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 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.
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 email@example.com 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!
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.
Ok boils ‘n ghouls, it looks as though the internet is back up and running in the new Backwoods Horror offices and we’re nearly done packing. Time to get caught up on all the horror news, reviews, and everything in between that’s fit to print. We got a blu-ray & DVD of the Unrated Director’s Cut of KILLER JOE in the mail the other day, so expect a review for that film coming soon, along with a review for THE TURNPIKE KILLER, SLAUGHTER TALES, and PROJECT OCTOBER (all three made by local NY/Brooklyn filmmakers, THE TURNPIKE KILLER being produced by New York Horror Film Productions, and written and directed by Evan Makrogiannis – who has a son of oh about 13 or so who also has a werewolf film on the discc I’ll also review…it’s fantastic to see budding indie horror filmmakers). SLAUGHTER TALES, by the way, was made by a (I believe) 15 year old young filmmaker named Johnny Dickie, who also does all the special effects makeup, so it’ll be a joy to see his work.
There is a lot of talent coming out of this area in the indie horror arena. I recently attended a small screening of a few indie horror shorts and a revival of SLUGS (and carried away a signed poster), called the NEW YORK CITY HORROR AND EXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL in Astoria. I believe it was the first of many to come and I look forward to being invited back again.
Anyway, that’s all for now. This time of year is SLOW for horror news so it doesn’t look like I missed much, but you can bet your bloody arse I’ll get it up on the site.
The new Backwoods Horror office has been without internet for the past 24 hours. The entire area is actually. This is terribly annoying as we JUST had lines put in yesterday evening & we were going to be up and running with new posts amd reviews soon. Time Warner its telling us it’ll be tomorrow before things are back to normal (I’m writing this from my phone). So, hopefully, expect us to be back in bloody business by Sunday or Monday.
Thank you for your patience and consideration.
Your friend in horror,
Aaron J. Howell
Cheif Editor & Owner
Where have we been the past few days? You may have noticed a lack of updates. Well, the BACKWOODS HORROR office is moving from Manhattan to the Brooklyn area so we’re taking a short break while we get everything moved and the internet back up and running. This will be the last post more than likely from our current office, but rest assured boils ‘n ghouls, BACKWOODS HORROR isn’t gone, just moving its physical space. So we’ll be seeing your bloodshot eyes again soon. Thank you so very much for your patience.
You may have noticed that we’ve been gone over the month of November. After the witching season of Halloween, things tend to calm down in the world of horror so, instead of being bored out of our wits, we took the month off to reflect on all things horror and the state of the genre. Sadly, we didn’t miss much. But now we’re back, risen anew from our charnel abodes to spread terror throughout the land…er…well…the internet anyway. What little news we have to report on from the past month we’ll get up right away, and of course we’ll continue to pass along to you, dear boils ‘n ghouls, all the horror news, reviews, and everything in between that’s fit to print (though, admittedly, December has always been a slow month for horror as well. Still, a month’s a month and that’s been long enough.). We’re back. Jooooooin Uuuussssss….