Roadkill: Destinations on the Weird Wide Web
Compiled by Monica S. Kuebler for Rue Morgue Magazine.
We've taken our monthly magazine feature online! Join us as we investigate horror in all its myriad forms on the weird wide web.
Surfing the 'net has never been so strange...
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"Say something funny," demands both the tagline and the titular Funny Man in this web series about a serial-killing comedian. While not without some plot holes, The Funny Man's five-minute episodes have decent production values, good performances and enough goopy gore to keep the slasher fans it's aimed intrigued. Yes, comedy can be hell.
Recently, horrornews.net rounded up 60 of the most disturbing music videos, and while some aren't textbook horror and most come compliments of the usual suspects (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, etc.), it's the peculiar entries from acts outside the genre, such as The Greg Kihn Band, Robbie Williams and Depeche Mode that make this list worth a look.
If this month's cover story has you hungry for more Hammer, Classic Clips TV has rounded up some of the finest Hammer horror moments, including scenes from The Horror of Frankenstein, Lust for a Vampire and Blood from the Mummy's Tomb, and spliced them into a nifty little sampler for the uninitiated, complete with cheeky British narration.
The second season of bi-weekly indie web series The Dead Hour is now underway and your purring host, radio announcer DJ Raven, has a new slate of genre tales to share. Created in the spirit of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, this well-shot anthology boasts some seriously dark storylines. Visit the slick website to catch up on season one.
Fans of point-and-click puzzle games will dig figuring out how to guide an extraterrestrial slug around a domestic landscape in this short, cartoonish distraction that sees a worm from another world devour small animals - from the inside out, becoming larger and more powerful with each colourful, splattery takeover.
If you allow this site to access your Facebook profile, you're in for a creepy surprise. Sit back and watch as a seriously sleazy-looking guy clicks through your photos, and then proceeds to track your location. Better still, plug your friends' info into the site and watch them squirm in their seats.
Ann VanderMeer may be turning over the editorial reins at Weird Tales magazine, but that doesn't mean she isn't still keeping things weird. Meet her latest venture (with Jeff VanderMeer), The Weird Fiction Review, a website dedicated to exploring the literary subgenre from its genesis through to its modern incarnation, with some free fiction and comics to boot.
If you'd rather get deep about movies and television, this site features news, interviews and reviews of current and up-and-coming releases. Covering both mainstream and independent titles, it's updated multiple times weekly and you can even feel good about clicking its ads, as 10 percent of revenue goes to the Victoria Single Parent Resource Center.
Just because Halloween is but a distant memory doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the season's creepy confections. In fact, if you replace the sweet stuff in the brain pain with something red or green, these would make a creeptastic Christmas treat. Why not add some horror to the holidays?
If this site is to be believed, this game has been floating around since 1996, which may explain its completely lo-fi graphics. Regardless, it's good fun guiding Bill the Demon around a seemingly endless maze of blacks, eating hapless naked souls (lest he'll starve) and howling down walls. Garrrr!
Step back into history with this black and white clip of Gus Edwards performing “Lon Chaney’s Gonna Get You if You Don’t Watch Out” from the musical-comedy Hollywood Review of 1929. While not terribly creepy in and of itself, it does shed some light on Chaney as an early horror icon.
Award-winning author Ray Garton (Scissors, Live Girls) has just launched his very first official website. Along with the usual bio and bibliography, there are links to his blog and various podcasts and articles featuring interviews with him about his extensive body of work. Better still, fans can interact with the scribe himself on the site’s message board. Welcome, Ray!
Zombies, those undying skinbags with more staying power than roaches, are the focus of yet another website. While the news, interviews, reviews and convention coverage here is definitely flesh-eater slanted, there’s also some love for other horror, sci-fi and cult properties, making this more than just another undead destination.
Bryce Wilson is a fan of Stephen King’s non-fiction genre examination Danse Macabre, and he’s writing the unauthorized sequel to it online, with in-depth looks at horror comics, video games, movies, literature and those who create them. Smarter than your average horror blog, Wilson’s dedication to the genre is evident in every lengthy entry.
Those who view the US Tea Party movement as a political horror movie can unleash their aggressions with Tea Party Zombies Must Die, an online, first-person shooter that lets you blow the stuffing out of zombified Fox News Channel personalities, such as Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich. Lock ’n’ load!
If your curiosity’s been piqued regarding Howard Shore’s 2008 operatic version of David Cronenberg’s The Fly, head over to YouTube and tune into this short CBC news segment that profiled the production around the time of its premiere. Highbrow body horror? You betcha!
While I can’t say I worship at the altar of domestic goddess Martha Stewart, I’m not beyond admitting that she really knows how to get into the Halloween spirit. If you need some clever ideas for making your own home more haunting, check out her brain trust of pumpkin-carving patterns, do-it-yourself deadly decor and recipes to satiate any hungry horde. ’Tis the season.
Attention readers: if you are seeking a horror/dark fantasy blog that covers all the bases – reviews, book trailers, author interviews – try Darkeva’s Dark Delights. Boasting a casual, conversational tone and a genuine love of horror fiction, a stop here feels a little like gabbing about spooky stories with a fun, down-to-earth friend. Why not pull up a chair?
If massive monsters are more your speed, this blog celebrates oversized creature fare from the classics (and not just cinema, but pre-code comics as well) all the way through to contemporary monstrosities. With additional international flavour and a host of strange and compelling images to lose oneself in, creature feature fans will want to bookmark this one.
The University of Calgary’s nursing department is seeking to raise awareness for its international program by offering up this Flash game in which you take on the role of an intake nurse during an undead outbreak. Save the humans and treat the zombies (with electricity!), while attempting to avoid getting bitten yourself. Not easy, but addictive all the same.
Check out Troy Nixey’s Latchkey’s Lament, the highly imaginative, steampunk-tinged short that won him the role of director on Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (see p.34). In the film, one intrepid, animated antique key matches wits with the mechanized mutant who swallows the key’s brethren whole. Not quite horror, but dark enough to appeal to genre fans nonetheless.
Go behind the scenes with makeup effects artist Shannon Shea (The Monster Squad, Jurassic Park) as he recounts getting his start in the biz back in the 1980s. Regularly featuring on-set images from his personal collection, Shea offers a candid look at the craft of makeup effects that’s sure to thrill fans and aspiring monster makers alike.
Many writers keep notebooks full of ideas and other scribblings, but it is not often that we, the fans, get to delve into these early brainstorms. So, the fact that Wired has published a transcribed version of H.P. Lovecraft’s handwritten notes online, is pretty freakin’ cool. Seriously, check it out. The Great Old Ones compel you.
Whether you run your own haunted attraction or just want to learn some tricks from those that do, this podcast has you covered. The show also offers up musical guests, movie reviews and a diverse selection of interviews, from haunt insiders to folks such as Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, who authored the book Halloween Nation. Indispensable.
