Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 19

by Caitlin Marceau 

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Directed by Tim Burton
Paramount Pictures


For many, the Halloween season wouldn’t be complete without Washington Irving’s “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.” Originally a short story published in 1820, it was turned into an animated piece by Walt Disney Productions for the movie The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr. Toad (1949) where, despite its release nearly seventy years ago, it’s impacted children around the globe. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 19”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 18

by Caitlin Marceau 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996-2003)
S4E10, “Hush”
The WB Television Network


Buffy The Vampire Slayer has always been a fan-favourite show. Created by Joss Whedon, and based off the film he wrote in the early ‘90s, this program was a hit with audiences when it first debuted and it’s only increased in popularity since its epic finale. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 18”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 12

by Thomas Conlan 

Psycho (1960)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Paramount Pictures


The human psyche is as fragile as it is fascinating. The complexities of head and heart during a period of madness can be as fearful as the scariest of horror films. Like many of us, Alfred Hitchcock understood this and believed that the only way to get rid of his fears was to make movies about them. 1960’s Psycho was his attempt to part ways with fear and introduce us to a unique cinematic portrayal of madness like none before. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 12”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 9

by Caitlin Marceau 

Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Directed by Neil Jordan
Geffen Pictures


Before vampires could sparkle, before having a soul was cool, and before they kept diaries, there was the Interview With The Vampire. Based on the novel by horror legend Anne Rice (who also wrote the screenplay), this 1994 hit stars some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, and even Kirsten Dunst. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 9”

Penny For Your Thoughts: The String Of Pearls

by Ian Sputnik

The String of Pearls: A Romance, otherwise known as The Barber of Fleet Street: A Domestic Romance was first published by Edward Lloyd as serialised work of fiction from 1846 to 1847 in his periodical The People’s Periodical and Family Library. As with many pieces published as a penny dreadful, the official author of the work isn’t known, but it’s widely regarded as having been penned by James Malcolm Rymer and/or Thomas Peckett Prest (both credited with Varney the Vampire as featured in our previous Penny Dreadful article). Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: The String Of Pearls”

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”

Penny For Your Thoughts: Varney The Vampire, Or The Feast Of Blood

by Ian Sputnik

The legend of vampires snakes back through the ages. Bram Stoker is widely regarded as the creator of modern vampire mythology as we know it today. His talent for taking the vampire legend and mixing it with the dark—but true—history of Vlad the Impaler, and centering the narrative around a love triangle encapsulates most of the elements we call to mind when we think about this genre of horror. And so in 1897 Dracula was first unleashed upon the world. Continue reading “Penny For Your Thoughts: Varney The Vampire, Or The Feast Of Blood”

Penny For Your Thoughts: A Penny Dreadful Retrospective

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”