"No One Gets Out Alive is a hefty tomb of a book at over 600 pages but I never felt that it was a challenge, instead I was hooked pretty much from the very beginning and all the way until the brilliantly executed ending . . . A menacing novel that gets under your skin and stays there." We claw the underside of our beds with delight.
At the link below there is a good mini essay by Ellen Datlow on dolls, and a list of notable works featuring weird and horrific dolls, selected by writers ... including my own HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS, reviewed by the writer, Tim Lebbon. "The Master of Revels from House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill: I'll never look at a marionette puppet the same way again. I've always found them disturbing, but in Nevill's hands the marionettes are truly terrifying." Tim Lebbon
Another non-traditional horror film here that also explores the horror of madness. This one is from Chile, and through the nuances of paranoia, the discomfort of being in the wrong place, and an outsider amongst unpleasant people, a very subtle and intense drama slowly unfolds about powerlessness and a mind turning upon itself. One for Haneke fans.
Poorly received out there, it seems, but I thought this was a fine interpretation of Cormac McCarthy's novel - a dark, tragic and enthralling story of a mentally ill man, cast out from a rural community in Tennessee. Like the novel, the film evokes horror as much as pity in a powerful rendering of psychosis, and an unflinching descent into a feral and savage state, which is depicted as both childlike and monstrous. Scott Haze is terrific as Lester Ballard (I see he's also playing Charles Manson in the forthcoming ZEROVILLE). There's a great soundtrack too, by the Hell for Certain String Band, and a couple of unforgettable scenes that made me whoop. Take out Texas and the power tools, but you do still have a distant cousin of the Tobe Hooper classic here.
I knew almost nothing about this series, and checked it out on a friend's recommendation, to immediately find it enthralling and uncomfortably believable. I watched all of series one across three evenings. Like PENNY DREADFUL it flys through genre TV airspace, but takes an adult tone and (for me) passes beyond the range of silliness. Refreshingly unflinching and great to see the KILL LIST duo appear in the first episode too.
And as the US & Canadian publication of NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE approaches, I'm chuffed to see this in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "Stephanie is submerged in abject terror, bouncing from mundane despair to supernatural fright so quickly that the reader becomes disoriented—a sensation that only enhances the suspense … a reading experience fraught with real chills"
"Adam Nevill is one of the rising stars of UK horror and a consistently brilliant writer. His third novel is about four guys, all friends from their university days, who reunite to go on a hiking holiday in Scandinavia. Things start to go horribly wrong when they decide to take a shortcut through virgin forest, untouched since prehistoric times. They soon find themselves prey to an ancient and primal evil that is tearing them apart one by one. The claustrophobia of the novel, and the palpable sense of fear and exhaustion that it generates in the reader, would translate extremely well to the screen. Throw in the fact that it contains truly original monsters, some inhuman, some all too human, and you have a classic horror film just waiting to be optioned and shot."
Author of the supernatural horror novels Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual, Last Days, House of Small Shadows and No One Gets Out Alive. The Ritual and Last Days each won The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel and the RUSA, Best in Category: Horror.