Violent Penguin was a shortlived educational European children's cartoon from the recent past (although the country of origin and original date of broadcast are unknown). Long thought lost, the complete first series has recently re-surfaced on youtube. Created by the popular children's author (and multi-instrumentalist) Toby Vok (best known for the children's classic Spiders Are Wonderful), Violent Penguin ran for seven very similar episodes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), in which the papercraft penguin interacted with plasticine people and taught them all various lessons in less than 30 seconds an episode. Alongside the seven episodes, there are two helpful compilation videos: The Complete Violent Penguin (all seven episodes all in a row), and The Concurrent Violent Penguin (all seven episodes all at once). [more inside]
A short free zine inspired by the cultural event of blaseball. A group of friends and I have been chatting about the splort and decided to explore more of blaseball's horrific aspects, which sometimes get elided by fanworks in favor of pure weird or optimistic reads.
I have collected my short fiction from the last ten years into three collections. [more inside]
Dead Lies Dreaming is published tomorrow (October the 27th) by Tor.com Publishing! It's my first novel in over two years, and it's the start of a new trilogy set in the same universe as the Laundry Files: you don't need to have read the other series first. As for what it's about, pick any or all of: eccentric artistically-inclined supervillains, queer found families, disgruntled ex-cops, sinister private equity billionaires, Transnistrian mafia "loss adjusters", and the long-lost concordance to the One True Necronomicon ...
Seven stories for Halloween: Trick Or Treating By Car (a story about sadness and loss, death and dying); Separations (a tale of parallel worlds, break-ups, and breakdowns); Magic Trick (the story of a disappearance); The Wedding (unsettling events at a royal wedding); Front Door (an ever-escalating haunting); Flood (the strange tale of a crocodile home invasion); The Second Moon (a final tale of slightly overwrought melancholy).
A podcast where we talk about the stars and the stories of the B movies of yesteryear. A combination of humor, B movie weirdness, Hollywood biography and Old Time Radio. [more inside]
"Home of Hell is an interactive fiction story in which YOU! must brave the horrors of the infamous Home of Hell to say goodbye to your grandmother one final time." A (slightly) humorous homage to classic Fighting Fantasy books (especially Steve Jackson's House Of Hell), this story contains scenes of sadness, despair and the proliferation of infuriating annoyances that lead inexorably to a mounting atmosphere of anxiety, terror and, eventually, scenes of mildly gruesome horror. [more inside]
(a short comic about injustice, coercion and imprisonment)
A cursed relic of our revolting age, Male Tears remixes vintage comic book imagery into a verbo-visual slurry for your shame or amusement: forty pages of thwarted privilege, humiliating failure and unchecked emotions exploding into weeping and/or violence. [more inside]
Every workday I write a horror story that is exactly two sentences long, although those sentences do sometimes run on a little.
Capsule reviews of supernaturally themed novelty songs.
Just in time for Halloween: essays about Western films that make use of science fiction, horror or fantasy themes. 35 so far, more to come throughout October.
I have a dog named Louie and he's pretty disdainful of human horror movies. He doesn't get what the big deal is about vampires (not scary OR sexy), werewolves (friends!), or skeletons (yahm!). So he's making horror movies for dogs now, about things that are REALLY scary, like BATHS and VACUUMS and THUNDER. Louie hired me to design his movie posters. Unfortunately he pays me in kibble, but other than that he's a great (decent) client!
A new pompous title from a parallel universe every weekday. Perfect for all your speculative fiction, knockoff Steam game, or prog-rock concept album titling needs. [more inside]
After three invitation-only anthologies organized by founding editor Paul Starr, in 2015 The Sockdolager made three key changes: an additional editor (Alison Wilgus), open submissions, and a quarterly release schedule. As of December 15th, with Issue #4, we've completed our first year! [more inside]
An 11-minute supercut of screams [more inside]
Evil's at the door. A short interactive webtoon in English or Korean. (Also on itch.io.)
An interactive magazine for interactive fiction. Previous authors include Vajra Chandrasekera, Porpentine, and Yoon Ha Lee. And Emily Short thinks we're cool! [more inside]
A little sci-fi horror short story to enjoy poolside. TW: Death camps, climate change, video games. [more inside]
COMING SOON TO OUR THEATER! Monsters! Aliens! Bikers! Vampires! Witches! Dinosaurs! Barbarians! Zombies! Natives! Swordsmen! Devil worshipers! Cool cats! Ass-kicking soul brothers! Sorceresses! Sharktopi! Action! Horror! Mystery! The occult! Low production values! Nonsensical editing! Cheesy acting! Cheap special effects! Ed Wood! Roger Corman! Bert I. Gordon! The Asylum! And much more! Please visit our snack bar! Movies are your best value! And now--OUR SHOW (NSFW in places) Extra: Drive-In Intermissions! [more inside]
Ten morbidly modern sources of the dreads in daily life.
"Surviving a suprise sex party with your soul intact is tough. Welcome to the Black And White midnight party." - This is a nail-biting, brand new, Australian short that's just been released. ‘Black And White’ is a dark morality tale about a man that finds himself stuck at a sex party in the middle of nowhere. It’s about the horror of moral collapse and how we act when no one is watching. It's one of the most intense clips you'll watch all year.
"In the near future social networking has moved out of the virtual world and into the physical. A confronting portrait of a world we may soon know too well. Welcome to the evolution." Winner of the Jury Prize Best Sci-Fi Short Maelstrom IFF 2011 - Winner Best Screenplay Dark Carnival Indiana IFF 2011 - Official Selection 14 International Festivals including Fantasia Montreal, Bermuda IFF, London Lift Off 2012, Chashama New York, - Eng - 19mins - Director: Richard Williamson- Online Release May 6th 2014. Hope you like it.
