LURID: vivid in shocking detail; sensational, horrible in savagery or violence, or, a guide to the merits of the kind of Bad Books you never want your co-workers to know you're reading.

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.

LURID: American Psycho - A Retrospective

Column by Karina Wilson March 6, 2013
Happy Birthday Patrick Bateman! On the anniversary of American Psycho's publication, Lurid takes a look at the enduring appeal of everyone's favorite homicidal yuppie. Murders & Executions, oh my!

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.

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: In Cold Blood - The Art of Murder

Column by Karina Wilson
Can violent death be art? On the anniversary of the Clutter murders, Lurid takes a look at the controversies still swirling around Truman Capote's non-fiction classic, "In Cold Blood."

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...

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.

LURID: Scream If You Want To Go Faster - The Live Horror Experience

Column by Karina Wilson October 12, 2012
It's Scare Season! That means horror stories are crawling out of books and movies, and into mazes, haunted houses and hayrides near you. Lurid takes a look at the ultimate transmedia experience.

LURID: Saucy Jack - The Ripper In Horror Fiction

Column by Karina Wilson September 28, 2012
On the anniversary of the 'double event,' Lurid takes a look at the long shadow that Jack The Ripper, the original caped crusader, has cast on horror fiction to the present day.

LURID: Books, Covers, Judgment - Top Ten Horror Designs

Column by Karina Wilson September 21, 2012
Ever had nightmares about a book cover? You will now. Here's a selection of the most disturbing book covers in the genre. Peek inside, if you dare.

LURID: Welcome to the Dollhouse, Pediophobes and Agalmatophiles!

Column by Karina Wilson
Dolls are meant to be cute, right? So why do we find them downright terrifying? Introducing our first Lurid competition giveaway, 'Diary of A Creepy Ass Doll' by Stacey Leigh Brooks

LURID: Creepy Crawlies - Invertebrate Horror

Column by Karina Wilson August 3, 2012
Bug season is upon us! LURID takes a look at three classic pulp horror novels featuring things that crawl and ooze. You're going to need a bigger can of Raid.

LURID: Beach Blanket Boogeymen

Column by Karina Wilson July 3, 2012
Packing for your long-dreamed-about summer vacay? You might want to take heed of some of these cautionary reads before you get on the plane.

Book vs. Film vs. Mini Series: The Shining

Column by Karina Wilson June 26, 2012
King vs. Kubrick vs. King? Who gets to smack who down in the three-way Tragedy of the Overlook Hotel?

LURID: Bad Trips - Ten Novels With Serious Drug Psychosis

Column by Karina Wilson June 22, 2012
Despite the novelty of bath salts headlines, substance-induced psychosis is nothing new. Here's the Lurid Top Ten pick of the most nerve-jangling drug addiction stories from the last 200 years

LURID: Grimmly Fiendish - The Horror in Fairy Tales

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.

LURID: Jaws - Back In The Water

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.'

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.

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.

LURID: Spanky Panky, Fifty Shades of O

Column by Karina Wilson April 5, 2012
After the runaway success of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy, LURID compares it to some other well-thumbed examples of erotic fiction, including its BDSM bedmate, 'The Story of O'.

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.