Here are the folk horror movies every new initiate needs to watch – Alternative Press

Bored with 1980s-style slashers? Do zombies leave you cold? Find found footage a bore? If youre a horror movie fan, youre all too familiar with the malaise that can set in when one subgenre dominates the scene for too long. So, if youre looking for some new frights with more style and intellectual weight, we suggest you look to the past and pledge your soul to the cult of the folk-horror revival.

The first wave of folk horror represents a break with Gothicism in British horror films in the late 1960s and early 70s characterized by themes of witchcraft and the supernatural. Fifty years later, and in much the same social and political climate that inspired the first wave, folk horror is back. Consider this your initiation into an ancient order.

Anyone with an interest in folk horror should immediately seek out the silent classic Hxan. The oldest film on this list, Hxan is ostensibly a documentary tracing the history of witchcraft and the persecution of supposed witches through history. Nevertheless, youd be mistaken to think this film is anything but a horror movie. Containing some of the most disturbing imagery ever committed to film, its influence remains palpable nearly a century after its release.

Based on M.R. James story Casting The Runes, Night Of The Demon stars Dana Andrews as John Holden, an American psychologist on a mission to expose a satanic cult responsible for the death of a British colleague.Skeptical Holden soon finds himself caught in a web of mystery and black magic. Theres no better authority than Martin Scorsese, who liststhis as one of the most terrifying films ever made.

Michael Reeves Witchfinder General is the first of three films that are considered the unholy trinity of folk horror. Set during the English Civil War, Vincent Price stars as Matthew Hopkins, a self-styled witch hunter with a mandate to snuff out sorcery. An unremitting villain, Hopkins exploits the chaos of the conflict to line his pockets and indulge his more prurient instincts in the name of the church. Price is at his diabolical best.

The second of folk horrors three pillars is 1971s The Blood On Satans Claw. In the film, a farmer unleashes a curse when he tills up a misshapen skull with a single cloudy eye. Thereafter, a series of bizarre events befall the villages children. Inexplicably growing patches of coarse fur on their bodies, the kids fall under the spell of the devilish vixen Angel Blake (Linda Hayden), whos bent on aiding an ancient evil that intends to manifest itself piecemeal on the flesh of the innocent.

This film is ground zero for any serious study of folk horror. The Wicker Man stars Edward Woodward as pious police Sgt. Howie, whos determined to solve the disappearance of a young girl on the Hebridean island of Summerisle. Infuriated by the islanders obstructive nature and strange rituals, Howie seeks out the islands namesake Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), who reveals the origin of the islands pagan ways. In a shocking twist, Howie learns hes been drawn to the island as a human sacrifice. Unless youre a masochist, we suggest you skip the 2006 remake.

Like 1968s Witchfinder General, A Field In England takes place during the English Civil War. Shot in lush black and white, the film focuses on a band of captured soldiers forced to search for a buried treasure in a field of hallucinogenic mushrooms. With sequences reminiscent of David Lynchs best work, the film is surreal, dreamlike and punctuated with blasts of unexpected violence.

Robert Eggers The Witch is arguably the key film in the folk-horror revival. Fusing all the elements of atmosphere, historical setting and the supernatural, The Witch is the type of film that works its way into your psyche and never lets go. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Thomasin, the eldest daughter of a 15th-century Puritan family banished to the backwoods of New England. When her infant brother disappears under her care, the family succumbs to paranoia and violence. An unexpected revelation gives this film a deliciously shocking dnouement.

Korean director Na Hong-jins The Wailing takes folk horror out of its typical Western European setting and makes it uniquely his own. The appearance of a stranger portends tragedy when a series of murders and a deadly illness plague the sleepy mountain village of Gokseong. When policeman Jong-goo (Kwak Do-won) finds his daughter ill with the mysterious sickness, he employs some unorthodox means to save her. With an opening sequence that lulls viewers into thinking theyre about to see another by-the-numbers zombie flick, The Wailing slowly transforms into something far more disturbing and tragic.