Requiem: Memento Mori is not quite the “terrifying new horror MMORPG” it promises to be, in fact the downloadable game is more like a low-rent, slightly gorier version of World of Warcraft, with monster-slaying quests, group dungeons, and even an auction house. Still, at absolutely free, the price is right for this decently crafted, enjoyable title.
Long before director Jason Eisener blew folks away with Hobo with a Shotgun, he shot this dead clever 37-second bumper titled The Number to Heaven for Austin’s 2009 Fantastic Fest genre film festival. You probably already know that you should never trust a monster, but here’s yet another reason why.
Artists and filmmakers alike have long lamented the difficulty of translating H.P. Lovecraft’s oddly described monstrosities from printed page to visual image. Kids, however, don’t overthink this stuff and here’s proof in the form of a small gallery of children’s drawings based on the Cthulhu mythos and more!
This quirky online comic by Will Penny only offers up one or two new strips a month, but the premise alone makes it worth looking up. Each full-colour four-panel vignette focuses on the ways monsters might interact with the human world should they actually exist, such as completely misunderstanding the phrase “Chinese takeout.”
Sports and horror may seem like strange bedfellows, but Axel Kohagen is trying to change all that with his online serial novel The Cedar Falls Hoose-Cows, about a baseball team that not only has a murderer on its roster, but is also being haunted. Home run or foul ball? May depend on how you feel about America’s favourite pastime.
Reign of Blood is a turn-based RPG that mainly plays out via text and the occasional image. Create a vampire, join a coven of other players, and then duel with other players or complete quests to improve your stats and gear. Also available: various mini-games and forums for those who prefer in-character roleplaying over standard hunting and killing.
Like most people, I’m no big fan of commercials, but sometimes they surprise you. That’s certainly the case with this too-cool-for-school ad that borrows heavily from The Exorcist. To give away the product it’s shilling would ruin the experience, but just see if you can guess before it’s revealed.
Step away from mainstream horror lit with this website that purports to be a “free online horror authors convention.” While it doesn’t quite live up to that promise, it does boast book trailers and reviews, a forum for networking, and a blog that comments on everything from the business of publishing to the current state of monsters.
In what has to be one of the cleverest ways ever of getting the general populace to think about “emergency preparedness and response,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted a page about what to do in the event of a zombie outbreak. Yes, the undead have become that mainstream.
According to his bio, Michael Bukowski is obsessed with monsterballs and Lovecraft. The latter is certainly borne out in his blog, where he has set about illustrating a different Lovecraftian creature each and every day based on actual descriptive text from the Dark Prince of Providence’s tales. Long live Cthulhu!
Deceptively cute monsters? Check. Simple, addictive game play? Check. Fun for freaks of all ages? Check. Monster Box is a fast-paced Flash game with just one rule: choose the creepy critter that doesn’t belong within the allotted time frame, then keep doing that with larger and larger packs of monsters. But be warned: three strikes and you’re out.
This excruciatingly clever short film by director Craig Macneill and writer Clay McLeod Chapman transports Lovecraft’s mythos into a classroom setting, where the Prince of Providence’s dense, suspicion-laden monologues form the narrative basis for a story about the horrors of sex ed. You’ll never look at the female reproductive system the same way again!
Though it hasn’t been updated much since late last year, this online repository of zombie artwork is still an excellent destination if you’ve got a craving to see some killer illustrations of hungry skinbags or some flesh-eating poster design. Lowbrow, beautiful and full of braaaains.
Horror blogs are a dime a dozen these days, and there’s one for everybody. If you’re a little crass, prefer to hear it like it is, are interested in “the fortunes of the ball gag in mainstream cinema” and don’t mind a few typos, Porkhead’s Horror Review Hole is for you. It’s like chatting horror movies with a good mate over beers.
Movies get a lot of attention in the podcasting world, but here’s an online audio program with a fully-formed focus on comics. While not solely devoted to horror, regular interviews with folks such as Zombie Tales’ Minck Oosterveer and cover artist Tim Bradstreet (Hellblazer) keep the genre on the show’s radar.
Pit yourself against the undead horde in this zombie survival MMORPG. Move around a tiled board while completing missions, seeking supplies, fighting off rotters and forming alliances with fellow players for better protection against the hungry dead. Hurry! The apocalypse needs you!
What Lurks Beyond claims to be the "internet's first anthology horror web series." offering a new tale of terror with each five to ten minute installment. Boasting good production values, the first two episodes concern a murderous husband whose wife won't stay dead, and a woman gifted with a creepy armoire that proves to be more than a simple closet.
While his site is not solely devoted to horror. Fountain Pop founder Bill Howard regularly wades into our beloved, bloody waters. Come for his frequent DVD and Blu-ray reviews (complete with technical dissections), and stay for the bonus articles and celebrity photo gallery.
Horror cinephiles are an obsessive bunch and horror-spot.com seeks to channel all that feverish fan energy into a website for sick cinema aficionados. Sign up, create lists of your favourite films and write reviews to help build the community - and watch movie trailers while doing so!
If zombies are your go-to monster for every apocalypse, swing by this site for a wide range of flesh-eater book and DVD reviews and video clips, as well as the occasional junk food recipe and appearance by a guest monster (namely vampires).
If you prefer your flesh-eaters to actually be alive, read Brooks Waldhart's serial novel about Scotland's infamous Sawney Beane cannibal clan. New chapters are posted roughly once a week, and Waldhart's prose is both literate and poetic, making it somewhat reminiscent of the ghastly yarns of yesteryear. Bite in!
Sure, you’ve seen countless zombie apocalypses onscreen, but have you ever seen a zombie kitten apocalypse? Thought not. This animated short by Sarah Brown and Cyriak Harris is cute, creepy, completely ridiculous and quite possibly seizure-inducing. Watch at your own risk.
Get your daily cryptozoology scoop and the rest of your news of the weird at the official website for Austin, Texas’ Museum of the Weird. The frequently updated Weird Weekly News blog can be enjoyed by morbid fact fiends and UFO conspiracy theorists alike. See something strange today.
This black and white online comic, by Christian Sager and EC Steiner, offers up an alternative history for the formation of the 1954 Comics Code Authority, one which sees horror-hooked children mutating into hideous, fleshy monsters ‒ but still begs to ask who’s the real bad guy here? Art imitates life, and pokes fun at it.
Whether you’re a true blue video tape connoisseur or simply have a sweet spot for the weird video releases of the ’70s and ’80s, the VHS Wasteland blog will keep your eyeballs swimming with its demented high-res VHS covers of equally demented B-movie fare (Circuitry Man, anyone?) So bad it’s bitchin’.
In this free online Flash game, you are a kidnapped child who must escape the house of the sadistic masked slasher who’s holding you prisoner. This is done via a combination of puzzle-solving and hiding when the knife-wielding psycho is nearby... lest you become Little Miss Mincemeat.
