The Siren Song of Spin Offs: A Review of SiRen

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”

Creature-Feature Conversations: Hellraiser: Bloodline

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”

Occult swamp war and urban body-horror: Now only 99 cents

As we’re gearing up for our next book and saving our pennies for Necronomicon, we’re dropping prices to get our titles into more hands.

The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie by Jonathan Raab and Hive by Alex Smith are now only 99 cents each for Kindle. For $2 that’s two tales of terror.

hive-isbn-uploadHive is the story of a couple who moves to a too-good-to-be-true apartment building in New York City following their abortion. When images of bizarre medical experiments appear on their television, they soon discover they’ve entered a surreal world of biological horrors and animalistic violence.lesser_swamp_gods_04

The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie follows a conspiracy theory radio show host turned county sheriff into the heart of haunted southern Oklahoma. Corn cob monsters, inhuman bog ghouls from hell, and warring witch-cults are all out for blood in this pulp horror adventure.

Spooklights #16 with Daniel Mills

MORIAH by Daniel MillsDaniel “Mr. Vermont Pancakes Spooky” Mills joins Sean and I to talk about his writing genesis, repressed memories as trauma, THE LORD CAME AT TWILIGHT, the Lord, a very young Sean Connery, and his upcoming novel MORIAH.

This is the link to the YouTube episode, but you can also find it on iTunes and SoundCloud for your commuting pleasure.