PDF Review Copy of the Translation of Father Torturo

September 29, 2007

If anyone would like to have a free PDF of this book for review, let me know. The review can be of any nature: on a blog, in a journal, Amazon, whatever.

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If interested, just leave your e-mail for me or email me at huysmans67 [at] hot mail dot com.

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril

September 27, 2007

Director: Buichi Saito

Year: 1972

In a temple. Statues come to life, lung at him from all sides. Lone Wolf hacks off their limbs. The assassins still persist. One bites at his kimono.

Great cinematography. Thin story line. Great action scenes, with two much (as usual) gun powder at the end. One sort of amusing aspect: The make-up man clearly seems to have been asleep on the job, as all the men look like they have had hair transplants.

This isn’t the best of the Lone Wolf and Cub series. But it is certainly watchable.

Much better than something like Kill Bill. A few notches below the best samurai films. 

Quote of the Day

September 26, 2007

No one will have anything to do with a person who seems to need it, though everyone is anxious to deal wth a person who appears to want to have nothing to do with them.

—Baron Corvo

Venice Letters

Le Calepin Jaune / The Last Mermaid

September 24, 2007

 A French translation of my story The Last Mermaid, just came out here, in Le Calepin Jaune, under the title La Dernière Sirène.

Actually, the English version of this story has not yet been published. It has been slated for ages to be in a collection of short fiction from Prime, but this has not yet materialised into a book.

So, if you read French . . .

Torturo Blog Review

September 23, 2007

Here is another review of The Translation of Father Torturo.

It seems that a lot of people consider this a gothic novel. I had never much thought about that when writing it, but it’s cool . . .

I have also certainly never considered it slipstream. But I am not sure I know what slipstream really is. Maybe it is the same as interstitial. But I don’t know what that is either, so . . .

It is slotted under dark fantasy. But try telling a woman that you meet at a dinner party that you are a writer of dark fantasy. 


Eleven Samurai

September 22, 2007

Director: Eiichi Kudo

Year: 1966

A high point in second-tier samurai films. Assassins looking to kill the Shogun’s brother. Though the musical score drags it down somewhat, this one has a lot going for it: great cinematography and astoundingly choreographed action scenes (especially the last battle in the rain). Kô Nishimura (who played small parts in many Kurosawa films) stands out as a sort of anarchist ronin of exceptional skill. A few surreal touches, a decent amount of fog, black and white, fountains of blood. What is there not to like?


I Sette fratelli Cervi

September 20, 2007

Director: Gianni Puccini

Year: 1967

This is an interesting film that I imagine very few have seen. It tells the true story of seven communist brothers, farmers, in Italy who stage guerrilla warfare against the fascists and the Germans. Though clearly shot on a limited budget, the director does a lot with limited means. There are a number of very long flash-back sequences done in black and white with heavy echo-particularly when it shows the earth being dug. Starring the truly great Gian Maria Volontè, with a number of faces notable to fans of Italian cinema, such as Don Backy (Cani arrabbiati) and Riccardo Cucciolla (Sacco e Vanzetti). Well worth a look if you can find it.