Twilight Zone Tuesday – Time Enough at Last

Twilight Zone Tuesday – Time Enough at Last

Henry Bemis – Burgess Meredith
Mr. Carsville – Vaughn Taylor
Helen Bemis – Jacqueline deWit
Mrs. Chester – Lela Bliss
Narrator – Rod Serling

Trigger Warning: 

Spoiler Tidbit

We begin in a bank with a bank teller counting out money to the lady at the window. His placard says his name is Henry Bemis. He’s pulling the old trick of reading on his lap (I used to do that in school) while he’s counting out the money. Which we all know is a recipe for disaster.

He starts telling the lady all about David Copperfield. Ugh, Dickens. Call me uncouth but I just can’t get into Dickens. He’s particularly enjoying the name ‘Murdstone’.

The lady interrupts him to tell him that he’s short-changed her by a dollar. I’m a tad torn on this. As a reader who sometimes has read in inappropriate places (although really, what’s an inappropriate place to read?) at the same time though, if you can’t do your job and read at the same time, do your damn job! That’s what you’re getting paid for.

Anywho, Henry (of the incredibly thick glasses) apologizes for short-changing her. He starts to go on about David Copperfield but she gets annoyed and leaves. Although, really, what was she hanging around for? She got her money and apology. What did she want? Abject groveling?

He puts up a ‘next window please’ sign and continues to read. But uh-oh, the boss man pops up behind him, catching him in the act. Mr. Carsville wants to see Mr. Bemis in his office. Now.

Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page but who is conspired against by a bank president, a wife and a world full of tongue-clackers and the unrelenting hands of a clock. But in just a moment Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He’ll have a world all to himself, without anyone.

In the president’s office Mr. Bemis gets a chewing out by the boss. His general point being that Mr. Bemis does not function within the organization of the bank. Plainly put, he’s not doing his job. Mr. Carswell tells Mr. Bemis that he’s “neither an efficient bank teller nor a proficient employee. He is *gasp!* a Reader.
It’s shameful to him that Mr. Bemis is “a reader of books, magazines, periodicals and newspapers”. I don’t suppose it’s crossed Mr. Bank Manager’s mind that without people reading all those things then there would be a lot of people out of jobs and less people visiting the banks? One of the things he gripes about Bemis doing is reading in the vault during his lunch hour. Ok, fine, Carswell doesn’t want him reading in the vault but other than that what Bemis does or doesn’t do on his lunch hour is no business of his.

He tells Mr. Bemis to straighten up, conform to the banking profession and get back to his cage. Or else he’ll be fired. Just a side question: why do they call them cages? Mr. Bemis replies that the only reason he reads at work is because his wife won’t let him read at home. She yanks newspapers out of his hand and hides the magazines. She won’t even let him use the ketchup because she caught him reading the label. What a bitch!

Mr. Carswell is on the wife’s side. Unasked, he gives his opinion of this. He reminds Mr. Bemis about election time when some woman took exception to his reading her button. I’m assuming it was attached somewhere near the bosom area. She took exception to it and tried to hit him with an umbrella. On the way out Mr. Bemis’ eye catches some magazines near the door and he starts to thumb through them until Mr. Carswell “Ahem’s” him out.

At Mr. Bemis’ house we hear a shrill ” Henry!’ Guess that’s the wife. He’s reading a newspaper.Which she promptly snatches out of her hand. Grr. She scolds him for it, saying “no husband of mine will not sit there and read, sacrificing the art of conversation” which makes him chuckle. She wants to know what’s so funny and he points out that she said “a husband of mine” making it sound like she’s got several.

She tells him that they’re playing cards over at the Phillips house. Henry does not look enthused about this. At all. She leaves to go get ready and tells him to change. He looks under the chair cushions for a book he had stashed there. He puts it in his coat but his anti-reading wife soon catches him out. He tries to play dumb on how it got in his coat. It’s a book of modern poetry. She asks him to read her some of it and he gets all excited and would be thrilled to. If she’s so adamant that reading destroys conversation reading together would be an activity they could share. Reading together usually leads to discussion. Which I believe is ‘conversation’. She looks far too smug, I don’t think I like where this is going. She scribbled it all out! Why, why, why would you do that you evil non-reader!? But, even with the scribbles it could still be readable.

