Column by Richard Thomas June 6, 2012
What does it take to write a terrifying story? Every tool in your writer's toolbelt.
News by Dennis Widmyer June 4, 2012
Announcing our first official writing challenge. Write a horror story for the month of June and submit it to the site starting on July 1st. Details await inside.
Column by Karina Wilson June 1, 2012
As 'Snow White And The Huntsman', another 'adult re-imagining' of a classic fairy tale hits our movie screens, Lurid takes a look at the raw horror content of the originals.
Column by Karina Wilson May 29, 2012
Happy Memorial Day! Now's as good a time as any to start thinking about your beach reads for the lazy days of summer 2012. So Lurid takes another look at the much-maligned 1970s bestseller, 'Jaws.'
News by Kimberly Turner May 25, 2012
After years of speculation, a 10-episode miniseries version of William Peter Blatty's classic horror novel, 'The Exorcist,' is finally being shopped to networks. Exciting news or sacrilege?
News by Karina Wilson May 22, 2012
Another 85 year old white man jumps into the Reproductive Rights debate. The author of 'The Exorcist' is planning a lawsuit against his alma mater for going against Catholic doctrine on the issue.
Column by Karina Wilson May 18, 2012
From Prometheus (Aeschylus) to Prometheus (Scott): Top ten pick of the most enduringly mad scientists in horror fiction, both before and after the reality of Dr. Josef Mengele.
Column by Karina Wilson May 3, 2012
Do you read dead people? Lurid looks at our fascination with violent deaths and the fine forensic minds who make sense out of senseless killing.
Interview by Rob Hart
Jack Ketchum joins LitReactor for 'Talking Scars,' a four-week class that will reveal the dynamics for how to craft compelling horror and suspense stories. You'll want to write with the lights on.
Column by Karina Wilson April 26, 2012
Aleister Crowley shaped the twentieth century in all kinds of strange ways. Lurid takes a look at the legend behind the man, and how the facts of his wild life manifested in all kinds of fiction.
Column by Karina Wilson April 16, 2012
More than 40 years after 'The Exorcist', demonic possession is still big business on the bestseller lists, at the box office, and at houses of worship across the US. Lurid looks at the devil inside.
Column by Stephen Graham Jones April 13, 2012
If 'Cabin in the Woods' is a love letter to the horror genre, then this is a love letter to 'Cabin in the Woods.'
News by Rob Hart April 5, 2012
Matheson's novel, about a lone human surviving a world overrun by vampires, was picked for the award that was created in conjunction with the estate of Bram Stoker.
Column by Karina Wilson March 30, 2012
Haunted house stories have always been a mainstay of horror fiction. Lurid surveys some of the prime real estate in this durable subgenre.
Column by Karina Wilson March 15, 2012
On the 75th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft's death, Lurid takes a look at his ever-shifting legacy. Xenophobic hack? Post-structuralist plaything? Master of the macabre? You decide.
Column by Karina Wilson February 24, 2012
Think female killers are rare, IRL or on the page? They're more common than you imagine. Lurid looks at the deadly women skulking in the shadows of popular fiction.
Column by Meredith Borders February 21, 2012
Duking it out in the ring this month, we have the first novels in concurrent vampire trilogies: THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin and THE STRAIN by Guillermo del Toro.
Review by Meredith Borders February 15, 2012
'The Wolf Gift' marks Anne Rice’s return to the gothic horror novels that her fans adore, this time taking a detour from vampire territory into the lair of the werewolf.
Column by Karina Wilson February 14, 2012
Happy ever after? How dull can you get?! Lurid's Top Ten pick of the bloodiest, most doomed, destructive and messed up relationships in literature. Happy Valentine's Day!
Column by Jack Joslin February 8, 2012
An analysis of what's missing in our conception of "horror" — should we drop zombies and vampires and return to the essence of being terrified?
Column by Karina Wilson February 3, 2012
Worried about your cute crush crossing the line into De Clerambault's Syndrome? Let Lurid keep you clear of restraining orders in the lead-up to Valentine's Day.
Column by Karina Wilson January 20, 2012
My personal Bad Book: V.C. Andrews' "spellbinding classic", Flowers In The Attic.
Column by Karina Wilson January 6, 2012
2012 is here. Before you cash out your 401(K) and start stockpiling weaponry (don’t forget the ammo!), let Lurid get all eschatological on your ass.
News by Dennis Widmyer
In this essay by legendary writer Jack Ketchum, he explores the impact of writing visceral horror and the effect it has on both him and his readers.