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Every Witch Way But Dead
Every Witch Way But Dead
by B. Ella Donna
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 27 April 2008
Angelica Kane is a psychic whose gift is starting to seem more like a curse. Having recently helped the police to locate a missing child, Angelica's dreams, premonitions and visions have since become far more vivid. Assault, murder and ritualistic rites haunt her dreams as an unknown assailant casts his deadly spells. Angelica's home life is also in some disarray. Her husband has already cheated on her and may, or may not, be having another affair; her teenage daughter has designs on a thoroughly unsuitable older man; and the shop that she part owns with some fellow witches is constantly being picketed by the local religious community. Just for good measure, Angelica may be falling for the attractive police officer assigned to investigate a flurry of local murders.

`Every Witch Way But Dead' is arguably a little on the raunchy side to be strictly labelled a cozy mystery. However, fans of paranormal mysteries should enjoy this very entertaining novel. For the most part, the story is related in the first person by the main protagonist, Angelica Kane, but the author also skillfully weaves some third person narrative describing the actions of the evil-doer into the proceedings. Visions and dreams can be tricky blighters to add into a storyline. Often, I find that they detract from the main thrust of a story. Here, though, they are described in punchy, vivid prose and contain some of the novel's best writing.

My main criticism is that Angelica's circle of friends is a little too wide. In my opinion, their characters are not fleshed out enough and they were not particularly memorable. Having said that, this is only the first book in the series, so, hopefully, we'll learn more about Heena, Ivy, Marisa and the rest of the gifted friends in later instalments. However, this is a relatively minor quibble. There's plenty in this novel to whet the appetite for the next book in the series.


Lost [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Lost [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £4.81

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Translation, 12 April 2008
Jack Ketchum's novel from which this film has been adapted was set during the mid to late 1960s. The film version is a little more ambiguous as regards when the story occurs. Modern cars and cordless telephones are much in evidence, but the central character, Ray Pye (Marc Senter), has a definite retro look about him. With his immaculately coiffured hair and discreetly applied make-up, there's something of Alex from `A Clockwork Orange' about him. He believes himself to be the epitome of cool; a party animal that the slightly younger kids are in awe of.

Only two, Jennifer and Tim (Shay Astar and Alex Frost), know that Ray is a cold-blooded murderer. The film opens with his brutal slaying of two young women (Erin Brown and Ruby LaRocca) at a local campsite. It is this event that casts its shadow across the remainder of the story, reaching, years later, into the lives of several of the inhabitants of the town of Sparta.

Although the film is a faithful retelling of the novel in terms of events, there is, I suppose necessarily, something lost in terms of charaterisation. This is particularly true of Detective Charlie Schilling (Michael Bowen), Ed Anderson (Ed Lauter) and Sally Richmond (Megan Henning). Retired police officer Ed Anderson has recklessly embarked on a love affair with Sally, an eighteen-year-old student. Their relationship is not explored in any depth and Ed's rollercoaster feelings of guilt and elation are nowhere near as prominent in the film as they were in the novel. Similarly, Schilling's obsessive angst at the police's failure to nail Ray Pye for the double murder is not apparent enough.

A slight disappointment, for me, was Robin Sydney's performance as bad-girl wannabee Katherine Wallace. In my opinion, she was miscast in this role. Her dialogue is indistinct in places and her body language is unconvincing in this role of the confident young woman whom Ray Pye falls for. Additionally, the soundtrack music is unnecessarily overbearing at times. Yes, we know horrible things are happening, and we know Ray Pye is a sick and twisted individual, but we don't need skull-pounding noise to remind us of that.

For the most part, however, this is a stylish horror film. Marc Senter is superb as the demented Ray Pye, and aside from the already mentioned reservations, the rest of the cast is excellent. The violence is powerfully depicted and horrifying to behold.

There is an interesting audio commentary from Jack Ketchum which should appeal to his fans as he talks about his various writing projects. The bonus material also gives us a look at Robin Sydney's and Shay Astar's auditions. For those who have read the novel, you may be interested to know that the scene where Ray steals some beer from a convenience store while Katherine, ahem, distracts the clerk is missing from the film. The good news is that it does appear in the deleted scenes.


