Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Links: Horror Monsters No. 9, Quonset Huts on Mars, and a Pernicious Review

Some pretty neat and bizarre things were uploaded onto the internet this week.  Here are some of the more interesting pieces:
  • Monster Magazine World showed us what lay in the pages of Horror Monsters No. 9, published in Fall of 1964.
  • Terrorphoria reviewed Acid King's album Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere: "A few noticeable departures from past albums. Lori's vocals are more sparse. She really does a good job of giving the music an epic amount of space, and you'll ride through waves of riffs for up to a few minutes before she punctuates them with her recognizable style."
  • At Ginger Nuts of Horror, Paul M Feeney interviewed Tim Dry: "To be totally honest my true calling is whatever I’m passionate about and excited by at any particular time. In the 70s it was painting and mime, in the 80s it was rock ‘n’ roll, performance and music and in the 90s it was photographic art, acting and more music. Now I find that writing is the sole medium that does stimulate and inspire me. One of the reasons is that I don’t need anyone else to help me create something. Everything comes from the right side of my brain onto the page and if all technology went tits up tomorrow I could still do it!"
  • Sean Eaton's perspicacity was in full display at The R'lyeh Tribune: "Hamilton’s graphic descriptions of the hazards on board a primitive rocket as it takes off from Earth and lands on the treacherous surface of Mars closely resemble the dangers on a battlefield, including the terrible casualties among the men. The soldiers live in Quonset huts on Mars, and the noisy claustrophobic spacecraft resemble the innards of battleships and submarines.  Hamilton’s intent is to deglamorize spaceflight, and metaphorically, the war.  Haddon has nightmares about what he saw and experienced on the expedition, and the sounds of airplanes bring back vivid, terrifying memories.  The narrator’s symptoms are identical with what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder."
  • Nev Murray reviewed The Seance by Jack Rollins at Confessions of a Reviewer!!: "The descriptive writing makes it very easy to slip into the times. The clothes the people wear, the language they use and the settings and surroundings totally take you back in time, really making you believe you are living in the past. This makes the horror aspect of this book ten times more powerful."  Also, check out this good news from Nev.
  • Maynard's Horror Movie Diary reviewed Pernicious, a low-budget horror film directed by James Cullen Bressack: "'Pernicious' is far from being original and borrows/steals a bit too much from other films, especially from classic J-horror flicks like 'Ju-On: The Grudge' or torture porn classics like 'Hostel' - but due to Bressack's spot-on direction, I ended up enjoying this little low-budget flick a lot."
  • Adam Millard wrote a tribute to the late, great Terry Pratchett at This Is Horror: "Pratchett, a hero of mine since the first time I picked up a copy of The Colour of Magic as a teenager, was knighted for services to literature in 2009, around the same time he publically declared his wish to die by assisted suicide before his disease rendered him unable to make such a crucial decision. And yet, despite all of this, Pratchett continued to campaign, to raise money, and to write like he had never written before."
  • Here, I analyzed the movie Event Horizon, talked about myself a little, and linked to a review I wrote of Ian Jarvis's Dark Equinox.
Illustration from Call of Cthulhu's Cthulhu Classics supplement.

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