Golden Age writer of over 100 stories Clark Ashton Smith enjoyed a reputation for fast-paced, evocative narratives in the thrilling forms of the golden age genre fiction: horror, science fiction, heroic fantasy and the macabre. He was a successor to H.P. Lovecraft, a fellow of Robert E. Howard and his relatively long life allows us a view of his place on the development of modern genre fiction, and his link between H.G Wells‘ early pioneering sf, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, to it’s harrowing conclusion in Stephen King and Clive Barker at the end.
Former minister for finance Ernest Blythe who, in a previous era of austerity, cut the old-age pension still found public funds to translate Dracula into Irish, it has emerged.
‘The Silent History’ generated considerable buzz when it first appeared in 2013. A collaboration between three "creators", under the aegis of Eli Horowitz, the man behind the brilliant interactive children’s story The Clock Without a Face, it appeared in app form – the 21st-century version of a serial novel. Only this serial could be experienced in various hyperlinked ways, including GPS-responsive segments that would open should the reader pass through Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Take that, Charles Dickens.
Cold in July begins in the dark with something ticking. The scene is a modest living-room, and you notice a clock on a shelf, but the rhythm sounds mismatched with it: it limps along, ti-tick, ti-tick, like an old truck’s indicator, or the timer on a home-made bomb.
2014 marks the 250th anniversary of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, usually celebrated as the first Gothic novel. The British Library will be celebrating the anniversary with an exhibition that opens on October 3 this year: Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the most comprehensive exhibition on the subject in the UK so far:
The first images of Suburban Gothic, the new film from Excision director Richard Bates, came out yesterday. And this horror comedy is already showing some great sight gags, plus a cast that includes Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Jeffrey Combs and John Waters. Check ’em out.