Diabolique Magazine No. 22 (Aug/Sep 2014)
Our bi-monthly genre journalism tome is getting the bi-polar treatment! In Diabolique’s 22nd issue, we split our coverage between the influence of J. Sheridan Le Fanu and Countess Elizabeth Báthory and the theme of pregnancy in classic and contemporary horror cinema. Alongside 2014 Writer of the Year Rondo-winner Bruce G. Hallenbeck’s celebration of Le Fanu’s bicentennial, which looks inside his life, legacy, and his Gothic vampire opus, Carmilla, Editor-in-Chief Max Weinstein delivers an incisive commentary on Báthory’s prolific and legendary serial murders 400 years after her death.
On the flip-side, our pregnancy coverage turns to fresh perspectives on Alain Robak’s Baby Blood, David Cronenberg’s The Brood, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Inside (À l’intérieur) and Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession. And don’t miss our exclusive interviews with Baby Blood co-writer-director Robak, Proxy director Zack Parker, and DC Comics writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, C.O.W.L.)! Expect the unexpected when you’re expecting Diabolique… With cover art by Robert Aragon.
Inside this issue:
FETAL SHOCK-AND-AWE SYNDROME
Madeleine Koestner puts co-writer-director Zack Parker’s Proxy and its confrontational portrayal of pregnancy and miscarriage in focus, with words from Parker.
THE INVISIBLE PRINCE AND HIS PRINCESS
On the occasion of his bicentennial, Bruce Hallenbeck sheds light on the life, history, and legacy of Carmilla author, J. Sheridan Le Fanu.
Independent filmmaker Jay Lind gives Bruce Hallenbeck the early inside scoop on his 21st-century interpretation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, The Bride Wore Red.
Max Weinstein considers the prolificacy of 16th-century Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory’s serial murders, her influence on classic and contemporary horror fiction, and her disturbing impact on our cultural consciousness.
Joe Yanick makes the vital case for multiple alternative readings of Andrzej Żuławski’s thematically layered Possession.
THE DEVIL MADE US WATCH IT: INSIDE (À L’INTÉRIEUR)
Alexandra West shifts the attention of her column to the home invasion/pregnancy horror hybrid, Inside (À l’intérieur), a forerunning title of the New French Extremity movement.
With the benefit of hindsight, Christopher Bruno explores the on-screen and off-screen implications of David Cronenberg’s now-iconic pregnancy horror classic, The Brood.
B-LABORING THE POINT
Maxime Gibert imparts a regional perspective on French genre pioneer Alain Robak’s groundbreaking 1990 opus, Baby Blood, with words from Robak.
SPREADING HIS WINGS
Joe Yanick puts the spotlight on the emerging talent of comic book writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, Gates of Gotham), with words from Higgins.