True Crime: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter (Head of Zeus, 2014, 384 pgs.) 1937. When pinup model, Veronica Gedeon, her mother, and their English boarder are found dead from strangulation and stabbing in their New York City apartment, the media devolves into a rabid frenzy of rumour, conjecture, and modern myth-making. Who killed this beautiful young model, whose… Continue reading True Crime: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

Nonfiction: Christ’s Samurai by Jonathan Clements

Christ’s Samurai: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion by Jonathan Clements (Robinson, 2017, 288 pgs.) Japan, 1638. A Christian cult, led by a ‘boy sorcerer,’ formed a violent uprising that would plunge the southern isles of Japan into civil war. The shogun ordered the samurai to quell the revolt, resulting in the siege of Hara… Continue reading Nonfiction: Christ’s Samurai by Jonathan Clements

Recent Reads: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz, 2015, 273 pgs) Toby lives in ‘the Death House’ – a re-purposed manor being used as a quarantine for young people designated ‘Defectives.’ Kept away from the public on an island, and separated from society and loved ones, the young patients all live as if in a boarding school.… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

Recent Reads: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers (Corvus, 2012, 511 pgs) When Christina Rossetti was a young woman, she inherited her father’s coveted – and cursed – pocket statuette. It bore within it the vampiric spirit of her long-dead uncle, author John Polidori, who, when summoned, begins to threaten the lives of those closest to… Continue reading Recent Reads: Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Recent Reads: The Death of King Arthur by Peter Ackroyd

The Death of King Arthur by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Books, 2010, 316 pgs) Thomas Mallory’s reworking of the ancient Arthurian legends, Le Morte d’Arthur (published 1485) is here given a ‘modern’ 2010 reworking by Peter Ackroyd (author of Hawksmoor, 1985; and Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, 1994). Much like his earlier retelling of The Canterbury Tales (yet to be reviewed here), Ackroyd presents… Continue reading Recent Reads: The Death of King Arthur by Peter Ackroyd

Recent Reads: Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato

Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato (Hodder & Staughton UK, 2017, 314 pgs) London, 1853. Annie Stride stands on Waterloo Bridge ready to end her life. Destitute, trapped in prostitution, pregnant with child, and mourning the loss of her dearest friend, she plans to end her suffering when she is suddenly rescued by a mysterious young… Continue reading Recent Reads: Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato

Hardback Heaven: 101 Movies To Watch Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo

101 Movies To Watch Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo (No Brow Press, 2017, 230 pgs) A gorgeous hardback, complete with vibrant illustrations, hand-written text, and personal reminiscences, this is a lovely foray into one artist’s personal film favourites. A follow-on to 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die (which I have yet to read), Cavolo… Continue reading Hardback Heaven: 101 Movies To Watch Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo