Monday, September 26, 2011

Minions of Misery

Recently, Keith Woodruff from over at Laughing Scared kindly nominated Sicko-Psychotic to join the quite infectious Minions of Misery circulating around the blog world. The title alone grabbed this ghoul's attention and, after reading Woodruff's contribution, I thought it would be fun to participate in spreading such delicious 'Misery'. Minions must share the following misery:

1. Choose a dark book
2. Choose a dark film
3. Reveal a dark secret about yourself
4. Pass it on to 3 of the darkly inclined

Currently I am reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (gotta love the name). The book is on the New York Times Best Seller list and the crisp pages are littered with unsettling vintage-looking photographs of creepy children to help illustrate this macabre tale. The story centers on 16 year-old Jacob Portman, an alienated youth who grew up listening to his grandfather's tales of strange children who live on an island. The time comes when Jacob stops believing in such fantastic yarns, that is... until his grandfather is viciously attacked by what Jacob believes to be a monster from his childhood nightmares. Thus begins an unusual adventure as Jacob travels to the mysterious island to unearth the secrets of his grandfather's past. As of this post, I am only on chapter 4, but the novel seems to be about courage and loyalty with enough chills to have me anxious to get back to my reading. has a spine-chilling video posted to promote the book and shows some of the spooky photographs of the children. It's a must see/must READ!!!

Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008) is an experimental film by filmmaker of extreme cinema Bruce La Bruce. It's about a goth-garbed young man named Otto, who believes he's a zombie! Otto meets avant-garde filmmaker Medea Yarn, who also happens to be a societal misfit of the movie-making world. Medea is one of the most interesting characters in the film with her over-the-top humor, and her obsession with politics and death. Another intriguing character is Hella Bent, a silent screen actress who only appears in grainy black and white footage and speaks with title cards!

When I was a little ghoul, my family and I were haunted by very active ghosts and spirits... and other dark beings which followed us from house to house. An especially scary one liked to dwell in the long hallway where my toys were stored, so SP spent much of his playtime at the homes of his friends instead.

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Wow. Nominating only 3 for the Minions of Misery was very difficult. There are quite a few blogs I feel deserve to be mentioned. Until next time... stay sick and twisted, SP.


  1. that book sounds freaking awesome .. but 'peculiar' is redundant, no? I mean which children are NOT peculiar :)

  2. Excellent! (Rubbing hands together like Monty Burns, on 'The Simpsons') Another Minion of Misery!!

    I've only just bought a copy of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" from Amazon. I'm so glad that you think it's a good read. I was totally sold on it just from the pictures.

  3. Hi there Sicko - thanks for the mention. My website has a new handle now - - cheers, William Cook.


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