September: Survival Fiction Month

Cthulhu Month is ending and tomorrow begins a month dedicated to survival horror. We’ll have interviews, reviews, and items of interest for the person seeking a path to the end of the world. We’ll look at survival fiction of the past and where it’s currently trending. We’ll take your comfort level and plant a seed […]

DVD Review: Dark Heritage: The Final Descent

Dark Heritage: The Final Descent Cornerstone Films Released in 1989 Starring Mark LaCour, Clint Harrison, Tim Verkaik, Eddie Moore and Joan Parmelee

DVD Review by Chris Welch

So, when I stumble across a 21 year-old low-budget horror movie that I have never heard of, on DVD, and the back of the case says “An […]

Story Spotlight: “The Bedlamite” by Ferrel Moore

High Seas Cthulhu offers dark fiction on the open seas—or as the editor describes it, “Swashbuckling Adventure meeting Mythos.” Some of the tales are historical, and some more modern. Ferrel Moore’s contribution to the anthology, “The Bedlamite,” was set in the 1800’s. Heavy in atmosphere, the tale works hard to build suspense until the […]

Looking Back at Die, Monster, Die!

Earlier, we discussed the first Lovecraftian work to be translated to film: “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” The film was, of course, The Haunted Palace, directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. At that time we made the argument that few, if any, of the major studio films based on Lovecraft’s writings have […]

Looking back at The Haunted Palace

Mention director Roger Corman and horror fans immediately and correctly start thinking about the late Vincent Price. Together they gave us such Sixties cult classics as The House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Tomb of Ligea, and of course, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Haunted Palace.

Wait. Weren’t all those aforementioned films […]

ESP: Reading the Future

Elder Signs Press will soon release a horror novel by New York Times best-selling author Lois Gresh. We thought people would enjoy a short Q&A .

ESP) The upcoming ESP novel, Blood And Ice is a vampire story, but these aren’t your Twilight vampires, are they? How are they different?

LG) The Blood and Ice […]

From The Game Shelf: LIMBO

Like an old Universal horror film stylized after the fashion of German expressionism, comes Limbo, the downloadable XBOX 360 game from Playdead Studios.

The gaming elements aren’t unique. It’s essentially a puzzle platformer in which you take on the personae of a little boy dropped in the middle of….well, Limbo. Without spoken dialog, or any […]

Book Review:Wolf’s Bluff

Wolf’s Bluff By W.D. Gagliani Leisure Paperback/323 pages $7.99 US/$9.99 CAN ISBN: 978-0-8439-6348-9

Wolf’s Bluff is W.D. Gagliani’s third werewolf novel. It follows the Stoker-Nominated Wolf’s Trap (2004; paperback released in 2006) and its first sequel, Wolf’s Gambit (2009.)

In previous interviews, Gagliani has referred to his novels as “Northwoods noir,” since all of […]

Book Review:Cthulhu’s Reign

Cthulhu’s Reign Edited by Darrell Schweitzer DAW Fantasy Paperback 309 pages/ $7.99 US/$9.99 CAN

ISBN: 978-0-7564-0616-5

Review by Chris Welch

The Darrell Schweitzer edited anthology Cthulhu’s Reign has fifteen answers for the question “What happens after the stars are right?”

Generally speaking, this is not a book for optimists. But it is a book […]

Music To Scream By

From the late sixties and on, rock-and-roll opened its lyrical content to become more than a single expression of either devotion, loss, or unrequited love. For fans of horror and the weird, some music seemed to actually be speaking to them, with content dealing with such things as serial killers, vampirism, lycanthropy, hauntings, etc. And […]