Every Sleepless Knight has a tale to tell…Lady Desiree told us her Sleepless Knight superhero origin. In a way, we are all superheroes in our own lives. Imagine the Sleepless Knights of Insomnia is not only a collective of fans of MR. LOBO and CINEMA INSOMNIA, but a gathering of heroes who together create a “misunderstood” community of individuals and families who make the universe a better place.
Today, we explore the origin of Sleepless Knight Hall of Fame Inductee, Lady Desiree Clary along with her Sidekick/Partner in crime: Philip Rostonovich!
“In the early 1970s, a little girl defied her bedtime hour and crept stealthily along the hallway of her suburban home. Unable to venture further and risk parental ire, yet unwilling to retreat from the spooky glow of the TV, she closed her eyes and stood transfixed by the sounds of ‘Tarantula’ on Creature Features, hosted by venerable (and mega-stogiefied) Bob Wilkins on KTVU.
At roughly the same moment, a few hundred miles to the south, a young boy bravely watched the strangely fuzzy ‘Brain Eaters’ on KHJ’s Fright Night, hosted by gaunt-faced, darkly be-hatted Larry “Seymour” Vincent…from behind the demonstrable safety of the family’s living room sofa.
Drawn together, in the fullness of time, by their mutual love for dinosaurs, monster movies and Beat poets, Desiree and Philip settled down in the suburban hinterlands of the SF Bay Area. They became Sleepless Knights at a KFJC Psychotronix evening, when they took the Insomniacs’ Oath together. Thereafter they commenced a program of ‘passively stalking’ Lobo and Dixie online and during subsequent events at the historic Bal Theater in San Leandro. They are proud owners of Horror Hosts magazine Issue #1.
Today, Desiree is an actual, for-reals cyborg pursuing her lifelong fascination with all things historically spookidee into the Halls of Academia. Philip is a VFX artist, happily toiling away in the pixel mines of Burbank, and tends toward the more spaceship-heavy fare of classic Sci-Fi” Desiree finished her story with a grin upon her face.
Desiree, and Phillip, thank you for your support for CINEMA INSOMNIA and MR. LOBO and your undying love for misunderstood films of the past, present, and future. Give a warm hand to the newest Inductees into The Sleepless Knight Hall of Fame!