September 10, 2002
IN RESPONSE to Fatima Lewis' letter on Section 8 housing (Sept. 5): My parents own three rental properties, one of which is approved for Section 8. There are certain specifications for Section 8 approval and in order to get that, money has to be invested - my father's money. Then the Section 8'ers move in. My father has always been good to his tenants, who in turn have ripped doors and hinges out of the walls, removed every doorknob (who needs a doorknob when you don't see the need to have doors)
October 30, 2011
For Halloween weekend, match the horror-fiction author with his or her work. Answers: Below. 1. L.A. Banks. 2. Stephen King. 3. Ira Levin. 4. Susie Moloney. 5. Edgar Allan Poe. 6. Horacio Quiroga. 7. Anne Rice. 8. Mary Shelley. 9. Bram Stoker. 10. Koji Suzuki a. The Dark Tower, The Gunslinger . b. Dracula . c. A Dry Spell . d. Frankenstein . e. Interview With the Vampire . f. Ring . g. Rosemary's Baby . h. Stories of Love, Madness, and Death . i. Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque . j. The Vampire Huntress Legend series.
September 13, 2011
RE JENICE Armstrong's column on "The Help": Yes, many of our mothers, aunts, grandmothers and their friends were domestics and many of their experiences were indeed horror stories. Those fortunate to still be among us declined to see the movie for the same reason your mother did - "Why would I want to relive that?" Was this movie really necessary? Is there some untold story that we haven't already heard? If there's a moral to be depicted, I certainly missed it. I saw the movie with five sister friends, and none of us were impressed.
September 3, 1986 |
Journalists always remark with surprise at how normal writers of horror fiction seem to them. Just as Stephen King catches them off guard with his boyish, guileless enthusiasm, Peter Straub impresses with his intellectual self-possession. What this usually means is that they're not wild-eyed and don't gibber, as their interviewers seem to expect. So let's get that out of the way right now: Clive Barker seems normal - is about as normal as any writer can claim to be. A youngish 34, smiling and happy, he has a quality of diffident eagerness that so many of the nicer English seem to display.
July 23, 2006 |
I read the recent news on the destruction of human embryos for embryonic stem cell research, harvesting of fetuses, and cloning of human beings with a great sense of alarm. That these issues are now being debated by our state and federal lawmakers - when before they were the subject of only horror movies - is even more shocking. I am not strong enough to enter this brave new world of cannibalized human embryos, harvested body parts, and eugenically engineered human beings that is being forced on me. And I don't believe that we, as a moral people and a civilized society, are brave enough to go where no man has gone before, except in the other worlds of science fiction.
October 19, 2010
TWO WEEKS before Halloween, the People's Choice Movement Coalition went trick-or-treating at the Berean Institute, 19th and Girard. It was Saturday, it was a town meeting, and the Grand Goblin was the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the most ruthlessly efficient (albeit sometimes errant) arm of government. Organized by People's Choice - a grass-roots community-organizing group - the town meeting was a Gripe-O-Rama for anyone feeling abused by the PPA, which was described by WURD (900-AM)
May 29, 1990 |
Recently I've been reading horror novels at bedtime. I'm talking about those paperbacks with names like "The Brainsucker," full of scenes like this: "As Marge stepped through the doorway into the darkening mansion, she felt a sense of foreboding, caused, perhaps, by the moaning of the wind, or the creaking of the door, or possibly the Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket full of eyeballs. " Of course if Marge had the intelligence of paint, she'd stop right there. "Wait a minute," she'd say. "I'm getting the hell out of this novel.
April 30, 2000 |
When Kurt Magda realized he had found the house of his dreams, he started to worry. He had heard horror stories from friends and relatives about the unseen problems a house could hold, as though the walls and beams, the roof and ceilings would somehow conspire to conceal any number of costly sins. "It's pretty unnerving," said Magda, 28, who is spending more than $130,000 on a 75-year-old, seven-room, brick house with aluminum siding in Conshohocken. "I'm worried about structural soundness, the flooring, termites.
June 2, 1994 |
In a business where careers are built one corpse at a time, Barry Bowe says the harshest truth of writing in the genre known as "true crime" is this: Some murders are "commercial stories," but most others are not. A guy kills his wife and then turns the weapon on himself? Sorry. Too common. Not commercial. Drug dealers are gunned down in a shootout? Yawn. Good riddance. Definitely not commercial. Sex, strangulation and dismemberment? Stop! Yes. Very commercial. Throw in, say, seven more bodies, an outlaw, drug-trafficking motorcycle gang and a prison escape by the arch villain, and, mon Dieu, it's a book, maybe even a movie, and maybe even a sequel.
December 16, 2001 |
Bill and Linda Low have owned four old houses together over the last 25 years, so you'd think they'd have four times the horror stories. Not really. If they didn't like owning and restoring old houses, they would have stopped after the first one, a small house in the center of Doylestown, built in 1850, that they traded for a circa 1870 house on five acres in Plumstead Township, which they then sold to buy a 1797 house in Solebury, which they exchanged, in August 1998, for a 1720 house in New Hope.