You may have noticed that I’ve cut back on the blogging, as I’m trying to spend more time writing this third and final novel in my Armageddon series. Also, I’ve been looking for great stuff for you to read for the Friday Links! Take a look at what happened this week in the world of the strange, the bizarre, the horrific:
- Dirck Van Sickle’s novel Montana Gothic was the subject of analysis at Ruined Head: “In the opening segment, Deke Morgan, a young medical school drop out, arrives in the backwater town of Citadel, Montana, to take over a run-down mortuary business. Unable to rise beyond a social pariah in the eyes of the local townspeople, Deke eventually discovers the grotesque history of his predecessor that seems to forever hold him in the role of outsider. Only the affections of Mary Lynn Crandall, daughter of a wealthy land-owning family to whom he offers piano lessons, provides Deke with an optimism that his fate could change.” The cover alone is worth a click!
- Some awesome things have been creeping out of Zombos’ Closet of late. Check out Fantastic Monsters of the Films Vol. 1, Issue 1, for example. When you’re done, take a gander at Issue 2!
- Ghost Hunting Theories listed the best movies out there for cryptid lovers. And you don’t even have to know what a cryptid is!
- Regular readers know that Sean Eaton’s The R’lyeh Tribune is one of my favorite websites, and this deconstruction of David H Keller’s The Psychophonic Nurse will show you why: “Aside from its interest as early science fiction, The Psychophonic Nurse can be consideredclinical data about the status of relationships between whites and African Americans, and between men and women, in early twentieth century America. Fiction like this should still be examined and pondered, maybe in an anthology entitled Enduring Social Nightmares, Volume One. It shows how far we have come in our collective evolution since the 1920s—which is not very far at all.”
- John Kenneth Muir discussed the 1994 film Stargate, a movie that tends to get lost in the wake of the television shows it later spawned: “I would like to comment again — as I have in the past – about at what an absolutely great leading man [Kurt] Russell is. His O’Neil is distinctly different from his Snake Plissken, Jack Burton, or MacReady in The Thing. There’s a kind of retro, non-showy grittiness in Russell’s performance here. The film features a number of scenes during which he stands back in the corner of a frame and just silently smokes a cigarette, an act which is pretty unusual in mid-1990s cinema but which reminds one of Humphrey Bogart or some other leading man of yesteryear.”
- Route 666 (the highway) was the subject of analysis at Deck the Holidays: “This particular highway is so large that it is found in 4 individual states-Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Those that know of the terrors of this haunted place also identify it appropriately as the one and only “Devil’s Highway”. While it is true that there are many urban legends, rumors, and tall tales that are associated with this particular stretch of road, there are also many facts that relate to this road-such as statistics on accidents and even deaths.”
- At The Slaughtered Bird, Patrick Ricketts reviewed the film The Devil’s Woods: “If I had one complaint about the film it would be that takes a bit too long getting to the camp ground but at the same time the last twenty minutes of the film more than makes up for it. Once the action starts things become tense, suspenseful and frightening and the action doesn’t stop until the very end. There isn’t anything new here, it is your straightforward slasher film but that never matters because what it does do it does well which is create a high sense of fear and isolation.”
- The village of Badi in India has seen 80 suicides this year. Some attributed this to demonic possession, but there’s a scientific explanation: “Rajendra Sisodiya, the village chief, said that his brother and mother were among those who took their own lives. His predecessor on the post of the village head was his cousin Jeevan, who also deliberately ended his life by hanging himself in front of his house.”
- Too Much Horror Fiction reviewed the 1985 novel The Happy Man by Eric C Higgs: “Whatever you do don’t read the back-cover copy of the paperback edition of The Happy Man (Paperjacks/April 1986). It gives awayeverything. I went in knowing nothing about the novel save a couple intriguing reviews by folks I trust (which of course I avoided reading). I found myself quietly guided into a private universe of amoral appetites and infernal indulgences.”
- Nev Murray is looking for a bit of help at his Confessions of a Reviewer!!: “What I am looking for is people who can either commit to a long term deal where they would continually pick up books from the submissions pile and read and review. Alternatively, if you cannot commit to something long term, if you are interested in picking something up to review once and a while and feel that Confessions is the place to host it, then give me a shout also.” Read the whole thing for the 411, as they say.
- Here, I discussed the attacks made on Kukuruyo by SJWs out to ruin him because he has opinions that differ from theirs. These special snowflakes need their safe spaces, and they’ll make them by destroying all expression they disagree with. Whatever you do, don’t watch this video. It is not screamingly funny and spot-on. At all.
Illustration by Gustaf Bjorksten for Stormbringer’s Sorcerers of Pan Tang supplement.