Synopsis: Death comes to the shores of Britain aboard the doomed freighter Demeter. Although the sailors aboard the craft do their best to heave the danger overboard, they are unable to do so in a timely manner before the occupant plaguing their ship dispatches them. When the ship crashes near the home and workplace of […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Dracula"
The penultimate adventure for series heister Parker probably has the title that, at first brush and taken completely without context, may be one of the stupidest titles in Westlake’s oeuvre. Certainly one of the worst titles in the Richard Stark catalog. Ask the Parrot? What the hell is that supposed to connote. The book has […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Ask the Parrot"
Although he is best known for his humorous horrors and his dark thrillers, one of the best novels Jeff Strand has yet released may well be the comic road story, Kumquat. Has it received any award nominations? Sadly, no. Did it get a big push upon release? Also, sadly no. But it is a horror […]Read more "Cha Cha Cha Cha Cha! Satan Satan Satan!: Jeff Strand’s Kumquat"
The twelfth book in the Dortmunder series of comic caper stories finds its down on his luck protagonist in the midst of two scores, one of his own choosing and one that’s working against his best interests. It’s a setup that has not quite occurred before, at least not in this manner. Sure, the previous […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Watch Your Back!"
Synopsis: When Professor Harrington (Maurice Denham) threatens to expose a demon worshipping cult as frauds, he challenges the coven leader to do his best to stop him. Cult leader Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis, sporting a devilish goatee) complies by invoking demonic powers to do just that. Prof. Harrington dies, though the cause of death appears […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Night of the Demon"
Long, long, long, long before author Dean Koontz kicked off his spree of releasing original novellas tied to his latest novels, he wrote a slender action thriller under pseudonym. This is no real surprise. The sixties and seventies saw Koontz trying out a variety of fiction genres using a stable of pennames. Fun fact: The […]Read more "His Name Is Whatnow?: Dean Koontz’s Chase"
Ponder the age-old question that has haunted mankind since the invention of currency: How can I make a fortune without ever lifting a finger? Well, it gets an intriguing answer in Westlake’s novel Money For Nothing as well as a dark side. Josh Redmont starts out life as a struggling but basically decent guy. When […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Money For Nothing"
Synopsis: Joan Mitchell (Jan White)is a suburban housewife with all the baggage that goes along with that title. She has a husband, Jack Mitchell (Bill Thunhurst), who is more interested in pursuing his career, she has a daughter, Nikki “Nix” Mitchell (Joedda McClain), who is ready to fly the nest in as noisy a way […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Season of the Witch"
Dean Koontz’s Wilderness is an eBook exclusive story, not quite novella length, released to engender reader interest in his novel Innocence. Although Wilderness is short and eschews a traditional narrative structure—it does not give readers the conclusion they might be wishing for—the story also manages to contain some of the most evocative and lyrical prose […]Read more "The Hunted and the Hunter: Dean Koontz’s Wilderness"
Synopsis: There’s nothing quite like making a new purchase, and when that purchase happens to be your dream jacket well, that’s the best thing of all, right? Not so, in the case of Georges (Jean Dujardin), who comes to discover than acquiring new possessions sometimes means having those new acquisitions possess you in turn. The […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Deerskin"