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"
The one thing almost all fiction writers enjoy writing about is fellow writers. A close second would be artists from other mediums. Painters get a special place in the oeuvre. In his Masterclass, Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist David Mamet opines about this by suggesting that writers are envious, believing painters somehow have it made. You […]Read more "Mysteries Unfolding: Bernard Taylor’s The Reaping"
Synopsis: A famed psychic phenomenon debunker and writer Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) comes to a boys’ boarding school to debunk a ghost supposedly involved in the death of one of the lads. At first, she employs all manner of scientific apparatuses to identify prankster children or sinister adults. However, she soon finds her rational world […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: The Awakening"