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 28

by Ian Sputnik

28 Days Later (2002)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Twentieth Century Fox

28 Days Later leapt upon our screens in 2002. A group of animal activists raid a facility in order to release primates that are being experimented on. The scientists’ aim is to find out what causes anger in humans. They have managed to synthetize a virus which causes this intense emotion within us; and by injecting the primates with this, they hope to study and understand it better. Their end game is to find a cure, and thus stop conflict and war throughout the world. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 28”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 26

by Ian Sputnik

The Texas chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Bryanston Distributing

From the opening scene of exhumed, putrefied human corpses, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre exudes an uncomfortable feeling and a promise of what’s to come. The story centres around a group of young friends on a road trip. They encounter a family of inbred, cannibalistic psychopaths, and soon find themselves in a waking nightmare. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 26”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 14

by Ian Sputnik

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Directed by Wes Craven
New Line Cinema

 Teenagers start to see the same character in their dreams; a badly burnt man in a hat, red and green striped jumper, and a glove complete with bladed fingers. This is Freddy Krueger, burnt to death years ago by a group of parents delivering vigilante justice to this child killer, who managed to escape criminal justice on a technicality. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 14”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 13

by Ian Sputnik 

Friday the 13th (1980)
Directed by Sean S. Cunningham
Paramount Pictures

In 1980 Friday 13th was the film to watch. A group of teens are sent to a soon-to-be-reopened summer camp in order to get things up and running. On their way there, the team is informed that the camp had been shut down due to a drowning, and soon a series of murders ensues. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 13”

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”

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”

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”

Why Exorcisms Will Always Be Part Of Horror

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”

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”