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The Sisters

In the top floors of an abandoned hotel, a group of young girls rally around the comfort and protection of a mysterious supernatural force called the Sisters. When one of the girls, Wendy, starts having strange visions, she begins to question whether the Sisters are truly the saviors they claim, or something much more sinister.

Atmospherics, Creature Design, and Bad Horror

Horror deals in something fundamental: fear. More than that, though, it can incorporate the full range of human emotions through a medium that is both enjoyable, entertaining, and deeply cathartic. But in order to succeed, horror needs to master a few key ingredients. Comparing Terrifier and The Nun, BLK STG gets to the heart of why one succeeds and the other doesn’t.

Mike Hanlon, Dick Hallorann, and Stephen King's Magical Negroes

When most of his white writer contemporaries were completely ignoring the black experience, Stephen King made several valiant attempts to include color in his novels. Black characters play major roles in The Shining, The Stand, The Talisman, and It, which, though still infrequent, far surpass many of his white contemporaries. Yet, he too often falls into the “Magical Negro” stereotype with his early black characters.

Everybody Has An Annie Wilkes

One of the things that makes King so great is the constant what if question that we as readers are provoked by his prose to ask ourselves:What if this happened to my favorite author? Or wait, worse still — what if this were to happen to me? What if I were the prisoner?

An Education in Horror

Every horror fan has an origin story, that moment when they realize they’ve found something truly special. Mine began with Aliens, and I’ve continued my horror education throughout my life. Here are the five films that have most affected me.

Stephen Gammell's Nightmare Factory

In October of 1981, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was released on an unsuspecting adolescent public. Much praise has been heaped on Schwartz, and rightly so. In assembling the collection, he pulled no punches, pushing the boundaries of what was possible in a children’s book. But, Schwartz doesn’t deserve all the credit. Without a doubt, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has transcended all other comers to become the pinnacle of children’s horror because of the surreal, macabre pen and ink drawings of Stephen Gammell.

Exploring the Darkness

Many books have been filled with scary stories that did not go on to achieve the cult-like status of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. To understand the fascination with, and distrust of, the book, it is helpful to examine the era that created it.

Stillborn

When the dead started attacking, my wife and I barricaded the house with all the furniture we could find. We put couches against doors, hammered shelves and floorboards across windows, put heavy things against all entrances. It looked like an explosion had blown all the furniture to the walls. The house was empty and turned inside out.

Hereditary

Ari Aster’s new horror film Hereditary is an instant classic of the genre, pushing forth with a heartbreaking story of familial trauma and grief. A modern day The Witch, Hereditary is a supernatural horror film that doesn’t need the supernatural to be scary.

Welcome Constant Readers

Welcome Constant Readers! This website will be dedicated to cataloguing every corner of the Stephen King Multiverse. Our goal is to be exhaustive…which is going to be a long haul. Join us for the journey!