Review: The Lost Film by Stephen Bacon and Mark West

Book Description:

Two new horror novellas from Stephen Bacon and Mark West, both set around the theme of searching for and discovering just why some films should be lost forever.

Stephen Bacon’s “Lantern Rock” asks just why did cult director Theodore Zafon become a recluse, whereas Mark West’s “The Lost Film” ponders who was Roger Sinclair and what exactly is a Monochromatic?

“An impressive, imaginative flight of fancy that hooked from the first page to the final, mind-bending fade-out.” David McGillivray on “The Lost Film”.

Available as a limited edition of 100 signed paperbacks and ebook.

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Two novellas comprise The Lost Film. First up is Stephen Bacon’s Lantern Rock. This is the story of Paul Madigan, an entertainment reporter who receives an invitation to interview horror film director Lionel Rutherford at his home on Lantern Rock. Rutherford went into seclusion after his last film and no one understood why. As Madigan waits for the causeway to clear after an especially bad storm, he meets Ellie, who claims she is a bird watcher and wildlife photographer and wants to travel to Lantern Rock to snap some photos. It soon becomes apparent that Ellie has ulterior motives.

This story was, in a word, spellbinding. It builds very slowly, allowing the reader to get to know the characters and by the time things begin taking a terrifying turn, you find yourself completely and curious as to how everything will play out. The fact that Bacon obviously did his homework while writing the story is very apparent and makes this one a lot of fun with its references to horror film stars and directors or long ago. Lantern Rock is filled with atmosphere without being cliché. Any story dealing with devil worship and black magic gets my seal of approval.

The only bad things I can say about Lantern Rock is that is has quite a few typos and a few formatting issues, something I was not expecting with a story by an author of this caliber. Also, I would have liked to have found out more about Madigan’s fiancé and Ellie’s brother, but that didn’t happen. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this one.

Next up is The Lost Film, written by Mark West. Before I begin, let me say that I am a huge fan of West’s work. Drive is one of my favorite books so when I had the opportunity to read and review The Lost Film, I couldn’t wait.

The Lost Film is similar to Lantern Rock, but very different at the same time. Gabriel Bird is a private investigator hired by Mr. Eve to locate an old film colleague known only as Sinclair. As Bird begins his search, he comes across a film clip from Sinclair’s “magnum opus” and anyone who watches the film begins experiencing headaches and hallucinations, and that’s before things get really ugly. Bird’s investigation takes him into some very dark places.

Like Lantern Rock, I enjoyed this novella, but it had its share of typos and formatting issues and some of the sentences were – awkward. Despite that, I thought this was an original story that left me more than a little creeped out. The ending was a little too abrupt for me since it took so much time to get there, but again, this was far from being a bad read.

Published by Pendragon Press, The Lost Film is limited to 100 signed and numbered paperbacks. You would think that a press would take the time to properly edit a book that had the potential to be so much better than it was, and there is no way I can blame the authors for the typos and other problems The Lost Film had.

If you want a creepy read by two great authors and can see your way around the obvious problems present in the book, pick up a copy of The Lost Film at the Pendragon website.

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