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Blog about my life in Belgium as an author and screenwriter. Interests include movies, film festivals, vegan food, restaurants, travel and urbex.
2022-12-01 15:17
This month, I'm participating in the Deck the Halls with Books Holiday Extravaganza book tour. There will be lots of Christmas-themed content for each stop on the tour (such as Christmas rec… Read More
2022-11-24 09:49
From December 2 to 18, I will be part of the jury of Cinemamed (Festival cinéma méditerranéen de Bruxelles). These are the films I will be judging... Alca… Read More
2022-11-17 09:00
Horror film collective Kuru and Ciné Rio invite you to test your film knowledge in the sixth edition of their Krazy Kuru Film Quiz. This year, they have an entire quiz section based o… Read More
Avalon Is Now Available In French
2022-10-17 07:10
Exciting news! My cat book Avalon is now also available in French. If you've already read the original English version, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave an Amazon or Goodreads r… Read More
Film Panel With Director Dick Maas
2022-09-05 18:10
On September 6, at 02:00 pm, I'll be moderating a film panel with Dutch filmmaker Dick Maas, the man behind such cult films as The Lift (1983) and its American remake Down (2001), Amsterdamn… Read More
Broadcast Signal Intrusion
2022-09-02 11:28
On September 3, I'll be giving an introduction to the excellent conspiracy thriller Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021), which will be playing at the BUT Film Festival at 10:00 pm. Broadc… Read More
Ms. 45 And A Gun For Jennifer
2022-08-24 09:46
The BUT FILM FESTIVAL asked me to select two titles for their "revenge movies" retrospective. My picks: Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 aka Angel of Vengeance (1981) and Todd Morris' A Gun For Jennife… Read More
2021-10-05 15:54
I'm participating in the Haunted Halloween Spooktacular Book Tour this month. There will be lots of Halloween-themed content for each stop on the tour, as well as excerpts from my latest boo… Read More
2021-09-01 13:35
This year, the BUT Film Festival in Breda, the Netherlands, is organizing an entire program centered on cinematic evil children. I've chosen several of these titles, which I'll be intro… Read More
2021-08-28 13:15
The Offscreen Film Festival, Belgium's indispensable cult film festival, launches its 14th edition on 8 September. This year's program is structured around a hot topical theme: the climate c… Read More
2021-08-24 09:48
This Friday, I'll be giving introductions to the horror movies Child's Play and Aenigma at the Cinematek in Brussels, Belgium. Child's Play is Tom Holland's follow-up to the horror-com… Read More
2021-08-21 19:42
My latest book, EVIL SEEDS: THE ULTIMATE MOVIE GUIDE TO VILLAINOUS CHILDREN, has just been released in paperback and on Kindle (including Kindle Unlimited). Forty-three film historians and c… Read More
2021-08-18 11:31
I'm thrilled to reveal the cover of my latest book, the film encyclopedia Evil Seeds: The Ultimate Movie Guide to Villainous Children.The cover design is by Gilles Vranckx.What do you t… Read More
2021-08-11 18:29
Together with the Offscreen Film Festival, I've concocted a program around eco-horror and animal attack movies. We came up with a list of more than 30 titles, divided between the Belgian Cin… Read More
The Exorcist III & The Keep
2021-06-24 17:27
This Friday, I'll be giving an introduction to the movies The Exorcist III (1990) and The Keep (1983) at the Cinematek in Brussels. Tickets for The Keep are already sold out. Only a few more… Read More
2020-10-12 15:37
I'll be introducing a double screening of Massacre at Central High (René Daalder, 1976) at the Cinematek in Brussels on October 30, 2020 (7 pm and 9 pm). Massacre at Central High is a… Read More
2020-09-07 12:58
 I wrote a piece on David Cronenberg's Crash for an upcoming limited edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video. You can pre-order it here. The release is scheduled for November 11, 2020 Read More
