Horror Toronto: New One-Stop Source for All Things Horror

Horror Toronto logoAs the bewitching season of Halloween approaches, Toronto has a new online resource for all things horror, supernatural, and dark fantasy. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, Horror Toronto catalogs the city’s wealth of offerings from festivals to shopping to performers like the Diet Ghosts. Toronto has become a hidden gem for horror fans. One of the most iconic horror magazines, Rue Morgue, has its headquarters here. And Casa Loma’s annual Legends of Horror is perhaps the premier haunted attraction in North America. All of this activity needed a bigger profile, compiled in one place for easy access. And that’s why I created this one-stop source. Continue reading →

Rue Morgue offers cornucopia for horror fans

Rue Morgue coffin boxThe award-winning magazine Rue Morgue offers horror fans an all-encompassing experience of the world of horror. Launched in 1997 and published bi-monthly, the magazine represents the most prominent arm of a brand dedicated to horror. Rue Morgue also hosts events and produces films. If you know my background, you know that I’ve shifted my creative focus from music to writing. That includes taking a greater interest in one of passions, horror—especially since publishing my first horror novel, The Shatter Point. What intrigued me about Rue Morgue when I recently discovered it was its broad embrace of all things horror. Not just films or books, but an entire range of cultural offerings. Continue reading →

10 best movies featuring a ghost story

Movie poster for Gothic ghost story Crimson PeakI love a good ghost story. Movies abound in the horror and slasher genres, some with quite effective soundtracks. Fewer films, however, qualify as a legitimate ghost story. That may be because it’s more challenging to subtly create dread than to shock with jump shots and gore. The 10 movies listed below don’t simply scare us. They use ghosts to explore themes of greed, guilt, loyalty, hubris, jealousy… Whether American, Spanish, British, Australian, Thai, or Japanese, these movies play with our sense of what is real. The characters themselves don’t quite know what to believe, but all of them must ultimately confront something fundamental about themselves or the world. The soundtracks, all using different approaches, effectively enhance the atmosphere. Continue reading →