The What If of this book can be summed up as: What if Mystery, Inc., had actually tangled with chthonic beasts and didn’t realize it until their mid-twenties? What I thought of Meddling Kids? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, too.
The Legacy, by John Coyne, is a mixture of an Agatha Christie whodunnit, as members of a house party are knocked off one by one, and an occult thriller. It’s not always clear how much of the menace is due to dark magic or just plain old greed, as six people have been elected to inherit a legacy — of vast wealth, property, and possibly, supernatural power. Coyne wrote the novel as a tie-in to the successful film starring Katharine Ross and Sam Elliot (and The Who’s Roger Daltrey in a small role). He wrote a number of other horror […]
The Regulators was something of a rarity for me. Dreamcatcher aside, I’ve not often read a Stephen King book that I didn’t really enjoy. As I’ve been mostly reading in chronological order, I’m well aware that his best is now probably behind me, but I do hope that the rest to come is still better than this. Written under the name of his alter ego, Richard Bachman, The Regulators is a companion piece to Desperation, a decent read in which an entity named Tak was roused from its slumber beneath a mining operation and lay waste to the titular town […]
I adore post-apocalyptic literature and have read many of the Stephen King biggies (The Shining, Misery, Carrie, Pet Cemetary, It, Salem’s Lot, Christine, Needful Things, Thinner) so not sure why I hadn’t read The Stand but I think the size of the volume probably had something to do with it. At 1153 pages The Stand is less a hobby and moreso a lifestyle choice. His fifth book, written in 1978, it was definitely a blast from the past. I snagged the copy held for me at the library and was downright crestfallen to learn that I actually picked up the 10th […]
I’ve been in the mood for classic horror paperbacks lately. I recently read Whitley Strieber’s Hunger trilogy and liked the first book, so thought I’d try two more of his earlier works. His first book. The Wolfen, was written in 1978. It follows two New York City police officers, Rebecca Neff and George Wilson, who try to solve a seemingly unsolvable case — the brutal attack of two fellow officers. All the signs seem to point to an animal attack, but not just any ordinary animal. The book is fast-paced, and for the most part a great read. Strieber tries to […]
Whitley Strieber wrote The Hunger in 1981. It was his second novel and featured Miriam Blaylock, a glamorous female vampire, her current companion John. A third side to the triangle is a brilliant young doctor, Sarah Roberts, whose research may provide an answer to Miriam’s immortality and what it might mean to the human race. The book was memorably made into a sexy, campy feature film by Tony Scott in 1983 with Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon as the trio. What makes The Hunger different from other vampire novels is how Strieber presents a scientific approach to vampirism […]
While I missed Annihilation in theatres, I was very pleased to see it show up on Netflix. I know there were some mixed reviews, but it certainly got people talking and I was thrilled to see a cast made up almost entirely of women (TESSA THOMPSON) in a real science fiction movie to boot. I had not read the book prior to seeing the movie and had tried to avoid reviews with spoilers. I found the movie deeply unsettling – moody and dark with interesting imagery; much like Ex Machina (also directed by Alex Garland), Arrival and Under the Skin, […]
I can’t remember the last time I read a book by Stephen King. I was a huge fan in my teens and 20s, but it’s probably been at least 20 years since I picked up one of his books. Recently, my daughter has started reading King, so when Joyland showed up in our shared digital library suggestions, I though, “Sure, why not.” I wasn’t disappointed, which was a great relief to me. Joyland isn’t a horror story per se, and is really more of a ghost story than anything else. There are the usual King-universe elements, a youthful male protagonist (aka a King stand-in), […]