Obituary – Sir Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee: May 27 1922–June 7 2015. How do you even start to do justice to Christopher Lee? His life, his career, and the scale of his personal and professional achievements are truly humbling. At six feet five inches, he was virtually a giant in physical terms; as an artist he was a literal …

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Injured Eyeballs: I Was Satan’s Slave to the Music

Horror fiction and heavy metal go together like a fist fuck and five star lube. Many horror fans have a weakness for doom laden power chords and a dark driving beat, and who can blame them given the things they read and watch. Everyone knows that the Dark Lord’s had all the heaviest tunes since …

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Look Out For… Little Girls by Ronald Malfi and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015

Look Out For… Little Girls by Ronald Malfi “Accelerates towards a relentless and twist-filled climax.” From Bram Stoker Award nominee Ronald Malfi comes a brilliantly chilling novel of childhood revisited, memories resurrected, and fears reborn… When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It …

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Film Review: Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales (2015)

“There’s certainly potential here.” First things first: this isn’t a movie. Oh, it looks like one and it’s packaged to appear as a new anthology film, but it’s not except in the sense that someone’s pasted all the episodes of the web series Twisted Tales into one longer piece of film. True anthology films have …

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5 Must Read Horror Articles 15 June 2015

Welcome to Must Read Horror. The internet has been scoured once again for the week’s best horror articles, and the results are in: How Horror Movies Helped Me To Get Over My PTSD Cinematography Tips For Horror Filmmakers Are Women Changing the Face of Television’s Horror Genre? And Then a Cat Jumps Out: In Defense …

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News Round-up Week Ending 12 June

Christopher Lee Dies Aged 93 Horror icon, screen legend, and last of the great gentlemen actors, Sir Christopher Lee passed away aged 93 at 8:30am on Sunday at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where sources have said he was being treated for respiratory problems and heart failure. Perhaps best known to horror fans for his …

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Book Review: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker

“As a standalone story it has merit certainly, and there are passages contained within that serve as a reminder of Barker’s greatness.” Expectations can be such dangerous beasts, especially so in the case of a new and much-anticipated book from a favourite author, and a much lauded writer at that. Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels …

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The Cutting Room: Zombie Prom

A musical-comedy homage to the musicals and films of the 1950s, Zombie Prom tells the story of a forbidden romance between the rebellious bad boy Jonny and the good girl Toffee. After falling into a nuclear reactor, Jonny returns to his love as a zombie. Why we’re looking forward to this: If the prospect of …

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Tales from The Word Mine: What Do We Tell the Children?

Stories for children have been very much on my mind of late, especially as I’ve been trying to introduce our eldest daughter – Maia, 4 years old – to more complex works of children’s literature. She was very happy to sit through readings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, probably because she’s already seen the …

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Look Out For… Finders Keepers by Stephen King and A Headful Of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Look Out For… … Finders Keepers by Stephen King “A taut and masterful thriller.” ‘Wake up, genius.’ So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not …

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