In the year 2000, I was working as Editor in Chief of the internationally distributed magazine, Guerrilla Filmmaker, together with my good friend and Publisher, Mark Doyle. We reviewed countless films for the pages of our popular 'zine and we were both itching to do a short film together. He kept telling me that he could easily get his hands on some black and white, 16mm film stock and that we should consider doing a piece based on Gothic literature. I agreed and immediately told him that I had always wanted to do an adaptation of the J. Sheridan LeFanu short story, CARMILLA, to which he confessed that he had always wanted to do a piece inspired by Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN. Facing the dilemma at hand, we decided to somehow create a trilogy of short films that would encompass a tribute to both tales, as well as a third puzzle piece, which we would base on a poem I wrote called SMEARED. Armed with good will, 16mm black and white stock, and the help and determination of our friends, we tailored a 15 page script that would actually comprise the three concepts as three separate stories that would flow into one another to tell one continuous tale. The finished product would go on to make appearances at several film festivals around the country, including the legendary Coney Island Film Festival, where it was greeted with the warmest of receptions. Recently, I rediscovered a bin with the original footage from our film (which had been tentatively titled THE GOTHIKON during production, but would eventually hit the screen with its rightful moniker, THE LONELY - which is also more in tune with its themes and subject matter). I thought it might be a good idea to revisit the old Goth playground and give the work another round of scissors. This trailer is a short glimpse of things to come.

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