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  • Too Late: Notes on Jumpin’ Jack

    This one, jeez. Sometimes you write stuff, and don’t really remember what prompts it. With this one, I’d written a story set in Whispering Pines (the haunted woods in my fictional universe, in central Massachusetts) already for the Reddit board No Sleep. I’d written one about aliens which had done well, and this one later, which barely anyone read.

    To begin with, it’s an old black guy. I wanted to write as an old black guy. So I did. That’s probably the King influence again. I’ve always had an affinity for stories about old guys recounting sketchy things from their younger days.

    Recently, I reread Ligotti’s “The Frolic,” and while the only similarity is a child killer, I feel that “Jumpin’ Jack” shares a similar tone, and feel, though it’s less cosmic horror, and more folk horror.

    There is an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention, “The Tale of Watcher’s Woods.” Had an impact on me as a child, and helped get the mythology of Whispering Pines going. Probably some Blair Witch in there, too.

    The Tale of Watcher’s Woods

    Watcher's Woods


  • Five Graphic Novels to Make You Lose Sleep

    1. SUICIDE FOREST

    Suicide Forest
    is written by El Torres, with art by Gabriel Hernandez. The plot deals with a real forest in Japan, Aokigahara, that is a popular place for suicides. Ghosts and wilderness that makes people want to kill themselves? Sign me up!

    2.THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY (VOLUME 1 AND VOLUME 2)

    Thomas Ligotti writes absolutely terrifying fiction. For proof of this, we need look no further than Volume 1 and 2 of The Nightmare Factory.
    A variety of authors and artists help to bring some of Ligotti’s heart rate increasing, sanity questioning fiction to life. Stand outs include a story in Volume 1 about mannequins, and a story about gas station carnivals in volume 2. Those two stories in particular really fucked me up.

    3.30 DAYS OF NIGHT (Primarily 1st volume through third volume, and Red Snow)

    If you read horror comics you already know about 30 Days of Night.
    Even if you don’t, you probably have already heard of 30 Days of Night. The one that started it all, volume 1 of 30 Days of Night, was written by Steve Niles (personal favorite) with art by Ben Templesmith (Clearly, I’m obsessed). Red Snow, a later volume that incorporates a Nazi occupation of snow-swept Russia with vampires, was written and drawn by Templesmith, who is like a shot of adrenaline to the arm of horror comics. (Even if he isn’t great with feet…)

    4.THE EXTREMIST

    I’ve already written a post about The Extremist, so read this article to get up to speed. At bottom of article… It is creepy, it deals with kinky sex and murder, what the hell more could you ask for, sicko?! Go get

    5.WELCOME TO HOXFORD (I swear Templesmith does not send me checks in the mail…)

    I apologize in advance to Ben Templesmith for talking about him incessantly. I’m really not as creepy and stalkerish as I seem, Ben. It’s just that I love your art, and the things you choose to write about are what get me going. What can I say, the man taps into a primal part of me, that wants to look at panel after panel of fucked up, sharp and angular monsters… and squids. Not to mention everything I’ve read that Templesmith has had a part in the writing process of is funny; imbued with both a razor sharp wit, and the occasional gross out humor. Yet, to simply label Templesmith’s work funny, is to only categorize a small part of it. The majority of it is dark, and brutal; it is the art of your nightmares, and it wants to eat you, while making a snide remark.
    One final personal note; my dream is to one day have a commissioned self portrait piece by Templesmith. I think that this dream isn’t terribly far fetched, so it could happen sometime in the next…ten years. Damnit, i need a real job…
    Oh, and this comic fucking rules. Welcome To Hoxford.