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He Is Legend: The Legacy of Genre Icon Richard Matheson

There are certain names within the world of classic horror that embody the genre and its essence: Stephen King, John Carpenter,Vincent Price… and of course, author and screenwriter Richard Matheson. Though he passed away in 2013, Matheson’s indelible influence on the genre continues to endure.   Stephen King, Anne Rice, Brian Lumley, Harlan Ellison, Neil […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Writers David Bond & Scott Swan Are Changing the Rules of Horror

The mission of this column is to challenge your definitions of horror film — and even the nature of cinema itself as a transgressive art form. That means not only shining a light on disturbing, challenging productions operating deep beneath the surface of what we consider mainstream [here are six prime examples], but also offering […]

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A Best-Selling Author Recalls a Horrifying Visit From Slenderman

It’s been a while since we last delved into the mythos of the most infamous creepypasta legend — the unearthly, faceless being who goes by many names, including “The Operator,” “The Tall One” and “Der Großmann.” His most common nickname is, of course, Slenderman… and the few who claim to have encountered him and survived […]

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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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Exclusive Premiere: The Surreal Short PERDITION Conjures a Grisly Existential Nightmare

Some short-form horror films serve up concentrated shocks, while others creep inside your head and make you question everything you’ve seen. Writer-director Jake E. Sampson’s moody horror short PERDITION falls into the latter category, and we’re honored to host its online premiere, just in time for Halloween. PERDITION finds desperate protagonist Alan (Dan Heyerman) inexplicably transported […]

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Meet “Oscar” — The Latest in Blood-Drinking Body Horror Tech!

What you’re looking at in these images — that is, if you can bear to look without squirming a little — is not some kind of bionic bird corpse. Actually, that would be easier to handle than what it’s really supposed to be. His creators named him “Oscar,” and he made his internet debut on […]

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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 […]