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The Five Stupidest Things A Fledgling Horror Writer Hears

Aug 12, 2012 5 Comments

Actually, I can’t promise that what follows are the dumbest things you’ll hear as a horror writer, but they’re certainly the dumbest things I’ve heard during my time in our beloved genre.  Generally, when I tell someone I write horror, the response I get is, “Really? So you want to be the next Stephen King?”  […]

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The Brain That Wouldn’t Die and Carnival Of Souls: 50 Years of Terror

Aug 05, 2012 2 Comments

A lot has changed since 1962. During the same year that saw the very first Wal-Mart open, THE HULK # 1 released and the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man introduced, Andy Warhol’s groovy Campbell’s Soup cans unveiled, the Rolling Stones make their debut, Marilyn Monroe die, The Cuban Missile Crisis end and the Vietnam War gaining steam, […]

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25 Years after Near Dark: A Retrospective

Jul 25, 2012 1 Comment

Lots of vampire films have their moment in the sun. But none can cast a shadow like the one left in 1987 by a gem called NEAR DARK, a film that’s been considered a memorable favorite in the eyes of many horror and vampire fans alike. When it came out this movie was briefly mentioned […]

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Deadly Doctors Series Part 2: The Madness of Dr. Sam Loomis

Jul 22, 2012 No Comments

By Sir Doctor Robert Hibbs (I wish it was a real title) Originally this second edition was going to focus on characters who were “doctors by day and monster hunters by night,” and I did a lot of research into potential candidates that met that criteria, but I soon found that there were a lot […]

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Scripts from the Crypt: Horror Anthologies Part 2

Jun 27, 2012 No Comments

Welcome back, fear freaks! I’ve missed you. Is the reverse true? Really? Too bad, you’re stuck with me anyway! Where were we last time? Oh yes, discussing the subject of horror anthologies in film! Let us continue down this gruesome path a bit further now. When last I left you, we had taken a look […]

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Dead Alive Movie Retrospective: Still Gross after 20 Years

May 20, 2012 No Comments

“Some things won’t stay down… even after they’re dead.” This is the tagline for Peter Jackson’s cult classic Dead Alive, one of the most unique horror films ever made and one that is, in this writer’s opinion, widely overlooked by many horror buffs out there. It stands as the odd man out in many ways […]

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Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Leggedy Beasties II: Serial Killer Chic

May 13, 2012 1 Comment

I recently saw, for the first time, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based partially on the life of real world serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. Directed by Jon McNaughton, the film portrays Henry as an itinerant ex-con, rooming with an old prison buddy named Otis and his sister Becky.  We know from […]

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Clerical Terrors: How to Translate a Tome of Eldritch Horror…

Apr 01, 2012 6 Comments

Clerical Terrors: How to Translate a Tome of Eldritch Horror Without Looking Like a Dumb-Ass[1]  Arabic is a nuanced language of great complexity, and mistakes are easy to make for the newcomer.  I learned this the hard way when I asked a pharmacist for insecticide because we had a problem with buffaloes, or told a […]

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Michael Myers: The Ultimate Boogeyman

Mar 11, 2012 3 Comments

It has been 34 years since John Carpenter played that now infamous piano melody in a 5/4 time signature. Who would have ever thought that such a tune would strike fear into so many individuals? John Carpenter? Maybe. If he didn’t, I can’t imagine why he and a few others would have put so much […]

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Scripts from the Crypt: Horror Anthologies Part 1

Mar 04, 2012 No Comments

Greetings, fear fiends! It is certainly true to say that we lovers of the macabre and the morbid are not satisfied with just one scary story…we like them to come in bunches! Hence, the great popularity of horror anthologies, in both printed and film form. As a young medical deviant, most of my exposure to […]

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