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Book Trailer for The Door That Faced West


A friend suggested I make a book trailer for my new novel—The Door That Faced West, released by Lazy Fascist Press—using my illustrations that appear in the book. I used imovie and it came out pretty well.

Click on this link to view the trailer. If the film doesn’t appear right away, wait just a moment–it will be there.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Twisted Tuesdays: Antlers & Horror

Hannibal, CBS

Hannibal, CBS

Antlers are a predominant image in the “Hannibal” television series. It is represented in connection to the Wendigo, a metaphor for Hannibal Lecter himself. The Wendigo is an antlered demonic cannibalistic spirit in Algonquian legend. There is also a mental disorder called the “Wendigo Psychosis” in which the main symptom is a strong craving for human flesh. 


Hannibal, CBS

The antlers in Hannibal are then used to represent Hannibal’s cravings and killings. Dead bodies displayed on antlers is a consistent visual element which is very striking and even sadistically artistic.

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Of course I was bombarded by the internet hype over the “True Detective” series and decided to give it a try. I couldn’t get past the first episode, I found it rather dull. But I found it interesting that the first dead body shown had antlers.

True Detective, HBO

True Detective, HBO

Of course since I wasn’t that enthusiastic about the show in the first place, I merely assumed they were ripping off “Hannibal.” “Hannibal” creator, Brian Fuller, addressed this in an interview at the Television Critics Association winter press tour:

“Anybody who saw Salem’s Lot in 1979 where James Mason impaled that guy on the antlers, it’s probably all coming from that traumatic experience in our childhoods, I imagine they probably saw the same thing that inspired, you know, the imagery in this show.”

via The Wrap


I haven’t watched Salem’s Lot but I will now! Here are some more examples of antlers used in horror:

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)



Caesar & Otto’s Deadly Xmas (2013)


The Lost Boys, (1987)

More surreal than horror but David Lynch always counts…

Deer Head on the Table

Of course a horror movie about the Wendigo would have antlers. You can watch the full Wendigo film here:

Are there other examples of antlers used in horror movies and shows, or scenes of death by antlers?

Women and Children in the Time of The Door That Faced West

(In this post, I speak in general terms about women’s issues in the years 1799-1800. Exceptions to what I’ll note existed, but they were few and far between.)

The point-of-view character in my new novel, The Door That Faced West, (released in February by Lazy Fascist Press) is a sixteen-year-old woman named Sadie from North Carolina. She is escaping the abuse of her father. Since he has absolute authority over everything in her life and depends on her labor to get by, if she is to get away from him, she must go somewhere that he will not search for her. She must flee into the wilderness to the west, but she knows that to survive, she’ll need to be with people who know the territory and are tough enough to fight and defend against the dangers to be found there.

In the time in which the story takes place, children and unmarried women were frequently laborers. A child’s efforts could be employed by their parents or sold as a commodity to another master. Women had no legal identity as separate from that of their husbands or, if unmarried, the eldest male member of their families. A woman could not take part in a contract, own property, find her own job, own the wages she earned, or initiate any legal proceeding, such as a divorce or law suit. Many women lived their lives, working and bearing children under near-slavish conditions. If a woman was lucky, she received a primary education, but had no opportunities for schooling beyond that. She had no say in political or economic issues. If a woman was abused, she had little chance of redress unless some male person who had the leverage to do so took it upon himself to address the problem on her behalf. If she bore children, whether legitimate or illegitimate, the offspring belonged to the man considered to be the child’s father whether he was a fit parent or not.

These legally institutionalized attitudes toward children and women may be appalling to us now, but were a given in the eighteenth century and much of the nineteenth century, and had a destructive effect on countless lives. In The Door That Faced West, these issues play a major role in driving the plot and are demonstrated in the thinking and motivations of the characters of the novel.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Paperback at $12.95

Kindle Edition – $7.95

The Criminal Climate in The Door That Faced West

“The Brothers Harpe” copyright©2014 Alan M. Clark

Throughout life, hope for a better future can encourage us to strive for our own betterment and to contribute to that of our family, friends, and community, but the circumstances of our birth can dictate what options we have available. If the options are grim, we have few choices, and little hope, we can become opportunists with little regard for those around us and turn to criminal activity to better our lot in life.

