On Saturday, May 8, Cult of Cinema‘s Aaron Pynn will host a conversation between Mike Thorn (author of Shelter for the Damned and Darkest Hours) and Jamie Blanks (director of Urban Legend and Valentine).
American Twilight: The Cinema of Tobe Hooper, the first comprehensive, academic, peer-reviewed study of Tobe Hooper’s oeuvre, includes Mike Thorn’s essay, “Lizard Brain Ouroboros: Human Antiexceptionalism in Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive and Crocodile.”
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Like everything else I’ve written, my debut novel Shelter for the Damned draws inspiration from a wide array of sources. It was influenced by books, short stories, essays, personal memories and relationships, music, dreams, and cinema. I have always been interested in films focused on adolescent experience and suburban milieus (especially, but not exclusively, within the horror genre).
Geez, it’s been a while since we got spooky on the show, hasn’t it? High time we brought back Mike Thorn to talk about how Wes Craven fused meta storytelling and horror in two franchises: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. We’ll permeate the membranes of reality, disassemble Craven’s views on horror’s social and political value, and laugh about how Matthew Lillard yells “BOO-GAH” when he imitates a gunshot.
Hot Box the Cinema welcomes a very special guest, critic and horror author Mike Thorn, for a tribute to the late filmmaker Stacy Title, the potentially vulgar auteur behind films like The Bye Bye Man, Snoop Dogg’s Hood of Horror, and The Last Supper.
Mike Thorn joins the hosts of Necronomi.com to talk social commentary in Color Out of Space. They discuss isolation, environmentalism, family, tomatoes, alpaca milk, H. P. Lovecraft’s undying racism, and more.
Mike Thorn appeared on the Extended Clip podcast to talk about Shelter for the Damned and two of the films that inspired it: Gene Fowler Jr.’s I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and Larry Clark’s Ken Park (2002).
“Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to be a writer?
I can’t remember a time before I started writing. For better or worse, it has been a lifelong impulse. I was always drawn to reading, which is probably where my interest in writing originated. As a kid, I was excited by fantasy and horror (J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and R. L. Stine when I was quite young, and then Stephen King when I got a little older).”