patterns from the Genesis album Selling England By the Pound, and perhaps a little Stewart Copeland from The Police with those lovely cymbal and Hi-Hat flourishes, and perhaps a touch of Neil Peart from Rush. final-empire

Name of character – Wydrin the Copper Cat of Crosshaven

Book – The Copper Promise by Jennifer Williams

Instrument – Bass

Well, there were other candidates for the bassist of this little group but my mind kept returning to the Copper Cat, the adventurer with her twin blades and one particular scene involving some rather flashy eye wear in The Copper Promise that probably makes her one of the grooviest characters ever Bass players are groovy … Im not just saying that because I am one but being a bassist is all about groove and Wydrin more than qualifies for this. Her playing style would be a cross between Doug Wimbish from Living Colour, and Martín Mendez from Opeth, a lovely mixture of funk slap style with some really rocking grooves interwoven with some lovely bass fills, as well as a lovely smoothness to her playng style and tone. posting-cover.jpg So what we have here is a band that totally defies the bounds of musical genre and would create a kind of music that would be all kinds of cosmic. Something that incoporates folk metal with lashings of prog rock, and reggae beats with a rather funky groove and soaring, gritty and yet velvet vocals. And to our next question, what does one call such a group of chart smashers? I shall leave that to you dear readers

Ghoul Post by David Annandale (aka The Horror Supremo): Creeping Flesh and Meaty Themes

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Hello all, and welcome to the special Halloween Ghoul post by David Annandale.
Firstly I would like to thank David for doing this guest post, it is a terrific pleasure to have him on the moustached man’s blog. David is a very busy fellow, if he is not hunting the hordes of Chaos in the Warhammer 40K universe, he is giving lectures on the awesomeness of the cinematic galaxy to university students in the Canadian University of Manitoba. David is also a regular host on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast
He can also be found roaming the halls of the twittersphere @David_Annandale and is an overall splendid chap. So without further ado here is the man himself.

So first, a big thanks to Romeo for inviting me to be a guest on his blog. Given the season, what I’m going to do is talk about one of my favourite films to watch on Hallowe’en. I’ve been a horror fan for most of my life, so choosing one for the year’s Big Horror Night is difficult. During this season, I tend to gravitate more toward the atmospheric, the spooky and the old school, rather than the gore fest (which is not in any way to disparage the latter — if it’s been more than five minutes since I waxed enthusiastic about Martyrs, I need to rethink my life choices). Thus, Night of the Demon (1957) is a frequent contender for Hallowe’en viewing for me. In recent years, however, my go-to choice has become Freddie Francis’ The Creeping Flesh.

Some spoilers follow.

Produced by Tigon Pictures in 1973, The Creeping Flesh feels a lot like a Hammer film, what with the Victorian setting, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in the cast, and Freddie Francis behind the camera (among other Hammer films, he directed Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, though his greatest contribution to the horror film is likely as the DP for the non-Hammer The Innocents). Cushing plays a scientist who discovers a giant skeleton during his travels abroad. He comes to believe this monster was the literal embodiment of evil. Even more ominously, when exposed to water, the skeleton starts regenerating flesh.

Cushing’s wife is an inmate of Lee’s asylum. Terrified that his beloved daughter (Lorna Heilbron) will go down the same path, he injects her with a solution of the partially reformed creature’s blood, reasoning that he is inoculating her against evil. Things, as they say, Do Not Go Well.

So why do I love this film so? It has the great period atmosphere of British Gothics of that era (inaugurated in 1957 by The Curse of Frankenstein, but very much in its twilight in 1973). It has Cushing and Lee at daggers drawn, which is always entertaining. And the full manifestation of the monster is a sight to behold. But conceptually and thematically, the film is fascinating and rewards multiple viewings.

However much they are at odds, both Cushing and Lee’s characters are quintessential patriarchs, utterly convinced they belong at the top of the Great Chain of Being, and that they Know Best. And for these men, female sexuality is indistinguishable from insanity. In his desperate attempt to control his daughter’s sexuality, Cushing winds up destroying her, unleashing a damaged, violent form of the very thing he sought to repress. So not only does Evil itself have a towering physical presence in the film, but the brutal mechanisms of patriarchy are given explicit representation as well.

Furthermore, the film implies that the horrors of the twentieth century are precipitated by the evil released by Cushing. And though Evil has an external reality, its release is due to the fears and privileged beliefs of Cushing. This Gothic family drama, then, is a reminder that wars and other social cataclysms do not come out of nowhere, however much we may delude ourselves otherwise.

A cool monster. Great atmosphere. Wonderful spookiness. Icons of the field doing their thing. And, if you will forgive me, plenty of thematic meat on its bones. How could I do anything but adore The Creeping Flesh?

Thanks again David! and I hope everyone has an enjoyable Halloween.

David Annandale brings doom to untold billions as a writer of Warhammer 40,000 fiction for the Black Library, most recently in the novel Maledictus, and The Damnation of Pythos. As the author of the horror novel Gethsemane Hall, he hopes to end sleep for you forever. During the day, he poisons minds as he teaches film, video games and English literature at the University of Manitoba. If you have any fragments of hope still left, you can have them crushed at his website or by following his Twitter account.

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