The rather obvious statements I’ve made about human experience are as true today as they were 200 years ago, yet imagine a time when the circumstances of our birth had much more influence over what was possible for us in life. My new novel, The Door That Faced West, released by Lazy Fascist Press, takes place in America in such a time, the years 1799 and 1800. In that period, a class system reigned within American society, much as it did in Europe. The quality of one’s clothing and other possessions, appearance of health and physical development, accent, and vocabulary of speech were signals of one’s station in life. If an individual was seen to be a poor, then in that low station that one would most likely remain throughout life. The class system was an age-old contrivance that allowed those in higher stations, those with wealth, to support each other while jealously guarding their advantage. The disparity between the haves and have-nots was large. The majority of Americans were poor, underfed, over-worked, and willing to consider underhanded measures to better themselves. They were often so desperate for a better life, they were easy for those well-to-do to manipulate.

Nearly fifty percent of immigrants to America from Europe came as indentured servants. An indentured servant was one who was contracted to work for his or her master to pay off a debt. Many of those who came to America were paying off the debt of passage to the continent by serving a term of four or more years of work for the master, generally the captain of the ship that bore them across the sea. Once in America, the ship captains sold the indentures to employers and the servants then had new masters.

A master had nearly complete control over how the indentured was treated; the quality of food, shelter, and clothing provided, and control over the servant’s hours of rest and labor. Largely, that treatment was not subject to review or questioning by others. Indentured servants mistreated by their masters frequently ran away and became wanted. Newspapers advertised rewards for their capture and return. If a person with an appearance of being poor arrived in a community, any concerned male citizen could stop and question the individual. If the person was found to be an indentured servant, they were returned to their master. Indentured servitude could be virtual slavery except for the fact that the contracts defined a time limit for service.

Indentured servitude was only one of several methods of binding the poor to highly controlled positions of labor. Conditions for those in apprenticeships were frequently not much better. If greedy, those with power over other’s lives could push their charges to the breaking point in an attempt to gain as much service as possible.

Some born into poor families sought to raise their social status by gaining glory in the military. A bold man who acquitted himself heroically on the field of battle could earn respect and thereby rise to a somewhat better station. The fear existed that life could be cut short in battle, however, and the life of a soldier was often extremely harsh. Frequently men were pushed too hard and desertion was common.

The labor of many wives and children was considered of primary importance in helping a family to survive. A hard man, husband, father or both, much like a greedy master, might work his family to the bone to make ends meet. One generation of cruelty often begat a similar one.

For the poor, the potential for suffering inhumanity in most walks of life was high, much of the callousness institutionalized as appropriate and important aspect of maintaining order and discipline. Under harsh conditions, desperation drove many individuals to criminal acts in order to survive. To hide from those pursuing them for their crimes or their masters, many fled into territories where the law was less likely to find them.

The vastness of the wilderness of the new states of Tennessee and Kentucky in the years in which The Door That Faced West takes place, 1799 and 1800, was intimidating to most Americans, yet could be a haven for criminals. To some outlaws, it was a playground. The dense, seemingly endless forest that stretched from the east coast to the Mississippi and beyond was a dangerous area in which human lives were frequently lost due to exposure to the elements, accidents, or deadly encounters with forest animals or Indians. The best land for hunting, much of middle Tennessee and Kentucky, was sacred to the Indians, and they were willing to kill to defend it. Many of the non-indigenous persons who entered that forest to hunt, to carve out a home, to help develop a new settlement, or merely to explore, were never heard from again, lost without a trace. A few more lives lost to the activities of brigands in the forest was hardly noticed.

Inevitably, settlements sprang up along rivers and well-worn animal and Indian traces, but the going was rough. The forest was largely uninterrupted in the eastern half of the continent, and had never been logged. The trees were massive, blocking out much of the light and making farming difficult if not impossible. Under the forest canopy, sometimes hidden beneath the undergrowth as well, were swamps that might be the size of a small pond or cover hundreds of square miles in area. These bogs were rimmed with canebrakes that were nearly impossible to penetrate. Consequently, what traffic there was through the wilderness—those traveling for personal reasons or involved in commerce—was often funneled along the well-worn paths. Criminals had only to wait, hidden in the forest along the traces, until victims happened along. Leaving no witnesses became a standard for seasoned footpads since the immensity of the forest allowed bodies to be easily hidden. Frequently the victims were never found and countless murders during the period went unpunished.

Within settlements, law and order was loosely held by those who appeared tough enough to do the job. Often those were men with criminal backgrounds, willing to do whatever they thought they could get away with to better their positions. Facing possible death in order to fight crime was not at the top of their agenda.

Communication between settlements was poor. Going through the rumor mill as it travelled, information communicated between settlements was often unreliable. With a few outrageous acts, an outlaw’s persona could become larger than life and twice as intimidating within a short time.

