10 Horror Movies About Animals

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I was at the movie theatre the other day, and they had a poster for a remake of Piranha, in 3-D of course. Animal horror tales have been around for a very long time. Everything from slugs to octopi have threatened to swallow, chew and destroy mankind, some more effectively than others. Generally, they are low-budget affairs. Think more Supergator than King Kong. Though I’m not fond of this sub-genre, every once in a while, …

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Found on the Net: Cthulhu Chick

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Proof that crocheting is not only for grandmas, and that it can produce more than those numerous doilies my great-grandma made, comes courtesy of Cthulhu Chick, who makes little Cthulhus, using crochet patterns.

She explains: “Last fall, I discovered the tiny crocheted Cthulhu pattern and it revived my interest in crocheting…Pretty soon, I had dozens of Cthulhus living in my apartment and had given some away to friends and sold others that people had commissioned. As …

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Column: Slicing Score: Mad Monster Party? (1967)

By Maria Mitchell

Mad Monster Party? (1967, soundtrack) Composed by Maury Laws & Jules Bass.

1967 marked the debut of the stop-motion animated film Mad Monster Party?. This film is an inventive, satiric rehash of many of the great horror films dotting the first half of the twentieth century, including Dracula and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and boasts an eclectic, smooth, jazzy score composed by Maury Laws that is rife with plenty of eerie moments. This score …

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10 Icky Movies of Body Horror (and one movie that scared me for life)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

When a shambling zombie is after you, you can outrun it. When a vampire wants to take a bite, you can stake it. When a ghost is haunting your pad, you call the Ghostbusters. But what do you do when the horror is inside you?
In my book, there is nothing scarier than body horror. I still have paranoid fears of being attacked by mushrooms (fear of parasitism, I suppose) and hospitals creep me out. I never …

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Found on the Net: Lovecraft in Vancouver

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There’s good and bad stuff when it comes to living in Vancouver. The bad includes the priciest real estate in the whole country and a public transportation system that could use some fine-tuning. But now you can add one more awesome pro: it’s a Lovecraft-friendly city. The proof? The Vancouver Film School is busy putting together an interactive Lovecraft project.

The VFS explains that the project, known by the internal codename “Project Space Squid”, is bringing to …

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Report from Comic-Con 2010, Part 1: Supernatural Panel

By Clarissa from TVOvermind

Note: All photos included with this article belong to Clarissa and are used here with her consent. Please do not post them or this article elsewhere without first asking her permission.

[lots of season six spoilers ahead]

I didn’t start watching Supernatural until the end of 2009, but within the last seven months, it’s become my favourite show. It’s not surprising, then, that when I attended my very first Comic-Con in July 2010, I begged my …

IFPReport from Comic-Con 2010, Part 1: Supernatural Panel

Found on the Net: Cthulhu Saves the World

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Bizarre news from the land of video gaming: Cthulhu has gone good and will now be our lord and saviour. Or something like that. Zeboyd Games have announced their upcoming downloadable RPG, Cthulhu Saves the World, for the XBox 360.

Why did Cthulhu have a change of heart? According to a press release: “Cthulhu was all set to plunge the world into insanity and destruction when a band of heroes cursed him and sealed away his …

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Summer of Unknown Writers: Mary Elizabeth Counselman

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to another edition of “Summer of Unknown Writers”, where Innsmouth Free Press explores those books, stories and writers that time forgot.

Mary Elizabeth Counselman was born in 1911, grew up on a plantation and began writing at a young age. Her name probably does not strike instant recognition in most readers of horror fiction. But she published extensively, including 30 stories in Weird Tales (Allison V. Harding, another regular staple at this magazine, might have been …

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Found on the Net: Cthulhurotica

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I am afraid of sexy Cthulhu. Also, it often seems that erotic and Lovecraft don’t gel, as has been proven by more than one adaptation of H.P.’s works into film. One notable exception is Giger, who with his bizarre artwork, hits the mark. Thus, it seems a difficult job to combine the sensual with cyclopean horrors. But braver souls are wading the oceans for it: Cthulhurotica wants your “short stories of Lovecraft-inspired erotica”.

We caught up with …

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Found on the Net: Lovecraft Film Festival Goes to Los Angeles

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The first Los Angeles H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival takes place September 11, 2010 from 2pm to 10pm at Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro. The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror and weird tales through the cinematic adaptations by professional and amateur filmmakers. It takes place in Portland, but six of the best festival films that have played in Oregon during the past 14 years are being shipped to Los Angeles …

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Summer of Unknown Writers: Greye La Spina

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome to another edition of “Summer of Unknown Writers”, where Innsmouth Free Press explores those books, stories and writers that time forgot and you should find.

It’s weird figuring out which writers will defy time and which will be quickly forgotten. Most of the time, it’s a random coincidence. Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi.

Greye La Spina is one of those writers who was prolific and well-known in her day, but you can’t find a single collection of …

IFPSummer of Unknown Writers: Greye La Spina

Found on the Net: Psychic Octopus

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you have ever doubted the extreme superiority of Cthulhu over human minds, may we present Paul, the psychic octopus? Paul is an octopus residing in German who correctly predicted the outcome of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer matches, prompting PETA to call for its release. As we all know, octopi are distant relatives of Cthulhu, who spend their time worshiping him, or in this case, foretell matches at an aquarium.

Octopi are extremely intelligent …

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