The Fearless Vampire Killers 1967 Dir. Roman Polanski

I don’t really know what to say about this film. It’s not completely a horror movie, nor is it entirely a comedy, at least not the slapstick affair that American distributers promoted. I’ve heard that the film’s director, Roman Polanski, hoped to create a fairy tale with this film. and that might be the only way to view it.

Dog Soldiers 2002 Dir Neil Marshall

I love discussing the high art of the horror film, but sometimes, it’s good to just geek out over a good old-fashioned creature feature, and Dog Soldiers certainly delivers.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge Dir. Jack Sholder

It was Halloween in 2007, and my friends and I had gathered at my then girlfriend’s apartment to watch horror films. The films we had in the house didn't seem to tantalize anyone, so an expedition to the video store was made (this was back before Netflix). It being Halloween, the local Hollywood Video was cleaned out, so my sister brought back one of the few horror films she could find. This movie was A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.

#30 Cabin in the Woods 2012 Dir. Drew Goddard

#31 Near Dark 1987 Dir. Kathryn Bigelow

I have new neighbors, which is kind of a bummer, because I really liked the old ones, and I also really liked not having neighbors after the old ones left. I plan on introducing my wife and myself to them soon, if for no other reason than to establish mutual humanity early on. People find it more difficult to treat others like crap once you know each others names. That was something our previous neighbors did the day we moved in, and it set the foundation for a positive relationship from the get go. Buzz and his family had moved to Colorado from Florida.

The second guest blog for Cardiff Book History is up, and in it I explain the inspiration behind “A Touch of Murder”.