Under the Spell of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is undoubtedly the father of shock rock. First introducing theatrical provocation to rock ‘n roll in 1956, following the success of “I Put a Spell on You”. Through a macabre lens, Hawkins would vocalize morbid themes and pair them with monster movie props in his live performances. Inspiring musicians for decades fromContinue reading “Under the Spell of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins”

Do Androids Dream of Cronenberg? Philip K Dick’s Influence on the Baron of Blood

Canadian director, David Cronenberg, is best known to cinephiles for body horror of a particular kind of yuck. Whether it’s a parasitic relationship or a medical kink, his use of practical effects could make any gore-hound squirm. Others are drawn to Cronenberg’s cerebral adaptations of unfilmable literature. The not-too-distant dystopian unrealities of J.G. Ballard andContinue reading “Do Androids Dream of Cronenberg? Philip K Dick’s Influence on the Baron of Blood”

Coming of Age With Last House on the Left and VHS Bootlegs

Wes Craven’s debut is widely regarded as one of the most gruesome films in the horror genre. Last House on The Left pre-dated the modern slasher and set a standard in grindhouse cinema. Intended to be a commentary on the violence in media surrounding the Vietnam war, the outrage sparked almost destroyed Craven’s career beforeContinue reading “Coming of Age With Last House on the Left and VHS Bootlegs”

Merry Maladies & Sepulchral Summoning

Last October I was honored to collaborate with Nora Barton of Planchette for some eerie orations and spooky spoken word.  A rendition of Ronald Stein’s underrated theme for the 1963 horror film, Spider Baby. Video by Matthew Shelton of Flex Your Love Muscles. Written by Emily Dickinson and video by Nora Barton. Written by CeciliaContinue reading “Merry Maladies & Sepulchral Summoning”

Oven Fresh Hell: The Relationship Between Pizza and Horror

February 9th is National Pizza Day and to celebrate, let’s get delivery and a rental. Little compares to the combination of pizza and a horror movie. Whether a Friday night-in or a Saturday sleepover, every weekend begs the addition of ‘za and a fright flick. A throwback to unsupervised youth on a Blockbuster night, stayingContinue reading “Oven Fresh Hell: The Relationship Between Pizza and Horror”

Dr. Bloodmoney or: The Post-Apocalyptic Novel to Begin Your New Year With

Hailed as “The Godfather of Science Fiction”, Phillip Kindred Dick was born prematurely on December 16th, 1928. His twin sister, Jane Charlotte, would die 6 weeks later and leave a profound impact on Philip’s life. Suffering from hallucinations and a slippery grip on reality, he would also be forever haunted by the absence of aContinue reading “Dr. Bloodmoney or: The Post-Apocalyptic Novel to Begin Your New Year With”

With These Hands: A History of Mad Love

The 1930s were peak in Hollywood’s Golden Age of horror. Universal led the way with its legendary monster movies and Paramount added sophisticated suspense to the genre. In 1935, MGM decided to release the horror-thriller Mad Love, directed by Karl Freund and starring Peter Lorre in his American debut. Lorre, a highly publicized talent, harnessed a dark glamorContinue reading “With These Hands: A History of Mad Love”

The Maddest Story Ever Told: An Examination of Spider Baby

Merrye Maladies The Merrye Syndrome is a rare disease known only to afflict descendants of Ebenezer Merrye. An unfortunate condition developed from generations of inbreeding. Causing a mental regression and deformity, beginning in late childhood. It is believed the victim of Merrye Syndrome will de-evolve to a pre-human state of savagery and cannibalism. This ailmentContinue reading “The Maddest Story Ever Told: An Examination of Spider Baby”

Review: Kanye West – Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft & Joshua Chaplinsky/Donda Listening Party

The fictional character of Kurt Vonnegut, Kilgore Trout, was an unsuccessful sci-fi author. The origins of his fabricated misfortune started as a joke from one of Vonnegut’s editors, Knox Burger. Once suggesting that it was much more entertaining to hear the idea or pitch of a science fiction novel rather than actually read the finishedContinue reading “Review: Kanye West – Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft & Joshua Chaplinsky/Donda Listening Party”

St Rooster Books: Stranger With Friction 1 & 2

Tim Murr walks the path of most resistance when it comes to DIY publishing. Having debuted his first collection Destroying Lives for Fun and Profit over 25 years ago before founding St Rooster Books. Managed with his wife Stephanie, St Rooster Books regularly releases anthologies and horror novellas. Uplifting writers with a unique flair forContinue reading “St Rooster Books: Stranger With Friction 1 & 2”