by Ian Sputnik
Horror literature has often imbibed folklore and myth into its storylines. Werewolves, vampires, demonic possession, and ghosts being the main topics. Even today, most works of dark fiction have their roots extensively and intrinsically linked to these mythologies. True, there have been new themes that have grown to be part of the classics (aliens being the most recent addition to the stable of classic horror monsters). Continue reading “Why Exorcisms Will Always Be Part Of Horror”
by Michael Brueggeman
Hello, horror fans. I want to play a game. It’s called semantics.
More specifically, categorization.
I’m sure most of you would rather sever your own foot with a hacksaw than play this game, but labels can be tools to help people find what they’re looking for rather than being used to pigeonhole creativity and media. Continue reading “The Difference Between Horrific And Horrid”
by Brooke Warra
Poetry, as with most writing, often comes from a place of deep pain. That’s never been more evident than with Stephanie M. Wytovich’s Sheet Music To My Acoustic Nightmare. As you’re reading, you get the sense you’re leafing through the pages of the author’s diary. It’s an intensely personal work. Wytovich deftly translates the horrors of real-life into gritty, gorgeous verse. Continue reading “Review: Wytovich’s ‘Sheet Music To My Acoustic Nightmare’ Is Dark, Personal, And Impossible To Put Down”
by Ian Sputnik
England in the early 19th century was a violent place. The Napoleonic wars had only just been concluded. The streets were a spewing gutter of prostitution, gang culture, and theft. Murder was rife. The industrial age was starting to give steady employment to the masses and putting a bit of money in the common people’s pockets. One might think that the often violent surroundings would lead to people wanting to escape their reality with a more pleasant one, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, young men had a thirst for violence and relished in it. And, with the upturn of literacy, the Penny Dreadful publications were born. Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: A Penny Dreadful Retrospective”