Interviewing author Cooper S. Beckett about his new (and first) horror genre novel

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I had the chance to talk to Cooper S. Beckett, the author of the upcoming supernatural horror novel, Osgood as Gone, which will make its way onto book shelves April 22nd (and Audiobook May 20th).  We discuss his interesting entry into the horror genre, his influences, genre representation, what he thinks is lacking within the horror genre, Hereditary, Buffy, Channel Zero, amongst other things.
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(Courtesy of Cooper S. Beckett)

The premise for Osgood as Gone, according to its site, is the following:
Once an exciting up-and-coming star of the burgeoning paranormal investigation TV genre, now Prudence Osgood finds herself as a barely functioning alcoholic living in daily pain, both physical, from a car accident nearly twenty years ago, and emotional, from the loss of Audrey Frost, her partner and best friend, over an ill-advised hoax.  When a random cryptic email shows up in her inbox, she must begin an investigation that is far more sinister than it initially seems, and far more connected to the last two decades of her own life that she could ever imagine.  
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ is admirably stranger than his predecessor, but just as thought-provoking

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Lupita Nyong’o’s vocal changes for her character’s doppelgänger is nightmarish. (Universal)

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CLIMAX review: Go ahead and drink the laced sangria

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Gaspar Noe brings a gorgeously-shot LSD-fueled nightmare to life. (A24)

Anyone familiar with French filmmaker/bad boy Gaspar Noe knows that he not only likes to push your buttons during his films– he enjoys ripping them off and leaving you in an uncomfortably naked state, all the while you’re sitting there, wondering what the hell you just witnessed.  (And how you feel so dirty afterwards.)  In other words, Noe’s films are of an acquired taste, and his nightmarish dancing film Climax may be one of his boldest and strongest to date. Continue reading

Short film #EatPretty tackles social media expectations, female perfection, & eating disorders (Originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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Original post can be found under “Short film” archive on NightmarishConjurings.com

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(Courtesy of Random Acts)

An obvious criticism of any major social media site (especially Instagram) is its overflowing amount of unrealistic portrayals of perfection— especially for women. From edited and photoshopped pictures of women with “perfect” bodies to endless ads for “self-care” products that wind up serving as cash grabs based on feminine insecurities, we all arguably have succumbed to the pressure of making ourselves appear better in order to keep up with the Joneses (aka our fellow social media users). What we don’t realize, however, is how much social media and/or outward appearances and smiles can cover something far more sinister and sadder than just a filter-covered blemish on a picture. Rebecca Culverhouse’s unique art-horror short, #EATPRETTY may not drum up any traditional horror scares— but it will certainly make you contemplate and mule over exactly what the hell you just watched.

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