[From The Writer's Home Companion, 1987] "Robert Louis Stevenson was thrashing about in his bed one night, greatly alarming his wife. She woke him up, infuriating Stevenson, who yelled, "I was dreaming a fine bogey tale!" The nightmare from which he had been unwillingly extracted was the premise for the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
EXAMINATION In the cult classic black comedy, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, one of the random acts of violence perpetrated by these deadly nightshades was that a man was attacked by a BLT sandwich… Source: Morbid Meals - Killer BLT - Tribute to Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Split Pea Soup EXAMINATION Linda Blair plays a child possessed by the devil in The Exorcist, the classic horror flick from 1973. In what is probably the most memorable scene in cinema, horror or ot… Source: Morbid Meals - Tribute to The Exorcist - Split Pea Soup
Source: 7 Deadly Sins Acrostic Here is an interesting way to do acrostics.
In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Your Days are Numbered." I received this writing prompt from The Daily Post on November 8: "What's the date today? Write it down, remove all dashes and slashes, and write a post that mentions that number." I started to write a glib response about numerology, but then a bell went … Continue reading Response to “The Daily Post”: Subtleties in Writing
In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Truth Serum": Ben Huberman poses an interesting question: "You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?" I would not give it to anyone with their consent. Their … Continue reading Question of the Day from Ben Huberman at The Daily Post
The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Horror Writers. In this article from mentalfloss.com Stacy Conradt tells us about ten renown figures from literature and history who had brief, quirky flings with the horror genre. Some of these you would probably never suspect of even hearing about the horror genre. One aspect that may be of interest to writers … Continue reading The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Horror Writers
I study other languages and generally do well in them, but today (October 3, 2015) I realized that I had never researched the word "horror" in other languages. Therefore, I will start researching it and other horror-related terms today and either post my findings or add them to the Lexicon of Horror. Be aware, that each word … Continue reading “Horror” in Other Languages
Follow the link to a Huffington Post article detailing the naming of features on Pluto as it comes into view. Apparently, Cthulhu made the list. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pluto-cthulhu_55a5dda9e4b0896514cfbc06?
As you may already know, I am on Goodreads quote of the day mailing list. Today's I found particularly interesting on a couple of levels: "Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts." Harper Lee First, there is the literary perspective. Eliminating the adjectives and other modifiers from a story leaves … Continue reading Quote of the Day from Goodreads
Here's another tidbit from those wonderful folks over at Goodreads: The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind. H.P. Lovecraft April 17, 1926: On this day, H.P Lovecraft returned to his home in Providence, Rhode Island after suffering a few years in the “hateful chaos” of Brooklyn. He never moved away again
More visual horror treats for your tired eyes: 10 Great Posters For Lesser-Known 60s Horror Movies.
Check out the cool covers in this article from the folks over at Rare Horror. These remind me of ones I see going through those second-rate, family-run, second-hand bookstores that you find in side streets and back alleys (if you are lucky enough to find ones with the covers intact and not torn off): 5 Awesome Horror Book … Continue reading From Rare Horror: 5 Awesome Horror Book Covers
Here's a brief, but interesting article for aficianados of the Gothic: Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic | RAMM, Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery.
There is a story that Ernest Hemingway wrote the following to win a bet with other writers that he could write the shortest story: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." Even a little research on the Internet shows that there is considerable doubt that Hemingway wrote this story, with the earliest reference to it as … Continue reading Observations on “Baby Shoes” and Hemingway’s Iceberg Principle
Guest Blog: 'The Raven' - Nevermore. Interesting article, though I tend to disagree with his descriptions of what was going through Poe's mind when he wrote this. Though I am not a skeptic, I tend to be skeptical when someone tells me in effect "yes, that is what he says, but this is what he … Continue reading Guest Blog: ‘The Raven’ – Nevermore
Here's an interesting article for those writing a story and are trying to find a way to negate a cell phone. You probably won't want to use these (that runs counter to being creative), but these methods may point you in the right direction: http://mentalfloss.com/article/56842/7-creative-ways-modern-horror-films-get-rid-cell-phones.
I just finished watching an episode of the X-Files entitled "Chinga" [note to Spanish-speakers out there: I don't know who chose the title, so please forgive my language] from Season Five and I noticed that it was written by Stephen King and Chris Carter (the creator of the X-Files). The story's antagonist is a talking doll that … Continue reading Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and the X-files
If you are an avid reader (of anything) and are not familiar with Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page), you are doing yourself a great disservice. As they state on their homepage: "Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: … Continue reading Horror at Project Gutenberg
The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Horror Writers. Here is an interesting article I ran across at Mentalfloss.com. I would never have suspected most of these of ever having even an interest in horror. Stacey Conradt wrote the article in 2009.