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The Time Rocker Joan Jett Helped Apprehend a Killer

Any ’90s punk kid worth their weight in black leather likely knows all about the short-lived punk band The Gits. To offer a brief introduction for the unfamiliar, The Gits were formed in Ohio in the mid-1980s, and eventually relocated to Seattle to take advantage of the then-burgeoning early-’90s music scene. This was a time […]

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Spontaneous Human Combustion: The Oddest Way to Die

You’re sitting at home. You’re alone. You’re a lonely older woman who’s been alone most of her life. You’re a little chubby since you got off exercise. Your family doesn’t visit, which may be a good thing, because your tiny trailer wouldn’t fit a guest anyway. Friends don’t visit either, which would only be an […]

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The Strange Ongoing Saga of “Bat Boy” and the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS

For the lovers of the bizarre and the kooky, one couldn’t do much better than The Weekly World News. For those unfortunate enough not to have heard of it, The Weekly World News was the venerable print institution that reliably graced supermarket tabloid shelves starting in 1979, and which remained in print until 2007. It […]

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The Amityville Hoax vs. The Amityville Reality

THE CONJURING 2 is, as of this writing, still playing in theaters and racking up both box-office success and a fair amount of critical praise. If you haven’t seen it, the film is a fictionalized account of real-life demonologists Ed and  Lorraine Warren, and their famed investigation into the authenticity of the well-documented Enfield haunting. The […]

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The Ghastly Tale of Real-Life Cannibal Leonarda Cianciulli

Here’s a piece of free advice for the world’s aspiring serial killers: You gotta have a gimmick. Thanks to a generation of serial killer thrillers (i.e., the decade of films that were released following the success of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), most people tend to think of serial killers as sensational, gimmick-obsessed madmen with […]

Can Your Mind Handle The Terrifying “Music” of :STALAGGH: and :GULAGGH:?

When it comes to horror music, you have a lot to choose from — provided you have a strong stomach. If you have a high tolerance for extremely dark and wholly nihilistic death metal, than you have hundreds and hundreds of bands — most of them from Norway — who eagerly sing about ripping apart […]

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The Beautiful Horror of BEGOTTEN

If you like blood and guts, then many horror movies have you covered. If you like ambient creeps and gore-free dread, then you’re also likely in a good place, as haunted house and ghost movies are still very much in vogue. But if you’re into dark, impenetrable existentialist art horror, you may find yourself in short […]

11 of the Greatest Horror-Themed Rockabilly Songs Ever!

It probably has to do with the uprising of television, but in the mid-to-late 1950s, there was a horror boom in this country. Looking back over the pop literature and rock songs of the day, you’ll find innumerable references to Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the rest of the rogue’s gallery of classic Universal monsters. I […]

Is COWS the Most Disgusting Horror Novel Ever Written?

In the Summer of 1998, when I was living merrily through my largely-broke college milieu, I returned to my high school job as box office wonk at Mann’s Criterion, a now-defunct six-screen movie theater in Santa Monica, CA. This was a job that not only afforded me unlimited free movies (and, yes, that privilege led […]

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12 More Gravesites of Famous Horror Icons

The tourism shall continue. Recently, Blumhouse published an article directing enthused (and respectful) fans of horror to the burial sites of some of the genre’s best-known luminaries. Many of them are interred in Los Angeles, making visits to the City of Angels ripe for horror tourism. Others were cremated and scattered overseas. But seeking out […]

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Here Are 10 More Gravestone Symbols Deciphered!

I assure you that I’m not trying to haul out a painfully usual pun, but cemeteries can be cryptic places. As previously explored on the pages of BLUMHOUSE, there are many, many odd symbols and strange icons inscribed in people’s tombstones. If you belong to a secret society, charity organization, oblique religion or the Illuminati, […]

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The Gravestones of 13 Famous Horror Icons

It’s always a thrill to meet a celebrity or some other personality that you admire. If we have the wherewithal, we can keep our cool, have a casual conversation and perhaps convey how much we admire that person without coming across as a blithering goon. Have we not the wherewithal, well we are so starstruck […]

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The Incredibly Odd Saga of CARRIE: THE MUSICAL

Some of you may have heard the stories. For those of you unfamiliar, let me introduce you to the infamous legend of CARRIE: THE MUSICAL. Stephen King’s 1973 novel CARRIE was, as all good horror fans know, the celebrated author’s clarion call, and it immediately cemented King as a formidable presence in the pop horror […]

The Best Horror Radio Dramas EVER

No genre is better suited to the audio drama form than horror. Horror, of course, often finds its power in what you don’t see. The thought of what might be behind the door is always going to be more terrifying than whatever actually is. A radio drama, which exists only in the ear, allows you […]