Theatre of Fear and Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962 by Mel Gordon

From its beginning, and before there was such a thing as horror films, the live performances of the Grand Guignol inspired everything we know about that genre.  Over 50 years after its final performance, it continues to inspire for much the same reasons.  The theater was built inside the remnants of a gutted convent and chapel, … Continue reading Theatre of Fear and Horror: The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris 1897-1962 by Mel Gordon

In the Shadow of Frankenstein, edited by Stephen Jones

This anthology is, according to its introduction, the revised and updated version of The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein.  Whatever you want to call it, it's a collection of stories about one of the all-time greatest of classic monsters, and therefore irresistible to an old school monster kid like myself.  There are some names on this author list that stand … Continue reading In the Shadow of Frankenstein, edited by Stephen Jones

The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, Caitlin G. Freeman (translator)

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, novels were first published in serialized formats in newspapers or magazines.  It wasn't uncommon for whole chapters to be rewritten, added, or otherwise removed before the story was finally collected as a complete finished novel.  Think of it as a means for an author to allow readers to beta read … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, Caitlin G. Freeman (translator)

The Mummy, 2017

Between his work on Star Trek and Transformers, I am in no way a fan of Alex Kurtzman.   He's one of those clowns who proudly declares himself to be a fan of something and then wades into a project with a complete misunderstanding of what makes those stories work.  His demonstrations of veneer over substance … Continue reading The Mummy, 2017