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Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22nd horror history

Born on this day:
  • 1967 – Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, “The Thing” remake, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Lost (TV Series)”, “The Mummy Returns.” 
  • 1965- Courtney Gains, “Mimesis”, “Alien Encounter”, “King Cobra”, “Back to the Future”, “Children of the Corn.” 
  • 1958 – Colm Feore, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, “The Chronicles of Riddick”, “Storm of the Century (TV Mini-Series).” 
  • 1945 – David Chase wrote for the TV series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” and the screenplay for the film “Grave of the Vampire”. 
  • 1920 – Ray Bradbury. “The Ray Bradbury Theater.” 
  • 1900 – Jean Yarbrough, directed the films “The Devil Bat,” “King of the Zombies” and “She-Wolf of London.”

    Passed away:

  • 2000 – Wrestler Toru Tanaka, “Alligator II,” “Darkman” and “The Running Man,”. 
  • 1977 – Sebastian Cabot, “Mr. French” on the “Family Affair” TV series. Films “The Time Machine” and “Twice Told Tales.” 
  • 1991 – Colleen Dewhurst “The Dead Zone,” “The Boy Who Could Fly” and provided the voice of “Satan” in the film “Exorcist III,”. 
  • 1963 – Perry Ivins, “Fritz” in “Son of Frankenstein”, “Thriller (TV Series)”, “Mystery of the Wax Museum”.

Review: The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren

The Grief Hole
by Kaaron Warren
Hardcover: 338 pages
Publisher: SQ Mag
ISBN-10: 1925496058
ISBN-13: 978-1925496055

Product description:

There are many grief holes. There's the grief hole you fall into when a loved one dies. There's another grief hole in all of us; small or large, it determines how much we want to live. And there are the places, the physical grief holes, which attract suicides to their centre. Sol Evictus, a powerful, charismatic singer, sends a young artist into The Grief Hole to capture the faces of the teenagers dying there. When she inevitably dies herself, her cousin Theresa resolves to stop this man so many love. Theresa sees ghosts; she knows how you'll die by the spirits haunting you. If you'll drown, she'll see drowned people. Most often she sees battered women, because she works to find emergency housing for abused women. She sees no ghosts around Sol Evictus but she doesn't let that stop her. Her passion to help, to be a saint, drives her to find a way to destroy him.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy Kaaron Warren's work and "The Grief Hole" is a creepy tale, but it never really hooked me. That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the story. It has a creepy atmosphere but I enjoyed Warren's other book "Slights" much more. To be honest, I really didn't care for the characters, I threw myself off confusing the character Sol Evictus with the band Sol Invictus, and the pace of the book just didn't hook me. I'm embarrassed to admit that I caught myself daydreaming several times while reading this book.

I'm giving "The Grief Hole" 3 1/2 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from IFWG Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Just out of reach

The good ones are always just out of reach ...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Barry's weekly wrap-up 8/20/16

August 20th horror history

Hello my pre-apocalyptic readers...

Let's not forget that Svengoolie is one tonight! Later today I will post my weekly wrap-up.

Those born on this day in horror history...

  • 1982 – Meghan Ory, “Once Upon a Time (TV Series)”, “Dark House”, “Nightmare”, “Vampire High (TV Series).” 
  •  1962 – James Marsters, “Spike” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series) / Angel (TV Series)”, “House on Haunted Hill”, and “Supernatural (TV Series)”. 
  •  1953 – Peter Horton, “Children of the Corn,” “Fade To Black,” and “Brimstone.” 
  •  1948 – John Noble “Dr. Walter Bishop” “Fringe.” 
  •  1947 – Ray Wise, “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales”, “Big Ass Spider!”, “Chillerama”, “Jeepers Creepers II”, “The Crow”, “Twin Peaks (TV Series)”, “Robocop”. 
  •  1943 – Sylvester McCoy who was “Doctor Who” # 7 “Dracula.” 
  •  1937 – Anthony Ainley the third “Master” in the “Doctor Who” series and “The Blood On Satan’s Claw,” “The Land That Time Forgot.” 1915 – Tom Duggan “Frankenstein 1970.” 
  •  1907 – AndrĂ© Morell, “The Giant Behemoth,” “The Plague of the Zombies” and “The Mummy’s Shroud.” 
  •  1890 – H.P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft.

Films released:

  1.  Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice? 1969 
  2. The Beastmaster 1982 
  3. Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 
  4. Universal Soldier: The Return 1999 
  5. The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula 2001 
  6. Exorcist: The Beginning 2004 
  7. Open Water 2004 
  8. Jingles the Clown 2009 
  9.  Piranha 2010