Musings & Meditations

Death by Female

Posted in Art & Society, Mythology and Folklore by Pam Keesey on July 24, 2009

Death by female. Yeah, it’s a worry.

~ Jeanette Winterson
from an interview with Bill Moyers

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Jane Austen, Vampire

Posted in Art & Society, Books, Mythology and Folklore, Vampires by Pam Keesey on July 20, 2009

This just in from Kate Ward at Entertainment Weekly:

Look out, Jane! Austen’s work has already been attacked by brain munchers in Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Now her classic tale will meet up with bloodsuckers. Authors Amanda Grange and Regina Jeffers have reimagined Pride’s hero as a vamp in Mr. Darcy, Vampyre (due out Aug. 11) and Darcy’s Hunger (Dec. 1), respectively. Meanwhile, Michael Thomas Ford has penned Jane Bites Back (Dec. 29), a novel that envisions the author herself as a vampire. One person who can’t quite wrap his head around the supernatural Austen phenom? Quirk’s editorial director Jason Rekulak, who dreamed up Zombies’ concept. “I just thought it would be funny to desecrate a classic work of literature,” he says. “For the longest time, Seth and I were the only two people who thought it was a really good idea.”

Wolf Song

Posted in Art & Society, Books, Mythology and Folklore, Sexuality and Culture, Werewolves by Pam Keesey on April 2, 2009

Poking around the ’net, I found this interesting piece on a site dedicated to “an understanding of the wolf, its natural, history, its varied relation to humans throughout the ages, and its role as a major symbol in folklore, myth, legend, art and religion, through education, science and public awareness.”

Among other things, they have a commentary on my book, Women Who Run with the Werewolves, and its inspiration, Women Who Run with the Wolves.

I’m particularly please with how they summarize my introduction to Women Who Run with the Werewolves:

This article is certainly not suggesting that modern women wish to go out and devour those who have wronged them in the past, but it does suggest that the use of both the wolf as well as the wolf-human hybrid monster can be transformed into tools of reflection on women’s contemporary social condition. A huge part of the appeal, again, is the simple escape from constricting ties. Commitments to work, family, friends, and society at large are not monstrous and they do not have to be domineering, yet a key feature of modern feminism lay in emphasizing the emotional need to feel in control, to be wild and free, to single-handedly determine the course of one’s own path. This is why many women choose to run with the wolves, as well as with the werewolves; the important part is the ability to choose itself.

The ability to choose. The power to choose. Yes, it’s all about empowerment.

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Joe Moe & Horrorwood Babbles On: Frights! Ephemera! Auction!

Posted in Art & Society, Relationships by Pam Keesey on March 30, 2009

My good friend — and Forry’s best pal — Joe Moe asked me to write something about what Forry’s collection means to me for an announcement of the upcoming auction of Forry’s collection. It was wonderful to reminisce, and there are more stories where this came from. To see the entire article, visit Dread Central and Joe Moe: Horrorwood Babbles On: Frights! Ephemera! Auction!

Pam at the AckerMiniMansion

Me at the AckerMiniMansion

“To me, Forry’s collection is an extension of Forry himself. There was a little bit of him in every piece that he owned. He was so generous with his collection, too. I remember the first time I visited him and he, knowing my love of classic Hollywood movie stars, encouraged me to put on a pair of shoes once worn by Marlene Dietrich. Or the time he and I had our photographs taken together, in which he had me wear Bela Lugosi’s cape and ring. This is the closest I would ever come to meeting those icons myself, and it was Forry who made this world so much bigger, an experience that transcended time and space and put me, quite literally, in Marlene Dietrich’s shoes.”

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Lesbian Vampires Will Never Die

Posted in Art & Society, Movies by Pam Keesey on March 17, 2009

It’s a headline in today’s edition of Telegraph. I don’t know about Telegraph, but I’ve been saying it for years….