Released theatrically in England and on Netflix in the rest of the world, David Bruckners The Ritual effectively combines human drama with the supernatural. Four college buddies go hiking through rural Sweden following the murder of their friend in a store robbery. Leaving the trail (always a bad idea), the group stumbles on evidence of the supernatural and a deadly cult. While its a bit of a sleeper hit compared to the other films listed, The Ritual strikes all the classic folk-horror marks.

If any film can claim the title heir apparent to The Wicker Man, its Ari Asters visually stunning Midsommar. As seen in previous hit Hereditary, Aster uses realistic, fully developed characters and their tenuous relationships to bring terror home. Midsommar stars Florence Pugh as a young woman recovering from the death of her entire family in a murder-suicide. She accompanies her increasingly distant boyfriend and his friends on a cultural anthropology study trip to an ancient Swedish commune. Filled with hallucinatory, subliminal imagery, Midsommar takes the folk-horror trope of human sacrifice and inverts it in a most surprising way.

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Cartoonist imagines what horror movies will inevitably look like when Disney owns all of them – The A.V. Club

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In the year 2052, when Disney has finally completed its task of acquiring every production company on the face of the earth, the monolith will at last be able to enact its master plan of creating cinematic remakes of every well-known movie that already exists, regardless of genre. Swedish cartoonist Daniel Bjrk has given us a glimpse of what some of these may end up looking like by recreating fucked-up horror movie iconography through the House Of Mouses cute little animal people.

Spotted by Eli Roth, who we imagine is now feverishly typing up his own torture porn but with cartoons movie pitch, the images are all formatted as creased-up vintage comic books where Wolt Fistey has used its best-loved characters as actors in a bunch of horror and horror-adjacent movies.

So far, Bjrks illustrations cover everything from the Three Little Pigs munching on limbs in a Hannibal homage and Dopey of the Seven Dwarfs doing his best Pinhead cosplay to a version of The Exorcist starring a projectile-vomiting Sleeping Beauty, Mickeys head exploding in a Scanners send-up, and a wonderfully fleshy combination of Cinderella and Society.

For more of these, including some gnarly Cannibal Holocaust and Friday The 13th cartoons, check out Bjrks Instagram. Were excited to see where this project goes in the future, hoping that, somehow, the artist will find ways to create family-friendly body horror out of, say, Mickey and Minnies horrible experiences trying to repair their relationship at a cabin retreat or all those cute Lion King animals creating a different sort of circle of life with a little help from a visionary surgeon.

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‘Sea Fever’ Actress Hermione Corfield Talks Shooting the Eerily Prescient Indie Horror Film – Collider.com

From writer/director Neasa Hardiman, the indie horror film Sea Fever shows what can happen when a mysterious lifeform ensnares a fishing trawler out in the deep Atlantic with its crew on board. When marine biology student Siobhn (Hermione Corfield) has to endure a week on a boat whose close-knit crew starts to succumb to a strange infection that is taking them out, one by one, while she attempts to understand its source and how to stop it.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, British actress Hermione Corfield talked about the new relevance of this story, what attracted her to this character, the changes to the films opening scene, and the experience of shooting this film on a boat and on set. She also talked about how being a part of blockbuster productions compares to smaller films, memorable moments on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and making the action film The Misfits with Renny Harlin and Pierce Brosnan.

Collider: This movie seems very relevant to what were all currently experiencing. When this project came your way, did you get to read a full script, right away, or did they just give you some scenes?

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HERMIONE CORFIELD: I got to read the whole script. I read it, and then I had a Skype with (writer/director) Neasa [Hardiman] to talk about it. Then, I went to meet her in Dublin. So, I knew the whole story. It went through a few changes before we shot it, but the shape of it is pretty much the same, so I was aware of what of what it was. Obviously, now, its even more relevant and eerie.

When you did that first read of the script, what were the things that most stood out for you and struck you about this story?

CORFIELD: What I felt, from the beginning, was that I really liked how Siobhn was the scientist at the center of the story, but she was a complicated person. She approached things with the scientific method and struggled to see the nuances between people, but she so wanted to do the right thing and to connect with people. And I liked that shes not your archetypal hero. Shes someone that does have flaws and is vulnerable. Shes not the big hero that comes and saves the day, in one sweep, and everyone loves her and thinks shes great. She is quite disliked, at the beginning, and thats real. Most of the time, people that are whistleblowers and who speak the loudest arent necessarily the most liked. I really liked that about it.