The Lost
The Lost
by Jack Ketchum
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pyed Piper, 12 April 2008
This review is from: The Lost (Mass Market Paperback)
Ray Pye is the coolest guy in the world. Cool car, cool apartment, cool clothes. At least, that's what his friends think. His two closest confidants are Tim and Jennifer. These two people share Ray's secret. They were there when Ray decided to take his shotgun and murder two young women at a campsite in the summer of 1965. The police had their suspicions that Ray was the perpetrator of this brutal act, but they could never prove anything. Jennifer has feelings for Ray while Tim is his right-hand man, drug mule and stooge.

The violent opening to Jack Ketchum's novel immediately grabs you and propels you into the lives of several inhabitants of Sparta, New Jersey. The author skillfully weaves his story around his fascinating characters. Other than Tim and Jennifer, these include a serving police officer whose certainty that Ray is guilty gnaws away at his conscience; a retired police officer who is now in a romantic entanglement with Sally, an eighteen-year-old girl; and then there's a new girl in town, Katherine. Ray likes her. She's unpredictable, classy, glamorous and beautiful: a heady concoction as far as Ray's concerned.

This is, in some ways, another story about the darkness that lurks beneath the surface of a respectable small town. The story's title, `The Lost' does not just relate to the people who are killed in the prologue. It also relates to the impact that event has on the lives of the other characters when the story resumes four years later. Lost innocence, lost youth, lost opportunity, lost humanity. It's a novel that builds its tension slowly, but palpably. The odious Ray Pye is literally a ticking time-bomb waiting for the correct combination of circumstances that will lead to his detonation, and the novel to its stunning climax.

Incidentally, a film version of this novel is now available on DVD. In my opinion, the film is not quite as good as the book, but it is worth seeing. Jack Ketchum's fans will probably be interested in his audio commentary in the DVD's bonus material. He speaks a lot about his writing projects and the background of `The Lost'.


Kinky Kong [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Kinky Kong [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £12.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bacchus Monkeys Around Again, 25 Mar. 2008
A Seduction Cinema film that is carried by its two male leads is something of a rarity, but that's just what we have here. I have to say that John Fedele and Duane Polcou are both very funny in their roles. Fedele plays sex film director, Seymour Ass, a man whose million-miles-per-hour spiel is straight out of a 1930s screwball comedy. Meanwhile, Polcou is the sexually confused seaman, Jack Friskell. It's love at first sight when he sees Kinky Kong, a giant gorilla who's packing plenty beneath his diaper.

Comedy aside, what you'll be wanting to know about are the naughty bits. Well, you should be aware that this is an R rated film. Where, in a Seduction Cinema film you would usually see some girl-girl softcore, what you get here are striptease routines presented in a similar manner to the ones in `Sexy 6th Sense'. The actresses (Darian Caine, AJ Khan, Sabrina Faire, Molly Heartbreaker, Alexia Moore and Jackie Stevens) all perform these scenes admirably, but, if you're a fan of Seduction's output, you may feel a little shortchanged. These scenes are riddled with (possibly deliberate) continuity errors. An article of clothing is removed, but seconds later, it's reappeared only to have the performer remove it again. There is no below the waist nudity and the actresses do not indulge in any sexy shenanigans with each other. "These are conservative times," says Seduction Cinema head honcho, Michael Raso, on the accompanying audio commentary. He explains that at the time of recording his comments (2006), stores were declining to stock unrated films. The problem here, in my opinion, is that for all the good comedy material that Seduction's productions contain, the films are nothing without the sex scenes. Fans don't buy them because they know that John Fedele is in them; they buy them for Darian Caine, AJ Khan and all the other gorgeous ladies that appear in them. Lowbrow humour, although an important feature in these films, is not enough. For an example of a sex comedy without the sex, you may want to check out `Dr. Horror's Erotic House of Idiots', a parody of films such as those produced by Seduction.

