This portrait of author/musician Lights was the most spectacular thing Cronenberg posted to Instagram this year. The picture was posted in June, and in July, Lights released the book SKIN&EARTH (with an accompanying 14 track album), the story of Enaia Jin, a girl “caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht”. Jin is led down a dark path that reveals a strange fantasy world and her own true nature.
This Cronenberg selfie almost made the list as well.
Lights says that the album and the book are “…better absorbed separately and each of them augments the other. So you can listen to a song on its own and it’s something completely standalone. And then you can read the comic on its own and it’s standalone as well. But when you put them together and you start to connect the dots, there’s something so much deeper there.”
In September, Cronenberg and Jessica Ennis released THE ENDINGS: PHOTOGRAPHIC STORIES OF LOVE, LOSS, AND BEGINNING AGAIN, a collection of photographic vignettes about women in times of emotional transformation. Cronenberg told Quill and Quire that the book’s photos have a cinematic quality. “It’s like you’re acting out a scene,” she said, “except you’re shooting stills instead of recording it. The photographs are not posed and sometimes they’re not in focus. It’s a very specific aesthetic.”Continue reading →
Dylan (Hannah Cheramy) appears to Vanessa as though she had aged naturally since her death
On her way (presumably) to Renfield House to find the fourth Elder (and possibly The Dark One), Vanessa encounters The Oracle. We get to see the oracle up close in daylight and she has blood on her chin like a vampire might. (This brings back fond memories of Dmiitri and Rebecca, who had table manners.) Vanessa recognizes The Oracle as the same person who took her from the scene of the car crash that killed her foster parents, the Sewards. (One assumes that the Sewards were killed in the crash. We don’t know that for sure, but it was a head-on with a formidable-looking pickup truck and they haven’t been seen since.) Continue reading →
Vanessa spends most of the episode in the body of her great-grandmother Lilly Van Helsing who has just arrived in 1896 Hong Kong by steamship with her maidservant Siobhan (Siobhan Williams) and her husband Edward Hawkins (Adrian Hough). Edward has traveled there for business purposes, and is to meet with the head of the East Asia Trading Company. Lily meets with Agnes, the wife (?) of the colony’s Governor, whose maiden name is Seward. “My father”, Agnes says, “was a faithful servant to your grandfather Abraham.” Vanessa learns that vampire activity is suspected in the area, and Agnes gives Lily/Vanessa the address of Mr. Tsui (Lee Shorten), a shopkeeper who knows about vampires, and has “ominous and important things” to share with her. Continue reading →