Great Artwork: Jack the Ripper

Found this at the back of a book on historical crimes of an…insidious nature. Credits provide some information. I will have to go back and find the book cover to credit the right folks here. Thought this was very well done, though!

“It all came from Robert Bloch’s book.” – Alfred Hitchcock on Psycho—now in a nice affordable ebook edition! Great cover, too, and…do be careful in the shower…😳🚿🔪🔪🔪

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Don’t you just love a great cover? Click below to purchase the ebook. See what old Hitch was so on about…and start the shower…you know…to get the water nice and hot…it’s gonna be a long night…

 

The King

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My obsession w IT…

 

Wicked Stephen King Art Print ($10 USD) from Bangorfest! Check this out!

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Hidden in this amazing artwork are references to 21 Stephen King books and stories. Can you find them all?

This limited-edition 11″x17″, hand-signed print by artist Mortimer Glum, comes with a diagram showing all the hidden King references. The print was created for a recent Bangorefest appearance in Stephen King’s hometown of Bangor, Maine, and we’re now offering it online for the first time.

Get yours before they’re gone!

Click here for more information…

I’ll Never Forget Silent Scream! My first R-Rated Film (1979)!

Above, left: Although it’s design has always seemed, well, ridiculously understated, this is the original light-box film poster I remember seeing on display as I sneaked in to the theater for my first R-Rated film in a little mountain town in Colorado. It was 1979. Above, right: a later poster showing horror icon Barbara Steele clutching a stuffed child’s toy–most likey a post-film, VHS-promotional poster. 

It was showing at the new theater in the small mountain town I lived in in Colorado. I was 12, going on 13. I was old enough to see an R-Rated horror movie. I could handle it—so I thought. I don’t remember how I was able to sneak in. The building had only two theaters, so maybe I paid for one and walked in. I think a cousin of mine went with me…we both liked horror movies. The rest is history. I can attribute my love and obsession with horror, Ouija boards, the occult—all of it, in books and film—to this one pivotal moment in time. I guess I should be thankful. Right?

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A cloying atmosphere. A large, wooden mansion close to the beach. A camera prowling the hallways. An arm grabbed through a lathed crawlspace. Barbara Steele. The strange, bespectacled son who puts on an old army uniform and stays in his room. The mother we rarely see. The grim tone. I recall these fleeting aspects of “Silent Scream” and I recall the trailer featuring the arm being grabbed through that hole in the wall.

The film is not very bloody and not a lot happens, but director Denny Harris chooses to focus on the dysfunctional family who rent rooms to college students. One of them, Rebecca Balding, a strong, no-nonsense actress, cottons on to what’s happening and starts to investigate.

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