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The Savage Amicus: Robert Bloch in the Movies Part Two

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

More than anything else, Robert Bloch’s career is a testament to perseverance. His autobiography, along with the numerous mini-bios and write-ups about him that populate the internet, are testaments to the fact that writers are workers, no exception. And a lesser worker than Bloch would’ve been put off from the film industry long before Great […]

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Butterfly Skin Book Review

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments

Russian literature, or at least the type you might read in college, is known for its intensity and mountains of cerebral ramblings on all things unanswerable. From Dostoevsky to Bulgakov, the best Russian writers don’t deal with miniatures or micro narratives. The Brothers Karamazov somehow manages to tackle both familial relations and the heart of […]

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Straightjackets and Sleepwalkers: Robert Bloch in the Movies Part One

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments

When Robert Bloch came to Hollywood in the early 1960s, he did so as an already accomplished and acclaimed author. In this regard, Bloch was nothing new. Plenty of writers, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner, had chosen a similar career path. But unlike Fitzgerald, who washed out in Hollywood as an alcoholic […]

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First Slashes: THIRTEEN WOMEN and the Dark History of the First Slasher Film

Aug 19, 2014 No Comments

Whenever the term “first” gets bandied about, make sure you have plenty of salt ready. Usually, whenever something is called the “first,” then a million outraged voices come from the woodwork in order to point out that, in actuality, there was something before the “first.” Therefore, when I call Thirteen Women “the first slasher film,” […]

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Devil’s Mile Movie Review

Jul 30, 2014 No Comments

Horror, like a lot of pop culture, comes in waves with different splashes. First there were the German silent films that promoted an Expressionist chiaroscuro of dread, then came the Universal monster films of the 1930s, which combined German-style cinematography with American-born notions of perversity and evil. Of course there were other styles and influences […]

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Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War Book Review

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments

There are many Sherlockians out there right now. Frankly, it’s a Sherlockian world, and the tremendously popular BBC series isn’t showing any signs of letting up. I remember once speaking to an English professor that I respected about how certain writers come in and out of fashion. My case in point at the time was […]

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Axeman Movie Review

Jun 03, 2014 No Comments

It’s late and it’s dark but one walks the streets An axe in his hand, no glint in his eye This mindless machine, he butcher, you meat! Calm and collected, but twisted inside!                          -“Axeman,” Amebix (1985) Axeman is the first modern horror movie that I have seen in quite a while (barring Oculus, which […]

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Sergio Martino’s TORSO: Bearing Traces of Carnal Violence

May 29, 2014 1 Comment

Perugia is an ancient Etruscan city that sits in the heart of the Italian region of Umbria. For most, this central city is synonymous with the University of Perugia, which was founded in 1308 and well over a hundred years before Columbus even had a wet dream about finding a new way to India. Like […]

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Stefan Grabiński: Poland’s Poe

May 13, 2014 No Comments

Hunting after the obscure and arcane has always been a fixture of the horror genre. That’s why Peter Straub’s Mr. X is an apt metaphor for the entire experience of reading horror fiction: we, the readers, look for the mysterious man (or woman) behind the bloody red pen. Often the more we search the more […]

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The Pulp Roots of Scooby-Doo

Apr 20, 2014 1 Comment

It used to be a schoolyard fable that Scooby-Doo began with a stoned conference. The creators, who were too busy smoking weed, did not notice a large dog entering the conference room. After a while, the weed, which must have been laced with LSD or some other hallucinogenic, started to take over and the gathered […]

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