I thought I would toss a few things together on Sheri Tepper, an eco-feminist Science Fiction author who passed away two years ago, ending a brilliant but short career in science fiction. We still miss her terribly here at Celestial Attic. For your enjoyment:
For Sheri S. Tepper, there are too many people. It’s why her books have so many plagues.
I tell my editor about it on the trip home from a World Fantasy Convention in the Midwest. I’d agreed to write a retrospective of Tepper’s work to mark her passing; it was a good place to chat with the industry lifers who had known her. As it turned out, she’s so remarkably out of print that even gathering material had the air of a quest. And few people had met her. No idea, they said. She lived in the desert a while, but that was all they knew. “I’ve read her, though,” said someone, with a look I didn’t understand yet. “I read Grass,” said someone else, shaking their head — about never having met her or about Grass, I couldn’t tell. “Disturbing,” I heard, over and over.
Sheri S. Tepper was born Shirley Stewart Douglas, July 16, 1929, near Littleton, Colorado. She married for the first time at age 20, but divorced ”when I was 26 or 27, so I became a single mother of two kids, and spent ten years on my own, working all kinds of different jobs.” That included a clerical job with international relief agency CARE, but her major career was with what was then called Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she stayed for 24 years (1962-1986), eventually becoming Executive Director. She married Gene Tepper in the late ’60s. She runs a guest ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Sheri S. Tepper is unapologetic about the label “ecofeminist.” Author of nearly forty novels, she creates complex, well-rounded characters in elegant blends of science fiction, fantasy, ecological alarum, and feminist fable. She writes what she cares about deeply, hoping to awaken readers to the hard realities of history and our times. She argues for a truly long view regarding our use of the Earth and its creatures—including each other—if we mean to survive.
On the phone, Tepper is warm, kind, and gracious, and laughs easily, as might be expected of someone who owns a guest ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico. But she is unflinching as she describes inequities she has seen, stupidities she perceives, and the remedies she recommends.
George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is coming to theaters October 24 and 25 as a Fathom event.
George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead
A Special 50th Anniversary Event
Celebrate 50 years of Living Dead by seeing the completely restored and remastered version of Night of the Living Dead in theaters. The iconic film that started the zombie genre and shaped modern horror movies as we know and love them today. Directed by horror legend, George A. Romero, the film is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time.
A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls. Romero’s claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role.
For this special 50th anniversary event, audiences can see the stunning restoration of Night of the Living Dead, a product of the original filmmakers’ collaborating with the Museum of Modern Art and the George Lucas Family Foundation to restore the film from the original camera negative. The remastered version is more visually striking and terrifying than ever.
If you haven’t seen this film in theaters, you haven’t truly seen Night of the Living Dead as it was intended: in a dark theater, on the big screen.
Night of the Living Dead Fans – We want you to have fun at these cinema events – but safety is paramount. Please note that attending in costume is fine, however masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited.
October 24 & 25 at
Regal Richmond Town Square Stadium 20
631 Richmond Road, Richmond Heights, OH 44143
Francis Haserot was a wealthy entrepreneur with an eye for the macabre His family’s plot in Section 9, Lot 14 near the Hanna Mausoleum in Lakeview Cemetery. The Angel of Death Victorious shows the angel of death upon her throne, with an extinguished torch, head down, extinguished, before her. Weathering makes the angel appear to weep. If you are looking for a truly disturbing image this Halloween, try a visit the the Haserot family plot this season. Lakeview cemetery is located at 12316 Euclid, Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106.
Frankenstein (2018 Encore)
Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, this thrilling production features both Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature. October 22 will feature Cumberbatch as the Creature and October 29 will feature Miller as the Creature – a chance for audiences to see both versions.
The original production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011 and has since become an international sensation.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation.
Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastical spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one the most critically acclaimed films of all time.
Spirited Away will be shown as a Fathom event at Richmond Towne Square Stadium 20, Cedar Lee Theater, Cinemark 24 and AMC 16 Solon. Look for dubbed showings October 28 and 30 and subtitled shows on October 29 at 7 pm. Find details at Fathom Events.
So the haunting season is upon us. Cleveland offers lots of scary outings. We’ll start with the big one, a veritable amusement park of terror, Seven Floors of Hell. You will find 7 Floors of Hell at the Cuyahoga Fair Grounds, 19191 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights. Thy will be open October every Friday and Saturday between now and November 3. Additionally, they will be open October 21, 25 and 28. So go out there and get your scare on!
Just off Perkins avenue, you will find a number of warehouses and other structures built upon the husks of the deeply spiritual, inter-dimensional and non-linear Warres. Denizens of the apocryphal Kcymaerxthaere, these coral like creatures are of much interest to the locals in the neighborhood as they have influenced the shape of things in our world. You can learn more of this liminal world, documented by roaming cartographer Eames Demetrios, at www.kcymaerxthaere.com.
A visit to this thinning of the walls between worlds is just the thing for Halloween season. Look near 4701 Perkins Ave. Cleveland, Ohio, 44103.