Skulduggery Pleasant is a series of fantasy novels written by Irish author Derek Landy. The books revolve around the adventures of the skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant, a teenage girl, Stephanie Edgley/Valkyrie Cain, along with other friends; the central story arc concerns Valkyrie's struggle to stop evil forces threatening the world find justice for her late uncle's death, her internal struggle of keeping the darkness within her to stay within. Since the release of the first novel in 2007, Skulduggery Pleasant, the series has been praised by both readers and critics. Following novels were released each year afterwards, with the exception of the fourth and fifth novels, Dark Days and Mortal Coil, which were both released in 2010. Landy was contracted to write three books, with any further books depending on how well the first trilogy sold; the success of the first novels ensured that the deal was extended first to six books and in 2011, HarperCollins signed the deal for the final trilogy.
In July 2016, Derek Landy announced via a video blog that although the first Skulduggery Pleasant series was complete, the series was still set to continue with a second series. A tenth Skulduggery Pleasant book was released on 1 June 2017, titled Resurrection, as the start of a second series. Twelve-year-old Stephanie Edgley is tired of her boring and miserable life, but when a mysterious man breaks into her inherited uncle's house and tries to kill her, she is saved by a funny, fireball-throwing, 400-year-old detective that goes by the name of Skulduggery Pleasant, who just so happens to be a walking, talking skeleton, she is pulled with him to a secret world of danger and magic. In the book, taking the new name of Valkyrie Cain, Stephanie partners up with Skulduggery to solve her uncle's murder, meeting all types of people along the way, to prevent the devious Nefarian Serpine from obtaining the Sceptre of Ancients, a mystical weapon that can slay gods; the Sceptre is a powerful weapon which can be used to defeat and overcome the world and bring back the Faceless Ones.
Baron Vengeous, one of Mevolent's Three Generals, has escaped from prison, he has big plans for the Grotesquery, a dark creature created from the remains of some of the most deadly creatures to walk the earth. Most worryingly of all, it has a torso of a Faceless One, one of the dark gods that ruled the earth eons ago, Baron plans to use this to bring back the rest of the Faceless Ones, so they may resume their reign of tyranny and torture, to help him with this endeavour he has an army of vampires at his disposal; this will be Valkyrie's toughest battle yet. As a string of murders whittles down the number of teleporters in the world at an alarming rate, it is linked to a fanatical cult named the Diablerie, who worship horrific Dark gods known as the Faceless Ones, as they attempt to open a portal with the goal of returning the Faceless Ones to the world. With the assistance of a cocky young teleporter, Fletcher Renn and Skulduggery have little time to track down a mysterious man named Batu, stop the Diablerie, prevent the Faceless ones from returning to earth, because if they don't, the world will burn.
This one will have deadly consequences. Following the events of The Faceless Ones, Valkyrie has tracked down Skulduggery's original skull, with which she can open another portal to the home dimension of the Faceless Ones and rescue Skulduggery. However, things do not go as planned as Skulduggery has become unhinged thanks to his experiences with the Faceless Ones, but it is revealed that they have much bigger problems to worry about: The Revengers Club, a group of criminals and murderers, who are out for revenge against those who wronged them in the way they know best: mass murder, and if that wasn't enough to deal with, sensitives all around the globe are having visions of a new threat, one that will bring the world to its knees: Darquesse. Between the shocking revelation that her true name is Darquesse, a near deathly being that Sensitives have had terrifying apocalyptic visions of, in which she turns the world into a charred lifeless husk, an outbreak of at least 2000 vicious, soul possessing shadows known as Remnants who turn their hosts into murdering psychopaths with no remorse, a prophecy which may make her the Death Bringer, a messiah to the necromancers who they believe will be their salvation, Valkyrie Cain has a lot to worry about.
