Adaptation: Turn of the Screw

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

During the 1960s and 70s, there was a craze for Gothic novels. The covers of many paperbacks featured a woman (often in a white nightgown) running away from a castle, tower, or other ominous landmark. The women in the covers were, of course, the literary descendants of Jane Eyre.

The books often had exciting titles, such as The House of Secrets, The Black Dog, or Festival of Darkness. Back in the day, these covers …

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Review: In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural

By Paula R. Stiles

In the Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural. with Leah Wilson, ed. Dallas: BenBella Books, Inc., 2009. xvi, 275pp. US $14.95/CAN $17.50. ISBN: 978-1-933771-63-2.

In the Hunt came out last spring and it’s already a bit obsolete. The publisher even admits this in the preface by noting that the forward by Keith R.A. DeCandido, introduction by and 22 essays were all written between seasons three and four of the show (interestingly, 18 out of …

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Review: Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal

Review by Paula R. Stiles

Irvine, Alex. Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal. Dan Panosian and Alex Irvine, illus. New York: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (William Morrow), 2009. 218pp. US $21.99 (hardbound). ISBN: 978-0-06-170662-2.

I didn’t expect to like Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal, even though I enjoyed Irvine’s previous tie-in, The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls. Despite his being played by an excellent actor (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Winchester patriarch John was not my favorite Supernatural character …

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Review: Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters

by Orrin Grey

Langan, John. Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters. Prime Books, 2008. US $24.95. ISBN 978-0809572496.

On the cover of John Langan’s debut collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, there’s a blurb from a Publishers Weekly review that says, “Horror readers will welcome a new voice speaking in a classic tongue.” While I hate to start a review by quoting from another, try as I might, I’ve yet to find a better way to sum …

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Review: The Haunting of Hill House

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting of Hill House. Penguin Classics. 208 pp. US $15.00/CAN $16.50 ISBN: 978-0143039983

Most people have seen a place that seemed to be bad. There was something about it which made a shiver run down your spine when you looked at it.

For me, this bad place was not a spooky Victorian mansion (I lived in one, converted into a dorm). My scary place was an abandoned hospital in bright, young and skyscraper-blue …

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Review: Thirteen Phantasms

Review by Amy Harlib

James P. Blaylock. Thirteen Phantasms and Other Stories Ace Books, NY, April 2003 ISBN#: 0-441-01014-8.

California writer of fantastic fiction James P. Blaylock, though not prolific in the shorter form, has produced award-winners happily included among the 16 stories (two co-authored with Tim Powers), all previously published (but many hard to find), collected together in the book Thirteen Phantasms. This gathering begins with an introduction titled “Five Hundred Dollars” about how Californian local color and eccentricities, …

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Review: Windwalker’s Mate

Review by Jeff Edwards

Margaret L. Carter. Windwalker’s Mate Amber Quill Press, 2008. ISBN#1-60272-940-9

Asleep or awake, Shannon Bryce feels like she’s trapped in a nightmare. Plagued by disturbing dreams of an alien landscape, Shannon’s sense of foreboding only grows stronger in the daylight: “Freak winds” seem to follow her four-year-old son Daniel wherever he goes, and now the boy’s grandfather – recently released from prison – is beginning to follow him, too. Shannon has no choice but to contact …

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