I have a pre-publication of Nic Humphrey’s new book on consciousness, “Soul Dust,” published by Quercus. I hadn’t heard of this publisher before and so looked them up. They are one of the fastest growing publishers in the UK and appear to be bucking all the trends with double-digit growth. This success has been fuelled by being the British publisher of the Stieg Larsson trilogy phenomenon as well as the fantastic, “Let the Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
I am pretty much fed up with the vampire band wagon that has dominated publishing and movie-making in the past 5 years, but I will make an exception for “Let the Right One In.” It is a beautifully shot movie set against the background of an austere working class suburb of Stockholm in the early 1980s. The two child stars Oskar and Eli, are hypnotically quirky and compelling and the movie is a modern classic. So it is no surprise that it is being remade in English by Hammer productions! For those of you who are either too young or not British, Hammer were the leading post-war English company that churned out dozens of low budget horror movies and launched the careers of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I am a bit of a nerd with it comes to Hammer and have paid way too much money for some of their early movie posters. That said, I doubt they will be able to capture the charm of the Swedish original. But the trailer looks good and music sounds pretty cool.
The movie is due for release later this year. I guess I will be going to see it.