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Book Review: Not Of The Living Dead
2023-03-09 15:59
 The introduction to Not of the Living Dead, the latest book on cinema’s King of the Zombies quotes George A. Romero from a 1992 interview, saying that he hopes he’ll be rem… Read More
Book Review: Horror Films Of 2000-2009
2022-12-03 15:32
  Back in the mid-90s, John Kenneth Muir staked out ground as a film critic willing to take horror cinema more seriously than most. Buoyed by the success of his early books about i… Read More
Now Playing
2021-09-12 19:56
  NOW AVAILABLE HERE!  "Maddrey's book restores the crafts of writing and screenwriting to the story of the cinematic adaptations of the early novels of Stephen King. By focus… Read More
2020-11-19 15:55
In spite of the chaos of 2020, I managed to get three different projects into publication this year.First, my in-depth study of the 1983 film Brainstorm was published in e-book form by Liver… Read More
New Publications
2019-12-18 15:14
There is nothing simple about T.S. Eliot.  At least, that's the simple conclusion to be drawn from the existence of thousands of books, essays and dissertations about the Nobel Prize… Read More
Simply Eliot
2018-09-25 01:10
  NOW AVAILABLE! (CLICK HERE)“The next time I teach Eliot to undergrads I will assign this swift, witty, enjoyable invitation to T. S. Eliot’s work and thought. Maddrey… Read More
2018-07-15 01:04
Castle County, Maine, was established in 1877, but the county seat of Castle Rock was a relatively quiet place until the early 1900s.  That’s when lumber baron Otto Schenck and mi… Read More
John Carpenter Revisited: STARMAN (1984)
2017-10-21 23:51
Hero Initiative art by Cat Staggs ( a recent interview, John Carpenter justified the track selections for his retrospective album Anthology. … Read More
2017-10-09 02:12
In 1998, the home video business was booming.  DVD players were available, but VHS was still king—and more and more horror movies were becoming available on video every day. … Read More
2017-10-06 16:13
Promotional art for Slashback Video exhibit at Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum in Burbank, CAContinued from HERE...Crozet, Virginia.  1991.  The first video store I visited in my new… Read More
Slashback Video - Part 1
2017-10-01 16:53
L.A. horror fans are ringing in the Halloween season at Slashback Video, an art installation created by Blumhouse exec Ryan Turek and aimed at the VHS generation.  It’s a strange… Read More
George Romero (1940 - 2017)
2017-07-17 02:38
The first time I saw NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD was on a cheap, grainy Goodtimes video purchased from K-Mart.  I was about ten years old, and I had no idea what I was getting into. … Read More
John Carpenter Revisited: THE FOG (1980)
2017-07-09 23:03
Art by Cat StaggsTHE FOG is one of my favorite John Carpenter movies—partly for sentimental reasons, and partly because it is one of the most brilliantly sound-designed horror movies o… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #26: HIDDEN (2015)
2016-10-26 11:00
The Story: A family of three has been living in an underground bomb shelter for 300 days… but what are they hiding from?Expectations: This is the feature film debut of The Duffer Brot… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #22: COHERENCE (2014)
2016-10-23 16:06
The Story: A dinner party is interrupted by a rip in the fabric of space and time, pitting a group of L.A. eccentrics against their doppelgangers.Expectations: Two-thirds of the way through… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #20: COOTIES (2014)
2016-10-20 14:53
The Story: A bad batch of chicken nuggets turns the children of the quiet Fort Chicken community into flesh-eaters.  Expectations: My buddy Rob G. (of Killer POV / Shock Waves fame) rec… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #17: CREEP (2014)
2016-10-17 14:15
The Story: According to Netflix: “A freelance cameraman can’t be fussy about his assignments.  But this one could go way beyond his comfort zone.”Expectations: I knew… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #15: CELL (2016)
2016-10-15 20:25
The Story: A mysterious electromagnetic pulse turns everyone using a cell phone into a rage zombie.  John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, the dynamic duo who struck gold with Stephen King… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #13: HUSH (2016)
2016-10-13 11:00
The Story: A deaf/mute author is stalked in her rural home by a killer.Expectations: The synopsis reminded me of two often-overlooked horror films, WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967) and EYES OF A STRAN… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #9: SPRING (2015)
2016-10-09 11:00
The Story: Mourning the death of his mother, a young American seeks an emotional escape in Italy and meets the love of his life.  With a twist.Expectations: Vampire movie.Reaction: It&r&hell…Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #6: THE WITCH (2016)
2016-10-06 22:48
The Story: A Puritan minister and his family are cast out into the New England wilderness, where they encounter a devilish influence.Expectations: After its premiere at Sundance, this indie… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares: The 2016 Edition
2016-09-30 11:00
Two posts in two years?!  I think it's safe to say that this blog is mostly dead.  But, to quote Miracle Max in THE PRINCESS BRIDE, there's a difference between "mostly dead" and "… Read More
2016-05-28 01:12
 A few years ago, I decided to write a followup to my 2004 book Nightmares in Red, White and Blue, a cultural study of American horror films.  At first, I imagined it as… Read More
Wes Craven, Stephen King... And Me
2014-11-13 17:29
Cover art by Tom and Sian MandrakeEarlier this year, I published my sixth nonfiction book, Beyond Fear -- a study of Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero's "Living Dead" films.  … Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares: Postmortem 2014
2014-11-13 14:44
I have to admit that this year's horror movie marathon didn't excite me as much as the last two.  Maybe it's because I settled for new releases on Netflix direct-play instead of diligen… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #30: V/H/S 2 (2013)
2014-10-30 13:50
(NOT the official poster... but too cool to ignore.  Art by Tony Moore.)The Story: This horror anthology is set into motion when a couple of private detectives search the apartment of a… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #25: THE BAY (2012)
2014-10-25 14:00
The Story: An idyllic coastal town on the eastern seaboard becomes nosh for an invasive parasite.Expectations: The Netflix synopsis made this sound like an episode of HAVEN.  But direct… Read More
30 Days Of Nightmares #16: HAUNT (2013)
2014-10-16 19:15
  The Story: A family moves into a reputedly haunted house and stirs up angry ghosts.Expectations: My synopsis is probably unfair, because what drew me to this movie was the Netflix syn… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
A few months ago, I published an article on Wes Craven's 1986 film Deadly Friend in an online horror journal.  As far as I can tell, the issue in which my article appeared is no longer… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
In the spring of 2012, I planned a two-week road trip through the Four Corners area—partly to research a book I was writing about westerns, but mainly to visit some places that I just… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
A few months ago, a friend introduced me to a mix tape club—a group of people who routinely exchange mix CDs, just for the hell of it. Intrigued, I spoke to the guy who organized the g… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
  1935: The German electronics company AEG (Aus Erfahrung Gut) invents the first reel-to-reel magnetic tape recorder. They call it the Magnetophon.1958: RCA Victor introduces the first… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
  I suppose it's time to acknowledge that this blog has become mainly an archive of book and movie reviews, and a chronicle of my trips to various filming locations.This site isn't goin… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Kings of Horror rolls on... and I'm understanding why Turek and Bibbs decided to limit themselves to only the theatrical horror films adapted from the works of Stephen King.  My own lis… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Ryan Turek and William Bibbiani are still valiantly making their way through the Stephen King movie canon with their month-long series Kings of Horror.   Because the sheer volume of ada… Read More

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