November 2016 Belladonna Issue Now Available!

belladonna6The sixth issue of the all-woman horror magazine Belladonna is out now on Magzter and Magcloud! We of the Horror Honeys crew put our hearts and souls into it. I think some of us might have contributed a few other parts of our anatomies, too.

This month’s attractions include an interview with gamer/model/metalhead (and cover girl) Jessica Blum; LinnieSarah’s analysis of the Basic Instinct films (“When Erotic thrillers Go Stupid”); Katie’s look back at They Live and Westworld; plus all of the latest reviews, sex tips and horoscopes that you could ask for from a magazine of this stripe. My own contributions are reviews of the graphic novels She-Wolf and Starblood.

So check it out…

Reconstructing Not at Night

notatnightI’ve long been intrigued by Christine Campbell Thomson’s Not at Night series, a set of horror anthologies that ran for eleven volumes from 1925 to 1936. More serious-minded horror writers from M. R. James to Ramsey Campbell have criticised Thomson’s taste in the genre – she made no bones about favouring the lurid over the literate – but even so, the series played a prominent role in a large slice of British horror history. Eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to dive in and see for myself what stories Thomson had dished up for interwar audiences.

One problem with this plan: actually getting my hands on the things.

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On Trump

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Well, the bigoted bloke from The Apprentice has been elected leader of the free world, and everybody’s throwing in their tuppence. I seriously doubt that anybody will be turning to me for astute political analysis, so I will jot down my gut reactions.

Firstly, I see a lot of my friends in the US – people who belong to minority groups, be they racial, sexual or health-related – are terrified, not so much of Trump himself but of the electorate that voted him into power. They are terrified, and it is heartbreaking. Never before have I seen so many people who I know personally and care about be so afraid of what the future holds for them. (I should clarify that, during 9/11, my friends were teenagers on video game forums whose anxieties tended to manifest in less direct forms).

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How Do You End a Horror Film?

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Over October, I performed by annual ritual of watching one horror film every day of the month. Some were old favourites, others were DVDs I had lying around but hadn’t watched yet.

One of the films in the former category was A Nightmare on Elm Street. Now, I dig Elm Street, but the ending always annoyed me. Freddy Krueger, despite having been apparently destroyed by Nancy, suddenly takes control of her dream once more and drags all of the main characters to an unseen but presumably nasty fate.

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Reviewing Sandwich-Flavoured Crisps

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I’m a sucker for unusual crisp flavours. I don’t mean the kind of tosh where they’ve slapped a flowery new name on an old flavour, like “Mature English Cheddar and Spring Onion” or “Ready Salted with the Tears of Nuns”. I mean when they take a risk and actually give us a new flavour. So when I found that Walkers had a set of six new varieties, I had to give them a try.

Even if the recurring theme was a little uninspiring: all six flavours are based around sandwiches.

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