The Biweekly Horror Bulletin serves to give you the highlights on horror for the current and previous week. The new releases in books, movies, and games when possible. What people are talking about, notable reviews, etc. We welcome your participation.
A Horror Funny
A family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begin to terrorize them.
The Lady From the Black Lagoon – Mallory O’Meara – March 5, 2019
The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick—one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters.
As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.
As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.
A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.
Yes, for those that read the synopsis, this really isn’t a horror film. However, you gotta shake things up sometimes.
Horror on the Web
Jordan Peele has a lot of projects going right now: Us, the new Twilight Zone series and a ‘spiritual successor’ to Candyman. Apparently Tony Todd hasn’t been contacted for the role of Candyman. I think it’d be a grace mistake to leave him out but maybe we’ll all be in for a surprise announcement once casting is finalized. I hope so, Tony Todd gave a lot of heart to the character.
Horror Guest Posts Call
What was the first horror story you read, and what role does it play (or did play) in your style of your own writing? 1000 words and a chance to promote your book at the bottom of the post.
A Parting Horror Gif
GracieKat was the first co-host of Sci-Fi & Scary, Lilyn’s partner-in-crime, and sub-head of the Coolthulhu Crew. She reviews horror books, movies, and games for the site. She also does a weekly Focus on the Frightful feature, and is the site list-maker. She is also in control of the Sci-Fi & Scary podcast which will relaunch soon.
Gracie is also a member of the Ladies of Horror Fiction crew.