Giveaway for this book begins on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Giveaway for this book begins on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
On Sunday, 9/20/15, I had the good fortune to see Keir Dullea at the Film Forum down in the Village. After the Film "Bunny Lake is Missing" he spoke and took questions for about twenty minutes.
Most people know Keir Dullea as the astronaut turned Star-Child in 2001: A Space Odyssey. He again played the Dave Bowman character in 2010: The Year We Made Contact.
The performances of Lynley, Dullea and in particular Laurence Olivier were excellent but by today's standards the psychological motivations did not make enough sense. When "the crazy one" was finally exposed I kept saying, "Are they certain they have the right person?" Keir Dullea's interview was more impressive and made the entire evening worthwhile.
Interview at the Film Forum
Mr. Dullea will never age (he mentioned he would soon be 80).
To me , he will always be the StarChild of 2001.
A sixteen year old slave named Judy has arrived in Louisiana
but this ruthless psychic has an agenda of her own.
When I began my reading frenzy, I discovered Stephen King's first published book called "Carrie." Even when his other books were made available, I always remembered and admired his first. Also in 1976, Barry Manilow released a song called "Weekend in New England." Every time I heard the whimsical lyrics and its moving orchestration, I was reminded of the movie. Those thoughts led me to eventually make this video. "Sue's Hope" is a tribute to the collaboration that occurred between these two men, even though they were unaware of it.
Thank you Stephen and Barry.
Last night, 10/22/15, my dear daughter surprised me with movie tickets to see the film "Carrie." We saw the flick at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers, NY.
She knows that "Carrie" continues to be my favorite horror movie of all time. This is the1976 version, based on the book by Stephen King, directed by Brian De Palmer, with the role of Carrie played by Sissy Spacek.
Movie Poster Advertisement in 1976
There are some marked differences between the book and the film but De Palmer effectively captured the flavor of total confusion one feels during adolescence. Add the tastefully done nude scenes, Carrie’s growing telekinetic powers and of course, the horror sequences and you have a well conceived plan to lure you in and then scare your pants off.
It was noticeable that some of the “teenagers” were a bit on the older side but this was the only down side of the movie. The characters that Piper Laurie, John Travolta, William Katt and Amy Irving played are worth a mention but Sissy Spacek’s excellent rendition of the Carrie character (she is such a good actress) combined with the film's serene and haunting soundtrack, pulls you into the film’s innocence and eventual tragedy.
(As ridiculous as it might seem to run a spoiler alert for a movie that’s been out since 1976, there are those who have not seen the movie yet.
I don't want to spoil it for them).
Personal Note- This writer has always been an avid horror watcher. I enjoy the rush of a good scare. I like to laugh and joke with friends but I handle myself conservatively while in all public movie theaters. I was not prepared for what I was about to witness, the first time that I saw the movie.
At the end of the movie, there is a dream sequence that is calming for the character Sue Snell and the audience. The set up is, Carrie has killed her mother and herself. You figure this brings closure to the movie because the main character has died. Sue, being the only survivor of the high school fire is, of course, traumatized. During her dream, she places flowers at the empty lot where her “friend” Carrie has died.
The photography is hazy and the music is serene and tranquil. To me, the movie was obviously winding down, as Sue was giving her tribute to Carrie. As Sue knelt down, I was putting my arm in my jacket. My eyes were still on the screen as I waited for the credits to scroll down. Sue was about to place the bouquet on the ground, when Carrie’s bloody hand reached out from between the rocks and grabbed Sue’s wrist. I half stood up and screamed “Nooooo!!”
Soon after this, Sue woke and the dream (and the movie) ended.
I remember back in 1976 that others in the audience screamed in horror but no one screamed as loudly as I did. If anyone told me that I was going to react this way in a crowded movie theater, I would have said they were crazy. I was genuinely scared!
Eerie movie fact – Sissy Spacek was actually buried under the ground in order to do this scene.
**End of Spoiler Alert**
Horror movies after Carrie have used the “unexpected added ending” while others rely heavily on gore and special effects. Regardless of when this movie was made or how often you see it, Carrie can still bring you to the edge of your seat and then knock you off it. As my daughter, Danielle, has heard me say many times before, Carrie will always be a masterpiece of horror film making at it’s best.
I wrote the short story Poor Interfaces knowing that for some, the subject of people with intellectual disabilities would be a touchy one. In the fictional story, Paul has outburst issues and his caregiver, Russell, assists him with this through the use of cranial implants. This innovative intervention has become the accepted science of the day but a sequence of events occurs that cause changes for everyone involved.
Those that are not familiar with the population, first think of the cute Down syndrome child at a Special Olympic event, that they’ve seen on television. The attitude that this group or related subject matter is too delicate to talk about comes more from those that aren’t as well informed as they could be. Any that have worked in the field and/or those with a friend or family member who has a disability, understand that achievement levels, diagnosis and on-going struggles are unique for each individual. There is no such thing as a cut in stone stereotype that applies to all who are intellectually disabled. The reality is that this population is as diverse as any group of people as are their wants and needs.
After being a part of these individuals’ lives for more than thirty years, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective. This sometimes-emotional but always rewarding journey, led me to write Poor Interfaces. From the staff that deals with daily hands-on tasks, to those that have administrative and clinical responsibilities, respect and kindness is the common factor, which will lead to lasting advancements.
On the science side, there will always be advancements for those with disabilities. What we think of today as science fiction may very well be commonplace within a decade or less. Regardless of the nuances, all advances must be tempered with the need to see each person as an individual. That way, there’s less chance to lose focus on the reason we are trying to help.
If anything, there needs to be a lot more stories about the intellectually disabled. As long as the subject matter is handled respectfully, the increased exposure can only further educate and enrich us all.
Lloyd A. Green
Poor Interfaces - New sci-fi/horror short story about a disabled adult and the person who cares for him. Just how connected should two people be?
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I enjoy the mystery that writing a good story offers. Effective writing has occurred when the reader is forced to quickly look over their shoulder.