The Ritual of Illusion

A sinister love letter to the movies, acclaimed author Richard Christian Matheson s The Ritual Of Illusion is a novella of modern fear about where stars truly come from Oscar winning film siren, Sephanie Va, meteors to iconic fame but like cinema itself, nothing is as it appears The fifty witnesses to her mythic ascent and bizarre fate are film royalty maA sinister love letter to the movies, acclaimed author Richard Christian Matheson s The Ritual Of Illusion is a novella of modern fear about where stars truly come from Oscar winning film siren, Sephanie Va, meteors to iconic fame but like cinema itself, nothing is as it appears The fifty witnesses to her mythic ascent and bizarre fate are film royalty many based on Hollywood glitterati directors, stars, agents, studio heads, screenwriters, lovers, producers Widescreen with lies and revelation, Va s story is told Rashomon style with dialogue alone each hypnotic character adding poignant or lurid details to the shocking truth of what she really is Matheson s insider s voice is a scathing x ray that leaves them bloodied, awaiting their close up.
The Ritual of Illusion A sinister love letter to the movies acclaimed author Richard Christian Matheson s The Ritual Of Illusion is a novella of modern fear about where stars truly come from Oscar winning film siren Sepha

  • Title: The Ritual of Illusion
  • Author: Richard Christian Matheson
  • ISBN: 9781848633193
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Blew me off the planet: In “The Ritual Of Illusion,” Richard Christian Matheson sets the reader seemingly adrift on a swift-moving river of greed and gold, graft and glory. It is a river to nowhere. A river of no return. A river rushing to the tortured Hollywood Heart Of Darkness. With a touch of Hollywood black magic we become the newsreel reporter - Jerry Thompson in Citizen Kane - tasked to ferret out the unspeakable secret of a macabre “Rosebud.” The secret is actress Stephanie Vamor [...]

    2. I bought the hardcover from PS Publishing as it looked interesting.The Ritual of Illusion is about a new young and beautiful film star who suddenly disappears, and as the story is told it becomes apparent that the circumstances are more sinister than they appear. The story's told in the format of comments/interview from others in the film industry (Hollywood), which works really well as it lends authenticity.Overall a very effective story, with a nice supernatural twist, and it's also a biting s [...]

    3. This novella has an unusual format, being in the form of fragmented interviews about a film star who has recently disappeared in mysterious circumstances, following a brief, but stellar career.The story certainly makes the reader work to tease out the truth behind the disappearance (and presumed death) of Sephanie Vamore, as you try and untangle the distorted and sometimes contradictory evidence provided by Hollywood people, all with their own axe to grind. And how does Vamore's life tie in to a [...]

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