We could go on and on about election returns in New Hampshire, but we won’t. Instead let’s look back at what happened in the world of horror, of the bizarre and unusual:
- Monster Brains brought us The Torments of Hell with an image that demands your attention. SFW, probably.
- This week it’s been all David Dubrow all the time at Nev Murray’s Confessions of a Reviewer!!. In Part One of the interview, we talked a bit about me in general, and in Part Two we discussed my writing and I underwent the dreaded Ten Confessions. The feature ended with his review of my newest novel, The Nephilim and the False Prophet. I can’t begin to thank Mr. Murray enough for his kind words, his encouragement, and his allowing me to take up so much space on his site, where far more successful and skilled writers have been featured. I’m both honored and humbled.
- Fans of 1980’s sitcoms will get a kick out of House of Self-Indulgence‘s analysis of the 1989 movie Hellgate: “I didn’t have my stopwatch handy, but I’d say Ron Palillo, Arnold Horshack from TV’s Welcome Back Kotter, is naked for at least three minutes. And get this, he’s naked in a manner I’ve never seen anyone naked before.”
- Have you ever heard of the 1939 Bela Lugosi film The Gorilla? Even if you have, you must click over to Zombos’ Closet to see some very lively print material from it.
- Aleteia interviewed Dr. Paul Thigpen, author of Saints Who Battled Satan: “What do you think is the best way to convince someone that Satan exists and is operative? When speaking with secular people, I would have them consider first the accumulated evidence of confirming testimony. Throughout history, people of vastly different cultures around the globe have affirmed the reality of evil spirits — even when they have disagreed about most other spiritual realities.”
- At his always-incisive R’lyeh Tribune, Sean Eaton began a series on cellar dwellers: “A basement, or cellar for some of you easterners, figures in David H. Keller’s helpfully titled The Thing in the Cellar (1932). The story first appeared in Weird Tales alongside Clark Ashton Smith’s The Planet of the Dead and The Last Day, a poem by Robert E. Howard, among other offerings. Keller was a psychiatrist who later turned to writing horror fiction, for which the earlier occupation provided excellent training. The Thing in the Cellar is essentially a clinical case study in how not to manage childhood fears of the darkness beneath the stairs. One wonders whether he drew inspiration from one of the files in his office.”
- The Blue Took reviewed the short film Nasty at The Slaughtered Bird: “It’s 1982 and 12-year old Doug’s father has mysteriously disappeared. Searching for clues to his whereabouts, our young protagonist is drawn into the grainy, vivid world of VHS horror. The lucky little devil. Not only because I can put myself firmly into his shite 80’s shoes and know frame for frame what pre-digital delights await him, but also because the gritty, pounding realm director Prano Bailey-Bond recreates may be more incredible than the real thing.”
- Gearing up for the 2016 season of Twin Peaks, Breakfast in the Ruins looked back at the first two seasons: “If we examine the series in terms of its most basic conflicts in fact, we find a universe that is closer in essence to the romantic fantasy of something like ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ that it is to the morally ambiguous, reality-based fiction that it at first appears to be, in spite of the myriad complications that are thrown in to put us off the scent.”
- Random Reviews randomly reviewed the 1972 giallo movie The Red Queen Kills Seven Times: “It seems like centuries ago, but when I first caught wind of 1972’s The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, I wanted to watch and review it immediately. It looked too rad to be real. Clearly, I wasn’t able to see it that very second. There were false starts in profusion. Everything from disappearing auctions (yes, I tried to watch it the legit way, and it would have cost me a pretty penny) to torrents that contained corrupted files. I even had the 35mm reels in my possession, but my dog ate them!”
- Ghost Hunting Theories turned its theoretical, ghost-hunting eye on Nikola Tesla: “Tesla’s new way of looking at the world is reminiscent of theories espoused by Voltaire, Twain and Mach. Mach is perhaps the most directly relevant of these three – his theories that atoms did not exist were actually a large part of Einstein’s relativity theory. Like Tesla, however, Mach did not receive a great deal of credit for his work in future endeavors dealing with physics.”
- While I didn’t mention it here, I did review the bizarre anthology Little Penny Dreadfuls: A Collection of 99 Stories of 99 Words at The Slaughtered Bird.
Illustration by Mark J. Ferrari for Call of Cthulhu’s S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands.