Updates, Chilling Love Quotes, and Valentines Horror

Wishing You All a Safe and Happy February!

We are really looking forward to participating at NWI Con this month.

Last month, WritersPayitForward featured The Warning Signs. You can access the promotional page here – https://writerspayitforward.com. You can also find interesting articles and enlightening reviews on the site.

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Another awesome place to discover great books is Whiz Buzz Books If you are looking for something new to read, be sure to check the site out: whizbuzzbooks.com

During the month of February there will be a limited time sale on The Blood Inheritance Novels Series Two-Book Set (Kindle Edition). This Free Book Deal will be available through Amazon from the 12th – 16th: getbook.at/ComboEdition

Also:

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Upcoming Event Reminders:

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We will be participating at the Northwest Indiana Comic Convention! NWI comic-con is scheduled to take place at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, IN on February 12th. To learn more visit: www.nwi-comic-con.com

We are scheduled to participate at PeoriaCon on March 5th and 6th. This event takes place at Expo Gardens, Peoria, IL.

We plan to participate at the Mighty Con Event – Quad Cities Comic Con April 2nd and 3rd at the Quad Cities Expo Center in Rock Island, IL -https://mightyconshows.com/show/quad-cities

We are scheduled to participate at the ST. LOUIS MIGHTY CON. The event will take place June 18th and 19th at the St. Charles Convention Center in Saint Charles, MO.

Concealed Realms plans to participate at Planet Funk Con, June 24th – 26th. The event will take place at the RiverCenter in Davenport, IA.

Chilling Love Quotes:

“Do you believe in destiny?

That even the powers of time can be altered for a single purpose?

That the luckiest man who walks on this earth is the one who finds…

true love? ”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Love is the only thing that can save this poor creature.

And I am going to convince him that he is loved even at the cost of my own life. “

Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein)

“Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya.

I’m just going to bash your brains in.”

Stephen King, The Shining

“She just goes a little mad sometimes.

We all go a little mad sometimes.

Haven’t you?”

Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates (Psycho)

“I think I can go now. Just needed to do a couple of things.

I needed to help someone; I

think I did.

And I needed to tell you something:

You were never second, ever. I love you.”

Bruce Willis as Malcolm Crowe (The Sixth Sense)

“Do you have to open graves to find girls to fall in love with?”

Zita Johann as Helen Grosvenor (The Mummy)

“Roses are red, violets are blue.

They’ll need dental records to identify you.”

(Dorothy reads her Valentine)

– Jessica Capshaw as Dorothy Wheeler (Valentine)

“I died for you! I came back from the dead for you! I love you! ”

– Andrew Lowery as Johnny Dingle (My Boyfriend’s Back)

“Love is, after all, a selfish thing;

and it throws a black shadow on anything between which and the light it stands.”
– Bram Stoker, The Jewel of Seven Stars

“Superstition, like true love, needs time to grow and reflect upon itself.”
– Stephen King, The Stand


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Definition of Horror

Oxford Languages

Noun “an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.” Oxford Languages

Merriam Webster.com

Noun

1: “painful and intense fear, dread, or dismay.”

2: “intense aversion or repugnance.” merriamwebster.com


For the love of Horror

Hello February!

As I was shifting through facts, myths, and superstitions around this feel-good month and trying to decide what to write about, a thought occurred to me…

I have been a fan of the horror movie genre for as long as I can remember, and new releases seem to be in abundance at this particular time of year. I couldn’t help but wonder why. With my curiosity piqued I dove in to find out the reasons that February, a month of love, is intertwined with the release of horror films.

Truthfully, you may not expect two things like romance and horror to compliment each other, yet they do. In fact, while there are horror films that may just throw in a relationship as a plot device, some of the most frightening classic films, combine the two subjects to tell a truly terrifying, yet romantic story.

So, whether or not you have someone’s hand to hold during the scary parts, or you enjoy a chilling flick alone while peeking through the slits of your fingers, in this post I will share what I unearthed about the release of horror films, as well as the simple reason why so many monstrously good and bad scary stories get their debut at this time of year. And because nothing gets your blood pumping quite like watching a good horror movie on February fourteenth, I will also include ten appropriately themed horror movies.

