An Old Scare

Let’s pay tribute to one of the greatest gags that went around a few years back. I was sent a video and told to watch the car. Apparently it was a German auto company who made the commercial and inadvertently caught something on camera. Being the gullible man I am, I watched the video. When […]

There…Wolf

Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolfman

There is something seductive about power, and the werewolf, the ultimate representation of savagery, is one of literature’s most primitive displays of animal rage and power in its darkest aspect. This ancient horror, recounted by the likes of Herodotus, Virgil, Ovid, and Pliny the Elder, has probably been […]

Gone Zombie: Interview with Web Comic Creator Stephen Thor

In the comic world, people like zombies. That is, people like zombies eating people. I talked with Stephen Thor about his web comic Gone Zombie, an independent comic with a storyline revolving around a religious cult seeking spiritual fulfillment by becoming undead themselves. As the story begins, Kurt is on a search to find his […]

The Death of the Ghost Story

I once asked if the ghost story was dead…and with your permission, I’d like to revisit that question.

Don’t get me wrong, I watch Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. I’m in awe of the adventurers creeping around some deserted asylum, calling out to spirits and chasing after sounds that would send me flying in the opposite direction.

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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 […]

How Many Ways Can You Write About Zombies? by Theresa Lucas

I never knew I was a fan of zombie literature until I started reading it as the current wave of zombie-themed fiction started landing on my doorstep. Two of the best books I’ve read in the last two years (Boneshaker by Cherie Priest and The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell) have featured […]

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 […]

Movie Review: ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

REVIEW: ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) (available on DVD as part of the After Dark HorrorFest series)

After 9/11, people from the Mideast often found themselves being given a suspicious eye . That prejudice is still with us, and if anything, heightened, almost ten years later. Zombies of Mass Destruction (ZMD) takes this paranoia […]

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. […]