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New York may lack a Groucho Club, a Garrick, a Hurlingham, and other contenders in the home-away-from-school, Drones' tradition, but this is not to say that New York has no exclusive societies at all. Alumni of the Ivy League can gain admittance to stately and soporific college clubs, where the stuffed wart-hog heads in the lounge look infinitely more animated than the men who sit beneath them. After a Nobel Prize or two, creative types can eventually hope to swell the ranks of the very Jamesian Century Club, where they will pop in for chicken soup and a brief confab every solstice or two. But by far the most elite club of all is the city's premier youth gang, the Bloods, whose attractions are so alluring that people lately have been going so far as to slit a vein in their bids to win membership. It is perhaps unfortunate that the veins they slit are not their own. To become a full-fledged Blood, entitled to sport cigarette-burn insignia and assorted "wilding" paraphernalia, aspirants must slash a total stranger.

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Box Clever: Frights of your life

Psycho Alfred Hitchock's classic chiller has aged well. As Barker says, who has never thought of this film at some point while taking a shower?

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THEATRE Halloween Night Rough Magic, Dublin

Combining the peer-group reunion idea of his Digging for Fire with the blackly ironic use of the supernatural in New Morning, Declan Hughes's sardonic new play, Halloween Night, slots into the Donmar Warehouse next week after its Dublin run. Again, Hughes is concerned with urban, university-educated adolescents in their early 30s, coverging on yet another vapid, unhappy, evening of alcohol; here, in a house on the west coast of Ireland, on a night when dead souls are supposed to be roaming the earth.

ON THE FRINGE Seventy Scenes of Halloween; Get Out of Hear!; It Took More Than One Man

The 70th scene in Seventy Scenes of Halloween (Pentameters, Hampstead) consists solely of a banner with the words "The End" daubed in crude strokes of stage-blood. It's Jeffrey M Jones's little joke, at once acknowledging his work's resemblance to a cheap horror movie and re-summoning, at the 11th hour, the conventional narrative spirit which the previous 68 scenes have all but exorcised. By this stage, the two protagonists - an ordinary- looking suburban couple, Joan and Jeff - have experienced much grisly stabbing and smothering. But the American playwright's cut-up technique, by which the order of proceedings is seemingly determined at random, has disorientated us so much that we no longer expect fatal actions to be of any consequence.

People expect rapists to be on the loose in other cities, not here

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Why he never sold his soul

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I have been scared of some really dumb things in my time. When I was five, my Mum took me to see Cats, but I was scared of Brian Blessed so we had to leave. The same year, I had a fabulously successful birthday party, at which I held court like a mini Joan Collins until I decided I was scared of the lighted candles on my cake. I screamed and cried and curled up beneath a table until my Montessori mates had to be sent home.

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