The good news is that with the R rated DVD comes a postcard invitation to obtain a free copy of the unrated version. I'd advise you to take this offer up if you are a fan of Darian Caine, Molly Heartbreaker or Jackie Stevens because all these actresses appear in additional material. All the striptease scenes from the R rated version are removed and replaced by stronger, girl-girl softcore. There's a deleted scene on this disc featuring Jackie Stevens and an entertaining audio commentary with Michael Raso and actor John Fedele. The R rated DVD has a disappointingly brief behind the scenes featurette.

One last note: how could they have Lora Renee in this film and not have her involved in any of the sex scenes in either version? Appalling cruelty on the viewer, that's what it is.


SECRET DESIDRES
SECRET DESIDRES
Dvd ~ Darian Caine

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Closet, 23 Mar. 2008
This review is from: SECRET DESIDRES (DVD)
Denise (Darian Caine) is clearing out a closet. As this is a sexy film, she is performing this mundane task dressed only in pink undies. In fact, she goes through the whole film wearing only her underwear or less. Yes, if you get this DVD, you'll see Darian Caine in pink stockings and pink high heels. If such a prospect doesn't quicken the blood, you may want to check your pulse. Actually, Denise's dreadful husband, Harold (Clancy Fitzsimmons, aka John Fedele), must have ice in his veins because he is completely oblivious to his wife's charms. Expecting to see a plate of eggs on the breakfast table, he is instead confronted with the result of Denise's closet cleaning activities: a film projector.

If you're thinking that this is sounding a little bit like the scenario of `Curious Obsessions', then you'd be right. With the projector is a batch of film reels that contain old nudie loops. Naturally, when Denise or her sexy neighbour (the fabulous Molly Heartbreaker) look at these films, they are overwhelmed by the need to get naked.

With a fair amount of screen time taken up with the nudie loops, only three of Seduction Cinema's current roster of actresses are involved in this production and their scenes are spliced in with the older footage. If you've seen `Curious Obsessions' then you'll know what to expect of the old films that grace the screen in this production. In the bonus features, the nudie loops can be viewed in isolation and they are slightly naughtier than the edited material that is seen by Darian and Molly's characters.

`Curious Obsessions' was, more or less, just an extended music video with almost no dialogue to trouble its two stars, Bethany Lott and Jackie Stevens. The latter also appears in `Secret Desires' as one of Harold's employees who keeps finding her boss in compromising situations with his gay assistant, Tom (Duane Polcou). There's plenty of lowbrow humour as Fedele (sorry, I mean Fitzsimmons) and Polcou carry the comedy. These two are also in good form in the amusing spoof, `Kinky Kong'. The actresses in `Secret Desires don't get the chance to show their talent for comedy; all they're required to do is get naked and play with each other. Darian's aptitude for comedy is displayed to good effect in `Sexual Incantations' as she transforms herself from nerdy loser to sex bomb when she acquires a Ouija Board.

Molly Heartbreaker is, in my opinion, the most interesting of the newer actresses appearing in Seduction's productions. In her behind the scenes interviews, she comes across as a bubbly, warm woman who has a lot of fun working on these features as well as a lot of enthusiasm for them. Her tattoos are a quite striking feature on her body. In the bonus material on `Sex Hex', she is interviewed naked as she shows them off.

The second disc in this package is a compact disc of the soundtrack music by The Taint. It's not terrible, but I don't think I'll be putting it on my iPod.


Curious Obsessions [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Curious Obsessions [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £12.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Girls Gone Wild' Old Style, 15 Mar. 2008
Before the heady days of the video revolution, choices were quite limited for anyone who wanted celluloid images of naked flesh. One option was to visit an adult bookstore and entertain yourself with some nudie loops; and no, I'm not talking about an exciting new breakfast cereal.

You could, of course, watch adult movies in the comfort of your own home if you had a film projector. You'd also need a healthy bank balance too; films for your projector would not have come cheap. This, however, is no hindrance to the two ladies who feature in `Curious Obsessions'. Bethany Lott and Jackie Stevens find a film projector and some reels of film on their doorstep thanks to an inept postman. Bethany sets up the projector and, in what is the only piece of dialogue in the whole film, Jackie quaintly refers to the films as "tapes."

