The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen

The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen

The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen [BOOKS] ✯ The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen ✴ Ellen Datlow – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The credits have rolled, but the lights are still off Something is lurking on the other side of the screen There are dark secrets, starving monsters, and haunted survivors who refuse to be left on the Room: Dark Kindle Ø The credits have rolled, but the lights are still off Something is The Cutting eBook ✓ lurking on the other side of the screen There are dark secrets, starving Cutting Room: Dark PDF/EPUB ½ monsters, and haunted survivors who refuse to be left on the cutting room floor But that s okay, right After all, everybody loves the movies Here are twenty three terrifying tales, dark reflections of the silver screen from both sides of the camera James Dean gets a second chance at life and death The Wicked Witch is out of Oz and she s made some unlucky friends When God decides reality needs an editor, what and who gets cut These award winning, bestselling authors will take you to the darkest depths of the theater and beyondTABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction by Genevieve Valentine Preface by Ellen Datlow The Cutter by Edward Bryant The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy Deadspace by Dennis Etchison Cuts by F Paul Wilson Final Girl Theory by A C Wise Lapland, or Film Noir by Peter Straub The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson Occam s Ducks by Howard Waldrop Dead Image by David Morrell The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman each thing I show you is a piece of my death by Gemma Files Stephen J Barringer Cinder Images by Gary McMahon The Pied Piper of Hammersmith by Nicholas Royle Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of Fitzcarraldo by Garry Kilworth Onlookers by Gary A Braunbeck Recreation by Lucy Snyder Bright Lights, Big Zombie by Douglas E Winter She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine Even the Pawn by Joel Lane Tenderizer by Stephen Graham Jones Ardor by Laird Barron Final Girl II the Frame by Daphne Gottlieb Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman.


10 thoughts on “The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen

  1. Char Char says:

    I was excited to find this anthology up for review at Net Galley I m still very new over there, and I figured that there couldn t possibly be a better pick for me to request I have loved anthologies like this since I was a kid I cut my teeth on the likes of Dennis Etchison, Graham Masterton, Harlan Ellison and Dougles E Winter and I ve read a number of anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow Unfortunately, of the twenty three tales within, there were only 7 that rated 4 stars or above with me.In I was excited to find this anthology up for review at Net Galley I m still very new over there, and I figured that there couldn t possibly be a better pick for me to request I have loved anthologies like this since I was a kid I cut my teeth on the likes of Dennis Etchison, Graham Masterton, Harlan Ellison and Dougles E Winter and I ve read a number of anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow Unfortunately, of the twenty three tales within, there were only 7 that rated 4 stars or above with me.In this collection, the stories are loosely connected by film To be clear, not all of these stories are horror or dark fiction, which was fine It s just that a lot of them didn t resonate with me I will briefly mention the tales that I thought worked well Cuts by F Paul Wilson Who doesn t like a fun voodoo story now and then each thing I show you is a piece of my death by Gemma Files and Stephen J Barringer A nice creepy piece about a guy showing up in films.She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine It seems that I have a thing going for stories with birds lately, and this one was super cool.The Onlookers by Gary Braunbeck Perceive and be perceived.Ardor by Laird Barron There was a dreamy feel to this Alaskan tale.Even the Pawn by Joel Lane I thought this story kicked ass It was a sad one though, about sex slaves.The Tenderizer by Stephen Graham Jones This story was a tough one to read, but it touched me.Overall this was a jam packed collection, but it left me slightly disappointed Perhaps it s because I expect a lot from any anthology edited by Ellen Datlow Perhaps I wasn t quite in the right mood for most of these tales I don t know for sure, I can only say how this collection made me feel While the collection was no doubt full of well written tales, most of them just didn t work for me I received this eARC free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review This is it Find this review and others like it at Horrorafterdark.com


