The Scars of Dracula 1970

Let me just start by getting the dodgy stuff out of the way. The model shot of Dracula's castle which opens the film is so unconvincing a viewer could believe its panto season., It has the least convincing vampire bats this side of an Ed Wood film. Dennis Waterman is badly miscast, and as much…

The Blue Hammer by Ross MacDonald

In many ways this last of Ross MacDonald's Archer novels feels like a culmination of all that went before. Here, MacDonald has refined his normal trick - a case which has echoes back to the past and reveals a covered up crime from decades before - and taken it to the point of tragedy. Tragic…

Cabals of Blood by Richard Klu

This is the rare book I actually dreamt about. A strange other worldly tale unfolding inside my sub-consciousness, wherein a set of cookie-cutter new-build houses were far from pristine inside. The people lured in were captured, devoured, transformed and used as breeding stock by some strange new creature – a mix of insects and plants.…