Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark: A Case for Scaring the Crap Out of Your Kids

Column by John Jarzemsky October 22, 2013
Halloween is almost here, and so begins another round of pleas for letting your kids get a little scared this year.

The Monster Mash-up: Horror Hybrids

Column by Rajan Khanna October 21, 2013
Horror is one of the most versatile genres—despite its ability to scare, it plays well with others. We look at some of these combinations.

The Dark Stories Dark Writers Tell in the Dark

Column by Leah Rhyne October 17, 2013
As Halloween approaches, it begs the question: what truly scares people? I spoke to a group of dark fiction writers to find out.

LURID: Victorian Psycho - The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Column by Karina Wilson October 16, 2013
On Oscar Wilde's 159th birthday, Lurid takes a look at 'The Picture of Dorian Gray,' his only novel. In turns chilling and beautiful, does it really reveal the identity of Jack The Ripper?

5 Scary Comics To Suit Every Predilection

Column by Kelly Thompson October 11, 2013
5 horror comics ranging from subtle to grotesque to suit every Halloween comic need!

Ten Exceptionally Well-Written Horror Films

Column by Christopher Shultz October 11, 2013
Looking for some Halloween movies that pack a solid writerly punch? These films deliver the scares as well as satisfy the snob in us, offering fantastic nuances in character, dialogue and plot.
BookShots: 'Doctor Sleep' by Stephen King

BookShots: 'Doctor Sleep' by Stephen King

Review by Richard Thomas October 8, 2013
In the long-awaited sequel to 'The Shining,' Stephen King gives us the story of Danny Torrance all grown up, wielding his abilities to defeat the True Knot.

Storyville: 10 of the Scariest Books I've Ever Read

Column by Richard Thomas October 4, 2013
Here are ten of the scariest, darkest, and most disturbing books I've read.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Guillermo del Toro Curates New Horror Covers For Penguin Classics

News by Christopher Shultz October 2, 2013
The 'Hellboy' and 'Pacific Rim' director puts his seal of approval on six classic novels/collections.
Bookshots: 'Let the Old Dreams Die' by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Bookshots: 'Let the Old Dreams Die' by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky October 1, 2013
The Scandanavian horror master's short story collection, 'Paper Walls,' finally receives an English language release, with the addition of a new title story.

'Doctor Sleep' and the Evolution of Fear

Column by Kimberly Turner September 24, 2013
Stephen King's long-awaited sequel to 'The Shining' is released today. LitReactor takes a look at how terror has changed and how 'Doctor Sleep' taps into our most primal fears.

LURID: Dread And Circuses

Column by Karina Wilson
Roll up! Roll up! The circus is always in town for writers and readers of lurid fiction. Send in the clowns - and the dude in the tight pants cracking the enormous whip...

Anno Dracula: Appropriation of Characters

Column by Kim Newman September 13, 2013
'Anno Dracula' author Kim Newman discusses his metafictional universe and making other people's characters your own.

Post-Mortem: How I Stopped Being (as) Afraid of Stephen King's It

Column by Leah Rhyne August 13, 2013
After living in fear of clowns and storm drains for over two decades, re-reading Stephen King's "It" finally brought me some peace. But just some...
Jughead Zombie

Archie Comics Releasing NOT For All Ages Horror Series

News by Christopher Shultz August 9, 2013
Even the idyllic town of Riverdale cannot escape the zombie apocalypse.

Satanic Summer: Horror Fiction for Hot Days

Column by Cameron Pierce August 9, 2013
Don't wait for October to break out the horror fiction. Here are fifteen scary novels and short stories for the hottest time of the year.

The 10 Books Every Zombie Fan Must Read

Column by Kimberly Turner June 21, 2013
If you have a taste for more braaaains after seeing 'World War Z,' the summer blockbuster based on Max Brooks's 2006 post-apocalyptic novel, satisfy your hunger with these 10 must-read zombie books.

LURID: Boss Prophets - the Cult Narrative in Fact and Fiction

Column by Karina Wilson June 11, 2013
Are you a charismatic rogue with delusions of grandeur and a criminal record? Got followers? Religious cults make for compelling storytelling on both sides of the fact/fiction borderline.
"The ABCs of Death" children's book

Children's Book Based on Gruesome Horror Anthology 'The ABCs of Death' Now Available!

News by Christopher Shultz
Kids and grown-ups alike will revel in every illustrated page of this macabre little book.

LURID: Oooh Mama! Top 10 Bad Mother Figures

Column by Karina Wilson May 10, 2013
Your Mom is lovely. Buy her some flowers. Meanwhile, Lurid takes a look at the not-so-lovely Moms who smash the maternal mold.

Forgetting the "Why" in the Narrative of Horror

Column by John Jarzemsky May 2, 2013
Telling a great story involves a slow and controlled release of information, but sometimes, the questions we choose not to answer are even more important.

Book vs. Film vs. Audience: The Shining and Room 237

Column by Karina Wilson April 8, 2013
Documentary Room 237 explores some of the convoluted theories behind the meaning of "The Shining," wrenching it further away than ever from Stephen King's original authorship. What gives?

Defying Decomposition: The Enduring Zombie

Column by Rajan Khanna April 2, 2013
In honor of Easter, a look at what keeps zombies popular and some examples of great zombie fiction.

LURID: Season Of The Witch

Column by Karina Wilson
Pointy hats? Wands? Green skin? Crones? Why is Hollywood still clinging to crude medieval stereotypes of witches? Lurid takes a look at a more intelligent class of witch lit.

Book vs. Film: Warm Bodies

Column by Meredith Borders February 22, 2013
The zom-rom-com book faces off against the zom-rom-com movie.