Archive for the ‘horror’ Category

And now I want to read Derleth…

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

…especially this one:

I could, of course, just buy it on eBay, for USD99 plus shipping.


How Faulkner inspired Psycho

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Having just finished watching the classic Psycho (1960), it struck me that some details are remarkably similar to William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” (full text here). The taking in of a lover, the poisoning of the lover, the preservation of a body, the imprint of the the body in the bed and of course the importance of the house. I am of course not the first to notice this.

Here is an article from the The Journal of Popular Culture discussing this very thing.

The inspiration to the house in Psycho

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Compare Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad …

Edward Hopper, House by the Railroad, 1925.

…to the house in Psycho.

According to imdb‘s page on Psycho, this was the inspiration.

Hitchcock on the setting of Psycho (1960)

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Let Alfred Hitchcock guide you to the setting of his classic Psycho in this five minute trailer. It is always a delight to hear Hitchcock speak. Warning, spoilers.

Link here, I can’t seem to embed imdb videos.

Kutna Hora: true horror in architecture

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Speaking of Švankmajer, the Czech artist has made a 1970 film about one of the most remarkable places I have ever visited. It is a small church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, about an hour by train from Prague. The history of it is fascinating. During the Crusades, an abbot brought home some earth from Golgotha and spread it out in the churchyard. The wish to be buried in hallowed ground made the burial site very popular.

So lots of people were buried there. In the 1870s, however, a local man was told to put the bones in order (I suppose there were so many that they caused a problem. Here is how he tidied the place:

The result is chilling, even on a sunny day. You must go there. Here is Švankmajer’s 1970 film:

Jan Švankmajer’s Zánik domu Usheru (1981)

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Has anyone seen this? It’s a black and white movie, it looks arty and it’s apparently an adaptation of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”. I don’t know anything about Švankmajer as an artist apart from what I can google, but the film looks interesting.

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to embed it, but here’s a link to

“The Fall of the House of Usher” audio file

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Listen to an awesome reading of The Fall of the House of Usher here.  It’s from which did an amazing special called 32 days of Halloween. Check it out for lots of scary goodies!

This t-shirt print is not related to this post, but you will find a link to it on the Needcoffee site.