‘Beast Within’ Is An Entree Without Sides

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A good mystery is like a healthy meal: the main entree with complementary sides that leaves you feeling satisfied when completed. Whether you’re writing a mystery novel, developing a whodunnit board game in the style of Clue!, or making a… Continue Reading

Sins of the Fathers Fuel ‘Compound Fracture’

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Homecomings can be hell. You might be the abused son who must finally confront his father’s declining mental state. Or you might be the father himself who made all the mistakes and now wants to atone. Either way, treading old… Continue Reading

’The Au Pair Nightmare’ Sows Suspense, Subterfuge

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Setting aside the hapless hilarity that would ensue should I ever attempt such a gig, you’ll never catch me intentionally taking on the role of a caretaker. For anything. Or for anyone, for that matter. I’ve seen too many horror… Continue Reading

‘Lection’ Explores Tribal Politics After Humanity’s Downfall

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In times of political or cultural crisis, horror often acts as a mirror. It reflects the fears we are experiencing about whatever the disruption is to what we previously considered “normal.” In the 1950s, the big bug movies were reflective… Continue Reading

‘Ice Blue’ Explores The Effects of Secrets on Family Relationships

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Forever old is the tale of the dark family secret that eventually comes back to haunt the patriarch (or matriarch) when the offspring eventually uncover the details and find themselves incapable of forgiveness for the choices the parents made under… Continue Reading

‘Big Top Evil’ Killer Cannibal Clowns Around

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If mainstream pop culture magazines and news outlets are correct, we’re still in the middle of a thriving horror-is-mainstream renaissance. This renaissance has birthed everything from the long-running The Walking Dead TV series to the resurrection of old Stephen King… Continue Reading

Creatures, Slime, Gore Dominate ‘Creepshow’ Season Finale

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If there’s one thing viewers should expect from the Greg Nicotero-helmed Creepshow series currently streaming on Shudder, it’s creatures, gore, and comeuppance. Creepshow wouldn’t be Creepshow without them. The Season 1 finale, which became available on the streaming network just… Continue Reading