So much of the success of a film like this comes from the mood and the atmosphere and the tension that it creates. Were you able to get that from reading it, or did that come out of conversations with the director?

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CORFIELD: That definitely came in conversations. I remember being given a slideshow with images of the kind of visuals that they were going for. I had an idea of the blues and the rust, but until I actually saw the interior of the ship, it was then that I was like, Oh, wow, okay. It was so beautifully done and so thought through. The colors were amazing and it just looked fantastic. Its interesting, the U.S. poster looks very similar to one of the first images that I saw. I quite enjoyed that.

You talked about there being a bit of an evolution with the script. What kind of changes happened? Were there any major changes, or were they just small evolutions?

CORFIELD: Maybe just small evolutions. Initially, she dives in the first opening scene. She and Jack [Hickey]s character were out in a boat, diving. You were immediately introduced to her in the setting of joining this boat and the crew. But then, it changed to getting to see here in a lab, in this ultra clean environment, so that when you do see her on the boat, you get more of a contrast between where she feels safe and where she feels pushed out of her comfort zone.

Did you want to play this character because she was someone that you could understand and identify with, or did you want to play her because shes so different from who you are?

CORFIELD: It was a mixture of both. She is incredibly different to myself, and I found it a challenge. One of the best things about acting is being receptive to other people and picking up on other peoples emotions and nuances, and how that then creates a dynamic between the characters. With this, because she struggles so much to communicate, I had to learn to not be so receptive to other people and not pick up so much on other people. That was very different to myself cause I think Im quite good at reading people and understanding how people are feeling. That was hard to switch off, when playing her. But there were parts that I do understand. I do understand what it is to not be listened to. I do understand what it is to want to communicate something so bad, and not being able to do that. There were elements of her that really rang true to me, and there were elements of communication that I struggled with because its so different from myself.

With everything going on in our world now, its easy to see that there are very current themes in this film, with a parasite infecting and killing human beings. Do you look at this film differently now, especially with everything going on? Does it feel even scarier and more real?

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CORFIELD: Now, with everything thats happening, it feels a lot more real. It was always a poignant message, but for me, the poignancy came from the idea of preserving the world and not messing with mother nature. That was the original message that I took from that. Theres this creature thats just trying to survive, itself, and its a rare species, and theyre so quick to want to kill it to protect themselves. And Siobhns message is, This isnt about you. This is about the world. This is about everyone else. Originally, when I really took from it was the environmental message about the responsibility to not destroy the fishing industry, to not over fish, but to not destroy mother nature and this thing that keeps the whole world turning. But now, with everything thats going on, the other message thats also ringing as loud is about human responsibility, not just for the world and the environment, but also human responsibility for everyone else. Its about not just looking out for the individual, but for everyone else. You might not necessarily know you have it, but you could be carrying it. And now, in this climate, it rings incredibly poignant and very eerie. It makes you wish that wed listened. Thats what everyone should walk away thinking.

How was the experience of actually shooting this film? What was it like being on a boat versus being on a set?

CORFIELD: We did external shots, up on the decking of an actual boat. For the interiors, they built an exact replica of internal layout of a boat, so it was claustrophobic and tight. You could go from the kitchen down to the bedroom and to the shower. It was all connected, or at least most of it, which was amazing. We went to the same set, every day, and it was a small set. We were all there together, and it was very tight and created a family dynamic.

What have you learned from the experience of being on some of the big sets that youve been on, whether it was Star Wars: The Last Jedi, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, or XXX: Return of Xander Cage? How different of an experience is it to be a part of something like that compared to smaller or more independent movies?

CORFIELD: Its just a scale thing, to start with. Theyre so vast and huge, but with directors like Chris [McQuarrie] and Rian [Johnson], its doesnt feel intimidating. Its exciting. They make it feel intimate because theyre so brilliant and welcoming. Its mainly a scale thing, I would say, and a food truck thing, as well.

