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Goosebumps: A Loving Retrospective

Nov 03, 2015 2 Comments

“I feel happy to terrify kids.” – R.L Stine From 1992 to 1997, R.L. Stine spooked children across the globe with sixty-two books. Not only were the stories deliciously devious, but the book cover art provided by Tim Jacobus was equally unnerving and the titles were just – mwwwauh!—perfecto.  350 million copies later and Goosebumps […]

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Wes Craven and Me: A Eulogy from Generation-X

Aug 31, 2015 2 Comments

Prolific filmmaker and horror legend Wes Craven passed away from brain cancer on August 30th, 2015—what was yesterday as I type these words. I had no idea he was sick so his death comes as quite a shock. The malevolent “C-Word” snatches another one from our midst and leaves a hole in horror cinema that’s […]

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The Homespun Horror of Lee Brown Coye

Aug 27, 2015 2 Comments

Scrawny and thin, my dead come in But looks are soon forgotten I fill the hollows in their cheeks With little wads of cotton I set their hair a’waving fair And pull their eyelids down And like a sculptor ply my art To banish scowl and frown For death is brief and so is grief […]

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The Sons of Zaroff: The Most Dangerous Game and Real Murder

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments

When something bad happens, and when the perpetrator or perpetrators show the obvious signs of influence from popular culture, the question usually comes up. In this case, it’s always THE QUESTION: does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? It’s rhetorical, of course. The relationship between art and life is akin to the bond […]

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Fear the Walking Dead and the State of Modern Zombies

Aug 06, 2015 No Comments

As a dedicated fan of The Walking Dead, it’s hard not to be excited about the spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead premiering at the end of August. It’s strange to think that audiences started with a cop getting shot during a car chase and now have a complex mythology surrounding walkers, the monsters that […]

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Remembering Sir Christopher Lee

Jun 30, 2015 6 Comments

Christopher Lee passed away on June 7, 2015 after hospitalization for respiratory problems and heart failure.  The news of his passing was not made world-wide until June 11, only after his wife of 54 years was able to reach all family and friends with the news first. Sir Christopher Lee once kindly said to an […]

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The Rise and Fall of Lionel Atwill

May 05, 2015 6 Comments

“One side of my face is gentle and kind, incapable of anything but love of my fellow man. The other side, the other profile, is cruel and predatory and evil, incapable of anything but the lusts and dark passions. It all depends on which side of my face is turned toward you—or the camera. It […]

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Justifying the Stupid: My Weird Feelings for Howling II

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf. Or if you prefer, Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch. Either way you’re getting a sequel with a declarative sentence. The first is accurate. Ben White’s sister is a werewolf in Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, and in fact they’re plenty of other werewolves and many […]

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Gates of Hell Part III: Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery

Jan 29, 2015 1 Comment

By this point, I hope you know the deal. 1981’s The House By the Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero), which features in the opening of the video for the band Entombed’s “Left Hand Path,” is, to quote a Time Out magazine review, “cut-price spaghetti gore cooked up from the not exactly brand-new narrative premise […]

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The Only Thing We Can Do About Lovecraft, Racism, and the World Fantasy Award Statue

Jan 15, 2015 18 Comments

That David Duke-worthy ass-canker was written by my favorite author, the same man who revealed to me the mysteries of dreaming Cthulhu, the machinations of the Fungi from Yuggoth, the unholy prophecies of the Necronomicon, the ravenous and unidentifiable “colour” out of space. He changed my world irrevocably.

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