43 Best Time Travel Movies
2020-02-24 13:00
Messages from the future, precognition, the Butterfly Effect, the Grandfather Paradox, time loops, multiverses, wormholes... There seems no end to the variations on the time-traveling theme… Read More
Offscreen Film Festival 2020
2020-02-17 14:26
This year, I've been once again part of the programming team for the Offscreen Film Festival, which takes place in Brussels between March 4th and March 22nd. My 'babies' for this edition are… Read More
The Love Witch
2020-02-12 17:33
What will you be doing for Valentine's Day? Why not join me for a screening of The Love Witch, which I'll be introducing at Ciné Rio in Ghent? More info:… Read More
A Good Man Is Now Available On DVD
2019-12-10 15:44
Many of you have been asking where you can watch the short film based on my story A Good Man/Un homme bien. It is now featured as an extra on the DVD of the documentary Forgotten S… Read More
Mystics In Bali
2019-10-31 12:37
To celebrate the recent release of my book Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, I was given the opportunity to program a film to be screened at Cinema RITCS in… Read More
Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2019
2019-10-21 11:09
I'm happy to announce that I'm part of the Young Blood jury at Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival this year. Their line-up features several anticipated movies, so check out their program here… Read More
Halloween Book Giveaway
2019-10-18 09:10
Who doesn't want to dive into a good, creepy book this time of the year? With Halloween around the corner, we're giving away ten books, written by the contributors of Strange Blood: 71 Essay… Read More
Night Owl
2019-08-21 11:01
To celebrate the book release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, BUT (B-movies, Underground & Trash) Film Festival in Breda, the Netherlands, asked me… Read More
Movie Night Recipes For Vampire Lovers
2019-05-30 07:13
I'm currently on a book blog tour to celebrate the release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies. Many of these book blogs feature a vampire-themed recipe to a… Read More
Vampire Cocktail Recipe
2019-05-13 04:00
Did you know that in Mexico, there's a spicy cocktail called El Vampiro? It's the ideal drink to celebrate the release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, s… Read More
Five Places To Visit If You Love Vampires
2019-05-06 14:30
To celebrate the book release of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, here are five places to visit if you love vampires:Lost Boys PizzaNot just the name of thi… Read More
Strange Blood | Cover Reveal
2019-02-12 00:56
I'm thrilled to finally reveal the cover for my upcoming book Strange Blood: 70 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies.The cover design is by Gilles Vranckx.What do you think of the… Read More
Top Five Spiritual Documentaries
2018-08-09 11:37
Laura Emily teaches us to appreciate and notice our inner being. In her new book, Embracing Your Divinity, she takes the reader on a journey through her own experiences. Laura teaches us to… Read More
It's Release Day!
2018-03-01 11:30
Clowders is now officially available for purchase. It's in the vein of my first supernatural thriller, Drowned Sorrow. If you liked that one, you'll definitely love Clowders.BlurbClervaux, L… Read More
Caturday Movies - The Uncanny
2018-01-20 20:41
“Cats aren't always cute and cuddly!” states the tagline of the British anthology film The Uncanny (1977). It could as well have been the tagline of Clowders, which is now availa… Read More
126 Best Movies Of All Time
2017-12-20 22:53
Earlier this year, my friend Wim Castermans passed away after a short battle with cancer. Some of you will know him as the skilled programmer of the Offscreen Film Festival and as one of the… Read More
2017-12-18 23:59
I'm thrilled to reveal the cover of my upcoming supernatural thriller, Clowders.The design is once more by Gilles Vranckx, who also created the covers for Avalon, Drowned Sorrow, When Animal… Read More