And this time, she doesn't come out victorious. The Death Bringer has arrived, she has brought with her an eagerness to end the world as we know it, initiate the Passage, a secretive ritual which necromancers refuse to explain to the rest of the magical community, only that it will'tear down the barriers between life and death', but when the horrific truth behind the Passage is revealed and Skulduggery are caught up in a hectic race against time to save half of the world's population from an untimely death, a race that will have both Skulduggery and Valkyrie facing their inner demons. Mortals all throughout the world are inexplicably obtaining magical powers, the trail seems to lead to Argeddion, a pacifistic god like being, with the knowledge of his true name, hopes to bring magic to the masses, lift the world into a new era of enlightenment and peace; the only problem with his idyllic plan: many of his test subjects are running wild, drunk on their newfound power, are slaughtering innocent people and on the verge of exposing magic to the world.
All of this poses a credible challenge to Valkyrie. They have the Supreme Council to deal with, an allied group of sanctuaries trying to convince the Irish to hand over control after the recent seri
30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night is a three-issue horror comic book miniseries written by Steve Niles, illustrated by Ben Templesmith, published by American company IDW Publishing in 2002. All three parties co-own the property; the series takes place in Barrow, Alaska, so far north that during the winter, the sun does not rise for 30 days. In the series, being vulnerable to sunlight, take advantage of the prolonged darkness to kill the townspeople and feed at will. An unsuccessful film pitch, the series became a breakout success story for Steve Niles, whose previous works had received little attention, it was the first full-length work by co-creator Ben Templesmith. The series has been followed by numerous sequel series, in 2007, was adapted into a film of the same name. Vampires flock to Barrow, where the sun sets for about 30 days, allowing them to feed without the burden of sleep to avoid lethal sunlight; when the vampire elder Vicente learns of this plan, he travels to Barrow to end the feeding, to preserve the secrecy of vampires.
Because of the cold, the vampires' senses are weakened and a few of the town's residents are able to hide. One such resident is Sheriff Eben Olemaun, who saves the town by injecting vampire blood into his veins, he uses his enhanced strength to fight Vicente, saving the lives of the few remaining townspeople, including his wife Stella. Suffering the same weakness as all vampires, Eben allows himself to die and turns to ash when the sun rises. Eben Olemaun Stella Olemaun Jason Clifton Agent Andy Gray Jose Alex Diaz Chris Johnson The Nosferatu were once ruled by a "Council of Elders" led by Vicente; when the council decided to make themselves known to the human race, humanity rebelled and persecuted most of their race. After a millennium, only a handful survived. In the series, vampirism is portrayed as a virus, one that can be spread through scratches and contact with vampire blood; the disease turns humans who contract it undead and gives them a mouthful of shark-like fangs and black eyes, as well as superhuman strength and speed, an aversion to sunlight, superhumanly acute senses of sight and hearing.
However, these senses can be weakened by extreme cold. Some vampires possess additional powers, such as teleportation and the ability to disguise oneself. Vampires in the series differ in many ways from their mythological counterparts: impaling them with a wooden stake will not, on its own, kill them, they are resilient, capable of withstanding grenades going off on their bodies, or surviving after losing half of their faces to explosions. The only way to kill them is to behead them, or expose them to the vitamins generated in direct sunlight, which sets them on fire, burns them to ash rapidly. Large amounts of ultraviolet light burns them and can kill them, but they can never stay dead for long. Vicente Marlow Lilith Agent Norris Santana Dane Billy Zurial Thomas Ramandt Eben Olemaun Stella Olemaun 30 Days of Night was published as several miniseries of 22-page comic books from IDW Publishing; these single issues are now collected in several trade paperbacks, as well as hardcover collections.
30 Days of Night. The first printing featured the autographs of Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.30 Days of Night The Complete 30 Days of Night Dark Days The Complete Dark Days 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales 30 Days of Night: Three Tales 30 Days of Night Annual #2: "The Journal of John Ikos" - Written by Steve Niles, art by Nat Jones. 30 Days of Night: Dead Space - Written by Dan Wickline, art by Milx. 30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease. Written by Dan Wickline, art by Alex Sanchez. 30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella. Written by Steve Niles and Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Justin Randall. 30 Days of Night: Red Snow. Written and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow. Written by Steve Niles. 30 Days of Night: 30 Days'Til Death. Written and illustrated by David Lapham. 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow garnered Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's first Eisner Award nominations in 2005.
