Archive for "Oct 2015"

RUE MORGUE and the Ouija Board

Each year I look forward to the Halloween issue of RUE MORGUE magazine. This year's was a real treat given its cover story "Spirits, Demons, Superstition: 125 Years of the Ouija Board." There are several elements included in their coverage, including an overview, "Take Me to the Other Side" by April Snellings that also includes […]

"I ain't afraid of no ghosts"

The other day I watched Disney's animated cartoon, Lonesome Ghosts (1937). I caught a line in it I hadn't noticed before. Each of the main characters has their encounter with a ghost, from Mickey to Donald to Goofy. In connection with Goofy's spectral encounter he says, "I ain't afraid of no ghosts." In light of […]

Titles of Interest: The Art of Horror

The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; Ill edition, 2015) Stephen Jones, editor Amazingly, there has never been a book quite like The Art of Horror a celebration of frightful images, compiled and presented by some of the genre's most respected names. While acknowledging the beginnings of horror-related art in […]

Extraordinary Tales animation coming to a theater near you

Extraordinary Tales, a new animated horror piece of animation is coming to theaters and On Demand on October 23, right in time for Halloween. As reported by Directed by former Disney animator Raul Garcia, TALES adapts Poe’s classics “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The […]

Call for Papers: Characters of 'The Walking Dead'

In 2014 the Characters of The Walking Dead book project began. The co-editors received several submissions, but the project encountered difficulties. A new co-editor has joined the project, and we are now issuing a new call for papers in the hopes of receiving additional submissions to fill in the blanks in character treatment. Of particular […]

Titles of Interest - Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney

Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney International Perspectives Edited by Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill, Kendra Magnus-Johnston (Routledge, 2016) The fairy tale has become one of the dominant cultural forms and genres internationally, thanks in large part to its many manifestations on screen. Yet the history and relevance of the fairy-tale film have largely been neglected. In this […]

New essay on the crystal skulls

I first heard the story of the mysterious crystal skulls when I was a kid in the 1970s through the television program In Search Of... Joseph Laycock has written an essay on them for Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, Volume 11, Issue 2 (2015) titled "The controversial history of the crystal […]

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