Robert Bloch in 1976

Robert Albert Bloch was born on April 5, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

In 1934, Bloch published the story “Lilies” on the semi-professional magazine “Marvel Tales”. After a few months, he started publishing his stories on “Weird Tales” as well. His first stories were strongly influenced by H.P. Lovecraft, so much that a part of them was set in the fictional universe of the so-called “Cthulhu Mythos”. Lovecraft’s death deeply marked Bloch, who gradually shifted his efforts toward different stories and also into science fiction.

In the ’50s, the Robert Bloch’s activity continued both in the literary field and in radio and was further expanded when he started working for television productions. The skills he had acquired in moving from one genre to another was seen in 1959, when he won the Hugo Award for the best science fiction short story with “That Hell-Bound Train” and he published the thriller / horror novel “Psycho”, which won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The novel gave him great fame among the general public following its adaptation into the famous movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Robert Bloch died on September 23, 1994. He left a legacy of dozens of novels, screenplays and short stories of various genres. During his life he received many important awards that show the importance of this author in the field of literature, cinema and television.

Warning. This review contains several spoilers about the seventh season of the TV show “The Walking Dead”!

On april 2 the seventh season of the show “The Walking Dead” ended.

The seventh season was produced and broadcast with the format has become usual: 16 episodes of which 8 were broadcast between October and December 2016 and the other 8 between February and April 2017. For the first time there was a real drop in audience after the first episode’s peak, which may be a sign that many viewers are getting tired of the show.

The sixth season of “The Walking Dead” ended with the defeat of the Alexandria group at the hands of Negan and his Saviours. The cliffhanger left the audience wondering who would be killed by Lucille, the baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire that Negan brigns along with him.

The first episode of the seventh season is one of the most dramatic of the whole show and begins with the death of Abraham and Glenn. Daryl, for daring to react, is taken away. Rick is forced to become Negan’s bitch to avoid having other victims, starting with Carl.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1 DVD boxset

On March 10, 1997 the TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” made its debut.

Buffy’s story actually began with a 1992 movie of which Joss Whedon wrote the original screenplay, very different from the final one because the movie’s producers preferred a horror comedy with vampires. Years later, Joss Whedon had the chance to create a TV show and reworked the idea of Buffy, finally in his own way.

The main character is stille a teenager who overturns the horror movie cliché of the helpless blonde but the TV show is much more sophisticated. Thanks also to the longer available time available in a TV show, Joss Whedon developed feminist overtones in a horror story with influences from various genres and subgenres.

Malpertuis by Jean Ray

The novel “Malpertuis” by Jean Ray was published for the first time in 1943 in French. In time it was translated into a number of languages.

Jean-Jacques Grandsire is just a boy when his great-uncle Quentin Moretus Cassave dies. His testament is read in circumstances that are already quite strange and Cassave’s last will impose his heirs to live in the Malpertuis mansion. Since the deceased turned out to be even richer than expected, the heirs agree.

Soon, in Malpertuis strange things start happening. Events that seem supernatural suggest that the house is in some way haunted. Among the inhabitants someone knows more than the others because not everybody is exactly what they appear but what secrets are concealed in Malpertuis?

Patrick Fugit in 2006

On August 12 the first season of the show “Outcast” ended.

The TV show is adapted from the comic book series – which I personally haven’t read so I can’t make comparisons – “Outcast” written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of “The Walking Dead”. The first episode was offered on the Internet on May 20, 2016 then broadcast on June 3, 2016 in the USA. The first season consists of 10 episodes.

The story has as protagonist Kyle Barnes, whose life was greatly influenced by the demonic possession that struck his mother when he was a child and years later his wife Allison. Because of those events Kyle is a misfit who preferred to isolate himself as much as possible after the divorce from his wife.

To protect his ex-wife and their daughter Amber from what happened when she was possessed, Kyle chose to take all the blame passing for a bastard who beat his wife and daughter, even if that made him disliked by many residents of Rome, the West Virginia town where he lives.