Welcome to What’s Up in Horror #6
This week we’re changing things up a little bit, but you’re going to get an emphasis on poultry (I know, it’s a fowl trick to pull.), clowns, and viruses. Oh, and NaNoWriMo. How many of you are participating in that? I actually am! Not because I’m delusional enough to think I can write, mind you. But more because I have had a story in my head for 6 + years, and it won’t go away!
There was no science fiction entry last weekend because I was on vacation. So everything that appeared on the site had been scheduled a good bit in advance during that week. I contemplated switching things up and doing one this week, but I’d rather just skip it and get back into the rhythm already established.
Movie & TV Tidbits
I’m really regretting adding this section as there’s hardly ever anything new to report! So, let’s change it up a bit.
Movie Suggestion for the week: I know, I know, Halloween is over, and lots of people have their sites set on Christmas already. But there’s always time for a good horror movie. Especially when it’s a hilariously disgusting horror comedy. So stop what you’re doing and find Poultrygeist. You may gag whilst watching it, but it’ll be worth it! I mean, c’mon, mjust look at the name. Poultrygeist. You know you’re in for something special.
IMDB Synopsis: Zombified chickens attempt to kill the fast-food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.
TV Suggestion for the week: Right now I’m watching a show called Containment on Netflix. I’m only a few episodes in, but it’s holding my attention a lot more easily than… pretty much anything nowadays. It’s got maybe one person I recognize in it, and the CDC director reminds me vaguely of an angry llama, but it’s fairly well-acted and worth checking out.
IMDB Summary: The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives. The drama tells the story of loved ones torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes.
Featured Vimeo Horror Short
Guys, I’ll be honest. I have no idea WTF I watched when I watched this. But it kept me staring and it was under the horror section, so…
Featured Horror Art
This black and white illustration of Freddy Krueger really appealed to me. I think the harshness of with basically no shades of gray is what makes it really stand out.
(click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page.)
These books are not brand new releases, but they’re probably brand new to you (and they’ve got at least 3.75 rating on Goodreads)!
Note: Sci-Fi & Scary is not affiliated with any of these small presses. We just like giving lesser known horror books a chance to shine.
- NY Times Best Sellers – zip.
- USA Today Best Sellers (1-20) – zilch.
- Amazon’s Kindle Horror Best Selling Section is headed by by Finders Keepers by Stephen King,The City of Mirrors (book 3 in The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin, and The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King.
- UnboundWorlds gives us a bit of advice for NaNoWriMo from published authors. Some of it is good stuff!
- Well, I think it’s safe to say we can’t ignore the fact that The Walking Dead fans are all up in arms over the fact that Glenn died. I have to admit, even though I don’t watch the show any more, I don’t think they should have did that. Glenn was pretty much the only decent guy on the team.
- Vice staff writer, Mike Pearl, offered a retrospective on Y2K Nu-Horror, where he ripped into my favorite horror movie ever (Thir13een Ghosts.) After I got over my urge to smack him upside his head for daring to do so, I had to admit it was actually a fairly entertaining article.
- The Washington Post had a piece on a teen horror blogger who murdered her parents. It’s an interesting (albeit depressing read) because while they do poke at the fact that – Oh my God, somebody who likes horror did a bad thing!! – they did a pretty good job of making it clear that she wasn’t just an evil kid or something. They detailed certain things which make her snap understandable.
- ComingSoon’s Max Evry did a with-love piece on the 9 levels of horror fandom. I cracked up. For the record, I’m between a level 5-6, but not anywhere near a 7. If I met the director of Thir13een Ghosts, I’d probably just say “Loved that movie!” and walk away. I don’t fangirl over people. I fangirl over their work.
- Blastr gave us a fun list of fowl horror movies. I need to watch every single one of these. How about you?
- Here’s a fun quiz from People to determine What Stereotypical Horror Movie Character Are you? For the record, I got Martyr/Voice of Reason. *Sigh*