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FearNYC Day Six: Honoring the Work of Wes Craven


On the penultimate day of the first annual FearNYC festival, festival goers were treated to another collection of horror shorts, a few classic horror films, some fantastic premieres, and the awards ceremony.

FearNYC Day Five: Social Media Is a Plague


Day Five of FearNYC was the best day of the festival so far. With one exception, the lineup was all premieres, and they were all stellar.

FearNYC Day Four: Clown Sightings Reported


A promising lineup of classics and new films on day four of FearNYC was highlighted by the NYC premiere of Clowntown.

FearNYC Day Three: A Boy’s Best Friend Is (Still) His Mother


Day three of FearNYC was the most low-key day thus far—no torture scenes, no scary clowns.

FearNYC Day Two: Freddy, the OG Zombies, & a Pool Party Massacre


Day two was much more my cup of tea: a slew of classic horror films, with a fun tribute to 80’s slasher films thrown in the mix.

FearNYC Day One: Some Classics, a Key, an Atrocity, a Warning


October 21st marked the first night of the 1st annual FearNYC Horror Film Festival held at NYC’s Cinema Village, promising 65 films, both classic and brand-spanking-new, spread out over six days of blood, guts, shocks, and scares.

Home States, Red States, Mental States, Brontë Estates | What We’re Reading


In the lead-up to Halloween, “What We’re Reading” staffers check out some subtly scary and satisfying reads.

Picturing History, Comics Creators in Conversation | NYCC 2016


Drawing an exuberant crowd, the panel “Race & Sexuality: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tee “Vixen” Franklin & Steve Orlando,” moderated by comics scholar Jonathan W. Gray, featured veteran comics writers and newcomers alike.

Witching Hour: Haunting SELF-e Reads | SELF-esteem


Halloween is quickly approaching, giving way to pumpkin spice, carefully chosen costumes, and a healthy dose of all things spooky. Whether you’re in the mood for full-on terror or just a taste of the supernatural, these SELF-e Select titles, available via LJ‘s SELF-e publishing platform, have got you covered for some late-night chills and thrills.

Q&A: Alexandra Horowitz, Author of Being a Dog


Conducting research and learning how to rely on her own sense of smell, Alexander Horowitz took a nosedive into the canine domain to ­understand a dog’s point of view in her latest book, Being a Dog.