1) Letter from the Editor
I hope everyone had a good holiday over the New Year.
Oh, I was stuck with a terrible cold, found out that
sinus trouble can be caused by an allergic reaction to
cough syrup, and that the mail service over the holidays is
really horrific. I complain about shipping all of the
time but this terror was real. Sitting, waiting,
pulling on my hair, and having the days tick by with no
sign of the order for a used book that I thought that I would never be
able to find. Those are the horrors I've been through.
2) Purple Nurple
Just as a series of books, films, or stories that are
connected need continuity so too is there a greater
continuity in the horror genre itself. This genre
level continuity forms a mythos. Certainly individual
works and individual authors can have a mythos, but if
either level is successful and catches the minds of enough
people then that singular mythos can be added to the
greater one. Certainly we have seen this with such
seminal works as Dracula, Frankenstein, and the collective
works of H. P. Lovecraft.
3) Horror Cinema Autopsy #2
Warning: May be unsuitable for some readers. The
second page contains mature subject matter, disturbing situations,
and coarse language. Reader Discretion is Advised.
In 1972 a new director named Wes Craven stunned the world with
his first real movie "Last House on the Left". Last
House on the Left was instantly catapulted into infamy by
its vicious portrayals, and the film was banned in 27 countries.
It is still banned in at least England and Australia.
Film managers themselves cut pieces out of the film
before showing it, if they even dared to show it. Yet
through it all it is a highly acclaimed cult classic of horror.
4) Husk Hound
In the late afternoon she coasted into town on the last fumes in the car's
gas tank. Morning had come too early that day and she had turned off the
travel alarm clock and rolled back over in the crisp clean sheets of the
motel room bed. Three days on the road and she was finally there, finally in
the town of Burnt Corn. More than the three days travel, this was the
culmination of a year's worth of research.
5) Pink Belly
She stared at the black screen and was reaching for the
lamp when this thing appeared on the screen. It was
big and hairy, with warts and blisters. It had narrow
slitted eyes, two small holes for a nose and a mouth full
of small sharp teeth. It was hideous. It raised
its huge clawed hands in front of it. "You're going to
die soon," it said.
6) Review: Perfect Blue
Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller about fandom and
the descent into madness. Japanese pop star Mimarin
Kirigoe is setting down her hand microphone and picking up
a script. She leaves her band Cham for the bright
lights of the television sound stage. The decision is
a tough one, but she believes her decision is the right one.
Mima's fans are unhappy about the choice, but most
of them are going along with it as well, except for one.
7) Review: Prey
Prey is a Lovecraftian inspired tale about David Williams
who moves into a large house on the Isle of Wight to
renovate it. He meets a lovely young woman and
becomes involved with her. However as idyllic as
everything seems there is something not right about the
house. The angles seem to be off and time does not
act like it should within the house. Worse yet,
something part man and part rat is skulking around.
David could ignore it, but he has his son staying
with him in the house.
8) PSY3007 Act #3
Ben nodded and with his hand pressed lightly to the small
of her back he led Brianna out into the hall. There
was a large crowd of people there and the noise crashed
over them instantly. Quentin was in the front and
made the crowd split so Ben could lead Brianna to the end
of the hall where she sat down on the floor. Ben sat
down beside her. Quentin crouched down. He
looked at Brianna, opened his mouth to ask a question, and
Ben raised his hand palm out. "Give us a minute Quentin."
9) Hangman's Noose #3
I am not exempt from the learning even though I am the
author of everything here. I've learned something
lately, or at least been reminded of it. There is
something to learn about an analytical state of mind and
delving into stories as a hobby. The two do not mix
very well. It is true that moderation in everything
is important. Too much analysis and consideration,
in fact mulling over things to distil the most information,
can taint the experience.