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June offers new premieres on Shudder throughout the month, including new exclusives and originals, such as George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park, under the promotion “Summer of Chills” featuring 13 movie premieres in 13 weeks. 13 is a lucky number for Shudder subscribers this summer. Here at Haunted MTL also expanding our coverage for the month by including information on films leaving the service as we can confirm them. As always, Shudder Originals and Exclusives will be in bold. Dates will be regionally formatted.

Queer Horror Collection – Available June 2

Celebrate Pride with a curated collection of must-see LGBTQ+ horror, featuring films with queer themes,
characters and/or creators. Featuring the Shudder premiere of the shorts Islands and Terror, Sisters! along
with the films Der Samurai, Thirst, and Rift.

Additional titles include Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker, Night Breed, The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Resurrection, Mohawk, Spiral, Lyle, Scream, Queen!, Hellraiser, Tammy and the T-Rex, The Quiet Room, Stranger by the Lake, Knife + Heart, The Ranger, Lizzie, The Old Dark House, All Cheerleaders Die, Better Watch Out, Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl, and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.

Leaving Shudder in June 2021

Unfortunately, Shudder will be losing the rights to some great films this month across various regions. That also means a few of The Last Drive-In episodes will go dark. However, the “just the Joe Bob” bits will hang around.

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So, here is what will be vanishing from Shudder and when.

  • 6.6 – BOAR (UKI), A TALE OF TWO SISTERS (US/CA), TETSUO: THE IRON MAN (US/CA — including The Last Drive-In)
  • 6.7 – THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (US — including The Last Drive-In)
  • 6.11 – THE COLONY (UK)
  • 6.14 – HAGAZUSSA (US/CA)
  • 6.28 – BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (CA)
  • 6.30 – 13 GHOSTS (US), CURSE OF THE DEMON (US), DEAD SNOW (UK), THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (US), EVE’S BAYOU (US), FROM THE DARK (US), THE MIMIC (CA), STAKE LAND (US), STAKE LAND II (US), THE WICKER MAN (US), WOLF CREEK: SEASON 2 (US/CA)
  • 7.1 – WHY HORROR? (US/CA/UK)

Be sure to take the time in the next couple of days to watch The House of the Devil, a personal favorite of mine. It will be missed!

Arriving on Shudder in June 2021

Just as Shudder taketh away, Shudder giveth. Here is what is coming to the service across all regions along with our highlights.

Shudder CA

Our June highlight for Canadian Shudder streamers is An Unquiet Grave, available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ. Streaming June 24th. The synopsis follows: A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions. An Unquiet Grave is an exploration of grief, and the harm we cause when we don’t take responsibility for our own healing. Directed by Terence Krey. Starring Jacob A. Ware and Christine Nyland who also co-wrote the film.

  • 6/1
    • Burn Witch Burn
    • The Neon Demon
  • 6/2
    • Rift
    • Thirst (2019)
  • 6/3
    • Caveat
    • Violation
  • 6/4
    • The Last Drive-In Ep. 308
  • 6/7
    • Beyond the Door III
    • Night of the Living Dead
    • Reunion
  • 6/8
    • George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park
  • 6/11
    • The Last Drive-In Ep. 309
  • 6/14
    • Evilspeak
    • Monstrous
    • The Retreat
    • Your Vice is a Locked Room
    • Wolfcop
    • Another Wolfcop
  • 6/15
    • Housebound
    • The Similars
  • 6/17
    • Superdeep
  • 6/18
    • The Last Drive-In Ep. 310
  • 6/21
    • Homewrecker
    • House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  • 6/22
    • I Remember You
  • 6/24
    • An Unquiet Grave
  • 6/28
    • Coherence
    • The Voice
  • 6/29
    • Vicious Fun
Shudder CA June release list
Courtesy of Shudder Canada’s Twitter account

Shudder US

Our highlight for US-based Shudder streamers this month celebrates an American horror icon; We’re going with George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park, available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ on June 8th. The synopsis follows: Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, director George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park stars Martin’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero’s wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker’s early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The “lost” film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.

