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Dagger Cast with Corinne Halbert

Published March 11, 2020 by biggayhorrorfan

Corinne and NunsYou can keep your Vanessa Redgrave, your Florinda Balkan, your Bonnie Aarons. They’re all awesome, but none of them can hold a cloistered candle to Corinne Halbert! One of Chicagoland’s most important horror artists, Halbert joined us on the latest Dagger Cast to talk about her influences and how discovering a love for the macabre in your youth shapes you. Believe me, we can all relate, right?!? In particular we look at the nunsploitation genre, including such classics as The Devils and School of the Holy Beast, and how it has informed her work. ACID-NUN-Halbert

Also joining us this time around are the amazing Rhea D and Coye Vega – con regulars, cos players and generally awesome people.

You can also check out other examples of Corinne’s work (or even support her Patreon for as little as a $1 a month) at:

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Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Dagger Cast Divas!

Published November 22, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan


As with many of us, I am tired of straight white men controlling the narrative. Therefore, I was thrilled by the two latest guests on Dagger Cast, the horror based podcast that I co-host with The Cell Phones’ dynamic Lindsey Charles.

Our Halloween show centered around Davette Franklin (above), a young black theater artist who curates an annual horror play festival. November’s show, meanwhile, finds me be very thankful for Sarah Yeazel (below), a comic book loving gay woman who is writing a series of essays about how cinema has shaped her life and sexuality.

You can listen to both episodes on Soundcloud (below) and other outlets like Spotify and iTunes.


Happy aural journeys..and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!









In Remembrance: Stevie Dismie

Published August 20, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan



When someone dies…especially when they leave this plane of existence far too soon, it is always a reminder to live life more boldly, to strive harder to find a way across our insecurities and connect with the world at large more. It’s a reminder that our regrets, should we choose to have them, should be for the failure of things that we’ve attempted and not for the things that we were too scared to even contemplate doing.

I didn’t know Stevie Dismie well. But I have a feeling that is what he would want us to do in the wake of his passing. Dismie, one of the sassy, fun forces behind the original Comic Book Queers Podcast, lost his battle with cancer on August 16th, 2018 and the world of fandom now is lacking an alternative force of nature.

Thankfully, Dismie, who also hosted many events in Chicago celebrating the queer connection to the superhero universe, will always have a legacy as one of the important voices in helping the world realize that the LGBTQ community was invaluable to the world of geekdom. With that in mind, let’s vow to laugh a bit more, live a bit more fearlessly and, of course, read some more damn graphic novels already!

May his double page spread float on forever.

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

(Special thanks to Dismie’s dear friend Lindsay Silk-Kremenak…who provided the slightly pilfered image. I feel it probably captured his essence really nicely.)

Review: Ruger

Published April 10, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan


Filled with sexy action and cinematic intrigue, Ruger, a new comic book created and written by genre goddess Sybil Danning, is a welcome treat for many reasons. The primary pleasure, though, is the lead character, herself. Strong, mysterious and enjoyably anti-authoritarian, Ruger is definitely deserving of becoming a well recognized feminist icon.

Based upon the character from the popular late ‘80s action flick L.A. Bounty, here our heroine is out to nab a payday by bringing in a charismatic Canadian diplomat. The only problem is that he is under the protection of the Federal Government of the United States. Naturally, flying bullets, explosions and epic car crashes are part of the journey that the primary focus takes to try to claim her mark. Ruger21.jpg

Agreeably, the artistic team, including Scott Ethan Ambruson, G.W. Fisher and Dash Martin, have a natural affinity for the exploitation films that Danning is honoring here. They particularly capture Ruger’s chill, insolent nature as she toys with the soldiers and officials who are busy at work trying to neutralize her plans.

Nicely, this buoyant energy makes one truly excited for the future adventures that are sure unfold around this irreverent bounty hunter in the next two issues of the series.

Ruger is currently available for purchase directly from Danning at



…and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Review: Printsploitation 3

Published February 24, 2018 by biggayhorrorfan


If one needs evidence of the diversity of the horror fan, they have to look no further than the latest issue of Printsploitation magazine. A combination of a comic book, fine art publication and a more traditional genre magazine, this brain child of artist Scott Miller, features drawings from a number of influential indie genre artists devoted to various decades of terror cinema.

