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Universal Horror Films Released with Glow in the Dark Covers

Walmart has their Halloween display going for the 2016 season, and a special display of videos near the front of the store features a special release by Universal Studios. Their classic horror films have been released with glow in the dark covers. This is reminiscent of the Aurora monster model kits of the past with […]

Second Call for Submissions: Fantastic Fan Cultures and the Sacred

A number of great abstracts have been submitted, but we need a few more chapters to have a complete volume. Please take a look at this second call for submissions. They ways in which people pursue religion have changed in America and the West. Traditional, institutional religions are in decline, and even among those who […]

Del Toro, Bleak House, and Sacred Relics

The current issue of Rue Morgue, July 2016, includes an article by Dave Alexander titled "Beyond the Walls of Bleak." It is inspired by the upcoming tour of some of Guillermo del Toro's collection in his Bleak House called "At Home with Monsters," beginning with the venue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. […]

Life Imitates Art: Island of Lost Souls and Animal-Human Embryos

I recently came across two items that made me give new attention to Island of Lost Souls (1932). The first was a commentary on the film that involved John Landis, Rick Baker, and Bob Burns. Their discussion makes for an interesting take on a neglected classic horror film. The second was a series of news […]

The Federalist.com and the Politics of Horror Fiction

I was pleased to find an article at The Federalist online that takes horror seriously as a genre that interacts significantly with social and cultural issues, including the moral and religious. The essay is "Inside Our National Zombie Nightmare Lurks The Politics Of Horror Fiction" by Marc Fitch. The title is somewhat misleading in that […]

CFP - Divine Horror: The Cinematic Battle Between the Sacred and the Supernatural

PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED: 3/15/16 Call for Contributors (Abstracts 3/15/16; Essays 8/15/16) Divine Horror: The Cinematic Battle Between the Sacred and the Supernatural (under contract) The struggle between good and evil is classic and as old as time; this struggle becomes iconic when one or both of the combatants is associated with the divine. From Rosemary’s […]

Why did satanists endorse "The Witch"?

The new horror film The Witch is getting positive reviews, but prior to that it was the stuff of minor controversy as a Satanist group issued a public endorsement for the film, calling it a "satanic experience." Such an endorsement would have caused a major controversy in the culture wars from Christians as happened in […]

Lecture on horror and religion at University of the Pacific

Next Wednesday, November 11, I will present a guest lecture at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I was invited by Professor Alan Lenzi to present on "Religion and Transcendence in Horror and Science Fiction." My presentation will involve a PowerPoint that incorporates film clips and commentary, not only on Abrahamic religions, but also […]

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 Blumhouse.com: 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 […]

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