On All Hallows Eve, Cunard’s “Liner Notes” Casts a Captivating Spell

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Oct 27 – Liner Notes, the literary travel series sponsored by Cunard Line, marks Halloween with a special “Costume Party” episode hosted by Paul Holdengräber. In this spirited episode, Holdengräber takes listeners on a mesmerizing journey exploring the nature of horror in literature and film through the eyes of some of the world’s most accomplished writers, filmmakers and scholars. Highlights of the hour-long episode include an expedition to Mexico to experience the Day of the Dead and a revealing discourse on the appeal of putting on a mask. In the tradition of the legendary Algonquin Roundtable, Liner Notes is taped over lunch at the Captain’s Table aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and, in this episode, features the insight and analysis of seven notable guests.

“From spine-tingling topics to a captivating collection of guests, this episode will engage listeners whose interests include science fiction, fantasy, fright and myth,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.

Holdengräber’s “Costume Party” guests include:

  • Clive Barker, contemporary horror/fantasy writer and filmmaker, of whom Stephen King once said, “I have seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker.” Barker, who is best known for his collection of short horror stories including Books of Blood, also wrote and directed Hellraiser, Nightbreed and Lord of Illusions.
  • Peter Straub, award-winning horror fiction author, whose works include Ghost Story; In the Night; Koko; and Lost Boy, Lost Girl. Straub is a four-time winner of the Bram Stroker Award for “superior achievement” in horror writing and winner of the prestigious World Fantasy Award.
  • Hampton Fancher, actor, film producer and screenwriter, who is best known for the screenplay Bladerunner. Fancher also wrote screenplays for The Mighty Quinn starring Denzel Washington and The Minus Man, which he also directed.
  • Ellen Datlow, former fiction editor of Omni magazine and Omni Online, who has edited numerous original science fiction, fantasy and horror anthologies. She has received the World Fantasy Award a record eight times.
  • Wendy Doniger, scholar of history of religion, who holds doctorates from Harvard University and the University of Oxford. The author of more than 30 books, Doniger is a professor at the University of Chicago where she teaches Hinduism and mythology. Through her research, she has explored many taboo subjects including the role masks have played throughout ancient cultures.
  • Maraleen Manos-Jones, storyteller and performer, whose work involving butterflies ranges from collecting stories, myths, legends, poems, superstitions and art about the butterfly. “The Butterfly Lady,” as she is known, explores the recurring themes of transformation, love, death and rebirth, and spiritual awakening.
  • Jan Albert, award-winning film producer, writer and critic. Albert’s television and radio work has been recognized with two Emmy Awards, a Cable Ace Award and the Armstrong and CPB Awards.

Liner Notes explores fascinating destinations and thought-provoking ways that travel can be experienced and enjoyed through literature. Hosted by cultural wunderkind Paul Holdengräber, whose literary happenings have turned the New York Public Library into a popular hot spot and whose public events at the Institute for Art and Cultures in Los Angeles are renowned, and recorded with notable and knowledgeable guests over lunch at the Captain’s Table aboard Queen Mary 2, the series of themed, one-hour shows takes listeners on a journey of wit, wisdom and wanderlust, exploring destinations as they have been imagined and as they exist in literature, painting, film, music and myth. The conversations raise themes related to travel; for example, “falling in love with a place,” “the benefits of wandering,” “lost in translation,” and “ex-patriot dreams.” Interviews with travelers and locals deepen the exploration of a place in fact and in fantasy. The programs are available to hear at www.cunard.com/linernotes.