More words I wished I’d written

was paging through a few-months-old notebook and stumbled on this, which I’d copied down from Antonia Quirke’s bfi book on JAWS. brilliant, brilliant stuff:

There are two types of monsters. The first is our incarnation of fear. King Kong, Dracula, Godzilla. The other, of which the first sharkless hour of Jaws is a supreme example, is the inflection of the whole landscape with fear. Virus horrors, the Maryland woods of the Blair Witch, Hanging Rock. In the first type the monster is an irruption of the unnatural into the world. But the second type inverts this. The unnatural presence is us. Incarnated monsters usually punish a specific fault. Inflected landscapes make being human the fault. We’re the guilty ones and fear any punishment is justified. (p.44)

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ATBS :: Bewitched

No excuse for it, I’m sure, but somehow I missed BEWITCHED when it was at the theater. I mean, I loved the series–it’s kind of been instrumental to my whole identity-formation-thing (it and I DREAM OF JEANNIE)–but had doubts they’d be able to cast an Esmerelda as good as the original. if I’m getting the name wrong, I’m talking about the mom-in-law there. Anyway, just got this in my inbox, from a friend: it’s a still from BEWITCHED, that has ATBS in it. kinda cool. click on it for the big image.

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Demon Theory in the Cage catalog

cage catalog

hey, just realized that maybe all of you (or, one of you, or, hi mom, I don’t know) didn’t have the cool MacAdam/Cage catalog like I do. so I stuffed the Demon Theory pages in the scanner, which was a lot more complicated than I’d anticipated, the catalog being oversized, but, after I got everything straightened out, wound up with some 12MB img, which is ridiculous to try to make clickable. so I sucked it into a PDF, which you should get if you click the image here.

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Glitches, etc

if you click somewhere and, I don’t know, something bad or unexpected happens, or if you’re having trouble with some form, with display in some browser, anything along those lines, put a comment down under this if you want, please. We’ll try to get on it (where ‘we’ = ‘I’).

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Site FAQ

IS THIS SITE OFFICIAL?

see the Author faq.

I DIDN’T TYPE IN ‘DEMONTHEORY.NET,’ YET THAT’S WHAT’S IN MY ADDRESS BAR.

still playing with that, when I can remember to. have ‘stephengrahamjones.net’ and ‘stephengrahamjones.com’ writing themselves over ‘demontheory.net’ for a while, if that’s the link you clicked to get here. but yeah, the three domains/URLs/addresses: they all resolve to each other, are the same thing. no worries.

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Images

that wall

The first is central to Seven Spanish Angels, the second kind of prescient to Demon Theory:

[ click them for the larger img ]

That monkeys-img is thanks to a reader. the cite on it, I think, is: by Massimo Carnivale. it’s the cover for the 40th issue of that Y the Last Man comic (Brian K. Vaughn).

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House of Fiction

read enough stuff, you can’t help but start keeping lists. this is mine:

http://demontheory.net/wp-admin/excl/manifesto.swf

it’s a link now, because I made this with Flash, like 76 years ago, and Flash is tricky to embed in this WordPress that Flash never even dreamed of . . . ]

I’ll probably keep adding to it, yeah. one thing I see now that I forgot to put on there was that oftentimes the writer will be including what seems like gratuitous sex–ie, doing everything shy of including a picture for those with time on their hands–for the same reason another writer might put unicorns in his story: because they think it sure would be near to actually see a unicorn . . .

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Draw the line HERE…

[ all the entries and posts and pages &etc below this timestamp are wrong. just all stuff I copied over from the old/other site. so, yeah, I could go into the mySQL table(s), rig the times to some approximation of what they are, or were, but, too, I kind of like the idea of all the dates in here bottoming out in late January, here (right after I turned 34…). however, this place being shiny new and all that, if you find any deadlinks or navigational dead ends or get caught in some spin-cycle somewhere, let me know. the only issue I’m aware of right now, with the place half-built, is that that ATBS script/PDF over in Exclusives might have enough security stuff going on with it that Mozilla isn’t just superfond of opening it. at least my Mozilla. IE’s no problem, however. Trick is, legally, I’m not supposed to make it printable. so, I don’t know: good luck. ]

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Vomitus

I don’t write essays, but, anyway, been meaning to for a couple of years now. planned subject: all the fake throwing up in movies. it’s so insulting to me when the character leans over and hurls up some obvious mouthful of soup or something. their sides hardly contracting in dry heaves, none of that. maybe it’s just that throwing up was the one sport I could have gone olympic in, I don’t know.

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