As you surmised from the title of this post, I owe you a library display. Here you go.
The theme for October was “Monsters: Real & Imagined” so we worked to find a selection that we felt was worthy of the idea.
The obvious choices included the historical references: biographies of Joe Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Mao Tse-Tung were inevitable, as were the books on applied psychopathy (People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck, and The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, among others.) Haunted, by Chuck Palaniuk actually dealt with ghosts, and Grimoires, by Owen Davies, dealt with the practice of harvesting them in fact and legend. Monsters in America, by W. Scott Poole, deals with the American obsession with ghouls, ghosts, and assorted beasties. Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, and Judith Halberstam’s Skin Shows deal with gothic horror and the technology of monsters.
I’m particularly proud of the title card:
There’s some duplication here: Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, for example. Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter was a nice touch, though I think Brian Cox did a decent job of playing the same character in Manhunter.
Classic monsters from the 1930s on the left (note the closeup of Karloff as Frankenstein on the right), followed by zombie art. Personally, I didn’t think that Bernie Madoff belonged among serials killers, but I wasn’t prepared to argue, either.
I can’t take credit for including Toshiro from The Grudge, Michael Meyers from Halloween, or Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance from The Shining (that goes to Kate with some backup from Emma) but I did insist on using Heath Ledger’s Joker. Not to detract from Mark Hamill’s career as the voice of the Joker, but Ledger’s Joker scares the crap out of me.
Emma insisted on including Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford, and we all agreed on including Charlize Theron as Aileen Wournos from Monster. And the creepy little girl with the explosion in the background has been making the rounds on the intarwebs; it seemed wrong to exclude her.
Tomorrow, I’ll post my notes from last week’s SirsiDynix NYC User’s group meeting.