Column: Summer Screams: Nightfall

By John Ballentine

In the dream, you are falling, lost in the listening distance as dark locks in….

No matter what you believe or may have been told, truth is, you haven’t quite heard horror audio (you know, the old school radio drama variety) until you’ve heard a show called “Nightfall“. Frankly, it doesn’t get much better or creepier. And for a show that really hit the scene toward the end of an era – basically, the final …

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Column: Summer Screams: Pseudopod

By Paula R. Stiles

Audio horror went into eclipse as radio became increasingly irrelevant over the past couple of decades. Ironically, radio’s old rival, television, didn’t deal this blow to an older technology. Instead, cassettes, CDs, the Internet, and satellite radio gave people the opportunity to make their own choices and their own radio, and ignore the commercial broadcast variety. Radio itself didn’t help with the increasing focus on soulless format and pre-programmed broadcasts in the late 70s and early …

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Review: The Skin I Live In (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito). Director: Pedro Almodóvar Cast:  Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya

There are certain things we don’t expect people to do. Keanu Reeves to win an Oscar, Christopher Nolan to direct a romcom. Almodovar doing a horror film would be up there with those unlikely scenarios. But guess what? He did.

The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito), an adaptation of the short novella titled …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: The Skin I Live In (2011)

Column: Summer Screams: The Twilight Zone

By Maria Mitchell

“The Thirty Fathom Grave” (2002). Adapted for radio by Dennis Etchison, with Blair Underwood.

“The Thirty Fathom Grave” represents one strong hour-long episode from The Twilight Zone. The Twilight Zone was originally a half-hour-long series and the change in the fourth season to an hour-long format produced mixed results with the creepiness of the stories. Some of them just didn’t hold suspense for an hour. “The Thirty Fathom Grave”, however, is one story that met the …

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Column: Summer Screams: Dark Adventure Radio Theater

By Brian M. Sammons

We continue our summer audio horror column with a little Lovecraft:

Now, I’m sure you’ve all heard of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, right? I mean, any Cthulhuheads worth their Essential Salts know about those Lovecraft-o-philes. They are the same creative geniuses that brought out the wonderful black-and-white, not to mention silent, Call of Cthulhu movie, back in 2005, and the new HPL-adapted film, The Whisperer in Darkness. And hey, wouldn’t you know it, …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Summer Screams: Dark Adventure Radio Theater

Call for Column Submissions: Summer Screams

It’s summertime and we’re looking for a few good columnists for our audio series, Summer Screams. All summer long, starting this Friday with the famous War of the Worlds broadcast, we’ll be posting reviews and articles about audio horror fiction (not music): dramatisations of short stories like The Twilight Zone, old-time radio shows like CBS Mystery Theater and Lights Out, or even podcasts about horror.

If you’ve got any ideas for something to review, let us know …

IFPCall for Column Submissions: Summer Screams

Review: Hell Train

By Orrin Grey

Fowler, Christopher. Hell Train. Solaris, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1907992445.

From the back of the book: “Imagine there was a supernatural chiller that Hammer Films never made. A grand epic produced at the studio’s peak, which played like a cross between the Dracula and Frankenstein films and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors….”

Yeah, that got my attention, all right. And Christopher Fowler’s Hell Train mostly delivers on that promise, though I’d say it probably has more in …

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Recap and Review: Lost Girl 1.01: It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Recap: A man follows a teenage girl out of a bar after spiking her drink, but his ugly intentions are interrupted by another woman, Bo, entering the elevator. Bo is dressed like a high-class hooker in a long coat and thigh-length, black-patent-leather boots. She immediately sees that the girl has been roofied and comes onto the rapist, herself. Seeing how she’s dressed, he doesn’t exactly demure. But their kiss turns out to be his …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Lost Girl 1.01: It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World

Review: One Buck Horror

By Sarah Hans

Hawkins, Christopher, ed. One Buck Horror: Volume One and Two. Coronis Publishing (June 24, 2011).

One Buck Horror prides itself on being the best value in horror. For only 99 cents, you can purchase a small collection of creepy stories; each volume contains five tales of terror.

The protagonists in the stories in Volume 1 are all children or young adults, and the stories are told with a kind of candid innocence that is both familiar …

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Interview: Dirk Manning

Today, we talk to comics author Dirk Manning. We’ve interviewed him in the past. This time, we’re talking about his latest volume of Mythos comic Nightmare World:

IFP: Please tell us a little about yourself.

DM: My name is ‘Dirk Manning’ and I’m the writer and creator of Nightmare World and Tales of Mr. Rhee for Image Comics/Shadowline, and the author of the inspirational/”how-to” column for writers, titled “Write or Wrong”, at

I’m a huge horror geek …

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Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We talked about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in my home. My mother was freaked out when she saw it. I thought it was creepy. My husband thought so, too. Judging by Del Toro’s script (co-written with Matthew Robbins), he must have also seen it at night when it ran on Channel Five (or was it Thirteen?) in Mexico. There may be a whole generation of scarred Mexicans trembling in front of the TV set due …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Review: Fright Night (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s not worth pondering why Fright Night was remade. Most 80s horror movies are being remade. And remakes are not, by default, bad. Take John Carpenter’s The Thing. On the other hand, you can glance at the most recent Nightmare on Elm Street and realize that things can go mighty wrong when you’re filming a movie anew. However, in the case of the re-vamped (pun intended) Fright Night, it works.

The premise is the same: …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Fright Night (2011)