Category: Features

Ghost-hunting in Australia (aka Oh Crap! What was that noise?) Part One

From Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May, my wife and I stayed in an abandoned and haunted lunatic asylum. Advertised as an ‘investigation weekend’, it included nearly thirty guests and three paranormal investigation groups. The guests could take part in ongoing paranormal investigations from the Friday until the Sunday. Keep on reading…

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The Abominable Mr Burton

I begin this column having just learned that Tim Burton is going to remake The Abominable Dr Phibes. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. Keep on reading…

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Filthy Habits – Writing and Routine

I heard a fantastic piece of advice at a This Is Horror Live Event in Manchester last year. This was one of the events where I didn’t tear out the throats of my fellow authors. If that clip left you a little squeamish gentle reader, please don’t be alarmed. Think of it as a purely …

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The Dark Romance of Ann Radcliffe

Of all the early Gothic writers, one woman in particular had a considerable impact on the genre. The ‘Great Enchantress’ of her age, Ann Radcliffe established many of the tropes of the Gothic, as well as providing literary weight to a genre that was regarded by many as mere sensationalist fiction. In fact, Sir Walter …

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The Shrinking Space

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I went to Moses Gate Country Park near Bolton. Beautiful place, especially given the warm weather, but one thing marred the visit; a notice saying that after thirty-six years, the park’s six rangers were facing redundancy. Without them, the park would deteriorate, both as a recreation area and a wildlife …

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A case of nostalgia: The Evil Dead, Video Nasties and the gorehound in me

I’ve not seen the recent remake of The Evil Dead yet, but nevertheless it prompted me to remember that this was the first ‘modern’ horror film that I saw back in the day. Up until then, I was content to watch all those fabulous old Hammer, Universal, Amicus and Tyburn frightfests: after all, I had …

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Australian Women Writers of Outstanding Horror and Dark Fantasy: A Not Quite Top Ten

Last year, the infamous Snowtown bank – in which eight bodies were found decomposing in six plastic barrels – went up for auction. It was affordable, as I recall; on the market for less than $200,000. It came attached to a little, comfortable house. It wasn’t too far a drive from the city of Adelaide. …

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Lost in time: the wicked voice of Vernon Lee

The Gothic is obsessed with the past. In older texts this can be seen most obviously with the settings, such as castles, ruins and monasteries but also with regard to the characters that inhabit these stories. Creatures like demons, incubi and succubae belong to a mythological past whereas a whole host of monsters impervious to …

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Evil Dead Review and The Evil Dead & Me

After the recent release of Evil Dead (2013) we present to you a couple of pieces with somewhat differing views on this year’s most anticipated remake. First up we’ve a full review of Evil Dead, this is followed by John Llewellyn Probert’s latest instalment in ‘The Bloodstained Balcony’ column, The Evil Dead and Me. Evil …

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5 Must Read Horror Articles – 29 April 2013

The Crow

It’s that time again, folks! We’ve been scouring for the best horror articles the internet has to offer. This week on Must Read Horror: Best Horror Games: A Complete History Clive Barker In Comics Part 3: Raising Hell At Marvel Top 10 Great Horror Films of 1973 That Weren’t The Exorcist Horror Cinema’s Most Cursed …

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Editing Your Own Work: How to Dismember Your Darlings

Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, the patron saint of modern grammar nazis and bedroom blog critiques, famously said: “writing is murdering your darlings”. While this quote might suggest that it probably is a good idea to keep most writers locked in their studies for days on end without any human contact, or a change of underwear, …

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Horror and Speculative Fiction Awards

Writers are funny creatures. We all aim high, yet often miss. We all get back up and keep trying, without letting failure get in the way. Rejection after rejection, we keep sending our word-babies out there for everyone to judge. Keep on reading…

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Remakes: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

Remakes of beloved horror films are all the rage in Hollywood and, unfortunately, most of them are bad. Really bad. However, with the release this week of the remake of the iconic Evil Dead looking like it may buck the trend, we at This Is Horror sat down round a very big, gothic table and …

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The ‘I’ in Horror

Writers of great horror don’t hold back when it comes to subject matter: nothing is off limits. Their stories go places that make readers shudder, sweat, squirm. Settings may be familiar, but somehow they are also warped. ‘Natural’ elements are inevitably of the ‘un’ or ‘super’ variety. Plots are designed to unnerve. In horror, the …

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Australia’s Most Terrifying and Haunted Places: New South Wales

The oldest state in Australia, New South Wales, was the site of the first landing by the British in 1788. Eleven ships of the First Fleet set sail from Britain on 13 May 1787, with the leading ship, HMS Supply, reaching Botany Bay and setting up camp on the Kurnell Peninsula on 18 January 1788. …

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