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Followup Questions: An Interview with Kier-La Janisse, editor of Satanic Panic!

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Last month I reviewed Satanic Panic, a collection of essays examining the decade-long freakout over supposed Satanic influences across American media. It’s a fantastic introduction to the social mores of the period, and sheds light on a lot of the country’s Puritannical tendencies, and how they’ve continued on. Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women and co-editor of the collection, has agreed to answer some questions about how the book came to be: Short […]

Followup Questions: An Interview with Caelum Vatnsdal, author of They Came From Within!

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Last week I reviewed the ten year anniversary edition of Caelum Vatnsdal’s classic Canadian horror retrospective They Came From Within. It’s an excellent book, well worth checking out if you’re into Canadian film or horror movies in general. I approached Vatnsdal’s publisher, Arbeiter Ring Publishing, about an interview and was lucky enough to ask the talented scribe a few questions about one of his favoured topics. Read on for a fun conversation about the state of Canadian […]

Review: They Came From Within (Second Edition), by Caelum Vatnsdal

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When you think of a quintessentially “Canadian” film, what is the very first thing that comes to mind? Maybe a windswept Prairie scene, a dilapidated old farmhouse and a family tragedy somehow involving land exchanging hands? An NFB documentary, perhaps, about our country’s vast Northern wilderness, spiced up with some bear, moose or mountain goat action shots? Young men forced from their homes to look for work after economic collapse, headed towards either Toronto in […]

Late to the Party: Anno Dracula, by Kim Newman (1992)

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I’d heard about Anno Dracula for a long time before actually getting my hands on it. When I was in high school, one of the big genres I liked to read was alternate history. I worked my way through Harry Turtledove’s work up to that point (Guns of the South and Ruled Britannia were especially good), devoured Philip K. Dick’s masterwork The Man in the High Castle, and found one of my favourite short stories of […]

Review: The Fictional Man, by Al Ewing (2013)

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Here’s another fun Hollywood-centred novel to add to my recent reading, alongside Zeroville, Beautiful Ruins and Night Film. In a world just a few steps away from our own, cloning technology has advanced to the point that living, breathing humans can be crafted out of traits culled from a fictional work. Hollywood is eager to jump in on this innovation as it saves them having to think too hard about casting people for roles, and by […]

Sitting in the Dark With Strangers 2013 REVISED AND UPDATED

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Here’s a list of all the new movies I watched in theatres (for the most part) this year, ranked from 1-47. It was a very good year! Upstream Color Spring Breakers Inside Llewyn Davis The Act of Killing The World’s End 12 Years a Slave Stoker The Broken Circle Breakdown Pain and Gain Gravity From Up on Poppy Hill Sightseers This is the End Pacific Rim The Wolf of Wall Street Rush The Grandmaster (HK […]

Review: Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

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The gods returned to Rome one last time in the summer of 1962, as filming began on the 20th Century Fox film Cleopatra. The production is now mostly known for being legendarily troubled and over-budget, the primary reason being the tempestuous romance between megastars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Their frequent lovers’ quarrels, combined with Taylor’s myriad health issues and Burton’s gargantuan drinking habit, made Cleopatra run way over schedule and even threatened to destroy […]

Review: Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon

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As some of my friends from university who I subjected to drunken attempts at getting them to read The Crying of Lot 49 might attest, trying to condense a Thomas Pynchon story into a short synopsis is a bit like trying to explain math to a cat. Here goes: Maxine Tarnow is a fraud investigator from New York’s Upper West Side circa early 2001, who’s officially lost her license but doesn’t really seem to mind all […]

Review: Night Film, by Marisha Pessl

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A disgraced journalist is brought into a case involving a young woman who has disappeared from her father’s million-dollar estate. He teams up with a plucky female sidekick to figure out what’s going on, and ends up way over his head. While I could easily be describing Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo there, these are also the broad strokes that lie behind Night Film, […]

Notes on MAN OF STEEL (spoilers)

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As it looks like I’m probably not going to be able to record a proper Spoiler Show episode about Man of Steel, the new Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan Superman movie, I decided to get a few of my thoughts down here, before I forget. One the whole, I’d rate the film 3/4 stars. There were quite a few things I really enjoyed about the film, a few I found a little concerning, and a few I […]