1910s

Robert Bloch – writer

Robert Albert Bloch (April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994) was an American fiction writer, primarily of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction, from Milwaukee,Wisconsin. Bloch is best known as the writer of the 1959 novel Psycho, the basis for the 1960 film of 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 ›

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 ›

The Avenging Conscience

The Avenging Conscience: or “Thou Shalt Not Kill” is a 1914 U.S. horror film directed by D. W. Griffith. The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” and the poem “Annabel Lee“. A young man (Henry B. Walthall) falls 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 ›

Stuart Freeborn (make-up artist)

Stuart Freeborn (5 September 1914 – 5 February 2013) was a veteran British motion picture make-up artist who died recently. He has been referred to as the “grandfather of modern make-up design” and is perhaps best known for his work on the original Star Wars trilogy, most notably… Read More ›

Frankenstein (1910 film)

Frankenstein is sixteen minute 1910 film made by Edison Studios that was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley. It was the first motion picture adaptation of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein. The unbilled cast included Augustus Phillips as Dr. Frankenstein, Charles Ogle as the Monster, and Mary Fuller as the doctor’s fiancée. The production was deliberately designed to de-emphasize… Read More ›