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By Rod Labbe On Feb 3 2014, 8:38 am
I was born in the early 1950s and grew up on a steady diet of vintage horror.
Vincent Price and Boris Karloff were my idols; American International Pictures entertained me with outlandish tales about saucer men and beasts with millions of googly eyes; Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Barbara Shelley swung the horror hammer “across the pond,” and Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock hosted television shows that burned out dozens of hallway night lights.
My older sister, Sue, introduced me to “scary movies” in 1957. At age five, I saw From Hell it Came, one terrorific tale about an ambulatory monster tree (called a Tabonga) that carried away screaming females. The ineffectual heroes dispatched the “Tabonga” with a bullet, but by then, I’d already learned a very important lesson: other-worldly monsters liked human women, and other-worldly monsters made human women scream and swoon. A lot. Read more…
By Dan Merhar On Dec 17 2013, 10:34 am
Author Brian Pinkerton will be interviewed on WYCC PBS TV Chicago (Channel 20) on December 31 as part of the station’s Mystery Marathon and fundraising drive. Brian will be featured in three segments broadcast throughout the day, talking about writing and his Samhain novel Killer’s Diary. As part of WYCC’s year-end fundraising drive, donors will be placed into a raffle for one of 15 signed copies of Killer’s Diary.
By Eric.Red On Dec 9 2013, 12:55 pm
The first time I experienced horror in a western was an 1968 film called THE STALKING MOON with Gregory Peck, about a murderous lone Apache stalking a cowboy protecting the Indian’s runaway wife and son. Maybe you’ve seen it on late night TV. The “monster “was kept off-screen for much of the film, shown only in glimpses or revealed by the bloody aftermath of his savage attacks, which made him much more terrifying–a technique that was used effectively in JAWS and ALIEN years later, so this film was way ahead of its time. The mix of western and horror in the flick felt like a good fit to me as a kid, making a lasting impression. Read more…
By Brian Moreland On Dec 3 2013, 11:45 am
People often ask me why I’ve set two of my novels in Canada while I live in down south in Texas. I guess the simple answer is I love the remote wilderness and Canada has plenty of it. It is also rich with Native American legends about mysterious creatures that inhabit those woods. My first Samhain novel Dead of Winter is set in Ontario and builds an epic mystery around the Wendigo legend.
My new novel The Devil’s Woods is set in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. In the novel, there’s an ancient forest that exists at the back of a Cree Indian reservation that is completely unknown to most of the world. But the Cree people have feared it for centuries. They call it Macâya Forest. Animals stay clear of it too. The townspeople of a nearby logging town called Hagen’s Cove know that those woods are responsible for the countless people who have been disappearing around those parts since the 1800s.
By David.Bernstein On Nov 14 2013, 11:54 am
How is the state of horror? Some might say it’s great. Look at the most recent film releases: The Conjuring, Insidious 2 and the Carrie Remake. Number 1 films of the week. They made millions of dollars. How about when it comes to literature? Stephen King. Dean Koontz. Both are bestsellers, but then it’s all crime fiction/thriller and everything but horror. Why when it comes to literature are so many people afraid of the horror genre? You mention the word, and people cringe, shake their heads and say they don’t like reading horror. It’s too scary, or violent. And I say, really?
I work in a restaurant, and everyday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm the nightly news is on the TV. Almost every story is a horror story—women getting raped, fires burning down houses, hit and runs, vehicular accidents, stabbings, road rage, shootings, robberies, etc. The list goes on and on, yet people sit with their eyes glued to the TV. This happens all over the world. Mention reading horror, and people shy away. Read more…
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