The 13th Floor

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Fear the Real-Life Legend (and Hideous Stench) of the “Skunk Ape!”

In the fetid swamp lands of the Deep South, a stinky Sasquatch-like critter is said to terrorize locals during the dead of night. The mysterious hairy creature who roams the backwoods gives off a stench so foul, so malodorous that the few who have survived its nauseating horror speak in hushed whispers of the furtive […]

Films 

The True Story Behind the Legendary “Lost Ending” of THE SHINING

Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING has one hell of an ending: maniac Jack Torrance’s frozen grimace, followed by the slow push-in on the antique photograph on the Overlook Hotel wall, is one of the most memorable one-two gut-punches in film history. But Kubrick’s original version of the film included another scene inserted between these two iconic […]

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 […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

This Girl’s Little Pink Backpack Held a Terrifying Secret

This week’s creepypasta has been frightening readers for years, first by way of Reddit and 4chan, then making the rounds on Tumblr, Imgur, 9gag, DeviantArt, and countless other social sites. It’s been shared under a few different titles, but nearly every incarnation involves the discovery of a little girl’s lost backpack, which contained a loose illustrated journal describing […]

Films 

Exclusive Interview with CURVE Director Iain Softley

Most horror fans’ first encounter with the work of Iain Softley occurred in 2005 with the moody New Orleans-set paranormal thriller THE SKELETON KEY, in which the director expertly balanced earthy realism with a dreamlike occult netherworld for a film which resonated with genre aficionados and mainstream audiences alike. Softley has finally returned to the […]

Exclusive Interview: Author John Palisano on the Art of Horror and the Horror of Heartbeak

John Palisano may be a new name for many horror readers. But his gradual climb to the literary limelight has been through all the briars and obstructions that life throws in an artist’s way. His short fiction has been nominated three times for the Bram Stoker Award; he’s won the John H. Edmond award for some […]

Meet the Staff: 10 Questions With Blumhouse Writer Stephen Johnson

Our ongoing series of interviews with the Blumhouse crew continues, in which we share our collective passion for all things scary, discuss our personal and career histories in the genre we all know and love, reveal our favorite films, and maybe even share a few spooky stories. Today we sit down for a Q&A with […]

Inkslinger of the Highest Degree: Exclusive Interview With Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Quinn to her friends) is a treasure, and one of finest living American genre authors. I say genre, because we want to claim her as our own. The truth is, she has written in almost every genre that exists. If I was able to speak about her achievements, there would be little left […]

Meet the Staff: 10 Questions With Blumhouse Writer John Squires

Our ongoing series of interviews with the Blumhouse crew continues, in which we share our collective passion for all things scary, discuss our personal and career histories in the genre we all know and love, reveal our favorite films, and maybe even share a few spooky stories. Today we sit down for a Q&A with […]

Exclusive Interview: Vincent Price’s Daughter Victoria Shares Her Father’s Gift

Fifty years ago, horror legend Vincent Price and his wife Mary wrote A Treasury of Great Recipes, a book that would eventually become one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. This long out-of-print tome was republished this year by Dover, with a foreword by celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck and a new introduction by their daughter, […]

Meet the Staff: 10 Questions with Blumhouse Writer William Bibbiani

Our ongoing series of interviews with the Blumhouse crew continues, in which we share our collective passion for all things scary, discuss our personal and career histories in the genre we all know and love, reveal our favorite films, and maybe even share a few spooky stories. Today we sit down for a Q&A with […]

“Help! My Life Coach is a Scream Queen!” An Interview With Brooke Lewis

When the economy took a downturn and the film industry was grinding to a halt, actress Brooke Lewis took the opportunity to improve herself: she went back to school and earned her certifications as a life coach. Her lifelong desire to help young girls navigate the tough years of puberty was being realized. Since that […]

Real Life Scares 

The Horrifying Mystery of Charlie Noonan’s Last Photograph

As with every creepypasta cited here, I make no claims regarding the validity of my sources… but if you feel compelled to follow up with your own research, just be damn sure you know what you’re doing. This story — and the nightmarish photo that accompanies it — involves a man by the name of […]