Horror Fiction

Frankenstein at 200: the birth of a gothic monster

<i>Actor Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster in James Whale’s classic 1931 film. (Bettmann/Getty Images)</i><p>January 2018 marks the bicentennial …

Literature

Stephen King Q&A: Pennywise's creator on scaring the hell out of 2017

Stephen King Rules.<p>That’s what’s emblazoned on a T-shirt the young hero of <i>Monster Squad</i> wears in that 1987 kid-classic. It could also be the motto of …

Celebrity News

Wintry Chills

Is it perverse to find ghost stories relaxing, even restful? Compared with the grim realities of the news and the appalling horrors of the last …

Conservative View

The Best Victorian Ghost Stories for a Gothic Christmas

The wreaths are up to entice vegetation in the new year, the mistletoe is hanging from the rafters to inspire merriment and magic, and logs have been …

Edgar Allan Poe

13 Unexpectedly Creepy Books That Will Keep You Up All Night Long

When you sit down with the book <i>It</i> or <i>The Shining</i> or <i>The Haunting of Hill House,</i> you more or less know what you're getting yourself into. You understand …

Books

Stephen King Adaptations: Should Directors Stray from the Source Material?

Should filmmakers stick religiously to the source material? In the case of Stephen King adaptations, it can work very well both ways... • facebook …

Stanley Kubrick

A Metrograph Series Wrestles With the Gothic

From Frankenstein to Heathcliff, the monthlong “Goth(ic)” portrays the movies’ handling of the sinister literary genre<p>In June of 1764, Horace Walpole …

New York City

Rare Manuscript Exhibit Explores How Climate Disasters Create Monsters

In April 1815, a volcano in the East Indies erupted with cataclysmic force, releasing a plume of ash that circled the entire globe. In the weeks and …

Geek

So You Want to Read American Gothic: Here’s Where to Start

Sometimes, the shotgun approach can be best when exploring a new genre. Award winning author Joyce Carol Oates certainly knows her way around …

Culture

Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Legacy of Blood, Passion, and Gothic Horror

image courtesy of the Bram Stoker Estate litstack.org<p>In the shadowed realms of horror Dracula reigns as everlasting sovereign. We pay respect to the …

Entertainment

6 hair-raising facts about Bram Stoker on the 170th anniversary of his birth

Did you know his bedtime stories were about cholera?<p>The author of the world's most famous vampire novel – sorry Twilight fans – was born 170 years …

Bram Stoker

Not Guilty: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

<i>In Not Guilty, we look at movies that the general consensus tells us we should feel bad for liking, but that our hearts tell us we should embrace --</i> …

Literature

SPY Guide: The 13 Best Horror Novels of All Time

These stories will make the hair on your arms jump after turning a page at night or day. If you’re looking for a story that will push your …

Shopping

The Top 10 Stephen King Books of All Time

Stephen King's <i>It</i> is now the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, so it's no surprise that Hollywood is dishing out King-inspired properties …

Books

5 Literary Agents Discuss the Horror Genre

A special treat on this Halloween morning: Five literary agents, who all represent the horror genre, took a break from reading manuscripts to answer …

Authors

Horror fiction by numbers: my not-so-shocking AI collaboration

Shelley is an MIT project that aims to produce spooky stories half-written by Twitter users, half by artificial intelligence. It’s – mildly – scary stuff<p>Cue a lightning flash and some portentous music: I have written with a robot.<p>The robot is Shelley, who isn’t really a robot, but actually an …

Lifestyle (Canada)

Hear 14 Hours of Weird H.P. Lovecraft Stories on Halloween: “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Dunwich Horror” & More

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of …

Culture

25 of the Most TERRIFYING Horror Books Ever

Literature can be a moving, beautiful artistic experience. Skilled writers can bring us face to face with scenarios and emotions we might never …

Books

The Most Awesome, Crypt-Rocking, Scariest Ghost Stories for Halloween: Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and More

From Charles Dickens’ grimly funny ghost stories to Bram Stoker’s dark tales (featuring BDSM!), these 10 stories will scare your socks off.<p>Ghosts …

Literature

Scare-Ware: Try These Horror Tales Composed By AI

The latest heir to Mary Shelley’s legacy is also named after her: Shelley, an artificial intelligence created by the MIT Media Lab, is learning how to tell scary stories with input from mere mortals on Twitter. While her stories themselves are still too disjointed to pack much of a wallop, her …

Mary Shelley

Why Do We Love (and Hate) Feeling Scared?

Why do we love feeling afraid, but also hate it? The paradox is simpler than you think.

Emotions

15 Movies and TV Shows Airing This Week You Can't Miss

Next week is an interesting stretch for movies and TV: It marks the tail-end of Halloween and the beginning of the holiday season. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are full of Halloween movies galore, including the eponymous John Carpenter classic that launched Jamie Lee Curtis' career. But then we end …

TV

These Popular ‘Universal Monsters’ Came to Life on the Big Screen

The young lawyer shuddered, feeling a tad nauseated in the company of his client, though he didn’t know why. The count had been nothing but gracious, yet the firelight seemed to emphasize his pointy teeth and claw-like fingernails. Once wolves howled outside, the count’s eyes gleamed. “Listen to …

Culture

Meet the Guy Stephen King Turns to When He Needs Help Finishing a Horror Story

Richard Chizmar's company Cemetery Dance Publications has benefited from a decades-long relationship with the master of horror.<p>It's a good year to be Stephen King. The movie <i>It</i> has raked in more than $650 million. <i>Sleeping Beauties</i>, a book King co-authored with his son Owen, hovers near the top of …

Popular Fiction

'I had a ghost touch me – horrible!' Writers visit haunted houses

To celebrate Halloween, Sarah Perry, Jeanette Winterson, Mark Haddon and other writers put a new spin on the traditional ghost story with tales set in English Heritage properties<p>Kamila Shamsie<p>In my adolescence, there was no historical figure that I was more intrigued by than Elizabeth I. Her …

Books

Notes From the Book Review Archives

<i>In a 1985 essay “Night of Our Ghastly Longings,” George Stade declared horror fiction the literary equivalent of Halloween. This week’s issue features a series of roundups that, more than 30 years later, affirm and expand on Stade’s conclusions. Read a condensed version below.</i><p>“Halloween is the …

Books

10 terrifying horror books you've never read

As long as I can remember I have enjoyed stories that frighten me. As a child, on rainy early autumn afternoons in our crumbling Victorian farmhouse …

Books

20 Scariest Horror Stories You Can Read for Free Online

Horror novels are wonderful if you have time to spare. But if you need a quick fix of fright, look no further than the World Wide Web, where you can …

Books

11 Women Horror Writers You Need to Read

In 1818, Mary Shelley published <i>Frankenstein</i>, a novel so gripping it would continue to scare readers and shape genre literature for the next 200 …

Culture

Get Out

bitchreadsEvette DionneAlthough Jordan Peele made history when he released <i>Get Out</i>, he’s not an anomaly: Black writers have been making waves in the …

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