Category Archive: Stories

Apr 26 2014

Beyond Innsmouth

The_Sea_Monk

When the subject of Lovecraftian films is discussed, it’s only a matter of time before someone suggests that any film containing a “Gill Man” of sorts fits the bill. The argument is that since Creature from the Black Lagoon came out in 1954 and The Shadow Over Innsmouth was published in 1936, H.P. Lovecraft deserves …

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Oct 06 2013

It’s Storytime!

FrrittFlacc

Although best known for works of science fiction like Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne has dipped his toes into the world of horror too. “Frritt-Flacc” (whose title is apparently onomatopoeia for the sounds of a violent storm) is the story of a greedy physician …

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Oct 05 2012

It was a dark and stormy night…

Lightning

Longtime readers may recall that, in our last installment, I noted how the phrase “It was a dark and stormy night” was coined by the author of The Haunters and the Haunted. The phrase has turned up in countless horror stories, like “The Monkey’s Paw,” and I have decided to pay tribute to that fact …

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Apr 30 2012

Almost Horror, Not Quite

Have you ever read a story that, although it had the right elements to be a horror story, didn’t feel as though it fully fit into the horror category? I’ve had that experience many times while searching for content for this website and what convinced me to do this article was Maurice Leblanc’s The Secret …

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Nov 30 2011

The King in Yellow

Where flap the tatters of the King...

“Along the shore the cloud waves break, The twin suns sink beneath the lake, The shadows lengthen In Carcosa. Strange is the night where black stars rise, And strange moons circle through the skies But stranger still is Lost Carcosa. Songs that the Hyades shall sing, Where flap the tatters of the King, Must die …

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Nov 22 2011

Even More Vile Verses

Maybe that "solo XP" idea wasn't so good after all...

After doing two lengthy installments in the “Vile Verses” series, I had foolishly thought I had found all of the spooky poems I could ever find in my last entry. However, the recitation of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” in A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell made me realize there was still plenty of material out there. …

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Oct 01 2011

Scary Stories

SKULL!

What better way to get into the Halloween season than by reading scary stories? Our first selection is Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (which is the source of the above image). He also wrote “The Body Snatcher,” which was later adapted into the classic Val Lewton movie of …

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May 30 2011

More Vile Verses

I'm here because the real artwork for "The Goblin Market" didn't fit GdL16's standards. That, and because I'm so darn cute!

Since my last article about horror poetry turned out so well, I decided to revisit the subject. Wikisource has once again proven its usefulness to me thanks to its wealth of material. For example, I was able to find Christina Rossetti’s controversial “The Goblin Market,” James “B.V.” Thomson’s famous “The City of Dreadful Night,” Robert …

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Mar 26 2011

Vile Verses

OH MY![/Takei]

Whenever the phrase “horror fiction” is brought up, the mind invariable turns to stories. But what about poetry? It too is a form of fiction and a poem could just as easily have a horror theme instead of the expected ode to nature or romance. After all, one of the greatest literary works in the …

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Mar 17 2011

The Banshee’s Halloween

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day here at the local again and I thought it best to take a break from the usual Leprechaun franchise related posts this year. Instead, let’s read a selection from Irish-American author Herminie Templeton Kavanagh’s novel Darby O’Gill and the Good People called “The Banshee’s Halloween.” Although the Irish (and horror) connection …

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Jan 24 2011

Tales of Cthulhu

Iä! Iä!

Cthulhu is an interesting case in the world of horror literature. Although easily the most popular of Lovecraft’s creations, so much so that the Lovecraftian interconnected literary universe is referred to as the Cthulhu mythos, he actually doesn’t make many actual appearances in the bulk of mythos tales. In H.P. Lovecraft’s original stories, Cthulhu only …

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Nov 21 2010

Edison’s Conquest of Mars

Oh no, nothing phallic here...

No, this is not a book/DVD release of an old silent movie like Edison’s Frankenstein. It’s actually the unauthorized sequel to H.G. Wells’ classic novel, The War of the Worlds! The year was 1898. Wells’ alien invasion classic had been published in complete book form after being serialized the year before in Pearson’s Magazine. During …

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Feb 04 2010

A Black History Horror First

Rather than doing my usual profile of an African-American who made some kind of contribution to horror cinema, I thought I’d do something a little different this year. Instead, I’m going to highlight the (alleged) first-ever collection of short horror fiction by African-American authors. First published in 2004, Dark Dreams: A Collection of Horror and …

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Dec 04 2009

A Study In Emerald

Elementary, my dear Watson...

Since it’s December, the traditional Christmas colors of red and green are everywhere. And wouldn’t you know it, I figured out a way to capitalize on that without resorting to a “colors of blood and gore” joke! Fans of the great detective will undoubtedly be familiar with A Study in Scarlet. But what they might …

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Oct 03 2009

I call shenanigans!

More specifically, I call shenanigans on the Eerie Publications (not to be confused with Warren Publications’ Eerie magazine) comic, “The Slimy Mummy.” Although it’s a delightfully deranged tale with beautiful artwork, the giant mummy in the story is only slimy in the comic’s title panel. On top of that, it’s an uncredited remake of a …

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Oct 02 2009

Storytime!

And here I thought exiting a bathroom with toilet paper on your shoe was embarassing...

There’s nothing quite like reading a good scary story on a cold October night. As a public service to those who have yet to experience this, here are a selection of websites full of great horror stories: Six Word Tales offers up various tales of terror by Stiles White (of The Ghastly Ones fame), along …

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