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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
July 01
An afficionado of the weird, fantastical, horror-y and speculative with too many mad thoughts on the brain that need to get out of my skull. I don't necessarily review things, I just spew my thoughts on them out....hopefully it will make some kind of sense? Here I will discuss all aspects of horror and fantastical fiction - TV, cinema, film, literature. I may venture outside the genre on the rare occasion. Oh yeah. I'm an Amazon associate.


FEBRUARY 28, 2012 10:34PM

The February Phantasmagorical, 2012





Wherein ChillerPop presents a short, unwordy lazy roundup of the month in phantasmagoric, creepy, spooky, speculative, fantastical, wonderful, science-fictiony, monstrous, psychotronic and strange...and stuff like that...



Be warned - I'm going to t… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2012 3:48PM

The January Phantasmagorical, 2012

Wherein ChillerPop presents a short, unwordy lazy roundup of the month in phantasmagoric, creepy, spooky, speculative, fantastical, wonderful, science-fictiony, monstrous, psychotronic and strange...and stuff like that...


I was introduced by my friend to the jaw droppingly disturbing world of.… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2012 2:14PM

West Memphis Free

My wife had an opportunity to attend the Peter Jackson produced "West of Memphis", a documentary which she described as superb.  I was quite jealous.  I'm currently viewing "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" on HBO on demand because I'm yet unable to see the new documentary. The graphic crime sce… Read full post »

Ah, winter.  What is it about blustery rough cold and spectacular icy landscapes that make you want to retreat to your warm hearths  and read tales of fantasy, sorcery and medieval quests?

 Well, perhaps you're not the nerd I am, or perhaps you're turned off by the… Read full post »


Why does the fun and fear have to end on October 31st?  There's always one last scare before the monster is vanquished for good!  Graaawwrrr!

 Not only that, but I love Dia de los Muertos with all of its skeletal pageantry, and Catholic/Mesoamerican iconography.  Sad… Read full post »


 “It gets complicated when no proof of the Devil is somehow proof of the Devil.”
-    Father Michael Kovak in The Rite

The “banner season” for the current wave of demonic attack/possession films started last year, and is slouching towards Januar… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2011 12:43PM

October 30 - Short Stabs

Short of time, October 30's post will be short "stabs" (I refuse to call them tweets).  I'll be updating all day.

 Watched one half of The Mummy (1932).  I've never had any interest in the mummy genre, having only seen the Brendan Fraser 1999 remake.  I'm impressed by the beautifu… Read full post »


I wouldn't blame you if you're rolling your eyes right now.  Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" has possibly become a stock Halloween cliche, no matter how much you enjoy its Gothic bombastic pomp (and I do).

Likewise, the French lounge-core act Nouvelle Vague may seem to be a c… Read full post »

Sponsored by Silver Shamrock, America's number one Halloween party supply company!  Isn't that song awful and irritating?  You'll be mind-humming it all day and bobbing your head hypnotically...

A few posts ago I wrote of my inexplicable love for Exorcist II: The Heretic.  Now… Read full post »


I haven't felt so alive since I survived my latest ordeal with the living Salt Lake City's "Nightmare on 13th" haunted house. 

I attended their 'Night of the Dead' presentation last week, and despite my age (I'm wayout of the demographic) I came out of it like a giddy… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2011 1:18AM

October 26 - Grave Justice

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This post was originally going to be a Crescent City Classic Nightmare recounting the gruesome Saw-like activities of French Quarter socialite couple Dr. and Madame LaLaurie,  active in the early 1800’s…read on (from Wikipedia):

The LaLauries, in the style of their socRead full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2011 1:55AM

October 25th - Recession Specials


I’m one to celebrate the wide world of possibilities opened up by e-publishing.  It’s making millionaires of imaginative young women.  Maybe it's romantic naivete on my part, but I love that it can be DIY and democratic, so anyone can try to find an/… Read full post »


Back in June of this year we lost comic book legend Gene Colan at the age of 84. 

I meant to pay him tribute back then.  Gene Colan's achievements in the comic book industry are far too numerous to list.  I'll focus on Tomb of Dracula, published by Marvel/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2011 3:20AM

October 23 - Pazuzu Remixed


It's a sad fact that Exorcist II: The Heretic is one of my favorite films.  Yes, you read right.  And I'm sorry to say that I will one day blog extensively about this film and how it satisfies as an unintentional comedy and as a wholly original artistic vision.

In the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2011 5:48AM

October 22 - Look the Other Way...


For the weekend, enjoy the great Hues Corporation (of "Rock The Boat" fame), in this funky little number explicitly warning us to "look the other way" when the baddest, suavest of all vampires hits town.  Ah, imagine the dates one could get if you could just credibly go up… Read full post »


Sadly, this doesn't involve a magical farce a la William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."  I am instead talking about Tucker and Dale versus Evil, an amusing yet painfully gory comedy of errors.  The titular Dale and Tucker are rednecks, and this films is a sendup of… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2011 1:14AM

October 19 - Papal Smear


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Last week, "Pope of Trash" John Waters came to do his one-man monologue, "This Filthy World", at the Rose Wagner Center.  It was a terrifically funny piece for those who know his work or are aligned with his aesthetic.  It randomly meandered to different/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2011 1:21AM

October 18 - Return of the Walking Dead



(of course SPOILERS for the season premiere of "The Walking Dead")

There's very little I can say about the season 2 premiere of "The Walking Dead" that Matt Zoller Seitz didn't state in his excellent piece for Salon today.  He brought up so many excellent poin… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 12:46PM

October 17 - Bad Moon Rising


First of all, thanks to all the folks that commented on my awful pictures! 

Today's post comes a little bit late and very rushed.  The news feed on my smart phone was full of news of the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon.  They had… Read full post »




(He's actually the pumpkin lord of a local party tex mex chain...but I still find him imperious, enigmatic and sinister...) Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2011 1:39AM

October 13 - Dead Aid

Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?

This clever charity song came out a few years ago, but I'm still obsessed with it.  It's a funny tune with some surprising starpower behind it, a conglomeration of performers known as the North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative (NAHPI) including Thu… Read full post »

Carter Brothers

As the Paltrow virus has brought me low, today I give you a short re-blog of another chilling local New Orleans legend heard on my 40th birthday haunted tour: The Carter Brothers. 

The Carter Brothers are positioned as real life "vampires" and the fact that it took… Read full post »



As I write I'm fighting a cold that I blame on Gwyneth Paltrow, even though I'm pretty sure I haven't come in contact with the woman.

Contagion is a very well executed medical thriller.  I'm more often than not bored by medical thrillers, like Outbreak or The AndromedaRead full post »