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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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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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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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Who’s got Daphne’s back is the question in chapter 8 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

It’s Daphne’s family ties that have got her entangled in  the Council’s plan for her marriage. But neither the Council nor Daphne knows just how complicated her family really is. Daphne finds herself confronted by two improbable allies in “The … Continue reading

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A torturous time in chapter 7 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane is not the sort of person who goes out of her way to intentionally offend people, neon blue hair dye job notwithstanding. But it seems her very existence is becoming offensive to a lot of people who have … Continue reading

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Minds out of control in chapter 4 of To Ride the Lightning Bolt

Daphne Vane was actually looking forward to her walk home from a one-night stand. She just didn’t think she’d be going to meet a fiancĂ© she’s never seen while wearing the dressing gown of the guy she just got down … Continue reading

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