Visual Art

Into the Vortex: Charles Burns’ masterpiece Black Hole

Charles Burns’ graphic novel Black Hole sucks you in, true to its title, with irresistible momentum. Taking place in mid-1970s Seattle, the backdrop to Burns’ own adolescence, it chronicles the impact of a curious sexually transmitted disease that causes its teenage sufferers to physically mutate in a variety of wild ways. The story zeros in […]

Welcome to my Creepshow and Other Horror News

It’s been rather a long time between drinks over in this small corner of the horror blog world. My love of the genre has not in the least abated, but the first few months of this year were spent organising a solo painting exhibition which showed in April at Sydney’s Sheffer Gallery (images here). While […]

Weighing up the Light and the Shade

A brief introduction to my fantastic friend L.J. Peters’ upcoming exhibition, which opens on Thursday at Sydney’s Sheffer Gallery: The cabin in the woods is a recurring theme in American horror cinema, spectacularly encapsulated in Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s 2012 parody of the same name. Artist L.J. Peters was travelling in New York at the […]

Riding the Ghost Train Again

The ghost train as an idea tends to come up repeatedly on this blog and in horror discussions generally.  I can’t think of a more apt metaphor for The Cabin in the Woods (2011), though there’s more to Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s film than mere thrills and spills.  Spectacular, clever and very funny, Cabin […]

“This is the one night where the dead and all sorts of other things roam free…”

A couple of weeks ago I had an evocative but disturbing dream about a Satanic funeral taking place across the road from where I grew up in Mosman.  As those in Sydney know, some rather inexplicable crime has taken place in this affluent suburb, the most recent instance being the collar bomb hoax.  It seems […]

The Midnight Meat Train

Like Anthony DiBlasi’s Dread (discussed in this earlier post) The Midnight Meat Train is based on a short story by Clive Barker.  It’s not as strong psychologically as Dread, but it’s one hell of a stylish film.  The most arresting scenes occur on the subway late at night, where a vicious serial killer is seemingly […]

Peter Booth’s Paintings

It’s interesting to see the way horror themes emerge in ‘fine art,’ in contrast with the more stereotypical leering skulls and scantily clad women found in the illustration world. Peter Booth, whose recent work is on show at Rex Irwin’s gallery in Sydney until 23 July, is a painter who has never shied away from […]