I appeared on the latest episode of Cinematary‘s podcast to discuss my horror poll and The Rage: Carrie 2.
About midway through the summer, I was inspired by Nathan Smith’s “Shmight and Shmound” poll, conducted through Twitter and also published here on Cinematary. I briefly toyed with the idea of leading my own poll for horror films and ran the idea past Nathan. He was extremely supportive and offered some helpful advice that came in handy during the (shockingly intensive) aggregating process. When I put out the call on Twitter, I quickly heard back from a wide array of fans, writers, bloggers, podcasters, critics and creators.
“I found often drawn to certain sentences that Thorn crafted. They were clever and I liked his use of language. Some of my favorites included:
‘My scholastic cock outsizes everyone else’s’
‘Herbert asked the bartenders breasts’
‘Work like you want to work’
‘Everything else, the chaos that came between the cradle and the grave, was unpredictable’
It is clear from Thorn’s writing that he has spent some time in academia, as several of his stories star accomplished or struggling academic professors. It is obviously a familiar environment Thorn likes to capture. Whether the academic was a mouse mass murderer or an out-of-work biologist, Thorn highlights their struggles and peculiarities.”
“At first glance, it’s difficult to situate The House with a Clock in Its Walls within director Eli Roth’s filmography. Following a politically reckless triptych that studied the implications of mass socialization through online platforms (The Green Inferno , Knock Knock  and Death Wish ), this tonally scattershot kiddie Gothic seems almost to surface from nowhere. In some sense, it’s worthwhile to view the film completely on its own terms; but when dislocated from the rest of Roth’s ouevre, it offers little foundation for serious critical engagement. The film is flatly and almost numbingly pleasant. It’s over-designed but not to the point of genuine exuberance; occasionally amusing but never that funny; periodically stirring but by no means truly creepy; and unlike every one of its filmmaker’s preceding films, it moves through its entire runtime without ever straying near the territory of bad taste.”
“The Time-Out Doll” by Hasani Walker
My new internet-themed horror story “Virus” is featured on the latest episode of The NoSleep Podcast. Performed by Jessica McEvoy, Nichole Goodnight and Mike DelGaudio.
Executive producer and host: David Cummings
Musical score composer: Brandon Boone
Audio adaptation producers: Phil Michalski, Jeff Clement and Jesse Cornett
“Thorn’s mastery of prose is an absolute delight to read. His creativity is refreshing. His subtle ability to make the horror sneak up on the reader is a gift. I compared these stories many times to my favorites from Poe, and they indeed share the chilling truth that the worst monsters are the ones within.”