These included: Nomination, Best Limited Series Nomination, Best Writer Nomination, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist A film adaptation of the original 30 Days of Night miniseries was produced by Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures. The screenplay went through several versions
Dark Days (film)
Dark Days is a documentary feature made by British filmmaker Marc Singer, shot during the mid-1990s but not completed and released until the year 2000. The film follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of the New York City Subway system, more the area of the so-called Freedom Tunnel; when he relocated from London to Manhattan, Marc Singer was struck by the number of homeless people he had seen throughout the city. Singer had befriended many in New York's homeless community and after hearing of people living underground in abandoned tunnel systems, he met and became close to a group of people living in The Freedom Tunnel community stretching north from Penn Station past Harlem. After living on and off with them for a number of months, he decided to create a documentary in order to help them financially though Singer had never been a filmmaker before, he saw the production of Dark Days as a means of gaining better accommodation for the residents of the tunnel. The film's crew consisted of the subjects themselves, who rigged up makeshift lighting and steadicam dollies, learned to use a 16mm camera with black-and-white Kodak film.
The post-production process took years, as financial difficulties created delays, as did Singer's insistence of creative control to protect the tunnel residents. During filming, Amtrak announced they would be forcibly evicting the homeless living in the tunnels in order to reroute their trains through the tunnel; this announcement, plus the police presence backing the decision, prompted Singer and photographer Margaret Morton to go to the Coalition for the Homeless for help. Singer and Morton managed to secure housing vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the film's subjects, which enabled them to move out of the tunnels and into their own apartments. Melissa Neidich was the editor of the film. Cinevision, a New York City camera shop, supplied Singer with cameras for the two-and-a-half years of filming; when Singer ran out of money for film, Kodak supplied free damaged film for the project. The film features music by DJ Shadow, including excerpts from Endtroducing..... as well as his album with Unkle.
He composed original music for the main theme of the film, released on the single "Dark Days". Dark Days was released in 2000, was nominated for several film festival awards; the film won many of these, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary Film, the Senior Programmer's Pick to March Singer at the 2000 SXSW Film Awards, three Sundance Film Festival awards in 2000: the Audience Award Documentary, the Excellence in Cinematography Award Documentary, the Freedom of Expression Award. Oscilloscope Laboratories re-released "Dark Days" theatrically at Cinema Village in New York City on July 1, 2011 as well as on DVD on July 19, 2011; the DVD contains several new features compiled for its special tenth anniversary re-release, including footage of Singer revisiting the Freedom Tunnel in 2011. The film was re-released by Dogwoof Pictures in the UK, including the additional features and interviews. Mole people, homeless people living under large cities in abandoned subway, railroad and sewage tunnels Tunnel People, a 2010 book on New York City tunnel inhabitants by anthropologist and journalist Teun Voeten Voices in the Tunnels a 2008 documentary film on New York City tunnel inhabitants by filmmaker Vic David Dark Days on IMDb Dark Days at AllMovie
Sunlit Youth is the third studio album by American indie rock band Local Natives, released on September 9, 2016 on Loma Vista Recordings. Sunlit Youth was recorded between 2014 and 2016 in Thailand, Nicaragua and Ojai, California; the album was preceded by the singles "Past Lives," "Villainy," "Fountain of Youth," and "Coins". Before its release, "Past Lives" was featured in the episode "7th" from the first season of the Netflix series Flaked, released on March 11, 2016. Sunlit Youth received favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 12 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". All tracks written by Local Natives. Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sunlit Youth. Local NativesTaylor Rice – performer Kelcey Ayer – performer Ryan Hahn – performer Matt Frazier – performer Nik Ewing – performerAdditional personnel
The Bird and the Worm
"The Bird and the Worm" is a song by The Used, released as the first single from their third studio album, Lies for the Liars. The song impacted radio on April 3, 2007, it is their highest charting single to date, hitting #9 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #7 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, equaling #107 on the U. S. Hot 100, it received moderate video play on other music channels. The song is about Bert McCracken's brother, suffering from schizophrenia. All songs written by The Used. In 2010, a 3 track version appeared on digital music stores featuring 3 versions of the song; the video was filmed in Toronto, Canada on April 1–2, 2007. The video, directed by Lisa Mann, premiered on Monday, April 23, 2007 on MTV2 in the U. S. as part of their Unleashed program. The video is not available on MTV2.com by UK residents. UK TV channel Scuzz is now showing an edited version of the video; the part where Bert coughs up blood after drowning in the couch has been cut. It cuts out the part where Jeph offers Bert a lamb's head on a plate.