  • 6/1
    • An American Werewolf in London
    • Ginger Snaps 2
    • Ginger Snaps 3
    • Burn Witch Burn
    • Eve’s Bayou
  • 6/2
    • Der Samurai
    • Islands
    • Rift
    • Terror, Sisters
    • Thirst (2019)
  • 6/3
    • Caveat
  • 6/4
    • The Last Drive-In Ep. 308
  • 6/7
    • Beyond the Door III
    • Night of the Living Dead
    • Reunion
  • 6/8
    • George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park
  • 6/11
    • The Last Drive-In Ep. 309
  • 6/14
    • Evilspeak
    • Monstrous
    • The Retreat
    • Your Vice is a Locked Room
  • 6/15
    • The Conspiracy
    • Housebound
    • The Similars
  • 6/17
    • Superdeep
  • 6/18
    • The Last Drive-In Ep. 310
  • 6/21
    • The Antenna
    • Homewrecker
    • House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  • 6/24
    • An Unquiet Grave
  • 6/25
    • Etheria Film Night 2021
  • 6/29
    • Vicious Fun
Shudder US June release list
Courtesy of the Shudder US Twitter account

Shudder UK

Shudder UK streamers have fewer options than the US and Canada but get plenty of exclusives. Our selection for those across the pond is Caveat, available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ on June 3rd. The synopsis follows: Lone drifter Isaac accepts a job to look after his landlord’s niece, Olga, for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there’s a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga’s uncle Barrett leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. Directed by Damien Mc Carthy. Starring Jonathan French, Leila Sykes and Ben Caplan.

  • 1/6
    • Piercing
  • 3/6
    • Caveat
  • 7/6
    • The Flesh and the Blood Show
    • Frightmare
    • Night of the Living Dead
  • 8/6
    • George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park
  • 10/6
    • Possessor
  • 14/6
    • Monstrous
    • The Retreat
  • 17/6
    • Superdeep
  • 21/6
    • House on Haunted Hill (unsure if this is the 1959 version like other regions)
  • 22/6
    • The Drone
  • 24/6
    • An Unquiet Grave
  • 29/6
    • Vicious Fun
ShudderUK June release list
Courtesy of Shudder UK’s Twitter account

Shudder ANZ

We now turn to Shudder ANZ, which rounds out the schedule this month with the slimmest pickings, but a fair number of exclusives and originals making their premier. Our selection for streamers down under is Superdeep, available on Shudder US, Shudder CA, Shudder UK, and Shudder ANZ. The synopsis follows: The Kola Superdeep borehole is the largest Russian secret facility. In 1984, at the depth of more than 7 miles below the surface, unexplained sounds were recorded, resembling the screams and moans of numerous people. Since these events, the object has been closed. A small research team of scientists and military personnel had gone down below the surface to find out the secret that the world’s deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found poses the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced. Now the future of the world is in their hands. Directed by Arseniy Sukhin. Starring Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, Nikolay Kovbas, Kirill Kovbas and Nikita Dyuvbanov.

  • 3/6
    • Caveat
  • 8/6
    • George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park
    • Daughters of Darkness
    • Devil’s Gate
    • Night of the Living Dead
  • 15/6
    • Monstrous
    • The Retreat
  • 17/6
    • Superdeep
  • 22/6
    • The Antenna
    • House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  • 26/6
    • An Unquiet Grave
  • 29/6
    • Vicious Fun
Shudder ANZ June release list
Courtesy of the Shudder ANZ Twitter account

Those the the films coming and going on Shudder this month. Have a particular favorite classic premiering in June? Any of the exclusives strike your fancy? Let us know in the comments.

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David Davis is a writer, cartoonist, and educator in Southern California with an M.A. in literature and writing studies.

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A horror author goes to Nebula Con

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The Science Fiction, Fantasy Writers Association is one of the most prestigious organizations in America for speculative fiction writers. While horror is not specifically mentioned, we all know that it’s nearly impossible to discuss fantasy and science fiction without the shadow of horror creeping in. 

Each year, SFWA hosts a convention for writers called Nebula Con. I have virtually attended the convention for the past two years. And if you’ve never attended, you might want to consider it. Even if your writing, like mine, is long in the shadows and short on the elves.

First off, I do want to be clear that Nebula Con is a convention for speculative fiction writers. There are some fan panels, like the one on the works of Robin McKinley, this year’s Grandmaster. But the majority of the panels and events are for writers. 

