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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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Can we really trust book reviews? (The dark side of online reviews)

The stakes are always high, whichever game you find yourself playing where the competition is exceptionally fierce. From the perspective of bookselling and publishing, this appears to be especially so. There are countless authors out there, in both the traditional and self-publishing arenas, releasing the fruits of their labours by the hundreds every week, and …

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BC Furtney interviews Kate McGray

Ambition’s a funny thing. Sometimes, the goals that get us started aren’t the ones that inspire us to cross the finish line. That thing called Life always reserves the right to throw us a curve and send us in a direction we weren’t anticipating. When that happens, we can throw in the towel and call …

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Love – a new room full of fears

We are very fortunate to welcome one of Britain’s best and bleakest horror authors to the This Is Horror team, Simon Bestwick. In his opening column for the ‘Heretic Songs’ series he has delivered one of the most personal columns ever to grace This Is Horror. Simon speaks on love and the fears that come …

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Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein – a forgotten master of the horror comic

If you’re a regular reader of this column then you’re obviously a person of taste and intelligence. You might also have noticed by now that, although it’s ostensibly a column about Horror Comics, I tend to go off on tangents as often as an ADHD toddler in a ‘Shiny Things’ factory. Read more…

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FrightFest 2012 preview

FrightFest 2012

It only happens once a year but perhaps the biggest extravaganza in the horror calendar is here again, folks. In less than twenty-four hours FrightFest 2012 will have officially began! Last year FrightFest won This Is Horror’s Event of the Year, as voted by you. And this year is looking bigger and, dare we say …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read At Least One HP Lovecraft Story

Today marks the birthday of HP Lovecraft, one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century. Lovecraft wrote hundreds of short stories and novellas from 1917 right up until his death in 1937. Stephen King proclaimed him one of the greatest practitioners of the classic horror tale, and yet some readers find his …

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Never Sleep Again – Nightmare on Elm Street Memories

We’ve spent the last week at Probert Towers watching Never Sleep Again, a quite remarkably exhaustive four-hour plus documentary on the Nightmare On Elm Street series of films and pretty much the last word on the subject. The team behind this have gathered together as many key personnel from each of these movies as they …

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The influence of MR James on the horror genre

On the 1 August this year Montague Rhodes James would have celebrated his 150th birthday. It would be very difficult to overestimate the enormous influence the quiet academic has had on the horror genre, inspiring authors like Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell. That influence continues to inspire newer writers such as Gary McMahon and Adam …

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Happy Birthday M.R. James – Part II

Bringing our tribute to M.R. James to a close, we continue our retrospective on his stories by asking some incredibly talented writers to tell us about their favourite Jamesian tales. Read more…

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Horror retrospective: Day of the Dead

A bare white room. Head lowered, Sarah sits slumped upon the tiled floor. She raises her head as John Harrison’s eerie synth score starts up. She takes in a calendar on the wall; rising, she stares at it with a strange, wistful smile on her face. It’s October; all the days in the month have …

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Happy Birthday M.R. James

Today would have been the 150th birthday of English writer M.R. James. Having written such famous and inspirational stories as ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad,’ and ‘The Ash-Tree’, we decided to honour the great man by asking some superb writers and members of staff to tell us about their favourite M.R. …

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