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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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Distractions and the modern artist

Indeed, these are strange times we live in. Whether you’re a writer, filmmaker, musician, painter, or other, there are so many resources and so much technology at our Disposer—er, disposal (Don’t know that one? Hey, Google it.)—it’s easy to get lost in the crashing waves. Read more…

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A grave state – an exploration of the horror genre today

Ever since I started reading horror in my teens, people have been declaring the death of the genre, yet horror novels continue to be written and published. You often hear of folk being nostalgic for the horror boom of the 80s, but really was that such a renaissance of the field? For all the great …

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The fear of clowns – coulrophobia

In the first of a new regular feature, we take a look at modern phobias that infiltrate our modern lives. Fears can be rational or irrational, but if someone suffers from one, they can be paralysed by it to the point that it can affect their adult existence. In extreme cases, it can stop people …

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Quoth movie versions of The Raven evermore?

The end of July sees the release on DVD of the latest movie to bear the title The Raven. It stars John Cusack, is directed by James McTeague (V for Vendetta) and isn’t bad. I know that sounds as if I’m damning it with faint praise and in a way I am. More on this …

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This Week’s Must Read Horror Articles

Brian Keene

It’s that time of the week – here are a couple of intriguing horror articles from around the web for your reading pleasure. This week on Must Read Horror Articles: Brian Keene writes 80,000 words in one weekend 10 Essentials for surviving the zombie apocalypse To keep up to date with essential articles and horror news throughout …

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Gary McMahon on new anthology Visions Fading Fast

Award-winning author, Gary McMahon, is editing a brand new Pendragon Press anthology, entitled Visions Fading Fast. Gary recently swung by This Is Horror HQ to explain a little more on his new venture and why he selected each author for Visions Fading Fast. Read more…

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Exclusive excerpt from Scarla sequel by BC Furtney

Finishing my first novel, Scarla, was a great feeling, partly because up until then, I’d never really intended to write a book. As it turned out, the journey was more rewarding than I anticipated. Being brand new to the medium, I had my doubts about gaining entry into the publishing world with the first arrow …

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Why The Exorcist is a horror classic

For this month’s column, I am going to write the first of an occasional series on favourite films, books or other items which have influenced me in some way, genre-wise at least. To kick it all off, I’ll be talking about one of my favourite films: no, not Hellraiser (although that is a favourite and …

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Top 5 authors who helped shape Southern Horror

It is the 4th of July today, so in honour  of Independence Day we  bring you the 5  authors who helped  shape Southern Horror.  This list is in no way definitive, it is merely a list of  authors who have entertained us through the years. Read more…

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The internet marketing cold caller and the problem with LOL

LOL is the nervous laugh of internet interaction. I doubt anyone is actually laughing out loud as they type it. If they were, given how most people use it, they’re either mentally deranged or a cackling comic book villain.  “Bank’s just foreclosed on the mortgage, could lose the house – LOL!” Read more…

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Spawn of Jaws: The Great Shark Movie Rip-Offs

This June sees the re-release, in selected cinemas across the UK, of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975). It’s a film that pretty much set its director on the road to fame and fortune while at the same time making a huge amount of money for Universal. Jaws was such a success that it generated a whole …

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What is a chapbook? (And why every horror reader should own at least one)

Today is International Short Story Day. We thought we’d do our bit and celebrate a literary art form that has undergone something of a revival recently – the chapbook. The chapbook is perhaps the short story in its ultimate form – a self contained, ordinarily limited and luxury edition. Find out a little bit about …

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