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egoDEATH films project “Carcosan Return” [Now unfortunately shelved]
Looking for collaborators in, and around, the Penwith district of Cornwall to join our new project to make a pilot for the weird occult series: “Carcosan Return”. Set within the cosmic terror Hastur Cycle and H.P. Lovecraft world, all framed in a contemporary setting.
Looking for Co-Producers (and assistants); a Director of Photography / Cinematographer; animators; CG artists; vfx; compositors; camera and lighting crew; a cast of enthusiastic actresses and actors; costume designers and wardrobe; assistant directors; plus looking for more crew too.
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True Detective meets David Lynch, as brittle minds unhinge in the light of the Yellow Sign.
With the success of the “True Detective” series, the writer Robert W. Chambers, and his book “The King in Yellow”, have received renewed public interest. In the book’s series of connected stories there is the constant presence of a monstrous and suppressed play, one which brings fright, madness and spectral tragedy to all who read the play, or watch the production. It is said an air of futility and doom pervade the play like a sweet insidious poison.
Yet what is the backdrop for such horror? “The King in Yellow” falls within the Hastur Cycle, explored and expanded upon by many writers and artists. Hastur takes it’s place amongst a number of ancient occult forces like Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Azathoth and for that which Cthulhu is the High Priest. Though humanity dimly has a dimly illuminated view of them, there are scholars who conjecture any real understanding is beyond mental comprehension, and the scientific means to study. For their cultists, like those who worship Hastur, through his avatar the Mad King in Yellow, the worship of these ancient entities, is itself a mystery, and to say they only court some supernatural favour for their own gain, well this might tell us more of our own perspective than theirs. Humanity has given them many names over the centuries: Gods, Goddesses, Archons, or quite simply the Great Old Ones. For it is told that they have lived for aeons beyond the billions we conceive of, pre-dating the creation of this very universe in its Big Bang.
The taint of the Great Old Ones can be seen not only in the ecologies of this great planet, but in the constellations themselves, just as Hastur rests in the Hyades, or beyond even that with Yog-Sothoth coming from a dimension not of our own. Human minds have been touched too, the great psycho-geographies of numerous cultures untold from the Dogon of Numidia, the Shamans of Tassili-n-Ajer, the Sufi Islamic Dervishes, the Sages of the Vedic Texts, Curanderas of the Condor, the Aboriginals with their songlines, and the Yogins with supernatural powers from the Himalay.
The film delves into individual lives of those touched by this Lovecraftian cosmic terror. Whether those who had unwittingly come across the dread book, “The King in Yellow”, in all its hypnotic seduction. Or for those well acquainted with the depths of the human psyche, in terror or bliss, the disturbing or illuminating, who know, or rather guess at, the Old Ones existence.
With seasons of madness and delusion, experiences become stained and tainted by The King in Yellow, Carcosa, the Yellow Sign, the Goat of A Thousand Young, Nyarlathotep and… A corrupted actress, and prostitute, refuses a debauched play but embraces the Cult of One Thousand; a deluded Dreamer – a Clown in this world, but a Duke of the Dreamlands in the next – sharing his life with a doctor, who also owns a brothel; a 4:20 Think Tank Researcher whose exposure to the Yellow Sign has led to stain glass windows unhinging her mind, and the art of the Decadent detaching her from common goals, to give up everything for Arcane Insight into “the truths” she craves; a cowardly Archaeologist returning from the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone; whose rich neo-debutante girlfriend searches for her kidnapped sister, yet digs up more that she accounts for, though never more than she can handle; whilst a psychoanalyst sells stories to the papers, for therapy is a false hope, she would much rather observe and learn from her clients, like the increasingly unhinged Researcher. Yet it is The Spider who spins the webs that increasingly cling and ensnare the unweary, Mrs Wilde who serves the Imperial Dynasty, as Repairer of Reputations, each strand of web another puppet string.
CHARACTER NOTES & SUMMARY
A deluded Dreamer – a Clown in this world, but a Duke of the Dreamlands in the next, he has already received the Yellow Sign – precipitating the illusionless clarity, the storms of cerebral madness, and the calm of poetic reasoning. He lives in his partner, the doctor and brothel owner, Robert’s apartment. He is a dreamer in the H.P. Lovecraft sense – titled: Duke of Kadath in the Dreamlands. Since receiving the Yellow Sign he has taken to wearing clown make-up and occasionally clothing, perhaps a black and white mime face etc. He is one of Mrs Wilde’s puppets.
