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Doug Brunell

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Writer of Depravity. Author of "Nothing Men" and "Black Devil Spine." I also write the film book series "Sinful Cinema" and have published countless short stories. Available for babysitting gigs.

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.

The Wicker Writers

Horror writers. We are legion. We are everywhere. We are also easily dismissed, misjudged, and often blamed. Sometimes being a horror writer feels like being a scapegoat for the world’s ills. After all, how can any “normal” person think up so many horrific things? And then they write them down and “influence” others with their

I Hate Horror (But I Love Cannibals)

Every once in a while I run into that person. I’m sure you have, too. You know the one I’m talking about. The one who says they don’t like horror … but then at some point they tell you about this great film they saw called The Silence of the Lambs or Seven. Little do

Cujo

As a novel, Cujo works. There is some clutter to it, sure, but overall it keeps the tension ratcheted very high and has a satisfying end. For a story that is essentially about a woman and a child trapped in a car it sure packs a punch. Even the film did a fine job, getting

Burial Ground

Burial Ground (1981) could not get more Italian if it tried. I recently revisited the film by watching Severin’s remastered Blu-ray of the classic, and it is exactly how I remember, though it looks far better than it did on the VHS tape I originally watched it on decades ago. If you have not seen

Four Color Horror

Growing up in the Seventies, I felt like my love of horror was being catered to by the culture at large. There were movies, television shows, books, and toys that all had something to do with horror. And being a comic book fan on top of that meant I could read plenty of comics that

A Question of Violence: Part Three

Before reading this column, I suggest you read part one and part two of it. It will help give the following some perspective. I have theorized that the violence against women found in many horror movies is meant to garner sympathy for the female character. So why is it that it is a male character

A Question of Violence: Part Two

In the last column I started to delve into the often sticky issue of violence against women in horror. If you did not read that, I suggest you do so first. As a horror writer, I can honestly say I am a slave to the story. I do not ever question violence against any character

A Question of Violence: Part One

As a writer who not only writes horror, but also writes about it, I get asked a lot of questions about the nuances of horror. I am often asked why characters in horror movies do stupid things such as going into the basement, why there has to be so many sequels, and the often polarizing

Devil Makes Three

As a child, one of my favorite horror franchises was the three films that revolved around a young boy named Damien. From a toddler to a statesman, the Omen franchise captured my, and much of America’s, imagination. How could such a delightful child be such a monster? It’s a fear any parent experiences at least