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The Horror! The Horror! Etc.

November 27, 2010

I had the great fortune this week of taking part in the recording of an episode of one of my favourite podcasts, Horror Etc.We did it by phone, which is a first for me — but it was a lot of fun, with hosts Tony and Ted walking me through a discussion of horror in fiction. They seemed to think I know what I’m talking about, and I did nothing to disavow them of the notion.

You can listen to the episode here.

A book I meant to mention on the program, but didn’t, was Ancient Images, by Ramsey Campbell. It’s the tale of a London film editor who learns of a long-lost Karloff/Lugosi horror film called Tower of Fear. Made in the ’30s but suppressed and banned, it’s a mysterious legacy of a forgotten era of filmmaking. And when the last known copy is stolen, and its owner — her mentor — murdered, she sets off on a journey north to a village right out of the Wicker Man to solve the secret of the tower. This book was written for people who love classic horror, film legend, English mythology and great spooky writing, and I can’t recommend it enough.

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