I came pretty close to writing 100 articles this year (and I might still get there, with a little more than a week left). It was a bad year for me, emotionally. Given the cognitive dissonance between the 318,000 Americans who’ve died from COVID-19 and the complete absence of public mourning, I imagine that I’m not the only one.
But I’m proud of the writing I did. Here are my favorites, in chronological order.
“Is Dead Ringers Based on a True Story” via Wicked Horror.
“The Night is Ruined in the Last 15 Minutes” via Wicked Horror.
“VFW Director Joe Begos “Wants You to Have Feelings When You’re Looking at an Image” [Interview]” via Wicked Horror. This one got translated into German for a fancy Blu-ray edition as well, which still feels surreal.
Favorite nonfiction sentence of the year, from my review of Little Joe: “Bello—from a long line of movie dogs that is content to simply wait on a mat outside the lab for hours a day while my non-movie dog humped her bed, chewed a bone, napped, stole a tuna can from the recycling, then napped again during the less than two hour runtime of the movie—breathes in the pollen.”
“Review of American Midnight: Tales of the Dark” via Cyn’s Workshop.
Runner-up for my favorite nonfiction sentence of the year, from my review of Ghostlove: “This shadows-are-sunny outlook allows Mahoney to draw a quirky supporting cast from the iconography of horror.”
“Tigers Are Not Afraid Returns Fairy Tales to Their Gory Glory” via Wicked Horror.
“Feedback for My Comp 1 Student Who Pretended Not to Know Me While On A Date At The Second Best BBQ Joint in Tulsa, Oklahoma” via The Daily Drunk. I had another piece, co-written with my friend Dana Eckstein-Berkowitz, on The Daily Drunk but it’s currently unavailable as The Daily Drunk transfer to a new website.
“Skull: The Mask is Nasty, B-Movie Fun” via Wicked Horror.
“A Roundtable Discussion with the Director and Cast of ‘The Bizarrely Beautiful’ Relic” via Wicked Horror.
“La Llorona Frightens and Enlightens” via Wicked Horror.
“Train to Busan Presnets: Peninsula is Fun as Hell” via Wicked Horror.
“Lovecraft Country‘s Tulsa Massacre Is an Amazing Recreation of a Horrific Event” via Comic Book Resources.
“A Classic X-Men Has an Uncanny Odor” via Comic Book Resources.
“Marvel’s Helstrom Takes Aim at The Exorcist – and Horror’s Most Enduring Tropes” via Comic Book Resources.
“AEW’s Adam Page is One of TV’s Best Representations of Mental Illness” via Council of Zoom.
“Cold Light of Day Will Chill You” via Wicked Horror.
“Possessor Uncut is a Must See” via Wicked Horror.
Along with the articles, I also edited the anthology When the Sirens Have Faded for A Murder of Storytellers. The physical printing has been delayed indefinitely because of COVID19, but the digital copy is still available!