31 Days of Spoooktacular: Even a Man Who Is Pure in Heart

For 31 Days of Spoooktacular, I wanted to do the occasional spotlight on the monsters that have formed the deep and gristly backbone of pop culture. Through a society's monsters, you can tell a lot about that society. What scares us, helps to define us. It is no coincidence that, in the wake of World … Continue reading 31 Days of Spoooktacular: Even a Man Who Is Pure in Heart

31 Days of Spoooktacular: Portrait of a Slasher Movie

The slasher movie is, by far, one of the subgenres of horror that most sticks to a formula. And here is the formula: Pre-Credits Kill+Character Introduction+Cat Scare*+Minor Character Killed Off+Pointless Drama/Comedic Scene+Secondary Character Killed+Hero(ine) and Killer Meet-Up+Hero(ine) Triumphs+One Last Scare=Slasher Movie This is, for the most part, how every slasher movie plays out. You have … Continue reading 31 Days of Spoooktacular: Portrait of a Slasher Movie

31 Days of Spoooktacular: The Anticipation

Halloween, a long time ago, stopped being about Halloween. I don't go out and Trick 'r' Treat. I don't wear costumes. I don't have kids and take them Trick 'r' Treating. Generally, I hang out and watch a movie. But all the days and weeks leading up have become a celebration of their own. I … Continue reading 31 Days of Spoooktacular: The Anticipation

I Want to Live in a Haunted House

For the first time, I think I can truly understand why people say that their house is haunted. I don't believe in ghosts. I don't believe in the supernatural. I don't believe in anything that can't be proven with the logical, brute force of Science. But.... Late last night, I was in bed reading when … Continue reading I Want to Live in a Haunted House

It’s on the Air

You can't sense it, but I can. I step outside and I can smell it, hovering on the fringes, hanging back from the senses; that lingering odor of decay in a basement that promises something hidden under the floor. You don't notice it. But it's coming. It's in the way the shadows are cast now; … Continue reading It’s on the Air

Movie Review: Antichrist (Part 2)

I finished watching Antichrist and, as promised, here's the second and last part of my review. After I finished watching it, I needed a hug. It's an emotionally draining movie; filled with disturbing images and grotesque elements. It depicted vile things and at the end, I wasn't entirely sure what I had seen. I don't … Continue reading Movie Review: Antichrist (Part 2)

The North End Excursion (Part 1)

I was reading the Necronomicon, a collection a short stories by the Mad American H.P. Lovecraft, when I noticed something interesting in one of his stories, specifically "Pickman's Model". While most of his tales revolve around fantastical locations or rural areas or fictional towns, this particular story takes place in Boston's North End. There is … Continue reading The North End Excursion (Part 1)