Well, the poster sucks. I give the poster a half star! But this is a good film for a cool night with the windows open, and the wind going.
Based on the short story “Pay the Ghost” written by horror author Tim Lebbon (see “About the Short Story”, below) and published in October Dreams*—a Halloween-themed anthology edited by Richard Chizmar and published by Cemetery Dance books in 2000, the film, Pay the Ghost, stars Nicholas Cage in a frightening take on kidnapping, Pagan lore, and witchcraft all with an urban twist that is effective. I was fascinated and even scared here and there. Effects are well done; and even though the plot has been done before in a variety of ways; the supernatural elements work.
So, now that I’ve seen the film, I’m backtracking and starting the story!
Here are some links to info on the film and to the ebook site—where you can read the original short story for only $.99! Lebbon is a great writer, so check it out!
Entertainment Weekly Review:
About the Short Story
Click here to get “Pay the Ghost”, the story by Tim Lebbon:
*Click here to read about the anthology October Dreams ed. by Richard Chizmar & Robert Moorish:
Listen to a Podcast in which Lebbon discusses the story:
Interview with The Story’s Author, Tim Lebbon:
Visit the author’s website, here:
Below, is the Foreword of the 2018 ebook edition and following that is page one of the story…