The remainder of the film plays out in the manner of a music video. The film reels that Bethany has received are colour nudie loops from, at a guess, the late 1960s and early 1970s. As Bethany and Jackie watch the projected action, they become hot and bothered and dispense with their clothes.

Fans of older softcore material should find the film reels of interest. They are mostly solo scenes, but there are a couple of women paired together. These do not contain any lesbian action although the implication is there as they disrobe. The women featured are of varying ages and are mostly quite voluptuous with natural curves, no implants here. The most notable difference between the softcore images in these films against those of today are the forests of pubic hair on display. If you only watched modern sex films, you'd be forgiven for thinking that evolution had moved on apace in the last thirty years. Thankfully, lingerie has evolved since then. Some of the underwear sported by the women in these old films is truly horrifying.

As for Bethany and Jackie, we see them in two scenes together plus a solo scene each. Bethany's naked cavorts with some film stock and film reels are beautifully realised. She is a brunette with long, straight, soft hair and a slim build that gives her a look not dissimilar to Misty Mundae. Bethany's supple body is displayed in the behind-the-scenes featurette as we see her yoga-style with her foot behind her head. She then goes on to show us what I will only refer to as her twixt leg elasticity.

Jackie Stevens made her film debut in this movie and she gives a creditable performance here. She is, like her co-star, a brunette but with shorter, darker hair to go with her natural look and ready smile. She also appears in the similarly-themed `Secret Desires'.

`Curious Obsessions' will not appeal to those looking for a sex film with a story. It is really just a series of set pieces interspersed with old softcore fare.


The Grin of the Dark
The Grin of the Dark
by Ramsey Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Freak Trod Nigh, 15 Mar. 2008
This review is from: The Grin of the Dark (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Language, humour and the media, especially the internet and film, form the bedrock of this horror novel from Ramsey Campbell. The story is narrated by Simon Lester, a down-on-his-luck film writer who has to make ends meet by working at a local filling station. His luck is about to change, but possibly not for the better when he is invited to write a book about a long-forgotten comedic star of the silent era called Tubby Thackeray. Forgotten because his work seems to have somehow been stricken from the records. His films are almost impossible to come by and even written information about them is scarce. As Simon becomes more consumed by his task, Tubby's deranged performing persona seems to resonate into Simon's life.

When I ordered this book, I was expecting a story something akin to the Fatty Arbuckle affair. While this may have been an influence on `The Grin of the Dark', and is referred to in the story, the events that unfold here are of a more supernatural and enigmatic hue. It's the overwhelming sense of ambiguity that is this novel's strength and its weakness. I've no doubt that the author had deliberately set out to make this a disconcerting read, but the dreamlike sense of unreality that the narrator frequently finds himself surrounded by made it a little like wading through treacle at times. Even the opening sections are rather overwritten for my tastes. I had to reread the first chapter in order to work out who was who and who was speaking because the characters' introductions were confusingly handled. All that said, the story is highly imaginative and its visual nature would make for a good television serial.

As I was reading this novel, I was reminded on more than one occasion, of John Carpenter's excellent entry into the `Masters of Horror' television series, `Cigarette Burns'. In this story, a cinema owner is commissioned to track down a subversive film that has the power to turn those who see it into crazed murderers. Tubby's performances don't quite have that power, but they do subject their viewers to hysteria on a grand scale.

This is a dark novel. There are flashes of humour sprinkled throughout - I particularly enjoyed the laugh-out-loud school Nativity play that goes awry - but the humour that is at the crux of the story is bound up in the mangled language that the narrator's mental disintegration causes him to utter, along with the surreal slapstick events that pursue him.

No doubt Ramsey Campbell's many fans will enjoy this novel, and, for all my carping, there is much to admire and enjoy here. There are some pleasingly eccentric characters, but their very eccentricity perpetuates an air of menace. The author succeeds in producing a dark and, in places, unsettling horror novel. I was, however, not sorry to finish reading it.


