'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.

Sequel Status: ‘This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don’t Touch It’

Column by Meredith Borders February 15, 2013
David Wong’s follow-up to ‘John Dies At The End’ holds up to its predecessor and then some.

LURID: Dead Sexy Valentine - Necrophilia In Fiction

Column by Karina Wilson February 14, 2013
Necrophilia - the source of cheap outrage, even cheaper jokes, and some spectacularly lurid writing. Is a corpse your ultimate Valentine? No flowers, chocolates or tacky jewelry required.

Watch Out For That First Step – It’s A Doozy: The Top 10 Time Loop Stories

Column by Meredith Borders February 1, 2013
Celebrate this Groundhog Day the way Punxsutawney Phil intended: with a list of the best time loop books!

LURID: Slaughterhouse Blues - The Abattoir in Horror

Column by Karina Wilson January 29, 2013
We are what we eat, and if that includes meat, we're in a world of pain. Lurid takes a look at the long, dark shadow cast by the slaughterhouse. Heifer whines could be human cries...

LURID: Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Column by Karina Wilson January 18, 2013
As we celebrate the 204th anniversary of Poe's birth on January 19th, Lurid looks at the impoverished, neurotic, beat-down poet's progress from obscurity to pop culture icon.

LURID: Spine-Tingling Victorian Ghost Stories

Column by Karina Wilson December 14, 2012
The Victorians perfected the art of the chilling ghost story, ideal for whiling away long winter evenings. Here's a selection to add some seasonal spice to your Yuletide reading.

LURID: Furry Monsters - When Good Pets Go Bad

Column by Karina Wilson November 7, 2012
LURID takes a look at what might happen if that cute furball companion transformed into a fanged monstrosity with a taste for human flesh. Think your good pet won't go bad? Think again...
10 Questions with Sean Beaudoin

10 Questions with Sean Beaudoin

Interview by Joe Daly November 5, 2012
Author Sean Beaudoin has released two buzzworthy titles in one year, co-founded a popular new literary site, and pissed off half of Salon.com. He now visits LitReactor to take on our 10 Questions.

What Scares You? 30 Terrifying Horror Stories Straight Out Of Your Worst Nightmares

Column by Kimberly Turner October 31, 2012
Nothing to fear but fear itself? What about dead things, evil dolls, darkness, madmen, water, spiders, and snakes? No matter what freaks you out, there's a book that'll scare the hell out of you.

LURID: Happy Halloween! Whatever that means...

Column by Karina Wilson October 31, 2012
We've been celebrating the dead at the end of October for over 3000 years. Does anyone even remember why? Lurid takes a look at the long-standing traditions and strange energy of All Hallow's Eve.