Breaking the Fourth Panel: Neonomicon and the Comic Book Frame (1
) Alan Moore’s recent Lovecraftian comic dissected. (MLYT, Possibly NSFW language and SAN loss)
of horrific, Japanese maggot-man robot allegedly designed to act as a physical presence during phone calls. More info and photos here
Are you an aspiring writer of genre fiction? Would you like to workshop your stuff before submitting it to magazines and publishers, but you don't happen to have a group of local friends that you can workshop with? Critters.org
is an online, highly automated fiction workshop. You submit your manuscript, it waits in a queue until its time comes up, and then it gets sent out to all the active subscribers, some of whom will hopefully send you some helpful feedback! Make sure to critique at least one story every week, though, or you lose your privileges to post your own stories to the queue. [more inside]
Vacation Necronomicon School Join us as we explore the writing of H. P. Lovecraft and work inspired by the mythos he created. We will post one assignment per day for 13 unholy days, beginning 26 July 2010.
The secrets of "Psycho's" shower scene. "In the course of my research, I read one allegation about the weeklong filming of the scene that both troubled and intrigued me, but none of the reference books I consulted elaborated on the assertion."
Director Guillermo Del Toro has announced
that he will no longer be directing The Hobbit, and has made a follow up statement
today. Speculation is rife
as to what he might work on next, having given up that massive commitment. Some
, based on this AICN interview promoting the movie Splice, that going forwards with his adaptation
of HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness
may be on his mind again.
Too Much Horror Fiction:
"Covering horror literature and its resplendent paperback cover art, mostly from the 1960s through the early 1990s. Mostly."
Cult Radio A-Go-Go.
"Our radio crew, including your hosts Terry & Tiffany, Cragg our drive-in movie gargoyle and Wicked Kitty, welcomes you to our world of exploration into the very bizarre genre of ultra rare B - pop culture in comedy, parody. horror, sci-fi, exploitation, sexploitation, T.V., Old Time Radio & drive-in movies! We are stationed at the abandoned drive-in near death valley where we are broadcasting our pirate internet radio signal to you, for the audio pop culture junkies needing a fix!" [more inside]
In an exclusive interview with MTV,
Ridley Scott releases further details on his latest project: two
3D Alien prequels
, which will have a non-Ripley female lead and focus on the story behind
the first movie's "Space Jockey." [more inside]
The Cat With Hands,
a short film not to be watched alone after dark with a cat on your lap.
The Edison Frankenstein
, the first movie adaptation of Mary Shelley's story, and the first horror movie
, is 100 years old as of last week. The Frankenstein blog has more details
“Animal brains have to be illegal, They’re a gateway to human brains.” - Those Below
, short fiction by horror writer Jeremy C. Shipp
Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name
is a 'sugarcoated horror' webcomic that's wonderfully illustrated and typeset.
HORROR MOVIE RULE #1: Don't look in the mirror
. SLYT | 04:11.(via.)
The devil rides out
- How Dennis Wheatley sold black magic to Britain.
- The Thing from the point of view of the thing, by Peter Watts (previously, previously, previously)
The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast talks to director Stuart Gordon about Herbert West - Reanimator (part 1
, part 2
). A prolific director, Gordon is responsible for some of the better adaptations
of Lovecraft's work (and From Beyond
). Currently he is directing Reanimator star Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe
in the one-man shoe Nevermore, which just finished a hugely successful run in LA and is now heading for Poe's hometown of Baltimore
Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon
, probably best known for his work on Alien
, as well numerous other science fiction films
, has passed away
William Hope Hodgson
led an almost fictional life. After trying to run away to the sea as a boy, he eventually had careers as a seaman, professional body builder, personal trainer, public lecturer, and an author of weird fiction (much of it available here
). He is also remembered for giving Harry Houdini a hard time
. He died toward the end of World War I, having volunteered, received a discharge due to injuries, and volunteered again. [more inside]
is a short monster movie created by four animation students. Here's a version with English subtitles
(although it's hardly necessary). [via
In order to promote their upcoming remake of The Wolf Man
, Universal has launched Universal Monster Legacy
(Flash with auto-playing audio), featuring music, posters, video clips and still galleries from the classic Universal Monster
The 21 Scariest Doctor Who Moments Ever
, according to SFX magazine. Waters of Mars
, which aired in the UK this weekend and airs in the US on December 20th, may add to that list. Meanwhile, in other formats, Michael Moorcock
is writing a Doctor Who novel
A Poem by Stephen King
The poem is stored by Playboy.com so NSFW. Also, body horror and vernacular involved.