It’s gamers vs. zombies in this five-episode web series, which drops pop culture references as liberally as gory headshots. While a bit slow out of the gate, by the rotter rumble cliffhanger, only one question remains: have the hours spent mowing down the undead in Dead Rising 2 adequately prepared our heroes for the real deal? Tune in to find out.
mangafox.com (search: Ito Junji)
Mangafox has collected a number of Japanese manga heavyweight Junji Ito’s extremely disturbing horror comics for free online reading, including Falling, Gyo, Uzumaki and Yami no Koe, among others. If you’ve yet to explore the twisted body horror imaginings of Ito, this is a fantastic place to get started.
Tired of frou frou pastries that don’t live up to the macabre stylings of your crypt, then here’s a recipe for you. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and soon you’ll have a corpse cake that will both gross out your guests and fill their guts. Don’t forget to call dibs on the brains!
If you’ve ever had a hankering for some good old-timey radio scares, this exhaustive archive has you covered (and then some). While it features dozens of radio dramas of all ilks and genres, horror is more than amply represented with broadcasts of Lights Out, Inner Sanctum, Escape, Night Fall and many more from around the globe.
Whether you’re the paranoid sort who wants to know the locations of all the nearest supply repositories in the event of a zombie apocalypse or simply like debating the latest in survival strategies, this website (and free iPhone app) will make sure you’re prepared for the worst. Just follow its guide and aim for the head.
For Dexter fans, the killing doesn’t begin and end on HBO. FEARnet is currently hosting the latest season of the animated online series Dexter Early Cuts. The six two-to-three minute webisodes, subtitled Dark Echo, take place immediately after the death of Dexter’s dad, as our favourite serial killer hunts the hunters to deal with his loss.
If you think the Black Death was horrible, wait ’til you see the weird diseases – complete with extensive descriptions and pictures – featured at Bizarre Medical. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next horror opus or just need proof that real life is still ten times scarier than anything onscreen, you’ll find it here.
Love the Resident Evil franchise? So does Katie Harden, the woman behind this fansite. While the site’s layout and navigation could use some sprucing, there’s no denying that this is still a good place for up-to-date info about the franchise, to view RE trailers and look at photo galleries from the films. Get infected!
If you’ve got a hard-on for horror, Doc Rotten has your prescription for pleasure. His House of Horrors website features news, reviews and trailers (both vintage and current), as well as his own justin.tv channel (Channel of Terror) and soon-to-debut podcast. The doctor’s on call.
The lunatics have taken over the asylum in the online arcade game Mow Down and only you can stop them. Very reminiscent of that 1983 brew-serving game Tapper, players use laundry carts to knock down the sinister nurses and other crazies who charge at you with ever-increasing speed. So addictive you may need to seek help.
If you prefer your Xmas trimmings to be blood red and mutant green, tune into Infinite Santa 8000, an animated web series set in a post-apocalyptic future, where Santa and all other remaining survivors live in a kill-or-be-killed world largely infested by icky monstrosities. A new webisode will be posted each week ’til Christmas, so why not add a little horror to your holidays?
Regular RM music scribe and blog contributor Mark R. Hasan has a website of his own where he regularly dissects scores, movies and various filmic subgenres. While not entirely horror-centric, there are entries on Psycho, Nunsploitation flicks and upcoming soundtrack releases, as well as four years of older blog posts in the archives.
No one will blame you if you immediately think “cheesy kitsch” when you hear the words “snow globes,” but this site will blow away all your preconceived notions. The fourteen scenes presented here run the gamut from murders in-progress to giant, hungry spiders. Includes links to buy or make your own gory globe!
If Hollywood horror has got you down, take a break from the big-budgets with the sporadically updated Eyepus blog. While it does cover some mainstream fare (recent props go out to Piranha 3D, The Walking Dead and Hellraiser II: Hellbound), more typical fare includes interviews with low-to-know no-budget artists and filmmakers, such as Massacrator’s director Pierre Ayotte.
Though pretty lo-fi by today’s standards, this point-and-click Flash game challenges you to infect a certain amount of innocent civilians before Christmas Day arrives. Drop your zombie toxin on unsuspecting crowds and watch it spread, but beware of the cops who are working hard to stop your undead army dead in its tracks.
Richard Gale’s brilliant, blackly hilarious 1008 short film The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon can now be viewed in its entirety (in HD!) on YouTube. Guaranteed to have you in stitches, it answers the age-old question of just how long it might take to bludgeon an unwilling victim to death with a dull piece of cutlery. “Being spooned” takes on a whole new meaning.
If you’re the sort of fright fan who’s into more than just jump scares and gross-outs, then Monster Land is for you. This image-heavy blog, “dedicated to the study of monsters in literature, film and popular culture,” isn’t afraid to get a little brainy about the things that go bump in the night, and even tosses in some gratuitous nudity for good measure.
While it’s undeniably difficult to pull oneself away from the Left 4 Dead video games, fans of the zombie-ridden series may want to try, if only for long enough to read this immersive, Mike Oeming-illustrated prequel comic to the downloadable expansion. Called “The Sacrifice,” it features the return of the characters from the original game.
Not unlike Monster Land, Schlogg’s Horror Blog is another website that delves deeper into our beloved genre, only Shloggs’ speciality is most definitely scary movies. Covering everything from the Universal Monsters, to the ouevre of David Cronenberg, to new titles such as Machete, Schlogg’s lengthy posts are equal parts intellectual, conversational and fun.
Didja know that you can follow Rue Morgue on Twitter? Keep up to date on all of our latest contests, blog posts and upcoming horror happenings, eavesdrop on the weird and wacky things overheard at the Rue Morgue House of Horror, and even follow the macabre adventures of the Rue Crew via the “staff” list. We are legion.
This black and white promotional clip for Psycho has Hitchcock giving audiences a tour of the Bates Motel grounds and mansion (in his trademark English drawl) as if he were visiting the scene of the bloody crimes previously committed in the film. It’s a campy gimmick that would’ve made director William Castle downright mad with envy.
Arguably the most comprehensive source of information on the Psycho films and their legacy, this site’s deep archives include extensive photo galleries, videos, press coverage, interviews, streaming soundtrack music and behind-the-scenes content – the likes of which helped produce the RM issue you’re currently reading. Mother would be awfully proud of such diligence!
Saul Bass’ famous animated title sequence for Psycho and many other classic credits designed by the New York graphic designer (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Spartacus) are analyzed and broken down into interactive click-through stills galleries, offering insight into his process and what made his groundbreaking work so iconic.
Joel Gunz has it bad for Hitch and this blog is proof of his obsession. The Portland, Oregon resident, who believes the Master of Suspense will go down in history as the Shakespeare of the 20th century, attracts thousands of visitors each month with his thoughtful meditations on the man, the movies and their continuing influence on arts and culture.
“As she is showering, through the translucent shower curtain we see the door open.” Thanks to the efforts of the New Arts Library, the script for Psycho is available online for your free horror-readin’ pleasure. The film’s nail-biting tension bleeds through in the written word too, though, so read in the bathroom at your own risk.
