Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

I have spent many hours walking in the last few months. My son, now seven months old, had a fairly long phase of only reliably napping in his pram and … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

We’re in the 1970s, and a 15 year old boy nicknamed Tonto has been taken on an Easter pilgrimage to the Loney by his devoutly Catholic parents, their new priest, … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Coming Up this week– and in 2015

Happy New Year! Though there may be stray whisps of tinsel unknowingly clinging to our hair, the Foxes are back from their Yuletide celebrations. Decorations put away, wrapping paper rolled … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

In Conversation with Paul Cornell

The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

The Carnegie Medal winner was announced this week as The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks. I watched the ceremony from the comfort of my office chair as it was Live … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions

And he smiled to think of man’s arbitrary distinction between that which has life and that which has not. Here, quite apart from such recognisable sounds as the scampering of … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

Crypt: The Gallows Curse by Andrew Hammond

To continue my Edinburgh Book Festival retrospective, I enjoyed a wonderful event by Andrew Hammond author of Crypt: The Gallows Curse.  Having been an English teacher, Andrew’s event was an … Continue reading

September 24, 2011 · 4 Comments

Invisible Fiends by Barry Hutchison

So, it’s over. And I am despondent, bereft, utterly lost. The Edinburgh Book Festival has ended for another year and I can’t help thinking I just didn’t manage to get … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan and Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Review by Jamie Mollart It must be something in the air, or possibly in the night sky, but I’ve just read two books about werewolves on the trot. This is … Continue reading

May 7, 2011 · 5 Comments

The New Uncanny: Tales of Unease, ed Sarah Eyre & Ra Page: a creepy collection for the depths of winter

In 1919 Sigmund Freud published an essay that delved deep into the tradition of horror writing and claimed to understand one of its darkest tricks. Like a mad scientist, he … Continue reading

February 11, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – read by Edward Petherbridge

“The life that was to make his soul would mark his body …” It is many years since I read The Picture of Dorian Gray. I did so after watching … Continue reading

September 14, 2010 · 7 Comments

Hallowe’en Soapbox

This is the time of year when we return to our ancestors. Our mindset suddenly goes back about 6 or 7 centuries to preoccupation with death, the afterlife and all … Continue reading

October 30, 2008 · 14 Comments

The Required Reading Rebellion : or let’s get mad about books we were forced to read at school!

When I was a teenager, I had this “thing”. Actually, I had loads of “things” but we’re not going to go into them all here. This particular “thing” was about … Continue reading

April 10, 2008 · 26 Comments

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