BOOK REVIEW- Cooper S. Beckett’s horror debut: ‘Osgood as Gone: The Spectral Inspector’

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When author Cooper S. Beckett approached me about his upcoming horror novel, Osgood as Gone: The Spectral Inspector, he described it to me as “cosmic horror, with pulpy noir undertones.”  As his first major entry into the horror genre (and the first of a possible series?) Osgood as Gone is a dread-inducing, addicting mystery for the progressive, contemporary, horror-loving audience, that I completed in one day.  Read on to learn why.

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30 Years of Pet Sematary: Blu-Ray/DVD Review (Originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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The original published post can be found here.

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Brad Greenquist ruined my childhood as Victor Pascow (Paramount)

Like many horror fans, Mary Lambert’s 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY is particularly special to me, shaping my love for horror for decades to come.

At the ripe, impressionable age of 5 years old, hiding behind a doorway when none of the adults were looking, I took a peek at the TV screen during a family vacation.  I saw the image of a bloodied-head, ghastly, grey-skinned corpse of a blond man lurking in the corner of a couple’s bedroom, and I was absolutely petrified— running back into the bedroom I was staying in, hoping that I wouldn’t get in trouble for taking a peek at something I knew I wasn’t supposed to be watching.  Sure, most people typically cite Zelda as the scariest aspect of this cult classic…but for me, at 5 years old, and without any context of the story— the visual imagery of Victor Pascow actually haunted my dreams for subsequent years after.

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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.  
Read on for our conversation.

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