Music Review: FOOLISH MORTALS by Sideshow Sound Theater

Music Review: FOOLISH MORTALS by Sideshow Sound Theater

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the soundtrack for the feature documentary, FOOLISH MORTALS (2017), by Sideshow Sound Theater. 

Allow me to set aside the soundtrack a moment to provide a bit of background. For those who do not know, FOOLISH MORTALS is a documentary about the fan culture that has sprung up around the Disney attraction The Haunted Mansion. People in this community have become famous for collecting memorabilia, making costumes based on the characters, or building recreations of their favorite scenes in their own house. In a way this is a sort of, "Inspired by" fan base that this documentary seeks to examine. 

Book Review: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IF YOU DARE

Book Review: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IF YOU DARE

Any child growing up in the 90's that was as obsessed with horror and spooky things as I was is familiar with the holy trinity of scary: Are You Afraid of the Dark, Goosebumps/Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and it's sequels. Since then, nostalgia has resurrected Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark is playing again on TV and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has tribute books out for it. 

Book Review: MARY ROSE by Geoffrey Girard

Book Review: MARY ROSE by Geoffrey Girard

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the gothic horror novel MARY ROSE by writer Geoffrey Girard.  To best describe the story, I will turn to the press release:

"The book is a contemporary gothic ghost story complete with an unexplained disappearance, a haunted island, and a family that’s not what they seem.  At the center of the novel is protagonist Mary Rose, whose mysterious background and intriguing family dynamics complicates her otherwise idyllic relationship with her fiancé Simon."

Book Review: BLANKY

Book Review: BLANKY

One of my favorite ways to relax is to read. Many people would say that horror books would be the opposite way to relax but I would disagree, there’s something about reading a truly terrifying novel that helps in calming my anxieties of the day and putting me at ease. However, finding quality horror books can be a struggle at times, and though I’m still constantly on the hunt for the next scariest book, I’ve managed to compile a list of truly talented horror authors that I know I can turn to. One of those author, Kealan Patrick Burke, has managed to create stories that send shivers down my spine and his latest novella, BLANKY, is no different. 

Book Review: I AM PROVIDENCE

Book Review: I AM PROVIDENCE

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the Cthulhu themed novel I Am Providence (2016) by writer Nick Mamatas.  To best describe the story, I will use my own plot summary:

"An HP Lovecraft convention turns into a murder mystery when an unpopular novelist is killed. Books bound in skin, grave robbing, and a corpse who keeps an inner monologue are just a few of the many stops along the way to the solution."

Music Review: American Murder Song Presents THE DONNER PARTY

Music Review: American Murder Song Presents THE DONNER PARTY

Last year I had the opportunity to see the musical collaboration between Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil's Carnival franchise) in their performance of AMERICAN MURDER SONG, a collection of murder ballads set in America during 1816. The duo traveled throughout America putting on live performances that incorporated original songs along with music videos, narrations, stop-motion animation and more. Now, a year later, Zdunich and Hendelman have returned with a new album, THE DONNER PARTY, and tour announcement, THE DONNER PARTY REUNION TOUR

Comic Book Review: SPEAK NO EVIL: ISSUE #1 & #2

Comic Book Review: SPEAK NO EVIL: ISSUE #1 & #2

SPEAK NO EVIL is a comic series about a pair of enterprising brothers who happen to stumble upon an old cabin once used by H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla for twisted experiments into worlds beyond our own. What they think is a quick payday turns out to be a disaster for the world around them, but excellent reading for us. 

Book Review: DEAD OVER HEELS

Book Review: DEAD OVER HEELS

I started DEAD OVER HEELS excited for a good paranormal story. Few things touch my happy reader buttons like things witchy and creepy. The title and cover absolutely sizzle but unfortunately, as I read, I was disappointed. 

Book Review: Film FestEvil

Book Review: Film FestEvil

Today I will be reviewing the horror/thriller book FILM FESTEVIL by Terry Cronin and Steven Shea. To best describe the story, I will use my own plot summary: 

"A film obsessed psychopath escapes from a mental institution hoping to make a splash at a nearby film festival.  As bodies begin to drop, it is up to the employees of the festival to combat the killer who is planning to end things in grand fashion on Oscar's night."

Book Review: NIGHTMARE SOUP

Book Review: NIGHTMARE SOUP

Hello again, ghosts and ghouls!  I'm here to talk about something incredibly nostalgic.  There are a few things that I associate with my horror-filled childhood, such as the book I used to take out of the library every week simply titled "Horror Movies", the time I slept over my best friend's house at 12 years old and we watched THE EXORCIST even though I told my mom we wouldn't, and last but not least, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark."

