Two Horror Writers Explain How Co-Authoring Made Their Novel Scarier

Sleeping Policemen seemed, at times, to come too easily. It was a joy to write—much of the seeming effortlessness fueled by the collaboration, that synthesis of friendship and creativity. It began as a notion—"Let's write a novel quick and mean and gritty"—that took shape, dark and dirty, through a string of emails: » 7/24/14 1:34pm Yesterday 1:34pm

​Why Is The Strain So Much More Interested In Assholes Than Vampires?

The second episode of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain seems disinterested — almost maliciously — in advancing the plot. I thought this was going to be a show about a vampire plague as seen through science. So why do I have to watch all these terrible characters not getting eaten by vampires? » 7/21/14 2:45pm Monday 2:45pm

Exclusive Horror Story From The Absolutely Chilling Through The Woods

Oh holy hell—Emily Carroll's horror comic collection Through The Woods is so freaking spooky. We absolutely inhaled this book when we got it in our hands. Each little horror comic is so creepy and absolutely gorgeous. It's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark kinds of fun. And we have an exclusive scary story excerpt… » 7/17/14 1:31pm 7/17/14 1:31pm

20 Screenwriting Tricks And Tropes We Never Need To See Again

Pop culture is a never-ending source of wonder and amazement. We're seeing some really top-notch, innovative writing across every medium right now. But there's also a lot of tired, warmed-over stuff, that feels copy-pasted from script to script. Here are 20 screenwriting moves we'd be happy never to see again. » 7/16/14 10:00am 7/16/14 10:00am

​13 Tips For Surviving A Night In A Cabin In The Woods

So you've decided to spend a night in a cabin in the woods! You fool. You might as well sacrifice yourself to Satan and save yourself some time and effort. But if you and your friends feel you have to embark on this most deadly of vacations, here are 13 tips that might just keep you alive. (Probably not, though.) » 7/10/14 9:25am 7/10/14 9:25am

The Strain Comics Are So Close to the Show That It's Eerie

If you read the comic book version of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain after you watched the TV series, which premieres this Sunday night, they look so similar you'd be forgiven for thinking the comics merely adapted the show. Except the comics came out in 2011, more than a year before the TV series was finally approved » 7/09/14 1:35pm 7/09/14 1:35pm

Creepy Real-Life Doll From The Conjuring Gets Her Own Film

Remember that creepy doll from The Conjuring, which is allegedly very real and still lives with the real-life ghostbusters The Warrens? Well she's getting her own movie! Variety is reporting that Annabelle will premiere this Octoberl no word on who is directing, but James Wan and Peter Safran are producing. » 7/08/14 7:20am 7/08/14 7:20am

Which Horror Or Dark Fantasy Movie Has The Most Powerful Ending?

Most horror and dark fantasy movies can't quite stick the landing, when it comes to endings. People survive, or they die. But a few great horror movies actually manage to serve up endings with real weight, and catharsis to them. Which horror or dark fantasy movie has the absolute best ending? » 7/02/14 1:24pm 7/02/14 1:24pm

In Deliver Us From Evil, Male Bonding Is The Best Defense Against Satan

Deliver Us From Evil is a pretty run-of-the-mill possession horror film. But it has one thing going for it: The bromance between a lapsed-Catholic cop (Eric Bana) and an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez). This lets the film occasionally get into themes of masculine vulnerability, and the craving for forgiveness. » 7/02/14 12:07pm 7/02/14 12:07pm

A History of Our Obsession with the Disease Apocalypse

The "plague plot" is a subgenre of horror that's become as common as zombie movies. But over half a century ago, Hollywood wasn't churning out tales of the disease apocalypse and deadly black goo viruses. Where did our love for pandemic panic come from? A look back at the history of the subgenre provides some clues. » 6/24/14 9:11am 6/24/14 9:11am