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Where I Lay My Head is Home

Horror genres and subgenres rise and fall like bubbles in a cauldron. Since horror reflects the fears and insecurities of societies and since societies change over time, this isn’t surprising – but it’s worth noting when a set of story ideas or tropes is on its way in or out, if nothing else because we might glean something interesting about what’s going on in larger society from horror’s reaction thereto. I’ve been following, for example, the emergence in recent years of a subgenre I call “Airbnb Horror.”

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Woman the Corrupter

19 And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.

20 And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean….

  • Leviticus 17

It’s funny; sometimes, one sets out to write one thing, thesis at the ready, only to wind up with something altogether different on one’s hands when the smoke clears. This was the case with me recently when I set out to write about horror movies dealing with environmental contamination and/or disease. Along the way, I made a discovery that surprised me – although, given the amount of ambient misogyny present at any given moment in American culture, it shouldn’t have.

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Slashing Through the Homophobia Surrounding ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 2’

A cornerstone within my belief system is the conviction that when one is wrong – when one has wronged another – one should confront that failing, apologize, learn from it, and, if possible, make amends. This seems straightforward enough, but confronting one’s own shortcomings is never pleasant, nor the reckoning easy. Thus, I’m not proud of it, but I will admit it: I used to laugh about how “gay” the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is. My laughter was not of the truly belittling “he screams like a girl” variety; it was more on the order of appreciating the film for its camp value without thinking of the consequences (if any) that those involved in the film may have suffered. As I’m far from the only one to have been on this tip over the years, I thought that a bit of explanation might be in order for those of you just joining us on this topic.

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Vampire Movies that Suck

My editorial policy on horror is that I try to review things I enjoy rather than things that I think are terrible. This isn’t a difficult policy to maintain – I’m easy to please and, as I am fond of saying, I like most things! However, even a jovial fellow such as myself has his limits, and on rare occasion I feel the need to give vent to mockery or frustration. In other words, buckle up.

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Ouija Shark: An Unpredictably Predictable Surprise

A pale and pierced girl in a Satanic T-shirt finds a homemade Ouija board on a lakeside beach. It doesn’t take a genius to put together the entire plot of this movie. You could be in a coma finished with a valium chaser and still figure this one out. Yet, there were a few little surprises hidden inside. I didn’t say they were good surprises. Just surprises. You be the judge. 

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The 2019 Anthologies Birthday Sale

We had an amazing 2019, just look at the books in the banner above, it was a completely incredible first year. Now we’ve paired back, slowed down a bit so we could ensure that the books we were bringing in match out vision, we’re working with visionary authors like Susan Snyder, Lucas Mangum, Charles Bernard and more.

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