Sunday, May 9, 2010

Not Dead Yet

So, uh....hello there. Remember when I said I'd be updating the blog at least once a week?

Well, life happened. Specifically, the second half of senior year happened. As it currently stands, I've got two papers to write (a 6-page paper for English and a massive 20-page term paper for AP European History), tests to study for, a number of books to read, and various functions to attend so that I at least appear to have something of a social life. All the while, I still have to find time to read, write, and sleep.

But not to worry; I'm not whining. I know this is how the real world works, and if that's the case, so be it.

Which is why, effective immediately, I declare Celluloid Dusk back in business. (*cue ACDC music*).

I should be posting my review of the second Hiram Grange novella soon, along with reviews of other books that have been piling up during my absence. Also, I've got some articles and commentary I might like to share.

So, in the immortal words of Mark Twain, "the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."


Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Refusal of the Refusal of the Call

Tom "SteepInKline" Kline here, and welcome to 2010!

Fun things will be happening over the course of this year, particularly on this blog. As you may have already seen, I started the year by posting my review of the first Hiram Grange novella; this is just a taste of what's to come. Now that I have a boatload of books, games, and movies to review, expect lots of reviews and commentary in the future.

Also, I'll try to post more often, with probably at least once a week, so check back often.

And remember: 2010 will be the Year of Celluloid Dusk!

Until next time, I'm SteepInKline, and I'm Oscar Mike!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Book Review: Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned by Jake Burrows

Meet Hiram Grange. He's got a number of addictions, a tragic past, and a rather unhealthy attraction to Jodie Foster. He's also got a Webley MK VI Revolver and an important job to do, so stay out of his way, will you?

In the first of five novellas in The Scandalous Misadventures of Hiram Grange series, readers are introduced to the aforementioned Hiram and his fellow misfits as they uncover a terrifying secret in the quiet village of Great Bay, New Hampshire. Because Great Bay is one of twelve "major confluences" which house a great amount of supernatural energy, Hiram is sent to investigate, and comes across a plot to destroy the entire village (and possibly the world). The fate of Great Bay ultimately rests in the hands of an opium-addicted, absinthe-drinking misanthrope. So much for playing the odds.

Shroud Publishing's first foray into the world of Hiram Grange is an exciting and pulp-filled thrill ride, with an interesting cast of characters and an almost comically disturbing story. Burrows manages to take an unlikely hero and pit him against impossible odds, all the while laying the foundation for future entires in the series; he also never ceases to keep the adrenaline (and the gross factor) pumping constantly, and though his descriptions can be verbose at times, they ultimately enhance the story's general pulp vibe. Fans of horror and/or pulp will find a great friend in Hiram Grange.

Celluloid Dusk gives Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned a 5 out of 5.