- Zombos’ Closet of Horror burst forth and vomited out Monster Times Issue 19 from February 1973.
- Sean Eaton brought us Schneider’s theory of Hyperconstriction and Hyperexpansion at his amazingly readable R’lyeh Tribune: “The characteristics of the hyperconstricted mode include confinement, claustrophobia, diminishing life force, descent, retreat, and isolation. Hyperconstriction directs one toward the grave—or toward the womb. Taken to an extreme, it leads toward the experience of obliteration.”
- Ginger Nuts of Horror interviewed SFX wizard Rebecca Hall: “I have always loved films ever since I can remember. I have wanted to be involved in making film. I was always arty at school always drawing faces and as I got older I started to appreciate make up and the changes it could make to your appearance so the two kind of fell together for me. I have always enjoyed horror films and thought that they always looked like the most fun to do !! As I was learning make Up I sort of discovered that I was better at the FX so from there really.”
- Sharon Day talked about her book Growing up With Ghosts at Ghost Hunting Theories: “It all began in 1963 when my family moved into an estate in Fairfax, Virginia. Aspen Grove was built in the mid 1700s as a fort against Indians. In the 1800s, it was taken over by the North to be used as a field hospital and during the war, wrestled back as the same thing for the South. Both sides of the war agonized and died in that home. In fact, the wood floors were still stained with their blood, and the earth littered with bullets, guns, bayonets and the like.”
- Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter (I’ve never heard of such a thing until now) was murdered by her boyfriend, who shouted some bizarre things as he committed the brutal crime: “The perpetrator, identified by the New York Post as an ex-boyfriend, screamed “Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!” as he stabbed E’Dena Hines, 33, whose grandmother was Freeman’s first wife.”
- It was all Duncan Bradshaw all the time at Nev Murray’s Confessions of a Reviewer!! this week: “Right where do I start with this one? As I said previously I have discovered a new found love of zombie books, if they have something different. After agreeing to review this one I discovered it had a comedy element to it. Straight away my alarm bells go off. I like a certain amount of wit and humour in my books (the darker the better) but a comedy zombie book? Hmmm.”
- John Kenneth Muir deconstructed 2010: The Year We Make Contact: “If Kubrick’s film took a big step back from the characters and attempted to observe the long arc of man’s development with a sense of cerebral detachment, Hyams’ film instead examines man at this juncture with passionate, colorful, up-close strokes. When considered in such terms, 2010: The Year We Make Contact might be viewed as a pretty strong and, yes, wholly valid complement to Kubrick’s film. It is both a faithful continuation of the franchise’s overall narrative, and at the same time an apparent commentary on the visionary world envisioned by Kubrick.”
- Here, I reviewed the movie The Conjuring and Paul M. Feeney’s novella The Last Bus. For those inclined to the political, I wrote a piece about conservative writers and Facebook at Liberty Island.
I was honored to write a blurb for the book, and Ginger Nuts of Horror has published an extract from it available nowhere else online.
“Adam Howe’s Gator Bait is a steamy, disquieting piece of bayou noir that you can’t help but eat all in one sitting. It won’t settle your stomach, but it will stay with you long after you’ve digested it.”
Click the link, read the blurb and extract, and buy the novella. At $0.99, it’s a steal!
At Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror, I reviewed Alan Rodgers’s novel Fire:
“It’s got Biblical apocalypse, nuclear bombs, and a weird, somehow benign Beast of Revelation with magical abilities.”
The novel was originally published in 1990. Does it still hold up? Click to find out!
At Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror, I reviewed the graphic novel Bloodfellas. Jasper Bark wrote the script, Mick Trimble did the drawing, and Aljoša Tomić colored it.
At Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror, I reviewed Alessandro Manzetti’s poetry collection Eden Underground:
“His poetry runs the gamut from surreal meditations on the nature of Heaven to straight horror, with stops to a nightmare Eden in between.”
