A chat with P.R. pro Sami Alshorafa

Most of my professional writing is done in the service of promotions or Public Relations, so I have an interest in the field and where it’s going. P.R. ace Sami Alshorafa was kind enough to sit down with me for a chat on how he entered into the industry and …

LOST THEMES by John Carpenter

When I was blessed to have the chance to interview director John Carpenter, I was most excited to get into some of the specifics behind his musical output. There’s a famous story of a producer behind HALLOWEEN screening an early cut, and being furious at how dull and flat the …

Horror-Rama

I have mixed feelings about conventions, having seen them grow and mutate from low-key fan gatherings into moneymaking enterprises where cash is separated from sweaty fan palms with a cold, industrial precision. The big cons are rare opportunities to meet A-list heroes that most cringing peons like myself never dreamed …

Crowdfunding 31

It’s no secret that I’m a massive, drooling Rob Zombie fan. I was lucky enough to be given the chance to contribute to the special Fangoria tribute issue honouring the man, and the interviews inside with Zombie and company are probably my best stuff to date. As you may or …

The 2014 Toronto After Dark Film Festival

October brings us any number of treats, but the return of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has to be one of the sweetest. I’ve been a supporter and patron of this relaxed, fan-centered festival since it ran in August at the endearingly crusty Bloor Cinema (this was before the …

Review of FEARFUL SYMMETRY

My review of the ChiZine anthology FEARFUL SYMMETRIES, intended for Fangoria’s Nightmare Library column and seeing print here for the first time. FEARFUL SYMMETRIES (ChiZine Publications) arrives into stores with the distinction (or ignominy) of being one of the publishing industry’s first crowd-funded projects. Counteracting the odor of virtual panhandling …

MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY

It is again that time of year when I (an ostensibly grown man who troops around in Cannibal Corpse and Garbage Pail Kids T-shirts) am asked by friends, relatives, and colleagues on my “picks” for horror movies they might enjoy. Beyond my usual selections for those indulging a seasonal dabble …

CONSUMED book launch

Last week, I was fortunate to attend the launch of director David Cronenberg’s debut novel CONSUMED, sponsored by Indigo books and hosted by the Globe and Mail’s resident critic and Cronenberg expert Geoff Pevere. At the University of Toronto’s (Cronenberg is an alumnus) Isabel Bader theatre, Cronenberg underwent an on-stage …

Review of FOR THOSE WHO WORSHIP THE SUN

This is a review of James Michael Rice’s novel FOR THOSE WHO WORSHIP THE SUN, written last year for Fangoria’s Nightmare Library section and appearing here for the first time. Mr. Rice’s book is now available from Amazon as a physical item or in e-book Kindle format. Decades after documentary-style …

Back to life…

So, just in time for Halloween, this humble blog will dust off its dormancy and stagger back to some semblance of vitality. My plan here will continue to be plugging whatever activities I’ve got either going on or coming up, and also to provide a home to various essays and …