Salem’s Lot

Science Fiction Romance Readers Share Scary Book Recommendations

Science Fiction Romance Readers Share Scary Book Recommendations

It’s that spooky time of year again when thoughts turn to scary books and movies. I decided to ask two of my favorite groups on Facebook – the Science fiction Romance Brigade and the SciFi Romance Group – what scary stories had terrified them the mos... Read More »

Filming Stephen King: the task that’s defeated dozens of movie-makers

Filming Stephen King: the task that’s defeated dozens of movie-makers

Why have so many Stephen King novels remained so stubbornly resistant to Hollywood adaptation? Read More »

MOVIE REVIEW: POLTERGEIST (2015): “They’re here!” (Again…)  

MOVIE REVIEW: POLTERGEIST (2015): “They’re here!” (Again…)  

They're here! Or They're Back! Steve asks the movie review question: "WHY?" Read More »

Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks consists of six linked novellas chronicling the life of one woman, Holly Sykes, from rebellious teenager in 1984, to grandmother in 2043. Each novella is narrated in the first person present tense, but only the opening and closing sec... Read More »

Retrospective – Stephen King’s Carrie Turns 40

Retrospective – Stephen King’s Carrie Turns 40

April 5 marked the 40th anniversary of the original US publication of Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie. Writing that makes me feel old. Not that I read Carrie in 1974, but I became aware of the book soon after its UK edition hit the shelves. I was ... Read More »

The Lost Boys

The Lost Vamps: Bloodthirsty Flicks that Actually Don’t Suck

Photo: The Lost Boys (1987) / zazenlife.com Vampire flicks have been all the rage since Twilight flooded the box office with sticky, coppery crimson in ’08, and have proven a solid moneymaking strategy ever since, with each of the saga’s ... Read More »

Stephen King – A Beginner’s Guide

For a long time I paid no attention to the writing of Joyce Carol Oates. But I kept seeing her mentioned in the context of modern American Gothic, being recommended by writers whose work I loved, particularly Stephen King. The admiration was mutual. ... Read More »