Monday, March 4, 2019

Book Review: THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD

I came across Paul Tremblay's The Cabin at the End of the World during a recent search for Lovecraftian horror that introduced me to The Fisherman from John Langan (which I loved). And while I would not personally categorize The Cabin at the End of the World as overly Lovecraftian, it definitely is an apocalyptic tale that provides constant tension punctuated by some truly horrific moments.

The Cabin at the End of the World starts out innocently enough, with a family vacation. A young girl named Wen and her fathers are enjoying a peaceful, lakeside cabin stay in New Hampshire. Until a stranger shows up. And then three more strangers follow.

I want to stay as spoiler-free as possible, and it's hard to talk about this story without spoiling it. So I'll draw on some movie references as I go. I just mentioned strangers, and at first, the story seems to be headed in the direction of The Strangers, or Funny Games. But the way Tremblay takes the horror fan's expectations or assumptions and shatters them is really great. And what follows is one of the most claustrophobic stories about the apocalypse that I've ever read.

Tremblay gets into the heads of each character in the story, giving them all a depth that makes you wonder who you should be rooting for. And the impossible choice that the main characters are faced with reminded me of the opening scene of 1983's War Games. Human emotion, human connection and how they affect logic and reason are really explored deeply. As for the Lovecraftian element of the book, it's perhaps best captured by a passage from Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu:

"...some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."

The Cabin at the End of the World is one of those "read in one sitting" kind of stories. It's well worth your time, and it will leave you pondering it's central question for quite a while.

You can get The Cabin at the End of the World on Amazon here.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Legendary Adrienne Barbeau Has a New Podcast!!!


This week news dropped about a new podcast coming from Shudder, hosted by horror legend Adrienne Barbeau! It's called She Kills, and the ten-episode season of the show will be released on March 1. You can get the show on iTunes and Shudder. Here's the blurb:

"Hosted by horror icon Adrienne Barbeau, She Kills explores horror through a female lens with conversations from women in front of and behind the camera – including Karyn Kusama, Dee Wallace, Jennifer Tilly, Illeana Douglas, Polyanna McIntosh and more."


I cannot overstate how excited I am for this show. I absolutely adore Adrienne Barbeau, and her iconic characters have inspired so many of my own. One example--Adrienne's role as Stevie Wayne in John Carpenter's The Fog was a partial inspiration for Avery's college radio gig in Haunted, the second book in our Woodsview Murders series.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Adrienne a couple years ago at CT HorrorFest (the same day I met Tom Atkins!), and she was wonderful. Here's a pic of us with the creature from the Creepshow story Adrienne was in called "The Crate." As a kid who grew up watching her on Maude, an then followed her transition to movies I was totally starstruck.


I am so excited to hear Adrienne share her experiences and perspectives with other female icons of horror. March 1st cannot get here fast enough!

And if you are reading this and have not seen a lot of of Adrienne Barbeau's films, here are five to get you started:
  1. The Fog (1980)
  2. Escape from New York (1981)
  3. Creepshow (1982)
  4. Swamp Thing (1982)
  5. Two Evil Eyes (1990) 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Power Chords Podcast: Track 34--Weezer and Quiet Riot


Opening Act: 
Ozzy Hospitalized
Tesla Debuts New Song “Taste Like” https://youtu.be/GCxRVi6vEbA
Sammy Hagar and the Circle new album
New supergroup Spirits of Fire releasing debut on 2/22
Upcoming John Wetton box set

Ear Candy:
Weezer--The Teal Album (2019)
Quiet Riot--One Night in Milan (2019)

Six Degrees of Frankie B.

Comin Atcha Live:
Stryper 2/1 @ Mohegan Sun

Rockversation: Frankie Banali
Matt recently spoke with the legendary drummer of Quiet Riot about the band’s history, his time in W.A.S.P.,  the new Quiet Riot live album, and much more. You can get One Night in Milan now, and follow Quiet Riot online at www.facebook.com/quietriot.

Bonus Track: Last In Line--Landslide
From the upcoming album II, releasing February 22nd from Frontiers Music s.r.l.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Spend the holidays in Woodsview for FREE!


Merry Xmas from Jolene and I!

Right now through 12/25, our entire Woodsview Murders series is free on Amazon! Grab it now and bring some horror home for the holidays!


Harrowed (Woodsview Murders #1): www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015QZDVN6

After the Storm  (Woodsview Xmas Short Story): www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MU2JNZB

Haunted (Woodsview Murders #2): www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K2L1D4B

If you like any or all of these stories, please do us a big favor and leave a review for us on Amazon. It would make our holidays complete. Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Power Chords Podcast: Track 31--Black Sabbath and Metal Church



Opening Act:
Extreme Working on New Album
Ace Frehley to Tour With Alice Cooper
Judas Priest Announce 2019 Tour
Accept loses founding member
Geezer Butler forms new band Deadland Ritual

Ear Candy:
Black Sabbath--Heaven and Hell (1980)
Metal Church--Damned If You Do (2018)

Six Degrees of Frankie B.

Rockversation: Chris Impellitteri
Matt spoke with the founder and lead guitarist of Impellitteri about the history of the band and their new album Nature of the Beast.

Bonus Track: Fiction Syxx--Monster in the Mist
From the upcoming album THE ALTERNATE ME, which you can preorder now at melodicrock.com/artist/fiction-syxx

Thanks for listening! If you're subscribing on iTunes or Google play, please leave us a review, as it will help spread the word about the show! You can also hit us up on twitter at twitter.com/powerchordspod, and email us at powerchordspodcast@gmail.com.​