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Miner's Mountain | Award Winning Short Horror Film

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We've all got a few...

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The Deceived - Series Trailer - begins August 3rd

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A Gothic thriller written by the creator of the comedy Derry Girls. This is an Irish tale of a haunted house, a doomed affair, and a heroine called Ophelia who is on the brink of madness... Looks good to me.

'A Persistent Woman' by Marjorie Bowen

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THE PALE DOOR Trailer (2020) Horror Western

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The Hearse Song (The Worms Crawl In) - Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly

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Don't ask me to explain this, it's just some twins playing electric harps while singing about death and decay. I wouldn't mind, but I was looking for amusing kitten videos...

Devil Ship - Extract 2. Keri's Unpleasant Surprise

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Devil Ship - Extract 1. Nightmare Masque

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THE 69 EYES - Hell has No mercy (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

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This one's for Mike Chislett...

Mark Gatiss on E. F. Benson's Ghost Stories

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Ghost Stories of London

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ГНЕВ / WRATH by Soqotra / Anastasiya Minashkina / Tribal Fusion Bellydance

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Amends Wish List...

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HorrorBabble's THE DUNWICH HORROR: A Dramatic Adaptation

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'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning

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Might be going a bit Gothic for the Christmas issue...

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I really like Sam Dawson's castle, as if Dracula had got together with Mad King Ludwig over some renovations. I was going to use it for issue 44 but had some technical issues. My own unfamiliarity with the new Lulu interface was to blame, probably.  Anyhow, what  do you think? I like big castles and I cannot lie.

'The Moonlit Road' from The Black Mass

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Creep Street

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ST 44 in alternative ezine format

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For those who don't use Amazon Kindle, you can also buy the latest issue here in EPUB format. See below for Kindle version of the zine.

ST 44 - ezine version now available

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In this ever changing world in which we're living, as Sir Paul McCartney so memorably put it, some of us like to download ebooks. Or in this case, 'electronic magazines'. You can obtain the latest issue of ST for a modest fee for your Amazon Kindle. I also hope to make it available via other outlets in due course. UK readers go here . US readers go here .

Bellydancing Brides of Dracula (And Why Not?)

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Issue 44 - First Paras

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Buy Supernatural Tales  h ere .  Parsons was sat back in the rickety chair—astonishing it could carry his weight—feet up, Marlboro reds on the table in front of him. Three empty beer bottles, a fourth bottle going, overflowing ashtray. Also, a bottle of the local rotgut, which he grabbed when he saw me, lining up a drink for both of us. Besides me and him, the only other person in that small, square space—perhaps the only other person awake in the village—was the raggedy kid who fetched the beer from the fridge hitched up to the generator out back. He was wiping down the bar. The bar was dual purpose. It had a urinal along the front so bodily functions needn’t interrupt drinking. 'Animals and Men' by James Machin The steam room is warm, womblike, pulsing with clouds of comforting vapour that alternately hide and then reveal the little lights discreetly set into the ceiling, whose auroras illuminate the mists of tiny hot droplets that ease her muscles, sooth

The Phantom Raspberry Blower Of Old London Town

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Unboxing!

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Gosh, look at this!

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'Eldorado' by Edgar Allan Poe

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LA LLORONA Trailer (2020) Ghost Horror

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The Monkey's Paw Bloke

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It's both a blessing and a curse to be well known for just one achievement in a long life of literary work. That is the case with Mary Shelley - Frankenstein is iconic, 'The Last Man' and 'The Mortal Immortal' are minor curiosities. The same can be said for William Wymark Jacobs, whose story 'The Monkey's Paw' is familiar to millions. But he wrote dozens of stories, many of them very good. Which brings me to an excellent essay on W.W. Jacobs, which can be read here . The delightful title - 'The Mozart of the English Ghost Story' - certainly lays down a marker. And the author goes a long way to justify his high opinion of a writer much admired by Wodehouse, among others. As often happens, Jacobs moved between the comical and the Gothic, as was also the case with John Dickson Carr and of course M.R. James. Comedy and horror are closely allied.

'The Haunted Palace' by Edgar Allan Poe

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Mob with flaming torches...

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h/t Steve Duffy

"Celts.Druids" - Tash @ Tribal Festival in Belarus 2017

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Issue 44 - First Lines

'Animals and Men' by James Machin Parsons was sat back in the rickety chair—astonishing it could carry his weight—feet up, Marlboro reds on the table in front of him. 'Steam' by Sam Dawson  The steam room is warm, womblike, pulsing with clouds of comforting vapour that alternately hide and then reveal the little lights discreetly set into the ceiling, whose auroras illuminate the mists of tiny hot droplets that ease her muscles, soothe her skin and, with each heated intake of breath, help cleanse her lungs. 'Dr Hopkins’ Tale' or 'Mr Nicholas' by Victoria Day  November had come to our small town of Plumston with its customary lack of mercy. 'Endless Halloween' by Michael Kelly  Everything was dark. 'Ghost Stories' by Mark Patrick Lynch I travel a lot. 'Low Tides' by Mathew F. Riley  “Pass the cider, Steve, mate , there’s a good boy.” 'Report on the Death of a US Citizen' by Steve Duffy FOR ATTENTION OF: U

"Gargoyle" - Ethel. Dark Tribal Fusion @ Fairytale Concert

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"Don't look, Ethel!" takes on a whole new meaning.  More of this sort of thing later - I find the whole subculture of modern belly dancing fascinating. And, after two months of lockdown I have the belly for it...