  2. Sheila Sheila says:

    I enjoy dark plots about movies especially horror movies , and this definitely scratched that itch I didn t love every story, but loved enough of them that I can definitely say I m glad I read this anthology and would recommend it to others Some of my stand outs Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman I read a novel by Newman and disliked it, but was deeply charmed by this mostly not horrific story about Hollywood becoming obsessed about filming Poe s stories Poe rises Excellent, subtle writing I enjoy dark plots about movies especially horror movies , and this definitely scratched that itch I didn t love every story, but loved enough of them that I can definitely say I m glad I read this anthology and would recommend it to others Some of my stand outs Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman I read a novel by Newman and disliked it, but was deeply charmed by this mostly not horrific story about Hollywood becoming obsessed about filming Poe s stories Poe rises Excellent, subtle writing I m glad to give Newman another chance He really impressed me here Final Girl Theory by A C Wise I read this in another anthology and enjoyed it there too An obsessive fan tracks down the actress in a cult horror film, but he may not enjoy the meeting.Ardor by Laird Barron This is classic Barron The Alaskan setting, the character s break with reality, the cosmic horror Loved it.each thing I show you is a piece of my death by Gemma Files Stephen J Barringer Files is another author I enjoy, and this story about a mysterious figure who starts appearing in the background of multiple movies was definitely creepy.Dead Image by David Morrell James Dean lives again for a while, at least in this sad, scary story.She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine The author describes this story as were shenanigans in 1930s Hollywood Sounds cool, right Add to that both the wonder of the writing and the unsettling tone.Recommended for horror readers or anyone who enjoys fiction about movies


  3. Kate Kate says:

    Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Cutting Room is a collection of short stories all tying in with the movie industry or films in some way Not all the stories hit the mark and there were several that were a chore to get through The latter half of the book was a bitconsistent for me and overall there were quite a few stories that I really enjoyed.Here s a rundown of what is included and the stories that left alasting imp Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Cutting Room is a collection of short stories all tying in with the movie industry or films in some way Not all the stories hit the mark and there were several that were a chore to get through The latter half of the book was a bitconsistent for me and overall there were quite a few stories that I really enjoyed.Here s a rundown of what is included and the stories that left alasting impression The Cutter by Edward Bryant 2.5 The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy 3.5 Creepy little tale of a man who is shown a disturbing scene in The Wizard of Oz Deadspace by Dennis Etchison 1.5 Cuts by F Paul Wilson 4 Great voodoo story about a director who feels the wrath of a writers fury after butchering his work for the big screen The lengths he goes to for revenge are eye watering Final Girl Theory by A C Wise 2.5 Lapland, or Film Noir by Peter Straub 3 An interesting story about noir thrillers that infuriatingly, on purpose, leaves part of the details out I got the feeling there was a bigger story in there but it eluded me The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson 3 The world starts experiencing skips in time with the unknown time being used to resolve some big issues In response, a tv crew, put together a comedy show about the time skips to boost peoples morale The force doing the editing is not amongst the amused Occam s Ducks by Howard Waldrop 1 Dead Image by David Morrell 4 The story of an unknown actor who strongly resembles a deceased famous actor, James Deacon James Dean As he becomesfamous it seems as though he is on the same destructive path Great story with an ending that is heartbreaking The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman 1 each thing I show you is a piece of my death by Gemma Files Stephen J Barringer 3 Two experimental film makers are sent a clip of a man committing suicide, the man then starts showing up in other movies and is named Background Man This was quite creepy in parts although it didn t really come together as well as it could have Cinder Images by Gary McMahon 4 A man watches a screening of a war movie and finds himself in the movie One of my favourites of the collection, a great concept and strong ending The Pied Piper of Hammersmith by Nicholas Royle 2.5 Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of Fitzcarraldo by Garry Kilworth 3.5 Film makers set out to capture footage of Herzog shooting Fitzcarraldo They decide their footage is too boring and set into motion an altercation that will have fatal consequences Interesting story that remained strong until the end where it got muddled Onlookers by Gary A Braunbeck 3.5 A man becomes aware of someone taking pics of him, he felt this same sensation when he met a famous actor as a child Great writing and a nice creepy little ending Recreation by Lucy Snyder 3 Bright Lights, Big Zombie by Douglas E Winter 4 The aftermath of a zombie outbreak as seen through the eyes of a man who works at a movie magazine Interesting take on the zombie genre that got a bit confusing towards the end She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine 4 Opportunistic director discovers a new talent and sets out to exploit a secret to further his own career A story that left me feeling angry at the lengths people will go to to get what they want, even if it means the potential harm of another Even the Pawn by Joel Lane 4 A cop investigates the lonely but violent demise of a young girl A great story but a sad one Tenderizer by Stephen Graham Jones 3 Ardor by Laird Barron 4 A man is being paid to track down an actor and possible murderer , who shot a pornographic depiction of Dracula also starring the clients daughter who is now missing A bitstraightforward than some of the other stories I ve read from the author and very enjoyable Final Girl II the Frame by Daphne Gottlieb 3.5 Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman 3.5 A talent agent does his best to get his star performer, a monkey, back into the limelight by trying to get a Poe project greenlit His pitch starts a new fascination with Poe Quite enjoyable and had me laughing out loud a couple of times at the sheer desperation of the man trying to get a film made that included his ape.A bit disappointing overall as the consistency wasn t there but it did introduce me to some new authors


