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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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The importance of a life outside genre

I have often talked about what being an editor and publisher means, mostly in terms of the mechanics involved in the job and the prerequisites needed. A good command of English, an understanding of narrative and how stories work, as well as a huge dollop of good old common sense, are absolute necessities, as are …

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Considering the legacy of women writers in horror fiction

February is the shortest month of the year, noteworthy for Valentine’s Day and making the annual batch of pancakes (poorly, in my case, and to the detriment of my kitchen!) and for the last two years it has played host to Women in Horror Recognition Month. I may be a month too late but, as …

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Quartets and Canaries: The Wild, Sexy, Scary World of Radley Metzger

I always relish a challenge, and so when our esteemed editor here at This Is Horror asked me if I might be able to write an article concentrating on the more horror-oriented aspects of the work of highly respected erotic movie auteur Radley Metzger, I jumped at the chance. Three of Metzger’s earlier adult works …

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Wanting The Dusk: escaping the nine to five

I seem doomed to keep breaking my pledges where this column’s concerned. The first instalment of Heretic Songs was back in September, and I said I’d see you next month; after which, nothing more until February. In that instalment, I pledged to talk next about the role of supernatural horror fiction when religious belief wasn’t …

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A Dreadful Fear of Clichés

I have a confession. There are a few (well, many) horror tropes that I just cannot stomach at all. Not because they’re cliché – although, of course, they are – but because there’s something about them that’s actually, fundamentally, terrifying. Keep on reading…

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International Women’s Day: Women of Horror

To coincide with International Women’s Day we’re celebrating just some of the brilliant women who make horror what it is today. Keep on reading…

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Must Read Horror Books for World Book Day

Today marks World Book Day and what better way to celebrate than to recommend a few of our favourite books to you. With that said here are some of our top staff picks. Keep on reading…

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Taking a Good Look at Horrors From Beyond

This month I have had the good fortune, thanks to those lovely people at Second Sight, to revisit a movie I haven’t seen since its original UK VHS release back in the late 1980s. The film is From Beyond, it was Stuart Gordon’s follow-up to his delirious and delicious Re-Animator, and it comes out on blu-ray and …

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Who The F*** Is Howard Nostrand?

Pablo Picasso is reported to have said: “good artists borrow, great artists steal.” This quote often makes me wonder if ‘great artists’ isn’t a Spanish euphemism for ‘talentless c***s’ (maybe something got lost in the translation). George Bernard Shaw, the long winded playwright and rent-a-quote once said something similar about writers. It’s possible that Shaw …

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