Monday, October 13, 2014

October Frights So Far

I have no real plans or goals for horror consumption this October. Just reading or watching whatever hits my fancy. Almost at the mid-point of the month. Here's what I've experienced so far.

"Echo From The Abyss", "One Thousand One Nights Unseen", "Curse the Child" by David J. West

"The Calamander Chest" by Joseph Payne Brennan

Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (graphic novel)

THRILLER (t.v.) - (episode) "The Twisted Image"

"The Music of Eric Zahn" by H. P. Lovecraft

"That Hellbound Train" by Robert Bloch

That Hellbound Train (graphic novel)

"The Witching Tree" by Brian Keene

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (movie)

"Widow House" by Gregory Luce

"The Dwarf" by Ray Bradbury

"The Chemical Vampire" by Lee Francis

"Beyond Any Measure" by Karl Edward Wagner


  1. What did you think of "The Calamander Chest"? I've got a Brennan collection I'll be reading for Halloween, but that story isn't in it.

    I also reread "The Dwarf" recently and hope to reread all of The October Country for Halloween. I hadn't read the story in over 30 years, but it still was as powerful as I remember it.

  2. "The Calamander Chest" was appropriately creepy. A haunted chest (naturally) from which a ghostly finger keeps protruding, disturbing the protagonist.

    I agree, "The Dwarf" is a powerful piece. Not really horror, but it was in the Horror Gems Vol. 2 I am working through. Bradbury defies categorization, anyway.

  3. Read or watched quite a few of these. The Dwarf is a favorite.

  4. Thanks!

    And how is the Karl Edward Wagner? I don't think I've read that one.

    1. Atmospheric (lesbian) vampire story. Felt very 1970s Hammer-Films-ish to me. Interesting payoff and angle for a vampire story. Bonus points for an obscure Poe reference ('William Wilson.")