On Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:12:45 AM UTC-4, D B Davis wrote:
> Lawrence Watt-Evans <***@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, 4 May 2018 19:41:37 -0000 (UTC), D B Davis <***@crcomp.net>
> > wrote:
> >> Fair warning. This thread's about to take a turn for the worse.
> >>Decent folk will find little of wholesome value beneath this point.
> >> Still with me? Hitchcock movie fans owe it to themselves to see the
> >>2012 biopic _Hitchcock_. The biopic tells the story of how Hitch makes
> >>the movie about the eponymous _Psycho_ (Block).
> >> Early on Hitch decides to purchase all available copies of the Block
> >>in order to deny people the opportunity to read it for themselves. Both
> >>the Block and the movie are based upon a sick, twisted, piece-of-work
> >>named Ed Gein.  You need to know a little about Gein before we
> >>proceed so you may want to take a quick peek at his Wikipedia bio if you
> >>never heard of Gein before.
> >> In the biopic Hitch hosts a kaffeeklatsch presser to announce his
> >>intentions for _Psycho_ the movie. He passes around some Ed Gein crime
> >>scene photos. A general consensus of disgust registers on all of the
> >>faces in the room. They hate it. But, as Hitch wryly notes, "They can't
> >>take their eyes off of it, can they?"
> >> That's sort of how dystopic literature grabs me. It's hard for me to
> >>take my eyes off of it.
> >> Joss #himtoo Whedon tells viewers to "bring your own subtext" when
> >>they watch a Whedon movie. It seems that PKD more-or-less tells readers
> >>to "bring your own paranoia" when you read his dystopic fiction.
> >>1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein
> > A nitpick and a bit of literary trivia:
> > It's Bloch, not Block. Lawrence Block, the mystery writer, spells it
> > with a K, but Robert Bloch used an H.
> > As for the trivia: Bloch wrote _Psycho_ based on early newspaper
> > accounts of Ed Gein's crimes; he didn't have most of the gruesome
> > details. I sometimes wonder what he (and later Hitchcock) would have
> > produced had Bloch known all that sick stuff before writing his novel.
> _In Cold Blood_ (Capote) strikes pretty close to home, for me. Beings
> some of my extended family farms the part of Kansas where the quadruple
> murder occurred.
> Capote was a warped, but gifted author. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is
> one of my favorites. He apparently indulged in poetic license in some
> parts of _In Cold Blood_, which remains unread by me thus far.
It's generally considered one of the first "non-fiction novels"
which mingled journalism with novelistic techniques.
> Gein lends credibility to the criminal cannibal clan that appears in
> "The Heirs of Sawney Beane" (Watt-Evans). My wife just naturally accepts
> that psychopaths are a fact-of-life and you never know when you're going
> to run into one. Situational awareness, which is its own form of
> intelligence, is everything in such encounters.
> The red fox spotted by me yesterday while walking my dog around a
> nearby watering hole, was certainly situationally aware. It took to the
> high ground and never took its eyes off of me.
When I lived in Milwaukee, working in bookstores, we always
sold a lot of this one:
Edward Gein, America's most bizarre murderer
by Robert H. Gollmar (Charles Hallberg, Delavan WI 1981)
St Martin's brought it out in paperback in 1984. Gollmar
was the judge who presided over the trial.
Traffic reports on the radio would mention "the Plainfield curve"
on I-43. Traffic accidents there, which were frequent, would
sometime elicit macabre jokes about "Ed ordering food in again."