Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 5

by Brooke Warra 

The Amityville Horror (1979)
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
American International Pictures (AIP)


The Amityville Horror began with the real life murders of the Defoe family in their Long Island home in 1974. Perhaps even more captivating than this true-life tale of an entire family’s murder at the hands of their son and brother was the subsequent haunting of the Lutz family, who bought the home after the Defoe’s deaths. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 5”

Toadstools & Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg

by Brooke Warra

The sun is shining and summer is in full swing, but beyond the crowds and festivities of the season, shadows lurk on the edges of our bright world. Maybe the crashing waves on the shores of your local beach are filled with the songs of mischievous sirens and water sprites, and are those fireflies or Napaeae floating effervescently through your garden at night? A fellow hiker’s flashlight bobbing just ahead of you on the trail, or is that a will-o-the-wisp meant to lead you to certain peril? Continue reading “Toadstools & Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg”

‘Hereditary’ Redefines What Horror Is (SPOILERS!)

by Michael Brueggeman and Brooke Warra  People are talking about Hereditary and with good reason. The film is incredibly well-made, the acting is practically flawless, and the cinematography is impeccable with subtle and effective special effects. Hereditary has three acts and almost functions as three separate films, with the idea of loss and grief acting … Continue reading ‘Hereditary’ Redefines What Horror Is (SPOILERS!)

Toadstools And Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg

by Brooke Warra 

Dryads, banshees, and sirens, oh my!

Welcome to the first instalment of Toadstools and Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide to Tir Na nOg. Here, we are going to explore the vast and rich world of the fae folk. Fairy tales have long been a part of human culture, worldwide. We tell these stories to teach lessons, give warnings, and to entertain. Fairy tales are a horror writer’s best friend! They explore the darker side of our world, mortality, and human intention. Plenty of modern stories and films find their roots in these classic tales. Continue reading “Toadstools And Magick: A Horror Writer’s Field Guide To Tir Na nOg”

Review: Burke’s ‘The Weird: A Strange Novella’ Is A Lot More Than Just That

by Brooke Warra

The Weird is dangerous.

The Weird is not meant for you. So it says on the first two pages, a stark warning, of which you should not pay any heed. Go forth, reader.

The Weird is not a book. It is an experience. It is noir on an acid trip. It’s what happens when style and gore have a baby. It’s nihilistic transgressive experimentalism on a frenzied binge. Continue reading “Review: Burke’s ‘The Weird: A Strange Novella’ Is A Lot More Than Just That”

Review: Alex Garland’s Stunning ‘Annihilation’ Brings Body Horror To Mainstream Audiences

by Brooke Warra

While many horror fans have known for some time the rich, beautiful, and often horrifying world of body horror in literature, we have very rarely witnessed it in mainstream cinema. John Carpenter gave us The Thing, arguably one of the best horror films of all time. And let’s not forget Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis’ performances in David Cronenberg’s The Fly. But most of our favourite body horror films have been small productions with cult followings (i.e. Teeth, Tusk, and the delightfully disgusting Contacted). Continue reading “Review: Alex Garland’s Stunning ‘Annihilation’ Brings Body Horror To Mainstream Audiences”

Review: Wytovich’s ‘Sheet Music To My Acoustic Nightmare’ Is Dark, Personal, And Impossible To Put Down

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”