Tales of the Phantasmagoria – Old Red Lion Theatre

When we saw Danse Macabre’s Nightmares in Progress at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre, I remember climbing the stairs to the blackroom to disconcertingly find plastic sheeting spread over the seating. This time I only got as far as the ticket booth to be handed a ticket with the words ‘Welcome to Hell’ written on…

Retina (2018)

Alex J Mann, the filmmaker behind 3 Seconds and Me2 is planning to release a new short horror film every month and we are delighted to be able to bring the first of these delicious little bites to you. First up is Retina, a tale where our dependence on tech and horror collide. We rather…

Cure (AKA Kyua 1997)

We became interested in Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa with the exquisitely sad ghost story Kishibe no Tabe (AKA Journey to the Shore 2015) and then the far more disturbing Creepy (2016), so we were very excited when we discovered that our good friends at Eureka were about to release his breakthrough supernatural thriller Kyua or…

Bella in the Wych Elm (Short)

Tom Lee Rutter’s Bella in the Wych Elm is an intriguing docudrama based upon the case of a decomposed female corpse discovered in 1943 by some boys out poaching in Hagley Wood in the English Midlands. The corpse had been stuffed into the hollow trunk of the tree and according to the now lost police…

Hell’s Bells

With today being the first of May I came across this little gem from Wandering Tiger, featuring one of England’s quirky folk traditions. Written and directed by Luke Jeffery and produced by Charlie Coldfield (who also plays the role of  deprogrammer Howard Webb) and Jocelyn Chandler Hawkins, Hell’s Bells also features Magda Cassidy as Rosie…

The Black Gloves (2017)

We really loved Hex Studio’s first two features Lord of Tears (2013) and The Unkindness of Ravens (2017) with their shared mythology of avian monsters and old school British  horror atmospherics, so we have been keenly following the development of their latest manifestation in the magnificent The Black Gloves. A prequel in effect to Lord…

The Hollow Tree – by James Blogden

James Blogden’s previous novel Hekla’s Children was one of our top reads of 2017. An intriguing blend of folk-horror and inter-dimensional experience we gave it a 666/666. In our opinion his latest book The Hollow Tree, just published by our good friends at Titan Books, is even better. The Hollow Tree opens in 1945 when…

Bury the Hatchet – at the Vault Festival

Normally the very idea of musical theatre makes my blood run cold, but replace the show tunes with a bit of Prairie Bluegrass, then throw in a couple of grisly murders and I’m hooked. Bury the Hatchet opens up the infamous case of Lizzie Borden, who in 1892 was accused and tried for hacking to…

Unburied at The Vault Festival

We have a bit of previous with Carrie Marx of Hermetic Arts, but in a good way because we absolutely loved her one woman show BADD (Bothered About Dungeons and Dragons) at the 2017 London Horror Festival. So when we were invited to the opening night of her new show Unburied at London’s Vault Festival…