Column: Writing the Mythos: EAP-HPL-PKD – Shades of the Gothic

By G.W. Thomas

The word ‘Gothic’ has many definitions, all conflicting. First, it means the Germanic people who, amongst other tribes, sacked Rome in 410 AD. Because of this, it can mean anyone barbaric and uncouth. ‘Gothic’ is also a style of non-Grecian architecture popular in medieval times. During the 18th century, it came to mean, politically, “Englishness.” Lastly, it can be used to describe a branch of fiction popularized in 1764 by Horace Walpole when he wrote The Castle

G.W. ThomasColumn: Writing the Mythos: EAP-HPL-PKD – Shades of the Gothic

Interview: Abigail Larson

Born in the dark, withered forests of Virginia, Abigail was inspired to create from the time she could first hold a pen. Despite her mother’s honest attempts to curb her daughter’s bizarre affinity for imaginary monsters with classical girls’ literature, Abigail grew to love Shelley, Poe, Gorey, and classic horror movies. These days, Abigail creates art for books, magazines, albums, events, and a variety of other venues. She works in pencil, watercolour and digital media.

IFP: How did you become …

IFPInterview: Abigail Larson

Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.19: Of Grave Importance

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: After a female Hunter both brothers knew disappears inside an extremely haunted house, the brothers investigate.

Recap: Very long (a minute and twenty seconds) recap of Bobby’s journey this season.

Cut to the brothers having tacos on the hood of their latest ride at night. Dean’s buying. Oh, Dean…did you already forget your infamous Taco Death in “Mystery Spot”? In the middle of a meditation-and-chew about the reliability of fast …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 7.19: Of Grave Importance

Review: The Sorrows

By Rebecca Stefoff

Janz, Jonathan. The Sorrows. Samhain Publishing (December 2011). Ebook, 406pp. USD $5.50. ISBN: 978-1-60928-659-0.

The “Sorrows” in Jonathan Janz’s novel are many. The title refers to an island off the California coast; to a castle on that island that has been largely avoided since a bloody multiple murder took place there in 1925; and to a famous symphony composed in the early 20th century by Robert Blackwood, the grandfather of the present owner of both island …

IFPReview: The Sorrows

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Undying Monster (1942)

By Orrin Grey

The Undying Monster (1942). Director: John Brahm. Cast: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is Fox’s 1942 answer to Universal’s 1941 The Wolf Man. The version I watched is from the Fox Horror Classics Collection.

I first watched The Undying Monster at the behest of The Strange Case of

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Micro-interview: Orrin Grey

Candle in the Attic Window, an anthology of Gothic horror, is the latest release from Innsmouth Free Press. We are interviewing some of the book’s contributors. Today Orrin Grey talks about his story, “The Seventh Picture”.

What makes your story Gothic?

Gothic is probably my very favourite sub-genre, though it’s hard to really pin down what makes something Gothic. For a lot of people, it’s an aesthetic and that’s certainly a part of it. In the case of this …

IFPMicro-interview: Orrin Grey

Review: The Shining (book)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

King, Stephen. The Shining. ISBN-13: 978-0743437493

Horror is seldom about poor people and this is doubly true when it comes to ghost stories. The owners of large haunted houses and mansions, after all, never had any trouble paying the bills. The Shining, however, does focus on the ones who are mostly forgotten: the poor people.

The Shining is a ghost story, but it’s also a tale about a very real problem: being broke and having …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: The Shining (book)

Micro-interview: Martha Hubbard

Candle in the Attic Window, an anthology of Gothic horror, is the latest release from Innsmouth Free Press. We are interviewing some of the book’s contributors. Today Martha Hubbard talks about her story, “I Tarocchi dei d’Este”.

 What makes your story Gothic?

Traditional Gothic stories, based on my reading, have a number of recognisable characteristics. They are irredeemably misogynistic. There must be a naïve, beautiful, rich, helpless young woman. Her function is to provide a focus for a greedy, …

IFPMicro-interview: Martha Hubbard

Micro-interview: Colleen Anderson

Candle in the Attic Window, an anthology of Gothic horror, is the latest release from Innsmouth Free Press. We are interviewing some of the book’s contributors. Today Colleen Anderson talks about her poem, “Obsessions (or Biting Off More Than One Can Chew)”.

What makes your poem Gothic?

This poem was written for the 2001 World Fantasy CD-ROM. The theme that year was on the Gothic. So, each verse in the poem deals with one of the tropes of Gothic …

IFPMicro-interview: Colleen Anderson