William Peter Blatty sues Georgetown

William Peter Blatty, Exorcist Scribe, Takes Georgetown to Catholic Court

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.

LURID: It's Alive! The Top 10 Mad Scientists of Literature!

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.

LURID: Autopsy Moxie

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.
Class, Horror, Interview, Jack Ketchum, Q&A

5 Questions with LitReactor's Master of Horror, Jack Ketchum; 'Talking Scars' Starts May 7

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.

LURID: Aleister Crowley - Print The Legend!

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.

LURID: Bedeviled - The Exorcist and Other Stories of Demonic Possession

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.

How to Tell a True Horror Story: Cabin In The Woods

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.'
'I Am Legend' Vampire Novel Of The Century

Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend' Named Vampire Novel Of The Century

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.

LURID: Location, Location, Location - Haunted House Stories

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.

LURID: Love Love Lovecraft

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.

LURID: Deadlier Than The Male

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.

Book Brawl: The Strain vs. The Passage

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: 'The Wolf Gift' by Anne Rice

'The Wolf Gift' by Anne Rice

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.

LURID: My Top 10 Bloody Valentines

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!

Beyond the Zombie: Something Ominous is Missing from Horror Fiction

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?

LURID: Crazy, in Love.

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.

LURID: Flowers In The Attic

Column by Karina Wilson January 20, 2012
My personal Bad Book: V.C. Andrews' "spellbinding classic", Flowers In The Attic.

LURID: The End Of The World As We Know It

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.
Jack Ketchum, photographed by Steve Thornton

Essay By Jack Ketchum: 'Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror'

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.
Harbor Review

"Harbor" by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky November 30, 2011
The author of 'Let The Right One In' ups the ante with 'Harbor', a haunting tale about the ancient power of the sea and the inescapable sins of the father.

Vampires: No Longer “The Ultimate Zipless Fuck?”

Column by Karina Wilson November 18, 2011
This month's LURID column: Has Twilight sucked all the fun out of vampire sex?

The Top 10 Scenes In Literature To Bring You Terrorsleep: Part 2

Column by Tina Estlin Page October 31, 2011
Books that go bump in the night. The conclusion of the top 10 most terrifying scenes in literature.

LURID: Does King Deserve The Crown?

Column by Karina Wilson October 31, 2011
LURID: vivid in shocking detail; sensational, horrible in savagery or violence, or a monthly guide to the merits of all those Bad Books you never want your co-workers to know you're reading.
'Double Dexter' by Jeff Lindsay

'Double Dexter' by Jeff Lindsay

Review by Brandon Tietz October 20, 2011
In the sixth installment of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, Dexter Morgan continues dispensing his personal brand of justice, but everything changes when he’s caught in the act by a mysterious witness.

The Top 10 Scenes In Literature To Bring You Terrorsleep: Part 1

Column by Tina Estlin Page October 17, 2011
Books that go bump in the night.