After The Exorcist, There Was The Sentinel

October 22, 2013 by - 7 Comments

(Be sure to read to the end of this post for a fun, not-so-spooky, time-sensitive surprise, okay?) It’s October. Let’s talk scary. There are so many late-20th century horror novels I count as influences on my work, I could spend all day nattering on about them. When I was a young teen, horror novels put …Read More

Troped to Death

October 10, 2011 by - 1 Comment

I like my horror with a certain amount of…elegance. I don’t mean that I require diamonds, silk, and pretty words with my scary stories. Okay. I do like pretty words. Words that evoke images that tell a story in themselves–a kind of circular beauty. (Speaking of stories, Surreal South ’11 is going to press today! …Read More

No, Not That Cinderella

May 3, 2008 by -

Cinderella is my new favorite horror movie. Scary as all get-out, yet oddly beautiful. The actors are visually perfect, and completely committed to the story so that even when the film dips into the occasional horror-film cliche, it works. It’s a riff on the 1960 Georges Franju film, Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a …Read More