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Perilous Updates, Week 5


For someone who joined #FrightFall on Sunday, I haven’t done much frightful reading. My eye was turned by a “romance of the mind” involving Nikola Tesla. But, I promise my next few short stories will be suitable. I have a story from Dark Screams: Volume Eight “due” today, a story from The Architecture of Fear for Deal Me In, and I’m thinking about reading some Clive Barker to learn how to properly torment one of the characters I’m writing.

Peril of the Short Story

The October Reading Club is underway at Facebook. This year Craig, the admin, has gone to an every-other-day posting schedule. The first story was by Lovecraft. I skipped it since I’d just read some Lovecraft and he’s not really my bag. The second story was “The Dancing Partner” by Jerome K. Jerome, which I had just read a couple months back.

The third story, I read: “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope Hodgson.

It was a dark, starless night. We were becalmed in the Northern Pacific.

Pretty easy to get me with a sea story, actually. This one has castaways with a twist.

Peril on the Screen

Nightbreed (1990, dir. Clive Barker) – Nightbreed is one of those films that I wish was better than it is. I’ve watched it a handful of times (I’m fairly certain I conned someone in my family to see it with me in the theater when it came out), but it’s never quite lived up to the concept I have in my head: a merry band of misfit monsters who aren’t really bad guys at all. This time, I watched the director’s cut and it was better.

Crimson Peak (2015, dir. Guillermo del Toro) – Another rewatch and an even more satisfying one. It’s still something of a gothic feast, but, watching for the second time, the story does hold together fairly well for its genre. And it’s such a lovely movie. I might have to watch more Guillermo del Toro this October.

Perilous Links

Fangoria Magazine – Nearly 350 issues of Fangoria are available through Internet Archive.

I especially liked an article from 1999 about Nelson Gidding, who wrote the screenplay for 1963’s The Haunting, the first adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.* Gidding had a very different interpretation of the novel, which led to him meeting with the author herself.

*Weaver, Tom. “The Original Ghostwriter”
Fangoria. #185, August 1999


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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