Death Lit: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

I am a big fan of the YouTube channel Ask a Mortician by Cailtin Doughty. I especially love the videos on historical corpses. In all of her videos, Doughty not only provides tons of interesting information but shares it in a clear and direct style with a touch of humor. I could say the same about her writing. I was excited to pick up a copy of her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. At no point was the book morbid despite being about dying, death rites, the funeral industry and corpses. I found it informing and a pleasure to read.

I highly recommend it, particularly because I think it would be accessible to a wide range of reading skills. The style was straight-forward and easy to read, and the content never failed to keep me informed and entertained.

DYK: Deaths on set of Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1982

Did you know that Vic Morrow and two child actors, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le, were killed in an accident involving a helicopter during filming on the California set of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Morrow, age 53, and the children, ages 6 and 7, were shooting a Vietnam War battle scene in which they were supposed to be running from a pursuing helicopter. Special-effects explosions on the set caused the pilot of the low-flying craft to lose control and crash into the three victims. The accident took place on the film’s last scheduled day of shooting.

Read more about the tragedy at History.com.

Toons From the Crypt

In 1993, the children’s animated series Tiny Toon Adventures spoofed Tales from the Crypt with an episode called “Toons from the Crypt.” Buster Bunny takes on the role of the Crypt Keeper, telling three separate horror stories in the same style of the HBO show. Due to its horror content, the episode wasn’t aired during the cartoon’s initial run on Fox Kids. It wasn’t seen in its entirety until Nickelodeon acquired the rerun rights.

The connection between these two shows doesn’t end here. During the production of Tiny Toon Adventures‘ third season, Buster Bunny voice actor Charlie Adler left the show. Guess who was brought in to replace Adler for the remainder of the series? The Crypt Keeper himself… John Kassir!

From HBO’S TALES FROM THE CRYPT: 10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW