The blog of author Dennis Cooper

You are cordially invited to join the other guests at DC’s uneventful, celebrity-packed Halloween Costume Party

Bill Maher as Steve Irwin with the stingray stinger than killed him

Khloé Kardashian as Storm from X-Men.

Kim Kardashian as a skeleton.

Adam Levine and Anne V. as Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour from Guns N’ Roses
music video “November Rain.”

Adrianne Curry as Amy Winehouse shooting up heroin

Iggy Azalea as Cruella DeVille

Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

Chris Brown (center) as a member of the Taliban

Dwight Howard as a homeless man

Hilary Duff as scantily-clad pilgrim and her boyfriend Jason Walsh as an Indian

Sean Combs as Prince

Kyle MacLachlan as suntanned

Blac Chyna as a pregnant murdering clown

Tyra Banks as Richard Branson

Nina Dobrev as The Revenant‘s horse carcass that helped saved Leo’s life

Demi Lovato as a zombie

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as Wayne and Garth

Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker as John and Lorena Bobbitt

Adam Lambert as Willie Nelson’s ghost

Katy Perry as a dropped mic

Heidi Klum as Flayed Heidi Klum

Naomi Watts as a clown

Fergie as Angelyne and Josh Duhamel as Dennis Woodruff

Tara Reid as Santa Claus

Colton Haynes as Miss Piggy

Ariana Grade as a bloody victim

Madonna as a clown

Mindy Kaling as a beekeeper

Kylie Jenner as Christine Aguilera

Mark Ballas and BC Jean as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love

Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart as stylized skeleton people

Tyga and Kylie Jenner as Chucky and Bride of Chucky

Beyonce as Frida Kahlo

Kelly Osbourne as Rachel Dolezal

Dwyane Wade as Justin Timberlake

Lily Allen as Jimmy Saville

Leonardo di Caprio as The Grim Reaper

Cindy Crawford & Rande Gerber As Slash And Axl Rose

Alessandra Ambrosio as a sexy snow leopard

Joan Rivers as Miley Cyrus

Kaley Cuoco as Justin Bieber and husband Ryan Sweeting as Selena Gomez

Colin Haynes as Gandhi

Jeff Ross as Joe Paterno

Boyband District 3 as Satans

Chloe Khan as Cleopatra

Jemima Goldsmith as Melanie Trump

Lady Gaga as a marijuana plant

Lindsay Lohan as Carrie

Liam Payne as Batman and Tom Daley as a fat skeleton

Phillip Blond as an almost naked woman

Chris Colfer as Grumpy Cat

Fabolous as Michael Jackson

Jesse McCartney and friend as Mexican skeletons

Jason Aldean as Lil B

Marc Jacobs as a female bodybuilder

Ryan Phillippe as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Miles Teller as Gene Simmons

Nas as an army general

Holly Willoughby as Unzipped Face

Michelle Trachtenberg as ?

Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden as J. Lo and Hunter S. Thompson

Zooey Deschanel as Neely O’Hara from ‘Valley of the Dolls’

Zachary Quinto as 4th of July Fireworks

Rihanna as Pebbles Flintstone

Ashanti as a Smurf

Courteney Cox as Annabelle

Serena Williams as He-Man

Ed Sheeran as Ron Weasley

David Arquette as Bozo the Clown

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber as Cher and Greg Allman

Channing Tatum as Winnie the Pooh

Harrison Ford as a hot dog

Martha Stewart as a surfer

Sascha Baron Cohen as a sock monkey

Christina Ricci as a mime

Lance Bass as ?

