Dark Articles

    started my journalism career out of college at the suburban Chicago Star Newspapers, where my "Pop Stops" music review column has run every week since 1988. Over the years I've also penned horror movie reviews for The Star, and written "dark music" columns for small press magazines. I've collected some of these for archival and prurient interest purposes here!





Sinister Cinema DVD & Dark Music Reviews

  • Sinister Cinema: Cult & Kitschy Horror Movies on DVD
    In the late '80s, when I was a beat reporter for The Star Newspapers, I occasionally reviewed horror films like John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness or Alien 3. I also penned the occasional Halloween "haunts" article.

    For Halloween 2002, I thought it would be fun to cover what kind of offbeat horror flicks had come home to DVD with the explosion of the silver discs.

    I've since done installments for Halloween 2003-2006, covering dozens of horror DVD titles, from Re-Animator, The Wicker Man, Evil Dead 2 and Dawn of the Dead to Flesh for Frankenstein, Lips of Blood, High Tension and The Devil Collection.

    Read the various Sinister Cinema columns by following the menu links at left.
  • NightSongs
    In 1996, when Paula Guran was starting up Bones of the Children magazine, later Wetbones, she was looking for someone to pen a music column that would be appropriate to a horror magazine. The natural result was "NightSongs," a column that lasted three issues of the short-lived magazine.
  • Shadows in Stereo
    When pro horror magazine Midnight Hour launched in 1999, Necro Publications' Dave Barnett pulled me into the fold to resuscitate my "dark music" column that had died with Wetbones.

    Unfortunately, Midnight Hour and "Shadows" didn't stay alive long. Only one column hit print.
  • Bug Music
    I submitted a lot of short stories in the '90s to Talebones, but when editor Patrick Swenson decided to put me in the magazine, it was to take over as the dark fantasy magazine's music columnist.

    I penned eight columns for Talebones from 1999-2002.