14 Best French Christmas Movies
2017-12-05 21:41
What are the best Christmas movies made in France?Tired of watching the same ones over and over again? Do you need something different?We heard you.Here's a list of the most popular French C… Read More
Book Tip - Cats On Film By Anne Billson
2017-12-01 09:21
I found the purrfect present for the cat-loving movie fan in your life: Cats on Film by Anne Billson.I first met the author at the Offscreen Film Festival in 2014 when a mutual friend sugges… Read More
Ten Movies To Watch If You Love Flatliners
2017-11-20 15:00
Have you guys seen the 2017 remake of Flatliners yet? Just like the original version from 1990, the story focuses on five medical students who embark on a scary but exciting experiment: they… Read More
16 Best Christmas Horror Movies
2017-11-13 17:39
The time has arrived to start watching Christmas films. Are you bored of the usual fare of romance and comedy? Do you like your Christmas movies with a hint of blood, gore, and terror?Then y… Read More
2017-11-08 18:28
The exhibitions at the Musée Art Ludique in Paris are a must for everyone who enjoys movies and comic books. Its vocation is to pay homage to the artists who entertain us by imagining… Read More
Snapshots From The Sitges Film Festival
2017-10-28 17:24
I just got back from Sitges after spending a week there for the film festival. There were a bunch of daily screenings to attend, but there was still plenty of time to hang out with frie… Read More
Best Movie Couples Of All Time
2017-09-11 06:30
This is a guest post by Kristina Knight, author of Breakup in a Small Town.I am a sucker for a great movie couple – Joan Wilder and Jack T. Colton (Romancing the Stone), Vivien and Ed… Read More
Etrange Festival 2017
2017-09-09 19:41
Have you ever been to Etrange Festival in Paris?This film festival focusing on the bizarre is already celebrating its 23rd birthday. There's only a small bar and not much regarding side acti… Read More
Top 10 Sci-fi Films Since 2000
2017-09-07 07:48
This is a guest post by Patrick Temple Hickey, author of The Nostradamus Code.Arrival (2016)Directed by Denis Villeneuve -- A mind-bending, time-warping adaptation of Ted Chiang’s The… Read More
Caturday Movies - Chatty Catties
2017-09-02 08:02
Have you ever imagined a reality where cats could talk? Wouldn't that be awesome?But what if your cat tells you he doesn't understand what your date sees in you and that you have a drinking… Read More
Can Blockbuster Movies Influence Novels?
2017-08-23 07:18
This is a guest post by Jennifer Chase, author of the novel Dead ColdI love movies. What else can I say? I have always enjoyed all genres of movies—with my preference for the mystery… Read More
Caturday Movies - Kitten Instinct
2017-08-05 05:50
Dinosaur meets cat in Kitten InstinctThis week's Caturday Movie is Kitten Instinct, a Belgian short film about a Tyrannosaurus Rex who dreams about a cute little kitten. The dream usher… Read More
These Lamps Are A Must-have For VHS Fans
2017-07-31 08:53
Do you feel nostalgic when it comes to VHS cassettes? I for one am still fond of these tapes and I have a huge collection I will never get rid of. One look at them brings back instant childh… Read More
Caturday Movies - The Uninvited
2017-07-22 15:46
This week's Caturday Movie is brought to you by Justine Coote from The Overlook Theater and was previously published in the book When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer An… Read More
Filming Locations - Devil's Nightmare
2017-07-17 08:29
Devil's Nightmare is a Belgian/Italian horror movie released in 1971. Directed by Jean Brismée, it tells the story of seven tourists who become lost during a trip in Europe. A strange… Read More
Caturday Movies - Strays
2017-07-08 07:27
This week's Caturday Movie is brought to you by Daniel Alves from The Overlook Theater and was previously published in When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals… Read More
Should You Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming?
