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31 Days of Dreadtober: Beauty And The Gilman

Day 7 To this day, Creature From The Black Lagoon remains one of my favorite Universal Monster movies. The film affected me at a young age and struck me as strange, even back then. Like many of the creatures that captured my young imagination (Godzilla,

31 Days Of Dreadtober: Why Religion Scares

Day 5 Horror and religion go together like peanut butter and jelly. They always have and they always will. But why is that? What innate qualities do the two possess to enable such a strong reaction when they are mixed together? 1)Elder Stories Religious texts are

The Art of Marc Silvestri

For a long time in the world of comic books, DC Comics and Marvel reigned supreme with little competition other than with each other to challenge their rule. While the two companies undisputedly remain titans of the industry, the world of comics has grown and

Scorn: An H.R. Giger Inspired Hell

Scorn is a video game currently in development by Ebb Software. The development studio describes it as “an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry.” It appears their world takes heavy inspiration from the work of Swiss artist,

Trade Table #3 X-men: God Loves, Man Kills(Graphic Novel)

This X-men Graphic Novel (GN) is from 1982, way back in the glory days of Marvel.  The Graphic Novel was a new format that Marvel was trying out, and like everything else Marvel touched with X-men mutant pixie dust, it turned to gold. Chris Claremont’s

Trade Table #2 Harbinger: Children of the Eighth Day TPB

The second Trade Paperback (TPB) I would like to recommend is from Valiant Comics. Valiant was founded in 1989 by Jim Shooter and Steven Massarsky amid controversy and critical acclaim.  Despite the controversies, Jim Shooter continues to be an exceptional writer that continues to demonstrate

Trade Table #1 Batman and Dracula: Red Rain TPB

As a former owner of a comic shop, I feel fortunate to own numerous comics (numbering in the thousands), cards (numbering in the tens of thousands), memorabilia, toys, clothing, books, graphic novels, magazines, and trade paperbacks (numbering in the hundreds). One of the features I

A Memorial to Bernie Wrightson

When my brother passed away, I inherited a crap-ton of fanboy stuff.  Among these items was a well-worn copy of a Marvel Illustrated Novel:  Frankenstein, or a Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  It’s not just Shelley’s best-known work, but more importantly, this edition is

Are There Limits In Horror?

Horror is about pushing boundaries as much as it is about scaring people. No other genre so regularly totes the line between what is “acceptable” and what isn’t except for satire, which is why the two have always seemed to pair together so well. Pushing boundaries