Can’t wait for The Walking Dead to come to life on your TV screen this fall? Why not check out this well done motion comic in the meantime? It brings movement, animation and sound to the black and white panels of the comic book. Actually, never mind, this may just make you more impatient...
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last seven years – or just aren’t a comics fan – and want to prime yourself for television’s undead invasion this fall, here’s your cheat sheet: The Walking Dead wiki. This Wikipedia-like site will catch you up on all the comic book series’ basics (plus much more!) – just beware of spoilers.
Got young boils and ghouls at home but aren’t sure how to introduce them to our beloved genre? Let this website help. Updated several times monthly, it features reviews of horror titles for tiny terrors, giveaways and has the sorts of hilarious parenting anecdotes that only monster moms and dads can appreciate (e.g. when kids confuse “cannonball” with “cannibal”).
If you like vampires and aren’t too discriminating as to what form they come in (be it monsters, lovers or fighters), vampires.com offers up the latest news on bloodsucker appearances in mainstream media, as well as some fun look back-style features. The site also covers games, books and plays, and investigates vamp folklore and mythology. Get bitten.
Welcome to the Satanorium, a retro-style, online point-and-click, puzzle-solving game in which you must collect and combine materials while navigating your way through a long-abandoned, haunted sanatorium – all in an attempt to solve the mystery of the young girl who is haunting your waking hours and your dreams.
Canadian network CTV recently premiered the made-for-the-web thriller series, Blood Cell, about a kidnapped woman and her best friend, who is tasked with saving her before her phone battery dies and time runs out. If hand-held shaky-cam footage doesn’t make you seasick, there’s much intrigue here – particularly in the show’s mysterious gas mask-wearing assailant.
If you’re a monster kid who never grew out of your adolescent love of B-flicks and genre toys, you’ll be right at home surfing the Strange Kids Club blog. With sections dedicated to trailers, video games, wrestling and cartoons, it’s got a little something for everyone who’s young or young at (black) heart.
Horror/comics author Cullen Bunn is serializing his latest novel online, a creepy tale about a teenage farm girl who discovers a very unusual “boy” in the woods surrounding her family’s property. It’s updated weekly in single chapter increments. If you venture into the woods today, you’re in for a gory surprise!
Nick Tassone has re-imagined Stephen King’s cinematic oeuvre via a series of delightfully minimalist movie posters. Witness the X-ray-style shattered foot for Misery and the suspended overturned bucket for Carrie, as well as eight others. Simply sinister – and totally sweet!
Like horror blogs? Well, here’s a blog that blogs about horror blogs. Got that? Not only does it regularly compile highlights from throughout the vast horror blogging community, it also provides visitors with a continually growing, extremely exhaustive list of genre sites to visit. If any website deserves to be bookmarked in your browser, it’s this one.
If reading this issue's feature on horror grapplers leaves you throbbing with testosterone, instead of staging a bout of backyard wrestling with your jerk buddies, check out this clip of The Undertaker preparing Kamala for a dirt nap. complete with coffin, during the '92 WFF Survivor Series.
Our US readers will want to keep their browsers tuned to FEARnet as the website's free, streamable horror movie archive is ever expanding, and now includes newer titles such as The Devil's Rejects and cult classics including The Beast Within. International users, while blocked from viewing the films, can still access many of the site's interviews and other bonus vids.
Sick of horror movie blogs that only boast sporadic updates? Well, Hayes Hudson has you covered. His daily posts take stock of a variety of new genre releases (of all budgets), with the occasional trailer and interview footage thrown in for good measure. Get your fright fix today!
If you're the sort of horror fan who gets lost in nostalgia for the monster mags of yesteryear, Monster Magazine World is here to hold your hand as you walk down memory lane. With actual scans of a wide variety of classic mags, plus interviews with folks at their modern-day counterparts, including our very own Dave Alexander, MMW certainly lives up to its name.
In what is perhaps the most clever (and amusing) video game/horror film mash-up in recent history, players take on the role of The Human Centipede's Dr. Heiter, who must fire lasers at a "human centipede" as it crawls doen the screen towards him in classic 8-bit Centipede fashion. Warped, but in all the best ways.
Sure, the Danzig Grocery List has been kicking around the internet for a few years now, but it's still a clever spoof that hold up well on repeat viewings. The premise: a Danzig impersonator sings Glenn's made-up grocery list while images of the various foodstuffs are superimposed onto photos of the famous frontman. YA-AAAAAAAMS!!!
Filmmaker Paul Naschy may have shuffled off this mortal coil, but his horror legacy is still going strong thanks to intrepid fans like Rodney Barnett and Troy Guinn, the duo behind this NaschyCast podcast. Each episode of the show features Barnett and Guinn analysing a different Naschy title at length, including so far, Horror Rises from the Tomb and Night of the Howling Beast.
If you're reading this mag it's safe to say that you like horror, but how about fonts? More specifically, how about horror fonts? If typesetting gets you titillated, you'll definitely want to surf on over to designer Chad Savage's Sinister Fonts site and download all 21 of the free 'n' freaky fonts offered - including one by our very own Ghoulish Gary Pullin.
Clicking "Black Hole" on this website for London, UK-based photo retouching firm The Operators results in a very special treat indeed: a collaboration between photographer Max Oppenheim and prosthetic artist Bill Turpin, which sees Charles Burns' Black Hole brought to life via unsettling, lifelike portraits of the story's mutated characters.
Think it would be easy to quell an undead outbreak? Of course not! As free online zombie game Class 3 Outbreak illustrates. things get out of hand fast. It's your job to stop the infection by navigating squadrons of cops through actual cities, via the Google Maps platform. Good luck - you'll need it.
If our Christopher Lee cover story has stoked your curiosity, here’s something you can check out for extra credit: a four-part BBC4 documentary that reunited the cast (including Lee) and crew of The Wicker Man for a candid and in-depth look back at the making of the cult classic and the legacy it has spawned.
The In The Gloaming theatre troupe offers a modern take on the radio plays of yesteryear by injecting large doses of black comedy into their original tales. Visit the company’s blog to download episodes, examine scripts for past productions and track the group’s upcoming public performances. Die laughing!
Does Hollywood horror get you down? Well, the horror society, “your voice for independent horror,” has your anti-establishment tendencies covered. This horror news site features all the usual stuff – reviews, interviews, trailers, contests, events listings – but with a decidely low-budget bent.
If you’re gaga for gothic horror fiction, then The Literary Gothic is an excellent launching point for your further explorations in fear. The site not only extensively lists gothic authors and works, but also provides links to further online resources and offers a brief primer for those interested in embarking on their own academic research of supernatural fiction.
Sculptor Nix combines plastic, bone, bark, nails, clay, moss, liquid latex, preserved insects, and more to create his morbid sculptures. Inspired by everything from Ancient Egyptian mummies to the medical marvels housed at the Mutter museum, visitors can view a variety of his creepy creations, as well as commission one for their own cabinet of curiosities.
