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:
- Weird Realism: John Gray on the Moral Universe of HP Lovecraft
- Why the Horror of Stephen King’s Words Doesn’t Translate Well To Film
- Dead Letter: The Aesthetics of Horror
- The Horror Movies With the Spookiest Music
- Why Hollywood Isn’t Scaring Up New Horror Franchises for Halloween
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There is no doubting HP Lovecraft’s adroitness at crafting tales of cosmic terror, but once again, most recently as a result of the hoo-hah surrounding the World Fantasy Award statue, he has found himself under the moral microscope. This article from New Statesman looks in detail at Lovecraft, his work, and his patent racism.
Stephen King. He needs no introduction. Great writer, nice fella, master of adaptations… well, perhaps not the last one. There are a handful of decent book-to-film conversions involving his work (Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me) but there are a lot more bad ones (insert your own terrible King adaptation here). This article from A.V. Club tries to shed some light on why Stephen King’s words don’t translate well to film.
This essay from The Harvard Crimson investigates the value of artistic representations of gore. It’s nice and wordy, too.
Music is extremely important when it comes to horror. Don’t believe me? Try watching The Shining with the Benny Hill theme tune on, you’ll see what I mean. In this article, Anne Billson of The Telegraph looks at the horror movies with the spookiest music.
Halloween was once a time of pointless sequels in franchises that, let’s be honest, should have been standalone movies, but not anymore. No Saw VIII, no Paranormal Activity 75 (at least not during its regular holiday slot)? Why is this so? The Wrap explains.
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