The first film in a series of moody, literate horror films produced by Val Lewton in the 1940s, Cat People is an evocative example of how effective the ‘less is more’ approach to horror can be. Directed with effective restraint by Jacques Tourneur, the film is a masterpiece of mood and atmosphere. Choosing to suggest the horror rather than show it outright, Cat People remains a beautifully eerie and atmospheric chiller to this day. One of the first films to reference the work of Sigmund Freud, it plays out as a dark and unflinching study of sexual repression and anxiety.
Published just in time for readers to enjoy through the ever-darkening nights of October, SelfMadeHero’s latest offering is a second volume of graphic adaptations of the tales of MR James: a medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge, who is remembered today as the finest purveyor of ghost stories in the English language.
Adapted by Leah Moore and John Reppion, and featuring the illustrations of Meghan Hetrick, Abigail Larson, Al Davison and George Kambadais, the tales adapted for this volume include some of his best known work.
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Of all the folk and fairy tales known to us, the tale of Little Red Riding
Hood is perhaps one of the most enduring and provocative. In its most basic
form it is a tale of good vs. evil, and it is generally regarded as one of the
most effective expressions of sexual curiosity and the ultimate loss of
I recently wrote an article exploring the evolution of the tale and how its
meaning changed throughout the years - from its supposed origins as an oral
folktale warning girls of the dangers of predators, to Charles Perrault's
literary fairy tale adaptation warning young women against exploring their
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