In January of 2008, acclaimed actor Heath Ledger died of a drug overdose after a night of hardcore sex partying with 90s child stars and jailbait pioneers the Olson Twins. Okay, for the sake of avoiding libel lawsuits, we'll admit that that's not exactly what happened. But whatever the circumstances of Ledger's death were, it was certainly sensational, and arguably catapulted Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight to unprecedented critical and box office success in the superhero genre.
The legend grew last week when video clips surfaced on Reddit from a year-old German documentary which showed Ledger's father paging through Ledger's "Joker Diary" on camera. The diary was Ledger's attempt to capture the Joker's inner workings and state of mind during the filming of the movie. For fans already obsessed with the connection between Ledger's iconic performance and his untimely demise, the existence of the diary is like a gruesome dream come true.
We spoke to some well-known ghouls to get more insight into this phenomenon:
"Oh boy, I would love to get my hands on that," said Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the popular 1960s sitcom The Munsters. "That would be a fantastic read."
"I think this book has the makings of a real classic," added Brian Keene, an award-winning horror novelist. "Ledger played a bad guy in a movie, you know? And then he died."
"Mmmm," whispered Keene, lost in thought.
"Ooooooooohhhhhh yeeessssssssssss," moaned deceased professional wrestling manager Paul Bearer. "My Undertaker would be very interested in reading that diary."
"Sounds like a fun read," said Jacob Marley, a former business partner of ours.
"Ledger's Joker Diary has jumped to the top of my reading list," promised shock rocker Marilyn Manson, who added that he hoped to discuss the book at the next meeting of his neighborhood book club.
"I vant to read this book," demanded Count Dracula, a fictional vampire.
"I'll read it," chirped macabre British actress Helena Bonham Carter, "and me boyfriend'll read it twice, 'e will." She then stared at us uncomfortably for two straight minutes.
"It's astounding," offered Riff Raff, a butler.
"Time is... fleeting," he continued, "Madness...takes it's toll."
"Yessssssssssss," said Outhouse reporter Zechs before getting another scoop on a beloved animated TV show that's been canceled. "Thisss is great newsss."
"But listen closely," interrupted Riff Raff.
"Not for very much longer," his wife, Magenta, elaborated.
"I've got to..." Raff finished, "keep control.
"A man," Zechs hissed, punctuating his earlier remarks. "I wassss onccce a man."
"I hope to have some time after finishing the construction of this new Death Star," said Palpatine, a emperor of the Galactic Empire. "There's no harm in putting it off until after that, is there?"
"DIARY GOOD," concluded Outhouse monster correspondent Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. "FIRE BAD."
Well, there you have it. We can't say we understand it, but this book is out there and people are interested in it, so we're sure it will see mass production at some point. Until then, feel free to drool over the video, embedded below.