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Anne Billson is a film critic, novelist and photographer whose work has been widely published. She is also well known as a style icon, wicked spinster, evil feminist, and international cat-sitter.
Her books include horror novels Suckers, Stiff Lips, The Ex and The Coming Thing; monographs on the films The Thing and Let the Right One In; Breast Man: A Conversation with Russ Meyer; and Billson Film Database, a collection of more than 4000 film reviews.
In 1993 she was named by Granta as one of their Best Young British Novelists. In 2012 she wrote a segment for the portmanteau play The Halloween Sessions, performed in the West End in London. In 2015 she was named by the British Film Institute as one of 25 Female Film Critics Worth Celebrating.
She has lived in London, Cambridge, Tokyo, Paris and Croydon, and now lives in Brussels. She likes frites, beer and chocolate.
on April 25, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this vampire novel which, despite its now rather dated setting, is a breath of fresh air after the mopey teen romance of the Twilight saga.
This is vampire literature as it's supposed to be: gripping and scary, and with lashings of blood. That it provides a few laughs and and delivers a satire on 1980s greed is very much a bonus.
Dora is a rather flawed heroine - you wouldn't necessarily want her as your best friend, and don't even think about beating her office on a London flat - and I do have to wonder if Duncan is worth all the effort, but this cracks along at a decent pace and, if I'm honest, was much better than I was expecting it to be. Roll on the sequel!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)