"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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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Vicki's makeover

After doing a little research on 'The Bride of Frankenstein', it seems that the black-and-white hair of the Bride is actually a large misconception. Elsa Lanchester (1902-1986), who portrayed both Mary Shelley and the Bride in Universal's 1935 horror classic, was, from what I understand, a natural redhead whose own hair was combed over a light wire cage whilst acting in the latter role. As for the light streaks, I assume that these were white, but this was not elaborated on.

I can't say that this is true with absolute certainty, but this claim was found by myself on a few unrelated sites. Color photographs and a portrait painting depict Ms. Lanchester with red hair, as well as a few professional sculptures of the Bride. It stands to lend this claim some credibility.

"Elsa Lanchester" (1925) by Doris Clare Zinkeisen

Mike Hill's Bride bust sculpture

Quite frankly, this bit of belated news blew me away. The iconic image of the Bride with her black-and-white hair is one that is ingrained in the mainstream mindset. And that's when it came to me. In this I saw an opportunity to give Vicki Westonecraft, one of the Darkley comic storytellers, a makeover that would not only help give her some originality but also give some homage to this character's main inspiration. And so, the Niche presents to you the next step in fleshing Vicki's character design.

Vicki, before (left) and after (right)

Let us know what you think of the redesign, here at the Niche. Feedback is always encouraged!

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