Welcome to Must Read Horror. The internet has been scoured once again for the week’s best horror articles, and the results are in:
- Visions of Horror: Jack Davis – ‘Tales from the Crypt’ & ‘The Haunt of Fear’
- The Meaning of Sharknado
- Art, Censorship, and the Modern Horror Movie
- From the Grave: Re-Animator
- A Brief Guide to Thomas Ligotti and Other Weird Fiction Masters
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This article over at Bloody Disgusting looks at the life and work of legendary illustrator, Jack Davis, whose work for EC comics and MAD magazine saw him inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003.
Like Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Snooki, no-one quite knows why Sharknado has become so successful. Terrible dialogue (“They took my grandfather. So I really hate sharks.”) and tornado CGI that would make Dorothy Gale piss in her chequered knickers set this up to be ridiculed at every turn, and yet it’s proven to be a huge hit. With the sequel just released, and a third due next year, what is it that makes Sharknado stand out against SyFy’s other fare (Sharkacrocodactyl Vs Octopussypiranhasaur)? The Escapist investigates.
The London Economic looks at whether contemporary horror movie directors are doing themselves a disservice with excessive gore, especially when there is a clear social commentary contained within their work.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost thirty years since Jeffrey Combs picked up that syringe for the first time. Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator is now considered a cult classic, and rightfully so. Check out this retrospective from Horror Metal Sounds.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at some essential weird fiction masters and their most notable works.
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