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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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TV Horror at its Best: Are You Ready for Boris Karloff’s THRILLER?

Sep 18, 2014 1 Comment

They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to! That’s usually the battle cry of every crusty old crab such as myself when it comes to popular entertainment, resulting in a flurry of rolling eyes and groans from kids of the digital generation. Well, keep groaning, kiddies, because yes, horror and suspense today is inferior […]

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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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Ravenous Monster’s Spreading the Plague Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Aug 26, 2014 2 Comments

Today, Titan Books unleashed Plague World: An Ashley Parker Novel, the third book in author Dana Fredsti’s rollercoaster ride of a zombie trilogy.  Earlier this year, Ravenous Monster offered fans and fellow zombie enthusiasts the chance to submit a piece of original zombie-centric flash fiction to be evaluated by our esteemed panel of judges with […]

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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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Zombie Individuation: A Jungian Look at 28 Days Later

Jun 17, 2014 1 Comment

Zombie films, from their very inception, have been the receptacle of the shadow of the western culture. The first zombie film, White Zombie, shows a zombie woman who plays into the original idea of the voudou zombie. In the vodoun tradition, this is a person whose gros-bon-ange, akin to a soul, has been taken from […]

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Ghoulies & Ghosties & Long-Leggedy Beasties IX: When Animals Maul, Chew, Drown, and Death-Roll

Jun 01, 2014 No Comments

With my deadline approaching on silent, dark wings, I’m sitting here with no idea how to start writing on nature run amok.[1]  I think the Editor-in-Chief technically wanted this column yesterday, but there was enough implied wiggle-room that if I get it to him in the next three hours or so things should be okay.  […]

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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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H.R. Giger: A Eulogy

May 15, 2014 2 Comments

All our legends die.  One day, Savage Readers, we’ll sign on to Facebook and find out that Stephen King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, and John Carpenter are crafted of the same mortal maggot-meat we all are.  On May 12th, Swiss artist Hans Rudolf Giger died after suffering a fall.  For an artist who so brilliantly […]

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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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