Are there any particularly memorable moments, from any of those films, that will always stand out for you?

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CORFIELD: Yeah, the whole experience for Mission: Impossible, just because it was one of my first jobs. It was exciting and surreal to be doing that. And then, with Star Wars, I was filming something, at the same time, so I was going back and forth. It was huge excitement. I was going from this period drama that was shooting on one side of London, to Star Wars on the other side of London. It was a crazy time. It was surreal to even be on a Star Wars set, but it was also so different from the other project I was doing, at the same time, and that made it even more surreal.

Youve also shot The Misfits with Renny Harlin. What was it like to work on an action film with him, and alongside Pierce Brosnan?

CORFIELD: It was a really fun experience. I met Renny ages ago on Skype, when I was 19, for another film that he was doing, and I ended up being too young for it. So, I knew him from that, but we didnt really make the connection until Id flown out there and seen him again. We were in Abu Dhabi, in a completely different place, and it was really fun because we also got to experience the culture together. We went out to the desert, and that was very extreme conditions. We had a few sandstorms and we rode camels. It was quite a crazy time, but it was so much fun.

What kind of character do you play in that?

CORFIELD: I play Pierce Brosnans daughter, who is one of the people that orchestrates the heist. I work in refugee camps, which is her drive for being there, in the first place. Shes trying to get this money to use it for aid.

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‘Child’s Play 2’ Is a Perfect Example of What a Horror Sequel Should Be [We Love ’90s Horror] – Bloody Disgusting

The 90s often get a bad rap with horror fans. Afterthe numerous successful slashers and creature effects films of the 80s, the 90s offered a different variety of horror fare. Though there were plenty of hits, hidden gems, and misunderstood classics, the 90s usually dont get the kind of love that other decades get when it comes to horror.Its time to change that.

Time to confess something that might cause me to lose some horror cred

Ive never been that crazy about Childs Play.

Dont get me wrong. The 1988 killer doll movie is by no means a bad flick. Its got tight direction, solid performances, and impressive special effects. My main gripe with Childs Play has always been that the opening of the film makes a lot of the movies attempts at mystery a touch inert. We know its a killer doll flick, and the time it takes for the movie to really let loose as such is a tad tedious.

But, maybe my feelings for the original Childs Play have always been colored by Childs Play 2. Because Childs Play 2 is downright phenomenal.

Thanks to the success of the first film, creator/screenwriter Don Mancini is allowed to go full tilt with the premise. Chucky is rebuilt and ready to track down Andy (Alex Vincent) in order to claim his body through some of that sweet voodoo magic.

Right from the opening titles, Childs Play 2 feels bolder and bigger than its predecessor. The reconstruction of Chucky is shot with such twisted admiration for the character. Director Jon Lafia loves the psychotic plaything and every shot of Chucky in this flick feels iconic. Now that we know Chucky is out in the open, there is no attempt to hide the monster. Instead, Lafia wants to show off the improved effects by Kevin Yagher and his crew. And boy howdy, the effects in Childs Play 2 are dynamite. Every animatronic emotes and the dolls altogether stop feeling like puppets. In the sequel, Chucky is a full-blown character in ways that the original film just couldnt achieve due to technological limitations.

However, Chucky wouldnt be who he is without an all-timer vocal performance from Brad Dourif. Dourif was an enormous part of why Chucky worked so well in Childs Play, and the sequel allows him to go even wilder with the character. He relishes every line with such evil delight, and since the movie isnt hindered by having to play coy with the character, Dourif is allowed to get a lot more time as Chucky. Its this prominence and fun with the character that takes Chucky from being a one-off villain to a true franchise horror movie icon.

Plus, the rest of the cast is more than game for this second outing. Alex Vincent turns in his best performance as Andy in Childs Play 2. Now that he knows Chucky is evil and alive, he has a more tragic role to play and he does it well. And the addition of his new foster sister Kyle, played to perfection by Christine Elise, gives Andy a different dynamic as well. Elise is perfect as the rebellious Kyle, and the relationship she builds with Andy gives the movie a genuine heart. Add to the mix genre stalwarts like Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Beth Grant, and Grace Zabriskie and the small but formidable cast delivers the goods.

