Ginger Nuts of Horror
After my debut Ginger Nuts of Horror post in which I moaned about overused tropes and clichés in horror cinema, I’m worried that I might seem like a bit of a grouch. So, in an attempt to show that I prefer praising to complaining, I thought that I would list my favourite horror movie scenes of all time, and explain what makes each one more jaw-dropping than the rest.
Obviously, like my first piece, these are entirely my own opinion, and I’d love to hear what you agree and disagree with.
Following on from the huge success of last years The Black Room Manuscripts, The Sinister Horror Company, has pulled out all of the stops and and made volume 2 of this charity anthology even more amazing. Featuring such giants of horror as Graham Masterton, Shaun Hutson and William Meikle, The Sinister Horror Boys should be rightly proud of themselves for bagging such talent. And I couldn't think of a better person to hand over the introduction duties to, Chris Hall of DLS Reviews is a fantastic reviewer.
The Black Room Manuscripts Volume Two is due to be released on 9th July. As with the first volume, all profits will be donated to charity. This year the title will be raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Whilst the production of the anthology is very much a team effort by the Sinister Horror Company, each edition is run by a different member. For volume two JR Park, author of Upon Waking and Punch, was in charge of overseeing the project and curating the contributors that appeared within its pages.
As the curator, JR Park will talk through the table of contents, with a note on the stories, the authors and his decision in asking for them to be part of this fantastic collection.
‘Behold my epic, futile waste!’
Jon Wallace’s new novel, Rig, takes place at sea. Part of the story is set aboard The Ark, a luxury ship populated by the super-rich survivors of nuclear war. The Ark sails in a perpetual circle about a huge oil rig, where poorer survivors toil in its service.
Here Jon discusses how super yachts and oligarchs helped to shape his scifi – and why Donald Trump makes it all feel a bit close for comfort.
With an upcoming remake of the Stephen King classic IT, people are rightfully concerned about who’ll play the iconic big bad Pennywise the Clown. After all, Tim Curry (perhaps the most underrated bad guy actor in cinema) gave a legendary performance. Without Curry’s swinging from eerie buffoonery to snarling savagery, the IT mini-series would have been dangerously close to being as forgettable as the Tommy Knockers adaptation.
Currently, Bill Skarsgard is pegged to fill the big floppy shoes- and that’s a good choice. Skarsgard has an ethereal pretty boy quality that makes him all the more terrifying when he breaks out the crazy (as he frequently does in Twilight-for-Perverts Netflix show Hemlock Grove). But half the fun is speculation, and there are plenty of other great choices out there to fill the vacant slot in our children’s nightmares.