Watch Freddy Krueger pimp snack food in this clever four-year-old Italian commercial that was allegedly banned for being “too scary for children.” And, if you’ve ever wondered how Freddy (not played here by Robert Englund) eats, well, it answers that question, too – hilariously.
R.B. Russell’s ever-expanding Guide to Supernatural Fiction offers bios and bibliographies for more than 360 genre authors and editors. While the website seems to somewhat favour classic horror authors of yesteryear, there is an undeniable wealth of information collected here. Recommended for bibliophiles and more casual fans alike.
Horror movie blogs are a dime a dozen these days, but The Igloo Keeper serves up a novel premise for his: he’s trapped in an igloo, surrounded by a forcefield, with only an old TV to keep him company. Hence, he writes about the genre films he views while in “confinement,” providing a fun change of pace from the usual movie blog fare.
This exhaustive fan site for 1971’s Let’s Scare Jessica to Death is stacked to the rafters with info, photos and links to reviews and articles about the film. In addition, there are viewer testimonials, downloadable sound bites, production trivia and even several interactive elements (such as polls and quizzes). Leave your insanity at the keyboard.
Purportedly created to promote Doritos products (but we’re not sure how), Hotel 626 is an award-winning, free, immersive online game in which players find themselves trapped in a haunted hotel. To escape, one must traverse ten different levels, while solving a variety of puzzles (think Myst). The catch? It can only be played between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m – the snacking hours, we presume...
Mick Garris, the mastermind behind Masters of Horror, recently launched his own online talk show on FEARnet. In early episodes, Garris picks the brains of some of the genre's heaviest hitters, including Rick Baker, John Carpenter, Robert Englund and Tobe Hooper. So step off, Leno...
This past February, artist Chet Zar redesigned his online portfolio. Drop by to view dozens of eerie and disturbing oil-on-canvas paintings of freaky mutants, weird monsters and dark temptresses. While there, snag info on Zar's upcoming exhibits and order prints of his fantastical works.
Formed in 1973 by Bernard Davies and Bruce Wightman, The Dracula Society caters to fans of vampires and other monsters popularized in the gothic fiction of yesteryear. The group gives out annual awards for outstanding literary achievement in the genre and also regularly organizes themed trips and events for its members.
While this horror filmmaking networking site clearluy states it was founded by women and encourages more ladies to get a gig in the genre, it is not exclusive to the fairer sex. There are plenty of resources here for film folks of both genders, with message boards, equipment rental recommendations (and deals!) and even a resume-posting service.
As social networking sites evolve, so do their gaming apps. City of Eternals is a next-gen MMO that offers a vampire-themed action RPG-style game within the framework of Facebook. Choose your vampiric clan, take on monster killing missions, search dumpsters for treasure and even learn a trade as you ascend in the ranks of bloodsucking undead.
This hilarious spoof of 1950s newsreels, titled A Guy’s Guide to Zombies, provides guidance on how to co-exist peacefully with the flesh-munchers, now that the Undead Equal Opportunities Bill has passed. Learn about zombie labourers and the simple needs of the undead, while debunking all those pesky myths about brain-eating along the way.
Horror fans love their monsters. Blogger Aeron Alfrey knows this and has programmed his website, Monster Brains, accordingly. This virtual art gallery of classic creatures and other creepy crawlies is updated frequently and features both vintage works, such as old school horror comics covers, as well as more contemporary treats.
If after watching the above clip, you still find yourself with some zombie-related questions, perhaps this handy flow chart can help. This easy-to-decipher, comic-style analysis of “how everything goes to hell during a zombie apocalypse” should provide you with all the info you need to avoid making any tragic, world-ending mistakes yourself.
Those who embrace the dark side should drop by the online store for L.A.’s Necromance shop the next time the crypt needs some sprucing. Featuring a treasure trove of morbid delights for reasonable prices, Necromance has you covered for everything from skeletal diagrams and old tyme poison bottles to coffin-shaped rugs and jewellery boxes.
This free web-based RPG invites users to play as either a vampire or a werewolf. Once you’ve chosen a side, complete various tasks and missions, train to boost core combat stats, then join a house or coven to wage war against fellow players. Once bitten, you’ll be addicted.
This ten-minute segment from a 1972 episode of matchmaking TV show The Dating Game features Vincent Price in character as Dr. Phibes posing cheeky questions to three eligible bachelors instead of the usual female contestant. Weird, hilarious and mind-boggling all at once. Must be seen to be believed!
In one of the more unique online marketing campaigns of late, the official website for Zombieland allows visitors to upload a photo and, as the title suggests, zombify themselves. Give yourself an undead makeover today!
If you’ve ever wondered about the details surrounding a particular celebrity death, chances are you can find them here. Findadeath.com catalogues both classic stars of the silver screen and modern-day thespians, even the occasional musician. Embrace your morbid curiosity.
Jason Tammemagi, the artist behind Too Many Zombies, has committed to posting one new rotter on his blog each day for a year. He creates his undead minions by drawing on his iPod Touch with his finger (“harder than it sounds,” he confesses), and each comes complete with a cleverly creepy back story.
Andy Cage loves his monster cereals, and if it has anything to do with Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Boo Berry, Fruit Brute or the Yummy Mummy, he’s likely covered it on his blog. From art inspired by the popular breakfast foods, to recipes, spoofs and tie-in toys, you can satisfy your spooky sweet tooth here.
New vampire web series Bleeder poses the question: “What if the ladies of the night were actually creatures of the night?” Production values are surprisingly high on the nine-minute inaugural episode, which sees the vamps drain unsuspecting Johns before stumbling across a desperate hemophiliac with a plan. Cue cliffhanger.
Rue Morgue’s own Sean Plummer recently launched his own daily horror blog – with a very usual name. Content ranges from coverage of Toronto-area events to film and concert reviews to interviews with horror celebs. Drop in on the Dark Lord.
The anonymous soul behind Zombaritavilla has a knack for kitsch. Posting anywhere from one to three updates a week, this site offers revised “zombified” lyrics to popular songs from a number of musical genres. A particularly inspired example? “We're Craving Brains Again” sung to the tune of the Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again.”
A lamp that runs on human blood? How freakin’ cool is that? Okay, it is also supposed to deliver a deeper message about environmentalism and energy usage, but can you really blame me for getting hung up on the blood part? Check out the freaky vampire bulb here.
If you’ve gotten hooked on Popcap’s popular online smackdown Plants vs. Zombies – which pits plant life against unlife – you’ll be pleased to discover a downloadable version is now available. Free to demo, $19.95 USD to own, it boasts five games modes and more feisty foliage than you can shake a garden hoe at. Get planting!
It began as an audio recording of actor Christopher Walken doing a dramatic reading of “The Raven,” but that was before a fan added fittingly macabre visuals (courtesy of painter Gustave Dore) to the proceedings to create this effectively unsettling YouTube offering.
