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King may be king of the modern psychological-horror novel, but the prolific author has some strong company in the field. A look at some classic psychological-horror fiction: Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King are masters of macabre page turners
James White is currently a news/traffic anchor and reporter with Silver Spring-based Total Traffic Network and Metro NewsSource. White sat down with Patch to talk about hosting for the AFI. AFI’s Nosferatu, Symphony of Horror: Q & A with James White
Zombies. They’re everywhere. Television. Movies. Graphic novels. Pub crawls. Burlesque shows. You can’t swing a dismembered arm without hitting one. But look out: In Scott Kenemore’s new book, Zombie, Illinois, the walking dead are invading places like South Shore and Logan Square. A follow-up to his Zombie, Ohio (but “not exactly a sequel,” he says), he weaves a multi-perspective story of three survivors: a jaded journalist (working for “Brain’s Chicago Business,” naturally), a South Side pastor with a troubled past and a tough drummer in an all-girl punk band. Scott Kenemore on how he turned Illinois into a land of zombies
Cleveland author Dan Chaon, one of the era’s top practitioners of psychological horror, says: “Our imaginations are so active that, in some ways, suggestion has a scarier effect. We picture it in our minds, and it’s scarier that way. Blood-and-gore films just feel like going to a butcher shop. “The things that are the scariest are those you’re pondering over at night.” Psychological-suspense films, books scariest when they show evil in the ordinary
Steve Sparks grew up in northern Alabama fascinated with ghosts and stories of the supernatural. The University of Tennessee lecturer transformed that childhood fascination into a focus for his English writing classes. He’s taught students how to write research papers by studying ghost stories, both fictional and “real.” He’s taught that English 102 class for seven years. Hungry for horror? UT lecturer says supernatural stories serve a purpose
Being a horror fan is tough work — especially these days, when watching gore films can be such a pain. Thanks to the relative popularity of the Saw and Hostel series, torture porn seems to be everywhere these days. But that doesn’t mean the best splatter movies are the ones now screening in multiplexes. Movie history is filled with cinematic nastygrams — some surprisingly smart, others just plain not-for-the-squeamish — that didn’t get enough love. To find out which of them brings the most pain, Wired got picks from Fangoria editor in chief Chris Alexander and marketing director Rebekah McKendry. Pure Anguish: 10 Torturous Horror Films You Should Suffer Through
Joe McKinney couldn’t have timed the terror any better. Just last month, the San Antonio horror writer unleashed Mutated, the fourth book in his Dead World zombie series, which includes the Bram Stoker Award-winning Flesh Eaters. Now he’s creaked open the doors to two new works: the haunted house novella Crooked House and the novel Inheritance, the latter of which McKinney bills as a police procedural ghost story. Author delivers double dose of horror
Three and a half decades after Brian De Palma first brought Stephen King to the big screen with Carrie, the horror author seems to be hotter than ever. It feels like hardly a week goes by without news of yet another King adaptation project, and this week is no exception. Stephen King Adaptation Mercy Headed to Big Screen With Paranormal Activity Producer Jason Blumhouse
James Herbert hasn’t gone out of print, ever. The literary notoriety of The Rats and The Fog, the subversive and anti-establishment tones, the gruesome scenes, not only endured, but have been further embellished by thrillers and supernatural mysteries by a writer who was adept at causing a visceral discomfort in readers, that was never contrived and seemed to be what that writer needed to express. Homage to Horror: A Discussion of James Herbert
As we travel farther and farther away from childhood, it’s often nice to bask in the nostalgic glow of old items, even if we were never lucky enough to actually own any. Reliving childhood insecurities could even be considered a form of time travel, really. I’m going to stop now, before I kill myself. Check out these long lost horror products. They don’t make them like this anymore. Mostly because parents have gotten so lame. Wait a minute … we’re the parents now aren’t we? That’s it. I’m killing myself. 10 Long Lost Horror Products
Thomas Jane, the star of The Punisher, Hung and The Mist, is bringing his 2009 horror film “Dark Country” to the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles today as part of a desert noir 3-D double feature and Q&A. A cult darling, Dark Country, about a newlywed couple on a desert drive who find a badly injured man, is based on a short story by Tab Murphy, the screenwriter behind Disney’s Tarzan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Thomas Jane’s Dark Country gets 3-D screening, graphic novel
Author L.V. Salazar’s The Ghosts Of Brooklyn offers spooky tales of a “house of suicides” in Brooklyn Heights, demonic wolves in Prospect Park and a coven of sperm-stealing witches in DUMBO. Writer Natalie O’Neill spoke with the self-proclaimed ghost specialist in The Brooklyn Paper.
You can’t do jump-scares in a book. There’s no computerized special effects, or actors covered with gruesome makeup and KY jelly. You can always put a book down for a few days. And yet, the creepy prose of horror’s greatest writers has the power to hold you trapped in a spell of terror that no film crew can match. Here are 10 horror novels that are scarier than almost any movie you could be watching.
There will be blood. There will be social significance. Zombies will slobber at the EpiCentre, and demons will gibber at Neighborhood Theatre. Your gut will churn, your spine will tingle, and your brain will kick into a higher gear than required for the usual fight-or-flight reaction. These are Louis Gurgitano’s hopes for the first Charlotte Horror Fest, Friday through Wednesday. Horror Fest: Nights of the thriving dead
Director, actor, podcaster and Comic Book Men executive producer Kevin Smith hosts this year’s AMC Fearfest. In an exclusive interview with AMCtv.com, Smith talks about his favorite Friday the 13th movie and why he thinks Michael Myers is such a groundbreaking horror character. AMC Fearfest Host Kevin Smith Talks Halloween, Friday the 13th and Stephen King
Halloween, the holiday that keeps on giving. Scares, frights, giggles, gore and bloodshed abound. We thought we’d take a look at some of the new books that celebrate horror. Here are six new books we like.
Midnight Echo, the official magazine of the Australian Horror Writers’ Association, is seeking submissions for Issue 9 Mythical Horror (edited by G.N. Braun). Submissions are open from 1 October 2012 to 31 January 2013. Midnight Echo Issue 9 – Mythical Horror