Anything is Paw-ssible with “The Monkey’s Paw”

The_Monkey's_PawThe cautionary tale is one we’ve all heard. A mysterious stranger comes from an exotic land and brings a talisman that tempts the protagonist. The stranger warns the protagonist not to use the talisman, but the protagonist does. Doom ensues. The protagonist’s purported greed is punished. Continue reading “Anything is Paw-ssible with “The Monkey’s Paw””

Anything is Paw-ssible with “The Monkey’s Paw”

“The Voice in the Night” and the Illusion of Place

The voice in the night 2“The Voice in the Night,” by William Hope Hodgson, published in 1907, starts like a stereotypical horror story: “It was a dark, starless night.” But Hodgson manages to provide suspense – and at least a few small surprises – throughout the telling of his story. As is typical of old horror stories, a narrator regales us with macabre events that have passed. George, the narrator, is sailing through the Northern Pacific with his friends, when they hear a faint voice coming from a small boat. Continue reading ““The Voice in the Night” and the Illusion of Place”

“The Voice in the Night” and the Illusion of Place

Does Krampus Cramp Horror’s Style?

krampusDoing a little research into the Krampus myth yields fascinating results.  Krampus, the mythical devil-goat-man who counters Santa, is possibly a myth that precedes Christianity.  According to a National Geographic article, Krampus was the son of the Norse goddess Hel, ruler of Helheim, the underworld.  Instead of appearing on the scene to reward good behavior, Krampus showed up with a flogging for bad behavior, and a one-way trip to his underground lair.  Of course this myth would be terrifying to children – part of the reason, experts think, that it fell out of favor in some countries.  But other European countries – like Germany and the Czech Republic – still celebrate the myth.  Krampusnacht – Krampus Night – is fast approaching on December 6th, the same day as St. Nick’s day.  So beware if you’ve been naughty this year.  A furry, horned beast might show up rap-rap-rapping on your door. Continue reading “Does Krampus Cramp Horror’s Style?”

Does Krampus Cramp Horror’s Style?

Victor Frankenstein and Insufficiency of Intention

Victor Frankenstein.jpg The story goes that Mary Shelley was lounging around with a group of people – perhaps one dark and stormy night – and someone presented a challenge: who could develop the best horror story on the spot?  And so the evolution of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein began, the story of a perhaps-mad scientist who endeavors to bring a corpse to life and achieve all the fame and glory that would conceivably come with such a feat.  I don’t know if Shelley won the contest, but her story has become both a popular Romantic-Era novel and the stuff of legend and campfire tales.  Of course, in an era obsessed with vampires and zombies, it’s easy to overlook Frankenstein’s monster, or Frankenstein himself.  In the most recent reincarnation of the story, the movie Victor Frankenstein, director Paul McGuigan tells Shelley’s story from a different angle: The story focuses heavily on Victor Frankenstein, true to Shelley’s text, but it eschews a thorough examination of the monster.  The result?  We get less a horror movie, and more a character study. Continue reading “Victor Frankenstein and Insufficiency of Intention”

Victor Frankenstein and Insufficiency of Intention