"Most everything I like is covered in dust," acknowledges Kyle Crew, an Atlanta actor, artist and founding member of Atlanta's Savage Tree Arts Project. Crew lets his fondness for old-fashioned spooky stuff run wild as the creator and director of Savage Tree's Hell's Bells (Oct. 31-Nov. 18 at Theatre Decatur), a new adaptation of classic scary stories by the likes of Lewis Carroll, Ambrose Bierce, Christina Rossetti and Edgar Allan Poe. Some of his favorite things go even further back.
Lord Dunsany's Wonder Tales: "The literary stepping stone between Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany wrote books full of short, fantastical tales of dream worlds and weird happenings that vibrate with imagination. They really do have that timeless quality you hear about, and work as well today as when they were written a century or so ago."
The darker side of traditional and early folk music: "This time of year, I always rekindle my love affair with groups like Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, who brought back to life great old (old!) songs in which really terrible things happen to people: eaten hearts, lovers turned to worms, children stabbed with needles and pins. No splatter film could match the simple horror in these songs."
Throne of Blood: "I can never get enough of Macbeth, and a great way to enjoy it is Akira Kurosawa's samurai version of the Scottish play. It's available on DVD, and I envy those who are coming to it for the first time."
St. Jerome the Priest: "In front of the Croatian embassy in Washington, D.C., stands a statue of St. Jerome, reading a book. I can't stop looking at it. It's my laptop wallpaper." (www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0001560.htm)
"Stupid Comics": "Life isn't all grimness and 'darkity.' One must laugh. And few things crease me up with tears of joy and howls of hilarity as well as the "Stupid Comics" section of misterkitty.org. Take "Spurt Hammond, Planet Flyer" -- truly, they don't make 'em like they used to."