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Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest 2015: An Old Haunt Presents New Scares

Annabel Osberg | Posted 10.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Annabel Osberg

About two decades ago, I first visited Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest with no idea what to expect. I didn't even know what a "haunt" or a "maze" was, never having been through a haunted house. It impressed me so much that it inspired me to visit haunted houses as often as possible thereafter.

14 Classic Horror Movies That Still Send Chills Down Our Spines

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.01.2015 | Fifty

Yes, we know horror flicks nowadays have lots of advanced special effects but some of the old-school classics are still just as scary. We as...

Universal Studios Hollywood Premieres Halloween Horror Nights 2015: Opening Night Review and Red Carpet Photos

Annabel Osberg | Posted 09.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Annabel Osberg

On Friday, September 18, Universal Studios Hollywood debuted Halloween Horror Nights 2015. In keeping with its cinematic cachet, the theme park hosted an exclusive gala prior to the event's 7 PM opening.

Universal Studios Hollywood: John Murdy, Halloween Horror Nights Creative Director, Gives an Exclusive Preview Tour of Two New Mazes

Annabel Osberg | Posted 09.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Annabel Osberg

Most Horror Nights mazes are inspired by movies or television shows. Some maze sets closely mimic specific movie sets, conveying the feeling of stepping into a movie; others are more loosely inspired by the film's emotive character. Overall, the mazes are designed to convey selected aspects of the tenor of a movie or series.

The Mainstreaming of Empathy, or How Hannibal Changed My Life

Sezin Koehler | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Sezin Koehler

With an appropriately bloody and dashing full moon finale came the close of three amazing seasons of Bryan Fuller's Hannibal, hands down some of the best television ever made in the history of the medium.

Brian Keene Talks About Stephen King, Ghoul and Why Horror Matters

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Brian Keene has written over 40 books, including 2003's The Rising, which is often credited with inspiring pop culture's zombie craze. His public speaking engagements have taken him everywhere from college campuses to inside the headquarters of the CIA.

Remembering Wes Craven: Terror Titan and Tastemaker

Michael Varrati | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Varrati

To film enthusiasts and horror fans, Wes Craven was one of these rare individuals. An artist whose work not only impacted the genre, but also changed the whole conversation.

Fright Night, Tales of Halloween and the Art of Horrible People: An Interview With John Skipp

Loren Kleinman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"Flat-out: we are living in horror times. So smart, fearless, honest horror is uniquely suited to addressing the damage of this world gone mad."

A Universal Language

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

At this year's Jerusalem Film Festival, I was pleased to see a new development in Israeli cinematic language. Three films stood out as using groundbreaking methods of presentation, taking the innovation of Israeli movies to a new level

Book Trailers: More Fun Than Writing The Book?

Ben Tripp | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Ben Tripp

I didn't know book trailers were a thing until it was suggested I should make my own. Book trailers, also known as bookreels, are like movie trailers -- except they're made to promote books. I'll bet you guessed that already. They're almost exclusively found online.

Brave New World(Building): How an Author Became a Game Designer

Amanda Gardner | Posted 06.16.2015 | Books
Amanda Gardner

I felt stripped of all the conventions that I'd come to rely on, especially as someone who always wrote in first person. Pulling a story out of me this way was like trying to give birth through your bellybutton -- just not going to happen.

A Tale of Two Horror Films

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Joel Schwartzberg

Look at the bottom of this post and you'll see the images of two teenage lead actresses in recent horror films: one is the star of Insidious 3; the other, the star of It Follows. Both have reason to fear.

13 Dream-Related Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a prolific American author of poems, short stories and novellas in the horror/fantasy genre. Although he died in poverty and obscurity, he has since been recognized as one of the most influential writers of "weird fiction" since Edgar Allen Poe.

Ten Reasons Why Sci Fest L.A. Is the Coolest Theatre Festival on Earth

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Never in my lifetime have I heard of a science fiction theatre festival -- perhaps because they never existed until actor/writer David Dean Bottrell came up with the idea in 2013 after reading The Wife's Story, a dark and unusual short piece by the great Ursula LeGuin.

LISTEN: Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls Will Haunt Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.12.2015 | Weird News

Long before the masters of horror were using dolls in movies to scare the bejesus out of us, Thomas Edison unwittingly created one of the first -- and...

Maureen Ryan

'Penny Dreadful' Is Back And Still Highly Addictive | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment

Before I get to the reasons you should watch the second season of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," a recommendation: Watch the show's bracing first season...

Book Review- Neighbors From Hell : An American Bedtime Story

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Neighbors From Hell delivers on its' blunt title. Neighbors is a satirical volume in the style of a children's bedtime story. It's about the real monsters lurking in your neighborhood.

Unfriended: The First 'Found Facebook' Horror Film

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Joel Schwartzberg

Instead of being just a flat rip-off of current trends, this first film from writer/producer Nelson Greaves is surprisingly inventive, eerie, and fresh -- even throwing in some Final Destination-style gore for folks who need that kind of roughage in their horror diets.

Book Review: Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye's Final and Darkest Era

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Coye was a key figure in the "weird fiction" genre. This was a generation of writers and illustrators working in the specific world of horror, sci-fi and bizarre pulp books and magazines. We look at them now as masters of a disappearing craft.

The Most Disturbing Dolls In Literature

Ellen Datlow | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
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Ellen Datlow

I am a collector of dolls and doll parts. I'm rarely creeped out by most dolls, either in real life or in literature, but I know many people who are....

WATCH: An Ancestry of Fear -- The Phantasmagoria

Ronni Thomas | Posted 05.03.2015 | Weird News
Ronni Thomas

Preceding cinema by almost 100 years and serving as some of the earliest form of stage magic, the phantasmagoria shows set out to not only bewilder audiences, but to terrify them -- and in big style.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Spike Lee, the old guard of black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane, bloodsucking art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotic -- prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted.

Westward Expansion? 'Dead West', Omnibus One

Brandy L. Schillace | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Brandy L. Schillace

The frontier has always been a place of magical realism -- even at it's most gritty. This isn't your typical zombie drama. Zombies may not exactly be passe', but we have witnessed a lot of their creeping, crawling trauma over the past few years.

The Megalomaniac Next Door: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of LFO

Dan Persons | Posted 01.09.2015 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Not all megalomaniacs are preening, medal-bedecked-uniform-wearing, sociopathic assholes. Sometimes they're mousy, tatty, middle-class husbands with a basement full of electronic equipment and a murderous secret to hide.

Dracula Untold - An Intense Love Story and Back Story of the Infamous Count Dracula

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 12.31.2014 | Teen

Dracula Untold is an intense love story that changes everything we know about the world's most famous vampire.