“As a whole, Peel Back and See is probably my bleakest book to date, with only a few diversions into more playful genre territory (e.g. ‘Mr. Mucata’s Final Requests’, ‘The Furnace Room Mutant’, and ‘Virus’). For the most part, these stories are awash in the personal affective experiences of chronic depression, anxiety, psychological ruptures, post-postmodern despair, addiction, loss, grief, nihilism, pessimism, and suicidal ideation.”
“Mike Thorn breaks down Dead Silence as we discuss The Uncanny, controlling others, the art of horror films, and look deep at the career of James Wan.”
“Horror expert and author Mike Thorn joins me this year for the annual F5 Halloween Special! I’ve got reviews for David Gordon Green’s Halloween (2018) and the new spectacle, Halloween Kills (2021). I also announce the Force Five’s first Blu-ray giveaway! For the Halloween Special, we each chose movies you need to watch from five scary categories: Exorcism, Witch, Ghost/Supernatural, Zombie, Monster/Creature Feature.
Mike Thorn makes a guest appearance on the Optimism Vaccine podcast to discuss Rob Zombie’s films House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and The Lords of Salem.
“I loved seeing Mike’s love for the genre shine through in his work. This occurs in the fiction pieces alongside the essays that can be found at the end of the expanded edition.”
“Thorn just has a way with description that makes the stories hit the reader hard because you feel like you’re part of the experience.”
“Darkest Hours is a fantastic collection of short horror stories with some of the most unique premises I’ve ever read! Body horror, terrifying visions, and monstrous creatures all make an appearance. The clarity and confidence in the writing made these stories come alive.”
“As I did with Shelter for the Damned, I have created here a list of titles that provide a kind of cinematic “mood board” for Darkest Hours. I included the films I reviewed in the expanded edition’s Criticism section, as well as the films that had overt or indirect impact on the stories.”