THE LAST KNOCK presents: Horror Author Pembroke Sinclair

The Last Knock

Pembroke Sinclair (Jessica Robinson) is an author of horror and the macabre, as well as an independent scholar in academia. We discuss the role of women in slasher films, talk about “final girls”, and look at her YA and adult horror novels from her “Undead” series to the human-dragon hybrids of “Wucaii.”

10 Replies to “THE LAST KNOCK presents: Horror Author Pembroke Sinclair”

  1. Very smart discussion. Great work. I do enjoy the human complexity of horror. Regarding the book Pembroke discussed and disagreed with: it occurs to me that often we try to force meaning from art and popular culture into our own worldviews. Most of the time I just want to enjoy the movie, but I often go back and reflect later on what I saw and what it could possibly mean.

    1. I hear you, Isaac. Whenever we approach writing or art of any kind, we always bring our life experiences to that particular piece of work, whether we’re conscious of it or not, and this can certainly alter our perception.

  2. So interesting to hear what horror films inspired another writer. My gateway drug into horror writing was Barker’s “The Books of Blood.” You done good as a solo interviewer here, Billy C. Side bar: Have you seen the film, “Behind the Mask?”

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Amanda! And yes, I enjoyed BEHIND THE MASK very much! Is BOOK OF BLOOD based on Barker’s novel?

      1. Although there is a film based on “The Books of Blood,” I haven’t seen it. I was only talking about Barker’s kickass book inspiring me to want to write horror.

  3. What’s not to admire about a person who is so passionate about what they love!
    Pembroke and Bill, this was a fascinating show. As you were chatting, I played around at your page on Amazon…very interesting.
    In my unlearned opinion, in horror, those, whether female or male, who spend more than a second contemplating “why” are queued for “Exit, stage left…horrible death,” said Snagglepuss. Those who concentrate on the various layers of “how” seem to survive longer. Regardless of fairness, females in horror all too often are tucked into the why victim pool while male characters go about fighting for basic survival. It’s as simple as hunter vs. gatherer, but naturally, when these roles are reversed, many of us appreciate it.
    The strong female characters in horror who Pembroke and you mentioned are flush with answerring the bell, trying to discover how they can knock the evil slap out. I thirst for these ladies of how like Carol, Ripley, Alice, Sarah, and Selene, to name a few.
    Romance in horror reminds me of eating S’mores in that they are deliciously decadent if plated once every other blood moon, but eating more than two of the super sweety treats will sour your stomach, turning your mouth inside out.
    Entirely interesting and informative show.
    Pembroke Sinclair, I dig your passion.

    1. Ron, as always, your comments fulfill me. I love your remarks about “how” and “why” and they often relate to gender in horror. Excellent insight, my friend. And you’re so right about romance over-doing it in horror. In fact, any of the numerous sub-genres in horror can render one asunder. For instance, I just indulged in three horror/comedies in a row – and that’s enough for two months at least.

      Thank you so much for listening and enjoy!

      1. Bill, my deepest and darkest condolences. Watching three horcoms in a row is never advisable and indicative of borderline insanity.
        Speaking of that, DEADPOOL’S opening and ending credits were even funnier than those of ZOMBEAVERS. Stick around after the zillion names roll at the film’s conclusion for an extra, quite funny ending.
        As your attorney, I advise you to take the blue pill and watch these three movies again in a row; ALIEN, THE SHINNING, and MARTYRS to flush your system of horcom THE TINGLER toxins.

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