I’ve long been intrigued by Christine Campbell Thomson’s Not at Night series, a set of horror anthologies that ran for eleven volumes from 1925 to 1936. More serious-minded horror writers from M. R. James to Ramsey Campbell have criticised Thomson’s taste in the genre – she made no bones about favouring the lurid over the literate – but even so, the series played a prominent role in a large slice of British horror history. Eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to dive in and see for myself what stories Thomson had dished up for interwar audiences.
One problem with this plan: actually getting my hands on the things.
Continue reading “Reconstructing Not at Night“
Over October, I performed my annual ritual of watching one horror film every day of the month. Some were old favourites, others were DVDs I had lying around but hadn’t watched yet.
One of the films in the former category was A Nightmare on Elm Street. Now, I dig Elm Street, but the ending always annoyed me. Freddy Krueger, despite having been apparently destroyed by Nancy, suddenly takes control of her dream once more and drags all of the main characters to an unseen but presumably nasty fate.
Continue reading “How Do You End a Horror Film?”
I’m a sucker for unusual crisp flavours. I don’t mean the kind of tosh where they’ve slapped a flowery new name on an old flavour, like “Mature English Cheddar and Spring Onion” or “Ready Salted with the Tears of Nuns”. I mean when they take a risk and actually give us a new flavour. So when I found that Walkers had a set of six new varieties, I had to give them a try.
Even if the recurring theme was a little uninspiring: all six flavours are based around sandwiches.
Continue reading “Reviewing Sandwich-Flavoured Crisps”
Halloween is upon us, and it is time for the last of my seasonally-themed posts at Women Write About Comics.
I’ve already covered Varney the Vampire, the anti-Halloween tracts of Jack Chick, and Dracula’s Daughter (three times in all!) Now, to wrap things up, here’s a series of two novels that combine Cthulhu, Bram Stoker, Lizzie Borden and ghost stories into one irresistible package: Cherie Priest’s The Borden Dispatches.
The third instalment of my three-part article series on the film Dracula’s Daughter is now up at WWAC. This time I’m looking at the surprisingly substantial afterlife of Countess Zaleska in print and on screen…
Continuing my run of Halloween-themed articles at WWAC, here’s my review of the first ever English-language vampire novel: James Malcolm Rymer’s Varney the Vampire! And boy has it aged badly.
On a related note, I also contributed to this roundtable about Vampirella’s costume.
Pink News ran this article on Richard O’Brien back in March, but I have seen it being trotted out quite a bit on Twitter lately, presumably due to the Rocky Horror remake that aired on Thursday. The piece is based on comments that O’Brien made to Metro; I assume that the interview ran in the paper’s print edition, as I can find no trace of it online. O’Brien’s statements have led to him being labelled a transphobe, so I thought I would take a closer look at exactly what he is saying.
Continue reading “Richard O’Brien on Trans Identity”
The second part of my series on Dracula’s Daughter is up at WWAC. This time around, I look at the origin of the film, take a closer peek at its lesbian subtext, and discus the revisionist Renfield that is Sandor…
When I was thinking up Halloween-themed articles for Women Write About Comics, I realised there was no way I could possibly pass up the opportunity to write about the man responsible for one of the most infamous bodies of comics related to All Hallows’ Eve: Jack T. Chick. The resulting article, Jack Chick’s Unhappy Halloween, is now available to read…
The fifth issue of the Horror Honeys’ magazine Belladonna is now available at Magzter and Magcloud, and it’s my first issue as regular contributor. I have two articles: one is a list of the top 5 lesbian couples in British horror cinema; the other is a look back at Hammer’s To the Devil, a Daughter, which is part of a larger feature on all our guilty pleasures and so-bad-they’re-good films (not that To the Devil is bad, exactly, just… odd, as a result of a complete debacle going on behind the scenes.)
ALSO! Head Honey Kat Morris writes about the vanilla/strawberry/chocolate ice cream of slashers: Jason, Freddy and Michael; Musical Horror Honey Brittany Mosley rings in Halloween with 13 eerie albums; director Tonija Atomic spills all about her film Manos Returns; and much more. I’m genuinely proud to be part of such a bubbling cauldron of goodness.