Monthly Archives: January 2017

Phobic: Modern Horror Stories – ed. Andy Murray

A fairly unforgettable collection of “modern horror” stories from 2007, edited by UK writer Andy Murray. There are some interesting stories in here but by and large it appears to be just an average collection of half-baked concepts of what “modern horror” means to these authors. Many of the stories share similar themes, namely: the fear of losing one’s children or family unit; the fear of adult loneliness or isolation, and the fear of the modern world’s increasing reliance on technology.

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Early January Reads 2017 (Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson)

I started this year by reading two relatively short psychological horror/suspense stories. So far, so good…

William Peter Blatty (1928 – 2017)

I was sad to read of William Peter Blatty’s death on January 12, 2017. His 1971 novel The Exorcist and the subsequent 1973 movie adaption are two of the most remarkable, effective and important works of art I’ve ever encountered. Seeing the film and reading the book in my mid-teens changed my life, and that’s no exaggeration.

Reading Challenge and Abandoned Books 2016

I started this year by setting myself a reading goal of 65 books for 2017 (over at my Goodreads account – check it out here). Last year my target was 60, which I found quite challenging. I only just scraped the achievement by finishing my 60th on the evening of December 31.