The environment described in this post, both geographical and societal, is the landscape in which The Door That Faced West takes place; one in which a couple of ruthless, opportunistic brothers with bloodlust might rampage with impunity for an extended length of time, and, indeed, they did.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

Paperback at $12.95

Kindle Edition – $7.95


My latest novel, The Door That Faced West, is out now from Lazy Fascist Press.

Here’s what Brian Keene said about it:

“It is not hyperbole to say that Alan M. Clark’s The Door That Faced West left me absolutely stunned. A thoughtfully haunting blend of historical fiction and thriller, this is one of Clark’s best works to date, across any medium. Simply amazing, and undoubtedly one of the best books you’ll read this year.”

Brian Keene, bestselling author of The Rising and Ghoul

Twisted Tuesdays: 80′s New Year Horror Double Feature!


What better way to celebrate another meaningless holiday than with some old school slasher films? Here are two horror classics that take place on New Year’s Eve:

First up is the classic Terror Train. Starring scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, this is a great film about a group of college kids who are having a NYE costume party on a moving train with a crazed masked killer on board who wants revenge!terror train

Next up is New Year’s Evil about Blaze, a punk rock TV host who is having a rockin’ NYE’s television countdown when she receives a call live on the air from a guy called “Evil” who makes a New Year’s resolution to murder someone at midnight in each time zone. He starts by killing women Eastern Standard Time and quickly makes his way to the West side where Blaze is the murderer’s grand New Year’s finale.



Happy New Year Bizarros! May the new year be even more bizarre and twisted than the last!

Weird Art Month: Justin Bartlett

By Sam Reeve

I hope everyone is having a very metal Christmas! I’m sitting in my dark house listening to Ulver. ‘Tis the season!

Justin Bartlett’s art is completely appropriate for this blackest of days and I just can’t get enough of it. His style is inspired by that of Nick Blinko of Rudimentary Peni (an equally amazing artist that you should totally check out). Justin has done work for bands like SUNN O))), Gorgoroth, Job For A Cowboy and Earache Records, and has appeared in publications like Vice Magazine and Adbusters Norway. See more of his work here.

Weird Art Month: Adalberto Abbate

By Sam Reeve

Sick of the holidays yet? I instantly regretted leaving my house today. People were assholes, especially on the road. I wanted to find something bloody and awful for today’s post, and Adalberto Abbate’s micro sculptures are perfect: little mini people suffering terribly or killing each other!

Adalberto Abbate was born in Palermo, Italy, where he still resides. His art is quite varied – some is just pictures of girls shoving bananas in their vaginas, some is clever social commentary, and some is the kind of modern art you’d sort of scoff at and say “my kid could do that” – but he’s still a genius and I love him for these micro sculptures. Visit his website to see more.

Twisted Tuesday: Society (1989)

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An 80′s dude with a mullet feels like there is something really off about his family…his sister and parents are acting strange and no matter what he does, even being the quarterback of the football team and winning a high school debate, doesn’t impress them. Then he realizes his feelings are validated when he hears a strange recording from a friend. That’s when the setup of the first half of the movie ends up getting truly bizarre and the finale…well you just have to see it for yourself if you haven’t already. There is truly no ending like it in the history of cinema.


A true classic that reflects how the rich feeds off the poor through ooze, sex, and tons of stretchy, flesh-colored latex, Society is a great film that belongs on your Bizarro movie shelf. You can watch it in its entirety here:

World Horror Cinema: India

By Sam Reeve

purana mandir posterTitle: Purana Mandir

Year: 1984

Language: Hindi

My rating: 7/10

Have I mentioned how much I love Bollywood? The films are ridiculous, have awesome music and dance numbers in every genre of film (yes, even in this horror movie), and they’re often very bizarro-friendly. Purana Mandir is a cult classic directed by the legendary Ramsay brothers, known for their popular horror movies in the 80′s and 90′s.

A long time ago Samri, an evil vampire-like devil worshiper, is captured and killed by Raja Singh. Before being beheaded, Samri curses the king’s bloodline. Fast forward to modern times and the remaining Singh heir has a beautiful young daughter, Suman. She can’t get married to her lover Sanjay because of the curse, which states that the Singh women will all die in childbirth. The couple escapes with two friends to learn more about the curse, but unwittingly awaken Samri.

