Search Results: "David J. Skal"


BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD by David J. Skal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A wild, occasionally messy, ultimately enthralling work of biography."
An exhaustive portrait of the author of Dracula and his suppressed emotional life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Should appeal to serious students of modern culture, along with sci-fi movie fans."
A remarkably detailed survey of a much-neglected cultural icon by a leading historian of horror films (Dark Carnival, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 1993

"Skal's love and respect for the genre shine through this impeccably researched, lively chronicle: a top-drawer choice for horror fans. (One hundred illustrations—not seen.)"
Frightfully well-done survey of modern horror, eclipsing Stephen King's seminal Danse Macabre (1981) for clarity of writing, if not personableness or depth of idea, and Walter Kendrick's The Thrill of Fear (1991) for cultural savvy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Not exactly haunting, but there's some frightfully nice reportage on the history of a lively festival. Boo! (16-page color insert, not seen)"
There were no razor blades in the Halloween apples. That trick-or-treat caper is an urban legend, says Skal, who knows about creepy movies and other scary stuff (Screams of Reason, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, this is as thorough a recounting as we can probably hope for of this extraordinary but neglected talent. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Knowledgeable and meticulous, this is the first full-scale biography of America's first horror-film auteur. Read full book review >

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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALL THE DEAD FATHERS by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 2005

"A chilling backstory makes Wild Onion's fourth a complex and creepy puzzler."
With her uncle's life at risk, it's up to Wild Onion Ltd.'s Kirsten (The End of Emerald Woods, 2000, etc.) to solve the case no one else wants: finding out who's killing pedophile priests. Read full book review >

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A BEER AT A BAWDY HOUSE by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Still, some solid deductive work by an appealing duo puts this Wild Onion adventure a cut above."
Whoever's blackmailing Peter Keegan, one of five auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Chicago, seems to have missed a page in the manual, since there's no hint of an extortion demand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO GIVES A HOWL by David J. Deines
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

"A fun, dark horror tale."
Deines, in this first installment of a planned four-part series, takes familiar conceits of fantasy and horror—werewolves, vampires and brave, relentless heroes—and freights them with religious significance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Lucid and well-written; a worthy companion to Anthony Swofford's Jarhead (Mar. 2003)."
A memorable study of a transformative battle, now largely "condemned to the dustbin of history." Read full book review >

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UPGUNNED by David J. Schow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Schow is an acquired taste, to be sure. But as splatterpunk goes, this book won't be outdone. It's got more attitude than you can shake an AK-47 at."
Forced at gunpoint to take blackmail shots of high-ranking L.A. cop Dominic Sharps and a prostitute in flagrante delicto—a shoot that requires some improvising since Sharps had a fatal heart attack on the way to the studio—postmodern-chic photographer Elias McCabe runs for his life. Good idea since everyone he knows, including the most beautiful girls, is being indifferently slit, stabbed and shot to death by his pursuers. Read full book review >