Sunday, July 3, 2016

Total Skull - June 2016

Things that brought me delight in June 2016.

Maurice Level, Thirty Hours with a Corpse
(Each story in Thirty Hours with a Corpse is about five pages long and feels like the end to an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which means I loved it.)

Robert Aickman, Cold Hand in Mine
(Scott Driver was kind enough to send me this collection of short fiction by Aickman, the master of understated terror. Bonus content: here's an audio recording of Aickman's "The Same Dog.")

(I'm still in mourning over this. Bonus content: an article, "Penny Dreadful: dismembering and assembling the Victorian Gothic.")

(Wolves in the Throne Room's first album; a new strain of black metal started here.)

(A discordant funeral.)

(A 1972 Czech film, resplendent with Gothic familial strife, poisoning, and fantastic couture.)

(Five Poe tales brilliantly adapted as short animated films. Voices by luminaries such as Del Toro, Christopher Lee, Lugosi, Julian Sands, and Robert Corman.)

Fright Night (1985)
(The 1980s were the Golden Age of "vampires as metaphor for polymorphous perversity.")