Books & Music

Brief excerpts with links to full-length articles and short blurbs I’ve written about books and music associated with the horror genre.

American Grotesque

American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen is a fascinating, lush and macabre photography book examining the life and work of William Mortensen who was a pioneer in his field. While he was in Hollywood between 1921-1942, Mortensen developed a friendship with actor Lon “The Man of a Thousand Faces” Chaney and together… Continue reading American Grotesque

Elisabeth Lutyens: Horror Queen

Female film composers are a rarity but there are some wonderful examples of talented women working behind the scenes who managed to flourish under the tight deadlines imposed by film studios while creating memorable music for the movies. One of my favorite female composers is the late Elisabeth Lutyens who was born on July 9th… Continue reading Elisabeth Lutyens: Horror Queen

Midsummer Reading

It’s that time again. Time for my semi-annual list of summer reading suggestions! If you’re a film fan looking for something interesting to read during a long flight, while you’re lounging on the beach or just waiting for the barbeque to heat up, you’ve come to the right place. What follows is a list of… Continue reading Midsummer Reading

Interview: Marcus Hearn

Last week I included Marcus Hearn’s latest book, The Hammer Vault: Treasures From the Archive of Hammer Films, in my two part list of Favorite Film Related Books of 2011. This week I got the opportunity to ask the author a few questions about his new book as well as discuss Hammer’s enduring legacy. The… Continue reading Interview: Marcus Hearn

The Art of Hammer

During the holiday months I like to browse the shelves at my local bookstore to see what film related books publishers have released in anticipation of the “season of sharing.” This year I spotted many of the usual suspects; a couple of oversized glamour photo books featuring glossy pictures of Hollywood legends from the ‘40s… Continue reading The Art of Hammer

Portable Grindhouse

I grew up in the video age and I’m still in awe of the technology that first allowed me to watch thousands of movies in the privacy of my own home. Call me sentimental and nostalgic, but when I first got wind of Jacques Boyreau’s upcoming book Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS… Continue reading Portable Grindhouse

Hammer Glamour

These curvaceous ladies could play naive and innocent victims in one film and bloodthirsty ferocious killers in the next. They broke rules, pushed boundaries and kept up with their male costars even when given secondary roles and third billing. Now there’s a book that gives these women the star treatment that they’ve long deserved. In… Continue reading Hammer Glamour

My Dear Killer OST

This month Digitmovies is scheduled to release Ennio Morricone’s incredible score for the excellent giallo thriller My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino (1972). This will be the 9th volume from Italy’s Digitmovies devoted to the original soundtrack recordings of Ennio Morricone and if it’s as good as their previous releases Morricone fans are in… Continue reading My Dear Killer OST

The Good, the Bad & Godzilla

’ve been enjoying August Ragone’s writing on Japanese cinema for many many years. I first discovered his work thanks to a terrific zine he first produced in the 80s’ called Markalite: The Magazine of Japanese Fantasy and since then I’ve read numerous articles he’s written for magazines such as G-Fan and Asian Cult Cinema over… Continue reading The Good, the Bad & Godzilla

Favorite Soundtracks: 2007

A list of my favorite soundtrack releases from 2007 that includes write-ups of many horror soundtracks, dark thrillers and other good stuff. Titles include Blood on Satan’s Claw, Morricone Giallo, The Sweet Body of Deborah, Death Laid an Egg, A Musical and Visual Tribute to the Cinema of Dario Argento, Mad, Mod & Macabre: The… Continue reading Favorite Soundtracks: 2007

All the Colors of the Dark

Over at Cinedelica we’re starting a new feature today called “10 Questions” and my first interviewee is film critic and author Tim Lucas. I’ve been reading Tim’s film criticism since first coming across it in magazines like Fangoria and Gorezone in the ’80s when I was a teenager. There are few critics that have inspired… Continue reading All the Colors of the Dark

Ennio Morricone

On Sunday (Feb. 25th) Ennio Morricone will receiving an Honorary “Lifetime Achievement” Oscar at this years’ Academy Awards ceremony to celebrate his contribution to the art of film music. It’s unbelievable that it’s taken the Academy so long to recognize Morricone’s incredible contribution to cinema, but thankfully they’re going to try and make up for… Continue reading Ennio Morricone