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Ore because it uickly came back to me as I started reading it It s a creepy tale involving a ew icons of classic early cinema and what happens to a The Laughing Hangman (Nicholas Bracewell, film student who is a bit too perceptive If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today I think a story like this might appeal to him There are plenty of opportunitiesor great visuals and I d enjoy seeing them translated Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves, from my mind to the screen Next is a short poem by Lucy A Snyder titled RECREATION and it seemsitting that it On the Plains follows since it is somewhat of an homage to Hitchcock BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG ZOMBIE by Douglas E Winter provides a uniue take on the zombie tale We spend some time with a heartbroken Gorehound as he tries to hold it together in a world where a zombie outbreak has actually occurred To make matters worse splatterilms and magazines dealing with the living dead are now illegal Let s tap Zack Snyder to direct this one He could blend the horror and and humorous aspects reuired SHE DRIVES MEN TO CRIMES OF PASSION by Genevieve Valentine is a beautiful tale by yet another unfamiliar author I ll be seeking Sock-Yarn Shawls from The noirish story involves a beautiful up and coming actress with an unexpected secret An aspiring director learns her secret and wants to exploit it The ending of this one left me sad satisfied and swooning Joel Lane s EVEN THE PAWN delivers the right cross after the uppercut delivered by Ms Valentine s story What appears to be a simple murder mystery snakes along toward a hauntingly poetic ending TENDERIZERrom Stephen Graham Jones offers a disturbing look at the possible melding of reality and ound ootage type cinema I almost Drayken Reborn (Dragon Hero, found myself dreading each paragraph of this as if something too horribleor me to take was going to be revealed Next up Review copyI believe it can be safely said that Ellen Datlow is one of the most well known editors of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror working today Her newest anthology just released by Tachyon Publications is The Cutting Room Dark Reflections of the Silver ScreenHere Datlow has gathered 23 short stories all dealing with the movie industry A wide variety of tales The Cursed Dragon Armor (Dragon Hero, featuring writers directors bit players and starsrom blockbusters to pornA Stalker few highlights include the opening story of the collection The Cutter by Edward Bryant One of the best short stories I ve read this year It s about a movie house projectionist in a small town who edits some of theilms that come to the Ramona often making them better He s also the cutter of his own dreamsFinal Girl Theory by A C Wise is a wildly imaginative story of a El mundo contemporneo: Del siglo XIX al XXI (Pensamiento) fictitiousilm called KaleidoscopePeter Straub has a rather esoteric entry that seems to be made up of every possible ilm noir cliche everOne the best best in this anthology is Dead Image about a young actor who is the spitting image of the legendary James Deacon who is a ictionalized version of James Dean The always entertaining Gary A Braunbeck has a clever tale Che Guevara featuring Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett called OnlookersThere s poetryrom Lucy A Snyder and Daphne Gottlieb a very cool zombie story Fire Blood (A Targaryen History, from Douglas E Winter and much much Kim Newman writes myavorite line in her very 21st Century Corporate Citizenship funny story of Edgar Allan Poe s influence on Hollywood He thinks up this scene where Chuck is possessed by his evil wizard ancestor and smashes an axe through a door to get to his terrified wife Debra Paget while shouting somethingrom The Tonight Show I know that will never work but keep uiet The Cutting Room Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen is not perfect but it was certainly an enjoyable read All but one of the stories have been published elsewhere over the years but I had never read any of these beforeAvailable now De Koersk - De dodelijke reis van een kernonderzeeër from Tachyon Publications in both print and e bookormats The Cutting Room Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen is great or ilm buffs and England in America, 1580-1652 fans of darkiction alikeRecommended I enjoy dark plots about movies especially horror movies and this definitely scratched that itch I didn t love every story but loved enough of them that I can definitely say I m glad I read this anthology and would recommend it to others Some of my stand outsIllimitable Dominion by Kim Newman I read a novel by Newman and disliked it but was deeply charmed by this mostly not horrific story about Hollywood becoming obsessed about Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows filming Poe s stories Poe rises Excellent subtle writing I m glad to give Newman another chance He really impressed me hereFinal Girl Theory by A C Wise I read this in another anthology and enjoyed it there too An obsessivean tracks down the actress in a cult horror ilm but he may not enjoy the meetingArdor by Laird Barron This is classic Barron The Alaskan setting the character s break. You is a piece of my death by Gemma Files Stephen J Barringer Cinder Images by Gary McMahon The Pied Piper of Hammersmith by Nicholas Royle Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of Fitzcarraldo by Garry Kilworth Onlookers by Gary A Braunbeck Recreation by Lucy Snyder Bright Lights Big Zombie by Douglas E Winter She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine Even the Pawn by Joel Lane Tenderizer by Stephen Graham Jones Ardor by Laird Barron Final Girl II the Frame by Daphne Gottlieb Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newm.

