Jeremy Robert Johnson joins us to discuss horror-as-influence on a not-necessarily-a-horror-author, SKULLCRACK CITY, ENTROPY IN BLOOM, night terrors, rural vs. urban, and so much more. Dude’s an excellent writer, humble and hungry AF, and you’d do well to read his work. Also I mumble-mouth my way through the opening description, and at some point we talk about drugs.
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Stephen Graham Jones, author of Demon Theory, Mongrels, and countless more joined us for the latest episode of Spooklights. Bigfoot and the greys come up, and I manage to say “haunted media” again because I’m apparently contractually obligated to bring it up every episode.
Review by Billy Lyons
Horror anthologies have always been my favorite. I cut my teeth on the 1970s classics, movies like Torture Garden, The Uncanny, and The Vault of Horror. What made these films so special was their extremely high quality. The majority were produced by industry giants Hammer and Amicus, written by folks like Robert Bloch and Richard Matheson, and performed by masters such as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Continue reading “The Siren Song of Spin Offs: A Review of SiRen”
Self-described rural macabre horror author Mer Whinery joins us for this episode of Spooklights! He’s one of my favorite writers in the game today.
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Creature-Feature Conversations is a series of informal discussions about obscure, unique, or cult horror films, primarily from the 80s and 90s.
Orrin Grey is a skeleton who likes monsters, movies, and especially monster movies. His stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, and been collected in Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings and Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts. From 2011 until 2016 he wrote a monthly column on vintage horror cinema for Innsmouth Free Press that has now been collected into Monsters from the Vault. You can visit him online at orringrey.com.
Jonathan Raab is the author of The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie, The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre, and Flight of the Blue Falcon. His novella Cold Call is featured in Turn to Ash’s Open Lines anthology. You can read his short story “The Secret Goatman Spookshow” in the Lovecraft eZine.
Hellraiser: Bloodline (dir. Alan Smithee, 1996.)
JR: After our last entry proved to be pretty popular (and, curiously, controversial, considering how many people actually like Hellraiser III), I figured, why not check out the sequel? I remember back in my early high school days purchasing this VHS from Media Play in their horror section, it being the only Hellraiser film they had that wasn’t $30, back when horror movies were hard to come by and my knowledge of the form was woefully limited to what I could afford to purchase or what my cousins happened to record on HBO and Showtime off satellite TV. After seeing the Scream movies I just knew I had to be literate in horror cinema, but my options were pretty limited. I very easily could have purchased another movie—any horror movie, really—but something about the simple box art (Pinhead in profile, if I remember correctly) and premise caught my attention, especially considering my interest in the series spurred on by my enjoyment of the censored-for-TV cuts aired during AMC’s Monsterfest. Continue reading “Creature-Feature Conversations: Hellraiser: Bloodline”