Macabre Amusements

Seven Great Irish Horror Authors to Read on St. Patrick’s Day

  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are usually boisterous and cheerful affairs with freely flowing alcohol and merriment. But there’s a darker side to Irish culture, a penchant for the macabre and mysterious. Remember, Halloween itself was brought to us by the...

Groundhog, Schmoundhog… 16 Winter Horror Movies

  Our Pennsylvania homeboy – Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather prognosticating rodent – made his annual appearance earlier this month. Apparently he didn’t see his shadow, and folklore tells us that means there will be an early spring this year. You wouldn’t...

Macabre Magical Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum

  As seen in the new Sundance Now/Shudder series, A Discovery of Witches.    The expected snowstorm this weekend pretty much fizzled out, but I was prepared nonetheless… I had planned ahead and was ready to ride it out with the help of comfort food, adult...

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Halloween Movie or Christmas Movie?

  Pick a side! Arguing about the minutiae of pop culture is a proud tradition among nerds the world over, but there are a few subjects that seemingly shouldn’t be up for debate. Yet one of these subjects manages to rear its head every year, tearing the Internet...

Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes… And Other Lessons from the Crematory

  “A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves.” – author Caitlin Doughty   What if I told you that you don’t think enough about your own death? Or the deaths of the people you care about? You’d probably be shocked, or maybe even offended. The...

7 Vintage Horror Anthology Series You Totally Need to Binge-Watch

  Netflix scored a major win in recent years with its sci-fi/horror anthology series, Black Mirror. One of the reasons Black Mirror has been so embraced by viewers (beyond the fantastic writing and heartbreaking performances) is the very structure of the series:...

Horror Lite – 11 Not-as-Scary Movies for the Faint of Heart

  Halloween is the perfect time for chills and frights, with many, many suggestions for horror movies to watch. But what if you’re kind of a wuss who absolutely cannot stand scary movies but still wants to get into the Halloween spirit? Sometimes, as they say,...