Welcome to Must Read Horror. Can you believe it’s been ten thousand and eight minutes since we last talked? Neither can we, but in that time the internet has once again been scoured for the week’s best horror articles, and the results are in:
- Scared to Death: Has Horror Fiction Run Out of Common Fears to Trade On?
- Resurrect the Slasher Film!
- 10 Filmmaking Lessons Troma’s “The Toxic Avenger” Can Teach You
- Thomas Ligotti 101: A Guide to the Cult Writer Now Linked to True Detective
- Toys of Terror #18
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This article from The Guardian looks at whether horror fiction can still be scary, paying particularly close attention to Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls and Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped Box.
Freddy, Jason, Michael, come back, all is forgiven (apart from Freddy Vs Jason, of course, and Halloween Resurrection). Is it time to revivify the slasher flick, with their excessive body-counts and cliché-riddled plotlines? The Escapist seems to think so.
It’s been almost thirty years since Melvin Junko fell into a vat of toxic waste and became an altogether different kind of American superhero. In this article, Taste of Cinema looks at what the Troma exploitation masterpiece The Toxic Avenger can teach budding filmmakers?
You’ve probably heard his name pop up a lot in genre circles these past few weeks, but just who is Thomas Ligotti? Jeff VanderMeer explains all over at Vulture.
Amok Time’s 7.5” ‘Bub’ figure, NECA’s 6” Beetlejuice Headknocker, and a pair of Psycho-themed Living Dead Dolls are featured on Fangoria’s regular column, Toys of Terror.
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