Category: essay

Potential to Haunt by Nicholas Day

I’ve a story for you about the recent Hill House adaptation and a place I used to live and why I have trouble sleeping if Mystery Science Theater 3000 isn’t playing on the television. This is a ghost story. I do not necessarily believe in ghosts, regardless of the following confession or the scar I

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Which Famous Horror Sequel SUCKED the Worst?!

By Zakary McGaha All horror fans, casual and diehard, know a couple standard, more mainstream but still classic franchises by heart: Halloween, Child’s Play, Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are many more, of course, but I’m zeroing in on these four in particular because they each have their own infamous “black sheep”

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How Michel Houellebecq Introduced the Incel to Modern Literature

By Bob Freville At 62, controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq continues to rankle the literary community with his caustic post-modern novels, banal poetry, musical vanity projects and mundane photography. For those unfamiliar with the author’s style, imagine Andrew Dice Clay if he was raised on a steady diet of hookers, Valium and Voltaire. His voice

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The Best Black Comedies You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

By Bob Freville When some of us hear the word “dark,” it conjures up things like the Dark Tower movie, based on Stephen King’s iconic book series, or Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, but others among us immediately picture something completely different. Dark comedy movies haven’t always been popular, but they’ve always been distinct from

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Why Mainstream Horror is Still Dead and Won’t Become a Zombie Anytime Soon

by Zakary McGaha A ton of horror fiction fans are currently optimistic. They’re saying we’re due for another horror boom…you know, like the one in Paperbacks from Hell. Well, I’ve said on multiple occasions in private, and I’ll say it again now: this isn’t going to happen. Nothing is going to bring back the mass-market

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