Rage [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Rage [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £7.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Doctor is All the Rage, 5 Mar. 2008
Doctor Viktor Vasilienko (Andrew Divoff) is a brilliant scientist. He has discovered the cure for cancer. However, when he unveils his findings he is derided as a quack. Yes, those pharmaceutical companies would rather keep the money rolling in from their existing palliatives than see their profits dry up. Our disgruntled doctor decides that the only way to get even is to get mad. After years of experimentation on abducted humans, he is almost ready to unleash his new creation, the Rage Virus, on an unsuspecting world. No prizes for guessing that this virus turns its victims into blood-crazed mutants with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

Thus far, Vasilienko has managed to keep his human experiments confined in his ramshackle laboratory in a remote area of the countryside. All that is about to change as the virus has crossed the species barrier. Mutant vultures soar above, waiting for their next victims. They see dinner in five young people: Kat (Erin Brown), Josh (Ryan Hooks), Pris (Sean Serino), Olivia (Rachel Scheer) and Jay (Anthony Clark).

Director, Robert Kurtzman, and his colleagues happily concede that in making `The Rage', they were not setting out to redefine the horror film. Rather, their aim was to make an entertaining movie. I think they've largely succeeded. Yes, some of the acting is a little dodgy from the peripheral players, and yes, some of the special effects are less than special (notably in some of the sequences with the vultures). However, most of the visual effects are spectacularly good for a low-budget film. You want blood? They've got blood, and lots of it!

Andrew Divoff turns in an excellent performance as the mad doctor. The film's opening section sets the tone in grisly fashion. His low-grade Frankenstein laboratory hosts his latest blood-soaked victims who are already strapped in, unwilling and unready to go under the knife.

Leading lady, Erin Brown, is not known as a Scream Queen for nothing. In this film, possibly one of the loudest I've ever heard, she sounds quite hoarse at times as she and her pals send the decibel counter into orbit. As we all know, Erin Brown is also known as softcore icon, Misty Mundae, and, although her nudie film days are behind her, it is, perhaps, difficult for her to escape her past. There's one scene in `The Rage' where she's woken up after camping out with her friends after a rave. Some nearby men encourage her to lift up her top. She lifts it so far before pulling it back down and giving them the finger. Is this a thinly coded message: "Ha! I don't do that any more, suckers!" or am I reading too much into it?

As far as the DVD's bonus material goes, there's an epic `Making of' documentary that lasts almost as long as the feature itself. This has plenty of coverage of the special effects as well as the usual mutual backslapping inherent in these things. There are a lot of production and special effects stills and there's a director's commentary which rehashes a lot of what's already been said in the `Making of' documentary.

`The Rage' is very derivative and has nods to quite a few different films and actors. In one scene, Reggie Bannister's character mentions `Phantasm', a film in which he starred almost thirty years ago; the mad doctor has an eastern European accent a la Bela Lugosi; and, given this film's subject matter, there are obviously similarities with `28 Days Later' and any number of zombie flicks.


Fetish Films 3 [DVD] [2007] [US Import]
Fetish Films 3 [DVD] [2007] [US Import]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maid to Please, 2 Mar. 2008
Fetish films are one part of the erotic genre that I don't usually bother with much. I don't find the spanking, boot licking and hot wax thing particularly interesting. However, I have to say that `The Seven Deadly Sins', the first film of the two on this DVD, is quite beautiful. It's visually elegant with its plush 1920s set, and its two actresses, Katie Jordon (credited as Katie Jordan) and Mistress Dakota, turn in fine performances. I'm a big Katie Jordon fan and it was for her appearance that I bought this DVD.

Maria Beatty's `The Seven Deadly Sins' is presented in the manner of a silent movie with its explanatory text that punctuates the proceedings, listing each sin in the context of the relationship between a mistress and her maid. There are no sound effects or dialogue, only a musical accompaniment. The film is presented in grainy-textured colour that enhances both the opulent setting with its light and dark backgrounds, and the mistress's decadent lifestyle.

