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Everyone’s Interested in Murder, Really

The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock delivers in his 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train. It seems like the perfect murder scheme. Two strangers, both wishing for someone in their lives to be dead, meet each other in a chance encounter and plot to switch their murders. As in, you commit my murder, I’ll commit yours. Airtight alibis. No connections whatsoever between the murderer and the victim,…

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Another McCarthy Adaptation Needs to Highlight the Gothic in the Southern Gothic Genre, But Will It?

Avid readers will equate the name Cormac McCarthy with the chilling, iconic masterpiece “The Road”; however, another of McCarthy’s novels almost eclipses “The Road” in its portrayal of the darkness that lurks on the fringes of both humanity and society. “Child of God,” published in 1973, chronicles the descent of a young outcast into the deepest moral pitfalls one can imagine. Lester Ballard, a disturbed…

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