Depending on whether you’re still reading this page, you may or may not have missed my brilliant horror news, reviews, and everything in between. Well, I reckon I’ll tell ya! I’ve been writing. True, I haven’t been writing for BackwoodsHorror.com, but I have been working on a variety of screenplays (some spec, some revisions to the work of others). I’ve also found myself on the end of a variety of editorial work for blogs, websites, and magazines here in NYC. The majority of my work, however, has been on the research and writing of my own screenplays and teleplays. As much as I love keeping current on all the horror news and reviews out there, I’ve had to buckle down and focus on the various tasks at hand. That being said, I can’t stay away. I was once known as someone with a firm severed hand on the spurting pulse of horror, but I’ve fallen behind whilst trying to become a part of the genre I know and love. What? That’s right, I’m writing works of horror. The world doesn’t need more sappy drama and fart-joke comedies. The world needs some damn good horror! It may be hubris to think I’m the one to do it, but hells bells if I’m not going to try! Besides, it takes an amazing amount of confidence (real or imagined) to believe in yourself enough to push ahead and attempt to make your dreams a reality. I may crash and burn, true, but I’ll hate myself forever if I don’t try.
So what does this mean for the site? It has meant that I’ve been woefully absent, but I plan to rectify that very soon. I may not always be there to bring the freshest horror news kicking and screaming out of the ether, but reviews will definitely be coming. The first of which will be a review for DARK WAS THE NIGHT (see trailer below), a fitting Backwoods Horror film for my shallow dive back into reviews. I still have a second viewing before writing my thoughts on the film (as I always give a film two viewings before I feel able enough to have collected my wandering thoughts about the damn thing). I’m a little rusty writing anything non-fiction, but with a few scratches and a little blood, I’ll hopefully be back to my regular self again in that regard. Besides, I’ve spent almost 8 years keeping this site going. I’m not going to just let it die anytime soon. And even if I did, I’d dig it up and reanimate it to do my evil will…BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Er, um, yes, so stay tuned, kiddos!
Also, search on the site isn’t working for some goddamn reason or another. I’ll take the weekend and try to figure it out.
The winners of the annual EVADIA HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST have been announced! Now it’s your turn to go vote for your favorites for Readers’ Choice! Visit any of the sites below to see who has won so far and to vote for your favorites in the comments. Each site will be picking a Readers’ Choice, so feel free to vote on all three!
For those of you who didn’t win the main prizes, don’t fret, we’re also offering a READER’S CHOICE AWARD for each site. Basically, the rules are thus: Check out the photos below on this site, The Year Of Halloween, & Superficial Gallery and leave a comment on each site of your favorite entry from the gallery below. There will be an (as of now, secret) Reader’s Choice prize for each site, so feel free to vote on each site and remember to leave your votes listing the number and why you think the costume is so friggin’ sweet in the comment sections.
Readers’ Choice Contestants – vote for your favorite in the comments!
It’s the Halloween Season, boils ‘n ghouls, and for those of you out there wracking your (or someone else’s) brain when it comes to the delicate art of pumpkin carving, Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark & The Hostess With The Mostest, has come to your rescue. I came across this little clip that should help any Jack-O-Lantern newbies get into the, er, spirit of the season. So take it from a pro and get to it because before you know it, all manner of ghosts ‘n goblins will be wandering the earth and who knows what will happen if you’re caught without the protection of a glowing, grinning visage of ‘ol Jack sitting upon your front steps.
It’s that time of year again boils ‘n ghouls. That time of year when the air becomes cool and crisp. When dusk brings a brilliant orange hue and long, mysterious shadows. That time of year when the smell of woodsmoke drifts upon the brisk night wind. When the leaves carpet the ground with brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown. It is that time of year when a Jack ‘o Lantern, so carefully carved, sits glowing upon the steps of homes everywhere. When children stalk the night to trick or treat. It is a time of monsters, of werewolves, vampires, witches and ghosts. It is time…for Halloween!
