Although they are the coin of the realm in Hollywood and other film industry areas, the screenplay is an odd thing to read. Good ones flow like a solidly written story. Harlan Ellison was the master of the readable script, and his work on the television pilot sequel to A Boy and His Dog is […]Read more "And say goodbye to my wife for me. I’ll say hello to yours.: S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk"
Karl Edward Wagner’s name is perhaps less known these days than during the height of his career as a novelist, editor, and publisher (his Carcosa Press brought plenty of fun, pulp horror and fantasy material back into print from the 1930s/1940s) some thirty years ago. However, his legacy survives for those who are willing to […]Read more "Touched By Horror: J. U. Nicolson’s Fingers of Fear"
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"
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"
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"
I am familiar with the name Adam Cesare, but until recently I have only read one of his novels. That book, TRIBESMEN, I read, and enjoyed when it was part of Ravenous Romance’s horror imprint many moons ago. That imprint is long gone these days (though the book has found new life in another edition). […]Read more "CAMP BLOOD REDUX: ADAM CESARE’S THE CON SEASON"
Dennis Etchison’s second novel did not appear for seven years after his first novel DARKSIDE (reviewed here). The author’s sophomore work hit shelves in 1993 as part of the Dell Abyss line, an imprint dedicated to transgressive, unusual, non-formulaic horror fiction, which did not require Indian burial grounds, spooky teens, or traditional haunted houses. Etchison’s general […]Read more "WE ALL GO INTO THE DARK: DENNIS ETCHISON’S SHADOWMAN"