That being said, there are panels for writers at every stage of their careers. 

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For writers interested in crafting better stories, craft panels abound. My favorite panel was the one titled For The Love of Short Fiction. This panel started with a reading of some of the best short works from 2022. Then, each panelist dug into what made that piece work for them.

Clip from Nebula Con, 2023

There were several other terrific panels, including one all about constructing a realistic legal system in your fictional world and writing fictional podcasts. (Like I do.)

But, you might say, these are panels for sci-fi and fantasy writers. No, these are panels for speculative fiction writers. Horror authors who want to have any kind of career would do well to master the short story. And if you don’t think there’s room for some legal horror in the market, you are wrong. 

While the craft panels were wonderful, the career and marketing panels were probably the most useful and valuable of the whole convention. Are you, like many other online creatives, worried about the effects AI-generated writing is going to have on our field? There were two informative panels regarding that. Are you wondering how writers’ relationships with agents have changed now that self-publishing is so prevalent? There’s a panel for that.

A lot is going on in the publishing world. It’s confusing as hell, my friends. And one of the ways we keep each other up to date is with conventions like this. What I got out of the panel most was that having a career in writing is possible. My fellow participants and I learned from writers who are doing the thing. It’s hard, but it’s possible.

Of course, a convention is more than just panels. There’s the chance to meet with other authors. This might be where a virtual convention seems to have a deficit. And while I’ll admit that meeting online isn’t the same as meeting in person, there are certainly perks. I was able to meet, chat with and share stories with other writers in a Zoom chat room. And I came away feeling much like I did as a kid, having met new friends at summer camp. Even if I wasn’t sitting across from them, it was great to be surrounded by other people who want to make a living scaring the hell out of other people. 

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All of this writing joy culminates with the Nebula Awards Ceremony. If you’re interested in catching the awards but didn’t make it to the convention this year, you can watch it all on Youtube. Each year speculative fiction authors of all kinds of honored, from written work to gaming to television. This year’s toastmaster was Cheryl Platz, an author, and actress. As a critic, awards ceremonies are usually something I usually force my way through. The Nebula Awards are a rare treat in that scene. Partially because there’s a chance I’ve met the people up for the awards. But also because the people involved are, first and foremost, writers. It’s amazing how much more entertaining events are when the people being honored are, you know, talented storytellers.

If you’ve been on the fence about attending Nebula Con virtually, I suggest giving it a try. The world certainly needs more stories that go bump in the night. 

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Crashin’ in Roswell NM: Road Trippin’ with Jennifer Weigel

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So on my recent road trip to Miami AZ USA for my menstruation art installation, we decided to detour to Roswell NM en route home. To be honest, this was one of the best decisions of my life, up there with road trippin’ from Arizona to San Francisco along CA-Highway 1, and I will go into the details of why here soon.

Some of the signs: Roswell NM including city limits, UFO Museum and stickered parking sign, and Restricted Area from inside the museum
Some of the signs: Roswell NM

Roswell NM USA has totally embraced its alien history of the UFO crash in the late 1940s and subsequent government cover up. The whole town is alien-happy with beautiful hand carved wood totems, murals and statues everywhere celebrating otherworldly denizens of all types, though predominantly the gray aliens of the crash (and their green counterparts). Even the city logo features a flying saucer as the center of the letter “R”. It really is kind of incredible.

Alien crash site photo opportunity at UFO Museum
Alien crash site photo opportunity

One of the biggest draws is the International UFO Museum and Research Center, housed in the wonderful old theater building. This museum details the crash history as well as celebrating aliens in movies and media and examining newer alien sightings and abductions. It is very thorough and includes maquettes, statues, written accounts and an extensive research library, as well as an interesting art collection of various items.

