Book Review: The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy

The Road (2006), in many ways, bucks many expectations one might have about post-apocalyptic literature. I think that can be considered true of the rest of author Cormac McCarthy’s works. He is a writer who firmly grounds most of his works in genre fiction. Blood Meridian (1985) is a western novel. Child of God (1973) is a serial killer […]

Book Review: Double Indemnity (1943) by James M. Cain

I had killed a man, for money and a woman. I didn’t have the money and I didn’t have the woman. When I heard Fred MacMurray say that line at the beginning of Billy Wilder’s classic film noir, Double Indemnity (1944), I didn’t realise that it was one of the few instances in the film […]

Book Review: The Stand – The Complete & Uncut Edition (1990) by Stephen King

I have a confession to make: I don’t really know how to start writing a review about The Stand. Part of this is because it’s difficult to write a review and contribute something to a book that has become so monumentally huge. Another part is that it’s just so long and there is so much […]

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 […]

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 […]