I was delighted to appear on the HornFireBlood podcast to chat about The Vanishing. The episode was published in March 2023 and we chatted about the Gothic in The Vanishing, focussing in particular on themes of fate and destiny, realism in horror, and failed Hollywood remakes.
This talk followed from my book project, on George Sluizer's 1988 Dutch-Belgian film Spoorloos (English language translation: The Vanishing) for Devil's Advocates, an imprint of Liverpool University Press dedicated to exploring classic and cult horror cinema.
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 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.