Nicely, in the third volume, the glorious black and white artwork is balanced out by a terrific article on the posters of ‘80s sexploitation flicks (and fun reviews of the films themselves) by Heavy Metal Movies author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden and a celebration of acclaimed yet obscure VHS box artist CW Taylor by Dr. Jose.

The art, itself, is an amazing display of eclectic interests and themes. From Don England’s take on Peter Cushing to Putrid’s detailed reimagining of the (much maligned) 1979 monster film Prophecy, this volume has surprises on every page. Favorites here include Corrine Halbert’s darkly innocent take on Michael from the epically trashy Euro horror Burial Ground and the beautiful rendered power profiles of such icons as Susan Tyrell, Debbie Rochon and William Girdler by Klon J. Waldrip.

Capped off by Halbert’s hypnotically quirky take on 1962 indie masterpiece Carnival of Souls on the cover, this beautiful tribute is a must have in the collection of any serious fan of the scare scene.

Printsploitation Issue No. 3 is available for purchase from and

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Hard to Die Screening

Published August 2, 2017 by biggayhorrorfan

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Freddy, Jason and Michael may get the lion’s share of horror loving, but the thing that I have always loved about the terror genre is how it has given women such a fertile ground to explore multiple characters. Even when the odds are against them and extremely exploitative elements present themselves as hindrances, strong portrayals can emerge.

Such is the case of Hard to Die which, if the world is fair, will one day be acknowledged as the Queen Mother of All B-Movies. Featuring a bevy of beauties who lit up the screens in a plethora of grindhouse projects, this Roger Corman produced quickie allows the (admittedly) scantily clad heroines to exert themselves in Amazonian manners. Here Deborah Dutch (Graduation Day, Sorority Babes and the Creature from Hell), Melissa Moore (Sorority House Massacre 2, Repossessed, The Invisible Maniac), Toni Naples (Death Stalker 2, Dinosaur Island), Karen Mayo Chandler (Stripped to Kill 2, Out of the Dark), Gail Harris (Curse of the Komodo, Forbidden Games), Monique Gabrielle (The Return of the Swamp Thing, Transylvania Twist) and Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall) are featured in tale about a group of hard working retail princesses whose late night inventory shift turns into a deadly game of survival. After opening up an ancient text, the beauties soon find themselves either being possessed by an evil spirit or finding Rambo-like sensibilities within themselves as they take down their out of control colleagues. This gives the actresses plenty of emotions to play with – fear, rage and, finally, exhausted triumph. Tying into Slumber Party Massacre, another Corman property, through flashback sequences and the reuse of the Sorority House Massacre 2 character of Orville Ketchum, a scary looking yet sympathetic foil played with beleaguered dignity by Peter Spellos, adds many levels of genre joy to the film, as well.

Nicely, Midwest residents will get to catch a free screening of this micro epic on Saturday, August 5th at AlleyCat Comics, 5304 N. Clark, in Chicago. Dutch, who will be in town filming scenes for the sequel to her beloved The Hollywood Warrioress project, will be in attendance, talking about the film and taking photos and signing memorabilia for fans. Therefore, if you haven’t seen the film before, this will be a truly unique way to experience it for the first time.

The links to the official page for this event, presented by AlleyCat Comics and myself, are and Be sure to check those out for more information.

Hope to see you there!

…and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!



Review: Honey

Published November 25, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan


Is there such a thing as domestic bliss? Well, when you are brilliant artist-cartoonist Corinne Halbert there is!

Honey, Halbert’s latest comic details the adventures of the world’s happiest couple. Who cares if one of them just happens to be dead? And…well…rotting?!? Often hilarious, completely twisted and surprisingly sweet, this work just might prove to be Halbert, known for the savagely cool Hate Baby, at her best.

Imbued with her love of horror and the sexually bizarre (or is that normal?), Honey is available for purchase from Halbert at

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Review: Prime Cuts, V2

Published July 9, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan


Even if I could go home again…I wouldn’t want to. Although, expanding the population there from 600 to 601 might be quite the achievement.

