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Mark E Smith & Graham Duff
The Otherwise - The Screenplay for a Horror Film That Never Was
Strange Attractor Press
Release Date
May 14, 2021

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The first ever publication of Mark E. Smith’s supernatural film treatment, co-authored with Graham Duff. Forward by punk poet John Cooper Clarke. Mark E. Smith was the singer and lyricist of the legendary English post-punk band The Fall. Renowned for his lyrics - a singular portmanteau of modernist bricolage and grotesque arcana - his status as one of post-war Britain’s most innovative writers is without question. This is the first ever publication of his dramatic narrative work for film, co-written with veteran script writer Graham Duff.

The Otherwise contains previously unpublished conversations with Mark E. Smith, conducted by Duff, that will be of significant interest for fans. In 2015 Mark E. Smith of The Fall and screenwriter Graham Duff co-wrote the script for a horror feature film called The Otherwise. The story involved The Fall recording an EP in an isolated recording studio on Pendle Hill. The Lancashire landscape is not only at the mercy of a satanic biker gang, it’s also haunted by a gaggle of soldiers who have slipped through time from the Jacobite Rebellion. However, every film production company who saw the script said it was ’too weird’ to ever be made. The Otherwise is weird. Yet it’s also witty, shocking and genuinely scary. Now the screenplay is published for the first time, alongside photographs, drawings and handwritten notes. The volume also contains previously unpublished transcripts of conversations between Smith and Duff, where they discuss creativity, dreams, musical loves (from Can to acid house) and favourite films (from Britannia Hospital to White Heat). Smith also talks candidly about his youth and mortality, in exchanges that are both touching and extremely funny.

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