Kicking off April with a new Dead Author Dedication, this month's subject is Bram Stoker, author of the renowned Dracula and many other novels. Next up I wrote another piece highlighting a short horror film by ALTER, where I gave details of the kind of grief that people go through when they lose a child, [...]
There are a lot of people that are interested in learning about serial killers, perhaps because they're interested in the demented psychological aspect of it, perhaps because they adore the macabre, others still are interested in the criminal aspect and trying to understand how or why killers do what they do. To be honest, I'm one of those people--my own interests lie somewhere between the educational and the macabre; I'm simply fascinated by how a child who, much like Jeffrey Dahmer, seems to go from having a typical dysfunctional family life and childhood to cannibalism and necrophilia. Trust me when I say I take no personal joy in these types of stories, so much as I want to see how these people come into existence in the first place.
Many people look forward to the first of April, it gives them a chance to play pranks and joke around with people they otherwise wouldn't. This year during the global pandemic that has ravaged our global community and economy, people are being told not to play pranks today. As a general theory, I don't understand why--aren't difficult times the exact time for humor and fun? Well, yes and no, because everyone needs a way to lighten the mood, but the spirit of this fun can be taken too far and enter the spectrum of mean spiritedness.
In the spirit of all of the panic that has been going around about COVID-19, I wrote a short horror story as if it were the daily diary of someone who was just starting to realize the gravity of what we're going through on a global level. It's pure fiction with only one Fairbanks name drop, my favorite watering hole; hopefully, they're not terribly upset by it. I carried on that theme with an article about the origins of Pandora's Box and a retelling of the Greek myth that made Pandora famous. The rest of the week I finish up with something we're all kind of feeling right now, existential dread as well as grave robbing. Interested in seeing more horror related content? Check out Puzzle Box Horror for more great articles!
This week I dove into ghost ships, both the scientific theories of how they exist (and they do!) as well as the lore that surrounds them, but I also did two more Lovecraft-centric articles, one about the creatures that were made famous years after his death, as well as a sort of send-off to his legacy as an author. There are a lot of less than cheery parts of his personal viewpoints that I purposefully neglected to speak about, as they did little to actually contribute to his work in the realm of horror, so while they may be incredibly relevant when in regards to him as a human being, I didn't feel as if they were relevant to his body of work.
Another installment of the Dead Author Dedication for Lovecraft this week, where I wrote about the literary works he completed within his lifetime--this also got me heavily into reading pulp magazines which were popular at the time. After Lovecraft, I discussed how the human race is genetically engineered to have a deeply seated fear of [...]
This week I went more in-depth with the topics that I wrote about for Puzzle Box Horror, in an effort to really give some good information on two serious topics within the realm of horror. The first topic is all about Friday the 13th and while it's considered a superstition at best, it has inspired all sorts of creative interpretations within the horror genre. The second topic is more of a research article, geared towards those who enjoy numbers and statistics, it shows how the trend in horror has gone from gory slasher flicks to the more psychological, paranormal, and supernatural aspects of what causes fear.