It’s Alive! Frankenstein’s Many Lives

Frankenstein's Monster

The newest version of Dr. Frankentstein’s life, Victor Frankenstein, is hitting screens on November 25 and I’m super excited that one of my favorite literary characters is coming back to the screen. In the meantime, check out some of these adaptations and books inspired by Mary Shelley and her novel. Famed artist Gris Grimly has […]

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6 Picks for Scary Movie Night

black and white photo of a scared man covering his mouth.

Every year, I like to have a scary movie night with friends. It can be fun to imagine that we're the archetypal victims, stuck in a cabin when all of the sudden the power goes out. Which one of us will survive? What is that shape over in the corner, just out of reach of […]

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Remembering Wes Craven

Scream cover

Wes Craven, a master of the horror and suspense genres, constantly challenged his fans and faithful filmgoers to push the boundaries of the real and the imaginary. With his passing this weekend at 76, Craven leaves behind a rich legacy of films that have opened the way for generations of horror fans, writers and filmmakers. Today we're […]

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H.P. Lovecraft at 125: Cthulhu Lives

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A sickly child, a reclusive adult and a writer of weird, dime-store fiction. All of these are descriptions of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century whose work shapes horror, science fiction and dark, literary fiction to this day. August 20 marks the 125th anniversary of his birth. Let's take a […]

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I’m Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

Trees surrounded by fog

I'm the first person to sit down with a cup of cocoa and a cheesy Christmas movie (Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas, anyone?), but after a surfeit of sweet films and books, a little sorbet is in order. Apparently, I'm not alone on this one, as there is a long tradition of Christmas Ghost Stories. Whether you […]

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Celebrate Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week

Every year in October, libraries across the nation celebrate reading for the fun of it through Teen Read Week, but reading for fun isn't just for one week! There are so many books out there for you that there's even a list of nominees for the Teens Top Ten of the year. Lately, I have found some […]

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Horror and Music at the Oscars

hand holding a sharp knife

When I sat down to enjoy Sweeney Todd again the weekend before the Oscars, I was under the impression that it had won in 2007 for Best Picture. I was wrong: that honor went to No Country for Old Men, another film with a high creep score. Of course, for pure spine tingling, it's hard to […]

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GenreList V: Massive Monsters!

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This time, on GenreList: Gather your families and run for your lives! From the depths of the sea, the hollows of the earth and the blackness between the stars come mountainous menacing monsters, bent on carnage and destruction!

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Horror Films for the Jaded

Haunted house with tree in front

Every fall at the first whiff of mulled cider I get excited about the prospect of the season's new crop of horror movies. “Prepare to be scared!” states the promotional poster of one. “Simply terrifying!” intones the voiceover on the trailer of another. However, as horror film aficionados well know, it is the rare film that lives up […]

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Some Chilling Euro-Horror Movies

Barbara Steele in "Black Sunday" (Mask of Satan) 1960

   After World War II, the horror film genre was nearly dead.  Hollywood was producing comedic satires of movie monsters like “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and dozens of nuclear-fused, giant bug and outer space films. Beginning in the late 1950s, British, Italian and French movie makers delved into fresh re-workings and re-imaginings of the gothic […]

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