July 2021: A Month in Horror


One of the biggest horror releases this month was The Fear Street Trilogy, a series of Netflix films based on R. L. Stine’s teenage horror books that started in 1989. The series was well-received and there is already talk of a possible continuation.

In award news, Ladies of Horror Fiction announced the winners of their awards which include Agustina Bazterrica’s Tender is the Flesh, Alexis Henderson’s The Year of the Witching the graphic novel The Low Low Woods and more. The finalists for the World Fantasy Awards have also been revealed; amongst the horror titles are Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic and Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians.

The month also saw a sequel to a controversy from June. Last month small publish Silver Shamrock performed a U-turn on trigger warnings, first denouncing the entire concept and later announcing that it would begin using trigger warnings for all of its books going forward. This month we saw the apparent result of this in a compromise that pleases nobody: Brennan LaFaro’s Slattery Falls, a new book from Silver Shamrock, was given a weirdly unspecific warning by the publisher that reads simply “This book may contain content that triggers undesired reactions.”

Bidding farewell…

Film director Richard Donner helmed a number of much-loved movies including Superman (1978), The Goonies (1985) and the Lethal Weapon series. His immortality in the horror field, meanwhile, was assured by his early film The Omen, originally released in 1976; he also produced the 2002 film Tales from the Crypt: Ritual. He died on July 5, aged 91.

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