It’s my mom’s birthday today, the first since she left us, so of course she’s been weighing heavily on my mind…
I wanted to share this as a way of celebrating her. Even before her passing, this story would always get me thinking of mom, and even my dad for that matter, as it’s about unconditional love and the sacrifices a parent makes in order to keep their child happy and healthy, even well into adulthood.
As I’ve gotten older, I’m now able to appreciate it from each perspective—as both the child and the parent—however today I’m reading it solely as the child.
This is one of the most beautiful stories any storyteller has gifted to the world and I can’t think of a better way to honor my mother on her special day. Happy birthday, mom! We all miss you so much. 💙
Hey, look what just dropped on Audible and iTunes, it’s The Naked Brunch by William Pauley III and Zachary T. Owen!
These weird little tales only get weirder when read aloud, and doing the reading this time around is none other than the authors themselves, WPIII & ZTO (with a little help from their friends Kit Fontaine and Steve Zaffino)!
If so, it’s your lucky day, cause this week on Oddities Theater we’re watching a film that goes FULL WEIRD. Not any of the HALF WEIRD nonsense. Get ready.
Today we’ll be watching a short film that was initially included in Hideshi Hino’s Theater of Horror, Jigoku Kozō (地獄小僧) or The Boy From Hell. I stumbled on this DVD boxset about 2 years ago at a local Half Price Books, and after seeing the cover, I just had to know what it was. Glad I checked it out, as it includes some pretty interesting little films.
From what I’ve read, Hideshi Hino was a huge influence on the work of master Manga artist Junji Ito. I can certainly see it.
Head over to Twitter after watching and let me know what you thought of the film (or if you have any suggestions for future Oddities Theater screenings – just remember they have to be available online for free viewing in order to qualify, that way we can all join in on the fun).
Hope you all enjoy your weekend! Come back next week for more mind-melting cinema!