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January 15, 2020

Bram Stoker is an Irish author who is best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula, which sparked the classic horror stories we have come to know today.

Born as Abraham "Bram" Stoker  on 8 November 1847 he was the third of seven children. Before he started school at the age of seven, he was struck by a mysterious illness that later allowed him to pen his thoughts that proved fruitful to his writing in later years, but once recovered he later went on to study and receive a Bachelor of Arts in 1870, and received an MA in 1875. He was the president of the University Philosophical Society during his school days, and B...

January 10, 2020

Usually the idea of a reboot of movies that have only been made in the last decade stirs up a maddening emotion in me. We don't need more Charmed TV shows or Spiderman reboots, we need authentic, new, and unique stories - like Cosmic Decay: Contamination (wink wink, nudge nudge).

But the idea of another Child's Play movie has me rethinking the whole deal.

I love Chucky, the evil red-headed Good Guy doll that is really is the murderous soul of the crazed killer Charles Lee Ray. Chucky goes on multiple killing sprees throughout seven different movies, looking for revenge on those who have thwarted him in the past. Around mo...

January 6, 2020

Getting my second novel Cosmic Decay: Debris off the ground was no easy feat! Not only was writing the sequel to Cosmic Decay: Contamination met with a nine month writer's block and problems with publishers, getting it formatted for self-publishing proved to be a difficult task.

But we got there! With the help of my brilliant graphic designer and ex-husband Byron Carr, and the expertise of fellow self-published author Brendan Wright, was I able to get Cosmic Decay: Debris published within a month and officially on sale through websites like Booktopia, the Book Depository, and Amazon! To celebrate I had a book launch at a...

December 11, 2019

During the 60's there seemed to be a change when it came to the depiction of women in horror, and many Queens of Halloween were birthed into this black and white world of television to become iconic horror characters. Not as popular as Morticia Addams, and more adapted than the Bride of Frankenstein, the character of Lily Munster still reserves a place as a queen of horror.

Played by Yvonne De Carlo, Lily Munster is the matriarch of the titular named TV show The Munsters. The show came out in September 1964 and ran for 70 episodes, 6 more than The Addams Family did, which is often sparked as a more popular version. The M...

December 5, 2019

When you think of the characters depicted as the Queens of Halloween from yesteryear there are a few iconic roles that pop up. With sexy, vampish characters such as Morticia Addams, Lily Munster, Elvira and Vampira, there is one that takes heed as their inspirations - The Bride of Frankenstein.

The iconic horror movie character was born into the 1935 sequel to Universal Picture's horror hit Frankenstein. It is regarded as one of the greatest sequels in history and invokes the characterisation of the Frankenstein's original novellist Mary Shelley to become the monster's bride at the end of the film.

Henry Frankenstein and...

December 2, 2019

Before there was Elvira, another Queen of Halloween ruled the silver screen during the 1950's dressed in black and dripping in camp. We're talking about Vampira, the classic feminine vampire icon that took the cult world by storm.

Played by Maila Syrjaniemi (known professionally as Maila Nurmi), Vampira was the brain child of the Finnish-American actress who based the vampire character off Charles Addams comic strip The Addams Family. Maila was at a masquerade party dressed as the matriachal figure Morticia Addams when she caught the attention of a television producer who wanted to hire her to host horror movies. The sho...

November 27, 2019

You may have already received a good dose of history on Morticia Addams from my previous article A Short History of the Addams Family, but the gothic mama is just too damn iconic not to include in my new article series The Queens of Halloween!

Originally created as a cartoon in The New Yorker newspaper in 1938 by Charles Addams, the short satirical comic strip was the perfect way to present an alternative to social conventions of the 40's and 50's, but the most iconic presentation of Morticia has to be the one played by Carolyn Jones in the 1964 live action black and white television series.

Also starring John Astin...

November 22, 2019

In a brand new series of articles I am putting together, I wanted to introduce you all briefly to the "Queens of Halloween" - the iconic horror characters who carved out a world dripping in dark fabulousness. Today's spotlight comes out the coffin with Elvira, the fictional horror hostess played by American actress Cassandra Peterson.

With the tagline "Mistress of the Dark", Elvira appeared on her own TV show Elvira's Movie Macabre in the 50's in a revealing, black, cleavage-enhancing gown, making her way into gothic hearts everywhere with her vampish appearance, quirky and quick-witted personality, and rampant sexualit...

November 19, 2019

During the Halloween season, Fangoria x Monster Fest hosted an epic celebration across Australian capital cities with featured screenings of horror movies, paying homage to international cult cinema. Taking on the themes of horror, fantasy, science-fiction, crime, noir, drama, black comedy and erotica, Fangoria x Monster Fest was the perfect way to round out the Halloween season.

I was lucky enough to score myself some tickets to the Fangoria x Monster Fest here at the Capitol City Cinemas in Manuka, Canberra. Settling in my popcorn and fellow horror movie lovers a like I was treated to an array of 2019 alternative style...

November 12, 2019

You can really learn a lot about yourself by the things you expose yourself to, and setting myself a challenge to watch a horror movie a day for 31 days has definitely exposed me to a lot and forced a lot of introspection. 

More specifically, here are a few things I learnt while I set about on my 2019 October 31 Day Horror Movie Challenge:

My psychologist thinks I shouldn't watch so many horror movies

Not necessarily an observation from watching horror movies, but certainly prevalent to the time in which I conducted my 31 Day Horror Movie Challenge. I started going back to a psychologist and when I let slip i was about to...

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