30 Years of Superman Annual #11: “For the Man Who Has Everything” (1985)

30 years ago, in the summer of 1985, the unassuming Superman Annual #11 appeared on comic stands around America. The cover, in a rarity for its time, announced the main contributors to the book in full at the bottom: By Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons. Both creators had garnered a following at DC, Alan Moore […]

Top 10 books I read at the University of Warwick, 2014-2015

In my second year of study at the University of Warwick, reading English Literature, my modules focused on mostly American literature. I did three modules covering the time period of 1780 to the present day, and a fourth module on science fiction and fantasy writing. I really enjoyed my reading this year so thought it […]

Film Review: Kill List (2011)

Spoilers follow. My attention was brought to this film during the research and preparation for my earlier article, Top 10 American folk horror stories. I had heard (and was intrigued by) of Ben Wheatley before, mostly from his well-reviewed film A Field in England (2013), so when I saw that Wheatley’s Kill List (2011) was the […]

Top 10 American Folk Horror Stories

There is a large tradition in the horror genre across media of the folk horror story. Mark Gatiss, in his excellent BBC documentary series A History of Horror, notes that the three definitive films of the subject are Witchfinder General (1968), The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970), and The Wicker Man (1973). These films often […]

Film Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

After reports of ridiculous production woes and months of online ridicule by comic-book fans, I almost wanted Fantastic Four to blow everyone’s socks off. It wasn’t the Fantastic Four movie I wanted, and that was apparent from the earliest trailers and snapshots, but it looked like it had the potential to be an interesting, hard science-fiction […]

Spotlight on Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway’s Modesty Blaise

Welcome, dear readers, to the first in a new on-going column – Spotlight. In these columns I hope to shine a light on some under-appreciated films, books, comics, and albums. Today’s inaugural column focuses on the stellar 1960s action/adventure comic strip Modesty Blaise, written by Peter O’Donnell and illustrated in its initial run by Jim Holdaway. Enjoy! James […]

Reading the gothic in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Part IV: The gothic revival of Detroit

Hello dear readers! Welcome to the last instalment in my series of articles on Jim Jarmusch’s superb film Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), focusing on Jarmusch’s use of the gothic in the urban ruins of the film’s setting, the city of Detroit. This is the fourth and final article of the series, all of which have been adapted from a […]