Straight Facts

When I started this article, I wasn’t entirely sure what I would find out about the correlation of Horror movie releases and Valentines day. The simple reality is that February is known as one of the dump months in the film industry, due to a combination of things. These circumstances, such as severe weather in some parts of the wold, certain sporting events, and the awards season, lead to reduced spending on movies by consumers.

Despite the fact that attendance at movie theaters is likely to be good on February 14th, overall presence is meager for the month. As a result low budget genre film or movies intended for niche audiences tend to dominate the release schedule, since reduced movie attendance limits the potential for box office success.

That’s not to say that all movies released at this time will be unsuccessful by any means. Some very popular horror movies have been debut at this time of year. Some even on Valentines day itself, such as the Psychological horror Silence of the Lambs (1991), Happy Death Day 2U (2019) which is a popular slasher film, and the cult comedy horror Bride of Re-Animator (1989), just to name a few.

Dump month

Historically, spring, summer, and late fall have been premium release seasons. Dump months typically occur following big release months. The two periods of the year, are often described as January through February and mid-August through September.

The idea that February is a dump month may be a coincidence, but to me, its a happy one, because in my opinion scary movies and Valentines Day pair almost as wonderfully as horror films and Halloween.

Horror Film Genre:

According to CollinsDictionary.com “(in British English) a horror film or horror movie (noun )a film with a frightening story line and atmosphere”

From dictionary.cambridge.orghorror film (noun ) a film in which very frightening or unnatural things happen, for example dead people coming to life and people being murdered”

The focus of a horror film is on eliciting feelings of fear, although when many people think of horror films, they think of gory slasher flicks. The truth is, horror can be as varied as every other genre. A movie does not have to be blood filled to evoke fear, disgust, shock, or get your heart racing. Horror films explore a variety of dark subject matter, topics, themes and often include a variety of elements such as monsters, apocalyptic events, and folk beliefs in order to provoke psychological reactions from the audience.

Body horror – films in this subgenre feature scenes of the human body that has been severely changed. Examples include: The Thing and The Exorcist

Psychological horror– which  rely on mental and emotional fear, rather than violence or monsters. Good examples would be: Psycho and The Shining.

Paranormal horror – Rather than featuring corporeal beings, these films focus on the supernatural and include demons, possession, ghosts, spirits, and haunted houses. Examples included: The Amityville Horror and The Omen.

Comedy horror – aims to make you laugh, even while your skin is crawling. Examples include: comedy horror include Scream and Shaun of the Dead.

Monster horror – features frightening monsters from science fiction and dark fantasy, such as werewolves, aliens, and the un-dead. Examples include: Resident Evil and Frankenstein.

Gore or Splatter-focus on the vulnerability of the human body and often have frequent close ups of blood that has been shed, as a result of violence. Examples include: Saw and The Evil Dead.

Slasher – Slasher films generally focus on a serial killer or creature as they go after a group of people. Examples include: Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

An Important Note:

Sub-genres of horror are not strictly limited to the seven I have listed above and it should also be noted that genres and sub-genre’s frequently overlap. A good example of this would be number six on my list below: The Fly which includes the genre’s – Monster, Horror, Science Fiction, Romance – but would also be considered Body Horror. I simply listed the “main” genre’s noted by the majority of film sites.

With so many interesting horror sub-genres I wanted to attempt to add something for everyone, so this list is not limited too scary Valentine’s Day-themed  movies, but also includes other horror films that deal with themes of the heart, demonic love gods, obsession, possession, and so on.

Something for everyone does not necessarily mean everyone would enjoy all of the films I have included. You should consider that the movies themselves, as well as the style it which the stories were filmed vary a great deal. Some have explicit content and some may be considered family friendlier, so it is up to you to use your own judgement to decide if you would like the viewing experience or not, do not rely on the “rating” alone.

