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Author Steve Erickson

  • Steve Erickson


    Erickson is the author of ten books, including 2007’s critically acclaimed novel Zeroville. He teaches at CalArts and is editor of Black Clock, the school’s literary journal. Erickson has written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Magazine. The film critic for Los Angeles magazine since 2001, he’s received five city and regional magazine awards. His Web site is


Ruthless City: Steve Erickson on L.A.’s Celluloid Terrain

This town is never so beguiling and deadly as when it’s in front of the camera Read more...

Gloom Service: A Night at the Cecil Hotel, Where Serial Killers and Eerie Deaths Abound

Steve Erickson checks in to the downtown hotel that has witnessed more than its share of death. Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #31: Weekend (1968)

A couple who secretly plot each other’s demise head off in their car to claim an inheritance and instead find, out on the highway, the end of civilization. Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #26: Heat (1995)

Heat prowls a city that has no respect for either interiors or exteriors, where walls are as transient as everything else. Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #21: Blade Runner (1982)

Dismissed by critics and the public it became to movies what The Velvet Underground & Nico was to music. Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #9: Double Indemnity (1944)

Barbara Stanwyck is the golden dominatrix lashing schlub Fred MacMurray—cast over tough guys George Raft and Alan Ladd in a brilliantly counter-intuitive coup—to the service of her homicidal machinations. Read more...

The Essential Movie Library #1: The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974, 1990)

The great American film epic, its first two parts are mostly perfect, and when they aren’t, the whole overwhelms the sum. Read more...

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