Comic Review: Evil Dead 2 - Beyond Dead by Dawn

Comic Review: Evil Dead 2 - Beyond Dead by Dawn

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the graphic novel EVIL DEAD 2: BEYOND DEAD BY DAWN written by Frank Hannah and illustrated by Barnaby Bagenda, Oscar Bazulda, and Edgar Salazar.  Before we dive into the review proper, allow me to present a brief synopsis taken from the press materials:

Book Review: Mike Robinson's THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER

Book Review: Mike Robinson's THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER

I'm always on the search for new books to read, especially when it comes to horror.  I like books that completely absorb me entirely and take me out of my reality only to place me somewhere completely different.  It's rare to find a story that makes you forget about all your surroundings, but I found myself immersed in the surroundings that author Mike Robinson created with his book "The Green-Eyed Monster."

Book Review: Beryl Evans' CHARLIE THE CHOO-CHOO

Book Review: Beryl Evans' CHARLIE THE CHOO-CHOO

I love when children's books leave you with a feeling of uneasiness and discomfort.  I mean, they are supposed to be lighthearted and cheerful, and for the most part they are.  However, sometimes you come across one that just doesn't seem all there, and though you may not be able to put your finger on it, you know deep down that there is something inherently wrong with the book you are reading.  That was my experience when reading the children's book CHARLIE THE CHOO-CHOO, and though it may seem like I didn't enjoy my experience, I assure you, I did.  For those of you who are Stephen King fans, you may recognize this book from King's "Dark Tower" series, which may explain why this book isn't your average "Blue's Clues" type of story.

Book Review: Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

Book Review: Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

As technology moved forward, parents began to leave child-rearing to the TV, the far right bible thumpers started their war against The Devil and nobody was safe; not your Saturday morning cartoons; not new technology in the form of 976 and 900 phone numbers or computers; not rich kid drug dealers; not heavy metal musicians; and certainly not Satanists themselves. 

Book Review: Jeremy Megargee's OLD HOLLOW

Book Review: Jeremy Megargee's OLD HOLLOW

Hello again, ghosts and ghouls!  I know, it's been forever since I've had a chance to talk to you all about the awesome things going on in the horror world right now.  Between wedding planning and puppy training (and a full time job), horror somehow took the back burner.  That doesn't make me happy. 

What DOES make me happy is when I am gifted a copy of a book by one of my favorite horror authors that I get to read on my lunch break!  Who might that be, you ask?  It's someone you all know and love because I review his stuff every single time I can get my hands on it...the ineffable Jeremy Megargee!

Book Review: Josh Hancock's "The Girls of October"

Book Review:  Josh Hancock's "The Girls of October"

With any form of entertainment I delve into, whether it be a TV show, movie, or a book, I almost always figure out the culprit much too soon, and find frustration with those that don't see it. When I watched SAW in the theatre, I spent the entire movie yelling "CHECK THE BODY"...my friends were so mad that I just knew... 

Cut to now, reading THE GIRLS OF OCTOBER by Josh Hancock - the style of writing, much like Bram Stoker's DRACULA, is told in the form of news snippets, police reports, interviews, print articles, and in an ode to modern media 'The National Buzz'; and I never figured it out.  Well played, Josh, well played. 

Craig Reviews Stephen Kozeniewski's novel "Braineater Jones"

Craig Reviews Stephen Kozeniewski's novel "Braineater Jones"

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the zombie themed novel Braineater Jones (2013) by Stephen Kozeniewski.  For a description I will turn to the author who described the book as:

"Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he's now a zombie.  With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into a gritty, Prohibition-era urban jungle to solve his own murder." 

Nikki VonFrankenstitch Reviews the Horror Novel "Dollmaker" by Justin Robinson

Nikki VonFrankenstitch Reviews the Horror Novel "Dollmaker" by Justin Robinson

Sometimes a fetish can go too far…

Let me go on record saying I didn’t hate this book, but I’m still trying to wrap my brain around it as I’m not sure if I like it or what… 

Dollmaker is about Stephen.  A man who fetishized the perfect woman, a ballerina, from a poster; posters are one dimensional, thus, so was Stephens perfect woman.  Smart, iconoclast, Stephen went about the alchemical arts to create his ultimate concubine…and then another…and another.  Each woman he created took something of him, from him.  Stephen isn’t a bad guy, he’s quite talented, his moral center is questionable, but he’s not a villain… he’s the anti-hero.  

The Creeping Craig Reviews "Identity Thief"

The Creeping Craig Reviews "Identity Thief"

Hello horror hounds,

Tonight I will be reviewing a graphic novel called “Identity Thief” by Bryant Dillon and Meaghan O'Keefe.  From the description: “When Daphne and Craig move into a new apartment, they have every reason to believe that they have left their troubled past behind them.  Everything seems perfect, but after the discovery of a mysterious hatch in his closet, Craig begins to realize that something disturbingly inhuman is seeking a way into his home, desperate to enter his life in the most intimate and unsettling way possible.”