Category: horror

Writing Horror, Having Faith

I never thought I would write horror stories. This is something I’ve agonized over at times. One of the first pieces of long fiction that I managed to write to completion, was a story titled simply “Blue.” It was about a girl, a young woman, who is going […]

Near Dark

  This film isn’t for the squeamish. It is vampires without any of the window dressing or frills. It is, oddly, the most elegant inelegant film, I’ve ever seen. I think, for me, it is likely that I’d have never said another word about this film after the […]

Covenants of Lingering Bones, Release Day.

Masquerading in the steady winds of the Autumn night, Bonnie is sure she’s seen a monster. Alice Monaghan has been entrusted with a secret, the viridescent mist is keeping one too. Something lurks in the grass, by the light of the Scorpio Moon, while Pauline walks the cemetery, […]

The Last Time We Visited Aldera Dune

      The Last Time We Visited Aldera Dune by Teri Skultety, copyright 2018, all rights reserved The last time we visited Aldera Dune, it was to watch the world die. The moons of Rionnata glowed with radiation in the distance. One purple, one iridescent green, one […]

Frankenstein

Oh my dears, what to say about this book? Prior to having read this book, “Frankenstein”, knowing the story only from film, cultural osmosis, I would likely have classified it simply as a horror story. I would have been incorrect, or at the least not giving it the […]

AMC’s The Walking Dead

If you’ve never seen AMC’s post apocalyptic series “The Walking Dead”, and you think you might want to check it out but, you don’t want to know anything that’s going to happen on that show, STOP reading this post right here. I’m going to speak freely about this […]

Baudelaire, Metamorphosis of the Vampire

  Metamorphosis of the Vampire, 1857 Charles Baudelaire Translated by Edna St. Vincent Millay Meanwhile from her red mouth the woman, in husky tones, Twisting her body like a serpent upon hot stones And straining her white breasts from their imprisonment, Let fall these words, as potent as […]

The Slick Furies, Pulp-Horror

I had no plans to ever write about vampires. I was writing a western, in which these creatures were swooping from the sky, attacking, and, as it so happened, they turned out to be vampires with pale lavender skin, and jaundiced, yellow, eyes. As the story began to […]

Why I Write Fiction

Sometime last winter, I posted on a temporary page that I had going on that I was going to write this particular thing, and then I was going to write that thing, and then I was going to write this other thing. Then I looked at it and […]

Wolf Song.

The ragged edge of sleep, Oh how it taunts, And in the waking hours dares to haunt the soul Of hunters graceless in their gait Who in their hunger hardly care to wait Unless then patience proves to be their need Theyโ€™d rather cut your throat and watch […]

Terpsichore Meets the Wolfman

The other day I was watching a clip from a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicle…   …Top Hat, 1935. I don’t know how old I was when I first watched one of these extravaganzas. When I was in my teens here in the valley, there really wasn’t […]

Bones: This One Was Different

There were others, they brought me flowers, but this one was different. He brought me a perfectly dissected frog, put it in a little shoe box, wrapped a red bow around it. He wanted me to see what one should look like, dissected properly, plus it saved me […]