Toronto Arts Report: Mike Thorn, The Voice of Canadian Horror, Talks Dark Subject Matter and Curiosity



Can you tell me about your childhood? What kinds of creative activities did you engage with? What were some of your favourite books as a kid?
 
I drew a lot as a kid, and I also started writing when I was quite young. I discovered C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien while I was in elementary school, and I was totally mesmerized by their books. R. L. Stine was my gateway into horror, but the real gamechanger was my first encounter with Stephen King; I read Pet Sematary while serving an in-school suspension in junior high, and that was the moment that everything changed.

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Night Worms Guest Post: DARKEST HOURS Playlist by Mike Thorn

“Heavy metal has always shared a close relationship with the horror genre. From metal grandaddy Black Sabbath’s very name (lifted from Mario Bava’s 1963 anthology film) to the occult aesthetics of black metal and the grisly imagery of death metal, this diverse sonic universe overlaps with horror in varying noteworthy ways. Indeed, I found my gateways into heavy music around the same time I discovered horror fiction and cinema, and it all seemed somehow connected.”

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