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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a special Doctober showcase from first-time contributor Nicknack Tabasco.
My relationship with Ian Fleming’s James Bond dates back to the late eighties when I first watched Dr. No one evening with my grandfather. In an age before DVR, my grandpa meticulously edited out every commercial while the movie aired using the pause button on his remote, which meant that sometimes when he fell asleep, whole scenes were missing. I watched the Bond movies so much I wore out the tapes. Dr. No has always been my favorite Bond villain. He’s a grotesque mad scientist, a megalomaniac with a love of epicurean delights and sadistic entertainments.
Years ago I went to a James Bond costume party in Alaska. As I walked through the house congested with Bond girls and evil masterminds, I saw a meditative Dr. No sitting alone at the kitchen table, surrounded by beer cans, who was scratching his face with metallic pincers like the Bond equivalent of Rodin’s thinker. It’s the image that always comes to mind when I think of Dr. No., the diabolical recluse with metal pincers for hands.
What makes a villain? Batman (and DC Comics in general) has taught us that all it takes is a name that sounds like a play-on-words and a single-minded obsession with an object or idea. However, Marvel comics tended to infuse a bit more pathos into their villains (although that has not yet been the case with their film line). However, the Spider-Man franchises over at Sony have made it very clear that their prerequisites for super-villainy are science experiments gone wrong and bad teeth.
Let me say this first. I am not a violent man. Most of the time, I actually hate when things come to blows, unless it’s in a fictional universe where no one is actually getting hurt. That sort of violence gets my blood going. Real violence however, is not something I usually condone. Now, before you all get bent out of shape at me calling people out, this is a work of fiction, and the people who are involved are not real. So calm the fuck down already. You calm? Good.
When I get involved in something, I tend to get a bit overzealous sometimes. What I mean by that is that I fully commit to whatever I am into, to the point that sometimes I will even get something drawn onto my skin permanently from whatever universe I happen to be traversing (Runes? Is that what they’re called?) Needless to say, I get emotionally and sometimes physically involved in my passions. I don’t do half assed when it comes to things I like. You should all know that by now.
The reason I am telling you this is because sometimes, we all get seriously heated at certain things and people that are involved in our favorite pass times. I know a lot of you would love to punch a villain from your favorite series right in the face, and if given the golden ticket from Last Action Hero, you would all gladly jump into the screen and piss on their burned and beaten corpse. Luckily, being the goddamn sorcerer and lover of the dark arts that I am, I am in a prime position to facilitate that. I came up with a list of 4 motherfuckers that I harbored a deep hatred for, showed up on their home turf….and went to fucking war. Also, did you guys know the golden ticket works on books too? Makes things a lot easier for me.
While probably a quarter of what I read these days is labeled as a “young adult novel”, I hate to admit that I have not picked up a children’s book in quite some time. I remember back in second grade when I first became obsessed with reading, and readily found myself volunteering to read stories to kindergarten students, or taking over the responsibility of reading a bedtime story to my little brother instead of my parents. I am glad that the habit has stuck, and while I might not be a particularly fast reader, I find myself engrossed in various novels many times every week. Thinking back to those grade school years and when I first became an avid reader I can remember one author in particular whose work I found myself strangely addicted to: Roald Dahl. Dahl is afterall quite a bizarre writer, whose novels are classified as children’s stories yet have something sinister, terrifying, and electrifying in their pages that warrants this post being classified a horror of horrors. Read on as Lilith reminisces and pays homage to one of her favorite childhood horror authors the infamous Roald Dahl.
Warning: This is a satire…..for the most part. Don’t take these words too seriously… seriously
Welcome back to the one that started it all folks. When I first came up with the idea for the Villain Spotlight, I had originally planned it to just be about fictional characters for the most part. However, in the back of my mind I always knew that eventually, the real world would come into play in some fashion. This past weekend, it happened, and it happened very quick, and very dirtily. I’m talking about retailers, and their desire to keep evil at bay….like a bunch of bitches.