Considering The Corn

Author Avery Debow (you can buy her ebook Resonance now on Amazon) ponders her response to the macabre potential of cornfields and their role in the psyche of dark fiction. In the summer the wind whooshes through them, funneling eerie howls down their ranks. In the fall they rustle and hiss like sheaves of paper […]

Genre In Film, a Coming of Age?

At one time a fan would be hard pressed to find a big-named actor at the height of his or her career in a genre film. Mostly actors whose faces were associated with genre were cast in genre — Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, etc. Oh sure, there […]

Naming Names

Writers have long enjoyed paying tribute to family and friends by naming characters after them or even giving those characters some of their traits. Sometimes it’s done with the utmost affection, sometimes it’s done with a gleam of mischievousness. This is different from drawing on real personalities for the purpose of satire or criticism, it’s […]

Calling Perry Rhodan by Stewart Sternberg

Rhodan was the name of a character in a best-selling science fiction series. Actually, the most successful science fiction series ever written. The franchise sold over one billion copies. Compare that to the five hundred million copies of the Harry Potter series and one hundred million for Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series. Rhodan’s figures are even […]

She-Devil: Demonic Possession, Family and Women in the Paranormal Activity Movies by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

She-Devil: Demonic Possession, Family and Women in the Paranormal Activity Movies

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Demonic possession is a female thing.

Sure, the devil usually manifests itself in a male form (The Devil’s Advocate, Constantine, etc.), but it’s women who are most often possessed and chased by demons in movies (The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily […]

A Season For Ritual by Kate Jonez

Perhaps the feast isn’t always a good thing. One supposes it depends on the purpose of the feast and what exactly is being served.While many in the U.S. may view Thanksgiving as a season of overindulgence, they can at least be thankful that they aren’t required to attend these gatherings…

The Blot – Vikings

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The Family Perspective

Sometimes re-examining films and fiction through a different lens opens up new interpretations and deepens appreciation. While looking for subtext, intentional and unintentional, may seem like a good deal of work for little pay-off, it can provoke surprising and worthwhile connections—or one might just end up with such trains of thought as: “Is Superman faster […]

What Will You Miss? by Kate Jonez

What Will You Miss Most When The World Has Collapsed?

We take so many things for granted. However, it’s easy to see how quickly a house of cards may fall when one is pulled away. While survivalism is currently the rage in many parts of the United States, with people returning to a bomb-shelter […]