Have you read "The Serpent's Circle" by Patrick Harpur? If not, I have no doubt you would enjoy it, as it's well written, has many themes you are familiar with and does the "something is odd about this village" meme perfectly. For some reason this book is exceedingly obscure, but continues to be available for a song. The most unusual aspect of it is that the "bad guys" are not a group usually painted that way...
Thanks, Caelum, I just ordered a copy from Amazon, sounds right up my street. You can't beat an odd village!
Speaking of The Wicker Man, when I bought the novel sequel, Cowboys for Christ, I also got "Inside the Wicker Man: How Not to Make a Cult Classic", by Allan Brown, all about the making of the film, which promises to be interesting, and has a great collection of photos from the production.
From the back cover:
The story behind The Wicker Man is one of the most notorious black comedies in cinema history. Shot in the depths of a Scottish winter, even though the film was set in spring, and with a smaller budget than the average Carry On picture, its first-time director gathered a cast of florid English character actors, a practising Australian witch, the man who taught mime to David Bowie, a Pole playing a "nymphomaniac librarian" and a Scandinavian bombshell whose voice needed to be redubbed. Tempers flared. Egos clashed. Robin Hardy, director of this "philosophical soft-core Scottish thriller musical" became a pariah, and the film's writer irritated the locals in Dumfries and Galloway by sending a letter claiming pandas and rabbits would be burned during production. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inside-Wicker-M ... 759&sr=8-1
Despite, or perhaps because of it all The Wicker Man has survived to become one of the most revered cult films ever, the intense and eerie tale of a police sergeant lured to a Hebridean island in search of a missing girl. There ensues a cat-and-mouse game between pious Sergeant Howie and charismatic Lord Summerisle, head of a secretive religious community. More relevant than ever in its analysis of the extremes to which faith can drive us, The Wicker Man highlights how permeable the barrier between civilisation and barbarity truly is.
In this comprehensively revised edition, Allan Brown follows the film from its inception to its calamitous Hollywood remake thirty-four years later. For the first time the book features scenes from footage believed lost for ever, the never-before-seen script of Anthony Shaffer's sequel, interviews with cast and crew, and a behind-the-scenes examination of the troubles that have dogged the film from the outset.