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Garry Charles’s Sword of the Ultimate Darkness award

Jesus, do I deserve such an honour, can I wield such power?

I could go for ASSASSIN by SHAUN HUTSON because that was the first novel to make me do a little bit of sick in my mouth.

Or I could hand it over to CLIVE BARKER for WEAVEWORLD because it showed me that fantasy could be horrific.

Then there’s always NIGHT OF THE CRABS by GUY N SMITH just for being so much bloody fun.

I know what I’ll do. I have the power and you can’t stop me. Plus I just love breaking the rules.

Shaun gets the blade, Guy gets the jewel encrusted handle and Clive gets the handsomely embossed leather scabbard.


October 5, 2008 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Elaine Lamkin’s Sword of the Ultimate Darkness Award

After MUCH thought on this, I would have to award The Sword of Ultimate Darkness to George Romero’s seminal 1968 film, “Night of the Living Dead”.  Sure, there were amazing horror films prior to “NOLTLD” but Romero brought horror into our homes.  Literally.  No more worrying about crumbling castles in Transylvania, crazed scientists and their laboratories in Germany or desert tombs and their curses in Egypt.  Now the horror was right next door or actually within your own home.  And by bringing horror home, so to speak, Romero opened the door for folks like Thomas Tryon, Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Dan Simmons, Jack Ketchum, James Herbert and a HOST of other writers of what I like to call “domestic horror” (rather lacks a fearsome-ness but…).  And filmmakers such as David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, etc., etc.  To paraphrase AC/DC, for those of us who like to shock, we salute you, George.

September 26, 2008 at 11:27 am Leave a comment


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