For those of you who may not know the movie “Hellraiser” and the franchise it spawned was based on the novella “The Hellbound Heart” by Clive Barker. When I first read “The Hellbound Heart” it was because I had seen that Hellraiser was based on a novella and I thought to myself (having not overly […]
Good writers read. That’s pretty much a given. Good writing incorporates elements of multiple genres. If a horror novel was only horrifying things happening and no suspense or romance you just get horrific events happening one after another. If all you read is science fiction you don’t gain knowledge of other elements. There are happy books and sad books. Books that teach you about creating endings that pull at the heart of your readers. Books that make you feel like a warrior or inspire you through the journey of the characters. There are so many ways to tell a story that you could spend a lifetime in a genre and never experience the focus of other genres. Taking in a variety expands your mind and exercises your imagination.
It’s like exercising a new muscle group. You might have great disdain for romance or horror but one day find yourself drawing…
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The unfathomable power of creatures. Creatures that are huge, planet size, or so ancient that our lifespans are nothing. Nothing makes you feel so small and unimportant as cosmic horror.
Sometimes you just need to know your really closer to the size and significance of an ant than other parts of the universe. In relation to the sun, you and an ant have a closer size. If an ant is .1 inches tall (estimate; the ants keep moving) your average height is about 5,6 or 66 inches. You’re looking at 1 to 660 ratio. So in relation to us to a creature of that magnitude, we would be looking at a creature 43,560 inches tall (66 inches x 660) or 3,630 feet tall. Burj Khalifa built in 2010 was only 2,717 ft tall. Something of that size is just unfathomable. You’d be twice as tall as the Sears Tower…
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The works and mythos developed by famed author H.P. Lovecraft have been extremely popular in recent years. This has prompted numerous games, books, and movies. With all his popularity who was the man behind the mythos? Here are 16 facts about H.P. Lovecraft.
- Virtually unknown and was only published in pulp magazines until his death. Now regarded as one of the most significant authors of the 20th century.
- H.P. Lovecraft was born in providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life aside from a short period of time living in another city with his wife.
- At 3 H.P. Lovecraft’s father was confined to a mental institution.
- H.P. Lovecraft’s grand father was a businessman and avid storyteller.
- H.P. Lovecraft started writing horror at age 8.
- H.P. Lovecraft was always very precocious but also very sensitive. His own fear of the world is prevalent in his writings.
- H.P. Lovecraft’s overbearing…
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Thomas Joyce is back! This week, Thomas reviews Now That We’re Alone, the new collection from Nicholas Day, published by Bizarro Pulp Press. The book contains 11 short stories and fans of weird horror should definitely jump on-board. Thanks, as always, to Thomas for this thoroughly in-depth review.
I am new to the work of Nicholas Day. Sure, I had seen the front cover image for this collection (by Jim Agpalza) pop up on social media (isn’t it incredible!?), but I wasn’t familiar with any of Nicholas’s work. From reading this collection, it became clear that he has been busy doing what many young writers do when they start out; submitting short stories while honing his craft. And it certainly seems to have worked for him. He has already released a debut novella, Necrosaurus Rex (Bizarro Pulp Press, 2015), to critical acclaim and he seems to have done it…
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I love watching movies especially when I’m with my family or friends. I love horror, mystery, crime and suspense movies but at the same time I really hate it. I don’t like how some horror films end. Sometimes, it is too corny and not worth it like I just wasted my time watching it. Some […]
For those of you who may not know the film “Hellraiser” and the franchise, it generated started with the novella “The Hellbound Heart” by Clive Barker. When I initially read “The Hellbound Heart” it was on the grounds that I had seen that Hellraiser was based on “The Hellbound Heart”. Curiosity got me into horror […]
Raise your hand if you like horror. Oh. Excuse me. I didn’t see that your hand was severed! It’s okay, just feed me a topic and I’ll unleash the hounds of horror upon the unsuspecting victims who dare to read such a dark tale about…well…did you decide yet? Think of something scary. Really scary. […]
It was 1979 when Ridley Scott released his first Alien movie, introducing impressionable youngsters to the joy, horror, and excitement of deep space. As a child, it was Enid Blyton who encouraged my love of fantasy, and it was Ridley Scott and also George Lucas (Star Wars) who tempted me to explore the stars. Actress, […]
I was feeling somewhat inspired today and decided to talk about overused tropes in horror fiction in my first solo podcast. Couple of things before (if, even) you listen, my apologies for the not-so-great sound quality and apologies if I speak a bit too fast in places…I was feeling a bit nervous. Listen to six […]
The Dunwich Horror was written by H P Lovecraft in August 1928 and is considered one of the core tales in his Cthulhu mythos. There are several significant literary influences on the tale. The central premise – the sexual union of a ‘god’ or monster with a human woman – is taken directly from Arthur […]
Today i am still telling the Cthulhu Mythos. Nyarlathotep is a character in the works of H. P. Lovecraft and other writers. The character is commonly known in association with its role as a malign deity in the Lovecraft Mythos fictional universe, where it is known as the Crawling Chaos. First appearing in Lovecraft’s 1920 prose […]
Different people have different opinions on how involved Lovecraft was in the creation of the Cthulhu Mythos. Some people say he purposely and skillfully created one of the world’s first shared universes, others think he was just to polite to tell people not to use his ideas. The truth is probably somewhere between the two extremes. He differently did encourage his inner circle to use some of his creatures and forbidden tomes in their writings, but how open he was to this whole Mythos concept isn’t clear.
We are also dealing with two different concepts, The Cthulhu Mythos and Lvecratian tropes. The CM has become the shared universe that has been developed from HPL’s original writings. It is built on cosmic entities and ancient books, that were created or inspired by Lovecraft. LT’s are the concepts that Lovecraft espoused, cosmicism, the bleak New England landscape, the amorality of the universe…
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