A short story of mine in the Lovecraft eZine, regarding the medical establishment of Innsmouth in 1846.
Last year I edited a collection of short stories called The Ships We Sail. It was so much fun I decided to do it again, and so I did, with a new, longer anthology entitled Puzzle Box. [more inside]
I produced a horror movie called YOU'RE NEXT. It comes out this weekend in the US, and in the rest of the world over the next few weeks. Critics even like it, which is pretty rare for a horror film these days. So if you like horror movies, go see it. If you don't like horror movies, go see it anyway and help support MeFi's own me.
Exploring strange byways of horror with author Max Sparber. I look at horror-themed art, cult films that never really found their cult audience, disquieting comics, and write two-sentence horror stories, along with a amiscellany of other oddities from the world of horror.
About six months ago, a bunch of journalists (including myself) drunkenly decided we should stop moaning about the lack of good long-form writing in magazines about television and do something about it. Cult TV Times is the result. There you'll find both free content like Sir Mortimer Wheeler - Archeology's forgotten TV hero, and our very first official issue: CTVT #1: Mummy, Can Men Be Prime Ministers Too? - just £2 (about $3) for over 80 pages of content. [more inside]
Chris Peters is a classically trained artist based in Los Angeles, with numerous collectors in the music and film industries. To complement his recent exhibition of new paintings at Paul Booth's Last Rites Gallery in New York City, Mr. Peters created this short experimental film "The Soul Never Sleeps". It was designed to evoke the same mood and atmosphere as the other 12 pieces, acting as the exhibition's "13th Painting." The original score was composed for the film by Michael Hebert, an Emmy award winner whose music can be heard in feature films, television and national broadcast commercials. [more inside]
So griphus was all "omg there's nine Hellraiser movies?" and I was like "I know, let's do a podcast about 'em!" and that's the story of We Have Such Films To Show You, our new podcast miniseries where we tackle every film in the increasingly-troubled Hellraiser franchise in loving, rambling detail. The first episode is now up; the podcast feed is here. [more inside]
is a LEGO stop-motion adaptation of the HP Lovecraft short story. I voice the mad scientist Crawford Tillinghast.
Are you ready for the next zombie attack? Can you survive all of the many dangers, both undead and human? A new online quiz has been published on the Zombies of the World website to help educate the public. The quiz assesses personality, skills, and attitudes toward the undead and other survivors in order to determine how likely the individual is to survive in a zombie attack.
This horror comedy short I directed is an 80s slasher trailer found on an imaginary VHS tape for a film that doesn't exist. Probably NSFW.
is my latest comic venture. An existential horror-comedy set in northern Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior, it just wrapped its first storyline, which features a gang of foul-mouthed ghost sailors.
This is a four-minute Ken-Burns-style microdocumentary I made about Seton Hill University's Michael A. Arnzen, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner and the twisted mind behind gorelets.com. [more inside]
This short horror-comedy film, Goodbye Kitty, which I helped produce, was originally created for a weekend shorts contest that involved writing, shooting, and editing the entire film in 51 hours. This is a more refined version of the film after a little more time was spent on post-production. [more inside]
My middle grade children's horror novel, Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow, has been published by Knopf and is officially available today! I both wrote and illustrated it, and it's loosely based on my art and animated series, Childrin R Skary. Book trailer here.
I've written and self-published a book. This is my first try, so I decided to go with Amazon Kindle self-publish. This is part 1 of a multi-volume work that I'm planning on publishing in the same manner. I've priced it as low as Amazon will allow (2.99). The River Caller is a story centering around a boy named George, who lives in Ogdensburg, New York, in the late 19th Century. It is primarily a story about life on the Saint Lawrence River, but there are things about George that are a little out of the ordinary. [more inside]
Just in time for Halloween, a six-page comics horror story in the tradition of EC Comics! This story is also available at Comics Alliance.
I'm producing a short horror film that's being directed by a female horror icon, and Executive Produced by Guillermo del Toro. In order to promote and fundraise for the film, we're producing a series of videos entitled "Horror Film School", where we interview the Masters of Horror about how to make your first film. First up: George Romero. [more inside]
In a brand new venture, I'm hearkening back to the golden age of radio horror, when voices like Arch Oboler, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price ruled the airwaves. I've recorded two albums so far: MicroHorror, on which I read my own original short-short horror stories, and Legends of Horror, on which I read three classic stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce and H.P. Lovecraft in all-new dramatic performances. Streaming is free from Bandcamp, and downloads are pay-what-you-like. Dim the lights, curl up in your favorite coffin and open your mind to horror.
A horror website, containing short stories, an Essex bestiary, a series of articles about the county's various manifestations of fear and much more besides. The website is based around the legacy of the groundbreaking early 90s Essex Terror fanzine.
On August 8th, 1978, you a cordially invited to the wedding of Gwen Anne Sanderson and Brent Forrest Hall. There will be dinner. There will be dancing. There will be murder. Killer Disco Wedding. A destination wedding, where the destination is death. What do you get when you mash up a grindhouse trailer with a '90s compilation album commercial...well, this. Shot over the weekend in Los Angeles last month.
I'm the art director of a new online magazine, Dark Valentine, dedicated to dark fiction. Our premiere issue has launched today, and can be downloaded free here. [more inside]
(warning, site autoplays embedded Youtube video) Patrick Prejusa and gang have created a web based "TV" series à la COPS. [more inside]