This Week’s Culture Round-up

From Eclectic Eccentric, a review of Matthew Lewis’s 1796 lurid, gothic, horror, The Monk

Andy reviews The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which is one of my favourite horror stories. The 1963 film adaptation is also excellent if you’re looking for something to watch on Halloween.

From io9, the first lesbian science fiction novel published in 1906.

From Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations a selection of bleak alien landscapes

From Tor.com a post about Joanna Russ’s final novel, On Strike Against God with some great feminist quotes.

Another from Tor.com, Did Ursula Le Guin change the course of SF? 

Margaret Atwood has just published a book of essays about science fiction. From The Guardian, Margaret Atwood: the road to ustopia and a review from Slate.

From The Zoe-Trope, a critique of the way the term ‘Mary Sue’ is being used to denigrate female characters, You can stuff your Mary Sue where the sun don’t shine

A video tribute to Blade Runner

From Bitch Flicks, The Madwoman’s Journey from the Attic into the Television – The Female Gothic Novel and its influence on Modern Horror Films.  Bitch Flicks is currently doing a series on women and horror film.

From Genevieve Valentine writing at Strange Horizons, a review of The Fall

Markgraf  from Bad Reputation went to see The Three Muskateers . I recommend reading his review before spending any money on this film.

From Cracked, Great movies from the villain’s point of view.  I think my personal favourite is Terrible Shepherds!

And another one from Cracked, The 6 most mind blowing things ever discovered in space

This week’s culture round-up

Here are 5 famous authors who were famous for something other than their writing

Apparently Great Expectations is the peoples’ favourite Dickens novel.

From Elisa Rolle, a post about lesbian pulp writer Ann Banon. I’ve never read any of her novels ::hangs head in shame::

Most of you have probably already seen this, “Straightening” Gay Characters in Young Adult Fiction

Here’s one for the critical theory geeks from Philosopherzone, The Mind of Jaques Lacan

And one for the writers, a lecture about dialogue from lesbian writer Dorothy Allison

I love these science fiction cover art posts from Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations, A Selection of Vincent Di Fate’s early 70s  covers, and The Best of Alex Schomburg’s 60s novel covers.

A post about Danny Boyle’s great science fiction film Sunshine, Sunshine casts a fantastic light on science fiction. I remember that this film really got under my skin.

From Bad Reputation, a review of Troll Hunter, which is a film I have to see.

From Feminist Music Geek, Long live the pop star flesh, a great post about Debbie Harry and the David Cronenburg film, Videodrome;  also from Feminist Music Geek, a post about Madonna’s much maligned Erotica phase, Lovers Pop.

From Overthinkingit, The female character flowchart. Please can I be the ‘Psycho Feminist Lesbian Amazon’?

From Den of Geek, some helpful advice for your big day, the golden rules of movie weddings and marriages