It's quite amazing that Warner Brothers is still sitting on this film by not giving it a proper remastered release. It's a film of legendary status: bIt's quite amazing that Warner Brothers is still sitting on this film by not giving it a proper remastered release. It's a film of legendary status: bombastic, operatic, surreal, nasty and hilarious. Richard Crouse gives The Devils its just due, and reminds us how important 1970s film were in breaking down the walls of censorship and its candy-ass moralities. Ken Russell surely was a bastard genius....more
Stanley Elkin is the king of writing about the half glass empty. All his characters ride a delusional wave, seeking meaning in a fast-moving whirlwindStanley Elkin is the king of writing about the half glass empty. All his characters ride a delusional wave, seeking meaning in a fast-moving whirlwind where humanity is elusive and pain is prevalent. This collection of existential comedies is full of sad souls meandering urban spaces like dirty laundry left behind in the laundromat. Bodegas turn into temples of remorse. City parks become doom-ridden sanctuaries. Apartments turn into asylums. And every story feels like a complicated joke with a heart-bruising punchline, reading like Beckett on the Borscht Belt. Metaphor is everything with Elkin. Not a mediocre story in the bunch, but my favorites: 'Cries & Kibitzers, Kibitzers & Criers', 'In the Alley', 'Poetics for Bullies', and 'Perlmutter at the East Pole.'
Some favorite passages:
"Every day they came to eat their lunch and make their noises. Like cowboys on television hanging up their gun belts to go to a dance." - Criers & Kibitzers
"'But I tell you this friends. I would rather be a mustached bum than clean-shaven clerk. I'll work. Sure I will. When they pay anarchists! When they subsidize the hip! When they give grants to throw bombs! When they shell out for gainsaying.' Bertie pulled the curtain and turned on the faucet. The rush of water was like applause." - The Guest
"He held in contempt all those who professed disenchantment with the drugs they had been raised on, and frequently went back to rediscover the old pleasures of marijuana, as a sentimental father might chew some of his boy's bubble gum." - The Guest
As he did with 'The Island', T.M. Wright turns out another obtuse ghost story more concerned with anguish and loss than outright horror. A blizzard hiAs he did with 'The Island', T.M. Wright turns out another obtuse ghost story more concerned with anguish and loss than outright horror. A blizzard hits a small town in the Adirondacks, a town peopled with aging mystics and mediums who meek out a living talking to the dead. Their talents are tested when a school bus crashes into a stranded oil rig, leaving no survivors. A ceremony in a derelict church not only brings the spirits of the children back, but also opens the gates wide enough to allow in other wayfaring souls, some more menacing than others.
At times Wright's reliance on repetition gets a bit tiresome, but it is the images of the mournful dead that make this a memorable read: the chainsaw victim whistling in the woods; the burnt, shriveled boy screaming in the basement; the fat man playing his flute, leading the children out of the pines; the dead father taunting his daughter from the attic, luring her upstairs to play a game of 'Out of the Mirror.'
A delicate horror novel that would pair well with Chet Williamson's "Ash Wednesday"...which is also an understated Tor Horror novel from the 1980s. ...more
A lurid love-letter to the horror boom paperbacks that crowded bookstore shelves in the 1970s through the early 1990s. You get priapic demons and blooA lurid love-letter to the horror boom paperbacks that crowded bookstore shelves in the 1970s through the early 1990s. You get priapic demons and bloodthirsty caterpillars, killer crabs and apocalyptic mutants, possessed children and alien orgies, among many other delirious tropes that fueled and fortified the bastardized genre of horror. Essential....more