Kafka & Lovecraft : Dreamlands and Nightmares

Franz Kafka’s reliance on a dreamlike state of existence in his work is reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft. Whose work includes several stories based in a dreamlike state. While Kafka is more classically noted than Lovecraft the two share some major similarities in their use of dreams and nightmares in their works. Both have penned some of the most horrifying fiction ever written. Kafka mastery of what can only be called an absurdest reality shakes the reader to the core. You identify with the characters Read more [...]

The String of Pearls: The Power of the Serial Killer in Horror Fiction

  The String of Pearls is one of the perfect Gothic horror novels of the Victorian era. Not only is the protagonist utterly vile and depraved he is actually horrifying. Sweeney Todd is one of the most iconic and terrifying monsters. The strength of his characterization is in the fact that there really are Sweeney Todds out there in the world. The boogie man is a myth, Frankenstein is a fantasy,  and Dracula is a will o' wisp. Sweeney Todd on the other hand might live and work next door to any Read more [...]

Algernon Blackwood Master of Unspeakable Horror

When most people talk about the early writers of horror they invariably discuss H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was the master of crafting tales of unspeakable dread, but he learned that craft from another. In fact Lovecraft's entire body of work would have probably never been written without the influence of one man. Algernon Blackwood is the English equivalent of Lovecraft and if you haven't heard of him and you love the idea of eldritch horror or Gothic horror than you are missing out on one of the Read more [...]

Horror Hosts- World of the Weird Monster Show

  I love horror host shows. The bad production values, the horrible dialogue, and even the cheesy special effects. My favorite Horror Host show is currently  World of the Weird Monster  Show. They have been on for seven years in the Chicago area. I found them online and while I live no where near Chicago I have been able to follow them for the past five years online. Now they have moved to The Monster Channel an online 24 hour television station. Check them out on you tube or on Read more [...]

Wolves in Petticoats: The Victorian Werewolf

This is a rough excerpt from the introduction of a book on Victorian werewolves I am writing right now. It should be finished sometime around March 2013. (I have way too many projects to give it my full attention this year)   Introduction It has been suggested that the vampire legend, largely created by Bram Stoker, is the most enduring and famous creature mythos to emerge out of popular Gothic literature. While this may be true the lowly werewolf must also be given a place of distinction. Read more [...]

Gothic Monsters- The Litany of Fear in H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau

H.G. Wells may be known as one of the first writers of science fiction but his novel The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of the first modern horror stories and hits upon four of the greatest fears of the Victorian age. His work does this in such a subtle and inventive way that we may need to reevaluate Wells and name him one of the modern fathers of horror fiction as well. The four fears that Wells so intricately weaves into his story are the fear of science, the fear of internal corruption, the Read more [...]

Personal Hugo Reflections – Part 3 (90s to the present)

        The 1990s were a very challenging time for me.  Leaving my childhood and youth behind, I got married in the summer of 1989.  By that fall, I was enrolled at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND.  Within a month of arriving, my wife announced that she was pregnant with our first child.  Four years, two sons and a Bachelor's degree later I was off to Seminary.  These were undoubtably the best years of my life in certain respects.  Ellendale is a small town. Read more [...]

Freedom, Imagination and Story – Essentials of Good Entertainment.

I am at a loss sometimes.  Here I am writing for a Science-Fiction and Fantasy site and I suddenly realized the last such movie I actually saw in a theater was Inception.  Maybe I am just getting old, but there has nothing that has inspired me to get up and go to a theater and spend the money to watch it.  I suddenly realized that I watched this movie with my daughter in Mackinac City on a vacation two years ago, I think.  I watched it not because I was particularly excited about it, but Read more [...]

American Horror Story Season 2 Premieres October 17, 2012 on FX

The second season of the acclaimed series, American Horror Story is scheduled to premier October 17, 2012 on the FX Network. It takes place in an asylum in the 1960s on the East Coast and is appropriately titled, American Horror Story: Asylum. Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe will be returning from last season, but they'll be in different roles. Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Lizzie Brocheré, James Cromwell, Chloë Sevigny, Chris Zylka, Mark Consuelo, Read more [...]

Found Footage Paranormal Film by Daniel Knauf

Daniel Knauf is the creator of the HBO show Carnivàle, has written for the CW's Supernatural, he writes for Marvel comics, and was a producer on the show Spartacus: Blood and Sand among many other projects. Recently Mr. Knauf came out of the political "closet" and announced to the world that he is a conservative and was a supporter of Andrew Breibart. This probably hurt his Hollywood career but we salute him for his courage and standing up for what he believes in the most liberal city in America. Bxx Read more [...]