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"
After reading Stephen Volk’s DARK MASTERS TRILOGY (see reviews for Whitstable, Leytonstone, and Netherwood), I have been intrigued enough by the author’s prose to check out other works. As it turns out, a novellette led off the March/April issue of BLACK STATIC, a UK based horror fiction magazine and will be the subject of today’s […]Read more "ART AS A WEAPON: STEPHEN VOLK’S “UNCHAIN THE BEAST”"
Stephen Volk brings THE DARK MASTERS TRILOGY to a close with NETHERWOOD, a short novel that brings popular occult novelist Dennis Wheatley together with infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. The two men are not friends, per se, but they are known to each other. This stems from a time while the novelist was researching black magic, […]Read more "A Clash of Wills: Stephen Volk’s NETHERWOOD"
It’s a famous story, but don’t stop me if you’ve heard it because there’s never been a twist like this: When asked about his fear of police, famed suspense and horror film director Alfred Hitchcock often cited an incident from his childhood wherein he was arrested as a lesson about what happens to naughty little […]Read more "What Terrifies The Master of Suspense?: Considering Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone"
PS Publishing has released an omnibus edition of Stephen Volk’s novellas/short novels under the title THE DARK MASTERS TRILOGY. The contents are a triptych of individual stories; over the next few weeks, we will be exploring these individually and perhaps seeing how they all work together. Each of these tales is an historical work about […]Read more "The Gentle Man of Horror’s Dilemma: Stephen Volk’s Whitstable"