A Short History of Cthulhu

You may have heard of Cthulhu (pronounced Ka-thoo-loo) before - a demonic creature that was a cross octopus, dragon and human - but you may not have heard about where Cthulhu and his universe of The Cthulhu Mythos came from. In recent days I've been hearing a lot about this mysterious creature and I thought I would lift the lid on this haunting Pandora's box that Cthulhu lives in. Cthulhu is actually a cosmic fiction entity that was created by the notorious horror writer H.P Lovecraft in his short story "The Call of Cthulhu" which was published in 1928 and has cemented itself as a pop culture icon that ties horror with the Lovecraftian worshippers of today. The name of Cthulhu has derived fr

The World's Best Haunted House Theme Parks

Do you love a good scare? There's nothing quite like the heart thumping adrennaline rush you get from going through a haunted house, but unfortunately most of the haunted houses you find involve riding around on a train and having a person in a black body suit mysteriously touching you from the shadows. To put it mildly, it's not very scary. But there are some places in the world that are putting the terror back into terrorising. If you think you can handle it, here are the scariest haunted houses in the world: McKamey Manor, United States of America McKamey Manor has a reputation for making grown men cry and people shit their pants in fright. Located in Tennessee and Alabama, McKamey Manor

A Short History of The War of The Worlds

The War of the Worlds is my absolute favourite story. It is a classic science fiction tale of alien invasion, and the fight for survival against all odds. It is one of the most influential tales of the coming of Martians that has exapnded beyond literary relevance and was the cornerstone for many radio productions, musicals, and performances beyond that. The War of the Worlds was first published in 1898 as a science fiction novel created by H.G. Wells, the "father of science fiction". The novel is a first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist and his younger brother in Surrey and London as southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel was influenced by the work of scientists who in

The Face Of The Unknown: Meet Rod Serling

Before Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff became the faces of black and white cinema there was another face sending shivers down the spines of terrified viewers. You may know him, or you may be oblivious to him, but Rod Serling was the narrator that really got you thinking about the horrors of the unknown world with his science-fiction anthology series The Twilight Zone. I'm a little in love with Rod Serling. He's voice is as smooth as silk and he could sell ice to eskimo with his well-rounded pronunciations - he certainly has me sold on smoking Chesterfields! Known as an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer and narrator, Rod Serling was born on Christmas Day in 1924 and was ac

A Look At Monumental Horror Images

"You may not have heard of the monumental-horror image before, but like the Supreme Court and pornography, you know it when you see it" — Sean T. Collins I read an article on The Online about The Monumental Horror Image and it got me thinking about scenes in horror movies that are so simplistic in nature but are also frightening and add intensity to the movie. It's these striking scenes that can leave their mark on you more than the killer does and it is primarily more of the focus of horror movies today rather than seeing a man burst out of a cabin brandishing a bloody chainsaw. These are the scenes that are burned into the brains of pop culture, and can usually be spotted elsewhere in trib

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