Welcome, once again, to Must Read Horror. You want great horror articles? This is the place to find the best the web has to offer. This week:
- Summer of Sleaze: The Universal Horrors of Charles L. Grant
- 13 Great Horror Anthologies
- The Stephen King–iness of ‘The Leftovers’ and ‘The Strain’
- Stan Winston Week: A Look Back at Aliens with Tom Woodruff Jr., Howard Berger & Exclusive Photo Gallery
- Film Censorship: How Moral Panic Led to a Mass Ban of ‘Video Nasties’
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This article over at Tor.com looks at the life and works of New Jersey-born horror writer, Charles L. Grant.
One for the fans of portmanteau horror movies, now, as Chiller lists thirteen of the best. Unsurprisingly, Creepshow 3 didn’t make the cut.
Movie and TV adaptations of Stephen King’s work are often hit or miss. For every Misery there is a Dreamcatcher; for every Pet Sematary there’s a Lawnmower Man. There are certain elements that remain throughout King’s adapted works, and strangely, these elements are popping up in things he had nothing to do with, as this article over at Grantland explains.
Stan Winston Week: A Look Back at Aliens with Tom Woodruff Jr., Howard Berger & Exclusive Photo Gallery
In this article from Daily Dead, the special effects geniuses behind James Cameron’s Aliens talk shop, with a great photo gallery for fans of the Xenomorph Vs Colonial Marines classic.
Censorship sucks, and not so long ago, a bunch of dicks decided to clamp down on a lot of now-tame horror films, which were at the time considered appalling, terrible, and other synonyms to that effect. This article from The Independent looks back at how the BBFC overreacted to what became known as ‘Video Nasties’ (now known, in this age of Martys and Hostel, as ‘Video Niceties).
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