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: Trooper Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) is a cop from the year 2300. He’s responsible for taking down a major baddie, called Whistler (Michael Stefani), but that guy has a cult of followers who are carrying around a nasty little bioweapon that turns them into rampaging maniacs even as it eats away at their flesh. […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Trancers"
As seems to be the case with many of Dean Koontz’s novel releases since the 2010s, an eBook hit the marketplace right around the time when the author’s novel The City was due to see its initial hardback release in 2014. The Neighbor might have a disarming or sinister title, depending on how you relate […]Read more "Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Possessions: Dean Koontz’s The Neighbor"
Synopsis: When private nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) finds her employer, the famous bestselling mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), in the upstairs room of his massive mansion with his throat cut, the death seems like suicide. Lieutenant Elliot (Lakeith Stanfield) and State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) are sure the case is a clear […]Read more "Movie Mondays: Knives Out"
I never would have expected Donald E. Westlake to tackle a Universal Monster movie for one of his comic crime capers. Sure, he made mention here and there about Dracula, Frankenstein, etc., often using old horror movies as a method of comparison for some of his characters or their behaviors. However, with Smoke he tackles […]Read more "Considering Westlake: Smoke"
Picture it: A drive through Welsh mountains, a terrible storm, flooded roads, no way to turn back no real way to proceed. But there! A house perched in the dark, a few windows ablaze with flickering electric light and at least a flutter of hope. Will the occupants provide shelter to weary travelers? Surely, they […]Read more "We Are For the Dark: J. B. Priestley’s Benighted"
Synopsis: As a young girl, Albrun (Celina Peter) lived with her mother (Claudia Martini) in the woods and watched her consumed by disease. They were a wise family in the remote Austrian/German mountain region in an unspecified era. Medicine was not available, death was imminent and this may have had to do with an encounter […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Hagazussa"