Interview: Carole Johnstone

What first attracted you to horror writing? No idea; I assume that I was just born this way. Or it might have been my dad’s fault: his bed time stories were old Scottish poems about ghosts and witches. When I was twelve, I asked for and got the collected short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. …

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Review: Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold

Gaie Sebold’s Babylon Steel was one of the most enjoyable debuts of 2012. The follow-up, Dangerous Gifts, begins once more in the anything-goes city-state of Scalentine, where Babylon Steel, sometime sword-for-hire, runs (and occasionally works in) the city’s best brothel, the Red Lantern. Recruited to bodyguard a young heiress, Enthemmerlee, Babylon travels to nearby Incandress, …

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Review: High Moor by Graeme Reynolds

If High Moor were a Premier League football match it would be a Monday Night Special between two mid-table sides that ends in a 4-4 draw or a 6-3 win; it’s not the beautiful game played out by twenty-two players at the height of their technical abilities but, by god, it’s thoroughly entertaining. The bulk …

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Who invented horror comics?

I was a guest on James DC’s excellent Atomic Bark show on Resonance FM recently. The theme of the show was EC and pre-code horror comics – that wonderful cavalcade of quickly drawn, anonymously written and often badly printed horror comics that flourished for five brief years in the 1950s before the creation of the …

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5 Must Read Horror Articles – 28 January 2013

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Welcome, once again, to Must Read Horror, where we bring you the best horror articles the internet has to offer. This week: Edgar Allan Poe and the Cult of the Unusual 20 facts about The Thing that might leave you suspiciously eyeing your dog The feature that dripped blood – Horror Anthologies Land of Shadow …

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News Round-up Week Ending 25 January

Soldiers of the Damned takes shape Safecracker Pictures have announced their first feature film, Soldiers of the Damned, a second world war shocker set in Eastern Europe. The film begins shooting in the Spring and we will bring more news as and when it appears. Doctor Who writer heads Up North An extra treat for those …

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5 Must Read Horror Articles, 21 January 2013

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: If they made horror – Hypothetical horror films from 8 non-horror directors William Castle’s five top movie gimmicks Is it time to …

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Review: The Possession

The last couple of years have seen a boom in possession and exorcism films, with a sliding scale in quality, of which Lionsgate’s release of The Possession falls somewhere in the middle. Keep on reading…

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Interview: Michael Kelly

What first attracted you to horror writing? Charles Beaumont! I spotted a book called The Howling Man in a bookshop while browsing. I picked it up and read Beaumont’s bio. He’d scripted a number of episodes of The Twilight Zone, which I loved, of course. Keep on reading…

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News Round-up Week Ending 18 January

Grimm Up North Double Bills Grimm Up North bring January to a close with a trio of excellent double bills in Manchester. They include Texas Chainsaw Massacre  and Last House on the Left on 23 January, Towerblock and Hollow on 26 January and Mon Ami and Chop on 31 January. Tickets are available from the Grimm Up North website. We Are Monsters Takes Shape US …

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Interview: Simon Maginn

What first attracted you to horror writing? I think the thing that first really grabbed my attention was The Amityville Horror (1979). I’d be about eighteen, and I was deeply fascinated by the dark house, the bad place: the grim outline on the hill in Psycho, the labyrinthine nightmare of Gormenghast, the abandoned pier in …

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80s Horror Cinema: The Empire of the Eighties

The release of Steve Kostanski’s quite marvellous Manborg, soon to be reviewed elsewhere on the This Is Horror site by my good self, has this month had me thinking about the movies that inspired it, and the circumstances under which I discovered them. Keep on reading…

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Review: Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane (Edited by Jonathan Oliver)

Magic is Jonathan Oliver’s third anthology, following hot on the heels of The End Of The Line and House Of Fear, also from Solaris. Oliver’s first two anthologies established him as a new editor to watch, and Magic goes on to cement his reputation, assembling a roll-call of both well-established (Audrey Niffenegger, Christopher Fowler, Storm …

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Review: Grave Encounters

Found footage, the concept of using discovered footage left behind by dead or missing protagonists, has been around in horror since it was used in Cannibal Holocaust in the 80s. After The Blair Witch Project’s cinema release in 1999, there has been a resurgence of this style of film in horror, pushed further along in …

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Interview: ∆AIMON

What was the first soundtrack or composition that you listened to and how did it affect you? I think the first soundtrack I really paid attention to was either John Carpenter’s Christine or Prince of Darkness. His use of minimal synth pads and re-occurring themes to evoke suspense really inspired me to explore atmospheric and …

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