THE SOUND OF FEAR

THE SOUND OF FEAR is my premier book, a themed collection of speculative horror stories. Inside, you’ll find twelve lean, mean page-turners with twist endings that pit the living against the soundscapes of the beyond! All my sound-themed horror fiction in one place, PLUS four previously unpublished stories. Here’s the link: amazon.com/dp/1694373576/…

PREDATOR

Thirty-One Days of Halloween – In “Predator” (1987), Bill Duke’s brilliant performance includes a nervous habit of constantly shaving. I can’t think of a single change that would have improved this perfect action-horror film (10 out of 10).‬ ‪”Over here…”‬

THE HUNGER

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 17 – Big shoulders and small sunglasses abound in the 1983 erotic horror movie “The Hunger.” More fashion and style than substance… yet I couldn’t look away for a single frame. Beautiful. Recommended (8.5 out of 10).

STOKER

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 16. The modern-day thriller “Stoker” (2013) feels like a Gothic horror novel. Director Chan-wook Park’s first English-language movie combines gorgeously-shot set pieces with intense family drama and murder. Highly recommended (9 out of 10). “Come meet your Uncle Charlie.”

PRINCE OF DARKNESS

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 15 – The one horror movie that freaked out my blasé science major buddies in college was “Prince of Darkness” (1987). Apparently the math and science are legit. “It’s your disbelief that powers him.”

[REC]

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 9 – My favorite horror movie featuring firefighters is 2007’s lean “found-footage”/infected narrative, “[Rec]”. Recommend Spanish audio w/subs, not the dubbed version. 8 out of 10. “If this is a pain in the ass, just cut, okay?”

WHITE OF THE EYE

I contribute book and movie reviews to THE HORROR MOVIE PODCAST. Here’s my 9 out of 10 review of Donald Cammell’s “White of the Eye” (1987). twitter.com/horrormoviecast/status/1181328091076972544

THE EXORCIST

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 6 – My favorite horror movie where the main character wears a hat. Also the scariest-sounding movie of all time. “The Exorcist” (1973). 10 out of 10 – my highest recommendation. “Why her? Why this girl?”

JACOB’S LADDER

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 3. In the horror classic “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990), Vietnam War veteran Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) struggles with increasingly eerie episodes of dissociation. A few memorable characters help, including his girlfriend (played by the late, great Elizabeth Peña). Directed by Adrian Lyne (“Fatal Attraction”), who draws disturbing visual inspiration from the…

FUNNY GAMES

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day FORE! There is one horror movie I find too upsetting to re-watch, and that’s Michael Haneke’s brutal “Funny Games” (1997). It’s a home invasion, and golf equipment is involved. Recommendation to avoid (10 out of 10 – not a typo).

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 2 – The most infamous custodial worker in horror: Freddy Krueger from 1984’s highly-recommended movie “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (8.5 out of 10). “Krueger did it, Daddy, and only I can get him. It’s my nightmare he comes to.”

ANGEL HEART

Thirty-One Days of Halloween, Day 1: “Angel Heart” (1987), Alan Parker’s brilliant horror/noir. Highly recommended (9 out of 10). “Are you an athiest?”