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This legendary seven-hour silent French serial, one of the earliest and
most original gangster films, combines realism and fantasy. Written and
directed by Louis Feuillade, Les Vampires concerns an intrepid
reporter's pursuit of a strange gang of jewel thieves terrorizing
Paris. The gang ambitiously seeks political, psychological, and sexual
domination of the city's social elite, with the seductive Irma Vep (an
anagram of "vampire") as its brazen leader. While slow going at first,
the 10-part serial becomes more and more fascinating with each episode,
thanks in large part to the alluring Musidora as Irma Vep. Because of
her many guises and frightful charms, she truly becomes a vampire of
Ankh Pendant, Sterling Silver
The Ankh, also known as the acrux ansata, is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph meaning "eternal life".
Egyptian gods, like Anubis (the god of the dead), are often portrayed
carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over
their breasts. It's association with life and death has linked the
symbol in modern times with the concept of immortality, sanctuary,
magic, and vampires. For example, in Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series Sandman the character of Death wears an ankh.
A LIfe Less Lived
Yes, I was one of those kids: big, messy hair; black clothes; makeup on
the weekends; surly demeanor with everyone but my friends. But my
friends were legion. And what bonded us all? Goth music--dark, arty,
dramatic, epic, apocalyptic. It gave us focus and refuge during those
formative years. Pulling together artists that wouldn't normally be
part of such a box set, this collection includes many of the most
influential bands in the genre (the Cure, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the
Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, The Lorries, Neubauten, and Alien Sex
Fiend). The collection also includes music videos, and a cover of the
Cure's "Hanging Garden" by new-schoolers A.F.I. Excellent stuff.
The Curious Sofa: A Pornographic Work by Ogdred Weary
the New York Times writes of Edward Gorey, "His satires (often of
tawdry Victorian mysteries) are not mere commentaries on the manners
and mores of a distant age; they are inventive narratives about evil
adults, mischievous children, illicit lovers and improbable beasts."
Or, in the case of The Curious Sofa, improbable furniture. As Gorey
tells us on the cover, this is "a pornographic work" (pornographic
horror, in fact) with a picture on every page.