is an annual, one-night tournament of monsters competing in various categories -- Best Kill, Most Unnecessary Collateral Damage, Sexiest Victim -- with the top prize being the coveted Killer Cup. The objective of the tournament is killing humans.
wrote some of the best ghost stories of the last fifty years. He also edited one of the finest genre anthology series of his time: The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories
. Between 1964 and 1972, he curated eight volumes of horror fiction without repeating an author, favoring always the subtle, the psychological, the poetic, the rare, the neglected. 59 of his selections can be found online. [more inside]
- A rationalist ghost story by Alan Moore.
For many years the BBC had a tradition of showing a dramatisation of a classic ghost story at Christmas. This tradition is being continued this year with Whistle and I'll Come to You
being shown tonight staring John Hurt. An adaptation of the same classic MR James story
was shown in 1968 staring Michael Hordern beginning the tradition (1
). [more inside]
, The Unfamiliar
, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
- Three stories of a group of dogs, and a cat, battling the supernatural courtesy of Evan Dorkin
, Jill Thompson
and Dark Horse Comics, released for free as a teaser for the forthcoming Beasts of Burden
Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality (PDF -- HTML version without addendum here)
Two physicists examine certain features of popular myths regarding ghosts, vampires, and zombies as they appear in film and folklore. See also Real Zombies (audio)
on the science of zombiefication. Also of interest are Psychological significance of Immortal beings (audio)
and Blood Fighting: Dawn of the Robots and Zombies (video)
, which delve into the prominence of vampires, zombies and other things that go bump in the night in popular culture. Not to your liking? Well, check out some classic (and some not-so-classic) horror tales inside. [more inside]
The Obakemono Project
- a Gaijin's guide to the fantastic folk monsters of Japan. (via oink)
The house in Amityville with the fan-shaped windows making an inhuman face is the Godzilla
of haunted house movies. The town and current owner of the house where the DeFeo family was murdered try to downplay
(registration required) its signficance. The trademark windows in the original have been replaced to disguise its identity, and lawsuits force studios to use a house-double. Although latest remake claims the status of "true story," the case has been widely dismissed as a hoax
and the 2005 film has even rased the ire of George Lutz
for how he is portrayed as the haunted father-figure. Other people involved in the case including convicted murder DeFeo are unhappy
with the new attention. Still, the story has its true believers
who argue the debunkers have their own agenda. Then again, Texas Chainsaw Massacre
was also claimed by the same production company to be "inspired by a true story."
The Moonlit Road.
A fine collection of ghost stories from the American South.
People who like this may also be interesting in How to Fake a Ghost Photo
, or Haunted
offers up a splendid smorgasboard of literary ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and, of course, gothic. As a Victorianist, I have a particular predilection for their ghost stories
. Many more Victorian tales of the terrifying--and just plain weird--can be found at this site
, which also features an ongoing reading group. [more inside]