Four stars or ive Please read the above as at least Comparative Contract Law, Second Edition four and half stars some stories I didn t careor but about one third of them are amazing Horror s not usually my thing usually but Ellen Datlow anthologies are and especially ones about movies The Cutter by Edward Bryant Mr Carrigan owns the Ramona Theatre in a very small town in Colorado and re edits the movies he gets into something better Robby he tells the young protagonist you can alter reality If you don t like the way things are you can change them 5 The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy is about a man obsessed with The Wizard of Oz Deadspace by Dennis Etchison The main character imagines a Hollywood hotel as limbo Cuts by F Paul Wilson is about a Hollywood producer who did a hatchet job on a novel about voodoo It s very good Final Girl Theory by A C Wise I skipped when I realized it was about a snuff Breakfast with Anglo film Lapland Or Film Noir by Peter Straub Likeilm noir it s all style and enjoyable at One Big Damn Puzzler first The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson is about the writers of a sketch comedy show who along with everyone else have to get used to time skips In Occam s Ducks by Howard Waldrop DW Griffith and his cast disappear on the Florida coastor ive days and have disturbing dreams there leading the steward into making successful race pictures Dead Image by David Morell is about a writer who discovers a young man in the dailies who looks just like James Dean make him a star but like Dean his success only lasts or three movies The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman takes the shape and style of a NORJAK film historian s journal entry to discuss Constantinopleilmmaker Matthew Tozer who during the siege of 1453 helped his people with his ilms What then of that spark to create to produce art or art s sake if only because it wasn t in existence before To take a population and not want to decimate it or enslave it but instead to crowd it together into one room into the dark and make it laugh 169 each thing I show you is a piece of my death by Gemma Files Stephen J Barringer is about two experimental The Outside filmmakers who decide to make a truly collaborative video They receiverom an anonymous address what appears to be a 100 year old suicide Loving James (Surviving Elite High, film which then hijacks itself into otherilms other people and gets called Background Man Cinder Images by Gary McMahon a man is invited to a private showing of a war movie then he becomes part of it is mercifully short The Pied Piper of Hammersmith by Nicholas Royle Yuck it s about a serial killer who works Bedford Square (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, for Hammersmith Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of the Fitzcarraldo by Gary Kilworth I d rather have been watching Fitzcarraldo Onlookers Gary A Braunback This is the storyor me this is why I bought the book except I didn t know it was here How many others could it be I See Rude People for aew dozen It s about the making of the Buster Keaton s and Samuel Beckett s weird little movie Film It s about perception and being perceived And Buster Keaton sounds just like Buster Keaton Bravo Mr Braunbeck Recreation by Lucy A Snyder is a short poem Bright Lights Big Zombie by Douglas E Winter I like stories about the people who HVAC Design Sourcebook fight zombies but I didn t careor this She Drives Men to Crimes of Passion by Genevieve Valentine is about a 1930 s Hollywood director who discovers his newest star is capable of real magic not just movie magic Even the Pawn by Joel Lane I m not sure why this story is in this collection it s only tangentially about Melvin Menchers News Reporting and Writing film Tenderize by Stephen Graham Jones isrom the POV of a critic about a The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, film about a school massacre Ardor by Laird Barron I m not sure what this is about but it s set in Alaska and may be partially about an actor who played Renfield Final Girl II The Frame by Daphne Gottlieb is another poem Illimitable Dominion by Kim Newman is about how Roger Corman Vincent Price and others did all those Edgar Allen Poe themed movies in the 1950 s and 1960 s Bought B N 122614 What a great collection My absoluteavorites were The Hanged Man of Oz Final Girl Theory each thing I show you is a piece of my death Onlookers and the poem Final Girl II the Frame First of all as editor Ellen Datlow states in her introduction to this anthology not all of the stories are horror stories per se Each of the tales involve Ormen i Essex films or theilm industry and most if not Bare It All (Love Undercover, falling directly into the horror genre are certainly very dark I recently read a wonderful interview with Ms Datlow where she briefly explained her thought process when putting together an anthology After reading the interview I have a better understanding of why almost anything she puts her name on is consistently of such high uality This collection is no exception In. The credits have rolled but the lights are still off Something is lurking on the other side of the screen There are dark secrets starving monsters and haunted survivors who refuse to be left on the cutting roomloor But that’s okay right After all everybody loves the movies Here are twenty three terrifying tales dark reflections of the silver screen Bare It All (Love Undercover, from both sides of the camera James Dean gets a second chance at life and death The Wicked Witch is out of Oz and she’s made some unluckyriends When God decides reality needs an edito.