Bemis wants to know why she did it. She calls it “silly, nonsensical doggerel”. Bemis is understandably upset. Then, oh my Cthulhu! She starts tearing it up. Ok, now it’s personal. He asks why she does things like that and she responds that she married a fool. I think you have that backwards madam. Henry married someone who is pure evil.

The next day at work it’s lunchtime and Henry heads off to the vault to read. He’s reading a newspaper about the new H-Bomb. Hm. Wonder what that could be about?

His book flips open and his watch-glass breaks just before a powerful blast shakes the vault, throws Henry around and knocks him out, glasses dangerously askew on his face.

Sometime later he awakens and feels his way to the door, his vision still blurry from his glasses being askew. Fortunately the vault door didn’t get blocked by rubble. Looks like the vault saved him from a bomb of some sort, presumably the H-Bomb. Oddly there doesn’t seem to be any radioactive fallout. Also, the stairs are miraculously intact. He steps out into a rubble-filled office and hears a voice. Mr. Carswell’s final words, spoken into a Dictaphone. Henry peeks over and sees Mr. Carswell’s hand clutching the Dictaphone. The rest of the body is under rubble and debris.

Henry makes his way out of the bank to look upon the wasteland that is his town.

Seconds, minutes, hours- they crawl by on hands and knees for Mr. Henry Bemis, who looks for a spark in the ashes of a dead world. A telephone connected to nothingness. A neighborhood bar, a movie, a baseball diamond, a hardware store, the mailbox of what was once his house and is now a rubble. They lie at his feet as battered monuments to what was but is no more.

During Serling’s narration Henry is wandering around. He winds up at his house calling for Helen. Besides the one hand shown there is a remarkable lack of bodies.

Mr. Henry Bemis, on an 8-hour tour of a graveyard.

Bemis realizes that everyone’s dead except him and also realizes that the vault saved him. He’s not too sure that he wants to be alive, however, if everyone else is dead. He’s got food (which is remarkably intact and radiation-free).

He lays down on a couch to have a nap and a smoke. He wonders if that’s how it will be from now on. Laying around, eating, smoking cigarettes and reading the same half of a newspaper over and over. I think he just described my daily routine. He also puts his glasses on the back of the couch before he falls asleep which seems a trifle unwise to me.

The next morning is pretty much the same. He sees a car that he somehow missed the previous day? I don’t know but he seems surprised to see it and it’s literally 5 feet from where he was laying. It doesn’t run of course, I’m not really sure why he thought it would. He starts panicking and yelling for someone, anyone.

He gives up on that pretty quick, knowing it will be of no use. He tries to convince himself that he’s extremely fortunate before breaking down completely and calling for help.

He stumbles into the ruins of a sporting goods store with a display case of pistols. He doesn’t think the destruction would bother him so much if it weren’t for the loneliness, the sameness the nothing to do-ness. He contemplates suicide, holding a pistol to his head. He’s sure that he’ll be forgiven for it given the situation.

He puts the gun to his head but then he sees the words that have probably saved us all at one time or another: Public Library.

There are books scattered on the steps. Apparently this library only carries classics like Dickens, Keats, Shelley and George Bernard Shaw. All thoughts of suicide are gone now that Mr. Bemis has books. He’s busy sorting his books by month and reveling in the written word. His book piles look suspiciously like mine.

He now has all the time in world. Time Enough at Last. Reaching for one more book his glasses fall off and break. He says it’s not fair and I whole-heartedly agree. I would be scouring for a magnifying glass. Anything.

The best laid plans of mice and men and Henry Bemis. The small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape. Just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Henry Bemis in the Twilight Zone.

