Monday, June 10, 2013

Fun, Smart Summer Reading: "Monsters"

Vortex is a non-fiction book, and it is Dunbar's personal exploration of the roots of many of contemporary horror's best known beasts, plus a few lesser known ones as well. From the Jersey Devil to vampires, from sirens and mermaids to were-creatures of all kinds, Dunbar examines the roots behind these legends - how the stories have changed over time, and how they have remained the same. There are also some chapters on film, the most interesting being the one about the theme of 'the other' in horror movies - which groups society marks out as its 'monsters'.

Regular readers will know that Dunbar is one of the favourite horror authors I've discovered in recent years, so I wasn't surprised to discover how well written Vortex is. However, the tone is very different to his dense, thoughtful fiction, being a witty and frequently self-mocking read. It's certainly no dry-as-dust academic piece;

James Everington - Scattershot Writing: Vortex by Robert Dunbar

What a Difference

A   L   O   H   A  !
What A Diff'rence A Day Makes by Esther Phillips on Grooveshark
Did you notice, they both have portable music devices?

" Young people don't know

 what age is, 

and old people


what youth was."


" The great person

 is one who does not 

lose a child's-heart. "


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