Jake Gyllenhaal as a gorilla

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Princess Leia




p.s. Hey. ** Steve Erickson, Hi. It seems very strange to me that none of his films have had releases in the US, but I think you’re onto something with your reasoning. Noe’s films, which I think are fantastic apart from ‘Love’, have a lot of razzmatazz that likely make them seem more marketable and groovy than Grandrieux’s, which are just as knock-out stylistically and as confrontational but are deeper and sadder, more bleak, harder to be nailed an external way. It’s really too bad. Yes, I was shocked to suddenly see the poster around for the new Godard. I figured there would be the usual festival delay, but obviously the maestro has his own master plans. I’ve read somewhere it’s a silent film, but I don’t know. I hope to see it immediately, and I’ll report back. Do tell about the Sagawa doc. I think Tosh Berman had dinner with him once if I’m not mistaken. ‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’ is so great, so pleasurable. They were selling his book, which I’m dying to read, so I picked it up. I really hate cynicism, but if there’s even the slightest change in the US gun laws after yesterday, I’ll be shocked. The NRA’s stranglehold is so blatantly obvious that you would think a successful revolt would be easily triggered and is now in the offing, but too many Americans are addicted to being distracted. I’ve bounced in and out of Gqom Oh!’s bandcamp. I’ll try hanging out there. And there it is! I’ll excitedly read your Argento piece when I finish work today. Congratulations! Everyone, I usually highly recommend you click this and go read Steve Erickson’s new essay on the films of Dario Argento. This piece has been long in the works, and Steve considers it one of the best things he has ever written, which is saying something, obviously. So do let your eyes and brain luxuriate in the piece. You will even silently thank me for alerting you, no doubt. ** Tosh Berman, Hi. Yes, I bought his book at the screening, really excited to read it. How fantastic that you’re doing the public chat with him. Do you know him? He’s a wonderful talker. He speaks at a beautiful, pause-filled pace with lots of odd twists and turns. That should be really great. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Yeah, we do a last day of final sound mixing/outputting today and then place the credits, etc, tomorrow, and that’ll be that. It is really exciting. I’ve never been more proud of something I’ve made or been involved with. I so hope people want the experience it offers. Sharing a small space with someone is something you have to be picky about, for sure. Oh, yeah, the no dogs thing. Like you yourself said, it’ll be okay one way or another. Being practical is the best idea. It’s what you’re making and creating and doing that’s important. The ‘where’ is important, of course, but less so. Speaking of, you started writing! The best thing! Is there any progress or developments re: your manuscript? My day was okay. I worked on the new script a little. My new laptop arrived, but I haven’t set it up yet. Hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be blogging from a new headquarters. What happened on Tuesday? ** Jeff J, Hi, Jeff! Happy you’re interested in Grandrieux. If you have an all-regions player, all of his features are on DVD in France. The first time I saw ‘Malgre la nuit’ I thought it was his best film. The second time I saw it, I still thought it was amazing, but I thought the ‘love story’ part of the narrative was a little problematic. It’s fantastic, even so. I still think ‘Un lac’ is probably my favorite. Cheerleading and all power to you on the last of the final novel edits. So great! Has Jeremy been good to work with? What do you plan to work on at the artists residency? Cool, I’d like to see ‘The Nun’ again. I don’t remember it all that well. Fine day to you. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Cool. ‘Despite the Night’ is a real experience. Yeah, understood about the trepidations re: the business model. Give it time, yeah. No matter what, this relaunch and new YnY project will be very awesome. ** Misanthrope, Indeed! Very! I don’t know ‘Why Him?’ Jeez, it seems like James Franco makes a zillion films. I sort of can’t stand him apart from his strangely wonderful performance in ‘Spring Breakers’, although I hear he’s really funny and good in ‘The Disaster Artist’, the new film about Tommy Wiseau. ** Chris dankland, Hey Chris! Oh, my great pleasure. All of his feature films are on DVD in France, so you could get those, if you don’t mind the postage or whatever. ‘Meurtrière’, which is amazing, hasn’t been on DVD because it was part of the in-progress ‘Unrest’ trilogy, but since he just finished it, I imagine it will get stored on disc soon. My favorite is ‘Un lac’, but I like all his films. ‘Malgre la nuit’ is highly recommended. Gisele Vienne has a small role in it. That’s a very excellent Halloween costume. And multi-purpose to boot. Sweet. Have an excellent day, my friend. ** Okay. What interests me about this otherwise ridiculous post today is that I think if one knows the blog well, its delicate tone becomes interesting. I think it’s all about that tone. Plus, I think it’s probably hard to know how to comment about this post, which I kind of like too. Or it might just suck, ha ha. See you tomorrow.


  1. Great collection, Phillip Blond as an almost naked woman, i Believe this woman is Madonna at the end of her Erotica video

  2. David Ehrenstein

    October 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Steve’s Argento piece is excellent.

    Here’s my Halloween costume. Truly there isn’t anything scarier.

  3. Thanks, David. I’ve been thrilled by the enormous positive response it received on social media. The first reaction I received on Twitter came from a rock band whose sound is heavily influenced by giallo soundtracks. Someone asked me for permission to post the link in 8 different private movie discussion groups he belongs to, several of which are giallo or Euro-horror oriented. I thought that acknowledging the misogyny of a lot of Argento’s films to the degree that I did might piss off some of his hardcore fans, but that hasn’t happened yet and I think it’s clear from the essay that *I* am part of his American cult audience.

    I decided to skip CANIBA because I have a pounding headache and I really need to transcribe the interview I conducted Sunday.

    UN LAC is also my favorite Grandrieux, with MALGRE LA NUIT coming in a close second.

    No matter how gun massacres happen in America, nothing will ever change in our laws. I hate this situation of NRA-enforced stasis, but I don’t know what to do about it. I was angry enough to write about a dozen posts each on Facebook and Twitter yesterday along the lines of “Fuck gun culture” and “Fuck the NRA.”

    I’ve been talking with the Village Voice’s film editor for the past month about doing some of the work that their former staff critic Melissa Anderson, who quit a month ago, used to do, especially writing articles on older films and retrospectives. But he never could be pinned down to a concrete assignment. I ran into him at a press screening last night and ended up walking 15 blocks with him afterwards. I finally was able to get him to a definite idea of something I could write about: the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s program of films starring non-professional actors, which starts Nov. 24th. I have a press release detailing the idea behind it and listing some of the directors. I need to write to the Film Society’s publicists and get more info – a list of all the films included would be helpful, obviously – and then send the editor a formal pitch.

