Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon is one of his most impressive tales of Conan the Cimmerian in his later life as the king of Aquilonia. It has been reinterpreted in comic form before, but the latest adaptation by Timothy Truman, Tomas Giorello and Jose Villarruba published by Dark Horse is undoubtedly the definitive edition of the tale in comic form - and it even improves upon some aspects of the original.
Friday, 25 December 2015
Friday, 18 December 2015
Whitley Strieber's The Wolfen (1978) is often mentioned as one of the best werewolf novels, taking the basic concept into a new direction. I wasn't that excited about the novel or the movie that was based on it and thus it took me a long time to pick up Strieber's other werewolf novel: The Wild (1991). But I'm happy to say that my fears proved unfounded and I enjoyed this novel more than I ever expected.
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Jack Williamson is one of the legends of science fiction writing and he is known for coining many terms in his fiction that are in general use these days, such as android, terraforming and genetic engineering. His enthusiasm with science fiction is also apparent in his so-called werewolf novel, Darker Than You Think (1940), in which the the plot and existence of shapeshifters is heavily based on genetics.
Monday, 14 December 2015
The Girl King, a film by Mika Kaurismäki, tells the story of the Queen Christina of Sweden - or, rather, the story of her years in Sweden. It was filmed mainly in and around the city and castle of Turku in Finland, while the actors are from Finland and Sweden. I wrote about the film and its props earlier, so I will now focus more on the film and the way it depicts the queen and the era. And when you are done reading with my review, please take a look at my wife's opinion as well, over at the Wrestles with Words blog.
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Aino Kallas' The Wolf's Bride is an early werewolf novella, written in 1928 (during the author's London years). Luckily, while the title is one that you could imagine seeing on the cover of one of those horrible werewolf romance novels these days, The Wolf's Bride draws heavily from the old Estonian werewolf myths and - for a large part - delivers those myths to the readers in the form of a story.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
The further back you go in the werewolf genre literature, the less and less similar they are to the modern Hollywood-influenced genre stereotype. Alexandre Dumas was a prolific author who wrote The Wolf-Leader some time after he got into financial troubles and ended his cooperation with one of his most important collaborators, Auguste Maquet - with whom he had written the famous d'Artagnan Romances. I'm not enough of a Dumas scholar to say whether my disappointment with The Wolf-Leader might be the result of Dumas having worked alone this time, but I cannot but wonder if there's a connection.