You don’t need a pocket full of dough to indoctrinate yourself to Poe’s work. Since all his writings are now in the public domain, you can find them hosted on a bevy of web archives, including this one, which features all his short stories and poems, as well as his novel, essays and stage play. What are you waiting for?
Drop by bnbfinder.com and scroll down to “Spotlight on Specials – Nevermore, Baltimore” to find a trio of Poe-related bed and breakfasts. These accommodations offer a variety of activities and perks for fans of the scribe, from complimentary copies of “The Raven” to tours of a local saloon his ghost is said to haunt.
While this site may be confusing to navigate, the folks behind the 200 Project have their dark hearts in the right place. This Poe-portal features links to artists inspired by the author, an events calendar, video footage of Poe celebrations, a “PoePedia,” a marketplace, a message board and links to many other Poe websites.
The University of Virginia invites web surfers to get a little more intimate with the Master of Macabre by reading digital reproductions of his various letters and correspondence in his own handwriting – though they also offer transcribed and modernized versions of the texts. Undoubtedly one of the coolest Poe online archives out there.
Rue Morgue voted Jason Eisener and Rob Cotterill’s Treevenge Best Short Film of 2008, now you can view this hysterically gory Christmas-trees-take-much-deserved-revenge flick online for free. We guarantee you’ll never be able to walk by another evergreen without looking over your shoulder again.
Stop the presses, Bigfoot’s stepped into the 21st century and got himself a Twitter account. Subscribe to his feed to read about his encounters with other wildlife (“Wasps... stop making nest that look like roasted turkey”), pushy photographers and torch-bearing humans, as well as his “clever” series pitches to Animal Planet. Two hairy thumbs up!
As its name suggests, this site is comprised of a variety of creepy, weird, funny and embarrassing stories that people have submitted to it. It does take some wading to get to the good stuff, but the “near-death experiences,” “paranormal” and “urban legends” sections have plenty of tidbits to pique the interest of the morbid-minded.
Do you like contests? Do you like to win free genre goodies? Well, here’s your blog, Win Free Horror Shit scours the weird wide web for horror contests and reposts all the pertinent details in one place. From promos for books to DVDs to comics, it’s all here, so come on over and test your luck.
Dive into a modern-day zombie apocalypse with this free browser-based MMORPG that encourages co-operative play to beat back the undead threat. Once you master the game’s rather steep learning curve, you’ll be able wander the city, annihilate the flesh-eaters, find better armour and weapons and even build your own hideouts. Aim for the head!
The Blob's cousin? The Thing on summer vacation? An egg sac full of C.H.U.D.lings? Apparently the disgusting, throbbing mass featured in this video - allegedly stuck to a sewer wall in North Carolina - is actually a writhing nest of worms, or so the scientists say. More likely it's special effects and viral marketing (but for what?). Regardless, it's still the stuff that nightmares are made of.
Heads up! This art blog is devoted to the human skull and anyone who has ever "impacted the world with skeletal expression." Updated daily, the site is a vast resoure for artists and collectors. The fine folks behind it also curate an annual art 'zine featuring beautifully reproduced, macabre works from some of today's top illustrators.
All dressed up, but nowhere to go? No problem. Just swing by Ominous Events. The sole purpose of this expansive online repository is to round up info about genre cons, film fests and other morbid happenings. Scroll through the active events, view the calender or use the search feature, and find something fiendish to do today!
Brittney-Jade Colangelo's Day of The Woman blog seeks to explore "the feminine side of fear." The result is a smorgasbord of horror movie reviews, trailers, spotlights on women working in the genre, and a deep abiding hate for the Twilight franchise. Colangelo also goes off on the occasional tangent, including one in which she makes a case for an Attack of the Nutrias horror film.
Zombies, activism and pixelated baddies - that's just some of what one can expect from this lo-fi web-based RPG, in which your character must kill a variety of baddies (monsters, RIAA execs, you name it!). It probably shouldn't be as entertaining as it is, but the snarky humour that permeates the proceedings helps make up for its many shortcomings.
Everyone's favourite undead Texan cowboys Ghoultown pay tribute to Elvira: Mistress of the Dark in this cheeky video directed by artist/author/filmaker Gris Grimly. Once you've checked that out, be sure to click on the link on the left side of the screen to watch the making-of doc.
Author Jeremy C. Shipp (acation) recently launched Bizarro Bites, a online fiction subscription service. For just $12 USD a year, subscribers will receive one of his previously unpublished horror stories each month. For slightly more, Shipp will use your own name or title in a tale, or pen a story that includes five items of your choosing. Go get fictionalized today!
Are you intrigued by atiquated medical practices? Hae you ever wanted your own cabinet of curiousities - or perhaps you already have one? If so, you'll likely fall in love with this morbid anatomy blog, which not only collects old medical drawings, photographs and otehr oddities, but also provides event listings for the morbid minded.
Origami meets monsters (and bats and robots and other oddities) on Marshall Alexander's innovative website. While there, click on any of the wee kitschy paper mutants to access a PDF, whih you can print, cut out and assemble. Your creepy creature ary awaits.
Preparedness may be your only hope, after all, as the Zombie Research website slogan goes, "What you don't know can eat you." The site seeks to raise zombie awareness in both scence and the arts, and boasts an advisory committee, which includes Zombie CSU author Jonathon Maberry. Only one question remains: which side of the undead apocalypse will you be on?
Meet Neil Swint, a rather ambitious fellow who spent (according to the info provided on the site along with this video) "three thousand, six hundred and fifty days" re-scoring 1922's Nosferatu with Black Sabbath music from 1970 through 1989. Was this labour of love worth it? Tune in and judge for yourself.
An online blog that devotes as much space to horror literature as horror movies? A rarity indeed, but that's exactly what The Eerie Coterie is. Run by a pair of bookstore owners who go by the online handles Mimik and The Nobody, this site delivers a wealth of valuable news and reviews, as well as enough horror-related links to keep you surfing for days.
If you're looking to reduce your environmental footprint, designer William Warren has a unique idea; his shelving system, Shelves for Life, can be dismantled after your death and turned into a coffin. Visit the website to see photos of the unit and a blueprint of how it all works. Now you can take it with you when you die!
Last year in RM#83 we reviewed a book of zombie haiku; if that tickled your fiendish fancy, just wait until you get a load of haikucomics.com, which takes the conceit even further and melds haiku poetry with gritty black and white horror comics. Terribly clever and surprisingly compelling, the site features new 'toons three times weekly.
Feverishly devoted to pre-Comics Code funny books, this Rondo-nominated website regularly posts scans of all those vintage four-colour titles that caused the hysteria that resulted in the formation of the Comics Code Authority in 1954. Click any image for a fullsize, readable version of the page and delve in. Horror history awaits.