But I have to return to the effects and the production polish of Childs Play 2 because they are a high watermark for the franchise and the decade. The climax takes place in a Good Guys factory and its one of the best horror climaxes of the 90s. Chucky is torn apart and mangled in so many gleeful and gory ways and he keeps coming back! Even after Kyle and Andy melt him with molten plastic, hes still kicking! They have to blow him up and oh, how I could watch that explosion on a loop for the rest of my life. Its just [chefs kiss]

Childs Play 2 is a perfect example of what a horror sequel should be. It ups the budget, spends the money in the right places, enhances our fascination with the villain, and delivers everything that made the original work while giving you something more that you didnt expect. Its possible that Childs Play 2 is the best in the entire Chucky series (theres another contender that might make its way to this column), but there is no doubt that Childs Play 2 is a fantastic horror movie and a must-see entry for 90s horror.

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Top 10 movies streaming this week Articles – Southside Times

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The Cabin in the Woods (2011): The debut feature from director Drew Goddard, this movie is a loving tribute to horror movies and their idiosyncrasies. A horror experience that not only provides entertainment but also a very clever allegorical explanation of why audiences seek out and love horrormovies. It is essential viewing if you consider yourself a horror fan. (Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime)First Reformed (2018): One of the greatest ruminations on faith ever brought to film, Paul Schraders First Reformed is a film that rewards patience. Quiet moments of prayer document a troubled priests ailing mind as he battles with the world and his own body decaying around him. (Available on Amazon Prime)Hook (1991): Timeless charm and fun abound in this classic Robin Williams flick about youth and aging. In uncertain times like these, comfort feels a lot like visiting old friends, just like Peter does in Hook. Its a great time worth sharing with the whole family. (Available on Netflix)Kusama: Infinity (2018): Yayoi Kusama is an original in every sense of the word. Both well told and concise, this documentary is a genuinely emotional look into one of the most influential artists of the 21st century. (Available on Hulu)Love and Mercy (2014): Speaking of great movies about influential artists, Bill Polhads Love and Mercy is a biopic about The Beach Boys own Brain Williams. Told both in the 1960s and 1980s, it documents the writing process of his masterpiece, Pet Sounds and his tumultuous relationship with his personal doctor, Dr. Eugene Landy. (Available on Hulu)Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (1998): To many people my age, this direct-to-video Scooby Doo film is a classic of our childhood. Zombie Island picks up the Mystery Inc. story as the gang reunites after splitting up years prior. Both impressively written and animated for a straight-to-video release, Icannot recommend this one enough. (Available on Netflix)Sorry to Bother You (2018): Just moments into this film it becomes very apparent that writer and director, Boots Riley has a lot to say. Riley utilizes clever dialogue, hilarious jokes, and white-hot rage to make himself heard. This one will have you have you in stitches while watching it and yet will haveyou still thinking about it for days afterward. (Available on Hulu)The Spectacular Now (2013): I am a sucker for coming-of-age movies and this onehits all the right notes. It feels like a 1980s John Hughes movie but modernized and elevated to a more artistic level. It is an emotionally complex film thats a great watch for teens and adults alike. (Available on Netflix)Suspiria (1977 & 2018): An inexplicable disappearance leads the way to discovering amysterious secret at the heart of a prestigious dance academy in Germany. It was originally made in 1977 by Dario Argento and then later remade by another Italian director, Luca Guadagnino in 2018. Both films are impressive but are made even more interesting when compared to one another because of how different each directors approach is to the same source material. (Argentos 1977 Suspiria isavailable from Tubi for free and Guadagninos 2018 Suspiria is available from AmazonPrime with a subscription)

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Where to stream Parasite and other Bong Joon-ho movies – Looper

Bong Joon-ho has been a popular director in South Korea for decades, and over the past several years, he's become a name to watch in international territories as well. Years before Parasite, film buffs were familiar with movies like Memories of Murder, but in 2006, The Host put Bong on the map with its international release and plenty of acclaim. The film, which depicts a man's desperate attempts to rescue his kidnapped daughter from a mysterious monster, won over critics and fellow directors alike in fact, Bong's future Oscar rival Quentin Tarantino even listedMemories of mas one of his favorite films of the past 20 years.