  4. Really appreciated the Grandrioux day, believe I have had his work in the back of my mind since the original post ran. I finally watched Un Lac recently and loved it. Trying to get Mark G to check it out as I think he would also love it. Sombre is next in my line up.
    Kinda wish celebs had to dress like this at all times…

  5. Hi!

    Well, this was definitely an unexpected Halloween post, haha! I don’t think I know half of these “celebrities”… For me, Nina Dobrev’s costume is on top. Some kind of top, at least.

    It’s so wonderful to read you’re this proud of ‘Permanent Green Light’. I’m hardly ever really, truly satisfied with anything I create so I believe it’s a huge thing. To reach this pride. I’m extremely curious about it!!
    At first, I had this idea that it must be some kind of a “dream place”, in a sense. But I guess that was pretty naïve of me. I’m starting to realize you’re right: practicality is key. I’ll definitely tell you when I finally find something!
    I’ve only received one rejection so far and I expected that publisher not to accept my manuscript. Otherwise, I’m still waiting to hear back from 4 others.
    My day has been pretty uneventful – some cleaning, writing some e-mails, this and that. Nothing worthy of mentioning, really. But that’s okay.
    How was your day? Did you set up the new laptop? Is your arm/shoulder getting better?

  6. I am seeing the new Todd Haynes film Thursday, although it seems that the paper I pitched a review of it to is likely to assign it to another critic instead. Tomorrow, I’m going with the Israeli guy I’m attracted to (on his final day in NYC) to the new horror film SUPER DARK TIMES, which has been compared both to THE RIVER’S EDGE and Stephen King.

    Are you into dressing up for Halloween? There was a party I got invited to last year, where the host’s roommate was a makeup artist and volunteered to transform guests into various gory characters. In retrospect, I should’ve gone, although I don’t drink and everyone I know who went got completely trashed and stayed into the AM. But I’m a balding, overweight, bearded middle-aged man. How many people could I dress up as? Present-day Bob Mould? Raymond Burr if I wore a wig?

    That Winehouse-shooting-heroin costume is really stunning in its bad taste. Did you search for photos of director Ana Lily Amirpour in blackface as Lil’ Wayne, which caused controversy earlier this year when someone dug them up after her film THE BAD BATCH was accused of racism? I’m puzzled why Harry Hamlin would dress as Sid Vicious and his wife would dress as Nancy Spungeon. They don’t exactly strike me as huge punk fans, although you never know.

    • Also, Renaud Camus’ Twitter feed is now sometimes in English. I was tempted to tweet him a link to my review of THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT, which mentions him and suggests that the existence of the film and the success of its European-Arab director and star are his nightmare, but I know it would basically be trolling. What’s weird is that his ideas about “replacement” seem to have cultural currency now in a non-racist arthouse sci-fi/horror context. Echoes of them are currently popping up in films as different as mother!, MARJORIE PRIME and BEFORE WE VANISH. And the first two were made by Jewish and Latino American directors, respectively, and the third was made in Japan, so I doubt these filmmakers read his work and take it seriously.

  7. I liked Lady Gaga as the marijuana plant. And Chris Colfer as grumpy cat.

    Here’s a bitchy remark: Jesse McCartney’s not wearing a costume, that’s how he looks all the time now.

  8. It’s kind of hard for me to know how to react to this post, but maybe that’s just because I’m completely jiggered after staying up late to work on a funding application. So the deadline for the Dundee Visual Artists Award is tomorrow, and I’ve applied for money for Alex to fly out to Seattle in April for the Yuck ‘n Yum exhibition at SOIL gallery. I hope we get it because it’s worth money, and plus it would give me more clout in YNY constitutional talks haha. Right, I’m off to bed.

  9. Long time reader, first-time commenter, guess I’ll try to rise to the challenge on this one. The post reminded me of the kind of quick scroll celeb pic listicle thing that professional distractors get paid to curate by companies like Buzzfeed. Definitely fits the Dennis Cooper brand, though perhaps not as much as the S&M web profiles a few days ago.

    The post also reminded me of Kellyanne Conway dressing Super and Trump dressing as Himself last year at a “Heroes and Villains” costume party hosted by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer. Mercer’s business partner Jim Simons was big in the Hillary camp…


    I’m both drawn to and repulsed by costume parties because of Versailles-ish associations. On the one hand everybody’s cute and creative but on the other it’s conspicuous consumption and a totally formal, totally casual, or nude party doesn’t take as much prep. To lapse into sports metaphor, in certain ways a costume party is a more level playing field and in others its a less level playing field than a non-costume party.

    The elaborate druggy art student costume party with a kiddie pool full of stage blood you describe in your “Too Cool for School” essay (pg. 77 in the Smothered in Hugs collection) feels like one I’d feel really hip to be invited to and really alienated to be at.

  10. Dennis, Another great take on Halloween this year. I think Kyle McLachlan is trying to be George Hamilton.

    I like James Franco because he tries. Maybe the results aren’t great, but the fucker at least tries.

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