  4. Frank Errington Frank Errington says:

    Review copyI believe it can be safely said that Ellen Datlow is one of the most well known editors of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror working today Her newest anthology, just released by Tachyon Publications, is The Cutting Room Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen.Here, Datlow has gathered 23 short stories all dealing with the movie industry A wide variety of tales featuring writers, directors, bit players, and stars from blockbusters to porn.A few highlights include the opening story Review copyI believe it can be safely said that Ellen Datlow is one of the most well known editors of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror working today Her newest anthology, just released by Tachyon Publications, is The Cutting Room Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen.Here, Datlow has gathered 23 short stories all dealing with the movie industry A wide variety of tales featuring writers, directors, bit players, and stars from blockbusters to porn.A few highlights include the opening story of the collection, The Cutter, by Edward Bryant One of the best short stories I ve read this year It s about a movie house projectionist in a small town who edits some of the films that come to the Ramona, often making them better He s also the cutter of his own dreams Final Girl Theory, by A C Wise is a wildly imaginative story of a fictitious film called Kaleidoscope.Peter Straub has a rather esoteric entry that seems to be made up of every possible film noir cliche, ever.One the best best in this anthology is Dead Image, about a young actor who is the spitting image of the legendary James Deacon, who is a fictionalized version of James Dean The always entertaining Gary A Braunbeck has a clever tale, featuring Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett, called Onlookers There s poetry from Lucy A Snyder and Daphne Gottlieb, a very cool zombie story from Douglas E Winter and much, much .Kim Newman writes my favorite line in her very funny story of Edgar Allan Poe s influence on Hollywood, He thinks up this scene where Chuck is possessed by his evil wizard ancestor and smashes an axe through a door to get to his terrified wife Debra Paget while shouting something from The Tonight Show I know that will never work, but keep quiet The Cutting Room Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen is not perfect, but it was certainly an enjoyable read All but one of the stories have been published elsewhere over the years, but I had never read any of these before.Available now from Tachyon Publications in both print and e book formats The Cutting Room Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen is great for film buffs and fans of dark fiction alike.Recommended


  5. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    DNF In the end, I just couldn t finish another story This collection just didn t suit me The Cutter by Edward Bryant 2 The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy 3 Deadspace by Dennis Etchison 1 Cuts by F Paul Wilson 2,5 Final Girl Theory by A C Wise 2,5 Lapland, or Film Noir by Peter Straub 1 The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson 2 Occam s Ducks by Howard Waldrop 1 Dead Image by David Morrell 2,5 The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman 1 Each thing I show you is DNF In the end, I just couldn t finish another story This collection just didn t suit me The Cutter by Edward Bryant 2 The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy 3 Deadspace by Dennis Etchison 1 Cuts by F Paul Wilson 2,5 Final Girl Theory by A C Wise 2,5 Lapland, or Film Noir by Peter Straub 1 The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson 2 Occam s Ducks by Howard Waldrop 1 Dead Image by David Morrell 2,5 The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman 1 Each thing I show you is a piece of my death by Gemma Files Stephen J Barringer 1 Cinder Images by Gary McMahon 1 The Pied Piper of Hammersmith by Nicholas Royle 1 Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of Fitzcarraldo by Garry Kilworth 1 Onlookers by Gary A Braunbeck 2 Recreation by Lucy Snyder 1 Bright Lights, Big Zombie by Douglas E Winter 1 She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine 1 Even the Pawn by Joel Lane Tenderizer by Stephen Graham Jones Ardor by Laird Barron Final Girl II the Frame by Daphne Gottlieb Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review


