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England's Screaming Reviews

England's Screaming by Sean Hogan

England's Screaming

Sean Hogan

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1 review

Imprint: PS Publishing
Publisher: PS Publishing
Publication date: 1 May 2020
ISBN: 9781786365729
4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
3 Jul 2020

"written with skill and a zealous intensity"

The narrative builds to an apocalyptic climax involving, among others, the Antichrist Damien Thorn from the Omen series, the sado­masochistic demons of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, and John Morlar, the misanthrope with an appetite for psychokinetic destruction played by Richard Burton in the 1978 chiller The Medusa Touch. Not only does Hogan make a decent stab at what one might call a Grand Unified Theory of Postwar British Horror Cinema, he also shows how these films lanced a boil in the prim flesh of our nation, allowing all manner of repressed sleaziness and perversion to ooze out. The novel’s appeal may be somewhat niche, but it’s written with skill and a zealous intensity.