Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Final Prayer (2013)


By Brian M. Sammons


Final Prayer (2013). Director: Elliot Goldner. Cast: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle. Country: UK.


Once there was a movie from the UK called The Borderlands. Then it came to North America on DVD and, for some silly reason, it changed its name to Final Prayer. Why it did that, I don’t know, but it sort of seems to be a thing these days, with Edge of Tomorrow desperately trying to rebrand itself as …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: King Kong Escapes (1967)


By Orrin Grey


King Kong Escapes (1967). Director: Ishiro Honda. Starring: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller.


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 is the second (and last) Toho film to feature King Kong, and also the one and only (so far as I can figure out) Toho-Rankin/Bass co-production, King Kong Escapes. We shall never see its like again.

For those out …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Exquisite Eldritch Art of “Cryptocurium”


By Brian M. Sammons


If you are a serious Cthulhu Cultist, then you’re going to want Mythos knickknacks aplenty. Many artists and craftsmen know this, so there are countless places on the Internet offering Lovecraftian goodies in all shapes and forms, not to mention prices. With all that, it’s hard to know which artists to trust with your hard-earned cash. Well, fear not, friends. I am here to help you. As a serious Cthulhu cultist myself, I have amassed a …

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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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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)


The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964). Directed by: Michael Carreras. Starring: Jeanne Roland, Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jack Gwillim.


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 is the first in a string of largely-unrelated sequels to Hammer’s 1959 version of The Mummy. Produced, directed and written by Michael Carreras, who has a producer credit on seemingly the majority of Hammer’s …

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Review: Red Equinox


By Martha Hubbard


Wynne, Douglas. Red Equinox. JournalStone, 2015. 377 pages. ISBN: 978-1-940161.


Set in and around a semi-post-apocalyptic Boston, Red Equinox envelops the reader in a set of circumstances and events that in today’s crazies-filled world are only-too-possible. We first meet our reluctant heroine Becca Philips on her way to her grandmother Catherine’s funeral. “(she) … hadn’t been to Arkham in years, hadn’t worn a dress in almost as long and now here she was stepping off the …

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Review: Letters to Lovecraft


By Allen Griffin


Jesse Bullington, ed. Letters to Lovecraft. Stone Skin Press (December 1, 2014). Paperback: 280 pages. ISBN-10:1908983108 ISBN-13:978-1908983107.


Letters to Lovecraft is another anthology released in the recent embarrassment of riches available to the modern Lovecraftian. Yet this book, published in December of 2014 from Stone Skin Press, attempts to set itself apart from the pack with a unique concept and great line-up of authors.

Let’s tackle the concept issue first. This anthology neither attempts to directly …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Brain Eaters (1958)


By Orrin Grey


The Brain Eaters (1958). Directed by: Bruno VeSota. Starring: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe.


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 bore enough of a resemblance to the Robert Heinlein novel, The Puppet Masters, that producer Roger Corman settled out of court for $5,000 and the agreement that he wouldn’t put Heinlein’s name on the movie, since the …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)


By Brian M. Sammons


The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014). Director: Adam Robitel. Cast: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay.


Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of Cthulhu Mythos or Lovecraftian connections to this movie. Sure, some people see HPL’s influence everywhere, and there may be some here around the edges, but nothing more than that. And yet, this movie, more than any other in recent memory, reminded me of a good game of Call of Cthulhu.

What, you don’t …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.04: Paper Moon


By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Nobody needed to see Kate from “Bitten” again, but she’s back, anyway, and in an episode that’s All About Her.


Recap: Recap of werewolves showing why they are so full of fail. Then we get a little recap of Dean’s demon storyline, with some emphasis on how dark Sam went to “save” Dean and culminating in Castiel telling Dean to take a vacation.

Cut to a biker bar called “Panheads …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.02: Reichenbach


By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Crowley tries to strong-arm Dean into executing a deal for him, while Military Guy uses Sam to track Dean down. This turns out to be a huge mistake on both counts.


Recap: Then recap of last week’s episode, as well as relevant history of Dean’s murder by Metatron, the Mark of Cain, and Castiel’s stolen grace.

Cut to … well, not Now but June 21st, 2003. A kid comes downstairs …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)


By Orrin Grey


The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). Directed by: Val Guest. Starring: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean.

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 is a personal favorite of mine, ever since I first caught it as part of Monster Awareness Month back in 2011. It’s my favorite of the Hammer films of Nigel Kneale, all of which number among my favorite Hammer …

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