Time Enough at Last is a very good Twilight Zone episode. Although, I do think a lot of the credit goes to Burgess Meredith in making Time Enough at Last one of the top-rated Twilight Zone episodes. In Time Enough at Last he’s funny, befuddled, despairing, joyful and abject. It takes real talent to display all of those emotions and really make you believe them. It is certainly a reader’s nightmare.

I’ve also noticed that conformity is a big thing with Rod Serling, always in a negative light. Individuality seemed to be very important to him.

As usual the title card is linked to IMDB for more information on the episode.

Join me next week for a recurring nightmare of an episode: Perchance to Dream.

Best B-Movie Monsters: Magnificent Mutations

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.If you’ve followed Sci-Fi  & Scary for any length of time, it’s no secret that we absolutely love B-Movies around here. These (mostly) low-budget purveyors of cheese, chuckles, and charnel put us both in our happiest of happy spots.  In our humble opinions, you haven’t experienced true film bliss until you’ve spent at least a few hours rotting your brain on these preposterous plots.

So, for this Top Ten Tuesday, we’ve rounded up our favorite fiends and most magnificent mutations of the B-Movie screen. (All the links will take you to IMDB.)



Best B-Movie Monsters: Snakes

There aren’t nearly as many truly awesomely horrible snake movies as there needs to be. At least not ones that are very well-known.  If you feel the need to expand your repertoire, though, we definitely recommend starting with the movies below. (After that, MoviesGalore44 has a great list of snake movies you can work your way through.)

Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda 
Movie cover for Python
Movie cover for Snakes on a Plane
Snakes on a Plane

Best B-Movie Monsters: Spiders

Arachnophobia is the King of Spider Movies. We all know that. But it’s actually legitimately scary at points, whereas the movies we’ve listed below just weave a web of wackiness with an apparent zeal.

 Big Ass Spider 
 Eight Legged Freaks 
Horrors of Spider Island 



Best B-Movie Monsters: Sharks

Believe it or not, there are other bad shark movies out there that are much better than Sharknado. The devils of the deep practically have their own sub-genre of sci-fi/horror films. The thought of these leering leviathans is enough to make sure some of us can never truly enjoy the ocean. So it would only make sense then that they feature in so many of these silly stories.

  Megashark vs Mechashark
    3-Headed Shark Attack









No doubt there are many lovers of the genre would argue belong on here, but these are the ones that really tickle our toes.

We’d like to give special mention to gems such as Lake Placid and Deep Blue Sea which were a little too good to earn themselves a place on this list. In our hearts, though, they are amongst our favorite monster movies.

Absolutely incensed that we left a particular movie off this list? Tell us in the comment section below!

Incarnate Review (Possession Horror)

Synopsis: A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.

Tagline:  Faith has failed us.

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2016 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 2

Watch the official Incarnate trailer here.

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The Devil Crept In Review (Horror)

Book cover fro The Devil Crept in by Ania Ahlborn

The Devil Crept In: Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine. – Goodreads

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All About Book Blog Tours

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A book blog tour  “allows authors to professionally promote their work without rearranging their schedule. Each tour stop enables authors to gain new readers and social media fans while reaching a worldwide audience.” (from Sage’s Blog Tours)

Book blog tours work for both authors and bloggers, albeit for different reasons. It gives bloggers, at a minimum, a topic/reason to post for a particular day. (This can be handy, especially if the creative well is bone dry.) It also introduces us to books (especially from indie authors) that we might not have come across otherwise. It does not, however, increase our page views or anything like that (at least not if the site is a daily poster as-is.)

There are some cons to participating in book blog tours, though. They can be seen as ‘filler content’. (I address that in the next paragraph.) Most blog tour companies seem to require ‘top post’ for the material, which means you cannot post anything else for the entire day. While it’s easy to understand why tour companies request this, it’s still difficult to give up various posting slots solely to book promotion. And you run the risk of having your site not stand out to potential new readers because they may have already seen the content somewhere else.

