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REVIEW: Graveyard Smash, Women of Horror Anthology Vol 2

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 REVIEWED by Gabriel Hart I'll never forget the moment a friend of mine asked a precarious but well-meaning question out loud to a few women in our gang.      “Does it ever feel like a completely morbid existence to be a woman?”      It was such a frank, piercing query that we all went quiet. I froze, afraid his honest question might be interpreted as sexist, that we might have a circular, clawing debate on our hands. Until both girls looked at each other, took thoughtful pause, and replied:      “Yes. Yes, it sure does.”       Which is why the female perspective in horror will never lose its vitality, and perhaps why women seem to be currently owning the horror genre – or at least, giving us a real good bitchslap to the direction it's headed.      Graveyard Smash: Women of Horror Anthology Vol. 2 is a fine example – an ambitious international 22-author collection brought to us by Kandisha Press, who gave us last year's Vol. 1 “Under Her Black Wings” and ar

Hammer'd: The Top Ten Hammer Horror Films of All Time!

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Attention Thrill Seekers! Hammer's House of Horrors is a definite cheap thrill. In honor of Halloween ECR has compiled a list of the top ten ones that are must see!  The classic age of Hammer horror is known for its casual extremes: vibrant color, garish opulence, brutal violence, understated overacting, loud music, gallons of red blood, gothic weirdness, voluptuous ladies, and myth tinkering. To everyone out there, The first three are off the list completely. No Curse of Frankenstein...No Horror of Dracula...No Quartermass. While this trio set the blueprint for everything that followed, they would be merely cornerstones amongst all the bricks that built the Hammer House of Horror. HONORABLE MENTION: Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Bloodsuckers and Kung Fu...let me repeat. Bloodsuckers and KUNG FU! Hammer joins forces with the Shaw Brothers to unleash an excellent genre value meal sure to satisfy any hungry customers. The slapdash nature of the script just adds to the bonkers c

REVIEW: Pulp Modern Vol 2 Issue 5

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 Reviewed by Matthew X. Gomez Pulp Modern vol 2 no. 5   Editor Alec Cizak continues to carry the banner of the short story forth, again with a focus on crime, but also veering off into post-apocalyptic, Weird Western, science-fiction, and even the occult. It’s a grab bag of genres, to be sure, and a diverse array of talents pulled together under one masthead. If you are looking for short quick fiction, its hard to go wrong with Pulp Modern, and this issue is no exception.   Here’s what you’re in for with this issue:  “Companion” by Andrew Bourelle – a boy and his dog wander a post-apocalyptic landscape, trying to eke out survival as long as they can. An utterly bleak and remorseless piece that revels in the gory details, and one where your heart can’t help but bleed for the protagonist. I found it a bit too reminiscent of “A Boy and Hid Dog” by Harlan Ellison, but maybe it goes to show that everything old is new again. “The Bowie Knife” by Peter W.J. Hayes – an antiques dealer and his

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