Traveling the Pale Highway with Nicholas Conley

    Pale Highway, by Nicholas Conley, is a science fiction novel with touches of mystery, horror, and fantasy. The main character, Gabriel Schist, is a Nobel Prize winning scientist who in his youth invented the cure for AIDS. Now in his seventies, he has Alzheimer’s disease and is living in a nursing home. When […]

Dr. Pembroke at the International Steampunk Symposium

As night fell on Cincinnati, Ohio, the jolly mood of the 2016 International Steampunk Symposium assumed a darker cast. Secreted away in an abandoned panel room, Dr. Pembroke prepared to address his assembled colleagues. The atmosphere of the room, however, seemed to lend itself towards murderous malpractice more than modern medicine.

Slender Man: The Macabre Muse

Creepy pasta is proof of storytellers’ ever-evolving adaptability to new mediums. Nearly everyone has heard of Slender Man, and even if they haven’t learned the character’s name, they have doubtless encountered images, references, and associated myths that have permeated our collective imagination. The Silence in Doctor Who. The Thinman in Supernatural. Faceless, lanky shapes in […]

In Salem Truth is Stranger than Fiction

The story of the witchcraft accusations, trials, and executions has captured the imagination of writers and artists in the centuries since the event took place in Salem, Massachusetts. Many of the literary interpretations have taken liberties with the facts of the historical episode in the name of literary and/or artistic license. Yet the facts of the events, and the investigations into the possible causes of the behavior of the girls who made the claims, are as compelling as any fictional narrative.

Matthew Solomon on his feature film ‘Chatter’ at Shriekfest 2015

October brings many things including Hollywood’s Shriekfest, one of the top horror, thriller, and science fiction film festivals.  This year one of the top competitors was Chatter, the creative work of writer/director/producer Matthew Solomon.  It is a paranormal film with most of the interaction occurring via chat sessions.  The concept for chatter originated when Mr. Solomon […]

Where Fictional Gods Reside: The House on the Rock

The House on the Rock is a real place about an hour west of Madison Wi, that I write about in American Gods, and I had to tone down my description of it and leave things out in the book in order to make it believable. – Neil Gaiman

If the author of the Sandman comics, Coraline, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Neverwhere, and several other dark fantasy/horror works believes that a place needs to be “toned down” to be believable, the creator of that place must be doing something right. The House on the Rock, which provides the inspiration for one of the settings in Gaiman’s novel American Gods, is a regional Wisconsin tourist attraction that opened in 1959 and is still operating today. Even more interesting than a house that boasts attractions like a room designed to look like it stretches to infinity, a 200 foot sculpture of a whale and giant squid fighting to the death, and the world’s largest indoor carousel, is the story of its creator.

Randy R. Fabert: Creature Feature

Navigating through a seemingly endless sea saturated with sequels, prequels, reboots, merchandising, franchising, and banging out the next big blockbuster the quickest and cheapest way possible movies have become mass produced on a masturbatory scale. Practical effects that require a certain degree of creative ingenuity and countless man-hours make way for computer generated bloodshed, explosions […]

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