"Run-of-the-mill" seems like a modestly accurate way to describe myself in terms of horror fandom. In certain respects I find that valuable, since ideally I can make an appeal to those like myself, to those who may be testing the waters, and hopefully to the hardcore horror fans as well. (And I sincerely encourage feedback, especially from the latter.) It wasn't until several years ago, the present time of this writing being December of '09 to give perspective, that the genre genuinely appealed to me and I owe all that to the film adaptation of Stephen King's 'IT'. After that, it was a slow and steady progression that grew into watching more Stephen King film adaptations, then into watching general horror films. In more recent years it's branched from solely films into different mediums, namely: comics (comic books, manga, graphic novels, webcomics, etc.), purely written literature, and different games.

But let's get to the point, shall we? The Darkley Niche is something I've constructed after the comic-in-progress that a friend and myself plan on self-publishing, an anthology of short horror stories much in the same vein as 'Tales from the Crypt' and similar titles. The series centers around a faceless persona we've affectionately dubbed Alan Darkley, the Niche's namesake, and a cast of storytellers whose tales fall within particular subgenres and sister genres of horror. This site is the drawing board, if you will, where everything posted is either a form of research or a roughing out of ideas. It's all relevant in some fashion. By exploring these different horror stories and their mediums a better understanding and influence of the genre, as well as inspiration, can be put into the comic. Even if you have no personal interest in the project, perhaps you can glean something from the reviews and the like. And if nothing else, the Niche will work to serve my own purposes.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

memorial: Zelda Rubinstein (May 1933 - Jan 2010)

Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina Barrons ('Poltergeist')

It was brought to my attention that actress Zelda Rubinstein, best known for her role as medium Tangina Barrons in the 'Poltergeist' films, as well as guest appearances in the 'Poltergeist: The Legacy' television series that followed as seer Christina, passed away yesterday at age seventy-six at Los Angeles' Barlow Respiratory Hospital. 'Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon' (2006) was the last film that she appeared in, meaning that from her earliest film debut, 'Poltergeist' (1982) being preceded by 'Under the Rainbow' (1981), her acting career spanned twenty-five years that began in her late forties and continued into her early seventies. That's impressive by my standards. Aside from her contribution to the AIDS/HIV public awareness campaign during the 1980s, which could have jeopardized her career, Rubinstein is commendable for her lifelong effort to help little people like herself. A woman whose height was overshadowed by an ample heart, Zelda Rubinstein will be missed.

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