Retro TV Files
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The House Between
Conversations with Geeks
Interviews with John
Horror Films of the 1980s
The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia
Music on Film: This is Spinal Tap (2010)
John launches his own web-TV series, the science-fiction/horror drama, the award-nominated
The House Between.
Above: Four of John's critically acclaimed early books from McFarland: A History and Critical Analysis of Blake's 7, An Analytical Guide to TV's Battlestar Galactica, Exploring Space:1999 and The Films of John Carpenter.
Welcome to the official home page of writer John Kenneth Muir, the award-winning author of 22 reference books and guides to popular film and TV series in the sci-fi, comedy and horror genres. John is also the creative force behind the celebrated and the popular media blog (updated daily), Reflections on Film and Television, which includes "Retro Toy Thursdays," "Cult TV Friday Flashbacks," "Cult Movie Blogging" and "Star Wars Blogging" among other features.
John's recent hits in print include: An Askew View: The Films of Kevin Smith, (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, 2002) a companion to the cinema of the Generation X director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Passion of the Clerks; The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi (Applause; 2004) and Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest & Company (Applause; 2004).
Critics have called John's various books "meticulous," "well-researched and written," and also "impressive." Videoscope wrote that John is a "veteran scribe." Comic Buyer's Guide described the author as "an accomplished film journalist," and in 2003, Classic Images opined that Muir's "book choices" are both "smart and appreciative."
Rue Morgue magazine enthused in 2004 that Muir "continues to prove himself as one of horror film's more gifted and passionate commentators," while Diabolical Dominion tagged him as a "noted genre enthusiast and chronicler." The Midwest Book Review describes John as a "film expert" while Japan's Daily Yomiuri dubbed him "a walking film encyclopedia." In early 2006, The Washington Post described John as a "prolific chronicler of popular culture."
John has appeared on television on The Sci-Fi Channel, The E! True Hollywood Story and twice on TVOntario's Saturday Night at the Movies. He has been a guest on the nationally syndicated radio program, The Mitch Albom Show and on Bloomberg Radio's "On The Weekend" co-hosted by Joe "The King of Nostalgia" Franklin and Wes Richards. In 2010, John appears in the award-nominated Horror film documentary from writer/producer Joseph Maddrey, "Nightmares in Red, White and Blue."
Explore these pages to read critical assessments of John's work; catch up on his latest career news, visit his popular blog, access an archive of his monthly Deep Outside and Far Sector columns, check out his Retro TV Files (on everything from The Electric Company to One Step Beyond) or read his biography. You can order John's books at his book store, and if you have a question for the author, fire it off here!
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John's study of Indian auteur, Mira Nair, director of Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding and Vanity Fair. The book features interviews with Naveen Andrews, Gena Rowlands, Roshan Seth, Sooni Taraporevala and much more.
John's popular and well-reviewed book An Analytical Guide to One Step Beyond now in softcover, courtesy of McFarland.