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The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – A Word On The Devil

  1. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – Introduction
  2. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – Carnivals and the counter culture
  3. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – Good versus evil
  4. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – Hardcore wrestling and the slasher film
  5. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – Monstrous bodies and body horror
  6. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – The unkillable monster
  7. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – A Word On The Devil
  8. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – The Covid era and cinematic wrestling Scheduled for May 25, 2022
  9. The Hammerlock of the Gods – Pro Wrestling and Horror – Conclusion Scheduled for June 1, 2022

A word on the Devil

A discussion of horror would not be complete without mentioning the Prince of Darkness. His presence is woven throughout the genre, from Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus way back in 1592, all the way through to his modern iterations in literature and film, from Ray Bradbury’s, Something Wicked this Way Comes (1962), to Stephen King’s Needful Things (1991), from William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel (1978) and its cinematic interpretation, Angel Heart, (1987), to Constantine (2005), the Devil’s place in the horror genre is well trod.

Naturally, Satan dips his toes into the carnival world of wrestling too. How could he resist? While there has never been a wrestler directly portraying the role of Satan as far as I am aware, his presence can be seen influencing the work of wrestlers like Kevin Sullivan, Jake the Snake Roberts, the Undertaker in his Ministry of Darkness period, and Bray Wyatt’s Fiend character, among others.

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Epeolatry Book Review: Flash Futures by Eric Fomley

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Title: Flash Futures: Dark Science Fiction Stories

Author: Eric Fomley

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Shacklebound Books

Release Date: 2nd March, 2022

Synopsis:

From urban hotel rooms with interdimensional portals to far-future robotic societies, to far-flung galaxies, to the near future, to present day with a twist. Eric Fomley’s first full collection brings a variety of dark futures for your consumption and enjoyment. Flash Futures contains three very short stories and twenty-one sci-fi flash fictions guaranteed to take you to the future in ten minutes or less.

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Patrick O’Ryan: Transforming Fiction with Medusa Tales

Patrick O’Ryan: Transforming Fiction with Medusa Tales

By Angelique Fawns

There is simple alchemy, where one turns metal into gold. Then there is more sublime transformation. The kind where an internal change brings us our highest potential. Patrick O’Ryan is on the hunt for these kinds of stories with his new bi-monthly digital magazine Medusa Tales. With his first issue out in May, I sat down with him to learn more about the birth of a new market place.

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10 Relaxing Activities to Rediscover Your Writing Voice

10 Relaxing Activities to Rediscover Your Writing Voice

No matter how much you love writing and no matter how creative you are, it’s not always easy to be inspired. That’s especially true when you write for a living, and you hit some creative roadblocks. 

 

The dreaded “writer’s block” can affect anyone. Even if you’re still putting out content, it can sometimes feel like you’re not speaking in your true voice. 

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 05/13/2022

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Get in touch and we’ll promote you here. The post is prepared each Thursday for publication on Friday. Contact us via Horror Tree’s contact address or connect via Twitter or Facebook.

Click on the book covers for more information. Remember to scroll down to the bottom of the page – there’s all sorts lurking in the deep.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Night Road by Kevin Lucia

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Title: The Night Road

Author: Kevin Lucia

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Cemetery Dance

Release Date: April, 2022

Synopsis:

For most of her life, Grace Donaldson’s passion has been running. As a star in Cross Country and Track and Field, Grace ran to win, because losing wasn’t an option. For her, running was freedom, and she was only ever her true self when racing toward the finish line.

 

Her senior year, that all changed. Afterward, instead of running toward something, Grace started running away. From her pain, her anger, and her guilt. Now, as her younger sister lies on her deathbed from attempted suicide and Grace’s darkness threatens to consume her, she discovers The Night Road, and the chance to run toward something again, instead of away…if she’s willing to pay a terrible price.

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Can Horror Be Literary?

Can Horror Be Literary?

By: Meg Hafdahl

My love for stories surpasses any one genre. As a child I was just as invested in Matilda’s journey in Roald Dahl’s novel as I was about the twin sisters in the Sweet Valley High series. Goosebumps and The Babysitter’s Club shared the same shelf beside my bed. As I got older I became more intrigued by classic literature; Frankenstein, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Gone With the Wind. Learning how to deconstruct short stories by Herman Melville, how to understand the nuance of Ray Bradbury, it all thrilled me in a way that only true book nerds understand. Choosing to study literature in college was a no-brainer, as I loved to read; and I loved to write about what I read. 
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