1) Letter from the Editor
Hello, and welcome to Issue 1-3 of Killing Time -
Horror E-Rag. Hopefully everyone had a good
holiday season and has successfully settled back into the
real world of work and responsibility. Well here we are
at the half-way mark of year one. Did I do anything
special? Always. This issue has all new material
that has never been read by anyone else before now.
That even includes the reviews. I will update...
2) Show Some Spirit
If you want to talk about the most popular horror archetype of
all time you want to be talking about ghosts or spirits.
People have talked to their dead relatives for as long
as they've had dead relatives. Even as we have
progressed from living in caves and worshipping the sun to
splitting atoms and defining the rules of the universe we
still have not shaken off the idea of the dead being aware of
us and giving a care one way or the other.
3) Horror Movie Franchise Discussion #3
In 1982 director Sam Raimi did for horror what George A.
Romero did for it in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead;
he created an unliving behemoth of a horror icon. The
Evil Dead is a milestone in the history of the genre.
Not to compare them directly but Evil Dead pushed the
envelope just as far as Night of the Living Dead did past
4) The Serpent Mother's Grassland
A large shape slithered through the grass, leaving a trail
of blood from the lacerations that the grass made on its
belly. It stayed as close to the ground as it could,
following the trail of yarn to the furry thing it liked to
think of as lunch. (Come here you tasty morsel.)
Slowly it reached the spot it decided was just far
enough away. It began to rise, it's coils unwinding
themselves as it extended its head above the grass.
5) Give Us the Disease of Mind
Warning: May be unsuitable for some readers. This
story contains graphic sexual scenes, violence and coarse language.
Reader Discretion is STRONGLY Advised.
"Come Moceseyu. Come Jehauil. Come and lend us
your strength and wisdom, your love and anger, and most
of all the disease of mind to fuel this our great casting.
All pain comes from your joining here at our behest.
Eita kadel pol farra tel. Kii losohksei
paejenveirtiik!" A single booming voice from the diaphragm of Kintan Jelkan.
6) Review: Sleepy Hollow - Tim Burton
Tim Burton brings the timeless Halloween classic Legend of
Sleepy Hollow to the big screen in a stunning display of
scenery, story telling, and cast. The film is sheer
Tim Burton and brings an intense faerie tale quality to
the story of the Headless Horseman.
7) Review: Spirit - Graham Masterton
Spirit tells the story of a family from just
around the time of America's involvement in WWII through
to the early sixties as they deal with the death of their
youngest child Peggy. This alone might make an
engaging novel on its own the way Masterton writes but
since this is a horror title there is an added dimension.
Peggy may have drowned and been buried but some part
of her is still around...
8) The Lizard of Hallucination Part 3
Some time later he awoke and he was lying on his back.
She was on top of him, weighing him down and making
it hard to breathe. He couldn't draw the next breath.
She laughed, a vile cackling, bubbling in her throat.
She drooled blood on his face and he twisted his head
to the left. He struggled to get her to move but she
would not budge. He could see the black peeling skin
of her face lit by the ambient glow in the room.
9) Writing in the Dark #3
I write in the dark both literally and figuratively.
I live in the dark much the same. Each is part
by choice and each is part by circumstance. We all
live in a world of darkness. Sometimes though it is
hard to tell the difference between the background darkness
and the shadows that dwell within it. Horror can be
found in many places that people may not expect it to be,
or in a form that they do not immediately recognise.
Conversely some things that may on the surface seem
to be in the horror genre vein due to content of a
horrific nature may not be horror at all.