Reporting in from Ice Station Antarctica... er, Massachusetts. I think even the Thing from Another World would remain firmly frozen in intergalactic popsicle state in the weather we're having.
I've been watching episodes of Adam Adamant Lives! and it frequently reminds me of themes from the Vault. Last night's episode kicked off with a nasty scene of a crypto Playboy bunny "Fluffy" being tortured in a cellar--worthy of Flavia Richardson at her most sadistic. Then there was this story about a neurotic fashion designer in the pay of some international espionage racket--his gowns were equipped with a "Destruct" button that resulted in the death of several lacquer-coiffed dowagers at embassy parties. Tonight I'm going to view "The Last Sacrifice" about a well-heeled cult of Devil worshippers--tres Dennis Wheatley.
Jo Gannon - Plasmid Harry Adam Knight - Bedlam Marc Ronson - Plague Pit Guy N. Smith - The Festering Brian McNaughton - The Poacher David Anne - Day Of The Mad Dogs Shaun Hutson - Come The Night Guy N. Smith - Son Of The Werewolf
Dishonourable mentions- Kenneth Rayner Johnson - The Succubus Ivor Jorgensen - Rest In Agony Mark Andrews - Satan's Manor Angus Hall - To Play The Devil
Paul Finch (ed.) - Terror Tales Of Cornwall Marvin Kaye - Weird Tales Peter Haining - Dr. Caligari's Black Book (the NEL paperback: vastly superior selection to the WH Allen hardcover, imo) Allen Ashley (ed) - Creeping Crawlers
Allen Ashley (ed) - The Sprit Of The Place: The Complete Short Stories Of Elizabeth Walter Mike Chinn - Radix Omnium Malum & Other Incursions Eddy C. Bertin - The Whispering Horror R. Chetwynd-Hayes Tales From The Haunted House
Carl Barker - Parlour Tricks David Williamson - The Chameleon Man Joseph Rubas - Shades Samantha Lee - Worse Things Than Spiders
Seriously dishonourable mention
Roger Dale Trexler - A Revisit With The Shorts
Paperback Fanatic, Pulp Horror, Ghosts & Scholars M. R. James Newsletter, Worlds of Strangeness, The Sleazy Reader, Men Of Violence, Occult Detective #1
MiKe Chinn - The Mercy Seat
Dan McGachey - Ting-A-Ling-A-Ling
Grady Hendrix - Paperbacks From Hell Mike Ticher (ed.) - Foul: Best Of Football's Alternative Paper 1972-1976 Brian J. Frost - The Essential Guide to Werewolf Literature Phil Harbottle - Vultures Of The Void Steve Holland - The Mushroom Jungle
Paperback & Pulp Bookfairs, Russell Square: April 30th & Oct. 29th Grady Hendrix Paperbacks From Hell promo, Waterstones, Covent Garden, Oct. 30th (attendance: 2) Wembley FC 4 Welwyn Garden City 0, Vale Farm, April 1st (attendance: 65), and sequel in Northwick Park Hospital. Vault Advent Calendar Dec 1-24
Other than that, 2017 was one long re-run of 2016, just worse.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Post by The Lurker In The Shadows on Jan 10, 2018 0:23:57 GMT
Many thanks, Dem. Very chuffed by that.
There is the touch on the shoulder that comes when you are walking quickly homewards in the dark hours, full of anticipation of the warm room and bright fire, and when you pull up, startled, what face or no-face do you see?
ANTHOLOGY: Darkly Haunting - Edited by Robert Morgan (Sarob Press) - 5 very strong supernatural tales, with Colin Insole's and, particularly, James Doig's stories being standouts.
COLLECTION: Phantasms - Peter Bell (Sarob Press) - Technically a 2016 release, but as it came out in December I'm dragging it into 2017.
NOVEL: The Boke of the Divill - Reggie Oliver (Dark Regions Press). I tend to read far more short stories than I do novels, but this novel including several short stories in its structure was great fun.
NONFICTION: Scarred For Life: Volume 1: The 1970s - Stephen Brotherstone, Dave Lawrence (Lonely Water Books) - All my yesterdays returned to haunt me thanks to this titanic tome... not that they'd ever gone away.
PERIODICAL/MAGAZINE: The Ghosts & Scholars M.R. James Newsletter - Edited by Rosemary Pardoe (Haunted Library) - Let them say I'm biased, I don't care. G&S continues to delight, entertain, inform, and frighten.
FILM: Get Out - Jordan Peele (Universal) - I very rarely go to the cinema (they let other people in) so I'm not up to date on current releases. But I did see this on DVD and it was just as excellent as I'd been led to believe.
TELEVISION: Twin Peaks - David Lynch, Mark Frost (Showtime) - A triumphant, mind-mangling return for one of my favourite series of all time.
I have to admit I was disappointed by Get Out. I was aware of the critical praise it got so knew the general theme. However, I feared it might descend to one of the hoariest aspects of bad horror fiction, which it did:
The worst was my friend turning out to be an adderall addict. Comparing to this there's no best. I though it's just some stimulant, my schoolmate with ADHD was taking it to concentrate. Then I've read probably here addictionresource.com/drugs/adderall-addiction/ that it's very addictive and also has got lots of side effects. Then why is it being prescribed to patients??