Monthly Archives: December 2017

Review: uncertain narrators in horror: novels by Hogg and Tryon

We tend to think of the unreliable narrator as a 20th century development. The unreliable narrator rejects the apparent objectivity of the omniscient narrator so beloved by the Victorians, warning us that all knowledge is subjective, all stories told from … Continue reading

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Up against Mother in chapter 13 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

It’s time for a showdown!. In this corner, Cynthia Vane, goddess, casual lover of a great many men, never defeated. In the other corner, Daphne Vane, Cynthia’s daughter, not even officially recognized as a demigoddess, one of her many defeats. … Continue reading

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Daphne attacks! in chapter 12 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane is tired of getting pushed around. The Council, her mother, Enforcement, and now her doppelganger have been making of her life a misery. And all because she’s not the nice little goddess she should have been. Well, they’re … Continue reading

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Movie reviews: many Cat People

Back some time ago, I reviewed the Midwich Cuckoo films, an odd trilogy that consisted of the original Village of the Damned (1960), a remake with the same title in 1995, and an odd offshoot, Children of the Damned (1964). … Continue reading

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Not existing is not easy in chapter 11 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane has been replaced by a more perfect version of herself. Far from fulfilling her dreams, this has become a nightmare for Daphne, who just suffered a beating at the hands (and shoes) of her alter ego. Daphne’s not … Continue reading

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Daphne beats herself up in chapter 10 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Ever felt so stupid and useless that you (mentally) beat yourself up? That’s Daphne’s life right now. Only being a demigoddess (by blood, not officially recognized status, damn the Council!), the experience is a bit . . . ah . … Continue reading

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Strangers are not strangers in chapter 9 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane has just been informed by a troll that she’s not entirely human. This is not something that happens to most us. All of which raises the question of just who and what Daphne really is. But before she … Continue reading

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