Books and Comics

The Unrelenting, Kid-Traumatizing Horror of “Prudent Hans”

Despite their ubiquity in popular culture, the fairy tales collected by German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 1800s have not lost their ability to shock and unnerve readers over the course of two centuries. While these stories have been considerably softened over the years, especially as interpreted by the Walt Disney Company

A Few of My Favorite Poems

Hi everyone. Have you been well? I certainly hope so. The days have been long for me, and the nights even longer so. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for things to get back to normal. After all, watching television for hours on end is pretty cool for the first couple of

A Few Quotes from Our Vampire Friends

Lately, I’ve been watching Castlevania on and off with my boyfriend. Let’s be honest. I’ve been watching a lot of television lately to fill up all of the excess time on my hands due to the Coronavirus. I really can’t go to any of my usual haunts, so Netflix has become an important part of

Whatever Happened to Edgar Allan Poe?

For a man who gave the world so many fantastic horror stories, Edgar Allan Poe was not rewarded with a happy life. It began with both of his parents dying by the time he was just three-years-old and ended at the young age of 40, delirious and alone in a hospital bed. In between those

A Few Wise Words from Horror Authors

It’s 2020. The theme of this year among my friends and the world at large is “New Year, New You.” I have to say I like that idea a lot. A fresh start. A letting go of old negative beliefs and past hurts. I mean, why not give yourself a fresh slate? You’re alive one

Raising Rhoda Penmark

In the pantheon of movie brats, there are few who can compare to Rhoda Penmark, the pint-sized predator of Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed (1956). With her braided pig tails, impeccable manners, and immaculate clothes, Rhoda seems like every parent’s dream. But make no mistake, this young lady has killed before — her victims including

A Taste of Texas Part 7: The Conclusion is a Love Letter

Highway 299 high up in the Trinity Alps. Nighttime. Nobody on the road. On the side of a mountain looking down into a valley as my girlfriend puked her guts up on the road’s shoulder. All those years of studying Leatherface and his clan led to this moment. All those years of wondering why the

[Creator Corner]

Sinkhole: A Horror Story

Horror writers are often asked where we get our ideas from. In many cases, we can’t actually give you an answer that’s 100% accurate. That’s because there are so many different elements that go into writing a book, and we’re all influenced daily by the things around us. With my latest book, Sinkhole: A Horror

[Creator Corner]

Halloween Boy — A Year-round Holiday Story

Like any kid, I liked Halloween as much as you’re supposed to. Come October 1st, I picked out a wacky costume, geared up for thirty or so days and then walked the streets filling a bag or bucket with candy that would probably only get half eaten. Then, on November 1st, it was over, I

Vampires Suck

It’s true. Vampires suck. Vampire stories bore me to tears usually. They offer very little in the way of what I would consider real fright. They have their place in horror history, of course, but for me the best stories with vampires in them are only good because of everything else going on around them.