We all know the white supremacists are horrible people. In the novella Ring Shout, author P. Djèlí Clark asks, “What if they weren’t people at all?” In fact, some of them are people, hateful, driven to a frenzy by such propaganda as white supremacist Thomas Dixon, Jr’s works The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the […]Read more "When the Devil Comes to Town, You Betta Watch How You Get Down: P. Djèlí Clark’s Ring Shout"
It all starts in Santa Del Mar, Mexico when ruthless real estate douchebag Leslie Chase (Robert Patrick) hires some local military types to gun down a troublesome tribe of Totecs who are protesting Chase’s billion-dollar hotel by offing his workers in gruesome fashion—slices across the Achilles tendons and then throat cutting and finally devouring parts […]Read more "Poke Around As Much As You Want: Last Gasp"
In 1974, as blackouts dominate the evening hours, Valerie (Rose WIlliams) begins her new job as a nurse at an established London hospital. The Matron (Diveen Henry) is a domineering sort, who dictates uniform skirts be three inches below the knee and threatens to measure them, her colleagues are a bunch of bitter types, and […]Read more "Valerie in the Dark: The Power"
There’s something rotten in rural Paddock County, California. An axe-wielding maniac is cutting down women one at a time in the most horrible way possible. The killer is an unstoppable maniac, striking as easily on a remote pig farm as in the middle of a car wash. Young guys Gerald Martin (Barton Faulks) and Richard […]Read more "Dull Blades Hurt Worst of All: Edge of the Axe"
As one might expect from the title, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s sixth novel is an eerie exploration of gothic romance and gothic horror tropes set against a rural Mexican background. Mexican Gothic is a period piece, set during the 1950s. There’s a strange country estate, a family with dark secrets, a terrible (and possibly plague ridden) past […]Read more "In A Dark, Dark House: Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic"
Synopsis: Budding journalism major and relatively new student Toni Daniels (Pamela Ludwig) has been handed a gig, writing about rush week at Tambers College. If she wants something a bit meatier, her mentor Cosmo Kincald (Gregg Allman) invites her to find a story of her own. One practically falls into her lap, a potentially juicy […]Read more "Find Your Own Story: Rush Week"
A death in the family is never an easy thing, and this is especially true when it’s the maternal figure who passes at a surprisingly young age. Her husband Munarto (W.D. Mochtar), daughter Rita (Siska Widowati), and son Tommy (Fachrul Rozy) are left with more than grief, however. A macabre strangeness seems to be afflicting […]Read more "You Just Gotta Believe: Satan’s Slave"
Synopsis: When Alicianne Del Mar (Laurel Barnett) accepts a job being nanny to young Rosalie Nordon (Rosalie Cole), she does not expect to end up in some remote, spooky house, and trying to keep her sanity amongst a creepy child, her creepy paterfamilias Nordon (Frank Janson), and Rosalie’s weirdly enticing older brother Len Nordon (Richard […]Read more "These Woods Get Dark Fast: The Child"
Paris Minton and Fearless Jones return in the second volume of Walter Mosley’s mystery series (only three books thus far). The first volume had best pals Paris and Fearless running around 1950s LA in search of a bond, trying to keep one step ahead of several mysterious and dangerous forces that were in search of […]Read more "Don’t Worry, Baby. You’n Me Is Tight: Walter Mosley’s Fear Itself"
Synopsis: Perdita Durango (Rosie Perez) has never met anyone like Romeo (Javier Bardem), a badass Santeria priest, kidnapper, cannibal, killer, and all around impulsive bad boy. It’s not quite a love they develop much a mutual enjoyment for screwing and killing (and eating, one supposes): the great pleasures of life. They wear black, they sneer […]Read more "Taking Control: Perdita Durango"