"Run-of-the-mill" seems like a modestly accurate way to describe myself in terms of horror fandom. In certain respects I find that valuable, since ideally I can make an appeal to those like myself, to those who may be testing the waters, and hopefully to the hardcore horror fans as well. (And I sincerely encourage feedback, especially from the latter.) It wasn't until several years ago, the present time of this writing being December of '09 to give perspective, that the genre genuinely appealed to me and I owe all that to the film adaptation of Stephen King's 'IT'. After that, it was a slow and steady progression that grew into watching more Stephen King film adaptations, then into watching general horror films. In more recent years it's branched from solely films into different mediums, namely: comics (comic books, manga, graphic novels, webcomics, etc.), purely written literature, and different games.

But let's get to the point, shall we? The Darkley Niche is something I've constructed after the comic-in-progress that a friend and myself plan on self-publishing, an anthology of short horror stories much in the same vein as 'Tales from the Crypt' and similar titles. The series centers around a faceless persona we've affectionately dubbed Alan Darkley, the Niche's namesake, and a cast of storytellers whose tales fall within particular subgenres and sister genres of horror. This site is the drawing board, if you will, where everything posted is either a form of research or a roughing out of ideas. It's all relevant in some fashion. By exploring these different horror stories and their mediums a better understanding and influence of the genre, as well as inspiration, can be put into the comic. Even if you have no personal interest in the project, perhaps you can glean something from the reviews and the like. And if nothing else, the Niche will work to serve my own purposes.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rotting Hills

The Canadians were definitely onto something with children's horror cartoons. Nelvana, a Canadian entertainment company established in 1971, is responsible for the humorous "Gruesomestein's Monsters" (2005) shorts as well as this ghoulish little gem, a miniseries called 'Rotting Hills' (2005). It's a cute show, and I'm sad to see that it came to be only five episodes long.

'Rotting Hills' centers on young Clark (Shannon Perreault), whose father (Dwayne Hill) has moved the family out into the country where things are supposedly simpler than in the city. Too bad it happened to be Rotting Hills (formerly known as Restful Hills), a township where the locals are zombies. However, it's not all bad. The neighbors are quite friendly, regardless of being dead, and Clark slowly becomes friends with a zombie girl named Zoe (Julie Lemieux) and her pet dog Buddy, which also happens to be dead.

Normally a miniseries doesn't warrant a rating here at the Darkley Niche, but I have to give 'Rotting Hills' five out of five Zoe zombies. Watch the first episode for yourself to see why. The rest of the episodes are also on YouTube.

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