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Breathtaking by Bill Hussey

cliff1Joseph and I have agreed that we will rarely, if ever, write book reviews for Horror Reanimated. We’ll leave such back breaking labour to Mathew. From my point of view, the decision is because I would feel uncomfortable writing reviews of books whose authors I might meet up with at a convention or on a panel in the not too distant future. I’m just cowardly that way! That said, I have felt compelled to tap out a little piece about a book I have just finished. Put simply, it is possibly the best children’s ghost story I have ever read. Actually, let’s not be mealy-mouthed: it is one of the best children’s stories I have ever read full stop.



November 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm 3 comments

Apparitions Appear Tonight on BBC One!

NEWS FLASH: Scanning through my Sky+ programme listings (we have all the mod cons here at the Apparitionsol’ Hussey homestead) I noticed that Joe Ahearne’s new supernatural drama Apparitions starts tonight on BBC One at 9pm. This six-part series from the writer/director of, among many other televisual treats, Ultraviolet and Doctor Who,follows Father Jacob, played by the gruff and barky Martin Shaw (pictured right), an exorcist in the Roman Catholic church. The opener finds Jacob being approached by a young girl who believes her father is possessed by the devil. Ignoring the misgivings of his colleagues, Jacob is forced to stage an elaborate exorcism to keep the girl safe…

Sounds like intriguing, exciting stuff! And, although I’ve yet to be convinced by Shaw in any role except for that of Cecil Rhodes, a part he played brilliantly in the late ’90s, I’m looking forward to this series. Joe Ahearne has an excellent genre pedigree. Apart from anything else, how great is it to see a new supernatural series on the Beeb? I thought they’d given up after messing about shamessly with the excellent Sea of Souls. One thing strikes me, however, and tempers my enthusiasm: why haven’t I seen any trailers? Why have the Beeb not given Apparitions its own web presence? Maybe I’ve missed all the hype – I have had my head down editing – but I’m hoping that the apparent lack of advertising etc simply means that it has all just passed me by. I think I’m right in saying that the Beeb were so impressed with the show that the original plan for a two-parter was expanded to six, so that at least bodes well.

Anway, good old Sky+ is series linked in anticipation of something special…

November 13, 2008 at 7:15 pm 1 comment


What a bunch of bankersHorror Reanimated, a blog for dark times. Sure got that right didn’t we?

But we can take solice from the fact that it’s not only books that are considered recession-proof; see Vanessa Thorpe’s article from Sunday’s The Observer on the rise and rise of the horror film, and a nice little primer for a tranche of upcoming celluliod spookiness.

Now, for zombies, obviously…

Zeds… oh my! Do a Google blog search for ‘zombies’ and you’ll get nearly 900,000 entries. And within those entries there’sthis. REMOTE FRICKING CONTROL! And this. So simple.

Check out these images of the latest Zombiecon – this enduring strain of horror is DEFINITELY recession proof. Those Wall Street W*****S got what was coming to them. Now for London’s Square Mile… they’re all walking around like zeds most of the time anyway.


October 21, 2008 at 11:30 pm 1 comment

A Most Illustrious Client (a bit of whimsy) by Bill Hussey

Mr Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table. I stood upon the hearthrug and picked up the article our visitor had left behind him the night before. Embossed in crimson upon the calling card was a gothic letter ‘D’.

“Well, Watson, what do you make of it?”

Holmes was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation.

“I believe you have eyes in the back of your head,” I remarked.

“I have at least a well-polished, silver-plated coffee pot in front of me,” said he.

As my eyes shifted to the pot, Holmes reacted with lightning speed and threw his napkin over it. Still, I had a fancy that I had glimpsed something curious before the napkin descended. I had the strange idea that, although the chair in which he sat had been reflected, the face of Sherlock Holmes was missing.


October 8, 2008 at 8:26 am 2 comments


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