Halloween is fast approaching. What better way to spend the coming weeks than delving deep into a macabre universe of classic movie monsters… with a twist? Lucky you, Behold the Undead of Dracula: Lurid Tales of Cinematic Gothic Horror is now available!
An affectionate tribute to the crumbling castles and lysergic psychedelia of ’60s and ’70s creature features, this new anthology from Muzzleland Press features the kind of bawdy, bloody tales that would make Peter Cushing, Roger Corman, and Mario Bava proud, but filtered through a modern lens. From straightforward homage to postmodern revisionism and self-aware metafiction, the stories in Behold the Undead of Dracula read like descriptions of lost Hammer Pictures productions that never existed, couldn’t have existed, should have existed.
My own contribution, “Diabolus in Musica,” is a riff on Dennis Wheatley’s devil-worship potboilers. It features a b-movie music composer who finds himself the victim of hellish visions and satanic machinations while trying to finish his latest film score. Check out the full table of contents down below for a taste of what the rest of my creepy compatriots have in store for readers.
“Go to the Devil” by Matthew M. Bartlett
“Over the Violets There That Lie” by Gwendolyn Kiste
“George Strait and the Black Orchard Grimoire” by Mer Whinery
“Vengeance of the Blood Princess” by Dominique Lamssies
“Diabolus in Musica” by William Tea
“Taste of Fear in the Night (European Release Title: Curse of the Mountain Witches)” by Tom Breen
“You Should Smile More: The Blood Coven of Arkana” by Heather L. Levy
“Mina’s Castle” by Sean M. Thompson
“Cleaver Castle of Carnage Presents: The Coven Strikes Back” by Christa Carmen
“The Bloody Cask of Rasputin” by Thomas C. Mavroudis
“The Filthy Creation of Frankenstein” by Gemma Files