2017-07-01 19:40
Do we need a new Spider-Man reboot? Sony and Marvel announced from the beginning they weren't planning on doing another origin story, yet we all expect the typical superhero plot with a myri… Read More
Movie Night Ideas - Best Iced Latte Recipes
2017-06-26 08:48
The flavor combinations with lattes are endless, and it's a fun way to add variety to your summer movie night drinks. These iced lattes are perfect when watching a movie from your balcony or… Read More
2017-06-10 10:44
How excited are you for the seventh season of Game of Thrones? If you're like me, you'll probably watch the show in the company of your friends. If they prepare food and take care of dr… Read More
2017-06-02 08:18
Back in April, I had the chance to have a long chat with Alejandro Amenábar at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF). He's the director of some of the best and sm… Read More
Top Ten Kick-ass Supernatural Heroines
2017-05-26 07:45
This is a guest post by Amanda Jones.We spend a lot of time dreaming about our favorite Hottie Mc-Hot-Hot supernatural heroes (well, I do at any rate!), but what about the kickass heroines… Read More
Movie Night Recipe - Gourmet Popcorn
2017-05-05 06:57
This is a guest post from Katie Cross from The Health and Happiness Cookbook: Fun and Flirty Recipes Inspired by the Health and Happiness Society Series.The Health… Read More
BIFFF 2017 In Pictures
2017-05-02 20:16
My first BIFFF was in 1994 when I was studying at the university in Brussels and I started hosting panel discussions for them a few years later. I can't believe it's been that… Read More
2017-04-28 15:21
I almost missed out on Norbert Keil's twisted movie Replace. I'd been seeing several films in a row already that day at BIFFF, and though Replace was on my list of movies to watch, I wasn't… Read More
4 Movies That Inspired 1000 Cuts
2017-04-18 07:48
To celebrate the French and Belgian release of 1000 Cuts (original French title: Le Serpent Aux Mille Coupures), I invited French director Eric Valette to talk about the movies that inspired… Read More
Interview With Park Chan-wook
2017-04-14 10:25
Ever since Park Chan-wook won the Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for Oldboy, he put South Korea on the cinematographic map for many movie lovers. Loyal fans from all over the wo… Read More
Offscreen Film Festival 2017
2017-04-04 11:44
In March, I spent three weeks at the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels, which is known for its screenings of both old and new cutting edge movies. This year, they put the focus on Czech fa… Read More
BIFFF 2017 Panel Discussions
2017-03-31 07:51
Over the next two weeks, I'll be moderating several panel discussions with filmmakers and actors at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF). These panel discussions are op… Read More
Eight Best Belgian Horror Movies
2017-03-27 07:05
This is a guest post by Steve De Roover.My feature-length documentary Forgotten Scares goes back to the birth of Flemish horror in the '70s and shines a bright light on the future of ho… Read More
Five Best Movies About Self-discovery
2017-03-20 09:21
It's International Day of Happiness! For the occasion, author Natalie Savvides shares her favorite movies on the subject. They each carry the main themes of her book Full Circle; self-discov… Read More
Meet And Greet In Belgium
2017-03-16 16:29
1/ I'm excited to announce that I'll be doing a meet and greet tomorrow evening at the Offscreen film festival in Brussels, Belgium. The event starts at half past six and I'll be signing cop… Read More
Five Movies That Inspired Go For Gold
2017-03-15 13:24
Saturday sees the official premiere of the Belgian movie Go For Gold from Piet Bataillie. The movie is a satire on the world of consultancy and international business, as well as being a ske… Read More
Caturday Movies - Morgiana
2017-03-11 13:00
Wednesday, March 8th. I'm joining Juraj Herz and his wife, Martina, for lunch at Arcady in Brussels. In case you're not familiar with Juraj Herz, he's one of the most noted film directors fr… Read More
My Favorite Robert De Niro Quote
2017-03-07 22:29
This is a guest post by Hilary Grossman.When you think of a women’s fiction / romantic comedy author you’d expect their favorite movies to be in the same genre. But I have always… Read More
Top 5 Movies Set In Paris
2017-02-22 13:08
Strolling through the streets of Paris last month and passing many famous filming locations, I wondered about the top movies set in Paris, especially those that would make any viewer fall in… Read More

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