Synopsis: He’s a blood thirsty savage with an appetite for mutilating pretty girls (the looser the perceived morals the better!) and he’s in 1980s New York City, where the theaters offer live sex shows and women dress seductively in search of a little a-c-t-i-o-n. He also quacks like a duck when he goes about his […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: The New York Ripper"
Synopsis: The year is 1967, and single mom Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) is making a living doing readings for the bereaved people seeking comfort and closure. She assures her two helpful daughters teenaged Lina (Annalise Basso) and nine-or-ten year old Doris (Lulu Wilson) that what they are not charlatans or cheats because they are offering […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Ouija: Origin of Evil"
Synopsis: When a pair of uncouth murderers (David Arquette and the recently departed Sid Haig) flee a posse and cross into a strange burial ground, they cannot know the horror they will unleash. One of them falls almost immediately and the other flees. Unlike what the Good Book says, this guilty man is pursued. From […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: 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"
After a satiric horror story as well as a quartet of sleuth stories featuring actor turned detective Sam Holt, Westlake returned to Dortmunder and his string of pals for one big mess of a caper in one big book. Well, the caper is messy; the novel itself is exquisite. The spine of the story involves […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Drowned Hopes"
Although it would be the concluding volume of the Sam Holt series, the novel THE FOURTH DIMENSION IS DEATH was originally conceived as the kickoff of another trio in the series. When the publisher’s sales team messed up and revealed Westlake as the author behind the pseudonym on publication of the first book, “Samuel Holt […]Read more "CONSIDERING WESTLAKE: THE FOURTH DIMENSION IS DEATH"