Taken Over By Something Evil From The TV Set
During the first decade of the new millennium, after my time in rock journalism had past, I ran my own website Slasherama (long gone now) and wrote horror articles for the likes of SFX and Bizarre magazine.
My new ebook Taken Over By Something Evil From The TV Set: The History Of Britain's Video Nasties Controversy & Other Scary Journalism sees me gather highlights of my work from that period.
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The lead article on the video nasties era comes packaged with five other horror interviews and articles. So the six pieces in this collection are as follows:
TAKEN OVER BY SOMETHING EVIL FROM THE TV SET
This detailed overview of Britain's deranged video nasties era was a real labour of love and originally written for a SFX magazine horror special. I interviewed various people who were around during the video nasties era - including a BBFC examiner, a VHS collector and Vipco supremo Mike West! I also even went to an actual, physical library to dig up old newspaper articles from The Daily Mail and the like. The book's title is one of the aforementioned newspaper's cover headlines during the whole nasties scandal, which saw one distributor of horror movies jailed for six months. Talk about obscene...
TWO INTERVIEWS WITH TOM SAVINI
In-person and in-depth, these 2005 conversations with Dawn Of The Dead and Friday The 13th FX legend Tom Savini were originally for Bizarre magazine and my long-gone horror website Slasherama.
CRITICAL ESSAY ON JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING
Admittedly, this never-before-seen essay is probably not all THAT critical, given that The Thing is my joint favourite horror movie alongside The Evil Dead! Still, it's full of thoughts, observations and questions about Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece. I wrote it for an anthology that never happened, and have tweaked it here and there for its 2022 debut.
INTERVIEW WITH ROB ZOMBIE
This 2003 in-person interview with metal maestro turned movie maverick Rob Zombie was conducted for my old website Slasherama. It took place after Rob's debut House Of 1000 Corpses had been released, but before 2005's The Devil's Rejects had even been named.
CHAT WITH SEAN S CUNNINGHAM
My 2005 chat with Friday The 13th director and producer Sean S Cunningham happened in an impromptu fashion, at a Friday The 13th 25th Anniversary event at the Screamfest event in Los Angeles! He's quite a laugh, is Sean. Enjoy!
The total word count for this collection is 23,000 words, including a foreword, afterword and other after-matter. (Is that a phrase, after-matter? Feels right.)
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