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Book Update: Warped Perspective Review

The latest review of my Devil’s Advocates book on The Company of Wolves comes courtesy of the lovely folks over at Warped Perspective (formerly Brutal as Hell). And I’m absolutely delighted that it’s another good one! According to critic Keri O’Shea, book is ‘lucid, detailed and meticulous, with exhaustive knowledge of the film, its inception and its interpretation [...]Show More Summary

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' Turns 200

A bronze statue of Frankenstein's Creature created by Geneva artist collective KLAT, not only represents the fictional character, but “the figure of the vagrant or the marginal.” Published in January 1818, Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic novel Frankenstein turns 200 years old this month. Show More Summary

Behind the Couch Turns 9 Years Old!

While things may have been quite quiet on Behind the Couch for the past year, elsewhere I’ve been keeping myself very busy indeed (and berating myself for all but neglecting this blog).2017 was my Year of the Wolf - I finally completed...Show More Summary

Happy Halloween!

“Wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!” - John Greenleaf Whittier Happy Halloween everyone!

RIP Tobe Hooper

First Wes, then George. Now Tobe.I thought it might be appropriate to share a few words I wrote about Tobe, who passed away yesterday at the age of 74, for issue 20 of Diabolique back 2014…Tobe Hooper is a name seared onto the landscape of horror cinema. Show More Summary

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol.2

Published just in time for readers to enjoy through the ever-darkening nights of October, SelfMadeHero’s latest offering is a second volume of graphic adaptations of the tales of MR James: a medievalist scholar and provost of King’sShow More Summary

Sargasso: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies #3

The third issue of Sargasso: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies is now available. Well, it’s actually been available for quite some time, but I only just found out about it. Like previous issues of the journal, this issue includes...Show More Summary

Folklore Thursday Competition

Today is the last day to enter a competition to win a copy of my Devil's Advocates book on The Company of Wolves. Simply head over to and subscribe to their lovely (and completely free) newsletter (just underneath...Show More Summary

50 Shades of Red: Sexuality and Loss of Innocence in Little Red Riding Hood & Book Competition

Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Paul Merwart Of all the folk and fairy tales known to us, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood is perhaps one of the most enduring and provocative. In its most basic form it is a tale of good vs. evil, and it is generally regarded as one of the most effective expressions of sexual curiosity and the ultimate loss of innocence. Show More Summary

Book Update

If you go down to the woods today, be sure to pick up a copy of my new book on Neil Jordan's Gothic fantasy The Company of Wolves. The book is part of Auteur’s Devil’s Advocates series, and is now available to buy. A recent review (courtesy...Show More Summary

Nope, Nothing Wrong Here

Stephen King’s tenth novel, Cujo (1981), tells of a young woman and her infant son who are trapped in their car at an isolated farmhouse when confronted by a rabid dog. It was adapted for film by Lewis Teague in 1983 and the adaptation...Show More Summary

Diabolique Magazine Issue No. 27 Pre-Order

Diabolique is a lavishly illustrated print and digital magazine exploring every aspect of horror film, literature and art. It brings fresh perspective to subjects old and new, foreign and domestic – from ancient folklore and Gothic classics to contemporary film releases and modern literary gems. Show More Summary

RIP George A. Romero

Film director George A. Romero has died at the age of 77. He died in his sleep last night (Sunday 16th July) after a brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer. His agent, Chris Roe, said Romero’s wife and daughter were with him and...Show More Summary

Exquisite Terror 5 Pre-Order

Born from a love of horror, ponderous thoughts and meandering topics, Exquisite Terror is a periodical that takes a more academic approach to the genre, featuring exclusive art, script analysis and in-depth essays. Like all good things...Show More Summary

Book Update: Starburst Review

The first review of my Devil’s Advocates monograph on The Company of Wolves is in, courtesy of Starburst. And it’s a good one! According to author and critic Jon Towlson, it is ‘a meticulously researched, beautifully written and fascinating...Show More Summary

Demon Hunter

The feature directorial debut from Irish filmmaker Zoe Kavanagh, Demon Hunter (2016) tells of Taryn (Niamh Hogan), a young woman whose sister is kidnapped and ritualistically sacrificed by members of a creepy demonic sect. Taryn joins...Show More Summary

The Company of Wolves/Gothic Feminism Conference

10 months agoGenres / Horror : Behind the Couch

My monograph on The Company of Wolves was launched this weekend at the Gothic Feminism Conference in Kent. Auteur Publishing had a stall with a selection of titles on Gothic horror from their Devil's Advocates series, including advance...Show More Summary

Conversations About Wolves: Tsa Palmer

10 months agoGenres / Horror : Behind the Couch

While conducting research for my monograph on The Company of Wolves, I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Teresa (Tsa) Palmer, the wolf-handler who worked on the film. Much of our chat was of course about her work on The Company...Show More Summary

Conversations About Wolves: Suzy McKee Charnas

10 months agoGenres / Horror : Behind the Couch

While conducting research for my forthcoming monograph on Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves, I had the pleasure of conversing with science-fiction and fantasy author Suzy McKee Charnas. Back in the late eighties Suzy wrote an award-winning...Show More Summary

The Company of Wolves Book Update

11 months agoGenres / Horror : Behind the Couch

I’ve just submitted the final proofs of my monograph on The Company of Wolves (part of Auteur’s ‘Devil’s Advocates’ series), so it won’t be too long before it’s available to pre-order. I also wanted to share a preview of the beautiful...Show More Summary

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