Ramsey’s Rambles: The Collected Reviews from Video Watchdog by Ramsey Campbell
Hardcover – Electric Dreamhouse – May 2022 – 316 pages
Over nearly thirty years and 184 issues, Video Watchdog Magazinewas among the most respected voices in the world of film criticism. For the last sixty of those issues legendary horror writer Ramsey Campbell lent his voice to its pages in Ramsey’s Rambles a review column that moved from Turkish exploitation movies to the charming fantasies of Studio Ghibli; from cinematic sacred cows to home entertainment roadkill. Through it all Ramsey’s wit, insight and, above all, his ingrained love and understanding of both cinema and storytelling, shone through.
Now, every precious column—plus two written before the magazine ceased publication and printed here for the very first time—has been collected together in one indispensible volume, along with a fascinating new introduction in which Ramsey invokes the cinema of his youth and the beginnings of a lifelong devotion to the projector’s light. This diverse and thrilling journey covers sixty-six films and almost a century of cinema history (from 1919’s The Trail of the Octopus to 2014’s Song of the Sea) and is essential reading both cineastes and the many fans of Ramsey’s revered fiction.