Around the Web: Mary Shelley, Horror Literature, Fantômas

In addition to publishing two very different titles over the past month via my micro-publishing imprint Heretical Sexts, I’ve also been blogging for two excellent websites that have been kind enough to say “yes” when I pitch them ideas like “GIFs about silent movies” or “essays about female historical figures with a sexy twist.”

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Over at Slutist, you can read my latest installment of Great Moments in Historical Sluttery features Mary Shelley. For those of you who think of Mary Shelley only in terms of being the author of “Frankenstein” (no mean feat, mind you), prepare your brains to learn that she was also a prolific author and free thinker who was responsible for elevating her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, to the status of literary royalty after his untimely death. There’s also some stuff in there about graveside sex, because lurid historical details delight me to no end.

I’ve also started writing for Dirge Magazine, where I’ll be contributing a couple of posts a month on signature “lurid, weird, and fantastique” topics. Dirge is a great resource for articles on what I like to think of as Pan-Spooky-ist topics: movies, music, art, writing, and general creepy-sexiness.

I kicked things off in style with an essay on why you guys should be watching the Fantômas serials. It’s got rad GIFs like this:

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I also made a list of seven songs inspired by dark classics of literature and graciously provided links to where folks can read these wonderful books, because I am only capable of loving old, anachronistic things. A lot of people read that article, which is pretty cool. I hope they all listened to Toto Coelo’s “Dracula’s Tango” all the way through (I still think that song is woefully under-appreciated). Then again, if they just played The Velvet Underground’s “Venus in Furs” over and over again, I am comfortable with that outcome as well.

Photo by SylivieTheCamera.com
Photo by SylivieTheCamera.com

Finally, dear friend and fellow lover of weird, old things Mlle. Ghoul took some time out to interview me on her blog Unquiet Things. We chatted about Tinto Brass, Mensur, and Scooby Doo. I also reveal that Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film” was single-handedly responsible for getting MTV banned in my household.

Kevin and Kate Geek Out About Super Villains – July 30, 2015

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New York area pals rejoice! I’m going to be joining comedian and hyphenate pop culture enthusiast Kevin Maher for a celebration of the ghastliest, most horrible, and all-around dastardliest bad guys for Kevin Geeks Out About Super Villains on Thursday July 30 at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn. I’ve been furiously editing video, making gifs, and getting my comics into a presentable format for the event, which will be a one-of-a-kind variety show featuring experts, artists, and other assorted weirdoes.

View the trailer here:

Trailer: KEVIN GEEKS OUT ABOUT SUPERVILLAINS from Nitehawk Cinema on Vimeo.

For those unfamiliar with Nitehawk, it’s a fantastic movie theater featuring a full-service bar and kitchen. I will advise you NOT to start a drinking game where you take a slug every time I compare a super villain to “the demonic other” or any time a speaker suggests they might want to have filthy, filthy sex with one of the super villains being discussed. You might die.

There will also be an audience participation game during which one lucky bastard will win an original Red Skull painting by *me*, in case the promise of drinks, laughs, and general weirdness wasn’t enough.

The evening’s rogue’s gallery of presenters includes:

Click here to purchase advance tickets!