The Society of Blood – Obsidian Heart Book Two by Mark Morris

When we left reformed jailbird Alex Locke at the end of The Wolves of London, the time travelling power of the Obsidian Heart had just stranded him in Victorian London. It wasn’t all bad since, and this is where it starts to get complicated Flowers, an older version of Alex had used the heart to…

Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter: Q&A with filmaker Zoe Kavanagh

Currently in post-production Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter is a new monster hunting indie flick from Irish filmaker Zoe Kavanagh. Well you all know how much we like a bit of punk film making so we tracked Zoe down to her secret lair and over a packet of virtual Hobnobs (dark chocolate naturally since it’s my virtual world) talked things through. So without further ado lets…

Borley Rectory: Q&A with Animator Ashley Thorpe

Borley Rectory in Essex had the reputation of being the most haunted house in Britain. The Gothic revival house, built in 1822 to house the rector of the local parish was demolished in 1944 after being badly damaged by fire in 1939, but its reputation lives on and it will shortly be the subject of a…

Your Servants and Your People: The Walkin’ Trilogy (Book Two) review

Your Servants and your People is part two of a zombie story, but it’s a zombie story with a difference. In Your Brother’s Blood, (Book One of the Walkin’ trilogy) author David Towsey established a future post apocalyptic world where humanity appeared to have regressed to a point similar to that of the American Old…

The Wolves of London: Obsidian Heart Book One review

When the teenage Alex Locke did his bird for armed robbery, hard man Benny Magee took him under his protection. Prison worked for Alex, he worked hard, came out with an academic degree and walked into a job at a college. Now with his older daughter threatened by a gang of drug dealers, Alex needs…

Zombie Bites review

What is it about zombies that has caught the contemporary horror fan’s imagination? Sure, they are pretty nasty with all that brain eating and shambling about making the place look really untidy, and I bet they pong pretty bad too, but on the other hand they ain’t too bright and are pretty easy to kill. We get…

Devils in Disguise: Q&A with Filmmaker Guillaume Campanacci

If there is one thing we like at the Hothouse, it’s film folks with a ‘can-do’ attitude. French filmmaker Guillaume Campanacci certainly fits that bill having knocked out Devils in Disguise, his debut movie as director in just 11 days. In Devils in Disguise, Guillaume has brought a very Gallic twist to what is a taut psychological thriller concerning friendship, love,…

Unearthly Stranger (1963)

Well, you wait for ages for some Cold War era Brit Sci-fi flicks and then two of them come along together! Hot on the heels of 1965’s Invasion from our friends at Network comes Unearthly Stranger. Unearthly Stranger’s paranoia comes in at a more subtle tack to that of Invasion. Scientists at Britain’s  Royal Institute of Space Research are close to…

Invasion (1965)

Drinking and driving is a bad idea, especially when the army radar is picking up mysterious flying objects that are too small to be the old British Air Ferries transporters on the way back from Le Tourquet. That’s what Lawrence Blackburn (Anthony Sharp) discovered back in 1965 when a rubber suited man (Eric Young) staggered out…