This is Horror, Issue 7: The Void, Maximum Overdrive, By George!

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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

“This inhuman place makes human monsters.”
― Stephen King, The Shining

 

Horror Movies

Horror Movie Suggestion for the Week

Movie Poster for Maximum Overdrive Your horror movie suggestion for this week is Maximum Overdrive. Maximum Overdrive is based off a Stephen King story by the same name. It was released in 1986, and people have been alternately laughing and being creeped out by the evil autonomous trucks ever since. Part horror, part comedy, and all stick-with-you, it’s definitely a movie to put on your “to-watch” list if you’ve never seen it before.

 

Synopsis: A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Starring:  Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington

 

 

Horror Movies Opening This Week (April 7th):

Movie cover for The VoidThe Void Synopsis: Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.

Starring: Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh

Watch The Void trailer.

 

 

 

 

In Theatres:

The Belko ExperimentSee our review.

LifeSee our review.

Get Out See our review.

 


Featured Horror Art (from DeviantArt)


Evil Tree by andreasrocha on DeviantArt

It’s an evil tree. We don’t see nearly enough evil trees. Doesn’t this look like it would make a great print to go into a storybook?


Notable Horror Events/History

We’ll post interesting stuff here as we come across it. Let us know if we missed something juicy and we’ll add it in! 

5 Horror Actors Born (March 25 – April 7):

Lon Chaney, Sr.  – April 1

Jennifer Rubin – April 3

Anthony Perkins – April 4

Roger Corman – April 5

Diora Baird – April 6

 

5 Horror Movies Released (March 25 – April 7)

The Birds (1963)

Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

 

Audrey Rose (1977)

The Cat People (1982)

Grindhouse (2007)


Horror Books

New Horror Releases

Book cover for Dear Sweet Filthy WorldDear Sweet Filthy World Synopsis: What exactly is the difference between a love letter and a suicide note? Is there really any difference at all? These might be the questions posed by Dear Sweet Filthy World, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s fourteenth collection of short fiction, comprised of twenty-eight uncollected and impossible-to-find stories.

Treading the grim places where desire and destruction, longing and horror intersect, the author rises once again to meet the high expectations she set with such celebrated collections as Tales of Pain and Wonder, To Charles Fort, With Love, and the World Fantasy Award-winning The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In these pages you’ll meet a dragon’s lover, a drowned vampire cursed always to ride the tides, a wardrobe that grants wishes, and a lunatic artist’s marriage of the Black Dahlia and the Beast of Gévaudan. You’ll visit a ruined post-industrial Faerie, travel back to tropical Paleozoic seas and ahead to the far-flung future, and you’ll meet a desperate writer forced to sell her memories for new ideas. Here are twenty-eight tales of apocalypse and rebirth, of miraculous transformation and utter annihilation. Here is the place where professing your undying devotion might be precisely the same thing as signing your own death warrant—or worse.

 

Book cover for Blink DreadBlink Dread:  It starts as a little white dot – a harmless pinprick of light on the backs of your eyelids. But the longer you keep your eyes closed, the larger it grows… until even blinking causes it to increase in size. And that’s when you discover that it’s not a dot at all.

It’s alive.

It has sharp teeth, snapping jaws, and it’s growing at an exponential rate. Keep your eyes open at all times and you’ll be safe. Just don’t ever sleep. Because it’s relentless, it’s hungry, and it’s coming for you, one blink at a time…

 

 

 

Book cover for A Fever of the BloodA Fever of the Blood Synopsis: New Year’s Day, 1889.

In Edinburgh’s lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey.

Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient—a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won’t she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition?

McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill—home of the Lancashire witches—where unimaginable danger awaits.

 

By George!

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Terrorific Trivia: Our Favorite’s Faves

GracieKat:  I started thinking that we have so many favorite authors but what are their favorite books or writers? So, after some internet digging (and a little Tweeting, sorry guys!) here is our list of writer’s favorites. In no particular order.

 

  1. Stephen King: The Golden Argosy: The Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language – edited by Van Cartmell and Charles Grayson
  1. Clive Barker: Moby Dick, or, The Whale – Herman Melville
  1. H.P. Lovecraft:  It was hard to find a specific book or story that he liked the best but it’s safe to say that the stories of Edgar Allan Poe was a huge influence on him.
  1. Robert Bloch: This one is interesting because it goes so well with our author at number four. Bloch was one of the early Weird Tales writers and corresponded with Lovecraft quite regularly. so, again, it’s safe to say that the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft were highly regarded by him.
  1. Brian Keene: The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson – I’d like to thank Mr. Keene very much for answering my out-of-the-blue request to know what his favorite book is.
  1. Ramsey Campbell: Black Flowers – Steve Mosby – I’m not sure if this is a favorite but he speaks highly of this author in an interview and thinks he’s vastly underrated. The book I’ve listed is the book Mr. Campbell suggests to start with.
  1. Seth Patrick: Weaveworld – Clive Barker
  1. John McNee – Death is a Lonely Business – Ray Bradbury
  1. Robert R. McCammon: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell  – Susanna Clarke
  1. Jake Bible: Chronicles of Amber – Robert Zelazny

If I am wrong about any of these I will be more than happy to update it.


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4 thoughts on “This is Horror, Issue 7: The Void, Maximum Overdrive, By George!

  1. Bloch wrote a novel, “Strange Eons” (1978), in which he tried to fit in every Lovecraft story’s title. That’s a labor of love. Though, to be frank, his Lovecraftian short stories are better.

  2. Happy Birfday, Lon Chaney Sr!

    Here is a wiki link to my favourite Lon Chaney Sr. film, 1927’s ‘The Unknown’. Lon is an armless knife thrower in a circus! He uses his feet to throw knives, smoke cigarettes and play the guitar! Burt Lancaster said that this movie contains the most emotionally draining scene ever caught on film. You will know the scene when you get there. It also features a remarkably young and cute Joan Crawford!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unknown_(1927_film)

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