According to Tom Savini, this clip features footage from his personal Day of the Dead home videos, which were stolen when he lent the tapes out for inclusion in the bonus features on a DVD release. It features a zombie test makeup that he created in his basement on animatronics specialist Dave Kindlon, in all of its latex-y glory.
Much like how Dave Devries re-envisioned kids' drawings as fine art renderings, Anne Karston has taken the artwork of fourth and fifth graders and translated it into three-dimensional plush toys. You can view the whole "Stuffed Monsters" gallery, complete with before and after images, on her blog.
Got a hankering to watch a horror film on your computer or iPod? Well, downloadhorror.com might be worth a peek if you are craving some low-budget fare. Despite the fact that the selection here is still pretty slim, they do offer DRM-free downloads. Seek out the schlock!
Horror art galore resides on the official website for Burbank, California's Hyaena Gallery. Much more than just a tool to promote upcoming exhibits, visitors to the site can also view and purchase artwork from a rogues gallery of horror artists, including Gris Grimly and Erick De La Vega. Eye candy lives here.
For those who like to wear their zombie-lovin' horror fandom loud and proud, consider sporting some Zombie Liquorice swag. This Toronto upstart hit the ground running with a series of colourful, retro '80s styled tees - guaranteed to frea out your conservative neighbours. Get into something gruesome!
This surreal animated short, created by Claudio Ellovich (who also handled the animation segments for the new Coffin Joe film Embodiment of Evil), takes viewers deep inside the sinister undertaker's psychadelic lair, as one man desperately attempts to find and free his kidnapped lover. Bleak, angular and evil!
If you can't live without horror and the sex-and-violence thrills of retro exploitation flicks, you need to bookmark this website immediately. Here you'll find news and reviews, as well as loads of lurid images - though be warned: many are not even remotely safe for work.
Skulls are to horror fans what big belt buckles are to cowboys, thus it shouldn't come as any surprise that someone's started a blog specifically for them. Each day brings a new photo of a skull, whether it be a real one, or an artistic rendering in print, on clothing, glassware or baked goods - proving there's a cranium for everyone!
Robert Monell is serious about Jess Franco, so serious that he's been devoted his entire blog, titled "I'm in a Jess Franco State of Mind," to the Euro-sleaze auteur, his works, his stars and other tangentially related subjects. Those who think they know Franco as well as Monell can even take a stab at the latest DVD quiz and claim their bragging rights.
Upcoming Horror Movies is one of the best online sources for finding out what genre titles are being released and when. It's a shame, then, that this site is so cluttered, and as a result, somewhat frustrating to navigate through. But, if you need the scoop on forthcoming fright flicks, patience pays off here.
If you have yet to see Zombie Zombie's music video for "Driving This Road Until Death," you're missing out on a six-minute stop-motion "remake" of John Carpenter's The Thing... with GI Joe Figures! This is Parisian undead analogue disco at its most weird and pissed off, people. Watch Clark! Now!
Horror Reanimated is a genre lit lover's wet dream. Run by Bill Hussey and Joseph D'Lacey, two UK-based authors, as part of the Bloody Books imprint, there is plenty to devour here, from knowedgable reviews and original fiction to interviews with novelists and screenwrters. Once you sink your teeth in, you'll be hooked.
Is a typical hair salon too mainstream for your dark aesthetic? Well, if you live in Milwaukee, you can get your locks cut and styled by the fine fiends at Mirror Mirror. While there, be sure to take in the shop's gothic atwork, before settling in to watch a flick on the wall-mounted theatre screen whilc ethe scissors do their work.
Fans of sinister trinkets will find themselves in a state of sheer bliss as they flip through page after page of this website's must-have, antique-styled oddities. Here you'll find everything from handcrafted book boxes to engraved necklaces featuring cephalopods - great gifts for that grim guy or gal in your life.
You'll come for the cool Flash animation but stay for the zombie head-smashing goodness in this gory on-line game in which you play Billy, a former musician, who must now use his electric guitar to bludgeon his way through a zombie apocalypse. Rot 'n' roll, indeed.
Though not limited to genre works, M.S. Corley's art blog showcases some of the illustrator's great ongoing macabre pieces, including "Horror's [sic] of Literature," which features his renditions of some of fiction's creepiest monsters and madmen. Behold: The Horla, The Deep Ones and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!
If you enjoyed our recent CineMacabre screening of The Burrowers, why not check out director J.T.Petty's blog? Here you can find details on upcoming screenings of his movies, film fest reports, viewing recommendations and just how his keyboard got all bloody.
Covering horror and various points beyond, there's plenty here to satiate fans of weird, trashy cinema and television. Search My Trash houses a searchable database of info, but even better is its in-depth "articles and interview" section, which includes pieces on H.G.Lewis, Tod Slaughter and Joe D'Amato. The site is a bit difficult to navigate, but a little patience goes a long way here.
The Unspeakable and the Inhuman is a Lovecraftian audio drama podcast that uses music, sound effects and a humorous script to tell the tale of the unusual inhabitants of Dagon Island and the mainland journalist who falls into a mysterious coma there. It starts off weak, but the voice acting and production values improve greatly after the first episode, making it worth a listen.
If the winter blahs are getting you down, try out one of the 25 horror flash games housed at the Realm of Darkness. With titles such as Haunted Bowling, Kill Zombies, Skeleton Drummer and Monster Basement 2, there's plenty to sink your teeth into.
Jim Horwat scribbles homages to slasher films in a campy cartoonish style that even Jason's mother would love. Rendered in pen and ink, Horwat's talent for composition and design guides the viewer through a visual maze of mayhem. Get lost in the gory details!
Freak Central is a webcomic about a newspaper crew that investigates supernatural and paranormal occurences. Join Steve (the literal monkey goat boy) and his fellow staffers as they encounter oversized praying mantises, sentient ventriloquist dummies and other creatures in this clever, mostly black-and-white tale.
Jay Clarke populates his blog with horror film reviews, vintage VHS box cover scans (Lorimar's Trick or Treat, anyone?) and photos and reports from various Southern Ontario genre events. It's a smorgasbord of content for horror film fans of various stripes and inclinations.
If you've got a hard-on for morbid historical facts, this daily execution blog is the online destination for you. Each entry features a new deat - historical or recent - along with pictures and a brief synopsis of what led to the person's capture and conviction. Justice is served...
Did you miss this year's H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival? Well, fear not, because there's still time to attend Cthulhupalooza. The event takes place in Vancouver, on December 6 and will feature theatrical screenings of Lovecraftian films and music videos, a live concert by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets and more. Go party with the Old Ones.
Archived here: each and every card in the 1959 Funny Monsters "You'll Die Laughing" trading card series. With artwork courtesy of Jack Davis, these one-panel cartoons are still amusing almost fifty years later. The site also hosts a page for collectors looking to find, trade or sell their own Funny Monsters cards. Guaranteed to please the creature-lovin' kid in everyone!
