Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Andersonville


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 of Andersonville. More than forty-five thousand Union prisoners of war entered its gates during the American …

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Gods and Monsters: Review: Grave Halloween (2013)


By Paula R. Stiles


Grave Halloween (2013). Director: Steven R. Monroe. Cast: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle. Country: Canada.


A young woman and a group of friends, who are doing a documentary, visit a forest in Japan (This is a real place called Aokigahara Forest, AKA the Sea of Trees or Suicide Forest, at the foot of Mount Fuji) where people go to commit suicide for reasons that remain not very clear, not least because they never …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Beast in the Cellar (1970)


By Orrin Grey


The Beast in the Cellar (1970). Directed by: James Kelley. Starring: Beryl Reed, Flora Robson.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film was actually on a “Late Night Fright” double-bill with our previous installment Horror Express. It’s a very, very, very British flick that’s considerably less lurid than its wonderful midnight movie title would suggest: The Beast in the Cellar

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Cthulhu Eats the World: “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter” videogame


By Brian M. Sammons


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Developer: The Astronauts. Publisher: The Astronauts and Nordic Games. Release date: September 26, 2014. Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4.


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an indie horror/adventure game that first came out for the PC and has recently been ported to the PlayStation 4. I missed it when it came out on PC, but I heard some good buzz for it. When I was contacted by some PR people for …

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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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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Dark Adventure Radio Theater: Imprisoned with the Pharaohs


By Brian M. Sammons


If you have been following my Cthulhu Eats the World column for any length of time, then you already know about my love for the radio plays produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Under the banner of their Dark Adventure Radio Theater, they have adapted some of Lovecraft’s best and best-known stories into very fine audio entertainment. This one is admittedly neither of those by any stretch of imagination, but that doesn’t make this collaboration …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Horror Express (1972)


By Orrin Grey


Horror Express (1972). Directed by: Eugenio Martin. Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Telly Savalas.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, we had intended to take a visit to 16th century Prague, but instead, we’ve jumped not quite so far back in time for a ride on the Transiberian Express in 1906.

What’s the occasion? Well, in the time since our last …

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Gods and Monsters: Review: Il deserto rosso (Red Desert) (1964)


By Paula R. Stiles


Il deserto rosso (Red Desert) (1964). Director: Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris and Carlo Chionetti. Country: Italy.


A mentally fragile woman named Giuliana (Monica Vitti) tries to hold onto her marriage and her son in the middle of a polluted industrial port. Giuliana has been very depressed since a car accident sometime before and goes through what appears to be a cycle of nervous breakdowns, including a past hospitalization. All of her attempts to …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Babadook (2014)


By Brian M. Sammons


The Babadook (2014). Director: Jennifer Kent. Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall. Country: Australia.


Once again, I’m reviewing a movie that has no connection to the Cthulhu Mythos. Wait, don’t go anywhere. If all I did was cover Mythos movies, this would be a very lonely place. While this film is not Mythos, The Babadook is the Aussie import indie darling that came out last year and wound up on nearly every horror critic’s Best …

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Review: Fragments of Horror


By Orrin Grey


Ito, Junji. Fragments of Horror. Viz Media (2015). Hardcover: 224 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1421580791.


Let me just get this out of the way before we start the review: For my money, at least two of the greatest masters of the Weird tale who have ever lived are alive today and working in comics. One is Mike Mignola, and the other is Junji Ito. This is not just Junji Ito’s first horror collection in eight years, but it’s …

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Gods and Monsters: Review: Poltergeist 3D (2015)


By Paula R. Stiles


Poltergeist 3D (2015). Director: Gil Kenan. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements. Country: USA.


After both parents are downsized at their jobs, a typically bland all-American family of five moves into a brand-new house in a brand-new development, only to discover it’s already occupied by angry ghosts that promply kidnap the youngest daughter. Who is psychic. Or something.

You know, normally, I like both Sam Raimi and Steven Spielberg. Despite their faults, they understand scifi, …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965) / Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)


By Orrin Grey


Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)/Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968). Directed by: Pavel Klushantsev, Curtis Harrington, Peter Bogdanovich. Starring: Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, various Russians.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Like most every horror fan on the planet, it would seem, I watched It Follows when it hit theaters a couple of months ago. Since this is …

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