Cthulhu Eats the World: Among the Sleep (video game review)


By Brian M. Sammons


Hello, my ever-faithful fellow cultists of all things creepy, weird and strange. I, like Big Daddy C him/her/itself, was pretty much dead for a while, but I was still dreaming. Always dreaming.

Well, the stars are right and I’m awake once more. I’ve got a whole gaggle of ghastly goodies to tell you about. So if you’ve got a few bucks left in your wallet, you’re going to want to toss a few at these beauties. …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: The 10 Best Horror Films of 2015


By Brian M. Sammons


Welcome back, my fellow fright film fans. It’s the start of a new year, so that means looking back at the year that just died and poking at its corpse for various highlights, lowlights, and best-of lists. 2015 was a pretty good year for horror flicks. It wasn’t stellar or anything, like some of years of the 1980s, but it wasn’t as desolate as much of the 90s, either. And as always, some of these films …

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Article: Through a Wood Darkly: Growing Up in the World of “Lemora”


By Jose Cruz


Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973). Directed by: Richard Blackburn. Starring: Cheryl Smith, Lesley Taplin, Richard Blackburn, William Whitton.


Vampiric godmothers. Lost princesses. Haunted forests. Genetic mutations. Singing crones. Ghoulish children. Ancient gods.

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973) is truly one of the great melting-pot films of midnight cinema, but what separates this strangely beautiful, still-underseen production from others of its kind is the manner in which its heady mashing of Weird …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Food of the Gods (1976)


By Orrin Grey


The Food of the Gods (1976). Director: Bert I. Gordon. Starring: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. When I was a kid, we got a channel that showed old monster movies on Saturday mornings. So, when other kids were watching Saturday morning cartoons, I watched Squirm and Willard and about a jillion Godzilla movies. One of …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft


By Randy Stafford


Jones, Salomé, ed. Cthulhu Lives! An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Ghostwoods Books: 2014. Kindle USD $3.03. Paperback USD $9.89. 272 pages. ASIN: B00MWBXP8Y. ISBN: 978-0957627147.


A collection of no-name authors … but, if they keep up this standard of work, that won’t be true for long.

Salomé Jones has put together an enjoyable collection of Lovecraftian stories. As S.T. Joshi notes in his afterword, these aren’t mechanical pastiches of the same old plots, same old …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Paranoiac (1963)

By Orrin Grey


Paranoiac (1963). Directed by: Freddie Francis. Starring: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell.


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 my personal favorite from among Hammer’s handful of psychological thrillers, Paranoiac, directed by Freddie Francis from a screenplay by Hammer stalwart Jimmy Sangster, based very loosely (I’m told) upon a 1949 crime novel called Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Review: Psycho (1960)


Psycho (1960). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gavin.


Many spoilers ahoy


We all go a little mad, sometimes ….


My mom once told me that she went to see Psycho twice when it first came out. She hadn’t intended to do this, but after she had seen it the first time, a friend wanted to see it and didn’t have anyone else to go with. So, she had to go see it …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Spider Baby (1967)


By Orrin Grey


Spider Baby (1967). Directed by: Jack Hill. Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Since it’s Halloween this month, and Halloween is our favorite holiday here at the Vault of Horror, we thought we would dust off something a little special. Prior to watching it, everything I knew about tonight’s film …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4)


By Randy Stafford


Blackmore, Keith C. Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4). Amazon Digital Services Inc.: 2014. Kindle USD $4.99. Paperback USD $14.39, 545 pages. ASIN: B00PY8IA78.


It’s been about four years since the zombie plague struck Newfoundland and, presumably, the rest of the world. Now, a new day is dawning.

Oh, there still are wild zombies around – pathetic crawlers because they’ve worn their legs down to stumps. But mostly, zombies have become weaponized, tools for sadistic pleasure. …

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Review: H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition


By Allen Griffin


Steadman, John L.H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Weiser Books (September 1, 2015). Paperback: 304 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1578635870.


The number of books dedicated to the intersection of H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult continues to grow with the release of John L. Steadman’s H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Published by Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel, this text emerges from a publisher focused on the Occult and esoteric subject matter.

Despite …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Reptilicus (1961)


By Orrin Grey


Reptilicus (1961). Directed by: Sidney Pink. Starring: Bent Mejding, Absjorn Andersen, Poul Wildaker.


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 shares some minor similarities with a handful of previous Vault of Secrets alumni, notably Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet from a few months ago, in that it is actually more than one movie. A joint Danish-American co-production with an American International …

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Review: The Spirit of Revision: Lovecraft’s Letters to Zealia Brown Reed Bishop (2015)


By Bobby Derie


Branney, Sean and Leman, Andrew (eds.). The Spirit of Revision: Lovecraft’s Letters to Zealia Brown Reed Bishop. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (2015). Softcover: 190 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-692-49524-7.


The name of H.P. Lovecraft is not normally associated with Oklahoma and Missouri, westward-bound pioneers and gold-seeking Spanish conquistadors, plantations with African slaves and lover’s triangles, the ancient precursors of Aztec gods and the legends of modern Native Americans … much less domestic stories with titles like “When …

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