1900s

Creep 2 – USA, 2017

Creep 2 is a 2017 American horror thriller directed by Patrick Brice from a screenplay co-written with Mark Duplass, who also stars, alongside Desiree Akhavan. The film is a sequel to Brice’s well-received 2014 film Creep. Distribution company The Orchard released Creep 2 on… Read More ›

The Lodgers – Ireland, 2017

‘We see you’ The Lodgers is a 2017 Irish gothic horror feature film directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) from a screenplay by David Turpin (The Indecents) for Epic Pictures (Day of Reckoning). It stars David Bradley, Eugene Simon and Bill Milner. 1920, rural… Read More ›

The Conqueror Worm – poem

The Conqueror Worm is a poem by Edgar Allan Poe about human mortality and the inevitability of death. It was first published in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine in 1843, but quickly became associated with Poe’s short story Ligeia after Poe added the… Read More ›

H.P. Lovecraft – author

  Howard Phillips Lovecraft aka H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he… Read More ›

M.R. James – author

Montague “Monty” Rhodes James OM, MA, FBA (1 August 1862 – 12 June 1936), who used the publication name M. R. James, was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge (1905–18), and of Eton College (1918–36)…. Read More ›

Ghost Weddings – article

In Chinese tradition, a ghost marriage (Chinese: 冥婚; pinyin: mínghūn; literally: “spirit marriage”) is a marriage in which one or both parties are deceased. Other forms of ghost marriage are practiced worldwide, from Sudan, to India, to France since 1959…. Read More ›

Hellfire Caves, Buckinghamshire, UK

The Hellfire Caves – also known as the Hell-Fire Caves and West Wycombe Caves – are a network of man-made chalk and flint caverns that extend a quarter of a mile (500 metres) underground. They are situated nearby the village of West Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, England…. Read More ›

Iron maiden – torture device

An iron maiden is a presumed, though likely fictional, torture device, consisting of an iron cabinet with a hinged front and spike-covered interior, sufficiently tall to enclose a human being. The iron maiden is often associated with the middle ages. However, no… Read More ›

Noble Johnson – actor

Noble Johnson (April 18, 1881 – January 9, 1978) was an African-American actor and film producer. He was one of the first black actors in Hollywood to achieve any meaningful level of fame and successfully navigated the transition from silent movies to talkies. Born in… Read More ›

Vampire Hunting Kit

Vampire hunting kits first appeared in the mid-Victorian era, around the year 1840. They became even more common post-1897 with the publication of Bram Stoker‘s novel Dracula, appealing to both the Victorian’s passion for highly decorative conversation pieces and their… Read More ›

The Sealed Room – USA, 1909

The Sealed Room is an eleven-minute American film released in 1909. Directed by D.W. Griffith, the film’s cast included Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B. Walthall, Mary Pickford, and Mack Sennett. The film was also known as The Sealed Door. The plot, by screenwriter Frank E. Woods, is based on the… Read More ›