Ten Horror Films To Slash Your Way Through:

Listed in no particular order-

1.) My Bloody Valentine (1981) Horror, Slasher, Mystery (R rating)

A Valentine’s Day mine explosion rocks a community. The sole survivor returns one year later to seek his revenge and then vows to come back if the town ever celebrates Valentine’s Day again. Twenty years later, those that ignore the killer’s threat start turning up dead. There is also the My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009 remake) Horror, slasher film, mystery (R rating). This reboot offers a slightly different version of the original with twists and turns along the way.

2.) Valentine (2001) Horror, Slasher (R rating)

 This movie follows a group of friends who to want to be swept up in Valentine’s romance. Instead, they start receiving obscene Valentine’s Day cards as they are stalked relentlessly by a killer in a cupid mask.

3.) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992 ) Horror, Gothic Horror, Romance (R rating)

Closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, in this version of Dracula, centuries after the Count is condemned to live off the blood of the living for all eternity, a young lawyer is sent to his castle to finalize a land deal, but when the Count sees a photo of his betrothed which is the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons the lawyer and sets off to track her down in London. Once there, he begins a reign of terror and seduction.

4.) My Boyfriend’s Back (1993) Comedy, Horror, Fantasy (PG-13 Rating)

This movie is about a young man, who creates a fake robbery to try to impress the girl of his dreams. After his plan fatally backfires, the infatuated un-dead teen rises from his grave to continue his pursuit of love.

5.) Honeymoon (2014 ) Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction (R Rating)

A newlywed couple finds their country honeymoon take a dark turn after the husband discovers his new wife wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. After she returns from her sleepwalking episode she looks the same, but something about her is frighteningly different.

6.) The Fly (1986) Monster, Horror, Science Fiction, Romance (R Rating)

A Scientist completes a teleportation device, and decides to test its abilities on himself with unwelcome results. A housefly slips in during the process, leading to the merger of man and insect. Even as he becomes increasingly fly-like, his girlfriend works to help, but there seems to be no way to stop the insects cells from taking over his body and she watches in horror as the man she once loved morphs into a monster.

7.) Audition (1999) Horror, Drama, Mystery (R rating)

Seven years after his wife dies, Aoyama is urged by his son to begin dating again, because he doesn’t want his father to be alone.  Aided by his producer friend, Aoyama uses auditions for a fake production as a ruse to find candidates. Aoyama becomes intrigued by the beautiful, Asami  right away and they begin a relationship, however like the auditions he held, Asami isn’t what she appeared to be.

8.) The Others (2001) Psychological Horror, Gothic, Supernatural (PG-13 rating)

Towards the end of World War II, a woman who lives in a darkened house with strict rules which are meant to protect her two photosensitive children, becomes convinced that the home is haunted, as she awaits word on her missing husband.

9.) Cupid (2020) Supernatural Horror, Low Budget Horror (R rating)

Faye is the subject of ridicule by a group of her peers. After they play a particularly mean spirited prank on Faye, she summons Cupid to end all love for the people at her school. The vengeful god who was once tricked into killing his own paramour, arrives on Valentines day to wreak bloody havoc.

10.) The Love Witch (2016) Horror, Drama, Thriller, Comedy (Not Rated )

This film which is styled to look like a retro witchcraft movie, features a beautiful young witch who is determined to find a man to love her. Unfortunately, her magic spells and potions work a little too well causing disastrous results.

Final thoughts

Thanks to the works of great fiction authors like Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Stephen King and the efforts of amazing film makers like John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and Alfred Hitchcock, horror has shocked and delighted audiences in multiple media formats for decades and beyond.

The genre and sub genre’s encompass a vast array of topics involving the scary, the paranormal , and macabre. Many horror films that capitalize on the fear of the unknown, also incorporate themes of romance or the unbreakable bonds between characters. These relatable topics tend to strengthen our love of the genre even more.

The idea that niche or low budget films, which tend to include many movies from the horror genre, tend to be released this month, just in time for the Valentine season, may be a coincidence, but its one I will rejoice in, but then I love a good horror movie any time of the year.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! Stay safe and keep being awesome.

Want to Learn more facts about February or find another horror movie to watch?
Check out these other sites:
Almanac.com, History.com, Studiobinder.com ,allhorror.com, Rottontomatos.com, gamerant.com
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