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As If It Couldn’t Get Any Creepier, Neil Gaiman’s ‘Coraline’ Is Becoming an Opera

Coraline, the 2002 novel by Neil Gaiman, has already been adapted into a graphic novel, a film, and a musical.  Now the terrifying tale is being turned into an opera.

 

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This new adaptation of the story is composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage with text written by Rory Mullarky.  Two singers, Robyn Allegra Parton and Mary Bevan, are sharing the title role as it is too taxing for one person to sing more than once a day.  Kitty Whately plays the pivotal role of the mother and Other Mother.

 

The opera largely maintains the creepy aesthetic of the book. The Other Mother still has her big, black button eyes, this time sewn with red thread and worn by the actress through the use of a goggle-like device. The music is similar in both worlds in the story, but it helps set the mood as it takes on a more sinister and distorted quality once Coraline enters the other world.

 

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The production has been rated as suitable for audiences age eight and older. When questioned about whether or not the creepier aspects of the story needed to be toned down, Turnage told The Guardian, “There is a school of thought that says you should protect children from scary stories. I think that’s ridiculous. It’s what growing up is all about.” This largely echoes the sentiment expressed by Gaiman himself in the introduction of the tenth-anniversary edition of the book where he says that being brave doesn’t mean that you aren’t scared:

 

“Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.”

 

Coraline will be at the Barbican in London from March 29th through April 7th.

 

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10 Neil Gaiman Quotes to Expand Your Consciousness

Neil Gaiman’s stories are populated by slightly askew things from our world. There are people who are just a little inhuman. Maybe they have buttons for eyes or can summon gold coins in their hands. Or maybe our dreams actually happen in a land ruled over by a singular Sandman.

 

Gaiman’s known for his unrestricted imagination. He’s written books, comic books, and screenplays. As far as matters of imagination go, Gaiman’s the one to listen to. So if you feel your mind can use a bit of expansion, let’s listen to what the master has to say.

 

1. Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.

 

2. People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.

 

3. Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.

 

4. You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime.

 

5. Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.

 

6. All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.

 

7. Even nothing cannot last forever.

 

8. Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.

 

9. He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.

 

10. A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.

 

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Infographic: The Scariest Monsters in Literature

Halloween is a time for spooky monsters like the well-known Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Headless Horseman. It’s also a time for scary books. After all, every monster we just mentioned shares one thing in common: a literary heritage.

Books are full of creepy ghouls, ghosts, and monsters, so it’s no surprise that a lot of our Halloween horror inspiration comes from the scary stories on our bookshelves. But how well do you know the scariest monsters in all of literature?

Get into the spirit of Halloween with this awesome infographic from the folks at the UK’s Morph Costumes. All of the classic creeps are there, and they’re all helpfully labeled with a “Scream Score,” which is calculated by evaluating their creepy appearance, supernatural powers, and evil intent. Morph Costumes says that Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It, is the creepiest one of all. Do you agree?