Jason Zinoman, author of the newly-published Shock Value
, a study of horror films from the late 1960s/early 1970s, presents a four-part essay in which he diagnoses the ills of the modern horror film and presents a few solutions. (1 2 3 4
) [more inside]
(an original paperback publisher that distributes the Hard Case Crime
series and is home to Leisure Books
, which is "the only mass-market house with dedicated lines for Westerns [four books a month] and horror [two books a month]," and which also publishes a romance line that features six to eight titles monthly) will transition to an e-book only model.
Perhaps only temporarily?
Perhaps not so temporarily after all
! Currently, e-book sales account for just 12% of Leisure's business, and their overall sales saw a 25% loss over the course of 2009. Popular horror novelist Brian Keene has already jumped ship from the house, citing lack of payment for his work.
Too Much Horror Fiction:
"Covering horror literature and its resplendent paperback cover art, mostly from the 1960s through the early 1990s. Mostly."
Artist Stephen R. Bissette
dissects the making of Saga of the Swamp Thing #20, the first American comics appearance of writer Alan Moore (um...previously
), in a series of blog posts that feature much original artwork (by Bissette and others), as well as a sampling of Moore's apparently absolutely ginormous script for the issue. (Warning: Parts of Bissette's site are NSFW.) Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
, Part 5
, Part 6
Web of Horror #1
(December 1969): Re-presenting the short-lived and impossibly obscure horror comics magazine that featured early work from such luminaries as Ralph Reese
, Jeff Jones
and Bernie Wrightson. Link via Journalista (may be NSFW). [more inside]
Today's date? Why, it's...July 11, 2052, and man has been cowering in terror, self-sealed in his own living-tombs since that day of horror in...1952. Remember? 100 years ago, the sky above America turned black...with the dread flight of millions of ferocious, gigantic ants! [more inside]
Comics great Jack Kamen
(probably best known today as the father of inventor Dean Kamen
) has died at 88. [more inside]
On October 26, 1965, a sixteen-year-old girl named Sylvia Marie Likens
was reported dead to Indianapolis police. It was soon discovered that her death was the culmination of weeks of torture at the hands of an adult caretaker and several neighborhood children;
when the case went to trial, the prosecutor declared it "the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana."
In 2007, not one but two films inspired by the case make their debut: The Girl Next Door
), based on a fictionalized version
of the events, and the docudrama An American Crime
). One person, at least, will probably be skipping both -- the victim's sister, who says of the latter film, "No one ever even asked us about it. It's their gain, our pain."