The latest Shadow Circus album "On A Dark and Stormy Night" is a concept album with some virtuoso musicianship and incredibly infectious melodies along with some of the more enthralling themes in prog. The album is based heavily on the famous Newberry Award-winning science fiction fantasy novel of Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time", coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the original publication. The musicians are simply brilliant including the sweeping keyboard signatures of the incomparable David Silver, the astonishing guitar work and keyboards of John Fontana, and the rhythm machine of Matt Masek's bass, and Jason Brower's drums.
This Mark Twain adaptation affords a rare opportunity to enjoy a "collaboration" between two of America's greatest humorists. Will Rogers plays the operator of a tiny radio repair shop, who is called to an old mansion to replace a battery on a dark and stormy night. Here Will meets a scientist (William Farnum) who thinks he can contact King Arthur by radio, a sinister butler (Brandon Hurst), a pair of young lovers who've been forbidden to see one another, and a seductive femme fatale (Myrna Loy). Suffering a blow on the head, Rogers wakes up in 9th-century Camelot.
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history - the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together in Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories. The night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born. All those involved in the events of the summer of 1816 wrote about their life-changing stay in Switzerland. This dramatised documentary is based on their letters, journals and diaries. The film also draws on British Library manuscripts and archive, and brings together a stellar cast of gothic, horror and science fiction writers, including Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris and Margaret Atwood, to discuss why one single night had such a significant impact on our culture.