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I loved this movie! The soundtrack was quite haunting, there was a lot of comedic relief and a few subplots to keep things interesting. Samri was also pretty creepy looking. My only gripe was with the plot, since it was totally hinged on the couple wanting to be together but for Suman to not die from the curse. Couldn’t she just never get pregnant? Birth control maybe wasn’t a big thing in India or something, or maybe not bearing children was a major taboo. I don’t know, but it would be my first choice over facing down a crazy living-dead guy.

Here’s a great clip involving a blood shower. Below that you’ll find the full movie with English subtitles. Enjoy!

Dilation Exercise 90

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

Although she’d made the decision to push Suesanna to her death the first time they’d shared the duty on the bluff, Sadie couldn’t follow through because she didn’t want the infant the woman carried to suffer.

The second time the two shared the duty, for a noon to sunset shift, the older woman left her child with Bett.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Bluff” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustraion for The Door that Faced West (The artwork will appear in black and white in the paperback book)

Dilation Exercise 89

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

Because the Harpes had created havoc with such ferocity and gotten away with the violence for so long over a vast wilderness territory, the people of the frontier began to believe the brothers were more powerful than ordinary men.

The danger seemed to escalate as the rumor mill attributed all unsolved crimes within the territory to the Harpes, and a common, unreasoning fear, suggesting that the brothers were supernatural beings, kept honest folks from fighting back.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Harpe Party” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustraion for The Door that Faced West (The artwork will appear in black and white in the paperback book)

World Horror Cinema: Singapore

By Sam Reeve

ghost_childTitle: Ghost Child

Year: 2013

Language: Mandarin

My rating: 6/10

I’m kind of a sucker for ghost movies, and Ghost Child met my minimal requirements by having at least one character I could root for and enough creepy shit that it felt like a true horror movie…and then came the ending, which made up for any shortfalls. [SPOILER ALERT] There was a god damn fetus ghost-monster-thing. Creepy as shit. Had a weird pig nose and everything. Terrible CGI, but still. That thing will haunt my dreams.

Ghost Child is based on the South-East Asian myth of the toyol, a mischievous ghost that’s conjured up using a fetus and black magic. They’re typically used by the owner to gain wealth, and can be notoriously difficult to get rid of. Choon meets Na, a mysterious Indonesian woman with a dark secret, when he saves her from some thugs. He brings her back to Singapore to his estranged mother and teenage daughter, but weird things start happening upon his arrival. Choon’s mom gets the shit haunted out of her most of the film, but  Choon and his daughter Kim, things get weird at a slower rate. A loner at school who receives low grades, Kim suddenly aces a test and beats the swimming captain in a race. Meanwhile, her father seems to have good fortune as well, and suddenly becomes rich when his asshole boss has an “accident”.

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But as soon as things seem to be taking a turn for the better (except for the old lady, who got the shit-end of the haunting stick), everything goes terribly and that ghostly fetus decides it wants more blood! Can Na call it off and save them? You’ll just have to find out…

Although it wasn’t the most terrifying thing I’ve seen, Ghost Child was a satisfying movie and easy to digest. The ghost fucking over Kim’s antagonists at school felt particularly good going down, but of course until the toyol explanation at the end, it was fairly confusing when she started getting haunted, too. Overall, not a waste of time, and the movie closes with some creepy implications.

Here’s a great trailer that’ll give you a good idea of what you’re in for, and below that is the full movie on Youtube with simultaneous English subtitles and some other language I can’t distinguish. Enjoy!

Halloween Chaos Countdown: Ultimate Horror Clips!

11 Days Until Halloween!

Halloween Chaos Countdown: Gifocalypse!

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15 days until Halloween!

World Horror Cinema: Germany

By Sam Reeve

violent_shit_1989-movie-6Title: Violent Shit

Year: 1989

Language: German

My rating: 3.5/10

Some people really get a kick out of ultra low-budget films, and I can often be that person. Violent Shit just didn’t quite do it for me, but my husband loved it and its cult following would imply he’s not alone. Getting banned in Germany for being too extreme has probably helped its cause, since that kind of publicity could never really be bad for a horror movie.

A psychopath named Karl escapes from the police and runs around for days, chopping people to bits with a newly acquired meat cleaver. We see some flash backs to when he was a child, including when he murder his first victim (his mother), and in between killing unsuspecting people, Karl flops down into random fields to sleep.

I probably could’ve gotten into Violent Shit a bit more had I not been so tired, but there were some choice bits that I enjoyed. My favourite part was that everyone was dressed like 80s rockers, even the dudes “working” in the woods digging holes. The ultra low-budget quality and bland plot lowered the entertainment value, but if you watch this a friend and proceed to laugh at it the whole time, it’s a decent way to spend an evening.