In Dan Hillier's altered engravings various appendages and clothing sprout Lovecraftian tentacles, while humans merge with mammals, birds, snakes and even insects to form mutated, otherworldly creatures. There's even a section brimming with artwork featuring the human skull. Stop by to shop or browse; we promise you won't be disappointed.
If you live in Australia you could do far worse than ordering eats from Hell Pizza. With specialty pizzas featuring names like Cursed, Brimstone, Damned, Grimm, Mayhem, Purgatory and Sinister, the only question remaining is why nobody has opened a North American franchise yet?!
While not everything about this multimedia hybrid novel works, it's still an interesting experiment in re-imagining more traditional forms of storytelling. The 150-chapter sci-fi horror story concerning the strange town of Landsgate, Vermont utilizes a small army of actors and musicians to tell it's tale, and can be previewed for free on the site.
This "not safe for work" cartoon-illustrated sex guide for zombies covers just about every situation one might encounter during post-life intercourse, including why blow jobs can be a simply terrifying and terrible idea for shamblers. Get some dead good pointers today!
Joshua Hoffine's disturbing photography is absolutely haunting, but don't let that stop you from checking out his official blog, as this is where he gives fans a sneak peek at his new works, discusses his creation process, upcoming projects and even spotlights his own favourite artists. It's a must see/read.
If your little boy is made of "snakes and snails and puppy dog tails," you may want to dress him in appropriately spooky duds. Well, Baby's Fisrt Boo has you covered with diapers, knits, blankies and wipes, all adorned with skulls, bats, black cats, etc. And yes, they have designs for ghoulish little girls too!
If you have a hankering to view some olde tyme Halloween photos or candid pics of horror's royalty, Monster Snapshots is just what you're looking for. The site not only sells 8x10s of all the nostalgic pictures pictures featured on it, but also has a dedicated Planet of the Apes section. Relive your wonder years here.
Murder Auction may very well be the first online auction site dedicated to selling murderbilia (a.k.a. serial killer collectibles). You'll find everything from original artwork ad letters to crime scene photos, CDs and other sundry items available for purchase. Sure, it may be grisly, but it isn't actually illegal.
The web may be well saturated with zombie survival quizzes, but not many are as thorough as this one, which, through several dozen challenging questions, determines how you'd fare in a zombie apocalypse. Results are based on your emotional integrity, physical prowess, intelligence ad several other factors. Check out your chances now.
RM comics columnist Gary Butler has long praised Boom Studios' horror line. Now you can check our what all the hoopla is about - for free, no less. The company has just made some of their popular titles, including Cthulhu Tales Vol.1 and Zombie Tales Vol.1, available for online reading. Whatcha waiting for?
With Halloween approaching, it's never too early to get into the spirit. For a little inspiration, check out the website of this award-winning "home yard haunter," featuring pictures and videos of his various spooky displays. While there, you can prepare to scare, by purchasing one of his props for your own lawn.
Though nowhere as detailed as crimelibrary.com, the serial killer database will get you by in a pinch. It offers point-form info about its profiled murderers, including birth and death dates, nicknames, kill locales, body count, preferred prey and trophies. Some of the entries include pictures of the victims and copies of alleged correspondence for the killers. Get grisly!
Sick of sending your favourite friends inappropriately cutesy e-greetings? No more: Sinister Greetings has got all your holidays (and other occasions) covered with their large line of horror e-crads, which range from creepy to gory to cartoonishly fun and evil. Send someone your beast wishes today.
Even zombies need love. Now they can hunt for it on this dating site for shamblers. Unfortunately, you can't really sign up to find the rotter of your decomposing dreams because its intent is more humour than happily ever after, but it's still fun to wonder "what if?"
If you enjoyed getting your feet we last issue with monster website templeofthedemon.com, prepare to dive into Monstrous, purportedly "the largest site about monsters" on the internet. And sure enough, there are pages upon pages of creatures and folklore to stash your way through. From bios of your favourite beasties to vampire-killing advice, it's all here.
This website may be the home of Weird Tales magazine but for one year it is also the dwelling place of musician/artist Steve Archer's Lovecraft-inspired artwork. A new ominous painting appears each day on the site, where it can be admired and, if the dark desire strikes you, bought directly from the artist. Cthulhu lives!
If you suffer from coulrophobia, let me be the first to warn you to stay far, far away from this website, becasue despite its innocuous-sounding name Cotton Popcorn is an online blog/repository of seriously creepy clown photos, artwork and even video. Mind you, after oogling these entries, you may better understand some people's not-so-irrational fear.
Adult Swim rarely disappoints when it comes to gory, over-the-top online games. Take Amateur Surgeon, for instance. In it, you are a pizza delivery boy/wannabe surgeon who operates on some very unfortunate folk under the guidance of a disgraced doctor/hobo - like that old game Operation, but with more screaming and spurting red stuff!
UK zombie enthusiasts, listen up! ZombieCon is coming, and it isn't taking any prisoners. Visit this website for more details on the event which will run September 5 to 7 ad feature celebrities, undead makeup workshops, zombie choreography lessons, a masquerade party and much more. Dead is better!
When not on graphic design duty at Century Media and Nuclear Blast Records, Anthony Clarkson paints demented cartoons. Inspired by the likes of Jhonen Vasquez and Gris Grimly, we wouldn't be surprised if the creatures in his grim wonderland appeared in a storybook of their own in the near future.
Monster lovers unite! Temple of the Demon investigates your favourite monsters (werewolves, vampires, zombies) ad deviations (science run amok, evil toys) from film and literature. While not overly indepth, there's still plenty here fr budding horror fans to sink their teeth into.
If you're planning an expedition to the African Congo, it might be handy to kknow how appealing you'll be to the local cannibal tribe. By answering a series of questions concerning your height, age, body type and exercise regime, this site determines just how many human-meat eaters you'd feed.
The Graveyard is a very non-traditional video game that's had an unprecedented amount of media attention for something so inherently simple. In short, you are an old woman who wanders around a cemetery, where you can sit on a bench and listen to some music. Though exploration is the only goal here, the complete version (which can be purchased for $5) adds the possibility of grandma's sudden death.
Artist Jason D'Aquino has a new website and a solo art show at the Fuse Gallery in NYC this month. So why not drop by and ogle the obsessively detailed miniature drawings he creates on matchbooks, found objects and other vintage materials. Brimming with entrails, skeletons and a vision that's equal parts innocent and sinister, there's plenty of new works on display here.
As the economy continues to slow, even vampires need to do things on the cheap. Those frugal-minded sorts of bloodsuckers will no doubt appreciate the ingenuity of artist Joe Scanlan's DIY IKEA Coffin (constructed from the assemble-at-home parts of an IKEA bookcase). Build your own burial box today - makeshift shower curtain cape not included.
If you study the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, you might be referred to as a "Salemtologist" which is exactly what the folks behind Bloodlines of Salem are. This website aims to be the definitive online information source regarding the history, trials and family lineage of those involved. Highly recommended for all morbid history buffs.