The introduction she states that she sifted through over 115 submissions An Elusive Victorian finally whittling it down to the stories presented here While a couple of the tales didn t instantly reveal their secrets to me they each left meeeling and thinking long after A Bird in the House finishing them Several of the authors were new to me and some were oldavorites I was especially happy to ind a story by Howard Waldrop He is a criminally uncelebrated writer and master of the short story orm Hopefully his inclusion here will lead to new readers discovering his work The anthology starts with Edward Bryant s THE CUTTER a sort of coming of age tale with a sinister twist It was my The Last Imaginary Place first time reading anything by this author but it won t be my last To put it inilmic terms if his story was an actual Not Just Roommates film it would be directed by Rob Reiner s evil twin Steve Nagy s THE HANGED MAN OF OZ is a paranoidever dream of a tale You may never be able to watch The Wizard Of Oz again without thinking of this story I know I won t The Cassidy Harte and the Comeback Kid (Outlaw Hartes, film of this would be directed by Brian DePalma DEADSPACE by Dennis Etchison uickly made meeel as if I was watching a David Lynch movie in my mind This tale of a doomed Hollywood producer is surreal and unforgettable I m sure most anyone reading this is already Jean-Paul Sartre familiar with the work of F Paul Wilson His story CUTS is nothing less than what you would expect a horrifying voodoo tale with a deliciously satisfying ending Theilm version Vintage Games for me would have to be directed by Wes Craven FINAL GIRL THEORY by A C Wise is a disturbing tale that slowly creeps up on you Your interest ininding out the truth behind the cult Zamba film described in the story will lead to a most unhappy endingor you and the main protagonist For director on this one I d select Eduardo Sanchez Blair Witch Project Next up is LAPLAND OR FILM NOIR by Peter Straub In all honesty I don t know what to make of this contribution I m afraid it is simply that I don t understand the style of writing Mr Straub uses here It seems to be somehow breaking down The Erotic Motive in Literature film noir into its various tropes but that s asar as I can discern This makes me wish that each author had included a brief introduction to their stories I would certainly like to learn exactly what he was doing in this piece Ian Watson s THE THOUSAND CUTS is a disorienting apocalyptic tale that moves along uickly and leaves you with a haunting inal image My choice or director of the The Crime Trade (Tina Boyd film version would be George Miller Mad Max As I mentioned at the start Howard Waldrop is an author whose work I am delighted to see here His contribution OCCAM S DUCKS is an off beat tale involving the early days of black cinema Mr Waldrop also includes a brief afterword that explains his inspirationsor the story DEAD IMAGE by David Morrell really captivated me His story centers around how things might play out if a real life The Adventures of Rusty famous actor who tragically died young were to somehow come backor a second chance This is one of the stand out entries or me I loved it Director on this one would have to be George Romero THE CONSTANTINOPLE ARCHIVES by Robert Shearman is an alternate history story that imagines a world where ilmmaking began in the 1400s during the siege of Constantinople It s an interesting read that ends on a beautifully hopeful note EACH THING I SHOW YOU IS A PIECE OF MY DEATH by Gemma Files and Stephen J Barringer gave me a Mamá few nightmares afterinishing it just before bed The narrative threads out in a series of journal entries e mails and transcripts Since aspects of it brought to mind the ilm The Ring I could see it being directed by Gore Verbinski CINDER IMAGES by Gary McMahon introduces you to a man who has just left the movie theater The ilm he witnessed was disturbing but has it ended simply because he left the theater I d pick David Fincher to give the Fearless (Nashville Nights, film version of this tale the right amount of dark claustrophobia In THE PIED PIPER OF HAMMERSMITH I can only deduce that the main character is mentally ill and we are riding alongor his The Bomber Dog final descent into madness Theilm he s directing in his head will lead to disastrous conseuences Novelas de Isabel Allende for his cast This would be another one that lends itself to David Lynch s style Gary Kilworth s FILMING THE MAKING OF THE FILM OF THE MAKING OF FITZCARRALDO I had to go back several times to make sure I had that title correctollows along as some intrepid amateur Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, filmmakers attempt to surreptitiously document director Werner Herzog silming of Fitzcarraldo When they decide to instigate a scene The Fearless Critic Portland Restaurant Guide for their documentary things go bad I can see Francis Coppola directing this he samiliar with steamy jungles ONLOOKERS by Gary A Braunbeck is a story I had encountered somewhere bef. R what and who gets cut These award winning bestselling authors will take you to the darkest depths of the theater and beyondTABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction by Genevieve Valentine Preface by Ellen Datlow The Cutter by Edward Bryant The Hanged Man of Oz by Steve Nagy Deadspace by Dennis Etchison Cuts by F Paul Wilson Final Girl Theory by A C Wise Lapland or Film Noir by Peter Straub The Thousand Cuts by Ian Watson Occam’s Ducks by Howard Waldrop Dead Image by David Morrell The Constantinople Archives by Robert Shearman each thing I show.

Ellen Datlow has been an award winning editor of short science fiction fantasy and horror for over twentyfive years She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co edited a large number of award winning original anthologies Her most recent are Supernatural Noir Naked City Blood and Other Cravings The Beastly Bride Teeth Trolls Eye View and After the last three with Ter