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violent shit 2If you’ve got five minutes, check out the clip below. It’s from when Karl murders the bratty labourers in tight pants, and you’ll get a taste of what you’re in for. Underneath that is the full movie with English subtitles.

Dilation Exercise 88

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

After what the Harpes had done to him, Sadie hadn’t expected to ever again see the man who tried to molest her.

But here Mose was, tangled in her drift line at the bottom of the river, turning slowly in the current as if dancing an ominous and wicked jig.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Wicked Jig” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Door that Faced West (The artwork will appear in black and white in the paperback book)

Halloween Chaos Countdown: Bizarro Youtube Party

18 Days Until Halloween!

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One of my favorite ways to interact with people online is to exchange weird youtube videos with them. It’s like a bizarre online mating dance, especially when they post something really twisted you’ve never seen before that totally speaks to you. Youtube partying with someone is showing someone a window into your mind and looking into theirs, and being like “wow they are just as fucked up as I am!” It’s comforting and sexy. I love twisted minds with twisted tastes!


I’ll post 12 videos to get the Bizarro youtube party started. Feel free to post some links to weird videos you like in the comments! Show me how twisted you are!

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Someone made a toy doll version of The Human Centipede and shows you how to make one too:

It would also be a good costume:


One of those found footage, Blair Witch-type shorts, “No Through Road” was a video found in car with 4 dead 17-year-old boys.

And now for the weather:

Nothing puts me in the Halloween spirit like SKELETONS! Especially vintage ones!

Slenderman has some competition. Meet Mr. Welldone:

OMG Everything is Terrible made a dog version of The Holy Mountain!


Someone made a surreal video for “Fear of the Future” by The Residents. The results are mind-blowing!

A robot head dancing to Mambo No. 5

Animatronic Hitler head singing “Snails IS People Too”

I can’t make a Halloween countdown youtube post without posting a Fewdio video. One of the best horror short movie makers on youtube! The story lines are always original and creepy. This is a great one about a Vaudeville couple and a ventriloquist dummy.

Great stop-motion tribute to David Firth.

Another great youtube account is MrCreepyPasta who narrates some of the best creepypasta stories.

Big thank you to Joe Holliday for sharing some of his youtube porn collection with me! Now post your creepy youtube porn in the comments!


World Horror Cinema: Ireland

By Sam Reeve

grabbers posterTitle: Grabbers

Year: 2012

Language: English

My rating: 7/10

This movie has everything you would expect from the Emerald Isle: gorgeous rolling hills, chalky cliffs, foul-mouthed fishermen, a slew of happy drunks…and aliens? Think The Host, but funnier and with more alcohol. It’s fun, crazy and even a tad bit sweet. Grabbers found a cozy little corner in my heart and refuses to leave (and I won’t make it).

The premise in Grabbers is simple: a small Irish island is attacked by tentacled aliens who suck people’s blood and cut their heads off, but they’ve got one weakness – they’re allergic to alcohol. Solution? To survive the night, the Irish do what they do best, and drink themselves silly. An alcoholic and a workaholic police duo team up to keep the booze flowing and the townspeople safe inside the pub, all the while trying to keep the invasion secret so as to avoid a panic. But as you might expect, the bar eventually runs dry and they must search for a way to kill the aliens, all while still quite intoxicated.

Fun fact: the writer, Kevin Lehane, came up with the idea when wondering whether mosquitos get hangovers from sucking the blood of drunk people.

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This was a fun movie to watch, and definitely merits a second viewing. The cast was great, the aliens looked great, and even if the basic plot was not the most original, I loved every minute of it. I recommend pairing Grabbers with a good brew and a few mates for maximum enjoyment.

Here is the trailer, so you’ll know what you’re getting into. Below that is the full movie. Seen it already? Let us know what you thought in a comment below!

World Horror Cinema: Norway

By Sam Reeve

lakeofthedead_sweTitle: Lake of the Dead (De dødes tjern)

Year: 1958

Language: Norwegian

My rating: 8/10

Often cited as the best Norwegian horror film, and by many critics is considered one of the best Norwegian films overall, Lake of the Dead would now seem more a murder mystery than a true horror. Regardless of its classification, Lake of the Dead has a great story and cast, and plenty of murder and creepiness to keep you satisfied.

