The 13th Floor

Perchance to Scream! Revisiting FREDDY KRUEGER’S SEVEN SWEETEST DREAMS

THE NIGHTMARES ON ELM STREET: FREDDY KRUEGER’S SEVEN SWEETEST DREAMS paperback promises the reader what they’d likely expect from an original collection of Krueger-centric short stories — death, destruction, and bad dreams. Released in 1991, the same year as FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE, this book doesn’t have any hard and fast rules about the franchise’s timeline, […]

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 […]

Is Natsuo Korino the Most Extreme Voice in Japanese Literature?

In recent years, there has been an archetype-shattering change in Japan’s literary landscape: J-Horror fiction is now a fast-selling and far-reaching phenomenon, and Western readers will undoubtedly be familiar the work of Ryu Murakami (AUDITION), Koji Suzuki (RING) and Hideaki Sena (PARASITE EVE). But perhaps one of the most compellingly grim, subversively extreme voices in […]

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 […]

Films 

Gay Porn and Blue Murder: Making the True-Crime Biopic KING COBRA

The stylishly subversive and hyperkinetic re-imagining of the infamous Brent Corrigan/Bryan Kocis porn murder case KING COBRA (based on the true crime book COBRA KILLER by Anthony E. Stoner & Peter A. Conway) has ushered in a powerful new voice in independent queer cinema by the name of Justin Kelly. It was while conducting hard […]

Films 

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,” […]

Ten New Horror Novels We’re DYING to Read in 2017!

If you are anything like me, you are always on the hunt for the next best horror novel. We all know the genre favorites such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Dean Koontz — but there are just as many other talented horror authors out there you may have never heard about. We’re […]

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 […]

Clive Barker’s THE THIEF OF ALWAYS Nailed Young Adult Horror-Fantasy First

In 1998, J.K. Rowling’s youth novel HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE was first published in America as HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, earnestly kicking off not just a mega-successful book and film franchise (Rowling is said to be worth about a billion dollars these days), but the Young Adult (YA) Fiction trend in earnest. […]

Horror Masterminds S.L. Grey and Blumhouse Books Debut THE APARTMENT

Blumhouse Productions have made their first foray into publishing with Blumhouse Books — a joint venture with publishers Vintage and Anchor Books. With a mandate to “to publish original horror across all formats,” prioritizing scares over “stock shocks,” Blumhouse Books will take the studio’s signature cinematic style and “transfer it to the written word.” They hope […]

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The Other PSYCHO? Will The Real Norman Bates Please Stand Up?

Did you know there was another inspiration for Robert Bloch’s famed PSYCHO killer Norman Bates? While Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein gets the lion’s share of real-life inspiration for the fictional slay-crazed mamma’s boy, Bloch fully admits he wasn’t aware of the full details of Gein’s murderous intent until years later. At the heart of […]

Films 

Dig These Cryptic and Creepy Behind-the-Scenes Images From IT!

Up to now, not much detailed information has been released regarding the upcoming feature-film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel IT, apart from some casting notices — including the recent dramatic reveal of the new Pennywise the Clown, played by Bill Skarsgård. [UPDATE: That image was just a tease compared to what was unveiled today!] […]

Films 

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN: The Scariest Film of the 2000s

Children on TV and in movies all tend to be, rather frustratingly, alike. Mainstream screenwriters — to make a generalization — tend to treat children as objects of innocence, free from the fetters of adult worry, eager to run around and have fun. If a child ever becomes ill, gets into trouble, or find themselves […]