Thankfully, for gore loving comic adventurers, the young and handsome Todd does return to Pure Springs, the place of his birth, after years of being locked away in a cosmetology prison, in Prime Cuts, a delightfully eccentric graphic event. Settling in behind a pizzeria filled with low life hoods and electric degenerates, Todd is determined to revenge himself and his family, a la Sweeney Todd. With an accidental murder setting the final tone for the first volume, the recently released second installment gives a bit more background to Electra, Todd’s calculating partner in crime, and proves, beyond a doubt, that gastronomy can truly be orgasmic.Prime-Cuts-Vol-2-02 2

Scripted with wicked verve and a true sense of fun by John Franklin and Tim Sulka, this arc finds Electra and Todd grinding up his first victim while dealing with a sexually ambiguous food inspector and the erotic eccentricities of Pure Springs’ motley residents. Of course, victim number one soon finds his way onto the pizzas as a very special topping and, in the story’s most satisfying comical sequence, sends everyone into a throes of unexpected pleasure. Such detailed outrageousness makes for a world that would have fit, perfectly, on the screens of New York City’s legendary grindhouse theaters and allows one to almost feel the denizens of the Bowery breathing on your skin.

Thankfully, artist Stan Maksun perfectly captures this world with a lean, punk energy. His artwork feels like graffiti warfare and he even throws in a fun nod to the film career of Franklin, a successful actor who embodied Cousin Itt in the early ‘90s The Addams Family films, but is probably best known for his legendarily chilling work as Isaac in the Children of the Corn series.

Prime Cuts (vol. 1 & 2) is available for sale in print and download at For a free download of Volume 1, visit

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Hate Baby 5

Published January 8, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

HB5It’s not quite a comic book. It’s not exactly a graphic novel. Why, it’s a…graphic adventure!

Indeed, artist Corinne Halbert’s series of Hate Baby books are graphic adventures! Full of images of stylized violence and sexual misadventure, all presented with a loony sense of joy, these DIY magazines are also representative of Halbert’s obvious love of the horror genre.

Nicely, with Hate Baby 5, this uncommonly fascinating creator truly indulges in her influences by drawing slasher style scenarios, 50s influenced bondage portraiture and a gallery spread of horror icons like Leatherface, Lucio Fulci and Stephen King!


Stephen King by Corinne Halbert


Topped off with a beautiful cover image that looks like it was clipped from the film stock of The Toolbox Murders, Hate Baby 5 is a true art publication that should displayed on every terror connoisseur’s coffee table with pride.

To purchase Hate Baby 5 (and other scintillating product) visit To keep up with Halbert, on the daily, be sure to visit, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!


From Corn to Cuts: Chatting with John Franklin and Tim Sulka

Published August 20, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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Best known for his roles of Isaac in the original Children of the Corn and Cousin Itt in the popular Addams Family re-imaginings, John Franklin is also an accomplished writer. Along with his writing partner (and first cousin) Tim Sulka, Franklin created the script for Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return, which proved to be a great success for Miramax-Dimension. Now, the two have recently released the first volume of their truly entertaining Sweeney Todd graphic novel reboot, Prime Cuts. Interestingly, the proudly out Franklin acknowledged, post-interview, that he would have gladly revealed his sexuality when plugging Addams Family in the 90s. He was just never asked. Thus, it was a true pleasure to speak with this talented maverick and the equally accomplished Sulka, as evidenced below.

BGHF: How do you two start your writing partnership?

John Franklin: We’re first cousins. We started doing it in high school. We wrote a couple plays for playwriting contests in high school and won first and second place.

Tim Sulka: Then when we were seniors we wrote a murder mystery musical which kind of launched our bigger writing career together. We really liked to work off each other and finish each other’s sentences. When I moved to LA, we started writing sitcom scripts and features. We kept a schedule, everyday, for many, many years. prime-cuts-postcard

BGHF: The voices do flow with Prime Cuts. I couldn’t tell who was writing what.

