“I Love ‘The Flesh Sutra’!” ………………………….. Nancy Holder, award-winning horror author

12 12 2015

My debut novel was on the preliminary ballot for the 2015 Stoker Awards.

“In this excellent novel, the writing is crisp, the characters sharply drawn, the plot engrossing; as a result, this tightly written and propulsive narrative addresses postmodern angst about humanity and spirituality in the context of body horror and psychosexual transcendence with literary flair and at times deeply disturbing imagery.”
— Jason V Brock

“The Flesh Sutra is unique and utterly absorbing.  Can’t wait to read more from this author!” — Hildy Silverman, Editor of “Space and Time” Magazine

“This is a beautiful, precision time piece of unease and tension and Tim winds it all the way up, smiling at you as he does so.”
— Alasdair Stuart, Host of http://www.pseudopod.org, the weekly horror fiction podcast

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If You’ve Ever Worked The Service Industry, Read This!

20 10 2016

I have worked in a movie theater and now work in retail, and this horror tale from “Nightmare” creeped me out.

Look At The Nudibranches For They Are Horrifically Gorgeous!

20 10 2016

This is an animal who wants to eat! Click on it!


From The Director of “Audition”, The Most Amazing Movie Idea Of The Year

18 10 2016

Music to Make Horror Movies By: Scream Queens — Big Gay Horror Fan

16 10 2016

It may have been tough for Regina, a perky ‘80s pop wonder, when her vocal style was called out for being too reminiscent of Madonna’s. The talented songstress had already fronted a popular New Wave band and had her lyrics covered by other established artists. But, this last week, Baby Love, her most notable song, […]

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Common Things That’ll Kill You Or Maybe Inspire A Horror Story

9 10 2016

Touch the cold buffet for more.




They Should Know. They Are Famous Authors.

6 10 2016



Unsettling Dioramas. From Canada. I Know, Right?

5 10 2016



Have a look at Patti Normand’s work. She says her intention is to show how nature and humanity coexist with indifference, and how that creates an unsettling expectation. I note that characters make drastic choices without presentation of a context. Why the moosehead? This helps with the unsettling.

Is there a victim? Is there a criminal? Sometimes lives veer away (as in the woman fleeing the relationship in “Gone With Dear Trevor” on her website) and we cheer despite the resultant anguish of Trevor left behind, or sometimes the dinner becomes diner (see the recipe for “Lake Monster” accompanying “What Lies Beneath” the bottom image). Part of weird fiction is pulling the camera back so far that the idea is in the forefront of the emotion.

When framed in the trappings of bygone times like 1960s Ontario, the unsettling becomes even more cerebral. This is how “Stranger Things” and “Twin Peaks” and “X-Files” can take child murder and make it palatable.

I think right now horror is chasing “unsettling”. Times are pretty horrific, true.  Unidentifiable horrors and serial killer antiheroes distract us from our frightful obligations toward tribe and nation. How can the faceless or inaccessible pay for their crimes? The police are ineffective, the lawyers too smart, the Gospel too clear. Let Cthulhu, Hannibal Lector, or the rogue FBI agent handle it.

I am disappointed by contemporary society. If the evangelicals are correct, all the nice people I know are going to Hell (which should always be capitalized). If there is no God, then I am part of a failing justice.  I can’t be the only person feeling this. I’m sure this is why weird is doing so well and that low-budget horror is in another golden age.

Touch the weird stuff up top to see more, or just go here:  http://www.pattinormand.com/

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