Sci-Fi & Scary is signed up with a few virtual book tours with blog tour companies, but we really only actively accept requests from one. That being Sage’s Blog Tours. There are several reasons for this but, in essence, it’s because the way Sage does her tours works out well for us. She works with content that most other book tour companies don’t seem to touch (science fiction and horror of the non-YA variety). Also, other than the graphics, we’re not given cut-and-paste material to use for interviews or prepared guest posts from the authors. (This isn’t an across the board thing with all other blog tour companies, just something I’ve noticed more from several.) Instead, we have a lot more control – we write our own interview questions, we have our own guidelines for guest posts, etc. There has been one case where I (Lilyn) received a guest post and got back in touch with Sage saying “I can’t accept this.” Within the day, I had something that I was willing to put up on Sci-Fi & Scary instead. That means a lot. Also, Sage doesn’t require ‘top post’ (although she mostly does get it from us.)

But I’ve always kind of wondered exactly how much work goes into doing a book blog tour. So, when I saw the issue raised on a forum about an author feeling ‘scammed’ because they hadn’t made any sales from the book tour that they had paid for, I went to Sage and asked her how things worked. She laid everything out for me in a post that I could share with everyone.

(I apologize for the rather lengthy introduction. I meant to do a separate discussion piece, but never found the time.)

So here you have it, straight from Sage’s mouth: Doing a Book Blog Tour from Start to Finish


Doing a Book Blog Tour from the Organizer’s Perspective

Since 2012, I have been coordinating blog tours through my online business, Sage’s Blog Tours. In that time, I have created a smooth system that I use to plan blog tours for authors. I can personalize this system to work best for each author and their blog tour. Below are the general steps:

1.) Get to know the book – You can’t plan a blog tour for a book without knowing at least the basics. I request materials from the author, and I use this information to figure out the book’s target audience. This allows me to choose bloggers who would be best suited to participate in the blog tour. The more informative I can be for potential bloggers, the better.

2.) Organize materials – I create media kits for each author using the information they send me and set up a feature page on the Sage’s Blog Tours’ website. While I do this, my graphic designer begins creating a custom tour banner for the author.

3.) Reach out to bloggers – I have built a large database of book bloggers over the past five years, so for each blog tour, I contact the book bloggers who are interested in the genre that the author is promoting. This way I know the author is reaching their preferred audience. If not, the blog tour wouldn’t be as beneficial for them.

4.) Set up a schedule – I create a tour schedule and keep it updated with the book bloggers who have signed up to participate in the blog tour. Once the tour is filled, I share this tour schedule with the author so they can follow along, as well as keep it updated on their feature page located on my website.

5.) Follow the tour – I make sure to follow along with the tour, so I can check to see if each blogger posted their feature and that the information posted is correct. I also share every stop on tour with the author, and on all of our social media pages – Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

6.) After the tour – The tour is over, but my work isn’t done! I contact each blogger who hosted a review during the tour to ask if they would share their review on Amazon and Goodreads. If there was a giveaway, I collect the winner’s info and send it to the author or distribute the prize if the author has asked me to do so.

A successful blog tour happens with the partnership of the tour coordinator, the author, and the bloggers. When all of those above are on the same page and have good communication, the blog tour is sure to be an excellent experience!

Sage’s Blog Tours “is a full-service publicity company that works with authors of all genres. We offer services to help promote your work in an affordable, fun, and successful way. Sage’s Blog Tours schedules blog tours with reviews of your work, interviews, and guests posts.
Our in-house graphic designer is exceptional at designing promotional tools for your online tour and in-person events. ”

It’s important to note, also, that Sage very clearly states in her FAQs about Book Blog Tours that sales are not guaranteed, and authors do need to be an active participant in promoting the tour stops as well.

Find Sage on Twitter: @SagesBlogTours

5 Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror Tales for Kids

It can be hard to get kids to sit down and read classic novels. The wording can be a bit dense, and the descriptions aren’t the most exciting. And often times they don’t even realize that movies they’ve seen and liked were adaptations of classic works.

