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King: Thinner

A distasteful main character

Today I am writing to talk to you about Thinner.

Thinner is a short story by Stephen King, and is one of his stories I first experienced as a film rather than a book. As usual when I experience a story this way round, I find myself far more receptive to the film version than I usually am. I still prefer the book simply because a book can do more than a film can, but the film for this story was good as well.

It is my opinion that short stories and novella’s turn into films easier than novels do, novels can make amazing tv series’ however. This is all down to the time restrictions though, books have a lot longer to grab you, develop characters, explore themes and plot points than a two-hour film does. Hence why I think short stories, like Thinner, work well when turned into films.

But I digress, Thinner was published in 1984 under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was inspired by an episode o0f King’s own life when he weighed 236 pounds and felt compelled by his doctor to lose weight. The concept that the weight loss was not his own choice, but rather something forced on him gave King the idea for this story.

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Famous Horror Writers

Famous Writers: Robert William Chambers

The King in Yellow

Today I am writing to discuss Mr Robert William Chambers with you.

Robert William Chambers was a writer from America who is best known for writing The King in Yellow in 1895.

Robert was born in Brooklyn in New York, his father worked as a lawyer and it was through this work that he met Robert’s mother when she was just 12 years old. Robert’s father and his grandfather on his mother side formed a law firm together after the marriage.

Robert was well educated and was part of the Art Students League in his twenties. He also studied in Paris before returning to New York. He worked as an illustrator for some time selling to prestigious magazines.

His first book, ‘In the Quarter’ was written in 1887, his second ‘The King in Yellow’ was published in 1895. This collection was very well received by authors such as H. P Lovecraft. His next collection was ‘The Maker of Moons’ published in 1896, followed by ‘The Tree of Heaven’ in 1907. While these were well received, they did not match the reception Robert received for ‘The King in Yellow’.

He also wrote historical fiction with ‘The Red Republic’, ‘Lorraine, and ‘Ashes of Empire’ published in 1895, 1998 and 1901 respectively. He also wrote ‘Cardigan’ in 1901 before turning from historical fiction to Romantic fiction. The dude was a very prolific writer, from 1894 to 1933 he churned out over 80 titles, including seven children’s titles. Some being published posthumously.

In July 1898 Robert married his wife Elsa and they had a son the following year, also called Robert.

Robert, senior, died in December 1933.

Reviews - Films

Film: Malignant

Baby Back

Today I want to talk with you about a movie I enjoyed, about a lady who has visions only to find they are coming true.

Malignant is a supernatural horror film, it was released in 2021 and directed by James Wan. It was written by James Wan and Ingrid Bisu and Akela Cooper.

Setting

Modern-ish day America.

Characters

Our main characters are:

  • Madison – our main character  
  • Sydney – Madison’s sister
  • Gabriel – I’m saying nothing.
  • Detectives Kekoa Shaw and Regina Moss
  • Dr. Florence Weaver & Victor Fields & John Gregory – doctors at Simion Hospital

Plot

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The film starts in 1993, in Simion Hospital, with Dr. Weaver, Victor Fields and John Gregory treating a psychiatric patient, Gabriel. Gabriel has apparently got magic powers, as he is able to eat electricity and broadcasts his thoughts via speakers. Unfortunately for everyone Gabriel turns violent and kills a bunch of people in the hospital. Dr Weaver claims she can’t fix him and they have to cut the cancer out.

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Reviews - Games

Videogame: Haunting Ground

Good Doggo

Today I am writing to talk to you about a videogame called Haunting Ground, or Demento if you happened to pick up a copy in Japan.

The game was published by Capcom in 2005 for the PlayStation 2.

Summary

The story starts with Fiona, an 18-year-old girl, waking up in a castle dungeon, having recently suffered a car accident with her father, who doesn’t survive. She doesn’t remember much and finds her cage to be unlocked. Fiona has to explore the castle with the aid of Hewi, a German Shepard.

Through exploration and unravelling the mystery of the castle, Fiona learns that she carried an alchemic element called Azoth. Riccardo, the master of the castle, wants that element.

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Obscure Horror

Obscure Horror: Forbidden Siren 

Resist the Call

Today I am writing to tell you about Forbidden Siren or just Siren, depending on where you are. Siren is a videogame. A stealth/survival game where your characters have the ability to see and hear what other characters can see and hear.

Siren was released in 2003 on the PlayStation 2 and developed by Keiichiro Toyama. I’m talking about it under the heading of Obscure horror as the game isn’t well known and is more of a cult classic, though it did get some sequels and even a movie.   

Summary

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The story centres around a group of people surviving a supernatural disaster in a small rural village in Japan. The story is told in a non-linear style with parts of the plot being told out of sequence.

The group first believe the disaster to be an earthquake but the truth is revealed quickly that it was no ordinary disaster and the majority of the population has effectively become zombies. They are hostile, with low brain function and almost impervious to harm.

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Katie's Stories

Katies Stories: A Man in Winter

Blurb!

My upcoming novella, A Man in Winter, is due out in July!!

Arthur, whose life was devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, must come to terms with his diagnosis of dementia. He moves into a new home at a retirement community, and shortly after, has his life turned upside down again when his wife’s ghost visits him and sends him on a quest to find her killer so her spirit can move on. With his family and his doctor concerned that his dementia is advancing, will he be able to solve the murder before his independence is permanently restricted?

A Man in Winter examines the horrors of isolation, dementia, loss, and the ghosts that come back to haunt us.