Ramones - Poison Heart (Official Video)

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LIMBO Exclusive Trailer (2020) James Purefoy Horror

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Issue 44 is almost ready for lift off

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It's taking a VERY long time for print-on-demand copies to arrive, so I'm trying to get ahead of the game. As you can see, the design is different. Sam Dawson - with typical cuddliness - has provided a splendid illo of a Covid-laden sewer, so how could I note use it? Lulu, to be fair, did a great job of improving their interface once they had given me and probably thousands of other users near-embolisms by shutting everything down for several DAYS. Without warning. I think the actual quality of the zine has not declined, and the price is the same (more or less). Postal  rates should not be an issue for non-UK POD customers as it is being printed in your country, not mine. Higher postal rates to the US are playing merry hell with some small presses, but I don't anticipate trouble for ST. Now, what of the contents? So, there you have it. A novella by Steve Duffy, a seasonal short-short by Michael Kelly, and lots of good stuff in between. I think it's a damn g

Dracula Salad - Toothsome, Undead Veggies?

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'An Aberdeenshire church can stake a claim to have been indirectly funded by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as it emerged that the world famous author’s wife raised funds to help renovate it with a cooking recipe inspired by the novel.' Yes, but... Salad? 'Florence Balcombe contributed the recipe for the “Dracula Salad” to a pamphlet sold in aid of Cruden Parish Church shortly after her husband Bram Stoker died in 1912.' The piece is also interesting because of the link drawn - quite reasonably - between Christian conceptions of Christ as blood sacrifice and the vampire taking life via blood and then 'converting' a victim. As a minor note, the late book dealer Ken Cowley based an entire story on this parallel - with a twist ending I will not reveal here. 'Dracula Reflects' - worth seeking out.

MORTAL English Subs Trailer (2020) Horror Fantasy

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The Door in the Wall by H G Wells. A rehearsed reading by R M Lloyd Parry

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No apologies for sharing this again, as I think it's the best story of its kind in the language. HGW was unparalleled in his skill as a young-ish storyteller. Today he'd be writing for TV/movies and a gazillionaire, probably.

Van Morrison 'Into The Mystic'

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From the 1971 album Moondance. I just like Van the Man, and I think we need more music and positive stuff here.

RIP Ennio Morricone

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Betaal (Netflix Series)

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Cor blimey, mate, it's the undead British Empire coming back to haunt us, so it is! This excellent Indian series (four episodes, so an evening's watch if you get hooked) is a bit like a hybrid of Aliens and The Fog. With zombies. It is essentially, as I think the trailer makes clear, one of those concepts that is fairly simple but offers endless permutations. The result here is a blast, and I mean a blast of musket balls. The time is the present, more or less. A crack squad of elite Indian commandos is sent to a remote hill region where terrorists (the Maoist Naxals) are supposedly hampering construction of a new road. When they arrive the Baaz Squad discover what appear to be ordinary villagers in the grip of an absurd superstition. The locals believe that if an old British tunnel abandoned during the Mutiny of 1857 is reopened large-scale awfulness will ensue. The authorities don't care about this nonsense of course, and proceed to evict the locals and reopen the tu

Ghost Story Ambience

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"It was on just a night as this," said Farnsworth, "that I first met Andy Williams. No, not that Andy Williams, the other one. Who's story is this anyway? As I was saying, I was taking a rest-cure in Norfolk at the lodge on the estate of Lady Lily Savage - no, not hat one, stop interrupting..."

CARMILLA Trailer (2020)

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'Grave Goods' by Cardinal Cox

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I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher, Demain. As regular blog readers will know, I am a huge fan of the work of Cardinal Pete Cox, sometime laureate of Peterborough and delver into all things occult and eclectic. You can read an interview with the poet on the Demain site here . It offers some fascinating insights into how he lives and works, and confirms my view of the Cardinal as a bright light hidden under a huge bushel of cultural snobbery. But enough imagery from me! What of the poems? Well, Grave Goods has its inhuman origins in that period when Cox was Poet in Residence of the Dracula Society. They wanted one poem for each issue of their quarterly journal. Just eight poems over two years, then. But... 'My time there coincided with things like Christopher Lee’s death and the theft of Murnau’s skull and suddenly I was swamped with inspiration. I had to get all these poems scribbled down in case the inspiration dried up. And as I wrote I realised various back-st

Street Art - Medusa

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HorrorBabble's THE DUNWICH HORROR: A Dramatic Adaptation (1/3)

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