If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance that, like me, you’ve waited all year for this as the entire month of October is Halloween for me (hell, I could say it’s Halloween all year round here at BackwoodsHorror). And the day itself? I’m not yet certain what I’ll be doing, but I’m for DAMN sure it’s going to be memorable (IF I can remember it…heh…). So dust off your costumes, or make or buy new ones, because it’s time to get out there and celebrate the time of year when Horror in every form imaginable is brought to the forefront of every heart and mind.
This would normally be where I’d yammer on about how much I love Vincent Price, but if you’re a reader, you ALREADY KNOW I FUCKING LOVE VINCENT PRICE! So, here’s a documentary about him as well as an appearance on the Tonight Show with Elvira…
BACKWOODS HORROR LIMITED EDITION HOODIES FOR SALE!
www.BackwoodsHorror.com now has some limited edition hoodies for sale. I personally designed both of them and they’re printed on high quality material. These aren’t just cheap-o crap and you can get ’em in any size. If you’d like to purchase one, message me here in the comments section below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and so I can get your address!
Not only will you be helping out the site, you’ll be picking up some pretty sweet, personally designed, limited edition hoodies as well, just in time for fall! Check ’em out! Hope You Dig ‘Em! Take a look at ’em below!
That’s right boils ‘n ghouls, Lauren Cohan (currently portraying Maggie on THE WALKING DEAD) as you’ve never seen her before. The actress has recently stripped down, leaving little to our ravenous imaginations for the major men’s magazine MAXIM. Oh, and if you can regain your senses after taking a gander at the spread after the break, remember that THE WALKING DEADreturns to AMC for Season 4 on Oct. 13.
From US Magazine:
Maggie, is that you? On the gory-great hit series, THE WALKING DEAD, Lauren Cohan wears ratty clothes and often looks dirty and sweaty as Maggie Greene — which makes sense since she plays one of the last survivors in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. The British actress, who does a convincing Southern accent on the show, cleans up nicely, though, and her Maxim photo spreads (see ’em after the break) prove it.
Cohan, 31, looks gorgeous and sexy (and showered!) in the magazine’s October issue [I sense a rise in Maxim sales this October]. In one particularly sultry shot, the actress, staring at the camera with a “come hither” look, strips down and goes bra-less in a low-cut, delicate teddy. In other pictures, she poses in various revealing retro lingerie, all the while showing off her enviable physique.
Pick up Maxim’s October issue for the full spread & interview!
Howdy Boils ‘n Ghouls! The great Backwoods Horror Fundraiser is in full swing right now and we’re trying to raise some money to make the site a bit more presentable (technical mumbo jumbo that I’m assured is important as our numbers keep growing). I just wanted to Alert you to some fantastic items up for sale (and auction) on eBay right now with all proceeds going to Backwoods Horror. Check ’em out below before they’re all gone!
We’ve got a copy of the out-of-print STEPHEN THROWER book NIGHTMARE USAonAuction right now starting at $150 with a buy it now price of $200. This is CHEAP folks, and it’s in perfect condition, so get it while you can!
Today is the birthday of the greatest American writer of the 20th Century. I am, of course, talking about Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born August 20th, 1890. I couldn’t let it pass without writing some form of tribute to the man who, without his limitless imagination of cosmic horror, the horror world would’ve never been as we know it today. He was contemporaries with Robert Bloch (PSYCHO), Robert E. Howard (CONANTHEBARBARIAN), and Fritz Leiber, amongst others, going on to influence every great horror writer we revere today. Stephen King called Lovecraft “the Twentieth Century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale,” and Neil Gaiman has called him “Rock and Roll.” That last quote could be taken quite literally as Lovecraft has been referenced in bands such as Black Sabbath and Metallica, amongst many others, with a psychedelic band in the 60s/70s even naming themselves after the man.