Bolstered by this success, Bong's next big project was the 2013 film Snowpiercer, his first foray into English-speaking cinema. With a cast that included Song Kang-ho a frequent Bong collaborator who has appeared in everything from The Host to Parasite as well as popular actors like Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer's story of a train divided into a complex class structure captured audience's imaginations, winning universal acclaim. Years later, it even scored its own television remake, led by Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.

Bong was certainly a well-regarded director by 2019, but by combining his signature commentary on class divides with his intensely dark sense of humor, he finally struck Oscar gold with Parasite, which made history as the first non-English language film to win Best Picture. A bleakly funny and devastating film, Parasite is a crowning achievement for Bong and if you haven't seen it yet, we certainly won't spoil its many twists and turns here.

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The coolest drive-in theaters in America – Looper

The Falconwood Drive-In movie theater is located in Omaha, Nebraska on a wide-open, pristine 26-acre park that encapsulates the beauty of the Midwest. While it calls itself a drive-in, you don't need a car as walk-in patrons are also welcome. Before the sun goes down, enjoy a game of sand volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, or even ride a vintage Ferris wheel. When the stars come out, enjoy one of the latest new releases, or catch a contemporary classic, like Die Hard or the OG The Lion King.

If you show up late and miss out on a parking spot, no worries. Just be sure to bring a blanket so you can watch the movie from the park. Or better yet, pack a tent and spend the night under the stars for an extra $10. There's also the 6,000-square foot lodge and 3,000-square foot patio, which is becoming one of Omaha's most popular spots for weddings and special events. Getting married at a drive-in movie theater? Uh, yeah! Falconwood Park also hosts the Hullabaloo Music Festival every summer, welcoming national touring acts, as well as up-and-coming artists.

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Strangely enough, readers are opting for tales of contagions, isolation, war and zombies, say NH booksellers – The Union Leader

Strangely, in these chaotic times of COVID-19, readers are often turning to dark stories on deadly contagions, isolation, illness and zombies, according to several area booksellers.

The books are all selling. We cant keep Stephen Kings The Stand in stock, says Michael Joachim, general manager of the Toadstool Bookshop in Nashua, of the dark, post-apocalyptic novel about a deadly militarized flu strain.

While customers cant come into their brick and mortar stores right now, several local booksellers are working behind the scenes to keep readers engaged and connected.

Our entire book inventory is online. Were doing phone and online orders, with shipping and curbside service. Our toy/game/puzzle inventory is not online, but were finding ways to share information about those items through social media and by talking to people on the phone, says Michael Hermann, owner of Gibsons Bookstore in Concord.

And often employees are still available by phone and email for personal recommendations.

Weve had a big run on Defoes Journal of the Plague Year and Boccaccios Decameron I mean, by the standards of how those classics usually sell. Chris Bohjalians new novel, The Red Lotus, has been very popular, and it is about (spoiler alert) the plague, Herrmann says.

Tom Holbrook, owner of RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, says customers can call them for home delivery or visit the store online.

If people need recommendations, or are looking for something obscure, I urge them to email us at info@riverrunbookstore.com. Wed be glad to help out, he says.

As for the type of books that are popular right now, that may surprise you. As many in the Granite State remain isolated or quarantined, Holbrook has also noticed a spike in books about isolation or illness.

Remarkably, we have seen a lot of people looking for books on the 1918 flu epidemic, so much so that most of our distributors are now out, but Im sure they will reprint quickly, Holbrook says.

Joachim, who says Toadstool Bookshops (there are also locations in Peterborough and Keene) are busy online.

We special order for free. Customers do not have to prepay for special orders. We also do rare and out-of-print searches, and our Peterborough and Keene stores have large used-book sections, Joachim says.

Joachim said its only partly true that people are seeking out grim end-of-days reading.

