LURID: Hooray for Hannibal

Column by Karina Wilson February 28, 2014
Hannibal Lecter, AKA the Chesapeake Ripper, returns to TV tonight. Lurid takes a look at his non-linear genesis and his extraordinary appeal.
Bookshots: 'The Troop' By Nick Cutter

Bookshots: 'The Troop' By Nick Cutter

Review by Keith Rawson February 25, 2014
A review of Nick Cutter's brutal horror novel, 'The Troop'.

Prose & Conversation: 'The Girl Next Door' by Jack Ketchum

Column by Leah Rhyne February 21, 2014
There's no other way to put it. Richard Thomas and I read one of the most brutal, most violent, most disturbing books I've ever experienced. Read on for our thoughts about 'The Girl Next Door'.

Footnotes: The Clues Poe Left Behind

Column by Ryan Peverly January 20, 2014
Poe is the father of the detective story and countless other things, but he's also responsible for society's crazed interest in cryptography and the most mysterious story of all -- his death.

LURID: Lifetime (Movie) Achievements

Column by Karina Wilson January 17, 2014
Lifetime Movies have always been a guilty pleasure, but this month the female-centered network surpasses itself with all-new 'Flowers In The Attic' and Lizzie Borden adaptations. Lurid takes a look.
Bookshots: 'Dark Duets'

Bookshots: 'Dark Duets - All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy'

Review by Cath Murphy
Editor Christopher Golden describes this horror anthology as a 'mad experiment'. But does this strange rough beast have real teeth, or just dentures?

Santa’s Naughty Past: A Look at the Long, Hard History of Robert Devereaux’s Santa Claus Chronicles

Column by Cameron Pierce
In 1986, Robert Devereaux wrote the first book in a trilogy of weird, erotic Christmas novels. Nearly thirty years and some censorship controversy later, the trilogy has finally come to a close.

LURID: Macabre Christmas - M.R. James

Column by Karina Wilson
M.R. James is acknowledged as King of The Christmas Ghost Story. Lurid takes a look at the chills his tales have been generating since the Edwardian era.

Fifteen Twisted Christmas Tales

Column by Christopher Shultz December 10, 2013
For an offbeat, weird, macabre and twisted holiday, look no further than this list.

Prose & Conversation: 'The Shining' and 'Doctor Sleep'

Column by Leah Rhyne December 5, 2013
In the first Prose & Conversation column, Richard and Leah talk 'The Shining,' 'Doctor Sleep,' and why we think Stephen King hates Kubrick's movie.
Bookshots: 'Lesser Creatures' by Peter Giglio

Bookshots: 'Lesser Creatures' by Peter Giglio

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky
The dead are coming back to life, but they don't want to eat your brain, they want to destroy the economy.

Cataloguing Your Influences

Column by Christopher Shultz November 27, 2013
Perhaps you've written down all the writers who've inspired you over the years. Utilizing Minh Le's Author Alphabet, I'll discuss why organizing your influences is an important endeavor.
If It Were Stine: Your Favorite Horror Movies as Goosebumps Books

If It Were Stine: Your Favorite Horror Movies as Goosebumps Books

News by Joshua Chaplinsky October 28, 2013
Ancient classics and modern masterpieces of horror done as if they were part of R.L. Stine's beloved 'Goosebumps' series.

Culling The Classics: Dracula

Column by Brian McGackin October 25, 2013
Sifting through history, one classic at a time.

The Uncanny Factor: Why Little Girls Scare the Shit Out of Us

Column by Rob Blair Young October 23, 2013
Why do we use little girls as a way to scare people? This article gives a quick look at the concept of "the uncanny" and examines the trope of the creepy little girl.

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.