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What Happens on THE LAST HALLOWEEN? This Terrifying Short Might Have the Answer

I don’t need to keep reminding you how we live in truly terrifying times (even though I just said it again), but as lovers of all things scary, we’re faced with a bit of a conundrum here. After all, Halloween is looming large on the horizon (the stores are already starting to stock up, in […]

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The Unsettling Awesomeness of Katherine Dunn’s GEEK LOVE

Freak shows first began to come into the public eye as early as the 16th century, when people with unusual, deformed, or extreme body types would be displayed for royalty as objects of curiosity and medical intrigue. The tradition of the freak show continued to centuries, and they became a staple of traveling circuses, offering […]

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H.P. Lovecraft: Separating the Man from the Monster

The genre of horror has always had a lot of subversive appeal. Much like punk rock and other artistic subcultures, it dwells comfortably outside of the mainstream (save for when it’s co-opted with usually dismal results), and many of those who live and breathe horror value it as a space where society’s faults and biases […]

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Why the Politics of AMERICAN PSYCHO Are Shockingly Relevant Today

Since I choose to actively eschew the word “controversial,” I elect to describe famed 52-year-old novelist Bret Easton Ellis as “confrontational.” Ellis is a direct author who aims to shake readers from their societal complacency by peeling back all the wet, fleshy layers of good decorum to reveal the blackened, hedonistic, selfish heart of a […]

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The Devil’s Member: The Naughty Novelization of WARLOCK

It’s no longer cutting edge to remind you, dear readers, that Steve Miner’s 1989 horror film WARLOCK is an underrated classic. WARLOCK is mentioned so often by horror fans that it should just be considered a well-known horror tentpole by now; just like THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM, or the notion of “DIE HARD-as-a-Christmas-movie,” […]

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10 Graphic Horror Novels So Disgusting You May Never Eat Again

Dedicated to fans of the hardest of hardcore fiction, this list should be considered with respect to all dietary plans in the New Year… or any other year, for that matter. For example, if you’re planning to keep your holiday chow session on a continued loop this year, you should not read any of these […]

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Ten Horror Comics Long Overdue for Big-Screen Adaptations

We don’t need to pull up comic sales figures to know that there are more genre titles in existence today than ever before. That’s a glorious thing, because the medium is perfect for horror. While we’re now frequently seeing comics adapted for both the big and small screen, there are a handful of titles that […]

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There’s a Reward for Escaping “NoEnd House” — But Is It Worth the Risk?

This story, related by a young man named David Williams, might seem on the surface to be a particularly creepy account of one man’s journey through a mysterious and challenging maze… but as you’ll soon learn, he may have been tested on a much deeper and darker level… It began when a troubled college buddy […]

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Revisiting CANDLE COVE: The Scariest Children’s Show of All Time?

I once introduced many of our readers to the eerie world of creepypasta with a brief overview of the most well-known viral tales and legends, and among those entries, I discussed the horrific web legend of CANDLE COVE — a mysterious and disturbing children’s TV show which has since become one of the most widely-shared […]

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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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Queer Horror Novels That Should Be Movies or TV Shows

There are a number of high-concept, cross-genre books that have made the translation from the printed page to film or television over the last few years. While some LGBTQ-interest shows have been critically lauded, like Bryan Fuller’s prequel to Thomas Harris’ pre-existing franchise HANNIBAL, it didn’t become a ratings hit like other adaptations THE WALKING […]

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Five Great American Novels That Need to Become Horror Movies

In a world of prequels, sequels and remakes, the fact remains that there are thousands of original horror novels as yet untouched by Hollywood hands. Since the powers that be seem to neglect reading books, leaving the public to moan about inept remakes, I thought it might be handy if I were to point out […]

From Page to Screen: Author Peter Straub Talks GHOST STORY

Two years before I moved from Michigan to California, I sat on the front porch of a house I shared with my two roommates, Hal Christiansen and Rich DeManincor (a.k.a. “Hal Delrich” of original EVIL DEAD fame), and read what would become my favorite horror novel of all time: Peter Straub’s genre landmark, Ghost Story. It was […]

From Page to Screen: F. Paul Wilson’s THE KEEP

In 1981, F. Paul Wilson released the first of his six-novel “Adversary Cycle,” entitled The Keep. It was an instant classic of horror fiction, playing on the theme of evil vs. evil by pitting Nazi soldiers against an even greater menace. In doing so, he successfully updated H.P. Lovecraft’s ancient gods into a World War II setting. The […]