1) Letter from the Editor
RM: "I'm looking for a new kind of story. Something
that no one has ever thought of. Something scary.
I don't mean an oh my that would be terrible if it
were true story, but an ohmygod how could you tell me that
story I won't be able to sleep for weeks. That image
will stick in my head forever."
2) What Kind of Dead Man Are You?
Horror abounds with people who have escaped the finality of
death. They continue to walk the earth. Some are
ghosts and spirits, but just as often, and in films actually
more often, they are walking about in their own flesh and
blood bodies. They rise from their graves, they cross
back from the realms beyond, or they never truly die in the
first place. They go by many different names and come
from a number of primitive beliefs and mythologies.
3) Horror Movie Franchise Discussion #4
In 1982 a new horror movie premiered from acclaimed
director Tobe Hooper (the master behind the original Texas
Chainsaw Massacre film), Poltergeist. Written by
Steven Spielberg, the movie was destined for greatness.
Presumably Spielberg did not direct himself because
of involvement with E.T. The Extra-terrestrial.
(Poltergeist premiered June 4th, E.T June 11th.)
Tobe Hooper infused the Spielberg vehicle with a
darkness, and a tension that would not have been there
The cicadas hummed and the crickets chirped. Children
could be heard running around, accompanied by the clanking
of chains on the swings, the long squeaks and short creaks
of the teeter-totters, and the pounding of running shoes up
the ladder of the slide. The east glowed with the
lights from the baseball diamond and a lemon yellow square
of light showed where the door on the back of the
concession stand stood open. A small yellow circle
showed where the squat building of the public washroom
stood. To the west all was dark and the last of the
sun a forgotten memory.
5) Suffer In Atonement
Henry slipped out of the King's hotel room. The
guards stood at attention with their eyes forward and their
hands at their sides. They could not see. They
could not hear. They could not move. Still,
they would appear no different until the changing of the
guards. By then Henry would have returned to his
sanctum and replaced their senses and mobility to them.
It was such an extra effort to go to, but the only apparent
way to get the required items from the King himself.
He could not simply ask for some hair, a nail
clipping, and something intimate.
6)Review: Evil Dead (Special Packaging)
NOTE: This review discusses the packaging of the special
Book of the Dead DVD release of Evil Dead that is now
available for a limited time. The review for the
movie itself is available separately and a link is provided
at the bottom of this review. ...Now for the exterior
of the Book of the Dead. After hundreds of years the
human flesh that binds the book is still lithe and pliable.
...The Book has a good heft to it and feels good in
7) Review: Wes Craven's New Nightmare - David Bergantino
David Bergantino brings to paper and the silver screen of
the mind the movie Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The
movie is the seventh of the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Unlike the other sequels to the original slasher
starring the man of your darkest dreams, Freddy Krueger,
this film takes a look at the series being just that, a
high grossing film franchise.
8) The Lizard of Hallucination Part 4
The boss led the three of them into the meeting room as Mr.
Lucertola began his pitch. Paul listened intently,
took a couple mental notes even though he was not the
principal target of the initiative, and staved off the
desire to daydream about Ronnie. At one point Mr.
Lucertola turned to him and said matter of factly, "I do
believe Mr. Sanford that you have an intruder."
9) Writing in the Dark #4
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 this life in
the dark begins to wear upon us and dull us to the vibrancy
and vigour that is inherent in it. When that
happens we have two options, to stop and take stock of
things, which can be to broaden and change our perspective,
or to turn on a few lights, open the curtains, or even step
outside into the sun.