It’s Halloween, and as is tradition, I was hoping to write something about monster movies but didn’t get to it. In fairness, I have a little monster of my own to take care of, and that means things like blithering on about old movies take a backseat. Still, no reason to let the holiday pass by unremarked on.
Below is a list of all my writings about monsters and movies to date. Some of these are quite a few years old, but I think they hold up. Hopefully, I’ll have added to the list when Halloween rolls around next year.
But that’s not all! There’s a new free-to-read story over at my Patreon for you to enjoy. “The Fates of Dr. Fell” is my twisted take on the classic horror portmanteau film, albeit in short story form, and it seems appropriate to reprint it on Halloween. It originally appeared in the 2016 anthology, Spawn of the Ripper, from April Moon Books. The anthology is still available, by the way, and I highly recommend you check it out!
Bruno J. Lampini is a character I’ve been wanting to introduce for awhile. He’s a sort of eldritch spiv – a dealer in arcane artefacts, buying and selling them for well-paying (mostly) clients. The character’s name was inspired by George Zucco’s character in House of Frankenstein (1944), the unfortunate ‘Professor Lampini’. Lampini’s world is also inspired by Universal’s monster movies – a sort of monochrome take on the 1930’s, complete with random storms, fog and dodgy accents.
I hope to do more stories featuring the character, if I get the time. I’ve even got some ideas lined up. What do you think of “Bruno J. Lampini and the Bones of Dracula”? Or what about “Bruno J. Lampini and the Hair of the Werewolf”?