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Speaking of macabre literature, the first person who comes to mind is Roald Dahl. After a reading of Skin, one realizes why his macabre writings are immensely popular. Drioli, a man with a prized tattoo on his back disappears after the promise of a fine life by the dubious owner of the Bristol Hotel in Cannes. And what the reader discovers later is that there is no Bristol Hotel. All that chillingly emerges after his disappearance is a varnished painting, a dead-ringer v...
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When it comes to macabre fiction, A Sight for Sore Eyes is a brilliant tale of the macabre, morose, and low life. Here I’m reading one of the many best books by Ruth Rendell. Teddy Brex’s eyes feast on Francine; she is the treat and a sight for his sore eyes. She is an object to him: an object to be treasured, loved, and admired. There is a strong undercurrent of obsession and the question that good looking Teddy Brex has an eye for beauty yet regards human b...
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“The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun. Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good.”   Funeral Blues by WH Auden   Gallows humor reveals tremendous courage and a stoical side in man. Kurt Vonnegut demonstrated an entirety of it in his novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Although sick and numb with the Dresden experience, he went on to survive and tell the world...
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            “People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”   -    Stephen King   Stephen King has been synonymous with the literary genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction, drama, gothic, genre fiction, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction. His most famous works include Salem’s Lot, Four Pa...
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          Thank you for writing, folks. This week, we feature some really interesting questions and answers. Do write. Please choose a book for me in the crime genre that is without too much of gore. Thanks. – Vinitha S, Bangalore Hey, you could read Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, The Pale Horse, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Hollow among other books. These are simply marvelous.     I need to g...
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It is very likely that Hollywood director Frank Darabont (Very much alive at the time of writing) will be remembered in his obituary for one particular film for sure, the one that goes by the name of The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The film is based on a Stephen King short story ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’. Back then when it was released, The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Oscars and won…none. Neither did the film do well ...
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