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RUE MORGUE Issue 194 May/June 2020

Launched in 1997 by Rodrigo Gudiño, RUE MORGUE is the world’s leading horror in culture and entertainment brand, spearheaded by its multiple award-winning magazine, RUE MORGUE and RUE MORGUE DIGITAL; RUE MORGUE TV specialty horror channel; RUE MORGUE LIBRARY book series; RUE MORGUE PRESENTS FRIGHTMARE IN THE FALLS horror expo and RUE MORGUE PRESENTS CINEMACABRE MOVIE NIGHTS monthly film series.

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in this issue

3 min
note from underground

There’s a very good likelihood that you’re reading this under the same circumstances as I’m writing it: cooped up indoors at home under lockdown. If you didn’t already know, I live at the Rue Morgue Manor, so I’ve been working from home (or living at work, as is sometimes the case) for several years now, but it’s far from business as usual around here and it’s not easy to put into words. I’ve speculated in the past that horror fans are possibly among the most rational in the face of actual calamity, simply by virtue of the fact that we’ve seen countless disaster scenarios play out in a variety of ways. The endings aren’t always happy ones, but there are usually lessons to be learned. I’m not talking about refraining from…

4 min
post mortem

RUE MORGUE! If you would have told me a couple of weeks ago that I’d be locked up under quarantine while the world battles a pandemic I wouldn’t have believed you. Thank god for your wonderful magazine that always puts me in a world I want to be in. And I can think of no visual artist better than Graham Humphreys to take me there. Excellent issue! MASON HARPER, VIA EMAIL WHILE THIS DAMN VIRUS messes with the entire world, I was able to get solace from yet another excellent (actually my favourite of the year, so far) issue of Rue Morgue. The article on Graham Humphreys was simply brilliant and is the best I’ve read on an artist since the defunct Cinefantastique dedicated an issue to movie poster artists of the…

2 min
weird stats & morbid facts

ISSUE #194 Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell is an ordained minister and has officiated matrimonies. In 1998, the soccer team Bena Tshadi in Eastern Kasai, Democratic Republic of the Congo, was struck by lightning while playing, killing all eleven team members. The other team left the scene unharmed. Charlie McGee, the pyrokinetic little girl from Stephen King’s Firestarter, was modelled after the author’s daughter Naomi. The first person in history to ever be killed in a car accident was pioneering Irish scientist Mary Ward, who met an unfortunate end while driving with her family in their experimental “road locomotive steam engine.” It takes five to 30 minutes to drown in saltwater. With fresh water, it takes five to twenty. Christian Bale used Nicolas Cage’s performance in Vampire’s Kiss (1988) as inspiration for the character Patrick Bateman…

1 min
expiring minds…

What horror movie quarantine scene are you living right now? 10 Cloverfield Lane, but I have not figured out which of us is the John Goodman character yet. @LIGHTHELPUS, VIA INSTAGRAM Saw… if I’m stuck here much longer, this foot is coming off. @TOMTAYLORTATTOO, VIA INSTAGRAM Dawn of the Dead, when the four start getting tired of each other and start bickering. @ALELLENBARGER, VIA INSTAGRAM A Quiet Place, because I said so. Mom is taking a nap and she will kill all of us if she hears you. @KEITHMICHAELBROWNE, VIA INSTAGRAM The Shining. Definitely The Shining. All of it. @HORAKZODIAK, VIA TWITTER The end of REC. I have no pants on and if you come near me, I’m chasing you with a hammer. MORGAN LESERGENT, VIA FACEBOOK FINAL WORDS AS CAPTIONED BY YOU ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA “I GUESS YOU ARE A DOCTOR AFTER ALL,…

2 min

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 thriller Rope sees some Ivy League students murder a fellow classmate not for greed or revenge, but just to prove that they could pull it off. The idea of murders carried out with no real motive other than outsmarting the fuzz has seen countless cinematic variations throughout the decades, including Compulsion (1959), Funny Games (1997 and 2007) and Murder by Numbers (2002) to name a few, but it’s also a story made all the more compelling by the fact that it’s based on an actual case from the roaring ’20s (the last one, that is). On May 21, 1924, nineteen-year-old Nathan Leopold Jr. and eighteen-year-old Richard Loeb, both sons of prominent Jewish families in Chicago, pulled fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks into their car where Loeb bludgeoned him to death.…

1 min
body horror

If solid colour realism is what you’re after, look no further than New Zealand-based artist Ben Kaye, who’s spent the past eleven years turning his clients into canvases with vivid renderings of some of their favourite moments in horror. Or, if you prefer your tattoos cheeky, let Kaye skewer a pop culture icon for something truly custom! “I really enjoy movie posters and gain a lot of inspiration from them: the structure, high-contrast colour schemes, great flow,” he explains. “I think tattoos and movie posters have a lot in common: they both have to grab you from the other side of the room and pull you in.” ANDREA SUBISSATI HAVE A GREAT HORROR TAT? SHARE IT WITH US AT: INFO@RUE-MORGUE.COM. BEN KAYE LOCATION: Orewa, New Zealand INSTAGRAM: @DBKaye…