REPOST – Open Call: The ChillerPop Top Ten Influential Books

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[Originally published March 29, 2010]

Open Call: The ChillerPop Top Ten Influential Books

My first Open Call response.

Of course I read more than
horror fiction, and of course there’s been many other books/novels
of higher and lower quality that have been more important and
influential to me.  But this blog being what it is, I had to come up
with the list below of the horror books that influenced me the most. 
And you can be sure that this is just a spur of the moment top ten
list.  There’s no order here (maybe chronological by when I read them,
but even that’s uncertain).  I don’t really have much use for these
kinds of lists – ask me tomorrow and the list will be completely
different.
So here we go: 

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Being A Witch Ain’t One

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October 17, 2017 – Do we have a witch problem in recent horror cinema? Or are some filmmakers taking a mirror to something around us? I’m referencing three semi-recent films that look to me like a brutal, radical trifecta of witchcraft. Are they more Malleus Maleficarum, or more like a horror movie Valerie Solanas might have cared to make? Continue reading

‘Horror Hotel’ aka ‘City of the Dead’ – The Public Domains of Terror!

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October 7-8, 2017

Dear friends, public domain horror movies are a delightful resource when you need some free, guilt-free, lurid, trashy, corny thrills! For your viewing pleasure this weekend is Horror Hotel, also known as City of the Dead.  This film is out of 1960 and features severe and mannish Salem witches, devil cults, va-va-voom coeds doing research back in the days where an academic career in the history of witchcraft and the occult was a viable path, sneering 50’s toughs, and of course, the great Christopher Lee at his tall, elegant, villainous deep-voiced best. Continue reading

The ChillerPop Top Ten Influential Books

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File:Stoker - Dracula, Sonzogno, Milano, 1922.djvuSource: Wikimedia Commons

(Note: this post was originally published March 29, 2010. The writers at Open Salon would regularly do ‘Open Calls’ where they would suggest topics for blog posts. This was my response to “your top 10 influential books”) Continue reading