We Can Hear You Scream: An Overview of SF/Horror Literature

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The fear of the dark, the unknown, the monster standing right behind you ready to tear you limb from limb...is part of the human...

Deconstructing Horror: Moving Pictures, Silent Films – Haunted Houses on the...

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Moving Pictures, Silent Films; Haunted Houses on the Screen Seeing as how Western society is predominantly visual, it stands to reason that we begin with the...

Ora Pro Nobis. The Zombies Are Coming

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Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world on February 11th by announcing his abdication. In related news on your Amazing Stories channel, the zombie apocalypse is coming. Even Snooki agrees! “One day, I know that the world is going to end with zombies.”
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We Accept You, One of Us: The Cultographies Series

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Thanks to the mainstreaming of genre it's no longer disreputable in many parts of academia to declare an interest in and love of genre....

Mini-Review of Felicity Savage’s “Black Wedding”

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It's been so long since I've heard a "new voice" in horror writing that I'd forgotten what it feels like. Felicity Savage's "Black Wedding"...

The Science Fiction Fan’s Bucket List

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I've been fortunate to be able to travel a lot and do many things I've always wanted to do.  Some of my opportunities have...

KIDS N ZOMBIES

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When I was a little kid, three things terrified me. Bugs, Gargoyles, and Zombies. My fear of Gargoyles came from an early 70s movie...

Amazing Stories from Mexico – Book Review: Three Messages and a...

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Three Messages and a Warning - Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic - edited by Eduardo Jimenez Mayo and Chris N. Brown Small Beer...

Welcome to my world….

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I had thought for my first post that I would review a story that I’ve just finished reading, but then I thought to myself...
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The Lost Vamps: Bloodthirsty Flicks that Actually Don’t Suck

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Vampire flicks have been all the rage since Twilight flooded the box office with sticky, coppery crimson in '08, and have proven a solid...

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

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On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....

Top Ten RPG Game Systems of All Time

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Pull the blinds and turn off the phone, it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...
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Genres Get Unstuck, or My New Favorite Literary Magazine

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Prior to the 1991 introduction of SoundScan, record stores self-reported what was moving off their shelves. That system, open to bias and shaky math,...

Supernatural Horror In Literature

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The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for...

Dark History: Bran Mak Morn

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Robert E. Howard, more than anything, wanted to sell to Adventure Magazine. This publication of the Buttrick Co. was considered by many the best...

The Top Ten Roleplaying Games of All Time

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Pull the blinds and turn off the phone; it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...

Unearthed: Possesion (1981)

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Title: Possession (The Night The Screaming Stopped) Release Date: 1981 Director: Andrzej Zulawski Starring: Isabel Adjani, Sam Neill Language: English Many horror fans are filled with despair when flipping...

Dress for the Occasion 2: The Decked-out Heroine

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Previously I blogged about that favourite trope of SF & Fantasy illustration: The Scantily Clad Female. That topic generated a lot of comments, so...

Horrorcast: The Drabblecast

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If you love to start your day with photos of catacombs and bone chandeliers, or listen to ectoplasmic psychodramas while doing your grocery...

What is the Optimal Human Population? Lessons From the Novels of...

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Are there too many people on the planet? Science fiction bears much of the responsibility for spreading this meme, which can be unpleasantly tinged with racism. But now and again a great science fiction author develops a more inspiring and pro-human approach to the population question.

Weird Tales For Winter

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  If you're anything like me, you have long since exhausted the established canon of weird, speculative, and mainstream horror fiction. You've read every...

The Horror of the Asylum

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American Horror Story is an odd show. I missed it’s first run but got hooking on the anthology-format and various timelines. Being British, I often...