  6. Lou Columbus Lou Columbus says:

    First of all, as editor Ellen Datlow states in her introduction to this anthology not all of the stories are horror stories per se Each of the tales involve films or the film industry and most, if not falling directly into the horror genre, are certainly very dark I recently read a wonderful interview with Ms Datlow where she briefly explained her thought process when putting together an anthology After reading the interview, I have a better understanding of why almost anything she puts h First of all, as editor Ellen Datlow states in her introduction to this anthology not all of the stories are horror stories per se Each of the tales involve films or the film industry and most, if not falling directly into the horror genre, are certainly very dark I recently read a wonderful interview with Ms Datlow where she briefly explained her thought process when putting together an anthology After reading the interview, I have a better understanding of why almost anything she puts her name on is consistently of such high quality This collection is no exception In the introduction she states that she sifted through over 115 submissions, finally whittling it down to the stories presented here While a couple of the tales didn t instantly reveal their secrets to me, they each left me feeling and thinking long after finishing them Several of the authors were new to me and some were old favorites, I was especially happy to find a story by Howard Waldrop He is a criminally uncelebrated writer and master of the short story form Hopefully his inclusion here will lead to new readers discovering his work The anthology starts with Edward Bryant s THE CUTTER, a sort of coming of age tale, with a sinister twist It was my first time reading anything by this author, but it won t be my last To put it in filmic terms, if his story was an actual film, it would be directed by Rob Reiner s evil twin Steve Nagy s THE HANGED MAN OF OZ is a paranoid fever dream of a tale You may never be able to watch The Wizard Of Oz again, without thinking of this story I know I won t The film of this would be directed by Brian DePalma DEADSPACE by Dennis Etchison quickly made me feel as if I was watching a David Lynch movie in my mind This tale of a doomed Hollywood producer is surreal and unforgettable I m sure most anyone reading this is already familiar with the work of F Paul Wilson His story CUTS is nothing less than what you would expect, a horrifying voodoo tale with a deliciously satisfying ending The film version for me, would have to be directed by Wes Craven FINAL GIRL THEORY by A C Wise is a disturbing tale that slowly creeps up on you Your interest in finding out the truth behind the cult film described in the story, will lead to a most unhappy ending, for you and the main protagonist For director on this one, I d select Eduardo Sanchez Blair Witch Project Next up is LAPLAND, OR FILM NOIR by Peter Straub In all honesty, I don t know what to make of this contribution I m afraid it is simply that I don t understand the style of writing Mr Straub uses here It seems to be somehow breaking down film noir into its various tropes, but that s as far as I can discern This makes me wish that each author had included a brief introduction to their stories I would certainly like to learn exactly what he was doing in this piece Ian Watson s THE THOUSAND CUTS is a disorienting, apocalyptic tale that moves along quickly and leaves you with a haunting final image My choice for director of the film version would be George Miller Mad Max As I mentioned at the start, Howard Waldrop is an author whose work I am delighted to see here His contribution OCCAM S DUCKS is an off beat tale involving the early days of black cinema Mr Waldrop also includes a brief afterword that explains his inspirations for the story DEAD IMAGE by David Morrell really captivated me His story centers around how things might play out, if a real life famous actor who tragically died young, were to somehow come back for a second chance This is one of the stand out entries for me, I loved it Director on this one would have to be George Romero THE CONSTANTINOPLE ARCHIVES by Robert Shearman is an alternate history story, that imagines a world where filmmaking began in the 1400s, during the siege of Constantinople It s an interesting read that ends on a beautifully hopeful note EACH THING I SHOW YOU IS A PIECE OF MY DEATH by Gemma Files and Stephen J Barringer, gave me a few nightmares after finishing it just before bed The narrative threads out in a series of journal entries, e mails and transcripts Since aspects of it brought to mind the film The Ring, I could see it being directed by Gore Verbinski CINDER IMAGES by Gary McMahon introduces you to a man who has just left the movie theater The film he witnessed was disturbing, but has it ended simply because he left the theater I d pick David Fincher, to give the film version of this tale the right amount of dark claustrophobia In THE PIED PIPER OF HAMMERSMITH, I can only deduce that the main character is mentally ill and we are riding along for his final descent into madness The film he s directing in his head, will lead to disastrous consequences for his cast This would be another one that lends itself to David Lynch s style Gary Kilworth s FILMING THE MAKING OF THE FILM OF THE MAKING OF FITZCARRALDO I had to go back several times, to make sure I had that title correct , follows along as some intrepid amateur filmmakers, attempt to surreptitiously document director Werner Herzog s filming of Fitzcarraldo When they decide to instigate a scene for their documentary, things go bad I can see Francis Coppola directing this, he s familiar with steamy jungles ONLOOKERS by Gary A Braunbeck is a story I had encountered somewhere before, because it quickly came back to me as I started reading it It s a creepy tale involving a few icons of classic early cinema and what happens to a film student who is a bit too perceptive If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today, I think a story like this might appeal to him There are plenty of opportunities for great visuals and I d enjoy seeing them translated from my mind, to the screen Next is a short poem by Lucy A Snyder titled RECREATION and it seems fitting that it follows, since it is somewhat of an homage to Hitchcock BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG ZOMBIE by Douglas E Winter, provides a unique take on the zombie tale We spend some time with a heartbroken Gorehound, as he tries to hold it together in a world where a zombie outbreak has actually occurred To make matters worse, splatter films and magazines dealing with the living dead are now illegal Let s tap Zack Snyder to direct this one He could blend the horror and and humorous aspects required SHE DRIVES MEN TO CRIMES OF PASSION by Genevieve Valentine, is a beautiful tale by yet another unfamiliar author I ll be seekingfrom The noirish story involves a beautiful up and coming actress with an unexpected secret An aspiring director learns her secret and wants to exploit it The ending of this one left me sad, satisfied and swooning Joel Lane s EVEN THE PAWN delivers the right cross, after the uppercut delivered by Ms Valentine s story What appears to be a simple murder mystery, snakes along toward a hauntingly poetic ending TENDERIZER from Stephen Graham Jones, offers a disturbing look at the possible melding of reality and found footage type cinema I almost found myself dreading each paragraph of this, as if something too horrible for me to take was going to be revealed Next up is ARDOR by Laird Barron I m a huge fan of Mr Barron s work and this story is a wonderful example of his writing style, for those who may be new to him You can see that every sentence is carefully crafted, individually coming together to form a cerebral, cinematic blockbuster FINAL GIRL II THE FRAME by Daphne Gottlieb is a dithyramb style poem dedicated to the female heroine I m not very knowledgable when it comes to poetry, so I hope I m not far off the mark in that comment The anthology ends with ILLIMITABLE DOMINION by Kim Newman This first person narrative is told by the agent of an out of work chimpanzee His efforts to find a starring vehicle for his client, end up connecting him with Roger Corman The poor chimp doesn t get the part, but his agent s paperback copy of Edgar Allan Poe s Tales of Mystery and Imagination inspires Mr Corman and history ensues, but with a slight revisionist twist As I stated at the start, you can t go wrong with anything assembled by Ellen Datlow This collection of stories shouldn t just appeal to fans of film, horror, or weird fiction The tales here are simply examples of damn good writing


