Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blood Splatters Quickly - The Collected Stories of Edward D. Wood Jr.

OR Books has published a collection of cult filmmaker Ed Wood’s short stories, titled Blood Splatters Quickly. Edward D. Wood Jr. is best known as the creator of B-movies such as “Plan 9 from Outer Space” and “Bride of the Monster”. Johnny Depp portrayed him in Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic “Ed Wood”.

In the late 60’s, Ed Wood began working as a writer to help pay the rent. His short stories often appeared in obscure girly magazines published during the 1970's. The 32 macabre/erotic stories in Blood Splatters Quickly were written between 1969 and 1975.  Edward D. Wood Jr. died in 1978 at age 54. In the 40 years since these stories first appeared in adult magazines, none of them have been available to the public until now.

Ed Wood, 1969
Naturally, the guy widely considered to be the "worst" filmmaker of all time also had a knack for writing so bad they’re good short stories. As a hobbyist musician, I take inspiration from those who manage to create bodies of work in spite of adversity or a perceived lack of skill. I’m about a third of the way through this collection so far and the stories are actually quite entertaining and imaginative (and sleazy). They’re definitely easy to ingest in one sitting if you have about 15 minutes to spare before going to bed.

With stories that begin like this, how can you go wrong?!: “It was bitter cold and the blizzard had been grinding across the land for more than two days and there didn’t appear to be any letting up and Stella, Johnnie’s wife, lay dead on the kitchen floor… right where she had fallen dead from the butcher knife wound in her heart – the night the storm had started.”

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