Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2016

By Orrin Grey


The Mummy’s Curse (1944). Directed by: Leslie Goodwins. Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Coe, Virginia Christine.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Following on the success of their 1932 classic The Mummy, Universal made four “sequels” in the 1940s (five, if you count the 1955 Abbott

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Review: The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories


By Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Munro, Martin, ed. The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories.. The University of West Indies Press (2015).


In his introduction to The Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories, editor Martin Munro says, “Every island of the Caribbean is the site of a deep haunting.” The anthology proves this point by offering a variety of stories which are at turns disturbing, creepy and sad.

Readers who are in search of a horror anthology should be warned that …

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Review: Carnacki: The Watcher at the Gate


By Orrin Grey


Meikle, William. Carnacki: The Watcher at the Gate. Dark Renaissance (2015). Paperback: 228 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1937128753.


The pastiche is not an approach to writing that gets a lot of respect, even while more and more people are practicing pastiches, especially of writers like Lovecraft. But the pastiche – like any other pursuit – is one that can be done better or worse. Few people excel at it, especially when it comes to the Pulps and other …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Expiration Date

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2015

By Randy Stafford


Kilpatrick, Nancy, ed. Expiration Date. EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2015. Kindle USD $5.99. ISBN: 978-1-77053-063-8. Paperback USD $15.95. 288 pages. ISBN: 978-1-77053-062-1.


An anthology that promises stories that “examine all sorts of expirings, but mainly the ones that are personal,” seems like a good idea. The execution? That’s another matter.

First off, all but four stories – by …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2015

By Randy Stafford


Jones, Salomé, ed. Cthulhu Lives! An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Ghostwoods Books: 2014. Kindle USD $3.03. Paperback USD $9.89. 272 pages. ASIN: B00MWBXP8Y. ISBN: 978-0957627147.


A collection of no-name authors … but, if they keep up this standard of work, that won’t be true for long.

Salomé Jones has put together an enjoyable collection of Lovecraftian stories. As S.T. …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4)

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2015

By Randy Stafford


Blackmore, Keith C. Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4). Amazon Digital Services Inc.: 2014. Kindle USD $4.99. Paperback USD $14.39, 545 pages. ASIN: B00PY8IA78.


It’s been about four years since the zombie plague struck Newfoundland and, presumably, the rest of the world. Now, a new day is dawning.

Oh, there still are wild zombies around – pathetic crawlers because they’ve …

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Review: H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition


By Allen Griffin


Steadman, John L.H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Weiser Books (September 1, 2015). Paperback: 304 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1578635870.


The number of books dedicated to the intersection of H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult continues to grow with the release of John L. Steadman’s H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Published by Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel, this text emerges from a publisher focused on the Occult and esoteric subject matter.

Despite …

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Review: The Spirit of Revision: Lovecraft’s Letters to Zealia Brown Reed Bishop (2015)


By Bobby Derie


Branney, Sean and Leman, Andrew (eds.). The Spirit of Revision: Lovecraft’s Letters to Zealia Brown Reed Bishop. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (2015). Softcover: 190 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-692-49524-7.


The name of H.P. Lovecraft is not normally associated with Oklahoma and Missouri, westward-bound pioneers and gold-seeking Spanish conquistadors, plantations with African slaves and lover’s triangles, the ancient precursors of Aztec gods and the legends of modern Native Americans … much less domestic stories with titles like “When …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Andersonville

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2015

By Randy Stafford


Erdelac, Edward M. Andersonville. Hydra: 2015. Kindle USD $5.12. ASIN: B00TWDZZGK.


If they didn’t invent it, they were early adaptors of the term “dead-line” at Andersonville. That’s “deadline” as in cross it and you’ll be shot dead.

Eighty years before the world saw the corpses and the unflensed walking dead of Auschwitz and Treblinka, it saw photos of the survivors …

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Review: Helen’s Story (2013)


By Bobby Derie


Rabinowitz, Rosanne. Helen’s Story. PS Publishing (2013). Hardcover: 146 pages. ISBN-13:1-848635-80-7 (unsigned); ISBN-13:1-848635-79-1 (signed, 100 copies).


Helen Vaughan is the silent antihero of Arthur Machen’s weird classic “The Great God Pan,” a distant cousin of Algernon Blackwood’s Julius LeVallon and Aleister Crowley’s moonchild, the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft’s Whateley twins and Clark Ashton Smith’s nameless offspring. For a hundred years, she has stood half-way to modern myth as an unwanted demigod and Victorian nightmare. It’s about …

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Review: The Elder Ice


By Josh Storey


Hambling, David. The Elder Ice. Lulu.com (August 8, 2014). USD $6.58, paperback; USD $1.99, ebook. ISBN 978­1291969863.


Those of us in the Lovecraft fandom have certain expectations when we sit down with a new Mythos story, certain signposts that let us know if we’re in for a new Weird horror story or something a little more classic. (For example, at least once use the word “squamulose.”)

When you crack open David Hambling’s The Elder Ice, …

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Cold War Anxieties: Ray Bradbury and The Martian Chronicles


By Maria Ramos


Ray Bradbury was a well-beloved American science fiction writer. Over his seventy-year career, he wrote more than thirty books, six hundred short stories, and numerous plays and poems. However, some of his most notable works were Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes, the film versions of which have become cult classics and mainstays on niche networks like Syfy. Bradbury has influenced so many readers and writers in his field that he was recognized with …

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