East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


Heroes & Villains

The Keep, (1983, F. Paul Wilson, publ. NEL, 0-450-05455-1, £1.95, 379pp, pb)OK, I’ll start this suggesting you a good book, because … hey, because it’s a good book, and because it’s only right that you can get away from yet another one of my rants with something good.
The book is F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep, a vampire story with a Lovecraftian twist, pitching a Wehrmacht unit against a creature called Molasar, during a long Carpatian winter, in World War Two.
It’s really good.
There was also a movie, directed by Michael Mann, that was quite good but got butchered before distrinution and then sank into oblivion.
But check out the book.

The Keep came to my mind yesterday as I got involved in a conversation in which I was asked if I ever raped a corpse.
Yes, sometimes things get weird hereabouts. Continue reading


Other People’s Pulp – Curse of the Spider Goddess

Lost and alone in the African jungle, archaeologist Jonathan Baker has a very bad encounter with a giant spider – he loses his right hand, and barely survives the ordeal.
Saved by the lost Sumai people, he learns the legend of the Spider Goddess, planning the extinction of humanity, and receives the strange blessing of the ancient god Siruuk.
Through a mysterious ritual, his right hand is restored and imbued with mystical powers, and he becomes known as The Claw, the traditional enemy of the Spider Women that serve their evil Goddess.

Then things get really interesting. Continue reading


Nazis. I hate these guys

nazis-i-hate-these-guys1Today’s video comes complete with a rant.
A very short rant.

I hate those individuals that proudly proclaim their being “Grammar Nazis”.
First – and it’s a purely ideological thing – I find anything, but anything, coupled with “Nazi” and then displayed proudly to be highly offensive.
Secondly, I find these characters’ obsession with grammar, synthax and phrase morphology (whatever that is) a poor excuse for the fact that they are as creative as gnats, but more self-centerd.
And it’s interesting to discover (see link down below) that the term originally referred to those that make mistakes, not those that correct them!

But enough of this.
Here’s a very fun, and highly intelligent video, featuring Stephen Fry‘s voice and opinions (which I undersign fully).