John: That’s nice! We’ve been writing together for a billion years. We do have different styles and we go back and forth and talk about things. But it all just works out fantastically, ultimately.

john franklin 666BGHF: So, how did Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return come about?

John: Well, the original Children of the Corn came out in 1984. My agent was always saying do a sequel, you’re a writer! Finally, they did start making sequels. So, we decided to go in and pitch it. We found out that Miramax-Dimension had the rights. My acting manager had some connections and got us a meeting. We went in and they were like, “OK. We have no other ideas”! They did want to end it with number 6. They thought it was a perfect bookend. Isaac begins number one and ends number 6. So, they killed me off. But it made so much money for them that they cranked out 7 and 8.

Tim: It did really well overseas, too. We would get checks from German sales of Children of the Corn 666. 666

BGHF: So, what was the inspiration for Prime Cuts? Was it simply a love for Sweeney Todd?

Tim: There seemed to be a plethora of teen movies that were based on other material. We thought there must be a story that we can find that would put a spin on something, becoming a modern retelling. It came to us one day. What if we did a teen Sweeney Todd? No one had done that. We both were fans of the legend and it seemed like a really great idea. We had written Children of the Corn 666, so we wanted to continue in that genre. We wanted something dark, but we are naturally comedy writers. So, we wanted something funny, as well. The idea we had was to take a comedic twist on it. We wrote this, originally, as a screenplay. We took the idea of Sweeney Todd and flipped it around. Our young character became Todd Sweeney.

John: In the original Sweeney Todd, he’s a barber and he shaves people. So, we have our Todd Sweeney just getting out of cosmetology prison. He’s cutting hair and that’s what he’s brilliant at. Then he starts killing people to get revenge.

timTim: We put him in a world where everything was drying up. It’s a very dry, arid place. There’s no meat in the world, so you have to look to other sources to find it. That’s how the whole idea of cannibalism comes into play. It’s set in a strip mall with a pizza parlor next to the salon. The two forces combine and create a new kind of horror.

BGHF: It is darkly campy and I was just constantly surprised. It’s like a great blend of literature and John Waters.

Tim: We love John Waters absolutely!

BGHF: It’s a great amalgamation of all that.

Tim: We even thought he would be great to direct it! It would be a great John Waters film or someone like that. Whoever does it would really have to get the humor of it – and the look of it. I think Rob Gutman, the comic’s artist, really captures a new look to it. It’s not anime. It’s not Marvel comic style. It’s got its own look to it. It fits the tone of the piece. You find out in Volume 2 what the revenge is about and why he came back to his hometown of Pure Springs. There’s a certain barber who’s dealing drugs to all the soccer moms in town and he’s got his eyes set on him. There is some blood and gore in volume one, cuts images

BGHF: How many volumes are you planning?

John: I think Tim was saying that there will eventually be four. Volume one is the first twenty minutes or so of the screenplay. We’re going to keep on pumping them out and make them really look good.

BGHF: Awesome! To jump back to the acting a bit, John, you’ve done so much. Is there a project that you feel has been overlooked that you want to talk about?

christmas secretJohn: (Chuckling) There’s a lot of them! There’s a movie I did with Richard Thomas and Beau Bridges called The Christmas Secret. It’s a wonderful Christmas story. I thought it would be a huge Christmas perennial. They don’t even offer it on DVD. I don’t know why. It’s a very bizarre thing. I, also, was in Tower of Terror with Steve Guttenberg. I thought that was going to be a huge thing. They’ve got the ride at Disneyland and Disney World. Granted, the movie still rents – but why it isn’t huge…I don’t know.

BGHF: I guess it’s an unknowable.

John: But, The Christmas Secret really surprises me. You look in the store at Christmas time, there’s The Christmas Shoe, The Christmas Gift – but no The Christmas Secret. It must be something legal. So, go to, everyone, and demand The Christmas Secret on DVD!

BGHF: Alright, we’ll try to work some Big Gay Magic, baby!

John: Yeah!

BGHF: All kinds of magic!

John: The rainbow coalition!

BGHF: We’ll go totally Josephine Baker on them!

To find more about Prime Cuts and purchase details, please visit

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Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!