The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Apr03

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)     There was a rare treat for silent movie fans on the 15th of March this year when Dublin’s beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral hosted a rare screening and live score performance of Rex Ingram’s majestic 1921 classic of the cinema, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Now, it isn’t quite accurate to describe Rex Ingram as a ‘forgotten film director’.  Certainly, those of us who love the...

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Stephen King’s The Dark Half
Mar08

Stephen King’s The Dark Half

Summoning Demons: Revisiting Stephen King’s The Dark Half     “Kull meditated a while, then spoke.  ‘Can you summon up demons?’ “’Aye.  I can summon up a demon more savage than any in ghostland – by smiting you on the face.’” –Robert E. Howard, The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune     Fittingly for a novel that deals so obsessively with the subject of twins, doubling and mirror images, Stephen King’s 1989 novel The Dark Half is...

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View from the Madhouse: Revisiting Stephen King’s Misery
Feb14

View from the Madhouse: Revisiting Stephen King’s Misery

View from the Madhouse: Revisiting Stephen King’s Misery     Loosely sandwiched in between two novels with truly enormous casts – It and The Tommyknockers – King’s 1987 Misery was a stripped-to-the-bone two-hander. Yes, there really are only two people featured over the 350-odd pages.  One is writer Paul Sheldon — famous for his money-spinning bodice-rippers starring heroine Misery Chastain. The other is his isolated,...

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Arthur C.  Clarke’s Childhood’s End
Jun17

Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End

Arthur C.  Clarke’s Childhood’s End   Contains Major Spoilers   Well now, twice in one week; wonder what that means. Ten or so days ago I found myself left with a feeling of bleak sadness on rereading Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.  It was a sort of ‘localised’ sadness:  just this recognition of time passing and even ending for those who I love or have loved through the years.  Of the Veil pulling back and Oz the Great and Terrible...

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Pet Sematary (Novel)
Jun05

Pet Sematary (Novel)

Older and Wiser: Going Back to the… Pet Sematary   It’s funny, isn’t it, how something you read so many years ago can have a completely different feel when you return to it. This has been true of most of those early Stephen King novels that I’ve been revisiting of late…but none more so than with his 1988 Pet Sematary. I was in my twenties when I first stumbled across that clearing in the Maine woods.  That odd patch of ground where...

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Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon
May30

Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon

Hollywood Hokum & Snail Masturbation; Welcome to… Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon   Dear oh dear, what a sordid and depressing 2001 novel this one is.  From the pen of horror writer Clive Barker, it should be pressing all the right buttons for me.  In particular, I’m a sucker for tales of Old Hollywood — and Coldheart Canyon is even advertised as a ‘Hollywood ghost story’.  Yet so much of it is wrong, wrong, wrong; not...

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