"In Advanced Readings in D&D
, Tor.com writers Tim Callahan and Mordicai Knode take a look at Gary Gygax’s favorite authors
and reread one per week, in an effort to explore the origins of Dungeons & Dragons and see which of these sometimes-famous, sometimes-obscure authors are worth rereading today." [more inside]
"It was John Polidori's misfortune
to be comic without having a sense of humor, to wish to be a great writer but to be a terrible one, to be unusually bright but surrounded for one summer by people who were titanically brighter, and to have just enough of an awareness of all of this to make him perpetually uneasy. Also, he couldn't jump."
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]
"As the Nazis approached Paris, the American Colony broke camp & abandoned the city like rats from a sinking ship. Behind them they left a frail, elderly, impoverished, homeless Irish-American who, as a young man, had been an heir to wealth, a close friend to Beardsley & Wilde, & the only important American in the 1890s Aesthetic movement of England & France. He was Vincent O'Sullivan
, one of the world's great authors of horror fiction..." [more inside]
"While most other notable British Science Fiction shows were over-ambitious in their special effects, with results ranging from the troubling (Doctor Who
) to the disastrous (The Tomorrow People
), Sapphire & Steel
[ATV, 1979 - 1982] simply did not try
to do anything the budget wouldn't allow. The result called for milking surreal horror for all it's worth, creating a show that is, while definitely not for everyone, quite capable of reducing so-inclined viewers to quivering little heaps behind the sofa."
The remarkable occurrences of which I am about to write were related by certain French persons of sound sense and unimpeachable veracity, who happened to be in Berlin a few weeks before the outbreak of the European War. The Kaiser, the most superstitious monarch who ever sat upon the Prussian throne, sternly forbade the circulation of the report of these happenings in his own country, but our gallant Allies across the Channel are, fortunately, not obliged to obey the despotic commands of Wilhelm II, and these persons, therefore, upon their return to France, related, to those interested in such matters, the following story of the great War Lord's three visitations from the dreaded ghost of the Hohenzollerns.
From "Wilhelm II and the White Lady of the Hohenzollerns," by Katharine Cox, as reproduced in S. Mukerji's charmingly digressive Indian Ghost Stories
Horror movie blog Arbogast on Film
is counting down the days of October with studies of 31 cinematic screams
. Considered thus far: shrieks from The Tingler
, The Pit and the Pendulum
, Two on a Guillotine
, Macchie Solari
, The Black Cat
, Monster House
, The Silence of the Lambs
, She Demons
, The Thing
, L'Amante del Vampiro
, The Nesting
, and Witchcraft
. [more inside]
It was 1931. Subtitles
weren't practical, dubbing had yet to catch on, but Universal Studios wanted their lavish new production of Dracula
to play in Latin America. The solution? Shoot a separate film
on the night shift
. [more inside]
This may only occur to the obsessive student of The Parent Trap, but once the subtleties are noticed, hints start stacking up, and a creeping sense of the mythic pervades the film...
Join Chris Stangl, King of the Beanplaters
, as he obsessively studies The Parent Trap
, Little Shop of Horrors
, Teen Wolf
, the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, and more
Harold "Herk" Harvey
, a director of educational and industrial films for the Centron Corporation
, was driving through Utah when he spotted the derelict Saltair Resort
squatting on a mudded lakebed. The sight charged him with ideas, and when he returned home he recruited his Centron colleages and an unknown method actress
to make a psychological horror movie. The atmospheric result, shot over three weeks at locations in Kansas and Utah, was 1962's Carnival of Souls
. [more inside]
Here are two seminal vampire films: Carl Dreyer's Vampyr
and F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu
. [more inside]
Here are four classic short stories by John Collier
in four different forms: the original text of his famous "Thus I Refute Beelzy"
; a 1947 radio script for "Evening Primrose"
; a radio version of "Back for Christmas"
, starring Peter Lorre; and Patton Oswalt's interpretation of "The Chaser."