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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Here’s Why This is the Scariest Movie Teaser of All Time

You might find this hard to believe, but… when I was a kid, I was too scared to even think about watching a horror movie. Any horror movie. It’s not like I wasn’t morbidly fascinated with monsters and maniacs; it’s an odd quirk of human nature that we tend to become obsessed with the things […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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So… Where are the Women of Literary Horror?

How long has it been since you’ve seen a new horror novel on the shelves of your local bookstore by a female author? What has happened to the best-selling female writers of dark fiction books from 20, 10 or even 5 years ago? Why aren’t there new hardback Anne Rice, Heather Graham Pozzessere or Laurell […]

EXCLUSIVE: Poster Artwork for Ken W. Hanley’s Book THE I IN EVIL!

Ken Hanley, Managing Editor of Fangoria.com, is about to release his monumental new book THE I IN EVIL: ACCEPTING AND EMBRACING THE MONSTER YOU ARE – a kind of self-help guide for the monsters we all know and love. Hanley graciously offered us a first peek at one of the book’s new promotional posters – […]