  7. Nicky Nicky says:

    Received to review via NetgalleyI mostly requested The Cutting Room because I know Ellen Datlow is a majorly respected editor of anthologies, and the idea of a themed anthology based on the silver screen well, it did appeal, even if horror isn t really my thing Unfortunately, that turned out to be only too true, and also I didn t really understand the point of some of the stories There are definitely some standouts, though, and some amazingly written ones, and clever ones which turn things ar Received to review via NetgalleyI mostly requested The Cutting Room because I know Ellen Datlow is a majorly respected editor of anthologies, and the idea of a themed anthology based on the silver screen well, it did appeal, even if horror isn t really my thing Unfortunately, that turned out to be only too true, and also I didn t really understand the point of some of the stories There are definitely some standouts, though, and some amazingly written ones, and clever ones which turn things around Cuts was pretty good, even if I kind of expected the twist at the end Onlookers , also Genevieve Valentine s story is interesting, and though I thought Peter Straub s story was too self conscious, it was well written Tenderiser was tense and breathless, though I wasn t always following the reasoning 100%.On the other hand, Ardor for example just read as one big mess to me Others just cut off, or just weren t memorable, or just went for this big gory image for kicks Just not what I connect to or am interested in.Still, it was interesting to explore some stories like this, and look into some new authors I don t think I ll pick any of them up on the strength of these stories, but it is nice to get a bit of variety.Originally posted here


  8. Robin Bonne Robin Bonne says:

    What a great collection My absolute favorites were The Hanged Man of Oz, Final Girl Theory, each thing I show you is a piece of my death, Onlookers, and the poem Final Girl II the Frame.


