One day ten years ago, four Blackfeet men went hunting where they had no business going. Part of the reservation’s hunting grounds were reserved for elders, but the week before Thanksgiving, Ricky Boss Ribs, Lewis Clarke, Gabe Cross Guns, and Cass Thinks Twice decided to head out and see what they could find, bring home […]Read more "You Hurt and You Hurt, and Then You Don’t: Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians"
It’s a world that is huddling away from a terrible virus, staying at home, off the streets out of harm’s way. No, this is not the first COVID-19 reactionary novel to hits stands, it is Paul Tremblay’s literary horror work Survivor Song. The novel posits Massachusetts caught amidst an epidemic, terrified of a disease that […]Read more "Spreading the Disease: Paul Tremblay’s Survivor Song"
As this clever novella opens, Charlie Stanlon is not having the best time of things. At work, he is little more than a social misfit. However, on his own time (well, once every two months—those are the rules) he is a hunter, stalking victims in the lower class stretch of town. He is accustomed to […]Read more "Sit. Stay. Kill. Good Boy: Jeff’s Strand’s Kutter"
The madcap character Harley Quinn was originally conceived as a nameless henchman for the wonderful Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992-1995. Thanks to fan interest, a character in a funny costume got a name and then a recurring role in the show. She has since gone on to appear in several incarnations of […]Read more "Love Makes Us Do Crazy Things: Harleen"
Charlotte has been working as a waitress at Davey’s Italian Grill for far longer than new girl Gertie, so she’s seen a few more things. Like the lousy lady customer who is not only never satisfied with her waitress, but who cannot help but make the new girls cry. Sadly, one of the first tables […]Read more "Hungry For Answers: Jeff’s Strand’s My Pretties"
I love how often Jeff Strand’s titles make a complete sentence with his author’s name possessively in front of them. That little bit apostrophe bit in this article’s title could just as easily be possessive as a contraction. Jeff Strand Is Stalking You Now! Lol. Never mind that nervous glance over my shoulder… Stalking You […]Read more "Unintentional Consequences From Hell: Jeff Strand’s Stalking You Now"
After a lengthy and somewhat twisty read like “A Travesty,” readers of the 2020-reissued collection Double Feature might be surprised to find a second novella that is not quite half the length of the first and about as far removed from the mood and intensity of that novella as you can get. However, that is […]Read more "You Know Who You Are: Ordo"
Robert Bloch died in 1994, leaving a wealth of stories, novels and scripts from his six decades of writing. Sadly, much of this material ended up going out of print. The one Bloch creation that is still known (though the author’s attachment to it is less well known than, say, that of Alfred Hitchcock) is […]Read more "That’s What A Mother’s For: Chet Williamson’s Psycho: Sanitarium"
The Signalman is an agent for a shady government organization. As The Agents of Dreamland opens, he is waiting in a small diner in the blasted Arizona landscape for a meet with a woman called Immacolata Sexton—and isn’t that a wonderful name? The two are tied to an investigation of a cult known as The […]Read more "The Best Foreshadowing Never Seems Like Foreshadowing: Caitlin Kiernan’s Agents of Dreamland"
In 1959, Robert Bloch unleashed Norman Bates upon the world. The next year, Alfred Hitchcock made the Bates Motel a household name in terror. Twenty-three years after that, Bloch let Norman out of the Asylum for a little dalliance with death both in his Fairvale stomping grounds as well as a little further west in […]Read more "We’re All a Little Psycho: Robert Bloch’s Psycho House"