October is almost over, which means it’s nearly time to say goodbye to our annual horror series, 31 Days of Halloween. As we round up this year’s posts, here’s a quick look at some horror-related writings around the web.
I’m a jaded old horror fan, so coming across something that genuinely scares me is a rarity. “Screwfly Solution” by James Triptree, Jr. (née Alice Sheldon) is one of the most frightening stories I’ve ever read. You can read it in its entirety here. Masters of Horror adapted the story in 2006 – you can watch the episode on Hulu.
Carol Clover’s book, Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film introduced the concept of the “Final Girl,” the last woman who survives the killer’s movie onslaught. The book was based on her shorter essay, “Her Body, Himself” about gender identification in slasher films, which can be read here.
HBO Asia is airing its second original production, four-part horror mini-series Grace. Filmed locally and with an entirely Asian cast, the series revolves around a father’s infidelity and the ruin it brings to his family. The first episode is available on YouTube and HBOAsia.com.
February is Women in Horror month, organized by the site of the same name to promote women’s contributions in the field. 2015 Women in Horror is a couple of months off, but if you wanted to participate, here’s how.
Author Usman Malik writes horror fiction set in Pakistan. You can read his story “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” on Medium.
Have you always felt that a mashup of Hellraiser and Harry Potter was what was missing in your life? Fanfiction has you covered. “Nine years ago Vernon Dursley brought home a certain puzzle box. His nephew managed to open it, changing his destiny. Now, in the midst of Voldemort’s second rise, Harry Potter has decided to recreate the Lament Configuration… and open it… again.” Evil Be Thou My Good by Ruskbyte
Madame Noire rounds up a list of “Black Actors who Survived Scary Movies.”
Mallory Ortberg has the world’s best review of Dracula Untold over on The Toast.
All the weird secrets you never knew about Clive Barker’s Hellraiser over on io9.
Angus Scrimm, who played The Tall Man in the Phantasm series, is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NYC Horror Fest.
Our friends over at Geekquality review Annabelle.
Graveyard Shift Sisters highlights the work of Dr. Kinitra Brooks, whose current work in progress is Search for Sycorax: Black Women in Contemporary Horror. You can read an interview with Dr. Brooks on Ovations.
“Women in the Works of Clive Barker” by AmandaofHappiness over on The Powder Room.
Catherine Geddis looks at homosexuality in Ghost and Horror Fiction.
SyFy is wrapping up its own 31 Days of Halloween movie fest this week if you wanted to just veg out with some horror films.
Finally, here are some adorable Halloween kittens: