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A Good Work By A Good Writer. For The Reader, What Luck!*

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed. This is the scenario of The Witch Elm, the riveting new novel by top suspense writer, Tana French. The Dublin-based writer is receiving thunderous applause for her first stand-alone novel, including, Stephen King who we quote for our headline. We are very pleased to welcome Tana back for her third appearance on Life Elsewhere.

*Stephen King, the New York Times Book Review

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Show #295

Bob Ross’ Top Ten Vampire Movies

Dracula French Poster

Frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Film and Media critic Bob Ross, selects his Top Ten Vampire movies, (in no particular order):

Horror of Dracula (1958) — First Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee starring, Hammer classic, shocking for its time. Sexy, bloody fun. 

Salem’s Lot (1970) David Soul, James Mason, dir. by Tobe Hooper. Great supporting cast. Based on early Stephen King novel about vampires invading small Maine town.

Near Dark (1987) — Director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker) brings a vampire family to Oklahoma flatlands. Brings hip references to a Western biker motif. 

Let the Right One In (2008) — Bullied 12-year-old falls in love with an exotic vampire girl, faces tough choices. Swedish original, remade in 2010 as Let Me In, also good and no subtitles. 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Francis Ford Coppola directed a superb cast — Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves — in a visually compelling and unusually faithful adaptation of the book. No CGI, either. The dandy effects are all done in the camera. 

Dracula (1979) Frank Langella reprises his Tony-nominated portrayal in the Broadway revival of the 1927 play based on Stoker’s novel. Langella turns the bloodsucker into a matinee idol. Ladies love him.  

Interview with the Vampire (1994) Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. What else do you need to know? OK, directed by Neil Jordan, based on Anne Rice‘s novel so its set in old New Orleans. Kirsten Dunst is a hoot. Gothic fun, R-rated for sure. 

Nosferatu (1922)F.W. Murnau’s silent classic, a German expressionist gem, was based on Stoker’s story but he could not get copyright approval so he changed the name. Spooky thrills, old-school. 

Dracula (1931) — The definitive archetype, with Bela Lugosi. Everybody’s touchstone for Dracula movies. “I never drink . . . wine.” 

Fright Night (1985) Roddy McDowell is a hoot as an aging TV personality who helps a small-town teenager expose a very weird neighbor (Chris Sarandon). Comic-horror-charmer. The 2011 remake isn’t bad but it’s unnecessary.

Sexting & Moral Outrage! Erotic Romance! An Author Speaks!

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere join Norman B for a different perspective on Carlos Danger (aka Anthony Wiener). Discover why titles like “Hostile Takeover” and “Tiger” coupled with explicit sex scenes sell more than Stephen King‘s ebooks. Learn about “Black Crow, White Lie” a remarkable book by author Candi Sary. Plus this week’s Hit That Never Was. Life Elsewhere, Monday, 9.00am EST (1400 GMT) WMNF 88.5fm online: http://www.wmnf.org