January 19. Poe’s birthday. What better day to start a horror blog? And that’s what I did, one year ago today. Tempus fugit and all that.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to mark this “auspicious” occasion and toyed with such ideas as some kind of Top Ten or Best/Worst List or recap of my favorite posts from the first year.
None of those seemed representative enough of the Blogferatu vibe. Whatever the hell that is.
Then I remembered Celebrating The Art Of Blogging, a post from Ruth at Silver Screenings a while back. It was basically a brief overview of some blogs she likes. I thought that was a cool idea, so cool that I
drew inspiration from stole it. What follows, therefore, is my own tip of the hat to some blogs I follow, like, and read with some frequency.
I guess The Lovecraft EZine isn’t really a blog so much as a glorious repository of things Lovecraft. So many, many things. Spearheaded by Mike Davis (who was awesome enough to answer some interview questions for me), The Lovecraft Ezine is my go-to for word of new cosmic horror. But my favorite feature is Mike’s List Of Recommended Lovecraftian Movies. This is where I first heard of both Black Mountain Side, a movie that I can’t heap enough praise upon, as well as The Shrine. I’m slowly making my way through the rest of the list and have yet to be disappointed.
Loud Green Bird is another big, great looking website written by Texas’s Frisco Kid, Jonny Numb, and KMCD1. I love these folks! They know film, they pull no punches in their reviews, and they’re good writers whether I agree with them or not. I especially appreciate their “course correction” to focus exclusively on horror for 2017.
Silver Screenings is not a horror blog, but like the gang at Loud Green Bird, Ruth is a damn fine writer (she has mentioned that I’m witty, so there’s that too). She is particularly good at discussing the link between music and story. What I really like about Silver Screenings is the Blogathons (often hosted with Shadows And Satin, Speakeasy, and Christina Wehner). The first one I ever participated in was last year’s O Canada Blogathon (which I’ll be doing again in a couple weeks). I’ve been popping in for others ever since.
Cinematic Catharsis is written by Barry P., another Blogathon host and participant (The Nature’s Fury Blogathon being one of the super-fun ones). Barry is a great guy and seems to love many of the same movies I do. He also has way cool monthly themes, my favorite being Japan-uary, currently in its sixth year and where I just read a great write up of Matango.
Last but assuredly not least is one of my very favorites: Kalie Zamierowski’s Just Dread-Full. It’s smart, conversational, and just personal enough to be interesting without ever becoming self-indulgent (a lesson I could admittedly heed better than I do). Like Barry P., Kalie and I have strikingly similar film tastes, and I think we have kindred writing styles. There’s some opinion and attitude to be had from both of us. Originally I wanted to add that I wish I could convince her she’s wrong about The Witch, but damn if she hasn’t gone and changed my mind just a little about it. Well played.
So there it is, just a handful of blogs I look forward to reading and occasionally even comment on. In honor of Poe’s birthday and Blogferatu’s first anniversary, check them out if you haven’t already.