Friday, 23 March 2012

Book Review: Thieving Fear By Ramsey Campbell & The Shining By Stephen King

I read these two horror novels back to back. Ramsey Campbell is one of my favourite authors and is as obscure as you can get, while Stephen King is probable one of the most well known writers in the world. Thieving Fear is another eerily unsettling excursion into progressively accumulating dread as the four protagonists of the novel are literally infected by their worst nightmares by an un-dead Victorian occultist. Kubrick's The Shining is one of my favourite films, but have never got around to reading the novel it's based upon. I have to say the film is far superior. King is excellent with character background and dialogue and has an easy-to-read style which carries you effortlessly through the story (the true meaning of the overused term 'a great storyteller') but the supernatural horror here is sometimes so over the top and hysterical it loses all believability-for instance the garden topiary that comes to ravaging live (not in the film) I found just ridiculous. And yes it all ends with a very un-subtle explosion.

For a review of Thieving Fear, read Arthur B from Ferrettbrain here.

The Wiki entry for Stephen King's The Shining is here.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

CD's From My Collection: Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets (1965-1970)

A very groovetastic boxset (3 CD's) of swinging sixties tunes from the UK's Mod, Soul, R'n'B and 'Freakbeat' scenes.

A Wild Uncertainty: Broken Truth
Laurel Aitkin & The Soulmen: Last Night
The Ministry Of Sound: White Collar Worker

Sunday, 4 March 2012

CD's From My Collection: Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II

This is the follow up to last year's album, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light. Slow almost sluggish, deeply melancholic but meditative instrumental music. After a while you will find this to be an introverted and moody record of autumnal beauty.

CD's From My Collection: Sunn O))), Void (2000)

Apocalyptic drone/doom metal. Ra At Dusk (MK Ultra Blizzard) is the soundtrack to encroaching cosmic destruction-certainly not life-affirming.

CD's From My Collection: Caravan: For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night (1973)

Melodic progressive jazz tinged rock from the golden age of the early 70's. British Progressive Rock was sneered at as pompous over-indulgent nonsense performed by public school boys, but Caravan, amongst a few others, were different. The opening track Memory Lain, Hugh/Headloss from the album is an accessible, rocking (even commercial) song as well as combining brilliant musicianship-in fact I find it quite life-affirming!