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Episode 19: The King’s Eclipse

 

The King’s Eclipse: two works originally intended to be one, Gerald’s Game and Dolores Claiborne

 

A huge thank you to Bev Vincent, my King consultant for this episode. He is the authority on all things King, and I highly recommend every one of his books. Here’s his work on the King:

 

Quoted, cited, and referenced

Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses From Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren

Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses  1986-2035 and Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses 1591-2500 both by Fred Espanek, NASA astrophysicist

 

Shakespeare: King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra

Paradise Lost by John Milton

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

 

In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses by Anthony Aveni

 

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

 

A Treatise of Eclipses of the Sun and Moon 1715-1744 by Charles Leadbetter

 

All of the episode’s books have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

Audible recommendation for your free book to keep, for trying one month of membership free (and supporting my podcast, thank you so very much!): click through audibletrial.com/mightbecupcakes, and choose either Dolores Claiborne, narrated by the wonderful character actor Frances Sternhagen, or Gerald’s Game, narrated by the equally strong Lindsay Crouse. You may also support me by purchasing them through Audible’s partner, Amazon, and again, I thank you:

 

 

Film versions

trailer for the film version of Dolores Claiborne

trailer for the film version of Gerald’s Game, now on Netflix:

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Episode 17: Wolves and Hoods

Stories read in this episode

“Le Petit Chaperon Rouge” by Charles Perrault: The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

“Little Red-Cap” by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (related to them by Jeannette and Marie Hassenpflug): The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

“The True History of Little Golden Hood” by M. Charles Marelles, collected in Andrew Lang’s Red Fairy Book

Literature quoted in this episode

“The Company of Wolves” in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (75th anniversary edition)

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Transformations by Anne Sexton (The Complete Poems)

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Suggested exploration of the Hood and Wolf in the movies

my favorite: Hard Candy

The Company of Wolves, based upon Angela Carter’s short story, above

Red Riding Hood (2011), with Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman

Trick R Treat-one of the many stories entwined in this anthology

Freeway (1996), with Kiefer Sutherland, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Plummer

Academic explorations

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) by Jack Zipes
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Editions) by Marie Tatar

All books added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

Agnes Grace Weld as Little Red Riding Hood, photographed by Lewis Carroll

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Episode 19 Teaser

Lovelies, I am sorry, but I am not going to be recording and publishing until tomorrow. I almost had a syncope (POTS fainting) episode today–luckily thwarted by last week’s ER doc’s medical advice, but even “almost” tears my body up.

But it’s going to be a good one, and since I am late, I will go ahead and spill:

It’s all about the eclipse, folklore about eclipses, and all tied into The Eclipse: The King Eclipse that empowered and psychically connected Jessie Burlingame (Gerald’s Game) and Dolores Clairborne.

To get you excited and tide you over, here’s the trailer for the amazing adaption of Dolores Claiborne, starring my friend in my head Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Enjoy, and I will see you tomorrow.

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Episode 10: Boo Without Goo: Scary Movies For the Squeamish

Hecate: O! Well done! I commend your pains,

and ever one shall share i’ the gains…

Sec. Witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

Open, locks,

Whoever knocks!

Macbeth, Willam Shakespeare

Scary movies for the squeamish: the list of 31 films

  1. Paranormal Activity (2010)
  2. Paperhouse (1990), based upon the young adult novel Marianne Dreams, by Catherine Storr
  3. Lady in White (1988)
  4. The Changeling (1980), with the amazing George C. Scott
  5. What Lies Beneath (2000), with Harrison Ford and Michelle Pffiefer
  6. 1408 (2007), the first Stephen King on the list–original story from the collection Everything’s Eventual
  7. Storm of the Century (1999), and there’s the second Stephen King (screenplay)
  8. The Others (2001)
  9. Dark Water: both the original (2002), directed by Ringu and Ringu 2 director Hideo Nakata, and the American remake (2005) with Jennifer Connolly; based upon the short story Floating Water (浮遊する水; Fuyū Suru Mizu from the collection From the Depths of Dark Water Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Kanji: 仄暗い水の底から) by Koji Suzuki
  10. Rose Red (2002), lookee, Stephen King again
  11. The Haunting (1963), based upon Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House
  12. Skeleton Key (2005)
  13. The Ward (2010)
  14. Summer of Fear, sometimes also known as Stranger in Our House (1978), based upon the young adult novel by Lois Duncan
  15. The Ones Below (2015)
  16. It Follows (2014)
  17. Jessabelle (2014)—warning for one dead goat carcass shown
  18. The Caller (2011)
  19. Return to Oz (1985), based upon the second, third and fourth books in the Oz series: The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
  20. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
  21. Emelie (2015)
  22. The Visit (2015)
  23. Rosemary’s Baby (1968), based upon the novel by Ira Levin
  24. The Blair Witch Project plus the short Curse of the Blair Witch (1999)
  25. Unfriended (2014)
  26. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), based upon the novel by Ray Bradbury
  27. The Good Son (1993), script written by novelist Ian McEwan, famous for Atonement
  28. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  29. The Houses October Built (2014)—this is a remake of the 2011 original by the same filmmakers, I have not seen the original. This is one of those movies that you will finish watching and swear it was gory. I promise you—no gore. None.
  30. One Hour Photo (2002)
  31. The Woman in Black (2012), based upon the novel by Susan Hill

bonus movie that I apparently inserted off the cuff during production: The Witch (2016)

All books added, as usual, to our bookshelf at Goodreads

 

Suggested book this week from Audible, my lovely sponsor:

Danse Macabre, by Stephen King, narrated by William Dufris. You can purchase it here, through Audible’s partner Amazon, or get it for free through my sponsor link from Audible, by signing up for a 30-day trial of Audible’s services. Either way, you are helping to support There Might Be Cupcakes, and I thank you heartily and humbly.

If you would like to purchase it in print, and still support me, you may do so by buying it through Amazon in either Kindle, hardcover, or paperback format, and thank you! I highly recommend it–it is my favorite book on the history of horror, what’s good about it (and what should be avoided)…and it reads like you’re having a beer and conversation with a good friend.

Fairuza Balk, Return to Oz (those are not podcast headphones)

From the list:

Addendums to Rose Red

not without goo:

book: The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life At Rose Red, and accompanying movie

Addendum to Something Wicked This Way Comes

the books:

series order:

  1. Dandelion Wine
  2. Something Wicked This Way Comes
  3. Farewell Summer
  4. Summer Morning, Summer Night

Addendum to Dark Water

the book tangents:

Koji Suzuki is also the author of the Ring novels:

  1. Ring
  2. Spiral
  3. Loop
  4. Birthday

Addendum to Rosemary’s Baby

The novel has a sequel: Son of Rosemary. If you cannot figure out the riddle given in a reasonable amount of time, hit me up.

My podcast recommendation this week: Faculty of Horror, Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West’s monthly graduate course on horror movies. Do your homework; here there be spoilers, and they grade on the curve of a knife.
Music used in this episode: “The Haunted Metronome”, by Pixyblink

 

Quoted in this episode (and not already mentioned)

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Episode 6: Let’s Go to the Movies

Part 1: the movie briefcase

Patton Oswalt‘s book: Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film

The Godfather (1972) …also from a novel, naturally

Movies from my childhood in episode:
Star Wars (1977)
The Rescuers (1977) …also from a novel
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Pete’s Dragon (1977)
Superman II (1980)
Herbie marathon: The Love Bug (1968), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

Part 2: found in translation

My books to movie list from this episode, in order:
Tie for 1. The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
4. The Dead Zone
5. Harriet the Spy
6. Frankenstein
7. Little Women
8. Hamlet
9. Interview with the Vampire
10. Dracula
special mention. Bridge to Terabithia

…and their best adaption to film, in my opinion (if given a choice):

 

…and don’t forget Scream (your girl’s been making it rain popcorn since 1996) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 original) (bound in a nutshell and made a king of infinite space)

 

 

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Episode 4: And Things That Go Bump in the Night

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Paranormal

First episode in series: Episode 3: True Boo, Part 1: Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties

Waverly Hills
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Waverly Hills Sanatorium: one of the many gargoyles–evil to ward away evil

Waverly Hills Sanatorium:

4400 Paralee Dr. Louisville, Ky 40272

official Facebook page

official website:

at Troy Taylor’s Prairie Ghosts

USS North Carolina Battleship

official website

Wikipedia entry with excellent information about hull number BB-55

Waverly Hills

 

Recommended books (also added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf):

Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places, by Brad Steiger

Strange Guests, by Brad Steiger (specifically about poltergeist activity and psychokinetic energy)

Leslie Rule’s (Ann Rule‘s daughter) collection of true ghost stories:

Weird Kentucky

Weird Carolinas

Fortean:

Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural, by Jim Steinmeyer

The Complete Books of Charles Fort

Quoted in-episode:

Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Empty House and Other Stories, by Algernon Blackwood

The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe

Randomly mentioned (for I am random): Poltergeist, The Man with No Name, A Nightmare on Elm Street

video evidence from Waverly Hills, taken by my friend, Crystal:

Waverly Hills

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Episode 1: Poe and Carla and Cupcakes: Nicetameetcha

Poe and Carla and Cupcakes: Nicetameetcha

In which Carla explains why eccentric doesn’t equal crazy, that horror poetry is a thing, and cupcakes are linked to better mental health. And books. So many books.