This is the first poetry analysis I’ve done in about twenty years. Does it pass muster? More importantly, does the book pass muster? Click to find out!
It’s Friday, so let’s hit the links:
- If you do nothing else this week, check out the lobby card from Cat-Women of the Moon that Zombos’ Closet unearthed.
- Quachil Uttaus was the subject of a recent piece at Sean Eaton’s always-brilliant R’lyeh Tribune: “In this context, The Treader of the Dust is both eerie and sad, ably capturing the author’s state of mind at this point in his life. More a nightmarish prose poem than a story, it seems to personify—in the entity called Quachil Uttaus—the relentless and inescapable approach of aging, deterioration and death.”
- Ben Daniels of Terrorphoria fame went outside the site to tell us about two of his favorite horror films: “When someone asks me to name my favorite horror film, Texas Chainsaw Massacre always tops the list. Director Tobe Hooper’s magnum opus, TCM helped to define the genre and move it into new, frightening places. Based loosely on the true life crimes of serial killer Ed Gein, it recounts the story of five unlucky youngsters travelling to visit a gravesite in rural Texas who encounter a psychotic family. Everything about this movie is unnerving and designed to shock and challenge its audience. The majority of events take place in broad daylight, which is far more frightening than classic “bump in the night” horror because it removes the illusion of daytime being a safe place.”
- At Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror, Kit Power and Jim interviewed musician Ginger Wildheart: “A great movie makes me rejoice that the genre is still alive, much like rock music. A lot of heavy music these days sounds like CGI horror to me. Shit, it IS CGI with everything tuned and tightened by Pro Tools. If I hear honest, slightly out of tune but righteous-as-fuck rock music it makes me feel like a kid again, when bands used to play with a true love and artistry for the style. Horror is no different. I feel like the future is in the hands of experts when I see great new directors refusing to dilute quality for a new, younger, more mainstream audience.”
- Taliesin Meets the Vampires reviewed the film Story of My Death: “The first part of the film concentrates on Casanova as he rattles around a mansion, amusing himself with his servant Pompeu (Lluís Serrat). With a delivery that might be said to be lackadaisical, Altaió’s performance is good but he is never asked to engage or challenge the audience. Casanova amuses himself with bodily functions – finding bowel movements especially amusing. We, as the audience, are almost duped into a trance like stupor that causes us to less engage and more become wrapped in the unfolding production.”
- Nev Murray spent the week on a Christina Bergling kick, starting with an interview at his Confessions of a Reviewer!!: “Story ideas always just hit me. Either remembering some dream or just a wayward thought. Then the narrative will just start pouring over my mind, and I better just hope I have a writing implement nearby. I usually sleep with a notebook nearby when I’m sleeping. Many scenes have been scribbled in the dark, and if I’m lucky, I can decode them in the morning. Then I try to sit down and put out at least a thousand words on it a night, after the kids are in bed.”
- Ghost Hunting Theories brought us weird things in the Arizona mountains: “Sedona Vortexes: This magical red-rocked land has 4 vortexes or supposed energy areas where leylines converge and the earth creates healing energy. I admit to visiting them and they absolutely do have something to them. As well, many believe that there suspicious underground bases in Sedona. The Airport Mountain has a vortex where it is said that earth energies converge and create an amazing and healing power.”
- John Kenneth Muir was all Rocketeer, all the time this week: “Why do fans prefer modern superheroes over ones operating in the past? Perhaps it is because the superhero template is — broadly — similar to the Western format, only with some technological upgrades. Substitute a cool car like the Batmobile for Silver, and a man in a cape for a cowboy in a ten gallon hat, and one can detect how alike the genres truly are. In both brands of stories, singular men (or sometimes women) tackle corruption and evil, and then, largely, go on their way…until needed again.”
- Here, I pointed you to a review I wrote of Drew Foote’s Angels to Ashes, and wrote about pooping during the Zombie Apocalypse.