STORIES

The Lost Boys

I was a guest on a podcast recently and was asked how I got into horror film. I told the hosts that I didn’t watch horror movies until I started writing horror fiction. I realize that I was wrong. The first horror “film” I saw was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” MJ is problematic now, but I […]

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STORIES

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

This is a late post since I read this book before the pandemic. Mongrels a coming-of-age story about a boy who lives with his aunt and uncle. The three of them are wanderers: always in poverty, always on the move, the adults never seeming to hold down jobs, the kid being swept along in their […]

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FICTION

Seek Ye Whore

Students have been taking up this increasingly hard-to-find story, so I’m placing this here until my second collection comes out.

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PHILIPPINES, TRUE WEIRD

Ilawod: How Our Monster Got Its Name

A lot of people have been asking about the title of the movie. Why Ilawod? What does it mean? How did you guys come about it? This post will answer that question. When director Dan Villegas and I brainstormed on what was to become Ilawod, we had no idea that we were going to create […]

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STORIES

Ilawod: How a Horror Film Happened

Over the next few days, I will be writing more about how the movie got made. Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer, and don’t forget to watch Ilawod when it opens in theaters nationwide on January 18, 2017.

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PHILIPPINES, TRUE WEIRD

Philippine Urban Legends: The Stories that Grow from a Mix of Animism, Technology, and the Scars of Dictatorship

Mention the Philippines and most people think of weird food (fertilized duck egg, anyone?) and beautiful beaches. But stick around long enough, and you’ll find that (sometimes literally) beneath the country’s modern malls and mysterious mountains runs a lower mythological tradition so rich, its moved from the forest to the cities, morphing from myths to […]

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STORIES

Atrocities in Everyday Life

What is horror? Go past the monsters, the serial killers, the scary clowns. Go past the books, the TV shows, the movies. Go past the make believe. What is horror in the here and now? In history? What is horror in real life?

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