You may have noticed that in the last few months, I haven't been posting on Satanic Pandemonium quite as much as in years past. While I've always been busy -- I am, after all a workaholic -- the last six months in particular have pulled me in a number of directions. Previously, I posted on here anywhere from four to six times per week; now I'm down to generally two. Part of this is due to Diabolique Magazine; I had been a contributor there off and on for the last few years, but in February I became the site's Assistant Web Editor and was recently offered the position of Associate Editor.
Satanic Pandemonium is still my baby and, in a lot of ways, I think I view it as a sort of ongoing portfolio of my writing. And I'm still keeping on with this British horror series that will likely go on through 2016 and possibly into 2017. But since I'm now doing arguably more writing for other publications than I am here, I've decided to do a round up at the end of each month to share what I've been getting up to elsewhere.
Over at Diabolique, I've spent the last few months working my way through an extensive series of essays on the complete filmography of Polish director Andrzej Żuławski. Recently, I've written about his opera adaptation Boris Godounov (1989), his Chopin biography La note bleue (1991), and his return to violence and hysteria, Szamanka (1996).
We've also begun an American Gothic-themed summer season at Diabolique, where I've contributed the following essays:
Dementia: The Grimy Intersection of Film Noir and Low Budget Horror
Medieval Hysteria, Supernatural Evil, and The Witch: An Interview with Director Robert Eggers
Robert Altman’s Gothic Trilogy: Re-imagining the Woman’s Film
“So Be It” — An Interview with Neil Edwards on Sympathy for the Devil: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgement
The Mausoleum of All Hope and Desire: Southern Gothic Cinema, Part One
I also reviewed Arrow's fantastic Italian horror set, Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio Miraglia, definitely a contender for release of the year.
For the podcast I co-host, Daughters of Darkness, we finished up our four-part exploration of Żuławski's films and released the first of two episodes inspired by Stephen Thrower's Nightmare USA, where we discuss low budget American horror like Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Messiah of Evil, and Grave of the Vampire.
And finally, FAB Press is reprinting and will soon ship out Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia of the 1980s, a Spectacular Optical book released last year, to which I contributed a chapter.