BGH Book Club: Come Closer

Unlike horror movies, horror writing -- be it novels, short fiction, or what have you -- doesn't really have a high powered hype machine to drive consumers to hot new content. In fact, if the part of the web devoted to championing obscure or independent horror movies is a Panzer tank, the part of the web that champions new or rising horror writers is something akin to a stroller full of recyclables being pushed by a decrepit homeless person.

The Sword--Gods of the Earth review

Figured I should get this up before I see the band live in a few weeks.

Throwback. That's the only word that comes to mind when I'm listening to The Sword's album "Gods of the Earth." Close your eyes and it's easy to picture the music coming from a van circa 1977 with dragons and wizards and whatnot painted on the side in dramatic action. The album sways at points between the soundtrack to a Renaissance festival and some headbanging, adrenaline charged mosh pit fuel.

I'm a Zombie Snob

'No amount of time is ever enough so the length is irrelevant. Quality is the key.'

There is some really mysterious crap going on and I don't know what to do. Weird shit. I mean 112 Ocean Avenue weird shit:

Comics Creepshow 22: City of Dust #3

Happy New You to all you horror comics fans! Though 2008 saw the birth of Comics Creepshow, I can’t say that the year was filled with ground-breaking horror comics. All the evidence needed to back that statement up can be found in last week’s column. Out of the hundreds of comics featuring vampires, zombies, serial killers, or any other type of terror-causing creature, there were only 5 that I considered extremely high in quality, and one of them (THE WALKING DEAD) is a book that has been around for five years.

Horror Headlines: Friday January 2nd, 2008

Along with the release of "My Bloody Valentine 3D", 2009 will also see the long awaited release of the original, uncut version of the original MBV. MGM has been holding on to this version forever, with seemingly no interest whatsoever in releasing it or even entertaining the idea. Now that a remake's about to hit, they've leased the rights to Lions Gate who are finally putting it out on disc. Meanwhile, here's some shots of the gore that was cut. Is it possible this will make the film NOT unbearably boring? We'll find out on January 13th.

Note to "Unborn" producers... a video isn't so much viral if you openly call it that and don't try to hide that it's for your film. Either way, here's the "Unborn" viral video. Ugh.

I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone made a horror movie about Earth Day. Doesn't mean I have to like it. If that tickles your fancy, you can see it (limited) on April 22nd.

If there's one film you should check out in next weekend's "After Dark Horror Fest" it's the Aussie flick "Dying Breed". Our own, notoriously hard to please Jon Schnaars raved about it after seeing it at Tribeca last year, so you should definitely hop on the chance to see it on the big screen while you can. Trailer at the link.

In Real People News: 

If you're having an emergency and you call the paramedics, better make sure you're "worth saving". Or a better way to phrase it might be, if you're an asshole paramedic debating whether you feel like saving someone's life or not, better make sure the phone isn't on and your conversation is being recorded by 911.

Teenagers who take pledges to remain abstinent until marriage are just as likely to have sex, and much less likely to use condoms. If you really want to keep people from having sex you should go the horror movie route. Show them a few "Friday the 13th" films and then throw "Teeth" in for good measure and you should be good to go.

All of Microsoft's 30gb Zune music players committed suicide on New Years Eve due to faulty code pertaining to 2008 being a leap year. If you want some good reading, go ahead and google "30gb Zune fail" and read the hilarious forum posts on the matter. Hey, serves them right for buying a Zune, I guess.

On this day in history: 

1878: While hunting, farmer John Martin spies a rapidly moving flying disk high in the sky near Denison, Texas. He is the first to use the word "saucer" to describe a UFO phenomenon.

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