‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and the Literary Tradition of Horror

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and the Literary Tradition of Horror

Happy Halloween! If you are a horror fan and you haven’t watched the Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House, I highly recommend you sit down for the ten hours it takes to watch it all. If you have read the book the series is based upon you will realize that it is the definition of a very loose adaptation. Many names are recycled, plot points reused, and broad strokes painted, but in the end the story is very different. And this is a good thing.    The Haunting of Hill House already received a very faithful cinematic …

‘Inkheart’ Author Cornelia Funke Teams with Guillermo del Toro for ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Novel

‘Inkheart’ Author Cornelia Funke Teams with Guillermo del Toro for ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Novel

The Bookseller reports that the visionary director of The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro, and Cornelia Funke, the author of bestseller The Thief Lord and Inkheart, have written a book for adults based on 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno in Spanish).   The film is a dark fairy tale set during the horrific events of the Spanish civil war, following a young girl who discovers a world of magical creatures and a ten-foot faun who tells her she is a changeling, the daughter of the fairy king. She must prove herself to the faun by completing several strange tasks before she can be welcomed back to court. All …

HBO to Co-Produce BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Adaptation

HBO to Co-Produce BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Adaptation

For anybody (mostly everybody) disappointed by the 2007 film, word from Vulture is that the BBC and HBO are teaming up to produce a new adaptation of author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.   Image Via Philip-Pullman.com The first of the books, The Golden Compass (Northern Lights outside North America) is set in an parallel universe ruled by a overbearing theocracy and where the human soul exists apart the body in the form of daemon, a sort of animal representation of one’s true nature. The tale follows an orphan living in Oxford named Lyra as she sets off on a fantasy adventure with witches, talking armored …

Writers Respond to Steve Bannon Headlining ‘New Yorker’ Festival

Writers Respond to Steve Bannon Headlining ‘New Yorker’ Festival

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The flurry of condemnation and guest dropouts for New Yorker Festival following the announcement of Steve Bannon as the headline speaker was swiftly followed by the announcement that Bannon was out. The editor of the celebrated literary and cultural magazine, David Remnick, released a statement clarifying why he thought inviting Bannon was a good idea, but concluded that he had changed his mind and that Bannon was no longer to be featured at the event.   — The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 3, 2018   Before and after the prominent disinvitation was issued, several writers had spoken out about the hoopla.   A favorite …

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort Hands Over Thousands in Royalties

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Jordan Belfort Hands Over Thousands in Royalties

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Once a criminal fraudster, always a criminal fraudster. The titular Wolf of Wall Street (of book and film adaptation fame) Jordan Belfort has agreed to pay his creditors a fee just shy of $20,000 in book royalties. This is a paltry amount of the almost $100 million the government says the former stockbroker still owes.   According to an article published in Bloomberg, Belfort has not paid back any of his debts since 2010, although in the intervening time he has made millions in speaking engagements and other business arrangements, all of which he has managed to pocket personally.   His latest …