Knight at the Movies: The Roots of Survival Horror

Monday, October 20th, 2008 | Posted by Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones

The Day the World Ended
By E. E. Knight

We’re used to thinking of the monsters in horror movies, whether it be Dracula, The Blob, or Freddy. But E.E. Knight rides in to remind us that some horror movies are centered upon the characters fighting against the evil. He defines and then explores an entire sub-genre of survival horror pictures, providing us with in-depth examinations of its classic offerings, and probes the reasons its everyman heroes resonate so strongly with viewers..

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A Review of The Whale Road

Saturday, October 11th, 2008 | Posted by Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones

The Whale Road - cover
By Bill Ward

The Vikings have inspired tales of daring adventure almost from the dawn of historical fiction. H. Rider Haggard’s Eric Brighteyes still makes fine reading today, and one of Edison Marshall’s best novels, The Viking, inspired a film adaption with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. Even more famous, and finer, novels followed, like Charles Barnitz’ The Deepest Sea and Frans Gunner Bengtsson’s The Long Ships, the first third of which made it onto technicolor starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. And of course it goes without saying that the Viking sagas themselves make for pretty stirring reading.

This week Bill Ward takes a look at an author whose making his own mark in the genre. The second book in Robert Low’s series just saw print: Bill decided to take a look at the first before he ventured further onto The Whale Road.

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