In the first of a semi regular new feature Ginger Nuts of Horror takes a look at some of the authors who have sadly passed from the collective consciousness of the horror genre. These Forgotten Sons ( and Daughters) of the genre are writers who hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the contributors to the site.
To kick the series off I could think of no better example of a Forgotten Son than the Scottish horror author ( yes there are more than just Willie Meikle flying the genre flag up north) Joe Donnelly.
the mirror ultimately, despite being fairly chilling in its initial framing, just becomes a set up for getting “Exposition Fairy”
Here's the thing with Dean Koontz: he is often derided as the poor man's Stephen King, and that is true, to some degree; he is one of a million horror writers who made a name for themselves during the popular renaissance of the genre throughout the 1970s and 1980s, in which book store and library shelves groaned under a surfeit of Stephen Kings, Clive Barkers, Graham Mastertons, James Herberts, Shaun Hutsons and a hundred others. Though it seems absurd to even think it now, time was, horror was the dominant commercial force in mainstream publishing; something that we who remember regard as a golden age.
It's a question that everyone who is into horror must get asked a million times, "how did you get into horror". We all have different stories to tell, most of which will share common themes and appearances from many of the same horror genre staples. Alex Bowley takes us on his own journey of what got him onto horror.
So there are these two shows about zombies. I'm sure you've heard of at least one of them. The elder, more popular of the two, launched with tremendous pedigree behind it – adapted from a long-running and beloved graphic novel series, developed by a hugely respected film-maker and broadcast on a highly respected network. The other, younger show was developed by the producers of such modern day classics as Transmorphers and Sharknado, broadcast on a network that can't even spell its own name properly and was presumably created when one executive (probably high) turned to another and said: “Hey, so that new zombie show seems pretty popular. We should make one of those.”