Monday, October 1, 2018

A Horrific Wedding

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The countdown to Halloween has begun, everybody!  Yay!  Somehow, and not at all because I plan the blog schedule, I ended up with both the first and the last entries this October.  That means I'm going to both kick off and finish up the Horror Christmas season with you.

And if there's one thing that Hallmark Channel has taught me this time of year (for some reason) it's that everybody enjoys a nice Christmas wedding.  So this year I'm bringing you a Horror Christmas Wedding-themed blogpost to kick things off.  And how will it all end?  Only time will tell.


Something Old:

Image result for "the house on the borderland"

I've been on something of a classic horror kick lately.  This year I've been revisiting some old favorites like Lovecraft and Poe, as well as discovering a few overlooked (by me) gems like Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, and...William Hope Hodgson.

I didn't terribly care for THE NIGHT LAND, Hodgson's I suppose magnum opus, but THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND turned out to be one of those seminal pieces I couldn't believe I'd never read before.  It starts with a man being hunted by pigs from another dimension, and just keeps getting battier and battier from there.  Oh, and did I mention it just turned 110 years old?

The Queen of Cosmic Horror Mary SanGiovanni recently did a deep dive into the novel on her podcast - oh, and you should probably remember that name for later in this list.  It may be reappearing.

For your Horror Christmas wedding I present a delicious (albeit madness inducing) dish: a stuffed, spitted swine-thing with an apple in its mouth.  Mm mm good!

Something New:

I've been talking about it all year, so it should come as no surprise to you that the lovely people at Serial Box decided to release the greatest horror serial of all time (of all time!) in October.

It's coming out on Wednesday, folks.  It's so new it doesn't even exist yet.  But you can still pre-order it with my super-secret 15% off code.

What's it about?  Well, a troop of Cub Scouts goes camping in what's left of the recently burned-down town of Silverwood, California, on the same evening as a corporate retreat.  But there are far more sinister forces at work in Silverwood than just synergy and adolescent curiosity.  Before the end of the night the two groups will be in a full-blown battle alongside and against each other simply to survive.

Couldn't you just picture your dream terror wedding taking place outside in the rolling, ever-changing forests of Silverwood?  What could be better?

Something Borrowed:

When it was announced in 2004 that they would be remaking George A. Romero's seminal 1978 classic (and the greatest zombie movie of all time) "Dawn of the Dead" there was very nearly rioting in the streets.  Well, okay, there was some bitching on message boards.  How dare this Zack Snyder upstart (yes, that Zack Snyder) try to recreate the keystone of the Holy Trilogy?

And you know what?  It turned out to be pretty good.  Pretty damn great, even.  Judging by the first ten minutes, the "Dawn of the Dead" remake should have been the greatest zombie movie of all time, but then it just kind of took things down from 11 a bit.

For the entertainment at your horror wedding I give you a troupe of the undead, handily borrowed from the master himself.

Something Blue:

(also published as: THE BLUE PEOPLE)

Remember up above when I mentioned New Jerseyan professor Mary SanGiovanni talking about Hodgson on her podcast?  Well, it turns out she's also a horror legend, and she also wrote a cosmic horror book about strange blue "people" from beyond the veil of time and space.

Wouldn't they just make perfect guests at your horror wedding?


What about you?  What spooky titles are you going to be checking out this Halloween season?  Let me know in the comments below!

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