Blood on Satan's Claw - Book Review
I reviewed The Blood on Satan’s Claw by David Evans-Powell for Revenant Journal, a peer-reviewed e-journal dedicated to academic and creative explorations of the Supernatural, the Uncanny and the Weird. Evans-Powell's study is a new entry in Auteur Publishing’s series of horror film studies titled Devil's Advocates.
David Evans-Powell’s study of Piers Haggard’s British horror film, The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), offers a lively and comprehensive account of the first British film on record to be described as ‘Folk Horror’. Evans-Powell examines the film as the least prominent member in the ‘unholy trinity'; of Folk Horror films which also features Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968) and The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973).
The review will be published in the forthcoming special issue of the Revenant Journal: Obscene Surfacings and the Subterranean Gothic.
I'm Christina Brennan, a writer and reviewer whose work has appeared in various places, including Little White Lies, Horror Homeroom, Horrified and Ghoulish Media. My first book will be on George Sluizer's film Spoorloos (translated from Dutch as The Vanishing) – a film that Stanley Kubrick called the most terrifying film he'd ever seen. The book will be coming out with Devil's Advocate series, the imprint of Liverpool University Press devoted to exploring cult and classic horror cinema. I've been a reviewer for the Salem Horror Film Festival, and I write reviews for academic journals, including Revenant and the Irish Gothic and Horror Journal. In the recent past, I did a PhD on North American post-apocalyptic and doomsday fiction.