You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
BBC Radio 4 presents dramatizations of Frankenstein and Dracula, as well as extras including discussions of the difficulty of performing Frankenstein’s Creature, Vitalism, and who Stoker might’ve based his Count on. Click through to The Gothic Imagination. (via @booksadventures)
When I was in grade two, my school thought it’d be a great Halloween activity to have a movie screening of old horror films. They showed us the 1931 adaptations of Dracula and Frankenstein, the original 1932 The Mummy, and the 1954 3-D classic, The Creature from the Black Lagoon. At age eight I had […]
Summer’s come early this year, with the hum of air conditioners and fans in the air and the grass peacefully brown beneath my feet, the fireflies rising into the trees and all around the internet, Summer Top Ten lists are in bloom, from the Top Ten YA Summer Reads to the Top Ten Summer Eggplant Recipes […]
Comics artist Gene Colan has died. He was best known for his work on Marvel’s The Tomb of Dracula, but he started at DC drawing Namor, the Sub-Mariner and worked with Steve Gerber on Howard the Duck. The Guardian has an obituary with more on his life and career.
Neil Gaiman’s tale of Lovecraftian horror is available as a PDF download of the “daily newspaper for all classes,” The Star of Albion–including ads for such things as “Jekyll Powders.”
Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims provides a link to the anime version of Tomb of Dracula and his own running commentary on things like, Dracula’s light up fangs and stealing the Devil’s girlfriend.
Today is Bela Lugosi’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Bela! J. W. Ocker writes about Bela’s perfection as a vampire and about the sadness of his grave.
Movietone News: The United Monster Talent Agency helps bring monsters to a screen near you!
Decade by decade, the Movie Morlocks look at 100 years of cinematic horror, starting with the 1910 silent, Frankenstein.
Beware the stalking half-human half beast! Cursed with the thirst for human blood, unconscionable hubris, and demanding a mate, the Monster Legacy site comes to life and walks among us! (as part of promotion for The Wolf Man remake). Thrills! Shock! Suspense!
Old Time Radio has a collection of old horror shows just in time for Halloween. You can find the Mercury Theater of the Air’s “War of the Worlds” and “Dracula,” a collection of Australian Frankenstein shows and some Dark Fantasy, too. Aren’t you glad they aren’t “spooktacular” or “fangtastic?”
At Chris’ Invincible Super-Blog, Chris attempts to review the one where Dracula throws Herbie Popnecker into a pizza oven.
Curious about lucha movies but don’t know where to start? Todd from Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! is here to help out with good movies starring Santo (here and here), good movies with no Santo and some Santo movies “likely to make you want to tear out your own brain and scrub it with industrial […]
1. Overture IslandOn December 4, 2008, the future ended. The event that marked its end was the death of a 92-year old man from the not uncommon cause of heart failure. It would not have been an epoch-ending event save for one detail: the man’s name was Forest J Ackerman.
Let your cursor drift to the right and all the way down for Ozploitation trailer goodness like a giant razorback, a postapocalyptic drive-in, erection jokes as well as Donald Pleasance, George Lazenby and Jimmy Wang Yu at Flyp magazine’s look at Not Quite Hollywood.
The year is 1890. The city, London. Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula: Is there anything more to say? (Oh, yeah, it’s a radio drama).
When it come to romance novels, the trend today is for stories with teeth. And I mean teeth: long, white, sharp, and dangerous. Said teeth might belong to a werewolf, or a shapeshifting tiger, but most often, they’re the fangs of a vampire. Just what is the appeal of the vampire romance? Bram Stoker made […]
I see writing for kids as one of the most difficult creative tasks to do well. How to judge what might appeal to a younger audience? How to make the tone convincing yet not condescending? The difficulties seem multiplied when you add horror to the mix. It intensifies the question of age appropriateness, and then […]