Favorite Horror Films: Part 11 — Cat People

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In 1942, producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Torneur, advanced the making of horror films by expanding the possible topics and boundaries. This extraordinary film is not one that relies on a standard “monster”; instead, Torneur employs psychological suspense and subtle development of terror.

This film offers a sophisticated and understated treatment of sexuality and its impact on people. The main character, Irena, a fashion designer, born in Serbia, and played by Simone Simon combines the modern world of high fashion in New York City with the old world beliefs that she is descended from people who are shape-shifters and who turn into big cats when sexually enticed and aroused. Torneur builds a new variation on the established theme of lycanthropy, in which a male changes into a wolf. Additionally, the film demonstrates the tension between science and superstition, the modern era versus the medieval times, and religion versus secularism.

While to a contemporary audience, this movie might seem dated and subdued, I believe it still carries great impact in its study of horror that is felt rather than seen, slowly created rather than visceral, and suggestive rather overt.

Cat People did very well at the box office, but it received a mixed range of reviews at the time. Since the 1940s, it has come to be seen as one of the more important horror films of the 20th Century.  If you have the opportunity, I recommend watching Cat People.

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More Reviews of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

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“I cannot get enough of this book and never want to put it down. Charles French is a talented writer. This creeps me out but also keeps me wanting more!!! This is my new favorite book.”  

                                                                     Alison

 

“Author Charles French has created an adventure driven horror novel. This book presents loveable good and moral heroes and pits them against horrific evil. As a reader, I enjoyed the author’s detailed and polished writing style. The beautiful friendships between characters was my favorite part of this book. Looking forward to reading books 2 and eventually 3! Gallows Hill (part 2) is now available! I scooped it up and its next on my book list to read!

                                                                   Michael

 

A Wonderful Review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1

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I want to thank Robbie Cheadle for this wonderful review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French. Please take a visit to her site: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
“Maledicus is the right hand man to Caligula, Emperor of the Roman Empire, and they are equally despicable, inhumane and outright evil. Maledicus has plans, great plans, whereby he will ascend to the top position of Emperor but he underestimates the incumbent, Caligula, and his many eyes and ears. Maledicus never achieves his aspirations and is dispatched to the afterlife in an unpleasant and painful way.

In the non world between Heaven and Hell, Maledicus lurks. He is not reconciled to his unnatural death and believes his chance to aspire to greatness will come. He sets about manipulating events and circumstances to achieve his ultimate goals of greatness.

Meanwhile, time has moved on and in the 21st century, three elderly and retired men, Roosevelt, Sam and Jeremy, have formed a ghost-investigating group, with the occasional help and support from Roosevelt’s nephew, ex-US Marine, Patrick. They have all suffered personal losses and this is a great way for them to keep themselves mental and physically active and to indulge in an interest in ghosts and the supernatural. When their Investigative Paranormal Society (“IPS”) gets its first really legitimate case, they find themselves up against an on-going evil that refuses to die. Can the IPS go up against an ancient and expanding evil and expect anything other than untimely deaths?

I enjoyed the characters of Roosevelt, Sam, Jeremy and Patrick and learning about their individual losses and life experiences, all of which weave together into the fabric of this well planned story.

The idea behind this book is fresh and clever and the ending was superb. I was really impressed by the author’s unique and thrilling ending.”

Another Review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French

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I am honored to be able to post this review of my horror novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French.

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Maledicus follows the plot of a horror story, which is the first horror novel I have ever read. This being said, I had low expectations since I have never truly been one to want to read a book focused around horror, or even mystery. However, contrary to my mindset prior to reading the novel, I found this book hard to put down since the story was captivating and the characters were intriguing. The characters were specifically fun to read about since they were relatable. One character I particularly enjoyed was Roosevelt, even with the age difference since I am 18 years old in comparison. Also, the author utilized a casual tone and adolescent-like language in the dialogue of the novel, creating almost a comedic undertone that I thoroughly enjoyed. Another aspect that I touched upon in my earlier reviews was the use of description and scene-setting. This was particularly interesting to me because the description added an element of fear and anticipation that I have not experienced in a novel before Maledicus. On top of this, I found that the descriptions of the settings were especially important to the overall tone of the story. The descriptions allowed for clear developments of images in my head, which articulated the author’s image very effectively. The outline and overall structure of the book were also very intriguing since it had a pace that was easy to digest the information, but also maintains the reader s attention. The outline also had smooth transitions between the different storylines, from Maledicus to Roosevelt, and locations, from Rome to Pennsylvania. Therefore, this element maintained a clear story, but also kept a pace that did not muddy the fun and anticipation of the book. After reading Maledicus, I am upset that I did not delve into the world of supernatural novels until now. However, this provides me with a new genre to delve into and learn about.

