Welcome to Must Read Horror, the place to find the best horror articles of the week. Once again we’ve searched the internet for interesting and notable articles for your reading pleasure. This week:
- Is Horror the Toughest Genre to Crack?
- 10 Killer Reasons Why Being a Horror Fan is Awesome
- The One Thing That Scares the King
- Ten Wonderfully Lovecraftian Films With HPL, The Necronomicon, and Cthulhu Nowhere in Sight
- Womb of the Black Goddess: Horror as Dark Transcendence
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Horror is one tough genre to get right. For every truly exceptional film, we’re given ten substandard counterparts. For every Jim Mickle or Adam Wingard masterpiece, there’s a Uwe Boll shitfest. This article from FlikGeek looks at why it’s so difficult to create an utterly satisfying horror movie.
If you are reading this, then there’s a good chance you’re awesome. Congratulations. Do you know why you’re awesome? Because you like horror (and if you don’t, then why are you on a site called This Is Horror, reading an article called Must Read Horror? See, you do like horror, don’t you?), and we’re all part of the same dysfunctional family, according to this article from We Got This Covered. Here are ten reasons – not that you need them – why being a horror fan is awesome.
No, not Elvis – who was scared of National Service, Pat Boone, and having a colon less than nine feet long – but Stephen King. This article from Policymic looks at the one thing that terrifies the master of horror.
A film doesn’t have to reference The Great Old Ones, old HPL himself, or star Jeffrey Coombs to be Lovecraftian, Weird Tales Magazine compiles a list of films that are positively Lovecraftian, without a tentacle-face in sight.
Over at Teeming Brain, Richard Gavin discusses why horror doesn’t necessarily have to come from a bleak perspective.
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