And Speaking of Rachel Gray…

What To Do When You Meet Cthulhu: A Guide To Surviving The Cthulhu Mythos has received a wonderful write up in the San Francisco Book Review. According to critic Glenn Dallas: it’s a “guidebook so desperately needed to navigate the highways and byways of sanity-shattering terror he [Lovecraft] introduced to the world.” And thankfully, […]

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 […]

A Constitutional and Family Evil: Ruminations on the House of Usher

September 1839 issue of Burton's Gentleman's Magazine featuring the first appearance of "The Fall of the House of Usher."

The September 1839 issue of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, a monthly periodical published out of Philadelphia, came fresh off the press with probably little fanfare. Along with its usual assortment of sporting articles, poetry, and reviews […]

VAMPIRES AROUND THE WORLD: PART 3—Lois Gresh

VAMPIRES AROUND THE WORLD: PART 3

by Lois H. Gresh (author of BLOOD AND ICE, a futuristic vampire thriller — January 2011)

BLOOD AND ICE

In Romania, vampires were known as Strigoli, from the Roman word, strix, which referred to the screech owl. It was thought that the strix were demons. Of the various […]

Interview—Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Innsmouth Free Press is a fun blog for matters pertaining to Lovecraft, as well as all things genre-related. According to the website, it’s a collaborative effort, with the publishers’ striving to have ” readers and writers help us map out and flesh out Innsmouth and the surrounding area, and to do it in epistolary form […]

The Power of Zombie Literature

Heading into the last days of Survival Horror Month, allow me a comment on a topic that has dominated these pages the last couple weeks—zombies.

Why do we so enjoy the undead reanimating and chomping the hell out of us? Where’s the attraction? Vampires are charming. Werewolves are powerful and savage. And Zombies? Well…they sort […]

ESP Spotlight:The Spawning

Tim Curran lives in Michigan and has been hard at work for the last several years building an impressive body of work. He is a down-to-earth, hardworking man who has been gaining a faithful following thanks to the the many short stories and novels he’s been belting out for a variety of publishers. Here’s a […]

Review: Last Man On Earth

Fans of survival fiction are quick to note the influence of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead on the survival fiction genre, both in film and literature, since its 1969 release. However, too often, many fans of the that release have not seen its predecessor, The Last Man On Earth (1964), starring Vincent Price and […]

ESP-Spotlight: Pallid Light

Collaborators Christine Purcell and Stewart Sternberg sat down to share impressions of William Jones’ Pallid Light. Strange things are happening in Temperance, Illinois. Randall Clay, an ex-convict relocated from Chicago, is alone in his apartment when the power shuts down. Outside the sky glows an odd bluish-green as heavy rain and lightning saturate the sky. […]

Cthulhu in Pop Culture

Cthulhu’s had a heck of a run.

After some eighty plus years, Ol’ Squid Face has seeped into pop culture in many different forms. Let’s take a look at a few examples.

But first, did you know what other popular character was introduced in 1928? Mickey Mouse. That’s right Steamboat Willie was released in theaters […]