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Religion Won’t Save You: Religious Tropes in Horror Films

Ask anyone to explain a link between religion and horror movies and you’ll undoubtedly hear a large number of replies citing the use of crosses to ward off vampires. But, the genre is so heavily laced with religious sub-plots and analogies, it goes much deeper than Van Helsing brandishing a representation of where Jesus was …

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The rise of Australian horror and the Oz Horror Mini-con

We’ve had a first here in Australia this month. Our first single-genre horror convention, the Oz Horror Mini-con was a pre-cursor to the main Oz Horror Con 2013, to be held in January in Melbourne. Previously we’ve had multi-genre conventions, not least of all AussieCon 4 and World Con back in 2010. That was a …

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5 Halloween Stories to Read

The Faceless

Here at This Is Horror we have put together a list of recommended spooky reads that will send a shiver down your spine on All Hallows’ Eve. Please bear in mind, we take no responsibility for the terror induced by our recommendations! Read more…  

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Halloween Special: A Zombie-busting anniversary

Well, another Halloween fast approaches, and it’s always been my favourite holiday. Let’s face it, whenever the ghosts and ghouls come out to play, it makes just about everything more entertaining. Stuck in traffic? Look, there’s a masked guy wielding a machete. Caught at the red light? Look, a toothless crack whore with track marks. …

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The importance of editing, Simon Bestwick & nuns, and the perfect Halloween viewing

Without editors, gentle reader, most people in my profession would be screwed. Editors wipe our noses, change our nappies and make certain we’re not late for nursery school. They also pay off the police, bury the bodies, buy up all those naked photos from when we were young and needed the money and burn them …

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Spectral Press at FantasyCon 2012

Brighton’s an interesting place in terms of contrast: it’s where many retire to in their twilight years, and it’s a seaside resort attracting thousands of tourists every year; it is also incredibly bohemian in disposition and atmosphere, plus it’s the gay capital of the UK. It’s full of fascinating examples of architecture from the last …

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A short history of Australian horror

Australian horror These two words have different connotations for many people worldwide. Australian horror has exploited fears of Australia’s ‘wide-open spaces’, and the isolation and vulnerability of people where the population drops to less than fifty individuals per square kilometre. Wolf Creek and Snowtown are based on real-life crimes such as Ivan Milat’s ‘backpacker murders’, …

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Happy Halloween 2: Crushing Passion vs. Bloody Commerce (aka Fiends Unite!)

Is it really the second Halloween edition of this column? Looks like it is, and I’m still waiting on that office, Mike. Anyway, it’s my personal favourite time of year and it’s beating rain outside all weekend. That’s the ideal time to reflect and genuflect at the altars of the things we dig most. In …

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Dexter: Season 7 Preview

Literary agent and editor, Sharon Ring, swings by to let us know her thoughts and predictions on Dexter and what we can expect from the new season, which premieres tonight. Read more…

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Writers are full of shit (and where ideas really come from)

Writers, gentle reader, are SO full of shit it beggars belief! Considering I’m a writer myself, and knowing the silo loads of shit with which I’m stuffed, it shouldn’t really beggar my belief. But let’s just say, for the benefit of this column, that it does. Let me give you an example of this outrageous …

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The Summer Blockbuster – A History of Horror Cinema

There is a period in cinema – roughly May to September – that is well known as the summer blockbuster season. This is the time of the year that studios vie for release dates against other studios to unleash their tent-pole movie that will hopefully clean up at the box office and ensure a healthy …

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Happy Birthday Stephen King: The Essential Guide to Stephen King

Today marks the 65th birthday of one of the giants of horror fiction, Mr Stephen King. We here at This is Horror couldn’t let this momentous day pass by without sending a little love in the direction of the man George Beahm calls “America’s Best Loved Bogeyman”. Read more…

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All the Fun of FrightFest 2012

FrightFest 2012 has been and gone and I have got through it all to emerge worn out, bleary-eyed, and totally and utterly delighted that I went. I’ve written about FrightFest before, but each one is a different experience because, not surprisingly, each features a different programme of films. Read more…

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How to Watch a Horror Film – The Ultimate Guide

Poltergeist

It is true that no two people will get the same experience when they’ve watched the same film. It’s down to personal taste and your beliefs regarding a whole multitude of things ranging from religion to politics and sexual liberation to violence. However, it is clear to us at This Is Horror that one thing …

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The Fear of Spiders – Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia may very well be the most common phobia of all – or at least the most well known. We know that it covers all arachnids, but we’re going to concentrate on spiders specifically. Read more…

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