This is Horror, Issue 5: Vincent Price, Brian Lumley, and Raw

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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

“[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
Clive Barker

Horror Movies

Horror Movie Suggestion of the Week:

Movie cover for Drag Me to Hell

It seems like at least a few times a year, this movie gets brought up amongst my circle of horror-loving friends. It doesn’t even seem to be that it’s a particularly great movie. Something about it just keeps drawing you back to it. Maybe it’s that ending scene. Maybe it’s how much you end up rooting (or not) for the protagonist. Who knows? Whatever, it’s worth the watch.

Synopsis: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier

 

 

Horror Movies Opening this week (March 10th):
Movie cover for Raw Synopsis: When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

Rating: R

Watch the official RAW trailer.


Featured Horror Art


Resident Evil 7 – LUCAS BAKER by Sheridan-J on DeviantArt
There’s just something about this Resident Evil portrait that draws the eye. Maybe its the slight look of pleased insanity on what I’m assuming is a dead guy’s face? (I don’t really follow the series so I don’t know.) Creepy goodness!


Terrorific Trivia

Graciekat says: I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I love Vincent Price…and his eyebrow. So, this week’s Terrorific Trivia is dedicated to him. Just because! So, enjoy!
1. In the 1970’s Vincent Price had his own mail-order book club called ‘Vincent Price Books’, specializing in mysteries and thrillers. Ok, the name isn’t super-creative but I would have signed up in a heartbeat to buy them. Well, I would have signed up then ordered books, then gotten calls from debt collector’s because that’s generally how my book club orders went but you get the idea.

2. Vincent Price would often attend showings of his films in costumes, often to play pranks on movie-goers. That would be so awesome. Just imagine back then being at a movie theater then finding out the guy messing with you is Vincent freaking Price.

3. Vincent Price hosted a BBC Radio program called “The Price of Fear”. It ran from 1973-1975 and in 1983.  I haven’t listened to them yet but that is certainly on the top of my to-do list for the next couple of days.

4. Vincent Price was also an avid gourmet cook and wrote several cookbooks. Which just makes him a  bit sexier to me.

5. Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were born on the same day. Vincent Price was born on May 27th, 1911. Christopher Lee was born on May 27th, 1922.

6. Vincent Price was considered a gentleman but a bit eccentric. He often engaged in over-the-top theatrics while discussing his favorite topics: Cooking and Poetry. I’m sure he had bad days but man, he sounds like he’d have been fun to hang out with.

7. One of Vincent Price’s favorite roles was Theater of Blood due to his love of Shakespeare. If you have not watched this movie I strongly suggest that you do. It is absolutely crazy and awesome.

8. Vincent Price was very supportive of his daughter when she came out as a lesbian. Which at that time would have been a pretty ballsy move.

9. Vincent Price was also highly critical of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign in the seventies.

10. Was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of Doctor Strange, who’s full name is Stephen Vincent Strange. I’ve never really read the comics but I have seen the illustrations and I can definitely see the resemblance.


That’s it for the Terrorific Trivia and I hope you enjoyed it. With a tip of the hat, we’re out!

 

Sources: IMDB, Biography.com, VincentPrice.com

 

Horror Books

New Horror Releases

Book cover for Hekla's Children

Hekla’s Children: A decade ago, teacher Nathan Brookes saw four of his students walk up a hill and vanish. Only one returned – Olivia – starved, terrified, and with no memory of where she’d been. After a body is found in the same woodland where they disappeared, it is first believed to be one of the missing children, but is soon identified as a Bronze Age warrior, nothing more than an archaeological curiosity. Yet Nathan starts to have terrifying visions of the students. Then Olivia reappears, half-mad and willing to go to any lengths to return the corpse to the earth. For he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay…-Goodreads

Purchase on Amazon.

 

 

 

Book cover for What Waits Beneath

What Waits Beneath: Thomas Malafarina’s first novel is set in 1965 in his native Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. A young boy is savagely disemboweled in the presence of his friends at an abandoned coal mine by an unidentified creature.

During the investigation, which follows, a Philadelphia television reporter learns from an eccentric old codger a terrible legend about the disastrous history of the mine – a tale about a mine disaster many years ago in which three coal miners were trapped a mile below the surface. Out of desperation, one of the miners sold his soul to Satan in order to get revenge for the disaster. In return, Satan transformed this man into an immortal soul-feeding demon that must remain trapped in the mine until he gathers
ninety-nine souls.

How do you kill what can’t be killed? How do you stop the unstoppable? Welcome to a place where terror reigns, where unspeakable horror and demonic savagery is the norm; where lost souls writhe and struggle for a freedom that may never come. Welcome to Coogan’s mine; the home of Devil Dan. – Amazon

Purchase on Amazon.

Book cover for The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn Probert

The Lovecraft Squad: There has always been something wrong about All Hallows Church. Not just the building, but the very land upon it stands. Reports dating back to Roman times reveal that it has always been a bad place—blighted by strange sightings, unusual phenomena, and unexplained disappearances.
So in the 1990s, a team of para-psychiatrists is sent in to investigate the various mysteries surrounding the Church and its unsavoury legends. From the start, they begin to discover a paranormal world that defies belief. But as they dig deeper, not only do they uncover some of the secrets behind the ancient edifice designed by “Zombie King” Thomas Moreby but, hidden away beneath everything else, something so ancient and so terrifying that it is using the architect himself as a conduit to unimaginable evil.

Read our review of The Lovecraft Squad.

Purchase on Amazon.

 

Everything is Lumley, isn’t it? (Covers go to Goodreads)

Book cover for The Last Aerie by Brian LumleyBook cover for Freaks by Brian LumleyBook cover for Necroscope by Brian Lumley


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One thought on “This is Horror, Issue 5: Vincent Price, Brian Lumley, and Raw

  1. I’m a fan of “Theater of Blood” myself, though it would be years before I’d read all the Shakespeare plays it was based not. (Not a requirement to enjoy the movie, by the way, so if you hadn’t seen it, don’t let my pretensions to culture deter you!)

    But if you want to see Vincent Price in an offbeat role, look up 1950’s “The Baron of Arizona” in which he had a straight lead role as a fictionalized version of the forger and con man who almost got away with claiming much of Arizona.

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