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I truly enjoyed reading this book for many reasons. First, it was easy to read and understand exactly what was being said. I also enjoyed reading and knowing more about all the characters and was wondering how they will all relate to later on. Reading this book kind of reminded me a bit of the movie crash, in regards to learning about the characters and how they will all relate to each other. I also got the chills at different times when reading the book. I loved the fact that I thought I knew what was going to happen and I was all wrong, great twist. Lastly, I liked that it has short chapters, and each chapter introduced a different character or setting; this made it very interesting. Excellent book, highly recommend for all audience. C.D

 

 

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

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More Reviews of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1

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I am honored to reprint these reviews on Amazon for my novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1:

I love this book! This novel has just the right amount of spooky, suspense, and other thematic values like friendship and love. This novel takes a wonderful turn and leaves readers on their toes. This is must read!!!

 

“Maledicus offers its readers a plot like no other; one that delves into the afterlife, or the unknown realm. What happens to you when you die? Where do you go? Will you see your loved ones again? All these questions are answered in a thrilling way that embodies love, hope, and horror. French has developed a unique, creative plot that is just genius! This novel is absolutely incredible!”

 

“This book has it all: if you enjoy romance, it’s a moving love story. If you’re intrigued by the paranormal, you won’t read anything better than the battle between Maledicus and the IPS (Investigative Paranormal Society). If you just want a good, quick read, well you won’t be able to put this book down!”

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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50 reviews on Amazon for Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

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I have to celebrate a bit–my horror novel Maledicus The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 now has 50 reviews on Amazon! It has been several years, but I am excited about the milestone.

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The book trailer:

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

 

 

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Reviews of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

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Here are a few more reviews of my horror novel, Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French.

“Excellent novel! Very well written! This book reminds me of a Stephen King novel with great plot lines and characters! Gripping, scary, and fun! Couldn’t put it down!”

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“Love the focus on the older characters in this novel.”

                                                                       HorrorHomeroom

 

“This is a genius, scary and heartpumping book! Have so enjoyed reading it!! Charles F. French — Please continue to write more novels!! This is brilliant!!”

                                                                       Kelly Krasner

 

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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The book trailer:

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The Shadow of The Wind: A Review

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one of my favorite books! I discovered it several years ago, and I instantly loved it! The first time I read it I was moved deeply, and nothing has changed about my reaction to it, except I continue to discover more and more in the book to love.
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The Shadow Of The Wind is many things: a Gothic novel, a mystery, a romance, a thriller, a young adult novel, a bildungsroman, and a book about books! Among other charming and engaging aspects of this extraordinary novel is the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books.” Any book with a place like that certainly has my attention!
Zafon’s characters are well-drawn, and his complex plot pulled me in immediately. Zafon’s love for books is compelling. As the protagonist, Daniel, is introduced to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, his father says, “This is a place of mystery, Daniel, a sanctuary. Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” (5-6)
I have used and continue to use this novel in some of my classes at the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College at Allentown, PA. This semester we are covering it in my European Novel in Translation course.
If you are a lover of books, then this book is for you. I have reread it several times, and I will continue to read it over the years. I recommend it to everyone!

 

The Stone Arch Secret by K.D. Dowdall: A Five Star Book!

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This fine novel by K.D. Dowdall is a wonderful crossing of the genres of mystery and romance. Mixing genres has potential difficulties, but none of those exist in this sophisticated and engaging book. Rather than getting confused about where to take the tale, K.D. Dowdall skillfully infuses elements of both genres and effectively creates her own new genre: mystery-romance!

From the moment I began reading, I was pulled into the story in this book. The narrative moves between the contemporary mystery and the backstory with Lilly, Noah, and Dax. The tone of Karen’s story is subtle and complex, in which she weaves together a love story, grief for the death of a friend, mystery in an old town, and the threat of a well-drawn, compelling, and threatening villain.

One of the themes of the novel is the potential for corruption in religion and the consequences that can emerge from the combination of political power and, what is essentially a cult, in small town New England. K.D. Dowdall’s rendering of this political/religious threat is powerful and frightening.

K.D. Dowdall shows a mastery of history as well as using convincing dialogue with a welcomed restraint in her description of violence and threat. In all parts of this book, it is well-drawn and carefully crafted.

I will not give any spoilers in this review, but I will say that I recommend this book completely and give it a five star review. If you are a fan of books with a subtle and sophisticated writing style, a fan of mysteries, or a fan of romance, then you will enjoy this wonderful tale.

Please do yourselves a favor, and buy and read this novel!

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