Experimental Film

Experimental Film

by Gemma Files


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Fired at almost the same time as her son Clark’s Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, former film critic turned teacher Lois Cairns is caught in a depressive downward spiral, convinced she’s a failure who’s spent half her adult life writing about other people’s dreams without ever seeing any of her own come true. One night Lois attends a program of experimental film and emerges convinced she’s seen something no one else has—a sampled piece of silver nitrate silent film footage whose existence might prove that an eccentric early 20th-century socialite who disappeared under mysterious circumstances was also one of Canada’s first female movie-makers. Though it raises her spirits and revitalizes her creatively, Lois’s headlong quest to discover the truth about Mrs. A. Macalla Whitcomb almost immediately begins to send her much further than she ever wanted to go, revealing increasingly troubling links between her subject’s life and her own. Slowly but surely, the malign influence of Mrs Whitcomb’s muse begins to creep into every aspect of Lois’s life, even placing her son in danger. But how can one increasingly ill and unstable woman possibly hope to defeat a threat that’s half long-lost folklore, half cinematically framed hallucination—an existential nightmare made physical, projected off the screen and into real life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771483490
Publisher: ChiZine Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 216,112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Gemma Files is the winner of the International Horror Guild Award and the Black Quill Award. She has been nominated for the Lambda, the Stoker and the Shirley Jackson Awards.

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Experimental Film 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
typicallydia More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding, like watching experimental film can sometimes be, this book really kept me reading. I fell ill while I was between acts, near the end, and I could not wait to get back to it! This has so many elements I like in a book from realistic and flawed characters, to technical jargon so I can learn something, and is set in my home province. The supernatural elements do not feel tagged on as is sometimes the case where story and reality meet fiction - Files does a terrific and terrifying job crafting both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typically, art pieces with long monologues become tiresome, wearing on your patience until you're skipping every other word-then every other sentence. Experimental Film sometimes buries itself in monologue, in expositions and reflections. However, the protagonist, who provides page upon page of inner dialogue with no breaks, is so refreshing and her tone so enjoyable that you find pleasure in reading how she frames things in her mind. Her humanity is palatable and connecting. The story of her failures and triumphs lend themselves to the horror occurring around her; her descent into a terrible reality is a free fall and she drags you with her. This book is quite the read.