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Here Be Monsters
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Monsters in our midst, and related news.

The Dark Shadows series passes from TV cult to the big screen, starring Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by Tim Burton, opening May 11th. Vampires, werewolves, zombies—the gang's all here.

Monsters in the Movies, by film director John Landis, is a compendium of same, by someone who knows where the bodies are buried and where they've risen up.

According to toy producer Blamo, Swampy McSwamperson lives in a tree house above a cranberry bog in the great forests of Blamoville. He enjoys sending Valentines all year round and it was after the delivery of an extra special love note in the fall of 1903 that a heart grew on his forehead. Available at Kid Robot, 118 Prince [Wooster/Greene] 212.966.6688.

As every high school student knows, it's not the hump that makes Richard III a monster. Or does it? Is he truly a monster? Discuss, after the production at BAM thru March 4th.

In no way do we consider Dallas Wiens monstrous, but what happened to him in a freak accident, in which his entire face was destroyed, could shake the humanity of many. But not Wiens, not his family, and not his doctors. Wiens received the first full-face transplant in this country, the subject of Raffi Khatchadourian's fascinating and gut-wrenching chronicle in a recent New Yorker [subscription req.]. The magazine also has a short video overview.

We love everything artist Matte Stephens puts his hand to, and that includes The Giant Suburban Bear Monster.

At the Met, a major new Ring Cycle, directed by Robert Lepage. Dragon ahead.

Busy Monsters by William Giraldi, a comic novel with a distinctive, odd, memorable literary voice, and a story involving the search for a giant squid.

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Kelly Murphy is a charmer that humanizes the monsters on the loose.

Christopher Paolini wrote what became the first installment in the Inheritance franchise at the age of 15, a complex fantasy world filled with dragons, dragon riding, and perils man-made and not.

Dragons are part of the Game of Thrones world on HBO, with season two starting April 1st.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon during Chinatown Restaurant Week, March 9th-18th.

Shelley's Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet at the NY Public Library is a new exhibition of works by Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley, including the latter's annotated Frankenstein manuscript, not seen in the U.S. since the early 1950s.


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