Luckily, for those of us with little comic book readers on our hands, there are graphic novel adaptations of some our favorite classic novels available. And they’re for kids, too. Maybe we can hook them with these 5 graphic novel versions of classic science fiction and horror tales, and introduce them to the full versions of the stories they like the best? (btw, click on the covers to visit their Goodreads pages)

5 Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror Tales for Kids

Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror Journey to the Center of the Earth  is obviously a super simple version of the story (I kind of feel it’s missing a bit too much, actually..) is definitely kid-approved. My little monkey caught site of what I was reading, and suddenly we were delving into it together.

She told me: “The only thing that would make it better is if it was longer and they went on another adventure!”

Pages: 32

ISBN13: 9781616412524



Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror

The War of the Worlds is 48 pages long and is a bit more vivid and ‘busy’ than Journey to the Center of the Earth is. It’s been around for a while (how am I just now discovering these?). Its interest level is perfect for 9-12-year-olds.

Pages: 48





Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror I loved the illustrations in this version of The Invisible Man. Definitely my favorite out of the ones on the list. It got the basic story across well, and I could see how it might actually nicely creep kids out a little bit.

Pages: 34

ISBN13: 9781616412517





Graphic Novel Versions of Classic Science Fiction and Horror

Okay, so the graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time is considerably longer than the other ones that I’ve mentioned so far. However, I think it’d be totally worth it. The kiddos might not be able to read this one all in one sitting, but you could easily make it a bedtime deal with them.

Pages: 392

ISBN13: 9780374386153




Graphic Novel versions of science fiction and horror classics for kids This graphic novel version of Dracula is novella length and has received lots of positive reviews -including many from teachers for its faithful adaptation of the source work. It’s also got some of the most original illustrations out of this batch.

Pages: 192

ISBN13: 9781402731525

Horrors – A Full Year of Horror #8

Horrors! 365 Scary Stories – A Full Year of Horror

02/18/2017 – 02/24/2017

The horror short-short isn’t easy to master, but more than 100 of the genre’s critically acclaimed authors & hottest up-&-comers have taken a stab at it in Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, an anthology that contains a short tale for every day of the year. Steve Rasnic Tem, Wm F. Nolan, Tom Piccirilli, Yvonne Navarro, Peter Atkins, Brian Hodge, Martin Mundt & 166 others give you short, sharp shocks.

Each day I’ll be reading one story per day with a weekly wrap-up on Fridays. If you missed the first post you can find it here.

The first one up is one of my favorites so let’s get started!

Christmas with the CountIan McDowell
(I’m going to caution you that I do spoil the ending a little bit. I couldn’t help myself.)

After Anne Rice’s success with ‘The Interview with the Vampire’, the most famous of all vampires gives his own interview. The cost for the interview, however, is the interviewer’s own induction into the vampire club. They talk a bit about Stoker, Oscar Wilde and what the movies got right and wrong. At the end they go out to snack upon some carloers because, after all, “They are celebrating his birth”.

I loved, loved, loved this story. The twist at the end made me gape at it, then giggle.

Circles of PurgatorySandra Hutchinson

A man sitting alone by the telephone, waiting for the call that comes every night. She calls every night, the night of her suicide. He finishes the cycle by making his nightly call.

It’s very well-written and very sad. Very good story.

Claws John B. Rosenman

After impulsively murdering his boss, Jacobs receives a swift lesson in karma and reincarnation.

I don’t think reincarnation would work quite that fast but it was an entertaining read nonetheless.

Cold Comfort Lillian Csernica

A recently separated man finds a mirror on the beach. While reminiscing on fairy tales and magic mirrors, the owner of the mirror comes to claim it. And only one type of woman would leave a smoky mirror on a beach.

An interesting story and I liked the fairy tale element to it. I think the curse was a little unfair. Technically she’s the one who broke the damn thing.

Cold MoonJudy L. Tucker

A girl goes out for her vision quest with her Native American friend, Bear Claw. However, the woods at night can be a dangerous place.

Just ok. The plot was a little iffy but I do love a good were-bear story.

The CollectorLinda J. Dunn

Karen is tired of living in a hoarder’s nightmare. She tries to leave her husband, Bob. But once a collector, always a collector.

