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Brinkworth’s Basement – The Taking of Deborah Logan review

Brinkworth’s Basement – The Taking of Deborah Logan review

The Taking Of Deborah Logan ( 2014 – Shudder US) A ‘Found Footage’ film that feels different. It’s being filmed for a PHD thesis on Alzheimer’s and the effects on the primary caregiver. The subjects are a mother and daughter. First things first, the acting is well above most found footage, with the mother being the standout performer. It starts off just kinda sad, but then shit starts to get EFFED. Some definite freaky shit going on here. Of course…

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Monday Mailbag – We’re Back (A Dinosaur Story?)

Monday Mailbag – We’re Back (A Dinosaur Story?)

Numerous greetings and salutations upon you. Welcome to our first Mailbag Monday. Let’s get this rolling shall we? Favourite temperature and cut of steak? Gonna go with the assumption that the temperature refers to the steak and not weather but I’ll answer it both ways. For steak, I love a medium-rare prime rib cut. It’s juicy and with the right sides (mushrooms, a nice red-wine sauce) there is no better bang for your dinner buck. Also, I like those stupid…

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STARFISH Unveils New Dreamlike Illustrated Theatrical Poster

STARFISH Unveils New Dreamlike Illustrated Theatrical Poster

  From press release: With reality rapidly fraying at the edges, Aubrey finds herself following a string of clues left after the death of her best friend. Clues leading to a mysterious signal that could save the world. In Starfish Virginia Gardner (Halloween 2018, Marvel’s The Runaways) stars as Aubrey, a young woman suffering from the death of a close friend. When a mysterious signal from an unknown dimension summons the end of days, it appears as if only Aubrey…

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Separating Creativity and Depression – Zack Long

Separating Creativity and Depression – Zack Long

I am a writer who has attempted suicide but we’ll get back to that later. There is an attitude within the public sphere that creativity and depression and intertwined. Look no further than the “27 Club” or the archetype of the alcoholic writer. Believe this to be true, it makes sense in a sick kinda way if you think about: Only a soul that had seen true darkness could create such light – there’s a duality to the troubled creative…

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Listen to Shawn join the Deadman’s Tome podcast

Listen to Shawn join the Deadman’s Tome podcast

Hey everyone, I joined Mr. Deadman and Bo Chappell on the Deadman’s Tome podcast. We talked about the rebirth of the website, The Matrix, Cockygate, Religion, Politics and much much more. It was a blast and I was happy to be invited on. Listen to “Bo Chappell with Shawn of Horror Writers” on Spreaker. Check out Mr.Deadman on his own website and consider picking up a book or two.  

Guest Article – Why I Love Horror by Rebekah Ross

Guest Article – Why I Love Horror by Rebekah Ross

I’m walking in the woods. There’s no one around, and it’s 2005 so I don’t have a cellphone. Out of the corner of my eye, I spot him – Edgar Allan Poe. To his left a raven flaps its wings and quoths its lore of some sad sorrow nevermore. To his right, the ghost of Annabel Lee floats eerily far from her graveside by the sea. This horror drew me in with a sort of inevitable curiosity to look at…

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International Women's Day – Silvia Brown

International Women's Day – Silvia Brown

Before I was aware of International Women’s Day and the women’s rights movement, the 8th of March meant only one thing to me. My gran’s birthday. Grandma Montse was the matriarch of our family and the reason I became a horror writer. She never learnt to read nor write but was a gifted storyteller that spooked young and old with creepy stories passed down through generations. Given the opportunity, I believe she’d have been a reader and a writer. Grandma…

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Interview – Jennifer Allanson

Interview – Jennifer Allanson

So, what about horror specifically made you think ‘This is the genre I want to make films in’? When I was a little kid (about 4 or 5) I used to stealthily watch scary movies from behind the couch, which is pretty creepy on its own. My older brother and cousins would watch scary movies and I wanted in – so this way I got to see saw Child’s Play and The Nightmare on Elm Street without anyone being the…

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Interview – S.H. Cooper

Interview – S.H. Cooper

You seem to write pretty prolifically, do you have any tips or tricks you can share with us on how to turn over stories so quickly? Writing is half creativity, half discipline. In order to do it regularly, you have to turn it into a habit. Sometimes that means forcing yourself when you don’t want to, sometimes it means setting aside specific time specifically to write, sometimes it means churning out stuff that will never ever see the true light…

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Interview – Colin Harker

Interview – Colin Harker

How long have you been writing for? I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. When I was a kid, I mostly wrote fantasy imitative of Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles and Susan Cooper’s Dark Is Rising series, then detective fiction when I became obsessed with Agatha Christie. I didn’t begin to seriously commit myself to horror until I turned 15 and read Lovecraft and Robert Bloch for the first time.   What is it about horror that made you think…

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Interview – Jackie Perez

Interview – Jackie Perez

You’re working on an adaptation of Beachworld, what can you tell us about it? Beachworld is one of Stephen King’s Dollar Babies, stories he grants students and emerging filmmakers film options to in order to “try their hands” at one of his works. He is my favorite author (Flannery O’Connor is a close second) and I grew up reading his books and loving scary stories and horror movies.  Beachworld is a sci-fi/horror story that delves into the psyche of a…

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Guest Article from Jillian Maria

Guest Article from Jillian Maria

They say “write what you know,” and I do. Most of the time, it’s on purpose — I’ll draw on my own mannerisms and reactions to make characters believable, or I’ll pull on tropes that I like and subvert the ones that I don’t. But sometimes, I write what I know without even realizing that I’m doing it. My main project, with the working title of Songbird, just finished its second draft recently. In it, a girl named Elizabeth is…

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Interview – Kaitlin Statz

Interview – Kaitlin Statz

One of the things I enjoy most about The White Vault is the variety of characters. The fact that they’re all from diverse backgrounds adds a level of realism to a research team. How did you go about coming up with this concept? I didn’t feel as though I was creating something new when I decided upon the characters and their backgrounds. I created the characters required to tell the story and weave an intricate story of found-footage and missing…

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Interview – Lou Yardley

Interview – Lou Yardley

How long have you been writing for? On and off for as long as I could read and write, but in 2016 I decided to make a proper go of it. I’d taken part in NaNoWriMo a couple of times in the years before that (with varying levels success), but I hadn’t written anything that I thought I’d could share with someone else. By the time 2016 rolled around, I’d completed a 4 year degree and found myself in desperate…

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