Date: April 3rd, 2015
Whisky: Ardbeg Supernova 2014, Bowmore 15 y.o. Cask #800040 (Wilson & Morgan), Glen Moray 24 y.o. Cask #1350 (Duncan Taylor)
Atta boy, Bauer. Bringing a little bit of grit back into the club with some ’70s styled horror. Nasty verminous, dirty vampires. The way vampires were intended to be. I make no bones about the fact that this is one of my favorite books of all time. That comes back to much more than just the story itself. There are some beautiful examples of small town imagery here that resonate like harmonics played on an old dinged up Guild. Images of creeping sunsets, autumnal eves in porch swings and sleepy, unsettling townie life. I’ve experienced this. Takes me back many, many years, but once you’ve lived this way it simply never leaves you. Now tack on the dark and despairing sense of dread that hovers suffocatingly over this book and you have an absolute recipe for one of the all time great timeless chillers. I came into this one absolutely certain that everyone would have similar feelings. And if they didn’t…well…by the end of the night they would.
Errr…maybe not so much. Seems this one was generally enjoyed by all, but only one or two felt even close to as taken in by this one as I did. Not sure whether that speaks more to their tastes or mine. Hmmm. Irrespective, there was an appreciation for setting, dialogue and King’s mastery of the craft. The impact of dread may not have hit everyone, but the writing itself was not the focus of critique. Interestingly enough, there were a few in our crew who admitting to being more drawn to Anne Rice’s preternatural homoerotic gothic stylings than the vampire-as-vermin approach. I don’t mind Anne Rice (in fact, I rather enjoy her writing), but my undead don’t wear velvet. Just sayin’.
With some serious life changes on the way, Bauer shared some incredible news with the gang this eve. Let’s just say it means more sleepless nights, someone new in the house to share his love of toys and rhymes with ‘maybe’. Congrats, buddy. You’ll be an amazing dad. Can’t wait to be a part of this. Additionally, this will have been our last Liquorature gathering at this pad, as a new home was just over the horizon. Married in January…baby on the way…new home. Big year. Love to see my mates doing well.
All in all, a great night full of good whisky (especially that Supernova!) and even better company. Now…back to the grave.
Random Notes: “we needed a couple more ‘oy vey’s’ … ‘a sneeze in this proximity wins all the food’ … ‘atta boy, blue!’ … the announcement … Chris’s impromptu neutering courtesy of Captain Awesome.