Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what horror is to me. Horror is all of the spooky and scary books and films I’ve read and watched where the protagonist is terrorized by ghosts and ghouls and vampires and monsters. But, horror is also what real people are all capable of behind closed doors. Stephen King said it best, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”
It had stood for centuries, a brooding sentinel overlooking the North Sea, long enough for old mysteries to settle and gnarled roots to creep insidiously into the earth. Within the dank walls of Crawford Manor, secrets were given time to breathe.
It’s always a pretty rad moment in a reader’s life when a new-to-you author and/ or book strikes a chord and resonates in ye olde brainpan. Something that gets you excited to spread the word or...
01. The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
02. Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter, 1987)
03. The Unknown (Tod Browning, 1927)
04. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
05. The Mummy (Karl Freund, 1932)
06. Halloween / Halloween II (Rob Zombie, 2007 / 2009)
07. Torso (Sergio Martino, 1973)
08. Frankenstein / The Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931 / 1935)
09. Loft (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2005)
10. A Bay of Blood (Mario Bava, 1971)
11. The Wolf Man (George Waggner, 1941)
12. Corridors of Blood (Robert Day, 1958)
13. The Curse of the Werewolf (Terence Fisher, 1961)
14. Faust (F. W. Murnau, 1926)
15. Opera (Dario Argento, 1987)
16. Revenge of the Creature (Jack Arnold, 1955)
17. L'Inferno (Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan and Giuseppe de Liguoro, 1911)
18. The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995)
19. The Ghost of...
"Maybe there isn't a way," he said, "Maybe all we can do is wait and hope and endure for as long as we're able. The food will run out. Our bodies will fail. And the vine will do whatever it's going to do." -Scott B. Smith, The Ruins
The Ruins is the perfect summer horror to read while you plan your vacation. Remember to bring the right supplies for whatever adventures you get into.
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