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Doctor Who and the Daemons director Christopher Barry has sadly passed away. He famously helped introduce the world to the Daleks, but Daemons is my all-time favourite of the Time Lord’s adventures. Yes, I cleaved to a fuzzy, fifth generation VHS copy for many years (much of it in b/w) until the show finally became available on DVD. And yes, like many of ‘a certain age’, I devoured the Target novelisation. The BBC website posted a lovely obituary of this amazing, talented man – aside from his outstanding contributions to Dr Who, Mr Barry also helmed The Tripods (another childhood fave of mine) and many more.
Christopher Barry, I salute you – with five rounds, rapid.
The world is also a lesser place for the loss of filmmaker extraordinaire Alain Resnais. His Last Year in Marienbad has haunted me for years, and continues to do so. It was lovely to see his life and work so celebrated in memoriam this week. ‘Innovative and unusual’ just about nails it:
And while I was composing this blog entry, I was saddened to hear about the death of Selim Lemouchi. Frontman of one of my favourite bands The Devil’s Blood (and later of Selim Lemouchi and His Enemies), he was a fiercely talented musician who passed far too soon, aged 33.
I’ll leave it to Selim (with his sister Farida on vocals) to roll credits on these three blazing stars, who will all be missed by any who knew, or knew of, them.
Check out Fresh Fiction’s review to discover why:
(review by Amber Keller, 22 January 2014)
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Delighted to see the first reviews of my new Samhain Horror novel The Jack in the Green hit the web.
Here are a few choice cuts:
“An intriguing tale filled with genuine horror and a plot that explores some very dark territory” (Rating: 4/5, Horror Novel Reviews)
“Quintessential British horror with vivid interludes of bodily trauma and mental anguish” (Keri O’Shea, Brutal As Hell)
“A romp of a book that combines pagan mythology with visceral contemporary action” (Rating: 4/5, MikaReadsHorrorFiction)
“A captivating read that weaves a spell, leading you into the Scottish countryside to a village that isn’t all that it seems. The shocking ending makes this one of the most satisfying reads of the year. Frazer Lee scores again, big time.” (Rating: 5/5, Hunter Shea, author of Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal)
My thanks to all for taking the time to read, rate and review!
29 days until the nightmare is made real…
In centenary celebration, The Horror Channel (UK) is screening a feast of Cushing treats for fans of his many iconic genre roles. Brutal As Hell, as usual, offers excellent, insightful (and sometimes irreverent) coverage of the great man, his movies and friendship with that other Hammer Horror legend, Christopher Lee (who is set to release a metal album on his 91st birthday - rock on Sir Christopher!)
And on a personal note, in a truly horrible week here in the UK (where some flag-waving nutters have been bandying around very misguided notions of “Englishness”) it is a tonic to remember Peter Cushing as that most consummate of English gents. In his autobiography, ‘Tall, Dark and Gruesome’, Christopher Lee described his friend as, “the gentlest, and most generous of men.”
I’m going to celebrate this evening with a screening of ‘The Uncanny’, one of my fave guilty pleasures. Cushing + cats = bliss.
And here is the great man in many of those aforementioned iconic roles thanks to this lovely tribute:
Happy 100th Birthday Peter Cushing – gone but never, ever forgotten.