October 18th, 2010


My Own Personal Agent Mulder

My friend Stefan Petrucha was a featured researcher on the season premiere of A&E's Paranormal State tonight. It was Stefan who discovered the obscure Native American folktale that helped the team figure out what the supernatural entities plaguing a house in Massachusetts were and how to get rid of them. (They were pukwudgies, people.) It's like knowing my own personal Agent Mulder!

Thanks to his access to the the team's field work as co-author with Ryan Buell of Paranormal State: My Journey Into the Unknown, keep an eye out for more Stefan in future episodes this season!

R.I.P. Roy Ward Baker

Film director Roy Ward Baker has passed away at the age of 93.

Best known by everyone else for 1958's Golden Globe-winning A Night to Remember, Baker, to me, was synonymous with Hammer horror. He helmed such classic films as The Vampire Lovers, Scars of Dracula (above, one of the best of Hammer's Dracula films, in my opinion), Quatermass and the Pit, and the non-Hammer horror-comedy anthology film The Monster Club, all of which had a huge influence on my life, in terms of my love for Gothic horror cinema, and on my work, especially in my as-yet-unpublished Hammer homage novella In the Shadow of the Axe.

I think I might pop in a Hammer film tonight in memory of the great Roy Ward Baker.