Archive for February, 2014

Alien: Out of the Shadows Book Review

Feb 27, 2014 2 Comments by

Ellen Ripley is back in Tim Lebbon’s Alien: Out of the Shadows , the first book in a brand new Alien trilogy from Titan Books.  Adding to an established universe of loving/obsessed fans is tricky. The novel has to be successful on multiple levels in order to please the passionate members of its audience, those […]

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Interview with Artist Mary Wright

Feb 25, 2014 No Comments by

The horror genre is a big tent.  It’s dark, entombed in cobwebs and inhabited by all manner of nightmarish entities, but there’s a lot of room.  The people that make their bones creating works of horror—the ones who reside inside the tent—they’re an eclectic bunch.  Dynamic.  Still, a majority of horror creators and their fans […]

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El Enmascarado de Plata: The Films of El Santo

Feb 19, 2014 3 Comments by

Confession time: I used to be obsessed with pro wrestling. Not only did I go to matches (the big ones and the small, indie ones), but I ransacked the arts and crafts stores looking to make the perfect Ultimate Warrior face paint. I even got in the habit of making title belts out of construction […]

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The Sunderland Experiment Movie Review

Feb 16, 2014 No Comments by

I’m stuck, Savage Readers.  On December 7th, I got assigned to review a newly-released independent horror film called The Sunderland Experiment.  I watched it, and I procrastinated.  Oh sure, there were holidays, work, family, a New Year’s hangover to recover from, other writing projects, polar vortices, etc. etc., but the real sticking point wasn’t any […]

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The Music of John Carpenter’s The Fog

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments by

Some have argued that it’s his best film. I’m not entirely convinced myself, but I do believe the film’s soundtrack represents his best work as a composer. The film in question is The Fog, and the maestro behind the tube synthesizers is of course John Carpenter. While Carpenter came to film as a fan of […]

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Edogawa Rampo: Japan’s Poe

Feb 09, 2014 No Comments by

It’s become commonplace to identify Japan with all things weird. From tentacle porn to wearable robotic cat tails for humans, the Land of the Rising Sun has birthed some seriously strange cultural artifacts. Whether or not Japan has always been like this is a question for someone better equipped than I am, but as a […]

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American Horror Story: Coven Season Review

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments by

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Another season, another delirious and delicious entry into the American Horror Story vault.  First, there was a haunted house.  Then there was an asylum of horrors.  Wrapping up season three last week, we were smack-dab in the middle of the only known modern-day Coven in the world. There are many who will […]

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Horror Authors’ Bookshelves: W.D. Gagliani

Feb 02, 2014 No Comments by

From the darkness has curiosity ever reached out and struck you?  Has it caused you to wonder about your favorite genre writers and what’s on their bookshelves?  It’s reached out and struck me.  Do they have some classic pulp detective novels?  What about graphic novel collections?  Maybe the severed head of the poor unfortunate soul […]

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