Rue Morgue #143 – Twin Peaks, written by Andy Burns
Back in March 2014, I was very privileged to write the cover story to Rue Morgue #143, featuring Laura Palmer on the cover. It was interesting how that all turned out. I originally pitched Editor-In-Chief Dave Alexander on another story, one that was essentially a year in advance (that one is still in the hopper so I won’t say what it was). In my pitch letter, I ran down my CV for Dave, including mention of Wrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks. When he got back to me, he asked if I would be interested in doing a story on TP. I jumped on the chance, which I only had a few weeks to do. Amazingly, many of the interviews came together very last minute, but turned out very well.
Last night, while searching YouTube to see if anyone had posted clips from our Twin Peaks panel from this past weekend at Fan Expo, I came across this review of Rue Morgue #143. It says a lot of great things about the issue and the article in particular, and I thank Jacob Breuer for the nice words.
As you can tell from the photo below, today was a big one for yours truly. I took part in the Twin Peaks 25th Anniversary panel at Fan Expo Canada, sharing the stage with Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee and Sherilyn Fenn. I was introduced to the jam-packed room by moderator and Rue Morgue magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Dave Alexander as his ringer, having written the magazine’s TP cover story back in March. I was quite thrilled to be up there, and it was fairly surreal for me, as you might expect.
In the moment, when I was surrounded by people who have really helped shape who I am, at the very least as a lover of pop culture, it was easy to be professional. This is work, after all. But as the 45 minute panel went on, with questions from Dave, myself and a few of the gathered fans, I certainly felt life take on a surreal quality, especially when Sheryl Lee would flash her smile…Laura’s smile…it was genuinely breathtaking.
The three actors reminisced about how they became part of the show, what it was like to be a part of something that captured the zeitgeist the way Twin Peaks did back in the summer of 1990, and who they wished they’d worked more with on the show (Kyle MacLachlan’s Cooper for Sherilyn, Fenn herself for Sheryl, and PIper Laurie in Asian drag for Ray). Also interesting to note is that neither Sheryl or Ray knew they would be reprising their roles for the Between Two Worlds feature on the new box set. They received their lines the morning of the shoot, which they originally thought was just going to be interview material.
And like that, it was all done. An amazing experience that 13 year-old me never would have dreamt would happen, and one that 37 year-old me is hugely thankful for. A big thank you and tip of the hat to Rue Morgue’s Dave Alexander for inviting me to be part of the panel, not to mention the initial opportunity to write for the magazine and his ongoing support for my upcoming book. As well, thanks to Ray Wise, Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee for their kindness today. Class acts, all three of them.
“There were a lot of dark moments making that show, where I had to go sit in a corner and just think about what I had to do.” – Ray Wise to Andy Burns, February 2014