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The Best Christmas Films Based on Books

December 24, 2014 by
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The film isn’t as good as the book: that’s what we bibliophile purists are supposed to say, and sometimes it’s true. But it’s Christmas; and, here in merry England, when we’ve eaten too much, the crackers have been cracked, and the Queen’s speech is over, there’s little else to do except settle in and watch some proper Christmas telly. Some of the best are based on books. There are many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, though none so...

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Six Lovecraft tales to drive sleep from your door

December 22, 2014 by
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We’re joined on the blog today by Daniel East, writer and Lovecraft enthusiast. Like that dead rat in the wall, Lovecraft’s legacy is something you know of long before you discover the body of his work. At his best, his stories haunt the reader with an unearthly pall of doom. At his worst, they just stink. Here are six of his best, though be warned – these are works that have not just changed the way we write horror, but...

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A very Matt Kearns Christmas…

December 19, 2014 by
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Matt Kearns hiked the case of beer up onto one shoulder, stuck the vodka bottle under the other arm, and kicked the car door shut with his heel. The music alone was a magnet drawing him to his destination. Running up the few steps and standing just inside, he experienced all the sensations of the party – the heady mix of cigarette smoke, cooking meat, perfume and perspiration. Good music was playing a little too loud, forcing people to raise...

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In Media Res: Witches, Trojans and The Good Wife

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“Let’s start from the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start” sang Julie Andrews in the best nun-featuring musical set in Austria. She’s right: It’s a good place to start. It makes it easy to establish who everyone is, where we are and all that sort of narrative admin. However, it is by far more exciting to start in the middle of the story. In media res, is what we in the storytelling business call it. My Latin...

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