What first seems like a procedural murder mystery is Stephen King’s return to monster-driven pulp horror. King rarely fails to deliver a great read, and The Outsider is no exception.
My zombie-tastic short story The Graveyard Slot is now available, free in its entirety, over at Medium. Here’s how it opens! Richie’s TV was on the fritz, and Mom was parked in the living room watching her American Idol or The Apprentice or So You Think You Can Castrate a Dachshund or some other bullshit. He […]
Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook” is hands-down the best horror movie since “Let the Right One In.” Where it goes wrong is sometimes treating its monster more as allegory than reality.
Richard Matheson is to genre fiction what the Beatles are to music: Every artist working today is influenced by him, even if they don’t realize it. Matheson wrote a bunch of Twilight Zone episodes, including arguably the most famous episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, wrote the novel on which I Am Legend and The Omega Man […]
Having recently tried my hand at a Lovecraftian Weird Tale (which will hopefully be available to you soon), I picked up the Kindle edition of Stephen King’s “Danse Macabre,” a review of the horror genre’s recent (in 1981) history and meditation on its conventions. It’s an engrossing book, written in the signature breezy and familiar […]