Gods and Monsters: Review: Dark Floors (2008)


By Paula R. Stiles


Dark Floors (2008). Director: Pete Riski. Cast: Skye Bennett, Noah Huntley, Dominique McElligott, Philip Bretherton, Ronald Pickup, Leon Herbert, William Hope, many Finnish extras from the band Lordi. Country: Finland.


A young man’s autistic daughter is in the hospital for tests when she freaks out and blows up the MRI machine. Her father decides to take her home, against the strenuous objections of a pesky nurse. When they all get into an elevator with some other …

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Review: Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six


By Alison J. McKenzie


Datlow, Ellen, ed. The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6. Night Shade Books (June 3, 2014). Paperback: 448 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1597805032.


I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies. Going in, I can typically expect the following: a couple of outstanding stories, some pretty good ones, some “blah” ones, and one or two that make me want to chuck my Kindle at a wall. The gamble is really in the balance of quality versus dreck. …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Six Best Horror Flicks of 2013

By Brian M. Sammons


Welcome back, friends, to the second part of my look back at the year of horror cinema in 2013. Last time, I did five movies that, while not all of them were bad, all did fall into my category of “Why bother?” Now it’s time to do the flipside of that coin and look at much-better flicks. Since I think the Internet can be too negative most of the time, I’ll cover six much-better films this …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: Holes for Faces

Campbell, Ramsey. Holes for Faces. Dark Regions Press (May 7, 2013).

Since this review is appearing on Innsmouth Free Press, I think it’s appropriate to begin it like this: I came to Ramsey Campbell by way of H.P. Lovecraft and the expanded world of the “Cthulhu Mythos.” Like many authors both before and after him, Mr. Campbell began his wonderful world of horror and dread by building upon the fiction of H.P.L. After I read Campbell’s take on Mythos…
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Column: Gods and Monsters: Supernatural: The CW’s Cinderella Story

By Paula R. Stiles

Not long after the CW’s Gossip Girl came out and the Writers Strike ended, there was a great deal of talk about the CW’s future and what could be considered its real flagship show (as opposed to its official one, which was the aforesaid Gossip Girl). The CW was facing an identity crisis. What show would “save” it and bring it to the next level? Then-network head Dawn Ostroff was convinced that Gossip Girl was …

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Column: Summer Screams: Fear on Four

By Paula R. Stiles

Aside from one Canadian show, the radio series we’ve looked at so far have been American. This has come down to a combination of time constraints, what people sent us, and the reality that the American shows that were broadcast in the golden age of radio were both more numerous and more famous in the speculative genre than their counterparts outside the U.S. Also, they have been more frequently preserved.

But that’s not to say there …

Paula R. StilesColumn: Summer Screams: Fear on Four

Review: Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

By Randy Stafford

Joshi, S.T., ed. Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror. PS Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-848631-19-9.

The triumph of Howard Phillips Lovecraft was complete when his name became an adjective, a literary compass heading for travel into zones of weirdness and horror. But it’s something of a deviant compass pointing in several directions.

Right up front, editor Joshi announces one territory we won’t be heading towards in this book: the land of the slavish Lovecraft pastiche, …

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