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Journal of No. 118


October 12th, 2015

Ancient Images, by Ramsey Campbell / Skin Job, by Evan J. Peterson @ 03:28 pm


Ancient Images starts off promisingly: A film editor tracking down a lost film with Karloff and Lugosi winds up dying mysteriously, and his colleague takes up the charge to find the film and silence the critics who say it never existed. Details emerge... a troubled set... a dead director... powerful figures try to suppress the film both when it was made, and now that new efforts are being made to uncover it. Then it veers off into 'Wicker Man'-esque territory, along with an additional quasi-Irish Traveller or Romany caravan element. The main spooks are seen-out-of-the-corner-of-the-eye types that seem to be endlessly dogging the steps of our main characters, but don't do anything other than make tiny noises and appear in the corners of people's eyes, at least until we get deep into the not very climactic climax.

I was surprised to see that Wiki page for Ramsey lists it as winning the Bram Stoker. So much so that I checked the listing for the Bram Stokers and didn't see it there. Left a note on the Wiki talk.




Skin Job collects a couple dozen poems that riff off films and film-making, or delve into anatomical and medical fixations. Some good stuff here: curious turns of phrase and trails of thought. To tie my two tales together:

Bad timing runs in the family. Karloff
does his best with rotten lines.


From "Made for T.V." (anent Frankenstein 1970, which might be better lost than found.)
 
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From:stevenkaye
Date:October 13th, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)

Ancient Images

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I really should re-read it - I remember being underwhelmed in college when I read it. But I'm so behind on Ramsey Campbell. neverjaunty recommended his Nazareth Hill to me, for what it's worth.

Journal of No. 118