Synopsis: Cluny Brown (Jennifer Jones) is a woman with unusual passions. As a plumber’s niece, she grew up around the tools and trade of fixing pipes, and she grew to love a clog if only for the opportunity to clear it. However, there is little respect in 1938, with the world on the verge of […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Cluny Brown"
For his eighth adventure, Dortmunder finds himself both underwhelmed and overmatched in short order. Instead of a job that seems easy from the start, which then turns impossible, this time around he gets a job that looks impossible from the get-go, which turns out to be surprisingly easy, and quickly degenerates into a tangled mess. […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Don’t Ask"
Synopsis: Although the small New England town’s funeral home might have flourished under the guiding hand of Amos Hinchley (Boris Karloff), it has fallen into decline following the shift of power to son-in-law Waldo Trumbull (Vincent Price). Now, the house has but one coffin for displays, which they regularly reuse (often dumping a body into […]Read more "Movie Mondays: The Comedy of Terrors"
According to the author’s opening acknowledgements, Humans came about as a kind of challenge posed to author Donald E. Westlake to write something different. The original challenge came from mystery novelist Evan Hunter (best known to the world as the bestselling creator of police procedurals, Ed McBain), and was later aided and abetted by numerous […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: HUMANS"
We don’t get real winters down here in Houston, Texas. Not like the ones Trista and I saw growing up in Michigan or when we were living together in the snow belt of Massachusetts (aka, Worcester). Instead, there are a few weeks of cold that arrive around January and then depart before the end of […]Read more "Movie Mondays: The Blackcoat’s Daughter"
Stephen Gregory’s first novel, The Cormorant, tells a chilling story about a man, his wife and toddler, and the hellish bird they inherit from a distant relative. The tale blended otherworldly and psychological terrors with a prose style reminiscent of Robert Aickman’s works. At the time of its release, that particular novel drew inevitable comparison […]Read more "Flutters and Frights: Stephen Gregory’s On Dark Wings"
Trista and I had a ball going to the theater to see movies together and then writing about them in our monthly column. However, complications with her pregnancy put the kibosh on that, leaving us with access to streaming pictures. While Trista was first on bed rest, we saw quite a few pictures that were […]Read more "MOVIE MONDAYS: THE SILENCED"