Horror as optimism

I knew what books she liked … – gloomy horror stories, Gothic novels with crumpled covers featuring a drawing of a Bat. Perverted monks, severed hands that murder people, coffins flushed out of graveyards by floods. Evidently reading this sort of thing confirmed her in the conviction that we are not living in the worst […]

KABOOM man

Well, that was a lot of fun. With that title – “The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man”, and my love of his Fractured Europe series, I was always going to read this novel of Dave Hutchinson‘s. However, I am never early to the party, and I see that it has been out in the […]

The Father

Anthony Hopkins won the Oscar for his performance, so you don’t need me to tell you that his performance is brilliant, nor that The Father is a … film. What adjectives to include? Strong. Very, very good. Cast, writing, direction, every technical aspect, very, very good. Harrowing. Unsentimental. Heart breaking – in the best sense, […]

Partisan

Partisan is a 2015 film directed by Ariel Kleiman, that appears not terribly well regarded and given the box-office, not seen by many, and so if I have a thought about it, it hardly matters. For those who love horror and Weird, it has much going for it. Importantly, it is confident: bold and solid, […]

Australian mouse plague

You may have seen the news about (or you may be living through) a rodent plague happening now. My children understand my wife’s murophobia when these events occur – she experienced one of these while growing up in rural NSW. Rodent plague = need for rodent poisoning = danger for rodent predators. This is a […]

HAPPY MAY DAY, PROLESCARYET

Happy May Day, International Workers of the World. Though cowards run and traitors sneer, we’ll keep the red flag flying here. None of which is in any way a cynical marketing exercise for which includes my story ‘Blur’, and is available at The Book Depository, evil Amazon, Gumroad, and other places I am sure. PROLESCARYET […]