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RUE MORGUE Issue 196 Sept/Oct 2020 Halloween Special Issue

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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3 min
note from underground

Here we are, weirdos – it’s Halloween. The summer of perpetual bummer has waxed and waned, and I should be writing this editorial through the bleary eyes of a Fantasia fest-induced hangover. But no; today’s distant gaze comes courtesy of a memory – to back when I was a kid growing up in Ottawa, and my mom made me wear a thick coat over my Halloween costume to go trick-or-treating. To me, this was the very height of indignation. What was the point of putting together this whole ensemble if I had to cover it up for the main event? Cool costume, what are you supposed to be? A bummed-out Canadian fifth-grader? Nailed it. Among the many disappointments Rue Morgue has faced over the past year – indefinite retailer closures, unpredictable…

4 min
post mortem

I FOUND THE ARTICLES on Soviet film in RM#195 quite interesting. Something the filmmaker of Sputnik, Egor Abramenko, said regarding the inspiration for his film was striking. He spoke of changing values in the Soviet Union during the ’80s from “collectivism to individualism.” I found this ironic, because it contrasts starkly with Andrea’s appeal in her opening Note From Underground about how “we need human solidarity more than ever before.” I also wonder what “outdated beliefs” Abramenko was referring to. Was it the human solidarity in the form of a generous safety net provided by the Soviet state? Was it the guaranteed employment and free healthcare and education? Or was he speaking of the absence of institutional racism that is so pervasive in North America? JOSEPH WATERS – RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA IN…

2 min
weird stats & morbid facts

ISSUE #196 Just below the northern ridge of Mount Everest lies Rainbow Valley, an area named after the colourful jackets of dead climbers frozen in the snow. The body of the road worker with long black hair that Horace takes over in 1989’s Shocker is played by Kane Roberts, former guitarist for Alice Cooper. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of the number 666, and has origins in both religious belief and superstition. When the Foo Fighters were wrapping their 10th studio album in an old house in California, they found that their guitars had been detuned overnight and Pro Tools showed missing or mysterious tracks. Mysophobia is a pathological fear of contamination and germs, usually resulting in compulsive handwashing. Bela Lugosi served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I as an infantry captain and was discharged…

1 min
expiring minds…

What's the best part about celebrating Halloween during a pandemic? Halloween is now year-round, ’cause you can always wear any crazy mask and it is okay. KAREN PFEIL, VIA FACEBOOK The real monsters are the ones that aren’t wearing the masks. DON MACLEAN, VIA FACEBOOK No razor blades in the apples. @ADAMACID, VIA TWITTER My favourite part of Halloween will be unchanged, and that is watching even more horror movies than I do normally… and normally I watch way too many. PJ AMES, VIA FACEBOOK You get to eat all the candy you buy. KELLIE PRICE STEWART WEBSTER, VIA FACEBOOK New inventive haunts. @ARCHERJOSH89, VIA INSTAGRAM FINAL WORDS AS CAPTIONED BY YOU ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA "SIR, I SAID NOSFERATU, NOT YESFERATU!" THIS MONTH’S CAPTION CONTEST WINNER IS SAVAGESINISTER Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a chance to have your Final Words!…

2 min

Death looms large over most horror films, but movies about body snatching also play on the associated fears about what ghastliness might be done to our corpses after we die. (Fun fact: necrophilia is only illegal in sixteen states.) In Frankenstein, the titular doctor uses bodies of dead villagers to build Boris Karloff, while Phantasm’s Tall Man recruits his shrunken off-planet workforce from the recently deceased. Even well-intentioned posthumous shenanigans can prove disastrous, as Louis Creed discovers in Pet Sematary. But the 1945 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Body Snatchers, a film featuring doctors using freshly robbed corpses for medical research, is actually closest to historical accuracy on the subject. In her 2003 book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, author Mary Roach explains that dissecting human cadavers dates…

1 min
body horror

Celebrating fifteen years in the biz, Ohiobased Kyle Cotterman has a diverse portfolio of realistic, surreal, and abstract tattoo art. Having committed the likenesses of Freddy Krueger, Beetlejuice, Leprechaun, and Frankenstein’s Monster on his clients, horror remains one of his many inspirations for a variety of reasons, both esthetic and technical. “Horror tattoos were a big part of my learning process as an artist,” he explains. “Scenes or portraits from horror movies generally have a lot of textures and details to explore. Also, who doesn’t like a little blood and guts tattooed on them?” HAVE A GREAT HORROR TAT? SHARE IT WITH US AT: INFO@RUE-MORGUE.COM KYLE COTTERMAN LOCATION: Kettering, Ohio INSTAGRAM: @kylecotterman…