The Curse Of Hallowe’en

It’s hard not to notice that there are no great horror films or books around this Hallowe’en, and a quick look into the crystal ball that is ImdbPro sinks the heart, for here is the roster of upcoming Hollywood horror movies to delight us in the near future. Frankenstein Dracula Poltergeist Evil Dead Carrie Dr […]

The Devil Rides To Manchester

Tomorrow I’m in Manchester introducing ‘The Devil Rides Out’ on the big screen. In it, Christopher Lee takes a rare heroic turn as scholar and occultist Duc de Richleau, playing him with a dark elegance and intensity, in a trim goatee. He discovers that the son of a war buddy has joined a satanic cult […]

Anthology Horrors

I’m due to start work on a section of an anthology horror film about London entitled ‘Bloody London’, and it made me trawl back through the history of British anthology horror films. The first and best was ‘Dead of Night’, and is the only example wherein the wraparound story is the scariest of them all. […]

Re:View – ‘Absentia’

Existing in the half-light between horror, suspense, psychological thriller and art film, ‘Absentia’ – like ‘Session 9’, ‘The Nines’ and ‘Spoorloos’ – turns out to be a hidden gem of a movie, all the more surprising and subtle for being so low budget. Tricia’s husband Daniel went for a walk and never came back. That […]

Re:View – ‘Sleep Tight’

If you’re ever beset with the nagging suspicion that Hollywood has lost its cojones when it comes to nail-biting thrillers, check out Jaume Balaguero’s ‘Mientras Duermes’ (‘Sleep Tight’) and spend the rest of the night awake…it hinges on such a simple idea, I’m staggered no-one has thought of it before. Cesar (beetle-browed Luis Tosar) is […]

It Came From Behind The Shelf No. 3

The Madame Tussauds Chamber Of Horrors Guillotine has been stuck behind my books in various locations since my father helped me to paint it in 1964, and it still works. The head is held on with a little peg that the blade hits, knocking the prisoner’s head into the wicker basket. This was part of […]

This’ll Get Under Your Skin

The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan and introduced by Stuart ‘Re-Animator’ Gordon, is a collection of the things that really get under your skin. These are tales of transformation, mutation and contagion, some old, like HP Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West – Reanimator’, and some more recent, like my own […]

The Weird World of Black Cat Mysteries

The next gruesome Harvey Comics reprint – with a foreword by my good self – appears in a stonkingly smart slipcased edition (and there’s a regular edition) from PS Publishing. These are hilariously dark collections of true that are trashier than EC Comics but a lot of fun. While EC explored the dark desires of […]

Re:View – ‘Cabin In The Woods’

*No Spoilers* Destined to be adored by postmodernist critics, this horror/fantasy film was widely tipped to be the next game changer, just as Wes Craven’s first ‘Scream’ film remoulded tired slashers, I went along with more than an open mind – having sat through so many appalling ‘stoned obnoxious teens in a van’ movies in […]

Pernicious Muck For Kids

PS Publishing has just released ‘Black Cat Mysteries’, a Harvey Comics anthology for which I’ve just written the forward. In the 1950s, EC Comics caused a sensation for their horrific content after Dr Fredric Wertham published damning pieces about the corruption of innocents, and there was a moral panic. Wertham described comic books as ‘cheap, […]