News Sushi #85: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #85 And we (Hamish) keep serving the best News Sushi!

Editor Note:It is Friday and that means it is time for the World Famous, soon to be Intergalactic Famous, News Sushi from our very own, Hamish Downie. Hamish brings us a decidedly different slant on Pop Culture as viewed through the lens of a non-native living in Japan.

Thank you (ありがとうございました) Hamish, for your insights.

こんにちは!Which means “Hello”!

Happy Friday to one and all! I’m happy to find you on the weekend before Halloween. If you are looking for indie features to watch, you’ve come to the right place!

But, first up, we have a beautiful new piece of music, Pentatonic Peace // An ambient modular synth performance from Siddhartha Barnhoorn:

And here’s the beautiful seasonal quilt work from Andy Van Scoyoc, who wrote this great piece on zombies for the website:

And her short story was turned into a great little horror film, Border Patrol:

Now, for some features…

First up, “Karen Doesn’t Dream” –

Synopsis: After the passing of her mother, Karen (Jessica Lynn Skinner) moved back to her hometown in Seaside Oregon. As she struggles with chronic insomnia, Karen spends her time working a graveyard shift at a local porn shop, selling watered-down alcohol to underaged high schoolers, and laying in bed for a sleep that never comes. One night at work, Julianne (Angela Roxanne) enters Karen’s life and asks for “sleep tapes”, specifically VHS footage of strangers sleeping in their homes. The strange tapes captivate Karen into an unfamiliar relief. As Karen and Julianne bond, Karen delves deeper into her newfound hobby, unaware of the misfortunes she may awake.

Karen Doesn’t Dream – Trailer:

Some of you might remember that in issue #35, I interviewed the writer of this film, Cody Dean.

Link to interview:

The film is now available to the public to watch, so I hope that you add it to your halloween list.


Here’s the writer, Cody Dean, for good measure:

Next up… a short horror film from RuPaul’s Drag Race queen – Pandora Boxx!

Now, get ready for…. BITE ME!

BITE ME is a subversive romantic comedy about the real-life subculture of people who believe that they’re vampires and the IRS agent who audits them. LEARN MORE:

“Bite me” Trailer:

Here’s a message from the Bite Me team:

Hello Bite Me friends!

One of our very favorite parts of Halloween is spending October watching our favorite Halloween-related movies. Movies filled with witches, zombies, ghosts, goblins, and…ahem…vampires.

This year (and from now on), we hope you’ll add Bite Me to your spooky celebrations by watching it on Seed&Spark, Amazon, GooglePlay, iTunes, or DVD.

But first! Whether you’ve seen the film and want to remember how good it made you feel or you haven’t seen it yet and are still waiting for that one reason to pull the trigger, check out this fun sizzle reel of audiences across the US talking about aaalllll the reasons they LOVE Bite Me!

Audience Reactions to “Bite Me”:

Plus! In honor of the season, starting tomorrow, we’re launching a 12 Days of Halloween / 12 Reasons to Watch Bite Me social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Each day we’ll share a fun meme with a reason to watch Bite Me! Follow along and share the memes and/or the audience sizzle reel with your friends!

Use the hashtag #BiteMeforHalloween to join in the fun and share the reasons you love Bite Me!

The filmmakers recommend watching via Seed&Spark:

But, if you watch via amazon, you’ll be supporting this website:



The first hot link comes from “Silent Hill: Stolen Heart (4K)” the short fan film Paul and I made some years ago. It features Zenta, who cuts a fine figure in this little horror film…

Todd Payne has a beautiful illustration for us:

He’s written a beautiful book of poetry, which you can find if you follow the link back to issue #9:

That’s all for this week!

I hope you have a wonderful pre-Halloween weekend (I’m sure a lot of you will be in costumes this weekend)!

Bye for now!


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