Mean and DarkWarmth and chills from Red Rattle Books.  Want to settle down to the rest of the winter with something cosy and relaxing?  Mean And Dark does that but it will also prod those dark memories and thoughts.


‘Horror and film noir movies satisfy our curiosity and compensate us for the timid steps we take.’

In Horror Pickers Howard Jackson examined and dissected forty horror films.  This time in Mean And Dark he also adds a few film noir favourites to the mix.  All the selected movies have baffled people in trouble.  But in examining the films Howard Jackson makes a bold attempt to explain what really haunts and perhaps inspires us.  The combination of gloomy ideas, defiant opinion, perceptive analysis and sly humour makes Mean And Dark an addictive read and a must for film fans.

As before, the collection of films that Howard Jackson probes for meaning and ideas ranges from 1945 to the present day and includes dark and chilling cinema from the USA, Europe, the UK, South America, Scandinavia and Asia.   The list includes familiar favourites and some surprises.

Praise for Horror Pickers

‘A wondrous collection of horror film criticism, delivers exquisite insight into our favourite fright flicks.’ David Saunderson, The Spooky Isles

‘Marvellous and entertaining.’  Crime Chronicles


Paperback and Kindle editions of Mean and Dark are available to buy on Amazon


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