Category Archives: Iconic Characters of Horror Fiction

ICHF: Rodan

While his fame has dwindled somewhat in modern times, Rodan was once nearly as famous as Godzilla himself.  Nowadays the monstrous pterosaur is generally considered little more than a member of the Monster King’s rogues gallery, or perhaps as Godzilla’s … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Rhedosaurus

While it doesn’t get much recognition these days, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is an incredibly influential movie. With a script based on a short story by the incomparable Ray Bradbury and special effects by stop motion wizard Ray Harryhausen, … Continue reading

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ICHF: King Kong

The 1933 film King Kong is a classic example of an Imperial Gothic Horror story, albeit with a more modern twist than the Imperial Gothic tales of the Victorian era. Powerful, rich white men from a country that has become … Continue reading

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ICHF: Karswell and His Demon

Like many a strange theater kid, one of the films that defined my adolescence was The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  While I imagine most are drawn to that film for its raw sexual energy, I was drawn instead to its … Continue reading

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ICHF: Jack Skellington

My definition for the horror genre is pretty simple: any story that aims to consistently scare the audience is horror story.  It’s broad, sure, but that really is the thing that ties all horror stories together – regardless of specific … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Weird Sisters

We’re going as classic as it gets with this entry, folks: meet the Weird Sisters from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Now, some of you may be thinking, “Shakespeare?  Shakespeare isn’t horror – unless you count the horror I feel at having … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Red Death

Edgar Allen Poe is… just really brilliant. Just marvelous. He’s one of the best horror writers of all time, and I believe that strongly enough to declare it as an objective fact. He’s just… he’s just really great. When I … Continue reading

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