  9. Anne Anne says:

    Some of these were great, but some were awful All in all a decent collection, but not my favorite.3 stars.


  10. Julia Julia says:

    Four stars or five Please read the above as at least four and half stars some stories I didn t care for, but about one third of them are amazing Horror s not usually my thing, usually, but Ellen Datlow anthologies are and especially ones about movies The Cutter by Edward Bryant Mr Carrigan owns the Ramona Theatre in a very small town in Colorado and re edits the movies he gets into something better Robby, he tells the young protagonist, you can alter reality If you don t like the wa Four stars or five Please read the above as at least four and half stars some stories I didn t care for, but about one third of them are amazing Horror s not usually my thing, usually, but Ellen Datlow anthologies are and especially ones about movies The Cutter by Edward Bryant Mr Carrigan owns the Ramona Theatre in a very small town in Colorado and re edits the movies he gets into something better Robby, he tells the young protagonist, you can alter reality If you don t like the way things are, you can change them 5 The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy is about a man obsessed with The Wizard of Oz Deadspace by Dennis Etchison The main character imagines a Hollywood hotel as limbo Cuts by F Paul Wilson is about a Hollywood producer who did a hatchet job on a novel about voodoo It s very good Final Girl Theory by A C Wise I skipped when I realized it was about a snuff film Lapland, Or Film Noir by Peter Straub Like film noir, it s all style and enjoyable, at first The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson is about the writers of a sketch comedy show, who along with everyone else, have to get used to time skips In Occam s Ducks by Howard Waldrop D.W Griffith and his cast disappear on the Florida coast for five days and have disturbing dreams there, leading the steward into making successful race pictures Dead Image by David Morell is about a writer who discovers a young man in the dailies, who looks just like James Dean, make him a star, but like Dean, his success only lasts for three movies The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman takes the shape and style of a film historian s journal entry to discuss Constantinople filmmaker Matthew Tozer who during the siege of 1453 helped his people with his films What then of that spark to create, to produce art for art s sake, if only because it wasn t in existence before To take a population and not want to decimate it or enslave it, but instead to crowd it together, into one room, into the dark, and make it laugh 169 each thing I show you is a piece of my death, by Gemma Files Stephen J Barringer is about two experimental filmmakers who decide to make a truly collaborative video They receive from an anonymous address what appears to be a 100 year old suicide film, which then hijacks itself into other films, other people, and gets called Background Man Cinder Images by Gary McMahon a man is invited to a private showing of a war movie, then he becomes part of it, is mercifully short The Pied Piper of Hammersmith by Nicholas Royle Yuck it s about a serial killer who works for Hammersmith Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of the Fitzcarraldo, by Gary Kilworth I d rather have been watching Fitzcarraldo Onlookers Gary A Braunback This is the story for me, this is why I bought the book, except I didn t know it was here How many others could it be for a few dozen It s about the making of the Buster Keaton s and Samuel Beckett s weird little movie Film It s about perception and being perceived And Buster Keaton sounds just like Buster Keaton Bravo Mr Braunbeck Recreation by Lucy A Snyder is a short poem Bright Lights, Big Zombie by Douglas E Winter I like stories about the people who fight zombies, but I didn t care for this She Drives Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine is about a 1930 s Hollywood director who discovers his newest star is capable of real magic, not just movie magic Even the Pawn by Joel Lane I m not sure why this story is in this collection, it s only tangentially about film Tenderize by Stephen Graham Jones is from the POV of a critic about a film about a school massacre Ardor by Laird Barron I m not sure what this is about, but it s set in Alaska and may be partially about an actor who played Renfield Final Girl II The Frame by Daphne Gottlieb is another poem Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman is about how Roger Corman, Vincent Price and others did all those Edgar Allen Poe themed movies in the 1950 s and 1960 s Bought B N 12 26 14


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