This is Horror is a sampling of Horror Movies, Art, Fiction, and Gaming, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you. Hope you enjoy!
This is Horror’s Quote to Consider:
“Animal rage is scary, but not as scary as control.”
― Lance Conrad,
Horror Movie Suggestion for the Week:
Your horror movie suggestion for the week is The Witch. This is one of those movies that people seem fairly polarized on. However, even though I generally hate movies that move slower, I really liked The Witch. It kept my attention much better than I thought it would, and the ending had me goggling.
The Witch Synopsis: A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.
Opening this Week (May 19th):
Alien: Covenant Synopsis: The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
Featured Horror Art from DeviantArt
The Cenobites are outright freaky, and I think that ADAMTMG100 has done an excellent job of conveying that creepiness in this image. There are many more like it up from him, so if you like it, please click on the link and go show him some love.
Notable Events in Horror History:
5 Horror Actors Birth / Death (May 6th-May 19th)
Orson Welles – b. May 6th (Waxwork)
Danny Trejo – b. May 16th (From Dusk ‘Til Dawn)
F. Paul Wilson – b. May 17th (Repairman Jack)
Matthew McGrory – b. May 17th (House of a 1000 Corpses)
Priscilla Pointer – b. May 18th (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3)
5 Horror Movies Released (May 6th – May 19th)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Since we all know how much I love Lovecraft, tentacles and all things Cthulhu it shouldn’t be a surprise that a Lovecraft trivia list would pop up here. As most people probably know he was a great pen pal and had lots of correspondence with other authors. In 1934 a story was sent around anonymously to members of the ‘Lovecraft Circle’. It contained hilarious pseudonyms to his friends and other writers. He denied writing the piece but it’s mostly attributed to Lovecraft. For what it’s worth, my copy lists Lovecraft and Robert H. Barlow. The story is public domain and I will provide a link to the story.
Anyway, I really liked some of the punny nicknames and I think you guys will too.
Cast of Characters
1. Two-Gun Bob – Robert E. Howard
2. Knock-Out Bernie, the Wild Wolf of West Shokan – Bernard Austin Dwyer of West Shokan, New York
3. Bill Lum Li – William Lumley
4. Wladislaw Brenryk – H. Warner Munn
5. D.H. Killer – David H. Keller
6. M. Gin Brewery – Miles G. Breuer
7. A. Hijacked Barrell – A. Hyvatt Verrill
8. G.A. Scotland – George Allan England
9. Frank Chimesleep Short, Jr. – Frank belknap Long, Jr.
10. The Effjoy of Akkamin – Forest J. Ackerman
11. Mrs. M. Blunderage – Margaret Brundage (Weird Tales artist)
12. Mr. C. Half-Sent – C.C. Senf (W.T. artist)
13. Mr. Goofy Hooey – Hugh Rankin (artist)
14. W. Lablanche Talcum – Wilfred Blanch Talman
15. Horse Power Hateart – Howard Phillips Lovecraft
16. M. le Comte d’Erlette – August Derleth
17. J. Caesar Warts – Julius Schwartz
18. H. Kanebrake – H.C. Koenig
19. H. Wanderer – Harold Wandrei
20. Teaberry Quince – Seabury Quinn
21. Malik Taus, the Peacock Sultan – E. Hoffmann Price
22. Sing Lee BawledOut – F. Lee Baldwin
23. Klarkash-Ton – Clark Ashton Smith
24. Windy City Grab Bag – Weird Tales
25. W. Peter Chef – W. Paul Cook
26. Smearum & Weep – Dauber & Pine
27. Samuelus Philanthropus – Samuel Loveman
28. Mr. De Merit – Wurst’s Weekly Americana – Hearsts American Weekly
Some are obvious wordplay on the names and others I can only assume are inside jokes. The story is very tongue-in-cheek.
New Horror Releases (Covers link to Goodreads):
Dark Cities – Edited by Christopher Golden – May 16th, 2017
In shadowy back alleys, crumbling brownstones, and gleaming skyscrapers, cities harbor unique forms of terror. Here lie malicious ghosts, cursed buildings, malignant deities, and personal demons of every kind.
Twenty of today’s most talented writers bend their skills toward the darkness, creating brand-new tales guaranteed to keep you awake at night– especially if you live in the dark cities.
Far worse than mythical creatures such as vampires and werewolves, these are horrors that lurk in the places you go every day–where you would never expect to find them. But they are there, and now that you know, you’ll never again walk the streets alone.
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault – Candace Robinson – May 16th, 2017
Some see it… Some don’t…
People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?
A book that intertwines horror elements and retellings, with humor and darkness
Gone with the Dead – Edited by Lori Perkins – May 3rd, 2017
An Anthology of Romance and Horror where Gone with the Wind meets The Walking Dead!
When a convention of more than 4,000 romance writers and readers descends upon Atlanta Georgia, it can only mean one thing…a mash-up of two of the finest Georgia traditions.
Erotic romance anthologist Lori Perkins has brought together 16 tales of Southern love and death in this unique short story collection.
Gracie’s 3 Favorite Ellen Datlow Edited Anthologies:
Horror on the Web
- Nicholas Brendan is in a new horror – Check out this clip for Redwood on Comingsoon.net
- Found a rather weirdly amusing snippet of an interview from some of the stars of Alien: Covenant on ABC10
- Jordan Peele is bringing Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country to HBO – The Verge
- 1428 Elm has a fun piece on Original Titles for Popular Horror Films
- Screen Anarchy’s guest contributor does not think highly of Alien: Covenant
- Gizmodo hooks you up with a cool 9 minute short called Incoming