As with everything else, the philosophy behind dark, weird, and horrific fiction has evolved over time. This philosophical evolution of horror fiction arguably began in earnest with Edgar Allan Poe—though Poe also nurtured a sense of romantic love, which conquers, as well as defeats, his harshest poetry, e.g. “Alone.” Bleaker still, and more callous in… Continue reading ARTICLE: “Past and Future: Esoteric and Exoteric Philosophy in Weird Fiction”
When I sat down to interview veteran actor Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) at a horror convention in Louisville, Kentucky, I expected we’d only talk for fifteen minutes. We ended up chatting for nearly an hour. You see, Bradley has a lot to talk about (at least, if you ask him the right questions). Hell, I didn’t… Continue reading The Brain Beneath the Pins — An Interview with Actor Doug Bradley
Exegesis Definition: Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a religious text. On February 20th of 1974, while Philip K. Dick (hereafter PKD) was recovering from a visit to the dentist where he had an impacted wisdom tooth removed and had been administered sodium pentothal, he roused from sleep to answer a call at his front… Continue reading Aaron J. French’s LETTERS FROM THE EDGE: ‘PKD’s Botched Initiation…Or Was It?’
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George A. Romero’s 1968 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead might be the perfect film, right up there next to Gone with the Wind and Casablanca. Not only was it flawlessly executed (the lighting, the acting, the atmosphere, the building sense of terror and dread), but it also set the low-budget standard. It… Continue reading ARTICLE: ‘Social Commentary in Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’ by Joseph Rubas
“…the marvelous and the actual have contracted an astonishing alliance in the modern mind.” — The Morning of the Magicians With reference to visual art, “fantastic realism” has a separate though connected relationship to literature via a movement of artists in Vienna in 1946, known collectively as the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.… Continue reading Aaron J. French’s LETTERS FROM THE EDGE: ‘Fantastic Realism in Literature’
It’s 1975 and British Producer Gerry Anderson, best known for his Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds, has just launched his newest project, Space: 1999, a live-action science fiction spectacular that would become the most expensive series of its time. Taking its cue more from 2001: A Space Odyssey than the then cult favorite Star… Continue reading ISSUE #2 (Fall/Winter) Preview: “Dark Side of the Moon: The Quiet Horror of SPACE: 1999”
Russellmania! Six Weeks with a Devil By Shade Rupe The grand filmmaker embodied by the girth and full name of Kenneth Alfred Henry Russell, a.k.a. “Unkle Ken,” first appeared before me at a Q&A after his hypnotically alluring Salome’s Last Dance, an epic one-set telling of the famed Oscar Wilde play,… Continue reading Article: RUSSELLMANIA! (Director Ken Russell)