Monday, January 30, 2017

Mars Movies, and Sherlock Holmes and the Gnostic Gospels

Wormwood and Faunus contributor Thos. Kent Miller has a few recent books that deserve some notice.

First is Mars in the Movies: A History, published by McFarland as an oversize trade paperback in November.  Basically it's a personal account of something around one hundred films that have something to do with Mars.  This ranges chronologically from A Trip to Mars (1910), through The Martian (2015), though the entries in the book are for the most part not arranged chronologically.  It covers high quality entries such as Quatermass and the Pit (1967), and terrible ones such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964).  Some cartoons are covered, including the first (and later) appearances of Marvin the Martian in Bugs Bunny's Haredevil Hare (1948). I've enjoyed reading up on films that I've seen, as well as learning of new titles to look out for (and ones I should probably avoid).  Ordering information here.

Also, the three volumes of Miller's trilogy about Sherlock Holmes and his interest in the Gnostic Gospels have been combined into one volume titled Sherlock Holmes in the Fullness of TimeRead more about it here.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Doug, for the mention and alerting our Wormwood/Faunus family of my other projects. As a point of information, the Gnostic gospels were never on my mind as I wrote the trilogy, though I can understand how an informed reader could extrapolate that. Further, re: Mars, the films are in fact listed chronologically within the book's various sections, such as "Invasions from Mars" and "Voyages to Mars." Both works are truly the culminations of decades-long dreams.
    :-) Tom