Alien landing at UFO Museum
Alien landing

And there are TONS of fun alien themed curiosity shops. I will give a shout out to the newer Invasion Station north on Main Street where there had once been an old car dealership. I love the quirky nature of this particular store as well as their strong desire to promote local artists. Most of their wares are hand-painted in NM and feature designs by prominent local artists including one of the lead muralists in town (I bought a magnet of his). They also feature really alternative kitsch like KISS and Ace Frehley alien bobbleheads, marijuana and anal references, and such. All in all, our own Haunted MTL’s kinda folks…

Portrait of the writer at the Roswell Visitor Center (Yes even they have aliens!)
Portrait at Roswell Visitor Center

And the city is a huge tourist draw internationally, so you can meet some amazing and interesting folks from all walks of life who have caught the alien bug or at least want to check out all the hype. As a result of the tourism, the residents seem really laid back and accommodating (kind of like Hawaii but not quite as much) and there is a thriving art scene. And it’s totally my kind of art – weird and a little creepy. Anyway, I feel like I’ve finally found my peeps and am eager to return someday.

Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.
Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.

If you’re feeling a bit extraterrestrial, I invite you to also check out some of my alien-themed stories here on Haunted MTL: LTD UFOs among us; my Drive-By short story; and LTD Abducted.

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American Horror Story Season 12, Delicate

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Killer Queens, I wasn’t expecting to be back so soon with American Horror Story info. But yesterday we were blessed with a teaser for the intro of Season 12, which we believe will be titled Delicate. 

A still from American Horror Story Delicate first promo.

We are looking at a Summer release for season twelve, but won’t know for sure until June, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Here’s what we know right now. 

First, yes Kim Kardashian is starring alongside Emma Roberts in a role that was written specifically for her. 

That’s the bad news. The good news is that AHS favorites will also be involved. According to IMBD, Charlie Carver, Rebecca Dayan, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, and Denis O’Hare will be included this season.

AHS Delicate is different from other seasons in many other ways. It’s the first season to ever be written by just one writer, Halley Feiffer. This isn’t a writer most of us as horror fans will be familiar with. She’s written episodes of shows like Kidding, SMILF, and American Crime Story. The last one can at least be seen as a sister show to AHS. 

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As far as I have found, Feiffer has never written horror content. She is now the sole writer for an entire season of the most popular horror show in America. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It’s just not what I would have expected. Most AHS writers are staff writers, actors from the show, or at least people I’ve heard of. So as we don’t have any former work to look at, we can only wait to see how she does. 

We also know what the source material is for this season. It’s a book called Delicate Condition, by Danielle Valentine. This book will be released in August of this year. Which also seemed strange to me. Normally a book would be, you know, published before it inspires additional work.

Even so, Delicate Condition seems like a fascinating story. According to Goodreads, it’s the story of a woman named Anna. Anna is trying to get pregnant but starts to believe that something dark is working against her. Her doctors don’t believe her. Her husband doesn’t believe her. Is she losing her mind?

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t deeply interested in this book. And I have to assume that Feiffer and Murphy already have hands on it, to jump to this sort of decision.

By the way, Valentine at least is not an untested writer. Her first novel, How To Survive Your Murder, also made it right on my TBR pile. With a rating of 3.7 out of 4 on Goodreads, I think we can assume Valentine knows what she’s doing with the written word.

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This is all that we know about American Horror Story Delicate so far. What follows are my thoughts and opinions only.

My first thought is that this season is going to be dealing heavily with women’s reproductive rights. This is a topic a lot of us are concerned about right now, as it feels like every day women lose more and more rights to our bodies.

(By the way, if you want to help fight the good fight for body autonomy and get some spooky stories, we have an anthology for that. I have a story in it, as does the horrifyingly talented Jennifer Weigel. All proceeds go to support organizations that help women make their own health decisions.) 

American Horror Story has handled important political issues before. Last season, AHS NYC discussed the AIDs epidemic that went largely ignored in the 80s and killed hundreds of young gay men. They did this in the best way possible, in what this critic believes to be the only way fiction should handle heavy topics. They rooted the issue in a good story. A story that was pure fiction, but also true.

However, this season has a lot of red flags. Never before have I seen the guest star be the main focus so early. Never have I seen any franchise bank so much faith in an all but untested writer, basing work on a book that isn’t even published. And frankly, I’ve never been much of a fan of Kim K, or anyone else who’s famous seemingly just for being famous.

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I’m not rooting for this season to fail just because I don’t like the guest star. If Kardashian is good at this, I’ll be thrilled. I’ll be the first one singing her praises. But when everything we know so far is added up, I’m a lot more concerned about AHS Delicate than I am excited. 

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