Monthly Archives: July 2011

“The Compartments of Hell” by Paul Meloy & Sarah Pinborough

This story from Black Static #20 marks the first appearance of Sarah Pinborough in the magazine, and Meloy‘s second, but his first collaboration. You could best sum it up as grunge apocalypse, a hybrid of Trainspotting and Conrad Williams’ One. … Continue reading

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Second Go Round

For my Sunday evening viewing pleasure, I decided to spend some time with horror film remakes. The Amityville Horror (2005) Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George are George and Kathy Lutz who, with her three children by a previous relationship, move into a … Continue reading

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“Served Cold” by Gary Couzens

I often think that with the horror genre the label itself is something that has to be surmounted. As a brand name it prompts us to expect to be shocked and disturbed, but that expectation in itself dilutes the anticipated … Continue reading

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“Faces in the Walls” by John Shirley

John Shirley is one of the most acclaimed writers in the speculative genres, with an impressive list of credits to his name. This story from #17 is his only appearance in Black Static. To my mind it’s a story of two … Continue reading

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Blood is the Drug, the Drug is Blood

Three vampire films with addiction as a central theme. The Addiction (1995) The underrated Lili Taylor is New York philosophy student Kathleen Conklin, whose view on man’s inhumanity to man gets a quantum shift when she is dragged into an … Continue reading

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On This Day in 1985: Reprise

While we were an army on the march to Wembley Stadium to see Springsteen, there was another (and smaller) army en route to see Dire Straits, who were playing the Arena as part of their Brothers In Arms tour. And … Continue reading

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On This Day In 1985…

…I was at Wembley Stadium for Bruce Springsteen’s English Independence Day Concert. It was a beautiful, sunny day, just like today, and everything was right in Pete’s world – I had plenty of money, a job I enjoyed, good friends … Continue reading

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The Vampire As Costume Drama

A couple of big budget costume drama vampire flicks. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) I saw this at the cinema when it first came out, and then again when it was on TV, and again on video and DVD, so must … Continue reading

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An Attempt at Being Controversial

Having scaled the mountain of 5000 views I am now wondering how I can push this blog to the next level (10k) and beyond, without doing anything so crass as to actually publicise it. I did a quick consult with my … Continue reading

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