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Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan is the writer and sole proprietor of the blog The Kind of Face You Hate. He can be found on Twitter at @faceyouhate.

Articles by Bill Ryan (page 1)

August 7, 2023 7:55 pm

William Friedkin, 1935–2023

The career ups and downs of the director of ‘The French Connection’—plus, what people *still* get wrong about ‘The Exorcist.’
Bill Ryan
June 30, 2023 3:46 pm

Alan Arkin, 1934–2023

A funnyman whose dramatic range turned out to be limitless.
Bill Ryan
May 31, 2023 5:30 am

Cormac McCarthy and the World’s Horrible Unknowability

His new novels deserve to be remembered as the literary event of the last decade.
Bill Ryan
May 22, 2023 5:30 am

Martin Amis, 1949–2023

A craftsman whose abhorrence of cliché helped create greatness.
Bill Ryan
April 14, 2023 5:30 am

‘City of Blows’ Review

Tim Blake Nelson on the ugly business of showbiz.
Bill Ryan
April 7, 2023 5:30 am

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ and the Beginning of the Coens’ End

Art and commerce and Hollywood: the eternal struggle.
Bill Ryan
October 27, 2022 5:30 am

Horror Writer Peter Straub, an Outsider in the Mainstream

His novels are good, but his novellas might be great.
Bill Ryan
October 22, 2022 3:51 pm

Reggie Oliver, Discovered Gem

A modern master of the short horror form.
Bill Ryan
October 13, 2022 5:30 am

The Tricky Terrors of H.P. Lovecraft

A little racist, sometimes a bit dull, but undeniably influential and wholly original.
Bill Ryan
October 6, 2022 5:30 am

Brian Evenson and the Basics of Violence

Literary horror from an excommunicated perspective.
Bill Ryan