Monday, January 12, 2015

Interesting Posts From Other Websites

One thing that is universal among fans of horror is the way we have been negatively treated at one time or another because of our love for the genre. The latest attack comes from the supposedly respectable news website New Republic in the form of a 4 January 2015 posting by Alice Robb titled What It Says About You If You Enjoy Horror Movies. It's a mixture of pseudo-science and author prejudices that stereotypes horror fans as unfeeling, aggressive men who hang around frightened women. This posting has the journalistic integrity of a Weekly World News report about President Obama meeting Bat Boy and the Roswell alien. To paraphrase Robin Williams, I would have used it to line Archer's litter box, but why be redundant.

One good thing that came out of the New Republic's juvenile diatribe was the responses it generated from the community. One of my favorites came from John Squires on the website Halloween Love: In Response to New Republic's Gross Misunderstanding of Horror Fans. I think most of us fans share John's sentiments.

Horror Geeks Magazine has resumed its series of articles on bug movies -- Creeping Crawling Cinema: Mothra (1961) and the (almost) Bug-Less 60s. Next up will be the insect movies of the 1970s.

I love the morbid and the fascinating, so of course I was fascinated by the New York Post's The most insane deaths seen by an NYC medical examiner. If anyone is looking for a good source of research for a medical examiner, then check out the book on which the article was based: Judy Melinek's Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

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