The song was used in CBS' Moonlight for their fifth episode, an orchestral cover was used in the trailer for the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. It was played during Francesca Jones's rhythmic gymnastics routine at the 2012 London Olympics
Dark Days (Loaded album)
Dark Days is the debut studio album by American rock band Loaded. Recorded between December 2000 and February 2001 at Jupiter Studios in Seattle, Washington, it was self-released in July 2001. In 2000, Duff began re-recording some of the songs from Beautiful Disease, as well as new material at Jupiter Studios in Seattle, Washington. For recording, he brought in drummer Geoff Reading of Green Apple Quick Step and New American Shame, guitarist Dave Dederer of The Presidents of the United States of America and producer Martin Feveyear who performed keyboards on the album. Duff performed the bass on all tracks as well as guitar and the piano on the song "Misery". Former Nevada Bachelors and Harvey Danger guitarist Mike Squires was invited to record additional guitar parts on the album. In June, 2001, Duff announced that the album would be titled Dark Days and that it would be released under the moniker Loaded rather than using his own name for the project. Dark Days was released in the US and Japan in July, 2001.
It was released in Europe in July, 2002. Loaded announced three dates at the House of Blues taking place in Anaheim, Las Vegas and West Hollywood, California in November 2001. To perform at these shows, Mike Squires was added as the groups lead guitarist and when Duff took up the second guitar position, Alien Crime Syndicate bassist Jeff Rouse joined the group. Additional US dates were announced for 2002 as well as a tour in Japan. European tour followed in summer of 2002; the album was reissued in February 2008 by Pimp Records on both CD and digital download formats, with a limited edition version with the bonus live tracks from the band's 2002 tour of Japan available at CDBaby. All tracks written by Duff McKagan. Beautiful Disease
Robin Lee Crutchfield is an American artist. He is best known as one of the founding musicians of the former New York No Wave scene, he has performed at Max's Kansas City and Artists Space. Born in Ohio, Robin moved to New York in the mid-1970s, he was a performance artist in the SoHo and Tribeca art scene before becoming an original member of the seminal No Wave band DNA alongside Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori. He played keyboards in the first version of the band, getting to work with musical luminary Brian Eno on the seminal No New York album. Robin left the band to form his own group in 1979, his band, Dark Day, explored wide varieties of keyboard and synthesizer textures and went through several lineup changes. Early on Robin worked with Ninal Canal of Ut, Nancy Arlen of Mars. Towards the end of the band's existence Crutchfield, now working solo, explored a style somewhat reminiscent of European medieval and baroque music. In 1978 Robin dabbled in acting, taking a small part in cult New York film director Amos Poe's The Foreigner.
As well as acting, true to the DIY attitude of the punk movement, created his own record label, Nigh Eve, on which he released many of his albums. Crutchfield resumed Dark Day as a solo act in the late 1990s, returning to a familiar electronic sound but with a noticeable natural progression; the albums that followed saw his music turn away from the cold synthesizer textures he'd become known for. In the year 2000 Robin's music was used in the Bravo television series First Person created by Errol Morris. In early 2002, after a twenty-year hiatus, Crutchfield resumed both writing, his work centered around fairy tales and his music changed to reflect this. By the summer of that same year Crutchfield had exhibited both his new images and words at a gallery show curated by Norman Shapiro at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation entitled Verbal/Visual/Tactile: Book Artist's Show. In 2008, Marc Masters, a contributing writer for The Wire magazine, published his book entitled No Wave; the book, as its name implies, focuses on the No Wave scene and features many sections on both DNA and Dark Day, as well as performance and promotional photographs of Crutchfield from that time period.
Robin is featured in Simon Reynolds post-punk opus Rip It Up and Start Again. As of 2009, Robin has worked with noted independent label Important Records to release his fourth CD of harp/drone folk music entitled The Hidden Folk, which has received rave reviews from both critics and fellow contemporaries such as Kurt Weisman, Thurston Moore. In late 2009 Crutchfield decided to enter the publishing world with a short book entitled Eleven Faerie Tales. Expanding his world of faeries from music into the written word, Robin used the creation of these fairy tales as a kind of therapy, to best express the emotions he had felt dealing with difficult relationships or friendships over the years; these eleven tales deal with what it means to be a person, living through all the ups and downs of love, while trying to get to the heart of what makes up our lives. Robin still lives in New York City and continues to create and be involved with the art world, most guest deejaying for Ceci Moss on East Village Radio.
In the summer of 2015 Robin Crutchfield released the album Into the Dark Wood, masterfully exploring the ethereal soundscapes that continue to drive his recordings. 2017 saw Robin releasing a book of his artwork entitled A Few Lines - The Art of Robin Lee Crutchfield. The book contains Robin's original work in line drawings and portraits. Robin has said of this work, “As an artist, musician, I have always favored results through an economy of means. A few notes in relation to one another, a few lines on a page. My favorite works are ones which manage to convey a great deal through little. I feel they help us see ourselves in relation to the vastness of the universe.” Starting in the Spring of 2017, Crutchfield began hosting radio specials on the Luxuria Music network. This turned into a weekly Internet radio program in the fall of the same year. Robin Crutchfield's Dark Day Escape Pod finds the artist curating a variety of music that he describes as a "road trip hopscotching across time and space from the morass of the morose to the cheerful earful, melodies from the mellow to the melodramatic, the sophomoric to the silly."
Dark Day Escape Pod can be heard every Monday night from 11pm - 1am EST on LuxuriaMusic.com With DNA "You & You" b/w "Little Ants", 1978 – Lust/Unlust Music No New York: various artists, 1978 – Antilles DNA on DNA, 2004 – No More RecordsAs Dark Day "Hands in the Dark" b/w "Invisible Man", 1979 – Lust/Unlust Music Exterminating Angel, 1980 – Lust/Unlust Music "Trapped" b/w "The Exterminations 1–6", 1981 – Lust/Unlust Music Window, 1982 – Plexus USA Darkest Before Dawn, 1989 – Nigh Eve Productions Dark Day Collected: 1978–1982, 1998 – Daft Records Strange Clockwork, 1999 – Self-released Loon, 2000 - Self-released Robin Crutchfield reading from the White Things, 2001 – Self-released The Happy Little Oysters, 2001 – Self-released Fifty: A Half-Life, 2002 – Self-released Dark Day: Strange Clockwork, 2003 – Nigh Eve Recordings Strange Remains, 2005 – Self-releasedAs Robin Crutchfield SongsForFaerieFolk, 2006 – Self-released ToadstoolSoup, 2006 – Nigh Eve Recordings For Our Friends in the Enchanted Otherworld, 2007 – Hand/Eye The Hidden Folk, 2009 – Important Records Into the Dark Wood, 2015 – Nigh Eve Recordings Eleven Faerie Tales, 2009 – Nigh Eve Publications A Few Lines, 2017 - Nigh Eve Publications Official website Robi