A Moment With: Kenneth W. Cain

by Ian Sputnik

Kenneth W. Cain is the author of four novels, four short story collections, four novellas, and several children’s books among his body of work. He is the editor for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales From The Lake Volume 5 and When the Clock Strikes 13. The winner of the 2017 Silver Hammer Award, Cain is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, as well as a volunteer for the membership committee and chair of the Pennsylvania chapter. Cain resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. Continue reading “A Moment With: Kenneth W. Cain”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 22

by Caitlin Marceau 

Crimson Peak (2015)
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Universal Pictures

When tragedy strikes, newly married Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) and Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) return to his family manor in England—Allerdale Hall—which is commonly known as Crimson Peak, due to the blood red clay that seeps through the earth. While in her new home, tensions build between Edith and her sister-in-law Lucille (Jessica Chastain) when she begins to have ghostly visions of Thomas’ previous wives and she starts to fall ill. It’s not long until Edith realizes there’s more than family history haunting the mansion, and she must fight for her life in order to avoid the same fate that’s befallen so many before her. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 22”

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 11

by Fallon Morey 

Alien (1979)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Twentieth Century Fox

Disclaimer: this author has always considered Alien (1979) among the scariest movies of all time. Ridley Scott’s commercial directorial debut showed the world that science movies can be scarier than their psycho-killer-in-a-mask counterparts. It launched Sigourney Weaver’s acting career in her first starring role as Ellen Ripley and brought artist H. R. Giger’s work into mainstream visibility. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 11”

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”

A Moment With: Kristin Holland

by Ian Sputnik

Kristin Holland is a podcaster, voice actor, voice over artist, actor, and professional musician based in Melbourne, Australia. Currently he’s in his second year of running his fortnightly, short horror podcast Nocturnal Transmissions and regularly appears in other productions such as Justintertainment’s Yowie and the US based Simply Scary Podcast.

We took a moment to sit down with Holland, and ask him about his work, his love for horror, and what got him interested in voice work. Continue reading “A Moment With: Kristin Holland”

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”

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”

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”