1) Letter from the Editor
Please avoid the deja vu, but it seems that we are living
out our own little horror story here in the real world.
Somebody, or some dark thing has turned up the heat
on us. Adding to the terror of feeling skin could
melt and flesh bake off the poor people of Toronto were
stuck in the middle of a union dispute that saw their
garbage pile up in the roasting heat. Pretty scary
2) About Time
Time waits for no one, time marches on, and it's about time
that Killing Time - Horror E-Rag talks about the
effect that time has upon a story, in particular of course,
horror stories. Time can have a great impact on a
horror story. It can affect the pace, naturally.
It can affect the level of tension felt both by
characters within the story and by its audience. Time
can change the entire flavour of a story.
3) Horror Movie Franchise Discussion #6
In 1978 John Carpenter brought to the big screen a new kind
of terror. He created (in North America at least) an
entire new genre of horror, the slasher film. All of
the rules were there. Engaging in premarital sex,
using drugs, drinking alcohol, swearing, and general
wickedness would assure a character a deadly encounter with
the "slasher". Halloween was the first of the
morality horrors although the point wasn't overused nor was
it a real focus of the film unlike say Friday the
Thirteenth, which premiered two years later.
4) I Have this Dream
I walk the tree-lined avenues of that small town, now a
cold dead shadow of its former self. I walk out on
the highway if you can call the two lanes of cracked and
unkempt asphalt a highway. The bridge is cracked and
weary, much more so than I, and my heart trip hammers as I
precariously walk out over its most sturdy ribs of rust and
clinging stone. Finally I am across and the forest looms
5) You Accused the Wrong Woman
Warning: May be unsuitable for some readers. This
story contains some coarse language. Reader
Discretion is Advised.
The fire burned brightly in the night. It crackled
and snapped and blew sparks into the sky to be carried away
by the wind. The wind callously doused the embers,
sending them off into the trees as harmless ash. Ash
amongst its brethren. An owl hooted in the dark woods,
a forlorn sound full of anxiety. Crickets made their
music of the night off and on, stopping as suddenly as they
began. Something was moving in the woods tonight.
6) Review: Jeepers Creepers
Two college students, brother and sister, going to
different schools, head out for home together and are
badly frightened by a large colour-splotched but mostly
green truck that tailgates them honking its sinister
sounding horn and weaving back and forth across the road.
The truck finally passes them and disappears off into
the distance. A little further down the road they see
the truck parked beside a boarded up building and they see
something they shouldn't.
7) Review: Halloween Resurrection
This eighth instalment of the popular Halloween franchise
begins three years after the conclusion of Halloween H20:
20 Years Later (#7). Laurie Strode must face off
against Michael for a final time. This time things
will be different. A new reality show is going to be
filmed in the old boarded up Myers house. Six people
have been selected to spend a night in the house and
investigate what may have caused Michael to begin his
reign of terror and murder.
8) The Lizard of Hallucination Part 6/Finale
Paul sat on the edge of the bed. The room was as dark
as it was going to get. He could see everything
clearly outlined in the ghastly light of the gas station on
the opposite corner of the intersection, even through the
heavy curtains. He looked around the room at the
posters that covered every wall. He could make out
most of the details on each and every one of them.
They're eyes were unclear though, there were bright
glowing patches on their pretty faces. All those
female faces with indistinct eyes staring at him. It
was at once comforting and a little disturbing.
9) Writing in the Dark #6
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. Everyone has experiences
that are different than those of everybody else.
These experiences plus who we are determines how we
see and interpret everything around us. Some people
refer to this as bias. Bias affects our opinions, and
through them and the internal dialogue within our minds the
way we understand everything we encounter in the world.