424 S Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47401
Players Pub Spoken Word Series
Sponsored by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Featuring Live staged reading of Ken Russell’s screenplay for DRACULA
plus James Dorr (horror poetry & fiction) and music by Travis Puntarelli
$5 cover (added to your tab)
There will also be an open mic.
Special Halloween Program!
DRACULA is a screenplay for a never-made film by the late, notorious Ken Russell, Britain’s cinematic sultan of excess and outrage whose films include TOMMY, ALTERED STATES, LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, and GOTHIC. The script was written in the late 1970s and published in 2009. The film came close to being made only to be abandoned when Universal put its Frank Langella headlined version of DRACULA into production. Russell’s script, however, allegedly formed the impetus Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version, whose screenwriter James V. Hart was directly involved in the inception of Russell’s interpretation.
Performed by members of the Writers Guild.
JAMES DORR is a short story writer and poet, working primarily in dark fantasy and horror with some forays into science fiction and mystery. His THE TEARS OF ISIS was a 2014 Bram Stoker Award® nominee for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, while other books include STRANGE MISTRESSES: TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE, DARKER LOVES: TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET, and his all-poetry VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE). The story he’ll be reading tonight is called “River Red,” and appears in THE TEARS OF ISIS . It is set on a far-future dying Earth, populated by various creatures including ghouls–eaters of the dead — and is in the same universe as his latest novel-in-stories, TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, out from Elder Signs Press.
TRAVIS PUNTARELLI has been living a minstrel’s life, wandering across the United States and Europe, communing and playing music with fellow vagabonds. If you missed his turn as impresario bandleader of Riff Hatskin’s Jazzy Combo at Va Va Va Vaudeville in August, you missed a lot!