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Scared to death: has horror fiction run out of common fears to trade on?

 

Scared to death: has horror fiction run out of common fears to trade on? | Books | theguardian.com.

via Scared to death: has horror fiction run out of common fears to trade on? | Books | theguardian.com.

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A Modern Writing Journey, Part 1

Those of you who follow WitterLog will be aware that there have been some changes to the blog recently. A static front page has appeared. The name “Mark Winter” has become associated with it. This “Mark Winter” chappie has started wittering on about a book called Infernal Prey (due for publication late in 2013, apparently, though it is now February 2014). What’s all this about then? Continue reading


10 Best Horror Films, Chosen By Tim Robey

Nosferatu

An interesting and thoughtful list with a couple of surprises. I might do my own…

10 best horror films, chosen by Tim Robey – Telegraph.


Horror: a genre doomed to literary hell?

From the 1981 film The Evil Dead... for no apparent reason

An interesting column in today’s Guardian Online by Stuart Kelly (literary editor of Scotland on Sunday).  He enquires as to the whereabouts of modern authors of horror to drive the genre towards literary respectability in the way key figures are doing for crime, science fiction and fantasy.

The very concept of non-genre “literary respectability” gets a lot of genre-fans hot and bothered (sometimes including me) but it is a piece worth reading. For my part, for sheer inventive genius and balletic prose, no-one can beat Clive Barker, for all of his faults.

 Horror: a genre doomed to literary hell?.


Scary Stories for Halloween

Two posts in a day, but it is Halloween after all, and there is a veritable fright-fest of stuff out there to talk about right now. The Guardian has been running a great guest blog on scary short stories which is fun to peruse. Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Aickman, Francis Marion Crawford… some undisputed masters of the short story form, of which I am a real admirer, are revisited here, and the comment posts are just as worth a look as readers contribute their own favourites.

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