Katie plays the submissive maid whom we first see posing in some of her mistress's clothing. It's a scene that reminded me of Jean Genet's `The Maids', which may have been an influence on this film. The maid's fun is soon curtailed when flame-haired Mistress Dakota walks in clad only in a bath towel. She is not happy and decides that the errant maid needs to be taught a lesson by way of a spanking. The maid is not too upset, however; she eagerly submits to her "punishment". The emphasis here is very much on sensuality rather than cruelty. The maid is seen shaving her mistress's legs, licking her mistress's feet and toes, and kissing her mistress's very attractive derriere. There are more scenarios, but I won't spoil it for would-be viewers. `The Seven Deadly Sins' runs to approximately 50 minutes.

The second film on the DVD is called `Lust'. Unfortunately, the high standard of the first film is not maintained here. Again, this is a film with no sound from the performers. The music soundtrack is by Malcolm McLaren. The set's backdrop is a harsh combination of red, orange and green that give the picture a peculiar, but presumably deliberate, tint.

Again, the lovely Katie Jordon stars as the submissive. Miriam Tyndall plays an older woman who gleefully spends her time groping a naked Katie whom we first see in a cage. She was similarly ensconced in the delightful `Daughters of Darkness' in which she positively smoulders throughout. As far as the 30 minutes of `Lust' is concerned, this is a rather flat and one-dimensional film. The set looks reasonably big, but there's apparently little room for manouevre because the camera is static for the most part.

Katie Jordon is exquisite to look at. She has a face that expresses a naughty girl innocence. She is a natural beauty with no piercings, tattoos or other body enhancements. I must admit that I prefer the more straight ahead softcore to the fetish material. For those who share the same view, Katie can be seen strutting her stuff in various Seduction Cinema films. She's particularly prominent in `Erotic Survivor 2' (aka 'Naked Survivor'), `Silk Stocking Strangler' (a butchered version of this film can be seen on 'Misty Mundae Reloaded' under the stile of 'Silk Stocking Diary') and `Erotic Witch Project 2'. See also three entries in the `Hot Body' series, namely `Sneaky Preview 61', `Natural Nudies' and the clumsily named `Shortest Sorority Skirt Contest'. You can also see her hand out the punishment for a change in `Sorority Sadists' and `Kinky Casting Couch'.


The Cadaver
The Cadaver
by Guy N. Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back From the Dead, 1 Mar. 2008
This review is from: The Cadaver (Hardcover)
In this novel from horror maestro, Guy N. Smith, a very old man manages to keep a whole community terrorised just by existing. Well, it makes a change from the obnoxious brats that terrorise many neighbourhoods these days. Edward Kroll, it has to be said, is not a pleasant fellow. He is reclusive, bad-mannered, lacking in personal hygiene and his house is in such disrepair that it's a wonder that it's still standing. A prime target for the village's up-and-coming hoodlums. Or at least he is until anyone tries to cross him, because those that do seem to wind up dead.

It's great to have Guy N. Smith back with a horror novel and in outstanding form, too. Gone are the graphic sex scenes that decorated much of his prolific output in the 1970s and 1980s with such classics as `The Sucking Pit' and `Son of the Werewolf'. Along with James Herbert, Guy N. Smith kept me gleefully entertained in my youth with their tales of gruesome horror and liberal sprinklings of sex. I regret to say that I find Herbert's later work to be insipid and formulaic. It was a relief, therefore, to find that Smith has lost none of his prowess. Certainly, we're not talking Booker Prize material here. But what Smith delivers is a short, creepy, satisfying read.

If I have one criticism, it's that the lack of exposition holds the story back a little. For me, the supernatural element is underplayed to such an extent that I kept doubting that any may be in play. However, where the story does score highly is in Smith's alacrity with descriptive detail. Kroll's only appearances outside his house are for his twice weekly visits to the local eatery. His nauseating eating habits had me feeling quite queasy as did the passages describing Kroll's stench-filled hovel.

For all Kroll's unpleasantness, I did enjoy his reign of terror over the local feral youths. Their former nocturnal mayhem has given way to cowering in their bedrooms playing computer games for fear of running into the nasty old man. For more old people dishing out the nastiness on the young, take a look at Shaun Hutson's entertaining `Compulsion'.

So, a welcome return for Guy N. Smith. Let's hope that it's not too long before he regales us again with more of his nasty imaginings.


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