Lillian, her fiance Harald, and four of their friends go to visit her brother Bjorn at his cabin in the woods. When they arrive, he isn’t there, and they soon discover his dog’s body and some strange tracks suggesting he threw himself into the lake. A local policeman tells them the story surrounding the lake: many years before, almost to that very day, a man who loved his sister murdered her and her lover before drowning himself in the lake, too. He owned the cabin and is said to haunt those who spend the night.

Strange things start happening, like Lillian being called to throw herself in the lake while sleeping, and soon the group figures out they’re not alone in those woods. They band together to solve the mystery and catch their terrorizer, but will they figure it out before they get picked off? You’ll have to find out…

lake of the dead bjornLake of the Dead was a great mystery/horror if you’re a fan of the old black and white stuff. It’s certainly not too scary by modern standards, but it’s a nice break to see some classy Norskis romping around in sweaters and solving the mystery instead of being hacked to bits when they get caught humping. There’s a fair bit of comic relief, witty dialogue and a damned good mystery that I certainly never would’ve solved, so I loved it.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a trailer or any clips to share, but the full movie is below for your viewing pleasure. Seen this classic? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Halloween Chaos Countdown: Photoblast that shit!


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World Horror Cinema: Thailand

By Sam Reeve

shutter poster Title: Shutter

Year: 2004

Language: Thai

My rating: 7/10

Not to be confused with the bad American remake, Shutter is a great Thai horror with plenty of creepiness to go around. Like many Asian horror films, it features a female ghost with long black hair who haunts the shit out of a bunch of people and crawls around on all fours. Besides this staple, Shutter is a fresh plate of horror with some surprises and a good cast.

Tun, a photographer, and his girlfriend Jane are driving home late one night from a wedding party when they run over a girl. Tun insists on speeding off despite Jane’s wishes. It doesn’t take long for strange things to start happening after the accident, though upon inquiry they discover no one was taken to the hospital that night. Spirit-like marks show up on Tun’s photos, and both he and his girlfriend have terrible nightmares. Haunted day and night by what seemed to be a vengeful spirit, Jane starts looking into the spirit photos for clues and uncovers Tun’s dark past and the identity of the ghost.


Shutter is definitely not to be missed. One thing I noticed about the film (and loved) is it only had a single scene that was funny. One little bit of comedic relief, and the rest was just horror and mystery. For the curious, I’ve posted that scene below, because it’s total gold. Below that you’ll find the full movie with English subtitles. Seen Shutter? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

World Horror Cinema: United Kingdom

By Sam Reeve

Deathwatch_filmTitle: Deathwatch

Year: 2002

Language: English, with some German and French

My rating: 9/10

When I saw Andy Serkis’ name attached to Deathwatch, coupled with my love of WWI movies, I just had to see it. I wasn’t disappointed, and this has been my favourite movie from World Horror Cinema (so far). It hasn’t been reviewed well by a lot of people, but screw them. I loved it!

Set in 1917 on the Western Front, a group of British soldiers end up in what’s basically the Bermuda Triangle of trenches. They decide to stay and hold the German trench while waiting for reinforcements that never come. Things get spookier and more out of control as they realise that something wicked lives there. Half of the horror of the movie really comes from the disgusting quality of life soldiers dealt with on the Western Front, and even without the evil presence this would’ve been a disturbing film. That being said, there were some pretty creepy scenes and a couple jumpy parts.

With the maze-like trenches dripping mud and littered with dead bodies, and the ever-present threat of Germans coming along to make things messier, it was really the best setting for a horror film that I’ve seen in a long time. The scares weren’t constant, but the great acting, set and special effects were, so it was an entertaining movie all the way through. Andy Serkis (who played Golem in Peter Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations) was a particularly insane and fierce character, and almost as bad as the ghost.

Deathwatch-2002-mud-corpseIf you’re into war movies at all and also enjoy horror, I recommend checking this one out. Below is one of the better trailers that doesn’t give away every good bit, and underneath you’ll find the full movie with optional Spanish subtitles. Enjoy!

Dilation Exercise 87

In an effort to promote my new novel, The Door That Faced West, due for release in February 2014 from Lazy Fascist Press, I created the Dilation Exercise below based on the story. The novel is inspired by the earliest known American serial killers, the Harpe brothers, Wiley and Micajah, and the three wives they shared. Comments are welcome, but please do not expand on this storyline.

As Sadie awoke and became aware that she was being dragged into the darkness, the sound of a heavy object striking flesh came from behind, and she was released.

She turned toward the commotion, saw Micajah grappling with an Indian in the moonlight, and struggled to believe she was not still dreaming.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Attack” copyright © 2013 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustraion for The Door that Faced West


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