An ever silent Austrian actress and prostitute. She works for Robert, but is one of Mrs Wilde’s puppets. Seen enough of the world to not care much for the chitter-chatter of idle tongues.
The Spider who spins the webs that increasingly cling and ensnare the unweary, Mrs Wilde who serves the Imperial Dynasty, as Repairer of Reputations, each strand of web another puppet string. Related to Mr Wilde of Robert W. Chambers’ “The Repairer of Reputations” – though that was 1895, and this is 2014. Her manipulations are machiavellian to the extreme, and the shadow of her reach goes beyond this world, but what does this mean? Superstitious absurdity to be sure, or at least that is what she would have you believe.
Highly determined, well educated, extremely rich, neo-“debutante”. Motivated by the disappearance, feared kidnapping or murder, of her little sister Faye. Last heard from when Faye sent Lola a confused e-mail, yesterday, expressing a jumble of fears, yet also strange affirmations, about a mystery, perhaps fertility cult. Taking an immediate flight from Los Angeles two nights ago, Lola is determined to find her sister, no matter what. She and Luke, were also once lovers. Her search leads her to dig up more than she accounts for, though never more than she can handle (she is highly capable, though perhaps blinkered as a result).
Cognative therapist, Mandy is a straight thinking professional, but her mother, now deceased, a quantum physicist, left behind her a daughter that did not hold fast to the older Newtonian mind-set. Mandy’s research into the psyche has led her down avenues and corridors that literally do not lead to where convention would have us believe. She has had contact with the Great Old One’s minions, whether they be cosmic forces that impinge on the human psyche, or extraterrestrial forces, Mandy is straight thinking enough to know they exist, and she is determined to act upon this knowledge as best she can, though for her own gain. She sells stories to the papers, for therapy is a false hope, she would much rather observe and learn from her clients, like the increasingly unhinged Jenny, dealing with the after-effects of her contact with the Yellow Sign.
Consultant Obstetrician and brothel owner, known as “doctor” to his male and female prostitute employees, this is illegal, and the law considers him to be their controller. However, Robert is a Freemason, and he has friends in high places within local and national judiciary, as well as in the Police force, including some under a pay-roll. His partner is Monterey, who lives with Robert in his apartment. The brothel is in a separate property. He has not received the Yellow Sign, though knows of it, he purposefully keeps away from dealings with Hastur – Robert is a disciple of Nyarlathotep.
Aspiring actress and prostitute, working for Robert. She has recently turned down a roll in the film production of “The King in Yellow”, taking offence at its content, and being repelled by the Directing and Production team. She is actually drawn to Hastur’s enemy (or pro-creative partner, the ways of the Old Ones are beyond human comprehension) Shub-Niggurath, also known as the Black Goat of the Woods, the Goat of a Thousand Young, the Mother. This leads to a flowering of her debauched nature as she joins the Cult of One Thousand. She gains the corrupt occult ability to “call the beast”. Though at first she doesn’t understand what form that beast will take.
A 4:20 Think Tank Researcher whose exposure to the Yellow Sign has led to, amongst other things: stain glass windows unhinging her mind, and the art of the Decadent detaching her from the goals of the status-quo, to give up everything for Arcane Insight into “the truths” she craves. (4:20 means she smokes marijuana.) An ex-Labour Party Think Tank researcher, gone freelance, now just gone… Nicknamed “Weepin’ ‘ash Madonna” for her marijuana smoking. This becomes “Screamin’ Meth Jenny” during the series. Has a lot of sharp attitude, and doesn’t lack street wisdom, but as her mind unravels… Knows ROBERT and doesn’t like him being a PIMP. She seeks arcane insight – at first she had deluded herself that she would thwart the King. Then she embraces him (of sorts), as her senses become attuned to some “other” and her mind under a different sway.
An archaeologist returning from the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, also one of Mrs Wilde’s puppets. He grapples with cowardice, something that increasingly develops through the series, and isn’t immediately apparent. He considers himself to be a bit of an Indiana Jones, and indeed his expeditions do take on the occult adventure trait. Though Mrs Wilde’s machinations, turn Luke more into a William S. Burroughs type of agent, “addicted to something that doesn’t exist.” A deep sense of hopelessness grows in him as the yellow flower, over ripe, decays inside what you might consider his soul. He and Lola, were also once lovers.
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