Storyville: My Top 12 Horror Films of the Last Four Years

Column by Richard Thomas October 28, 2021
A nice list of recent horror, just in time for Halloween.

Special Delivery: 9 Horror Scenes of Labor and Birth

Column by Annie Neugebauer
Witness the miracle of life in all its glory! Scenes of labor, birth, and delivery in horror.

Film vs. Film: "Suicide Squad" vs. "The Suicide Squad"

Column by BH Shepherd
A critical comparison of the two live-action Suicide Squad movies. Which is the Superior Squad?

Screenplay Lessons Learned Adapting My Own Fiction

Column by Max Booth III
Turning a book...into a MOVIE? What the hell kind of a witchcraft is this?

10 Books that Influenced "The Paradox Twins"

Column by Joshua Chaplinsky
A list of books that informed the debut novel from LitReactor Managing Editor, Joshua Chaplinsky.

On Revenge Fantasies, Male Toxicity and "Promising Young Woman"

Column by Ben Tanzer
A story about how men live and the world women are forced to negotiate because of their choices, presenting a conversation about the nature of sexual violence and just how commonplace it is.

"To All The Boys: Always and Forever" is the Sweetest Ending to a Beloved Series

Column by Karis Rogerson
Thoughts and reflections on the final installment in the To All the Boys film series.

The Realities of Becoming a Full-Time Writer

Column by Max Booth III January 22, 2021
Max recently quit his job to write full-time, then he tricked LitReactor into paying him to write about it. [Wait... What?!? —Editor]

Black Bear: Aubrey Plaza, One-Piece Bathing Suits and Acts of Creation.

Column by Ben Tanzer
Can you truly understand an individual's creative process?
Cover & Synopsis Reveal: "The Paradox Twins" by Joshua Chaplinsky

Cover & Synopsis Reveal: "The Paradox Twins" by Joshua Chaplinsky

News by Joshua Chaplinsky October 27, 2020
Check out the cover and synopsis for the debut novel from LitReactor's Managing Editor.

Too Young for Horror?

Column by Peter Derk
If the purpose of horror is to scare us, then you might be missing out on a rite of passage if you don't get a taste before you're ready.

Modern Western Films Written Better Than Ever

Column by David Cranmer
Western movies, long past their mid-twentieth century popularity, are still being made, and in many ways are better written than their predecessors, avoiding offensive tropes & predictable narrative.

It's Hard to Be Scared of the Man with the Knife, Anymore

Column by Paul Michael Anderson
How do you make a slasher scary, and why do so many fail?

What Neil Breen's 5-Hour Retrospective Taught Me About Making Art

Column by Peter Derk June 26, 2020
Yes, that Neil Breen. Yes, he had useful things to say.
"Final Cuts: New Tales Of Hollywood Horror And Other Spectacles" Edited By Ellen

"Final Cuts: New Tales Of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles" Edited By Ellen Datlow

Review by Christopher Shultz
Six years ago, an anthology of film-themed horror stories crept into readers hands, and their nightmares were never the same. Now...it’s back.

Book vs. Film vs. Reality: "Shirley"

Column by Christopher Shultz
The new hallucinatory examination of Shirley Jackson isn't a biopic, but is there more fact than fiction than meets the eye?

EMMA. is a Charming, Self-Aware Adaptation of Jane Austen's Work

Column by Karis Rogerson
The trailer left Karis Rogerson uncertain how she would feel about the latest adaptation. The movie itself left her very satisfied.

"P.S. I Still Love You" is All About Love and Heartbreak, in the Cutest Way

Column by Karis Rogerson February 20, 2020
The sequel to "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" is finally out, and writer Karis Rogerson talks about the best parts of the movie.

Book vs Film: "In The Tall Grass"

Column by Christopher Shultz November 18, 2019
The novella from Stephen King and Joe Hill gets a Netflix original adaptation.

Movies Are Not The Ultimate Form Of Books

Column by Peter Derk November 13, 2019
Books are not the larval stage of stories that achieve their final form when they become movies.

10 Movies I Wish Had Novelizations

Column by Gabino Iglesias November 7, 2019
There are movies I love so much I wish someone turned them into novels so I could spend more time in the worlds they create.

Essential Slashers: The Foundations, Peaks, and Valleys of Modern Horror's Most Iconic Subgenre

Column by Fred Venturini October 31, 2019
Fred Venturini selects the essential slasher films: the foundations of the subgenre, the best slasher films of all time, and the "so bad its good" picks to round out your next horror film marathon.

All Hail the Slasher: The Rise and Legacy of an Iconic Subgenre of Horror

Column by Fred Venturini
Freddy. Michael. Jason. How did slasher films dominate the horror genre in the 70's and 80's? Let's examine the rise of the subgenre and it's legacy as pure cinematic experience.

Women Are Reclaiming and Perfecting The Rape Revenge Narrative

Column by Christopher Shultz
Women writers are carving important narratives out of an exploitative subgenre.

Smile! All You Need to Know About The Joker Before You Watch the Movie

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
In anticipation of the October 4th release of the Warner Bros. film, "Joker," this post covers five facts about the DC Comics agent of chaos.