As always, there are those with a slightly macabre sense of humor who are jumping in and running with it. I made a display of end-of-the-world apocalypse books, like World War Z, Pandemic, The Silence, The Road, The Dog Stars, Station Eleven, and of course, The Walking Dead, he says Some people get a chuckle. Others are not amused.

For readers simply looking for the most recent releases, book stores have plenty of options.

We had a lot of interest this past week in new novels by N.K. Jemisin (The City We Became) and Emily St. John Mandel (The Glass Hotel). (We also have) new releases from Max Barry (Providence), the late Oliver Sacks (Everything in its Place: First Loves and Last Tales), and Bart Ehrman (Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife), says Herrmann.

Holbrook says the popular Wolf Hall Trilogy is finally complete.

Our most popular new release is The Mirror and the Light, which is book three of the Wolf Hall Trilogy and has been much awaited. The trilogy is historical fiction, and nice and long, so it fits that category as well, Holbrook says.

But mostly, people are continuing to read what theyve always read. Erik Larsons The Splendid and the Vile, which is about (England Prime Minister Winston) Churchill and the (World War II-era) Blitz, has been very popular. But to understand whats happening right now, people are turning to books like Laurie Garretts The Coming Plague and David Quammens Spillover, which were remarkably prescient about our current situation, says Herrmann.

If youre looking for an escape, Holbrook suggests a good whodunnit may do the trick.

I also always recommend detective mysteries to people during stressful times. You would think reading about murder would not be helpful, but really, its the fact that the killer is always caught in the end and order is restored that comforts people. You cant get better than (mystery writer) Louise Penny for a series that is both comforting, intriguing and hopeful. Start with Still Life and read them straight through, he says.

Or maybe youre using this time to take on those big books youve been putting off.

There has also been an uptick in people buying big, long books that they have been meaning to read. Ive had five orders for War and Peace this week seriously, Holbrook says.

He admits that while many are turning to the Internet while in isolation, that interest could change.

Right now, everyone is spending way more time than usual on their screens the news, school, social media to keep in touch. I predict in a week or so people will want to settle down with a paper book for a while to unplug. Well be there to help with that, Holbrook says.

Its clear some are actively seeking out stories about devastating times in human history, whether fact or fiction. But maybe the underlying reason for investing time reading about previous disasters is knowing that the crisis will end, in one way or another.

Unsettling things that happened in the past can be strangely reassuring people got to the other side of them, after all. Its the same logic that makes some kids like to learn about dinosaurs theyre dangerous, scary, and safely in the past, Herrmann says.

I think it has to do with the broader way that reading promotes empathy and understanding, even across generations, he adds.

I think many people turn to read dark fiction or even nonfiction about horrific disasters to feel better about their current situation: It could be a lot worse, Joachim says.

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Zombies mode will reportedly be reintroduced to CoD: Mobile after some improvements – Dot Esports

Activisions vice president of mobile, Chris Plummer, explained the decision to remove Zombies from Call of Duty: Mobile and what the games future holds in an interview with GameSpot yesterday.

Zombies was added to the game in November 2019 before it was removed late last month. TiMi Studios, a subsidiary of Tencent Games under whose partnership the game has been developed, said that the mode was always intended to be around for a limited time. TiMi also added that it wanted to see feedback to shape the mode for the future.

Plummer revealed that the company is working on making improvements to the mode before its reintroduced to the game.

Related: New map, season, and game modes introduced in CoD Mobile community update

Plummer was asked about the possibility of Call of Duty: Mobile adopting a strategy similar to the games console franchise with new games every year, but he said that Activision is focused on the game right now and want to keep it fresh and interesting. While he didnt reject the idea of an annual series for the mobile version of CoD, it seems like that Activision wont be going down that path.

Recently, a 20-vs-20 battle royale mode was added to the game with infinite respawns, similar to Fortnites Team Rumble. Plummer said that the company wants to continue reiterating the battle royale mode to keep it interesting for players.

The game has also adopted a new seasonal strategy with each season lasting a month. This has been done to make it easier for the players to know when the season will begin and end, Plummer revealed.

The fifth season of the game, Steel Legion, kicked off yesterday and will run until the end of the month.

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