Not too bad but it was pretty easy to see where it was going.

Collector of RugsJessica Amanda Salmonson

A man who collects only the rarest of rugs is teased because there is one rug he cannot possess. He makes the mistake of desiring this rarest of rugs at the cost of all of his prized rugs. Be careful what you wish for.

Very good story with a nice twist ending. I saw part of it coming but not the rest.

Favorite of the Week:
Most definitely the Christmas with the Count. I loved the story and I loved the ending. Especially because it actually makes a bit of sense when you think about it.

That’s all for this week’s does of horror! I hope you’ll join me again next week for another weekly round of horror.

This is Horror 4: Horror Trivia, Classic Movies, and More

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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:


“Men who fear demons see demons everywhere.”
Brom, The Child Thief


Horror Movies

Horror Movie Suggestion for the Week:

We’re going old-school shark horror for this week’s horror movie of the week suggestion. It seems like the perfect time to watch it, don’t you think? As you won’t be able to actually go in the water for another couple months yet, plenty of time for the fear to fade to a slow boil in your subconscious. But, also, Jaws is just a great movie to watch whenever you can. Roy Schneider is awesome.

Synopsis: A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss


Horror Movies Opening This Week (Feb 24th):

Movie cover for Get OutSynopsis: A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Starring:  Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

Rating: R

Watch the official Get Out trailer here.




Trailer to watch:

Annabelle 2 is being released on August 11th, 2017. After seeing the first one, I can’t imagine this one being worth anything, but hey… different strokes for different folks. It might scare the pants off of someone, somewhere. Maybe.

Featured Horror Art

2017 02 06 by torvenius on DeviantArt

This was interesting, and I saw it as soon as I logged on to DeviantArt. What I saw was that a man had hanged his family as sacrifices, and was showing them off to the sun. What do you think?

Terrorific Trivia (new section!)

William Castle: The Gimmick Master

William Castle’s start in show business came after seeing a performance of Dracula and bluffing his way in to meet Bela Lugosi. Bela Lugosi recommended Castle for assistant stage manager. for the road company. This was also where he started putting his flair for the dramatic to use by propping a coffin outside of the theater. He also suggested a way for the play to have more flair by having Dracula disappear from the stage in a puff of smoke and reappear in the audience.

William Castle’s true forte though was his ‘gimmicks’ used to lure people to the theaters and sometimes broke a fourth wall here and there to get the audience involved. So let’s look at some awesome ones he did.

For this movie William Castle handed out life insurance vouchers for $1,00.00 should anyone die of fright during the movie. He also stationed nurses in the lobby and parked hearses just outside the theater to up the fright factor.

House on Haunted Hill:
At a key point in the movie a skeleton was rigged to swoop down over the heads of theater-goers. I’d imagine that got a shriek or two. It was called ‘Emergo’ vision.

The Tingler:
A creature that attached itself to your spine and tingles you to death doesn’t sound very scary I suppose. But what if the film were to ‘break’ and The Tingler was loose in the aisles? In some theaters where this played certain seats had vibrating motors attached to them, making them buzz. From the ‘broken’ movie Vincent Price would tell everyone to scream, The Tingler’s one weakness. The movie would resume, The Tingler defeated for the moment. Until the next theater to experience ‘Percepto’ theater.

13 Ghosts (1960):
Each patron received a ghost viewer/hider. Filmed in ‘Illusion-O’ the viewers could look through the red cellophane lens to see ghosts and the blue cellophane lens to hide them. The DVD comes with the glasses as well.