What's 51 years old and made of silicone with red food dye? The Blob
, best known for it's work in The Blob
, an independent film released in 1958, with Steve McQueen's second movie role (following Never Love a Stranger
, which was released earlier that same year). The movie has been considered the definitive '50s film about a town that won't listen to the kids until it's too late
(as noted in a review for the Criterion laserdisc release
), with a super-catchy theme song
(extended single version
and b-side Saturday Night in Tiajuana
) that was Burt Bacharach's third US hit song
. (See more: theatrical trailer
, full film on Veoh
, full film as YouTube playlist
) Times change, and so do monsters, and things got a bit wacky in the 1970s, with Beware! The Blob
(aka Son of Blob
, full film
). The sequel played more to the slapstick comedy than the sci-fi/horror spectrum of things. Thirty years after the original, The Blob was remade in 1988
, full film
), and is supposedly being re-created by Rob Zombie
, though his statement about reviving The Blob without "the big red blobby thing" has people asking, then why remake The Blob?
(previous blobby goodness
) [more inside]
Lovecraft 101: Get To Know The Master of Scifi-Horror
. For more detailed insights into each of Lovecraft's tales
in publication order you might want to follow the H.P.Lovecraft Literary Podcast
. For another story-by-story guide to Lovecraft you might want to check out Kenneth Hite's Tour De Lovecraft
(also available in expanded form as a book
). China Mieville on Lovecraft and racism
and a lecture at Treadwells
by Archaeologist James Holloway which delves deep into Lovecraft and identity
. The making of the Call of Cthulhu RPG
. The making of Cthulhu
(Hipsters! Ego! Madness!). Happy Halloween with H.P. Lovecraft!
A Hierarchy of Classic Horror Monsters: Regular vampires are shit. They can only beat Zombies, Witches, assorted Poltergeists, and Mr. Hyde. That is BARELY BETTER THAN A REGULAR PERSON. Shut the fuck up about vampires. [more inside]
Respect Your Pet
has launched with a mission of tracking down those individuals who mistreat and humiliate their pets with such tools as creative grooming and silly photography. Their "about
" page hints at one reason this is such an important cause for the couple that started the site. [more inside]
- A montage of cellphones in horror movies. [more inside]
"All of which is a long way of saying that, to construct a new church of anatomical horror and to do so out of stone, as Al-Mehdari seems to be suggesting, is a fascinating idea. " - Body Baroque
, "Concept Horror.
" The fourth issue of Urbanomic's "journal of philosophical research and development," Collapse
, focuses on the relationship between modern philosophy and horror fiction and features essays by and about authors such as Thomas Ligotti
, China Miéville
and Michael Houellebecq
and of course H.P. Lovecraft. Having sold out its print edition, Urbanomic has made the issue available for download as a 200 + page PDF.
Some disturbing images (and ideas) within the download.
, 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
Who Goes There
- the John W. Campbell
short story which inspired the movies The Thing from Another World and, closer to the original, The Thing
(which, apparently, was horribly critically mauled upon release but has since become as much as a classic as the 50s film). The story is now being reprinted
alongside a treatment by Logan's Run
author William F. Nolan
for an unmade 1978 screen version.
"That was one of the most memorable scenes for me. Namely because his expression made it look like he wasn’t terrified of the fact he was hanging, but what was watching him hang." System Shock 2
, the highly influential sci-fi horror game, was released 10 years ago today. [more inside]
Vampires are over
, argues Neil Gaiman
. (Via the Guardian
, who rather oddly suggest the similarly over-exposed zombies as a replacement)
From the guys that brought you Hobo With A Shogun
comes award-winning short
"Necronomicons: The Scariest Book in the World"
- A talk given by Daniel Harms
, author of the Encyclopedia Cthulhiana
, on the history of the Necronomicon(s)
- taking in Abdul Alhazred, John Dee, assorted aquaintences of HP Lovecraft, some rather dodgy sounding occultists from the 70s and a man known only as Simon
The American Nightmare
) Documentary on US horror films of the 60s and 70s and how their themes reflected the society of the time. Includes contributions from John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, George R. Romero and Tom Savini. NSFW - horror gore plus extreme reportage.
It's Friday! Enjoy Necronomicon
, a fun little flash-based card game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.