Review of My Life in Horror by Kit Power

I’ll save some time here straight away: this is an excellent book, and is worth a place on any horror fan’s shelf.

Kit takes us through his childhood memories and significant events all in terms of horror. We learn his favourite film is Robocop in an hilarious but heartfelt essay (I think he’s wrong, it’s definitely The Thing, but his reasoning is brilliant) and this sets the tone for the rest of the book.

I backed this as part of a crowd funding campaign, but that in no way influences my thoughts on this book. Collecting together Kit’s writing from the Ginger Nuts of Horror website, this is a must read. (By the way, if you’ve not visited GNOH, what the hell are you doing here? Click this instead:

I wish I could remember things in the detail that Kit manages – these essays are full of incidental recollections that root you in the time and place he is writing about. The essays on Hillsborough and Live Aid are especially powerful and really highlight his abilities as a writer.

There is so much in this book, but I don’t want to go into more detail as part of the joy is discovering what he will write about next. In short, just read it, then go and read Godbomb! Kit Power is a superb writer and he should be more well known than he is.

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