Nightmare Movies This Weekend

London, Media, Reading & Writing

Writer and critic Kim Newman not only does the best Victorian Gentleman impersonation in the country, he’s also one of the world’s leading experts on horror movies.

To celebrate the launch of Kim’s essential horror volume ‘Nightmare Movies’ (published 18 April), Newman and fellow horror expert Mark Kermode take to the stage of the National Film Theatre on April 29th for an illustrated conversation on all things scary in film, followed by a rare screening of ‘Let’s Scare Jessica to Death’.

Kim has amassed a fascinating body of work in the last few years that skips boundaries between film, literature, pulp and pastiche, retelling the Dracula myth through different timelines and circumstances (the first, ‘Anno Dracula’, is about to be republished). It’s the kind of thing Alan Moore does, but Kim does it better.

Kim’s wonderful Holmesian trilogy ‘The Diogenes Club’ collects the pastiche stories together, and I was delighted when he dedicated the last volume to me. Kim updates ‘Nightmare Movies’ every few years to take in the next cycle of horror films, and frequently makes connections no-one else thinks of. Highly recommended, and I’m not saying that because he’s a mate!

6 comments on “Nightmare Movies This Weekend”

  1. Stephen Groves says:

    Hi Chris,
    That sounds interesting.I’ll try to get along to it.
    All Best

  2. P.G.Bell says:

    This is one of those times I wished I lived in London, as I’d love to get along and see this. Newman’s “Video Dungeon” is one of my favourite features in Empire magazine. I’ll definitely seek out a copy of the book!

  3. J. Folgard says:

    Books-wise, it’s unfortunate that publisher Monkeybrain doesn’t keep a steady print run of Newman’s ‘Diogenes Club’ collections. Luckily, I managed to snatch the latest one just as it came out, and the stories & book design are a delight. I only know his fiction (Anno Dracula novels & assorted shorts stories in Stephen Jones’ excellent anthologies)but it’s enough to make him a favorite writer of mine!

  4. Alan Morgan says:

    He’s damn good. With Eugene Byrne, his Back In The USSA is one of my favourite collections with Teddy Bears Picnic being pretty much the definitive Newman story.

  5. I take it it’s a significant reworking of his earlier book of the same title? It’s a big problem of mine. What to do in such a case? I’d like to keep the first edition, as a collector, but also would like to have the updated version, as a completist. But, being a sad book-addict, I’m starting to run out of room to keep both… Decisions, decisions…

  6. John Jo says:

    With a pedigree of winning the Bram Stoker Award and the Internatioanl Horror Guild Award this guy is one of the best,i already have the new volume and looking forward to more work by Kim. Reading his books i sometimes feel like im actually watching a movie.

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