During a tense scene there was a ‘Fright Break’ with a timer included on the screen. The audience then had 45 seconds to leave and get a refund if they were too afraid to watch the rest of the movie. Some theater goers found a way around this by watching the movie once, keeping that ticket and then leaving during the second half of the second showing to get their refund. Different colored tickets were tried until William Castle took a more…drastic approach. As quoted by John Waters:

“He (William Castle) came up with ‘Coward’s Corner’, a yellow cardboard booth, manned by a theater employee in the lobby. When the Fright Break was announced, and you found that you couldn’t take it anymore, you had to leave your seat and, in front of the entire audience, follow yellow footsteps up the aisle, bathed in a yellow light. Before you reached Coward’s Corner, you crossed yellow lines with the stenciled message: ‘Cowards Keep Walking.’ You passed a nurse, who would offer a blood-pressure test. All the while a recording was blaring, “‘Watch the chicken! Watch him shiver in Coward’s Corner’!” As the audience howled, you had to go through one final indignity – at Coward’s Corner you were forced to sign a yellow card stating, ‘I am a bona fide coward.

That probably discouraged a few people. In the trailer for the movie, Castle explained the use of the Coward’s Certificate and admonished the viewer to not reveal the ending to friends “or they will kill you. If they don’t, I will.”

Mr. Sardonicus:
Movie goers were given glow-in-the-dark ‘Thumbs Up’ or ‘Thumbs Down’ cards to vote on the fate of the villain. Not surprisingly, the ‘Thumbs Up’ was rarely given so the alternate Merciful Ending was rarely screened.

13 Frightened Girls:
William Castle launched a casting call from 13 different countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Liberia, Mexico, Sweden, Venezuela, and China). I count 14 but, whatever. Each version was slightly different to highlight the girl when the movie was played in her country.

Told to rein in the theater theatrics William Castle simply sent out Joan Crawford to select theaters to promote the movie. Unable to resist, at the last minute he ordered cardboard axes to be given to theater patrons.

I think it would be so cool if theaters started doing things like this to get people entertained and interactive with the movies. The way it stands now they act a bit like they’re doing you a favor by letting you pay exorbitant prices to watch their movies. – GracieKat

Horror Books

Horror Books Released February 2017

Book cover for Ubo by Steve Rasnic TemUbo: Daniel is trapped in Ubo. He has no idea how long he has been imprisoned there by the roaches.
Every resident has a similar memory of the journey: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the moon, the gigantic insects dropping swiftly over the houses; the creatures, like a deck of baroquely ornamented cards, fanning themselves from one hidden world into the next.
And now each day they force Daniel to play a different figure from humanity’s violent history, from a frenzied Jack the Ripper to a stumbling and confused Stalin, to a self-proclaimed god executing survivors atop the ruins of the world. As skies burn and prisoners go mad, identities dissolve as the experiments evolve, and no one can foretell their mysterious end.

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Book cover fro The Devil Crept in by Ania Ahlborn

The Devil Crept In: Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

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A Keene Focus (3 Brian Keene books with a 3.75 rating on Goodreads.)
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Apex Predator #BookReview

Title: Apex Predator | Author: S.M. Douglas | Pub Date: 2016-10-21 | ISBN13: 9780997695526 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 1 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from the author for review consideration

Apex Predator 


In a world destabilized by soaring inequality, climate change, and war the deaths of several high profile bankers leave national security experts scrambling for answers. A disgruntled and discredited FBI Agent striving to bring to justice the corrupt individuals responsible for wrecking his community is instead ordered to protect those same Wall Street power brokers. In the postindustrial wasteland of a bankrupt Detroit he stumbles onto a lead capable of not just cracking the case, but with potentially explosive ramifications for the future of mankind. Meanwhile a team of historians investigating a mysterious Second World War era mass grave make a startling discovery in a medieval village located deep within a foreboding Ukrainian valley. Brought together they face an ancient terror in a global adventure that forces them to confront the tragic history of Eastern Europe’s blood lands. There they struggle to reconcile their findings with the evidence that a mythic evil is possibly real, and murderously intent on keeping its existence a secret until able to set in motion events that could change human history.

Apex Predator Review

The cover of Apex Predator is very nice looking. The wolf against the castle and the blue and black tones mingle well together. The title stands out nicely. The food descriptions were quite mouth-watering if a little unnecessary at times.