Believe only of what you see, and nothing of what you hear.

Edgar Allan Poe

original of Poe’s “Annabel Lee” manuscript, 1846

Annabel Lee

By Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;–
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

She was a child and was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingéd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud by night
chilling my Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me:—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud, chilling
And killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:–

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea. (original manuscript says “by the side of the sea”)

 

 

Valentine
Virginia‘s acrostic Valentine to Edgar, 1846, in her handwriting

text of Virginia Clemm Poe’s acrostic Valentine :

Ever with thee I wish to roam–

Dearest my life is thine.

Give me a cottage for my home

And a rich old cypress vine

Removed from the world with its sin and care

And the tattling of many tongues.

Love alone shall guide us when we are there–

Love shall heal my weakened lungs;

And Oh, the tranquil hours we’ll spend,

Never wishing that others may see!

Perfect ease we’ll enjoy without thinking to lend

Ourselves to the world and its glee–

Ever peaceful and blissful we’ll be.

 

Saturday February 14, 1846.

 

Harold Schechter: Edgar Allan Poe Mysteries series order

  1. Nevermore
  2. The Hum Bug aka Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery Museum
  3. The Mask of Red Death aka Edgar Allan Poe and the Frontier Fiend
  4. The Tell-Tale Corpse aka Edgar Allan Poe and the Concord Killer

Greg Behrendt:

more info on the Myers-Briggs, the INFJ (me) and the INFP (Poe)–take the test yourself at 16personalities.com

Book Riot: The Myers-Briggs Types of  101 Famous Authors (caveat: according to Book Riot)

 

And who is that John Nash guy with all the connections? I’m glad you asked: book, movie (everything’s connected)

The Dollop’s website, for which I write: thedollop.net — thedollop.net/tag/Poe

 

Podcast recommendations (tell ’em I sent you):

 

Edith Wharton’s spot-on take on the horrors of social drama and vicious gossip: The Age of Innocence (movie). Nailed the dismount.

 

See how everything’s connected? — Fascinating background context to their lives

Presidents during their lives:

at Edgar’s birth, until March 4, 1809: Thomas Jefferson; then James Madison

at Virginia’s birth, 1822: James Monroe

at Virginia’s death, 1847: James K. Polk

at Edgar’s death, 1849: Zachary Taylor

I always had this (erroneous, I see) picture in my head of Lincoln‘s being president during Edgar’s adult writing career. Hrm. Cognitive dissonance and reframing in brain occurring…now.

Full list of presidents from period of January 19, 1809 (Edgar’s birth) to October 7, 1849 (Edgar’s death)/(presidents in office during both Edgar and Virginia’s (18221847) lives in italics):

The first (and second) presidents ever to die in office! Imagine awakening to that newspaper. How earthshaking. Whoops, um, President Harrison has died after 30 days in office. Yeah, we don’t know to act, either, beyond inaugurating the vice president. AWKward. Stay tuned.

Harrison was also the last US president to be born a British subject on American soil (Charles City, Virginia); so, when his VP, John Tyler was elected, he was the first American-born citizen to be inaugurated as president. Yes, that means that James K. Polk was the first American citizen to be elected president. If you win at trivia thanks to me, give my podcast a shoutout, and let me know, hey?

Wars during this period:

War of 1812 (18121815)
Mexican War (18461848)

States ratified during Edgar’s life: 13 (the 5 states that joined the Union during Virginia’s life are in italics):

  1. Louisiana: 1812
  2. Indiana: 1816
  3. Mississippi: 1817
  4. Illinois: 1818
  5. Alabama: 1819
  6. Maine: 1820
  7. Missouri: 1821
  8. Arkansas: 1836
  9. Michigan: 1837
  10. Florida: 1845
  11. Texas: 1845
  12. Iowa: 1846
  13. Wisconsin: 1848

Think about it! 13 states became part of the United States during Poe’s lifetime! That’s not a casual hey-how-you-doing, now-you-belong-to-the-neighborhood-watch-committee thing. Edgar went to bed 13 times to awaken to newsies shouting about an entirely new state moving in next door. Make friends, because Arkansas just moved in and is never leaving. Enjoy your coffee; we’re 25 states now, not 24, don’t get it twisted. Welcome to the future.

 links in this section are to tags for these events and years at thedollop.net; if some of them don’t have any articles attached, they will eventually, believe you me

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