Anne Billson has been writing about films for four decades. Now she has collected over 4000 of her reviews into one book. You won't find reviews of every film ever made here, or reviews of the latest blockbusters, but you will have fun browsing (and probably disagreeing with) the personal and often unorthodox opinions of a widely published and respected film writer. Find out which films she lo... read more
'Everywhere you looked, there would be women dressed in black - white faces, black hair, mouths painted scarlet. It was The Look. You saw it on the street. You saw it on the covers of magazines. You saw it presenting arts programmes on TV.And some of us saw it in our nightmares…'Anne Billson's debut novel, described by Christopher Fowler in Time Out as 'dark, sharp, chic and very funny', is se... read more
“There it was again. More scrabbling. No question about it now. Someone, or something, was scratching at the window. Someone, or something, wanted me to open it up and let them in...” John Croydon is out of his depth. His latest client is classy, beautiful and very, very rich. And she’s being stalked by her fiancé’s ex-wife, who is threatening to disrupt the wedding, or worse. Croydon has just... read more
An alien entity that can take any living form invades an isolated scientific research station in the Antarctic. John Carpenter's The Thing is best known for some of the most startling visual effects--surreal, lurid, shocking perversions of the human body --ever committed to celluloid. At London's National Film Theatre in 1995, Quentin Tarantino named The Thing as one of his favorite films. Yet... read more
What is a Catguffin? Which type of cat is more dangerous - a Catzilla or a Pussilla? What is the difference between a Catagonist and a Heropuss? And what exactly did Jones the cat say to the xenomorph in Alien? All these questions and many others are answered in CATS ON FILM, the definitive work of feline film scholarship, in which critic and novelist Anne Billson explores the many and varied ... read more
In 1959, Russ Meyer revolutionized the American sex film industry with The Immoral Mr. Teas, which introduced humor and storytelling into a genre that had hitherto been lacking in them. This and the films that followed earned him the nickname "King of the Nudies", and established the recurring motif of enormous bosoms which would henceforth characterize his work. He went on to revolutionize th... read more
'The Half Man is an eldritch place!' What is the secret of The Half Man, a creepy old inn on the windswept coast of Norfolk? Vic, a low-ranking foot soldier from London's gangland, has orders to find out what it is and bring it back to his boss... or else. But easier said than done, for no sooner has Vic checked in than one of his fellow guests is decapitated right in front of him. Everyone kn... read more
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Former Agent, Writers House, now Expat; two Newbery & NBA authors. I take a holistic, highly customized approach with a plan
Book editor specializing in memoir, biography, and narrative (sports, music, culture, travel). Also reviewer and writer. Ah, stories...