I also do appreciate what they’re trying to say about how Detroit got screwed over with the auto crash and resulting unemployment rates and mortgage fraud. We hardly spend any time there though, before all of the action moves to Eastern Europe.

Unfortunately that’s about all I can say for Apex Predator. The writing was stilted and didn’t flow smoothly. The author tries to work in just about every current issue in massive expository info-dumps. It makes the dialogue in the book awkward and unnatural. None of the issues are gone into with any depth nor are they worked in naturally into the plot of Apex Predator. There’s also a several page Q & A between the Wall Street savvy FBI Agent Brody and a character designated the idiot for plot convenience so Brody can tell us all about the fascinating details of how exactly the mortgage scams worked. Obviously us ‘Everyday Joes’ are just too dumb to figure that out by themselves. It’s as thrilling as it sounds.

There are also alternating chapters in Apex Predator from the Big Bad Banker Villain of the book which, frankly, are disgusting and crude. One of those lovely little chapters insinuates that a woman deserves a forced blow job because she’s showing a bit too much cleavage. In the middle of a bank office no less. There are also other sexual assaults, abuse of a baby (non-sexual but still disgusting) and each chapter ends with some variation of “Life is good/great/awesome”. It gets repetitive and tiresome.

The female characters in Apex Predator would be a joke if they weren’t such unamusing stereotypes. There’s Tanya, the stereotypical Eastern European femme fatale. Cindy, the archaeologist, isn’t given a whole lot of page time. There are a few others that are there as well but they are not given nearly the depth (such as it is) of the male characters.

That brings up another complaint of mine with Apex Predator. There are a ton of characters introduced. Some of them seem important at the beginning then are never heard from again. Others who aren’t very important to the plot are given more page time than they deserve.

With the aforementioned problems it commits the most egregious error a book can. Apex Predator is quite boring. Every now and then there’s a tidbit of action to go along with it but not nearly enough. I’m not even a reader who typically enjoys oodles of action There’s a lot of sitting around, being all expository and dull.

Oh yeah, and there’s werewolves that are eating corrupt bankers. Speaking of the werewolves (which are described surprisingly well) there’s a professor at the University of Michigan who, rather than even having the slightest professional curiosity about the fang found in a victim, retreats entirely and cuts himself off from any more inquiry about it. So, in the author’s eyes, Detroit is a burnt out wasteland (all of it apparently) and the University of Michigan is staffed by unprofessional professors who run at the first sight of something a little weird.

Perhaps with some heavy editing and more fully developed characters there’s some room for improvement. A lot of room. Developing the characters would improve it a lot, as would streamlining a lot of the unnecessary details and people.

I’ll wrap this up with a few suggestions to the author. I would definitely reconsider putting the names of real musicians in the book. Particularly in the contexts they are in (a juvenile joke about Nicki Minaj and Beyonce performing at a Trump-esque bankers birthday party). I’m not sure about the legality of it but at the bare minimum it will end up dating the book in the long run.

I honestly can’t recommend Apex Predator, not without some heavy rework, a good editor and another run through a proofreader would be a wise idea. I noticed a few typos here and there. Nothing to make it unreadable but it does make it look a bit unprofessional. Another proofread or edit would also smooth out some of the awkward sentence structure.


Stone Cold Bastards Review (Horror / Fantasy)

Book cover for Stone Cold Bastards by Jake Bible

Stone Cold Bastards: Only a rag-tag team of gargoyles stands between humanity and extinction.

Hell has released its ravening horde of demons, leaving most of humanity a puke-spewing, head-spinning mess of possession.

Humanity’s last hope? A team of misfit gargoyles—including a cigar-chomping, hard-ass grotesque—come alive and ready for battle during the End of Days. They guard the last cathedral-turned-sanctuary atop a bald knoll in the North Carolina mountains.

Gargoyle protection grudgingly extends to any human who can make it inside the sanctuary, but the power of the stonecutter blood magic, which protects the sanctuary, may not be enough when a rogue grotesque and his badly-wounded ward arrive.

All the hounds of hell are on their heels. The last sanctuary is about to fall. – Goodreads

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