It’s a new week, a new site, and a new Friday Links, so let’s get after it.
- Nev Murray got a very nice gift from author Jason Parent at his Confessions of a Reviewer!!
- Some pastors are concerned about Fox’s upcoming Exorcist television series: “The Bible is abundantly clear about the existence of the demonic realm,” says Carl Gallups, pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, Florida. “Regardless what one believes about the reality of the demonic, it cannot be denied that the world is faced with unmitigated evil staring us in the face every day.'”
- As usual, something very cool crept out of Zombos’ Closet: Monsters, from Wonder Books: “Part of the 7900 Series for Wonder Books, which covered “television personalities/programs or fictional characters” (Wikipedia), this softcover children’s book features abridged versions of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, and Dracula by Walter Gibson (writer of the Shadow pulp magazine) and is illustrated by Dell and Charlton comic book artist Tony Tallarico.”
- Sean Eaton discussed Clark Ashton Smith’s Master of the Asteroid at his brain-expanding, always-fascinating R’lyeh Tribune: “Master of the Asteroid has two narrators, each providing a dramatic contrast with the other: rational detachment in the one and a soul-destroying desperation in the other. The first narrator is a disinterested investigator and space historian. He relates the daunting history of mankind’s early attempts to colonize the solar system—which amounts to a series of gruesome disasters with few survivors.”
- Have you heard of the movie Bloody Indulgent: A Raunchy Vampire Musical? Me neither, but Taliesin Meets the Vampires reviewed it: “Inside Connie is doing her song, when she notices that Todd is now a vampire. The song stops and she eventually changes it to a chant of “Kill the f*cking vampire” aimed at Burt (now in the club). Sid intervenes but Burt attacks him and then there is general mayhem, during which Todd turns Connie.”
- Ghost Hunting Theories told us about the dog-faced tribes of Russia: “In fact, a great deal of Medieval texts carry the theme of there being such dog-headed people who could be gentle if treated gently and turn ruthless and grotesquely angry if incited. Where do these legends from pre-biblical times, the Bible, and even into the Medieval Ages originate from?”
- At The Slaughtered Bird, LastBoneStands reviewed the 2015 movie The Orange Man: “The title and the premise seems like it could make for an original horror comedy that would have just the right amount of cheese to satisfy the “B-movie” fans out there. A group of middle-age men go on a camping trip and run into a disgruntled orange farmer, who just happens to be a serial killer. A disgruntled orange farmer? Yes. A disgruntled orange farmer. It sounded like a great time to me. I figured I’d kick back, have a laugh and watch people get beaten to death with a sack of oranges. Both of these things did happen, however, there was more to this film than that.”
- Die, Monster, Die!, an attempt to bring Lovecraftian themes to film in 1965, was the subject of discussion at Breakfast in the Ruins: ” ‘Die Monster Die!’ is an odd one and no mistake. Not ‘odd’ in a good way necessarily, but it is certainly one of the strangest and most thematically unglued of AIP’s ‘60s horror films – a drifting and uncertain production that quickly loses sight of whatever point it was trying to make and never really regains it, despite some diverting moments of all-out weirdness.”
- Late last year I pointed you to a trailer for a movie called Jeruzalem that looked interesting. The movie itself received a sound thrashing at The Horror Club: “So not only is Jeruzalem a Found Footage flick, which presents its own set of unique problems, but it’s one that felt the need to jump on the “technology appearing on-screen” bandwagon, which does it no favors either.” I’ll still probably see it.
- Ramblings from the Black Lagoon wrote an interesting short story titled The Witch Room: “I’m not the type of man who typically keeps a diary or journal, but I feel that I must put these thoughts down while I still can. In some ways, I’m just trying to have some tangible trace of these events, which seem almost dreamlike when I ponder them for any length of time. No…not dreamlike…nightmarish is more fitting.”
- Reaching back to 1973, Cool Ass Cinema discussed the TV movie A Cold Night’s Death: “This chilling slice of isolation horror is among the best examples of TV terror and, unfortunately, one that is buried in obscurity. Two scientists are alone at a remote polar outpost where space exploratory experiments are conducted on chimps; only there’s something else inside the station with them. The suspense and impending dread mounts as quickly as the piles of snow dumped by a merciless blizzard.”
- Here, I announced the launch of my new site and interviewed RM Huffman, author of Leviathan.
Illustration by Alain Gassner for Stormbringer’s Rogue Mistress supplement.