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Der Marshal Im Tal Des Grauens Fernseh Western
I considered giving this book two stars - it really wasn't all that good. But, as a practicing-German book, it was useful, and somewhat encouraging (I...more
Jun 08, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
The Maltese Falcon
This is the classic Hammett novel, probably the most frequently filmed of his work, and an excellent representation of his cynical-socialist worldview...more
Jul 04, 2007
Jan 26, 2009
Mitternachts Geschichten
This is an adequately amusing collection of ghost stories in German, many of them in translation from other languages. Most will recognize at least a...more
Apr 08, 2014
Sep 27, 2013
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories
Every year at this time, I return to HPL. It always gives me pleasure, although at this many re-readings, there isn't the same thrill of newness and d...more
Oct 28, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
The Tomb and Other Tales
This was the very first Lovecraft book I read, while I was still pre-pubescent and innocent. In fact, I was so young that I didn’t understand a lot of...more
Oct 31, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
The Doom That Came to Sarnath and Other Stories
Lin Carter explains in the introduction that this book is a kind of collection of leftovers, stories that he would have liked to include in The Dream-...more
Nov 06, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
Rosemary's Baby
**spoiler alert** This odd little horror novel (and the associated movie) probably did more to change people's perception of Satanism than any other m...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
The Stars My Destination
Synesthesia refers to "a concomitant sensation," according to Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, and is most commonly associated with a neural...more
May 16, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
Unlike most collections of Lovecraft short stories, this one is built around a single lengthy novella, with a smattering of (largely unrelated) other...more
Nov 05, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Conscience Interplanetary (Doubleday science fiction)
Many works of now-"classic" sci fi are actually collections of short stories, edited together to novel-length. I, Robot is probably the best-known exa...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Death of a Transvestite
Today, Ed Wood's popularity results from his film work, most notoriously his auteur-ship of "the worst movie ever made," "Plan Nine from Outer Space."...more
Jan 1997
Aug 29, 2010
The Turner Diaries
I've been thinking about this review for some time; I was not expecting it to be as relevant to current events as it is. For the record, yesterday an...more
Jan 1998
Jan 09, 2011
Books of Blood, Volume One
Occasionally I try to read some horror that is not written by HP Lovecraft. When I do, I am invariably reminded that I am not a horror fan, I am a Lov...more
Jan 1986
Dec 19, 2010
Crooked Shadow
This is a fairly typical hard-boiled detective novel of the 1930s. Originally published 1939, it seems to have been rushed out after the Munich Confer...more
Jan 1997
Aug 09, 2010
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3-D
I was much more excited about finding this book for like a penny at Goodwill than about reading it. The best part of it is that the title includes "3-...more
Jan 1997
Aug 05, 2010
The Phantom of the Opera
Filmmakers have found this book a wellspring of iconic imagery - a masked genius, angry with the world but in love with a woman, hides in the labyrint...more
Jan 2000
Jun 26, 2011
Vampire Junction
This is going to be a bit of a "placeholder" review, until I get around to properly re-reading this book. I know I read it, but I don't remember much...more
Jan 1998
Dec 09, 2011
The Aliens Are Here!
This book consists of seven accounts of paranormal experiences, with an emphasis on close encounters with possibly alien beings, targeting a young adu...more
Jan 1981
Jan 27, 2010
Our Friends from Frolix 8
The main thing I remember about this book is that I got it from my ex-wife when we split up (she had read it and wasn't interested in keeping it) and...more
Jan 1994
Aug 04, 2013
The Train Of Terror (Twistaplot #2)
At a time when the original “Choose Your Own Adventure” series was starting to get a bit dull, the Twistaplot series came along and injected some new...more
Jan 1983
Apr 07, 2013
Vision of Tarot (Tarot, #2)
I’ve tried reading this book twice, once when I was a teenager, and once as an adult, and both times I concluded that I wasn’t interested in finishing...more
Jan 1987
Sep 22, 2013
The Penultimate Truth
This is, to me, one of PKD’s more underrated works. It builds on a kind of totalitarian metaphor for the Cold War and extends into increasingly parano...more
Jan 2002
Nov 03, 2013
Farewell, My Lovely
I'm a huge Dashiell Hammett fan, and have read nearly all of Hammett. That makes it harder for me to appreciate Chandler, who seems to have co-opted H...more
Jan 2008
Jun 24, 2012
Seven Footprints to Satan
It would probably surprise some people to know that this odd little adventure novel is included on lists of "forbidden books" among occult groups, or...more
Jan 2002
Mar 23, 2009
The Iron Dream
This is a book-within-a-book. Author Norman Spinrad asked an excellent counter-historical question: what if Adolf Hitler, rather than going into Germa...more
Jan 1986
Mar 30, 2009
Killer in Drag
Reading Ed Wood is liberating on a number of levels, much like watching his films. Ed is nothing if not sincere, and he writes from life. His life, no...more
Jan 1997
Apr 20, 2014
The Glass Key
I regard this simply as Dashiell Hammett's greatest masterpiece. If you like any of his other work, you'll love this. I know a lot of other Hammett fa...more
Jan 2006
Apr 06, 2014
The Continental Op
On the back of the book, there’s a quote from Raymond Chandler, that somehow embodies up my feelings about both him and Hammett. It reads, “Hammett wa...more
Jan 2007
Jun 29, 2014
Great Science Fiction by Scientists
The concept behind this anthology is fun: What happens when people who have actual degrees in science write sci fi? The cover emphasizes this by listi...more
May 20, 2014
Sep 14, 2011
Hospital Station (Ballantine Sf, 02027)
This book was something of a mixed experience for me, with both good and bad elements; ultimately I felt that the "good" parts were underdeveloped eno...more
Mar 08, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
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